Posted 3 May 2016 @ 1:13pm

This two week festival will feature 32 films that will depict the cinematic vanguard of the past, present and future of independent cinema from the United States.


Created by artistic director Richard Sowada, this festival will showcase 14 films that will have their Australian premiere as part of the 32 film program. Essential Independents: American Cinema, Now celebrates new...

Posted 2 May 2016 @ 10:16am

Australia's largest female-fronted music festival, Sad Grrrls Fest, has announced a killer lineup for their 2016 incarnation.  


The Melbourne edition will be headlined by Jaala, Jess Ribeiro and Camp Cope. Elsewhere on the lineup comes Stellar Addiction, Rachel Maria Cox, Samara Cullen, Sandy Hsu, Eli Cash and Jo Neugebaur playing acoustic sets, alongside local talent from ...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 12:00pm

The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed a brilliant ten-day calendar, hosting a slew of filmic delights and special events. 


The St Kilda Town Hall will once again be transformed into a state of the art and purpose built cinema to host Australia’s top 100 short films, music videos, archival footage, international programs, youth screenings and an extensive filmmaker development...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 5:06pm

It's hard to dispute the significance of Cherry Bar in Melbourne's live music scene. Across good times and bad, the venue has persevered as one of the most respected and ambitious spaces not only within Victoria, but across the country. It has nurtured an already impressive scene to the point where the CherryRock music festival is now celebrating its tenth anniversary. And while AC/DC Lane may...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 12:37pm

Boasting over 40 shows from around the country and overseas and featuring over 100 performers, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival is slated for a huge 2016. 


On the cards for this year's festival is Joe Stilgoe with his Songs on Film, paying tribute to some of the most most memorable moments in cinematic history as well as Amy G with her Entershamement show featuring musical...

Posted 22 Apr 2016 @ 8:49am

If you managed to get a ticket to Splendour before it sold out, then congratulations you lucky bastard. If not, Splendour in the Grass 2016 has lifted the lid off a bunch of sideshows to keep you satisfied.  


Texan post-hardcore heavyweights At The Drive In are officially back, marking one...

Posted 21 Apr 2016 @ 3:47pm

Harvest Festival is bringing the country to Kingston, lifting the lid off their 2016 lineup featuring top bluegrass, rockabilly and country artists for their 10th anniversary.  


Topping the bill comes Stonefield, fresh from a US tour. They'll be joined by the likes of The Weeping Willows, The Go Set, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds, Born n' Bred,...

Posted 21 Apr 2016 @ 9:29am

The Kellybrook Yarra Valley Cider Festival is almost ready to kick off again, announcing this year's event will take place later this month.


Now in its 28th year, The Kellybrook Yarra Valley Cider Festival will once again spend two days celebrating cider, music and food in all its glory.
Set in the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley’s Wonga Park, Australia’s...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 5:39pm

PigSty In July has announced their first group of artists for their 2016 incarnation. 


The little sister of The Gum Ball and Dashville Skyline is a one-day bush bash with a second-hand formal dress code.
This year's festival will be headlined by New Zealand rockers Shihad, who are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 self-titled album. Fans can...

Posted 20 Apr 2016 @ 3:09pm

This year's instalment of CherryRock is nearing closer, and they've just lifted the lid off set times for the annual rock and roll laneway festival. 


Germany's KADAVAR will play from 8.15pm – 9.25pm, precursed by Dead City Ruins from 7.30pm – 8.15pm (45 mins), Richie Ramone from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Gay Paris from 5.50pm to 6.30pm, Supersuckers from 4.50pm - 5.50pm, Power from 4....

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 4:04pm

The National Celtic Festival has added more artists to their already jam-packed bill


Adding to the impressive lineup comes an array of local and international talent, including recent winners of the BBC 2 Young Folk Awards, Talisk. They'll be joined by renowned fiddler Gillian...

Posted 15 Apr 2016 @ 1:02pm

The Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is back for its fourth instalment and the Yarra City Council has unveiled a first class lineup to go with it.


Over 50 participating venues in Fitzroy, Collingwood, Richmond, Abbotsford, North Carlton, Clifton and North Fitzroy will showcase more than 300 events featuring around 900 performances over two weeks in July. 

Posted 13 Apr 2016 @ 8:27am

Start planning your trip to Byron, because Splendour In The Grass has revealed an absolutely huge lineup for their 2016 incarnation. 


Headlining this year's event comes The Strokes (only Aus show), The Cure, Flume, The Avalanches (only Aus show), James Blake and At The Drive-In.
Elsewhere comes Violent Soho, Hermitude, Band of Horses, Sigur Ros (only Aus show), ...

Posted 8 Apr 2016 @ 6:28pm

A storm has been unleashed upon Tasmania with the announcement of Dark Mofo's 2016 lineup. 



Mona’s midwinter festival is a maelstrom of cultural events, enticing an annual pilgrimage to the southern island of Australia to celebrate the night through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise. 


This year's event features Mike Parr...

Posted 4 Apr 2016 @ 7:52pm

Celebrating fitness with free entertainment comes the Bike & Life Festival.  


The Bike & Life Festival will feature in-centre spin classes, pop-up stalls, bike servicing and a free 'Craft Bike' workshop class run by designer Kitiya Palaska, offering the opportunity to alter your bike with woven wheels, handle bar streamers or a basket decoration. You can also take a...

