Beloved NYD festival Let Them Eat Cake announces 2022 return

Beloved NYD festival Let Them Eat Cake announces 2022 return

Promising something bigger and better than ever before.

After being forced to take 2021 off because of you know who, Let Them Eat Cake has announced its return for 2022, gearing up again for another New Year’s Day party at Werribee Mansion.

What you need to know

  • Let Them Eat Cake is back for 2022
  • Unable to take place in 2021, the beloved festival has used the downturn to strategise their own continued evolution, promising something bigger and better than ever before for 2022
  • Pre-sale tickets go live from Tuesday July 6, with general on-sale available a day later

Keep up with all the festival news, reviews and interviews here.

The first NYD festival to be announced post-COVID, the next Let Them Eat Cake instalment is proof that patience is a virtue.

“We are so excited to announce we’re back!” Let Them Eat Cake Festival Director Daniel Teuma told Beat Magazine. “It’s been a testing period; however, we focussed on staying positive and used the break to fine-tune the festival’s finer points, really assess where we’re at and what we want to do.

“We’re confident that 2022 will be our best one yet,” he continues. “Of course, the spectre of the pandemic looms large, but we are in a great position: the event is currently classified as a Tier 2 event, which under the current guidelines, allows for 7,500 attendees.”

Hibernating and strategising across the last 12 or so months, Let Them Eat Cake have reconceptualised their iconic Werribee Mansion space – one so large it’s deemed fitting for COVIDSafe protocols.

“The Mansion grounds are so big. We might try a new layout this year to complement the site better and improve traffic flow. We are also looking at a more immersive experience overall – meaning those who explore might be rewarded with more adventure,” Teuma continues.

Expect Let Them Eat Cake 2022 to be a more fully-formed experience, resulting in an immersive interplay of the festival’s many components.

“The overall aim for 2022 will be to tie every aspect together. From the artwork to the visuals to the food, it will be a more cohesive experience,” Teuma says. “Sound is a top priority for us, and we will once again get the Full Throttle Entertainment team on board. No expense will be spared to ensure the sound is 150%. People will be blown away, we wager that we might have the biggest sound system in Melbourne on NYD.”

With preparations for its ensuing event at full tilt, punters can expect a refreshed and excited Let Them Eat Cake come the first day of 2022. Next up is the lineup, which the festival says will be with us in September.


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Let Them Eat Cake returns to Werribee Mansion for NYD, 2022. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Tuesday July 6 with general on-sale available the next day. More info here.

Six unlikely love songs that strike a chord with Mick Thomas

Thomas has also lifted the lid on his new video ‘Captain Collingwood’.

Hot on the heels of releasing their new album City’s Calling Me in April and with a national tour in store for later this year, Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission have another treat up their collective sleeve in the form of a new video for ‘Captain Collingwood’.

To celebrate, we caught up with Mick Thomas and, keeping to the geographical theme of the new record, he listed half a dozen love songs where an unlikely place is the star of the affair.

“Westgarth, Deepdene, Indented Head, Hartwell and Heathmont, they’re all unlikely places you might never visit,” said Thomas. “Here’s list of songs concerned with some unlikely places that resonate with me – although I’ve hardly ever been to any of them…”

Keep up with all the music news, reviews and interviews here.

‘When a Boy From Alabama Meets a Girl From Gundagai’ by Jack O’Hagan/Joy Nichols and the Youth Show

He’d had success with ‘Along the Road to Gundagai’ and with post-war Australia full of American GIs, this further cemented O’Hagan as a writer of songs that could touch the nation’s heart. I read somewhere he’d never even been to Gundagai (and I doubt he’d ever set foot in Alabama).

‘Tuscon Train’ by Bruce Springsteen

‘Tuscon Train’ is lifted from the album, Western Stars, which seems to have split Springsteen fans down the middle (I love it). We were actually booked to record an album there in April this year, so it’s a place as significant as it is unlikely for us. I still think we’ll get there one day.

‘The Ballad of Camooweal’ by Slim Dusty

There’s few enough love songs in the cannon of older Australian bush ballads and country songs, but this is a beauty.

‘Fitzroy Crossing’ by Warumpi Band 

Again another unlikely love song with affairs of the heart juxtaposed on an unforgiving landscape. Very evocative.

‘Sweet Thames Flow Softly’ by Christy Moore and Sinead O’Connor 

Written by Ewan MacColl, this is a veritable checklist of the places the London tourist never bothers with. Again, a love song set amidst (this time) urban decay and squalor.

‘Galveston’ by Glen Campbell 

When Weddings Parties Anything first visited Houston, Texas, all we wanted was to go to Galveston on our day off. But the locals talked us out of it. It’s just an ordinary beach in front of some oil refineries, they said. So we didn’t go. But I still love the song.

