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Posted 30 Jun 2015 @ 2:05pm

Oxfam's famous Oxjam Festival is coming to Australia for the first time, with a huge lineup of acts now confirmed for the month-long program being held across the country from the end of July.

 

The first Melbourne gig will take place on Thursday August 6 at the Grace Darling headlined by Pronto (with further acts still be announced), on Saturday August 15 I OH YOU will be taking...

Posted 29 Jun 2015 @ 2:00pm

The electronic festival has made a second installment to their 2015 lineup, that will join acts including Apparat, Peter Van Hoesen and Soul Clap.

 

The full second line up features András, Booka Shade, CC Disco, Eric Cloutier, Human Movement, Justin Martin, Klo, Lucian Bloomkamp, Oisima, Palms Trax, Ryanosauras, Shigeto, Sleep D, Tetrameth, Tora, Willowbeats and YokoO. This...

Posted 29 Jun 2015 @ 1:42pm

Darwin Festival is offering up a huge 18-day program featuring a myriad of music, arts and hot nights.

 

The Lighthose Festival Hub will play host to The Drones, REMI, #1 Dads, Mojo Juju and Safia. Meanwhile the Festival Lounge will host jam sessions and initmate performances from Ainslie Wills, Jordie Lane, Caitlin Park and the Mike Nock Trio.
 
The Amphitheatre ...

Posted 25 Jun 2015 @ 11:01am

Banjos and fiddles will be aplenty when the Newport Folk Festival takes over Hobson's Bay next weekend.

 

This year's event will feature live music, jam sessions, workshops, children's activities and even a chance to learn how to make sauerkraut. Among the announced performers are The Dirty Birds and Co-Cheoll, who will take the stage in between special events like a CJ Dennis...

Posted 24 Jun 2015 @ 3:27pm

The Red Bull Music Academy will kick off Splendour festivities early this year with a pre-party on the eve of the festival. 

 

Featuring L D R U, Elk Road, Just a Gent, Slumberjack, Swick & Lewis Cancut and Yahtzel, the party will provide a glimpse of what's to come on the Red Bull Stage, which is set to host names like Catlips, Nosaj Thing, Shlomo and Total Giovanni across...

Posted 23 Jun 2015 @ 10:10am

As they lead up to releasing their full program, MIFF have revealed the feature films they will premiere from this year's Cannes Film Festival. 

 

Melbourne audiences will be given the first chance to see the films, following their world premiere at the renowned French festival last month. Titles include several award winning features such as The Lobster (Jury Prize), Chronic, ...

Posted 18 Jun 2015 @ 1:49pm

Returning to Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula to enjoy its 19th year, Queenscliff Music Festival has just dropped the first lineup for this year's festival.

 

Leading the announcement are brother-sister folk pop duo Angus & Julia Stone, who will jump on a big jet plane back from their rounds of the European festival circuit.
 
They will be joined by the likes of...

Posted 16 Jun 2015 @ 12:35pm

Boutique dance festival Listen Out will return later this year, and today they've dropped the lineup for their 2015 incarnation. 

 

Featuring a range of high-calibre electronic and hip hop artists, the 2015 festival will be headlined by Childish Gambino and SBTRKT, and will also feature performances from Joey Bada$$, Alison Wonderland, Odesza, Rae Sremmurd, Golden Features, Dusky...

Posted 15 Jun 2015 @ 9:59am

Now in its eighth year, the festival will cover the street with a large scale series of illuminated projections.

 

Presented by the Gertrude Projection Association, the festival will showcase works from a diverse range of artists. Highlights include The New Vanguard featuring experimental projections and Wheel of Fate, a roving choose-your-own-adventure style performance which...

Posted 5 Jun 2015 @ 1:14pm

British author Louis de Bernieres has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2015 incarnation of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

 

The writer behind Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Red Dog, the international best-selling author is also a philosophy graduate, mechanic, teacher and mandolin player and winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Novel.
 
He'...

Posted 1 Jun 2015 @ 2:58pm

The eight day festival boasts a huge selection of content, including 450 films sourced from 35 countries.

 

Alongside screenings, the festival will feature the two day RENDER Animation Conference, The Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium, Max Hattler Is In The Room, Meet The Filmaker presentations and the free Careers in Animation forum.
 
Curated animations...

Posted 29 May 2015 @ 3:32pm

Federation Square will come alive this June for The Light In Winter, a three week program of art, music and performance.

 

This year’s program, which coincides with The International Year of Light, brings together local and international artists to celebrate both modern light forms and oldest sources of human created light in a series of free events, exhibitions, film screenings...

Posted 28 May 2015 @ 1:29pm

For the third consecutive year the Red Bull Music Academy stage will again feature at Splendour In The Grass, and they have dropped their lineup of ground breaking international talent, set to perform alongside the cream of Australia’s electronic community, across all three days.

 

Friday night will see the likes of Los Angeles-based hip hop DJ and producer Nosaj Thing, famed for...

Posted 27 May 2015 @ 12:07pm

With just over two months to go until showtime, the Melbourne International Film Festival has revealed the First Glance selection of their program.

 

In its 64th year, MIFF will treat film junkies and Friday night cinema-goers alike to some of the world's most exciting new films, documentaries and shorts. 
 
Neil Armfield's film adaptation of Timothy's Coingrave's...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 12:11pm

After last year's sell out success, the celebration of metal, rock and beer is back with a huge lineup.

