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...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 6:16pm

Brunswick Music Festival producer Natalie Lidgerwood is “really proud” of this year’s event – the 27th incarnation of Melbourne’s unique inner city acoustic folk and roots festival. “It’s a great reflection of the diversity of the area,” Lidgerwood says. “And of the diversity of Melbourne overall. It’s so interesting trying to find all the audiences in the pockets of Brunswick. The festival...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 5:00pm

About to launch its fourth annual event, Tasmania’s ever-expanding Party In The Paddock shows no signs of slowing down. This year’s lineup is headed by the mosh-inducing Violent Soho and Australian rock institution Spiderbait. The party sounds bigger than ever before, and the paddock, most certainly better. It’s no dumb luck, however, that a boutique festival in the northeast reaches of our...

Posted 16 Feb 2016 @ 2:46pm

With six weeks to go until Boogie 10 kicks off, the festival has added a handpicked selection of bands and DJs to the ever-growing bill.


Hard-rockers Power lead the charge, alongside Melbourne’s own Big Smoke and SMILE. Capping it off comes DJ sets from Andee Frost, Ginger Light, Typical Girls, Woody McDonald, Lynelle, DJ Manchild, BT’s Country Moanings and Larry...

Posted 15 Feb 2016 @ 3:40pm

Celebrating the culture of the iconic strip, The Beat of Brunswick Street festival will be bringing together live music, DJs, signature cuisine and sales in an event that will showcase the best of Brunswick.


The festival will feature performances from local favourites Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats, Jamie Oehlers, Lama, Up Up Away, N'Fa Jones, Kiwat Kennell, Mary...

Posted 15 Feb 2016 @ 12:54pm

In the fifth collaboration between the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Recital Centre, Metropolis New Music Festival is living up to its name with a 2016 program that explores city life.


Featuring a slew of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary composers and musicians, Metropolis will be anchored by three concerts programmed by American conductor and pianist...

Posted 12 Feb 2016 @ 12:44pm

The Eltham Jazz, Food & Wine Festival will return later this month, and they're holding a launch party this weekend to celebrate. 


The free launch party will take place from 3pm until 6pm. There will live music from Soul Sacrifice  wine traders, a face painter, bouncing castle and a mini train. 

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 3:43pm

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival has announced headline artists for the opening and closing night of this year’s festival. 


This 2016 incarnation of the event will present jazz wunderkind Esperanza Spalding for the first time ever in Australia, celebrating her groundbreaking new project, Emily's D+Evolution. The young bassist/vocalist/composer has continually blazed...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:02am

One of the most charming DJs in the business is heading up a brand new music festival. 


A world musical ambassador, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer and label owner, the now-Frankston resident Carl Cox has locked in the lineup for his inaugural Pure event.  
The 2016 lineup features Cox himself alongside internationals Joseph Capriati and Format:B and...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 10:04am

Boutique festival By The Meadow will return this April for round #3.  


Capped at 600 punters, the 2016 festival will feature The Harpoons, The Ocean Party, Fraser A Gorman, Luke Howard, Lanks, Magic Bones, Milwaukee Banks, Planète, Crepes, Mosé + The Fmly, Anthonie Tonnon, Habits, Canary, The Attics, Uncle Bobby, Edward R, IO, Couture , Velvet Bow, Redspencer, Nafasi and...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 10:10am

Set up with ten of Ballarat's best local bands and DJs, a giant home made slip'n'slide and an esky full of tinnies when Jam At The Dam 4 kicks off in the hills of Invermay. Capping it off? All of the money raised is going to beyondblue.


Featuring music from Ollie Dalton, The Shorts, Geoffry Williams, Crossfire Hurricane, Tully On Tully, Swhat, Staffords, Mark With The Sea...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 8:59am

The Hills Are Alive will return bigger and better than ever next month.


Added to the 2016 lineup today are Grenadiers, Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten, Venus Court, Swim Season and Fossil Fuel. 
The join the first lineup that was announced last year, which featured Bad//Dreems, Ngaiire, Mesa Cosa, Tiny Little Houses, The Belligerents, E^ST, KLP, Fraser A Gorman, The...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 10:47am

It's time to head down to McCoppins and start stocking up on tinnies, the 2016 Golden Plains playing times are here.


