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Festivals

Posted 28 Jun 2016 @ 12:26pm

Following news of the festival expanding to four days, Beyond The Valley have announced a partnership with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience for 2016. 

 

Every ticket sold to this year’s event will see $1 going toward the advancement of this enterprise, along with mentoring opportunities...

Posted 27 Jun 2016 @ 2:33pm

Hot!Hot!Hot! is a new arts festival addressing climate change through film, sound, theatre and live art, all taking place in the reclaimed setting of a 1960s school ground. 

 

Hot!Hot!Hot! aims to inspire new concepts, new forms and new works about climate change as a cultural response to corporate and governmental inaction. 

 

Program highlights include a night of...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:22pm

PigSty In July have announced the final round of artists visiting the boutique festival this July.

 

Leading the way are Central Coast indie rockers Sea Legs and rising Newcastle rockers In Motion. Returning to the lineup this year will be Dashville Progress Society.
 
They will be joining previously announced acts including New Zealand hard-rock legends Shihad, King...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 3:16pm

Bigsound has announced the first instalment of live acts for their fifteenth anniversary festival. 

 

With a whopping 89 acts ready to descend on Brisbane's Fortitude Valley this September, and a stack more still to come, Bigsound 2016 is going to be one heck of a celebration.
 
The annual music conference has already garnered a reputation as being the place for taste...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 12:19pm

After two massively successful years, UNIFY will return with its biggest lineup yet over two huge nights. 

 

Headlinging this year's Heavy Music Gathering are Alexisonfire, Violent Soho and Northlane. 
 
Also getting in on the action are Every Time I Die, The Getaway Plan (performing Other Voices Other Rooms), Letlive., Thy Art Is Murder, Luca Brasi, House VS...

Posted 22 Jun 2016 @ 9:28am

There's a new festival on the scene, and it's already shaping up to be a ripper. The Pleasure Garden is an immersive music and arts experience that's just lifted the lid off its first round of artists.  

 

 

In its inaugural year The Pleasure Garden’s first announcement of artists includes The Cat Empire, The Opiuo Band, The Correspondents, Tash Sultana, Spoonbill...

Posted 21 Jun 2016 @ 10:17am

Now in its fourth year, dance music festival Listen Out is back with a handpicked selection of artists for 2016.  

 

Taking to the stage for this year will be the likes of A$AP Ferg, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Baaur, Claptone, Cosmo's Midnight, Gorgon City (DJ Set), Jauz, Joy., L D R U, Ngaiire, RUFUS in their last Australian shows for this year, Stormzy, Sui Zhen (...

Posted 20 Jun 2016 @ 9:30am

Splendour's cultural melting pot, the Global Village, it's underground EDM jungle Tipi Forest and local experimental DJ haven Smirnoff House are back bigger and better in 2016 with lusher and grassier schedules than ever before.

 

The Global Village is welcoming the World Music Stage for the first time, showcasing the most exciting world fusion acts while traditional dancers...

Posted 17 Jun 2016 @ 10:33am

Queenscliff Music Festival is back for their 20th anniversary year, boasting a huge selection of acts in their first lineup announcement. 

 

Joining Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are the likes of Paul Kelly & Charlie Owen, Peter Garrett & The Alter Ego, Abbe May, Alpine, Ash Grunwald, Julia Jacklin, Kyle Auldist, The Meltdown, Nattali Rize, Quarter Street and...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 1:02pm

Beyond The Valley is back for another year, and it's officially bigger than ever. 

 

The festival will now run acorss four days, with the first day acting as an early settler’s day featuring acts playing on the Central Park stage.
 
As well as an extra day being thrown into the mix, BTV will also feature extra hammocks, food trucks, bars, plenty of shade, and a new...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 11:12am

Celebrating their 20th anniversary year, Queenscliff Music Festival will play host to Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals when they headline this year's event.  

 

Showcasing more than 80 local and international acts in the picturesque coastal hub of Queenscliff, the festival continues to strengthen its reputation for delivering top-notch acts from around the world in its...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 11:03am

Australia's premier alt-country festival is back for another year, boasting a national rock icon, international guests, and the next generation of the country's best songwriters.  

 

Leading the lineup comes Brian Cadd, whose songs have been performed by everyone from Ringo Starr to Joe Cocker. A prolific songwriter since the '60s, he'll be bringing a batch of hits with him. ...

Posted 16 Jun 2016 @ 9:06am

Back for its eighth year, Strawberry Fields has revealed the first round of artists for their 2016 incarnation. 

 

Bringing the beats to the banks of the Murray will be England's George Fitzgerald, as well as Henry Saiz in a full band show, Kuniyuki & DJ So Leftfield, Marcel Fengler, Move D and Patrick Topping.
 
Adding to the action comes sets from Croatia's...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 1:26pm

For the ninth year, Gertrude Street will be transformed into one of the most visible large scale, illuminated, outdoor art galleries when the Gertrude Street Projection Festival opens this July.

 

38 sites - including shop fronts, laneways, windows and footpaths - on and around Gertrude Street will be transformed with bright lights, video and colourscapes across the festival's...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 12:15pm

Melbourne’s newest dance music festival, Trick or Beat, is ready to take over Festival Hall. Promising to be a Samhain eve like no other, Trick or Beat presents a fresh take on Australia’s increasingly vibrant EDM scene to kick off the Halloween long weekend.

