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Festivals

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. 
 
Melbourne...

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).
 
This...

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,...

Posted 29 Feb 2016 @ 2:57pm

The three-day festival held in Central Australia has released their second wave of artists to join their ever growing lineup. 

 

Topping the announcement comes Perth hip hop export Mathas alongside UK producer Skope and electro group, Formidable Vegetable Sound System. Elsewhere in the lineup comes sets from Muska, Kabookie, Hooves, How Green, Miss Moneytoast, Liam Niko, Drazics...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 7:56pm

Ahoy lubbers. Get thee to Eltham on Saturday March 5 for the second Come Together Music and Arts Festival at Edendale Farm. Featuring soul, blues and world music, Come Together is also raising awareness about mental health issues and suicide prevention. Festival curator Damien Mannix is producing (and financing) Come Together from his home with his wife. Beat speaks to Mannix about the...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 5:18pm

Some of the city's finest will appear at St Kilda Summer Jazz, celebrating the area's rich history of jazz - both traditional and contemporary.

 

The not-for-profit event, which is run by jazz-passionate volunteers, will be held at a host of iconic venues around the area.
 
Special one-off performances from jazz legends such as Vince Jones, Bob Sedergreen and Peter...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 4:45pm

Earthcore have kicked off their 2016 lineup with some of the most in-demand DJs and producers the world over. 

 

 

Topping the announcement comes Israeli psytrance duo LOUD alongside Chris Liberator, who will be making his first Australian appearance in four years.

 

Elsewhere in the lineup comes Astral Projection, Ø [Phase], Bryan Kearney, Durs,...

Posted 23 Feb 2016 @ 1:04pm

Inner Varnika festival has revealed the final artist to round out their full international lineup. 

 

Topping the announcement comes London's Throwing Shade, who has been gathering traction over the past five years with her world music inspired sets. 
 
Throwing Shade completes the international lineup, joining the likes of Jamie 3:26, Brian Not Brian, Lee...

Posted 22 Feb 2016 @ 3:01pm

Music, fine wine and artisanal food will come together for the upcoming event, featuring three stages and running over two days. 

 

Melbourne band Bonjah will headline the festival along with veterans Brian Cadd and Grace Knight. Capping it off comes 35 food and drink stalls featuring Jamaican jerk chicken, tequenos, gumbo, jambalaya and a Viking-themed feast packed with a spit...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:19pm

If escaping the city by dancing along to the likes of Om Unit, Saskwatch and Spoonbill sounds like your idea of a good time, then Wide Open Space Festival wants you.

 

The #wishyouWOShere competition is offering one person a free trip to Alice Springs for the event. All you have to do is upload a photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #wishyouWOShere to go in...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 11:15am

The 2016 Moomba Festial is shaping up for one of their biggest years yet, revealing a slew of Australian live music and special events to kick-start their program. 

 

The likes of Alpine, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Tim Rogers & The Bamboos and British India will take to the stage, alongside acclaimed Australian rapper Briggs, City Calm Down, Mighty Duke & The Lords...

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