 

Featuring 33 bands across three stages, the lineup includes Hobbs Angel of Death, Hard-Ons, Heaven The Axe, Eye Of The Enemy, The Ugly Kings, Dire Blaze and a whole heap more. The festival will also feature Suiciety's first show since 1997 and a selection of great beers on...

Posted 25 May 2015 @ 9:54am

Soulfest have upped the ante with a huge final artist announcement.

 

Announced today, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Grammy winning R&B star Miguel, legendary hip hop duo Black Star (consisting of Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and Jazmine Sullivan have all joined the bill.
 
They join the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Jhené Aiko, Charlie Wilson, De La Soul,...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 11:38am

Beat has a chat to Paul Harris, long time Director of the St Kilda Film Festival, about this year’s top 100 short Australian films.  As well as the Australian content and specific programs screening genre films, this year the St Kilda Film Festival partners with Palm Springs International ShortFest to present four programs of films from theirfestival’s last two years of screenings of films...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 9:01am

Supersense is the latest addition to Melbourne's thriving cultural calendar, and will be an immersive three day event that explores explores music, film, dance, performance art, sound and light.

 

Curated by Sophia Brous, the festival will transform Arts Centre Melbourne’s stages, back rooms and hidden spaces into zones of rapture and collective experience.
 
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Posted 19 May 2015 @ 1:30pm

The new punk festival will be bringing the volume, riffs and (you guessed it) shredding, to Melbourne.

 

Headlining the festival will be Born Lion, as they prepare to unleash their latest album Final Words. Joining them will be Captives, Brittle Bones, Rick Dangerous & The Silky Bantons, Grindhouse, HAMMERS, The Working Horse Irons and Pagan.

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 11:42am

Rainbow Serpent Festival has announced that it will award $10,000 worth of community grants to deserving candidates in the Ballarat and Pyrenees shires.

 

Keeping the spirit of Rainbow in mind, the grants will go to projects or individuals whose work in music, arts, health and community service benefit the local community. Anyone who bought a program at this year's festival...

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 10:58am

Soulfest will return later this year for their sophomore outing.

 

Revealed today, the first artist announcement for the 2015 incarnation is headlined by Mary J. Blige, and also features Jill Scott, Jhené Aiko, Charlie Wilson, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Dwele, Floetry, Eric Benét, Daniel Merriweather, Kamasi Washington, Remi and BJ The Chicago Kid.

Posted 7 May 2015 @ 2:51pm

Earthcore organisers have revealed that psy innovators Infected Mushroom have been locked in to headline this year's festival. 

 

The psytrance pioneers are set to play a rare, old-school psychedelic set as the sun rises over Pyalong this November. Since releasing their first album in 1999, Infected Mushroom have made a huge imprint on the psy scene, having played mammoth...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 10:44am

Melbourne Music Week is returning for 2015, and they are calling on promoters, venues, record labels, businesses and individuals to get involved.

 

Today Expressions of Interest have opened for their incredibly popular Live Music Safari, The Hub, Umbrella programming and the Self-Made series.
 
The sixth iteration of MMW will take place from 13 – 20 November, 2015....

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 9:09am

The program, entitled Next Gen, brings together eight films designed to enrich the cinematic experience of younger viewers. 

 

The program includes Australian documentary, Gayby Baby, which gives an insight into the politicised lives of same sex couples and their children. It also features films including Being 14, Me Romantic Romani, Spartacus & Cassandra, Partners In Crime...

Posted 5 May 2015 @ 9:08am

30 fantastic new shows will debut at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival this June.

 

Highlights for this year will include the American rollerblading act Up With Joey, as well as Lighthouse Berlin, a moving tribute to cabaret legend Agnes Bernelle. There will also be jazz shows, drag queen performances and all things cabaret. 

Posted 1 May 2015 @ 2:23pm

If you haven't already scored presale tickets for Strawberry Fields 2015, maybe the lineup will tempt you. 

 

Featuring on the seventh soundtrack of the festival, 2015 acts include German electronica artist Apparat, the abstract techno don Peter van Hoesen and Canadian trio Cobblestone Jazz. Also hitting on the wildlands dancefloor will be Soul Clap, Bicep and Tensnake as well as...

Posted 1 May 2015 @ 8:55am

Flight Facilities will join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for one night only as part of the 2015 Melbourne Festival. 

 

The night will see the duo alongside 50 classical musicians create a brand new and all-immersive experience of their debut album Down To Earth. 
 
“Long before making Clair de lune, we've both shared a love for classical music,” said...

Posted 30 Apr 2015 @ 1:00pm

The inaugural Poppy Seed Festival has just announced its 2015 event, inviting artists individuals and companies to submit their proposals for this year's festival, opening in November.

 

Poppy Seed Festival is Melbourne's newest grassroots theatre festival, designed to financially and logistically support artists to develop and deliver their work.
 
Born out of...

Posted 24 Apr 2015 @ 9:06am

If you couldn't score tickets to Splendour In The Grass this year (or let's face it, even if you did), you're in luck: the sideshow announcements have started rolling in, and there are some must-see shows on the Melbourne schedule.

 

Start clearing the diary and empty the piggy bank, because these are the artists coming to town to warm us up this winter:
 
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Posted 22 Apr 2015 @ 12:41pm

More than 300 events and 800 artists will take over the City of Yarra when Leaps and Bounds Festival returns this winter. 

 

Designed to celebrate local performers, venues, and audiences, the 17-day festival will take place across over 50 venues in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond, Abbotsford, North Carlton, Clifton Hill and North Fitzroy.
 
The full program is set to...

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