Posted 29 Mar 2016 @ 2:22pm

Celebrating some of the brightest Celtic musicians, performers, artists and poets on offer, the National Celtic Festival have announced the first round of acts to be featuring in this year's lineup. 


Irish natives including Bernadette Morris and and Colum Sands will make their way to the festival. Morris' fresh approach to traditional folk songs has been wowing audiences since...

Posted 24 Mar 2016 @ 11:15am

The Spanish Film Festival have announced their 2016 program featuring 32 films and a session of shorts, opening in Melbourne this April.


The Spanish Film Festival have announced their 2016 program featuring 32 films and a session of shorts, opening in Melbourne this April. This year's festival will open with a dose of hilarity, Spanish Affair 2, the sequel to last year's...

Posted 22 Mar 2016 @ 11:41am

Wide Open Space Festival has just announced their first performing arts lineup.  From pole-dancing pantomime and giant roaming musical insects to disco bilbies and magical Poonicorns, the festival has a slew of surprises in store. 


Boasting an eclectic lineup, Wide Open Space Festival will be featuring the likes of Azure Allure, The Magnificent WOS Cabaret, The Dirty Word, The...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 3:09pm

Returning for its 11th year, the 2016 Stonnington Jazz Festival is set to delve into the hidden pockets of Stonnington to present a diverse mix of original, improvised and heritage jazz music, featuring 25 events in 11 days.   


Elsewhere in the program comes premier event, The Australian Songbook. This opening night spectacular will see performances from some of the country’s...

Posted 16 Mar 2016 @ 11:08am

Australia's only dedicated rock and roll street festival is back, with an incarnation tipped to be the best installment yet to celebrate ten years of rock, sweat and booze.  


Indonesia’s The Sigit will be gracing the bill for the very first time, alongside crowd favourites High Tension, who have joined the bill to replace Clowns.
They join the heavy-hitting lineup...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 5:22pm

Groovin' the Moo 2016 has lifted the lid off the new and local talent being added to its lineup.  


Rapper Dylan Joel will take to the stage, alongside Ivan Ooze, Jack and the Kids, Olympia, Tiny Little Houses and The Plot - featuring Benson. 
They'll join the likes of Danny Brown, British Idia and Alison Wonderland at the sold out festival. 

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 12:31pm

After originally using crowd funding to raise income for what was first toted as a Soundwave replacement, Legion Festival has officially come into its own right - locking in their first outing, slated for early next year.  


While the event will no longer be crowdfunded, Legion organisers have said that initial pledges helped get the festival off the ground and secure the...

Posted 11 Mar 2016 @ 10:03am

If you're a budding DJ or live music act, then Earthcore want you to grace their mainstage. 


Back for its third year, Earthcore will be hosting their Smash The Mainfloor music battle contest.
With two categories, spread over DJ and live acts, contenders will need to submit their 30-120 minute sets for review by the Earthcore team, before a shortlist is put to the...

Posted 7 Mar 2016 @ 2:15pm

The Gympie Music Muster has put together an all-star lineup of Australian country music to celebrate their 35th anniversary. 


The lineup will see the likes of Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts and Shane Nicholson top the bill alongside Adam Harvey, Corey Harris, Bowtell & Urquhart, Christie Lamb, Harry Hookey, The Pigs, Kaylee Bell, Marshell Okell...

Posted 5 Mar 2016 @ 12:09pm

Celebrating the iconic and vibrant institution that is Sydney Road, our comprehensive guide to this weekend's Street Party is sprawled across the city ready for you to pick up. Or, you can read it online here. Make the most of what is promising to be the event's biggest instalment yet with Beat's Guide to the Sydney Road Street Party. 


In it you'll find the inside scoop...

Posted 5 Mar 2016 @ 11:23am

While John McAuslan can remember the first Brunswick Music Festival street party in 1989 held in Dawson Street, opposite the Brunswick City Baths, it’s the party’s subsequent move to the congested arterial route of Sydney Road that causes him to chuckle. “We just had one stage and we closed Dawson Street off from the railway line to Sydney Road. Later on we convinced the council to move it to...

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 1:46pm

The EDM and alternate lifestyle Maitreya Music and Arts Festival in Lake Wooroonook in Victoria's north-west is is battling to overturn its cancellation so it can still be staged for the tenth year between March 11 to 14.


Four days ago, Buloke Shire's decision to deny organisers a permit was upheld by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Posted 4 Mar 2016 @ 12:20pm

Australia's largest queer film festival has returned, boasting a program with 128 films from 22 countries.


The program consists of a diverse range of feature films, shorts and documentaries, and includes a host of Australian and Melbourne premieres.
Now in its 26th year, the MQFF will host 88 sessions at ACMI and Kino Cinemas, and in a first for the event,...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 5:06pm

The Swagger Music Festival - held in the natural surroundings of Wandiligong - has officially announced their return for 2016. 


In a first for the festival, Swagger will now be held over a three day period. They'll be retaining their intimate community atmosphere however, bringing back their well loved music, art, food and market stalls for another year. 

Posted 1 Mar 2016 @ 10:31am

Joining their legion of international heavyweights, Inner Varnika have released a slew of local talent who are set to take the stage for their 2016 incarnation.  


The likes of Albrecht La'Brooy, Awesome Wales, Bwise, Crown Ruler, Edd Fisher, Faboo, Glyn Hill, HNDSM, HTRK, JNETT,...