Opening with Gold Class on the Saturday afternoon, the rest of the day will see performances from the likes Natalie Prass, Buzzcocks and Royal Headache, with Kenji Takimi closing things out until 5am.
For those up bright and early, HTRK will open...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 1:04pm

After Gurrumul was forced to withdraw from the St Kilda Festival lineup due to health reasons, Australian rapper Briggs has stepped in to take his place on the main stage.


"These aren't ideal conditions to accept a show because I never want to hear of a friend unwell but I'm honoured Gurrumul asked I step in for this date he can't fulfill," said Briggs in a statement. "I'll...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 11:42am

Bluesfest have confirmed a blockbuster final lineup announcement for their 2016 festival.


Leading the final announcement is The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito, who are joined on the bill by Eagles Of Death Metal, Playing For Change Band, Chain, Backsliders, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Irish Mythen, Digging Roots, Frazey Ford, Marshall Okell, Sahara Beck and Emma...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 11:16am

Fancy heading out to the desert? The team at Wide Open Space Festival have today announced the first musical course for their much-loved three-day event. 


The first lineup includes Om Unit, Saskwatch, Tek Tek Ensemble, Spoonbill and friends, Hypnotech, Zucchini Clan, Knobs, Wonqi Rose, Isaac Chambers, DinoBitch, Dezert7z & E-Town Boyz, Cutlery Pool Part, Resin Moon, Dave...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 4:53pm


While waiting for my daily veggie burger, I asked my friend how she’d describe Rainbow Serpent. “It’s like nothing else” is all she gave me. It’s all she needed to say. For many, Rainbow Serpent isn’t a festival. It’s a ritual, and few festival organisers manage to pull off what Rainbow continuously delivers from one year to another. Held in Lexton, 160 kilometres west of Melbourne,...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 9:38am

Cherry Bar have announced an immense tenth birthday lineup.


This year's incarnation of Australia’s only dedicated rock’n’roll street party will be headlined by the likes of international acts Kadavar, Richie Ramone and Supersuckers, alongside locals Gay Paris, Polish Club, Dead City Ruins, Power, Devil Electric, Mammoth Mammoth, Clowns, Dallas Frasca and Mesa Cosa.

Posted 28 Jan 2016 @ 8:29am

Giddy up! Australia's favourite (and, uhhh, only) regional touring festival is back for another year.


In alphabetical order, the 2016 incarnation of the festival will feature Alison Wonderland, Boo Seeka, Boy & Bear, British India, Client Liaison, Danny Brown, Drapht, DZ Deathrays, Emma Louise, Golden Features, Harts, Illy, In Hearts Wake, MS MR, Mutemath, Ngaiire, Odesza,...

Posted 22 Jan 2016 @ 12:45pm

Gaytimes, Australia’s first queer camping music festival, have added two new acts to their lineup for 2016.


Today Banoffee and GL join the first announcement, which featured Paul Mac, Oscar Key Sung, Kylie Auldist, Yo Mafia, Salvador Darling, CC: Disco and more.
Over three days and two nights next March, Gaytimes will offer a weekend of music, art, community,...

Posted 18 Jan 2016 @ 9:53am

One of America’s best-loved indie rock outfits will return to Australia in March.


Already announced for the 2016 Bluesfest, the tour marks their first sojourn to Australian shores in five years. 
It also follows their first album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves (out now through Epic/Sony Music Australia), which reached #3 on US Billboard’s 200 Album chart...

Posted 15 Jan 2016 @ 10:51am

Missed out on tickets to the sold out Rainbow Serpent? Or just want to kick-on? You're in luck.


Held on the Saturday after the festival, Rainbow Serpent will host their official Afterglow party. Held outdoors, the event will feature a selection of international and local talent, including James Monro, Jossie Telch, Be Svendsen, Cello Joe, Mista Savona, Griff and Mortisville....

Posted 14 Jan 2016 @ 12:48pm

There's always something a little bit more special about heading to a regional festival, especially one like Beechworth Music Festival. At Beechworth they get the whole town involved in the festivities, even though the festival itself is at a certain site.


Hi Rikki, thanks for taking the time to chat with Beat Magazine. How are you and what are you up to at the moment?