Check out the video clip for ‘Captain Collingwood’ by Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission below. 

City’s Calling Me is out now via Brickfielders Recording Co. Check it out on Bandcamp

Video premiere: Go Dog Go unleash corporate dogs and lizard people in their bizarre new film clip

The Melbourne-based outfit are back with their sophomore single, ‘Lazy Boy’.

Fresh off the back of releasing their debut single ‘The Movie’ in March, Shepparton-raised, Melbourne-based psych-pop outfit Go Dog Go have unleashed another new track.

Titled ‘Lazy Boy’, Go Dog Go’s sophomore single is a punchy psych ballad melding a catchy piano riff with rhythmic beats and fluttering synth.

Keep up with all the music news, reviews and interviews here.

Exploring the quest to find your place within the world and navigate relationships, the single’s dream-inspired lyrics are elevated by frontman Charlie Bowmaker’s floating vocals.

The single comes hand-in-hand with a film clip shot and directed by Michael Ridley (Violent Soho, RAT!hammock) and co-directed by Izzie Austin (Surprise Chef, GL).

Playing on the idea of ‘corporate dogs’, the film clip follows a bunch of dog-headed suits through a day at the office, throwing in boardroom lizard people for good measure.

A mind-bending, bizarre visual trip complemented by crisp production value, the film clip mirrors the energy of the track beautifully.

Go Dog Go will hit the stage at the Evelyn Hotel next month to launch ‘Lazy Boy’. If it’s anything like their debut single launch earlier this year, you’ll want to be quick to grab tickets before they sell out.

Watch the film clip for ‘Lazy Boy’ below. 

Go Dog Go will launch ‘Lazy Boy’ at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday July 3. Grab your tickets here

Fitzroy MC 01.EKKA’s raw new single ‘Leased Affection’ documents the demise of a relationship

The Melbourne rapper wears his heart on his sleeve on his new track.

Emerging MC from Melbourne’s inner north, 01.EKKA, has revealed a new single. Titled ‘Leased Affection’, the track follows a relationship from its peak to the breaking point and beyond, where the brokenhearted rapper is left to pick up the pieces.

Keep up with all the music news, reviews and interviews here.

Backed by a melancholic melody interwoven with vocal samples and rhythmic beats, ‘Leased Affection’ is instantly catchy yet full of raw emotion.

Broken up into three chapters, the single sees 01.EKKA flex his lyrical flow as he riffs on love and how relationships can consume us.

The single release comes hand-in-hand with a cinematic film clip shot by videographer Tomise.

Premiered via BODYBAGMEDIA, the self-directed film clip follows the narrative of ‘Leased Affection’, documenting the demise of a relationship.

Featuring emphatic scenes depicting a tumultuous relationship shot at various recognisable Melbourne locations, the aesthetically pleasing film clip perfectly mirrors 01.EKKA’s words, adding extra force to the gut punch the track delivers.

Watch the film clip for ‘Leased Affection’ below. 

‘Leased Affection’ is out now. For more from 01.EKKA, check out his Facebook or Soundcloud

The Black Sorrows and Boom Crash Opera to headline Melbourne mini-festival Wanstock

Wanstock 2021 goes down on Saturday July 17.

In March 2020, Wanstock enjoyed its third instalment, welcoming the likes of Ted Mulry Gang, Get Rocked, Kings of Oz, City Sharps and more to the Shoppingtown Hotel stage.

A lot has changed since those pre-COVID days, and while Wanstock has endured the rigmarole of the pandemic like all other events trying to get off the ground, it’s forging ahead for 2021, preparing a fantastic lineup in the process.

What you need to know

  • Wanstock returns for 2021, coming to Shoppingtown Hotel in July
  • The mini-festival will be headlined by The Black Sorrows and Boom Crash Opera
  • Tickets are on sale now

Keep up with all the festival news, reviews and interviews here.

Going down on Saturday July 17 at the Shoppingtown Hotel, Wanstock 2021 will welcome a slew of respected names to the stage, with the equally-esteemed Black Sorrows and Boom Crash Opera heading up the bill. Rounding out the lineup are Wanstock alumni Kings of Oz, Stonetrip and The Day Dreamers.

Behind ARIA Hall of Famer Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular outfits – one that electrify on the stage and off it, delivering joyous and danceable soul, blues and country singalongs. Expect songs from the band’s extensive back catalogue as well as some cuts from Camilleri’s forthcoming 50th album release, Saint Georges Road.

Boom Crash Opera are rock’n’roll icons who first cut their teeth in the mid ’80s and have solidified an enduring legacy in Australian music folklore. Fronted by Dale Ryder, some of the band’s most notable tracks include ‘Onionskin’, ‘Dancing in the Storm’ and ‘Great Wall’.