 

The spooky season event features a selection of local and internationally acclaimed artists including J-Heasy, Indian...

Posted 14 Jun 2016 @ 11:25am

Yours & Owls Festival is expected to be bigger and better in 2016 and to complement that promise the Wollongong label have unveiled a slew of Australia and the world’s finest musical talent to perform at the event. 

 

A festival only in its third year has already welcomed some of Australia’s best, including Cloud Control, The Preatures, The Delta Riggs, Saskwatch, The Smith...

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 10:45am

Summernats has locked in a genre-diverse lineup for its 30th anniversary incarnation, celebrating with a tightly wound collection of Aussie favourites. 

 

Taking to the stage for this year's even includes the likes of Drapht, Airbourne, Spit Syndicate and Thirsty Merc. 
 
Capping it off, around 2,000 of Australia’s most outstanding cars will join over 100,000 fans in...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 10:58am

Lost Lands is a new festival set to take over this year's Melbourne Cup weekend when it brings together music, art, theatre, thinking, comedy and camping experiences for all ages.   

 

Making a splash with its debut lineup, the festival is sure to excite with the slew of big names and quality artists. On the bill are the likes of Mariachi El Bronx, The Waifs, Ozomatli, Missy...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 9:31am

Commemorating World Refugee Week, the City of Yarra will host the Emerge In Yarra festival this month, as it celebrates the artistic and cultural diversity of the area.

 

Boasting theatre performances, cooking demonstrations, live music, spoken work, comedy and story telling, the week long festival includes a mixture of free and ticketed events and will take place at a host of...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 2:42pm

To celebrate its 65th edition, Melbourne International Film Festival has announced its 'first glance' lineup of titles and new initiatives ahead of the 18-day festival.  

 

Opening Night will feature the world premiere of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom (Australia), the MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature debut from Melbourne director Cris Jones. The film tells a story of a boy...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 1:40pm

Brewtality will return once more, hosting their multi-venue celebration of all things metal, rock and beer. 

 

Following last year's success, Brewtality will again head to The Tote and the Bendigo Hotel, bringing a host of Australian rock and metal bands along for the ride. Joining the Melbourne celebration will be Toe To Toe, Dreadnaught, Orpheus Omega, Heaven The Axe, Southeast...

Posted 30 May 2016 @ 3:42pm

The Mornington Winter Jazz & Blues Festival is back for the fourth consecutive year and has announced a first class lineup to go with it.  

 

The town’s street corners, bars and restaurants will come alive as some of Australia’s biggest jazz & blues icons come together for three days of exploration and experimentation. 
 
An intimate show by Australian jazz...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 11:25am

In January, a new concept of comedy was tested at Howler. The Festival of Half Baked Ideas previewed work-in-progress comedy shows to a roaring response, but now, The Festival of Fully Baked Ideas is set to take its place when the performers return with their ideas fully cooked.

 

Off the back of extremely successful season at the Adelaide Fringe, and Sydney, Melbourne and Perth...

Posted 20 May 2016 @ 3:06pm

Hosting a slew of heavy hitting bands, Fuzz Fest 2016 has just revealed their lineup. 

 

Melbourne fuzz rock band My Left Boot lead a bill also featuring Sheriff, Don Fernando, Dr Colossus, Two Headed Dog, Devil Electric, A Gazillion Angry Mexicans, Swidgen, Moondogs, A Basket of Mammoths, The Vendettas, Junkyard, Black Valley, Redro Redriguez & His Inner Demons, Field, Long...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 2:29pm

Australia’s premier international web series festival, Melbourne WebFest, has announced the program for its fourth year.

 

After receiving a record 230 submissions, a total of 55 web series represented from 15 different countries were selected to screen at this years event.
 
This year, in a festival-first, creators will also have the chance to pitch their idea for an...

Posted 12 May 2016 @ 11:43am

The southern hemisphere’s premiere music industry event, BigSound, will celebrate its 15th year in 2016, and has announced a massive lineup of speakers and talent to celebrate the milestone. 

 

Over three massive days in September, BigSound, will see over 150 new talents perform for music industry superheroes in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
 
Headline keynote speaker...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 3:38pm

Australia’s premier festival for new and emerging writers, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, have announced the program for this year's event which will run throughout June.

 

For eleven days, over 200 members of the literary community will come together with audiences to celebrate and explore writing through ideas, storytelling, and performance, while attempting to answer the...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 10:17am

Now in its 8th year, Poison City's annual Weekender Fest has grown to become one of Australia's premier mini-festivals. Celebrating independent music culture, the three day event is back with a ripping lineup of local, national and international bands. 

 

Heading up the festivities come The Bennies and The Nation Blue alongside international heavy hitters Pity Sex, Cayetana...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 5:21pm

CherryRock’s tenth anniversary was a perfect reflection of Cherry Bar’s long standing mantra. After fighting for their right to keep holding the festival because of the new high rise buildings that loom over AC/DC Lane, CherryRock016's 'Too Tough To Die' slogan was bloody perfect.

 

The two stage set-up allowed the entertainment to alternate between stages without more than...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 4:22pm

Earthcore is on the horizon, with some inciting shows to keep you satisfied in the interim.  

 

If you’re looking for the ultimate masquerade party, Mile High Masquerade on the top floor of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere certainly ticks all the boxes. Pair that with a beautifully crafted selection of the finest beat purveyors, two lavish dance floors and a 360...

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