It all kicks off from 5pm on Saturday July 17, with The Day Dreamers performing the opening set. The Black Sorrows will close the mini-festival, kicking off from 10:50pm and playing late into the night.

Wanstock 2021 goes down at Shoppingtown Hotel, Doncaster on Saturday July 17. Grab tix here.

Local legends KAIJU! just released two colossal seasonal craft beers for winter

The creators of beer’s most weird and wonderful innovations are back.

After last year’s simultaneous return of beer heavyweights, ‘Where Strides the Behemoth’ and ‘Betelgeuse’, led to the very first KAIJU! Heavyweights of Beer Title Fight, it was inevitable that a rematch would ensue.

Releasing these two beers at the same time, and encouraging beer lovers to try them against each other, was a unique way to bring back two KAIJU! favourites after a long absence, which was well-received by beer lovers.

Check out Beat Eats for the latest Melbourne food and booze news.

With the release of these bigger beers arriving on July 1 – perfect for winter – it looks like the Heavyweights of Beer Title Fight might become an annual occasion, which would be a welcome addition to any beer calendar.

So what can be expected from this year’s encounter?

KAIJU!’s ‘Where Strides the Behemoth’ Double India Black Ale is probably Australia’s hoppiest beer, with 30 grams added per litre produced. The roast, chocolate, coffee and malty intensity still asserts itself alongside the huge, dank hop character in this bold and adventurous drink.

With rummy notes, 10.5% ABV and made with Chinook, Columbus, Amarillo and Simcoe (US) hops, this beer provides full palate saturation and an unforgettable experience. It’s an intensity that can’t be adequately described, only experienced.

Next, is KAIJU’s ‘Cosmos Disrupting Betelgeuse’ Double Red Ale. The big brother of KAIJU!’s ‘Hopped Out Red’ offering, the beer presents much like a hoppy American barley wine. Heady malt character and firm hop bitterness, this one lingers on the palate for minutes.

With Columbus, Chinook, Cascade, Cryo Mosaic (US) and Nelson Sauvin (NZ) hops, in ‘Cosmos Disrupting Betelguese’ you can expect an expansive, delicious drop.

Find these beer heavyweights at your local bottle shop from July 1 or head to the KAIJU! website for stockists.

Yarraville’s beloved Setting Sun Film Festival is on now, with over 80 films to watch online

The festival was set to span both digital and in-person screenings in 2021, but the recent lockdown has meant it has shifted solely online.

The 2021 Setting Sun Film Festival has just begun, offering cinephiles over 80 films on demand. The beloved local Melbourne festival was scheduled to be a hybrid event this year – spanning both digital screenings and those in person – but given the recent lockdown and with cinemas only able to operate up to 25 per cent capacity, it has shifted solely online.

Going down from now until Saturday June 26, punters will be able to access the Setting Sun Film Festival via nine film sessions. Program A comprises three paid sessions and encompasses the films that were scheduled to take place in person at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre.

Keep up with the latest film and TV news here.

Here, audiences will be able view the Opening Night Program (Golden Sunset), the female filmmakers’ Rouge Program and the Greek Psarokokalo program – a special suite of films from the Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival in Athens. Audiences can purchase one session for $10 or three sessions for $20.

Program B is free and comprises six sessions – The Banksia, The Dahlia, The Lilith, The Bridge, The Footscray Flapper, and the Rising Sun Youth session sponsored by Victoria University.

The Setting Sun Film Festival is enjoying its eighth instalment in 2021. It’s become a beloved event on the calendar, offering film lovers and beyond a culturally-diverse program year after year, one that reflects the reality of Melbourne’s western suburbs and Australian society.

The Setting Sun Film Festival takes place from now until Saturday June 26. Plan your Setting Sun journey here.

Craig Woodward

Fair Weathr.

The Reclink Community Cup is back for 2021, but won’t be going ahead in Melbourne

The fully-fledged event won’t be going ahead in Melbourne or Sydney this year, but Reclink has advised that “alternate events” are being planned.

The Reclink Community Cup has announced its 2021 return, however, the event will not be taking place in Melbourne this time around.

In a recent announcement, Reclink Australia confirmed events for Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra and Fremantle, but noted the 2021 Reclink Community Cup would not be going ahead in Melbourne or Sydney.

What you need to know

  • The Reclink Australia Community Cup is back for 2021, but won’t be going down in Melbourne or Sydney this year
  • Reclink has advised that while the Community Cup itself won’t be taking place, “alternate events” are being planned for each of these cities
  • The Melbourne leg of the Reclink Community Cup raises upwards of $200,000 for Reclink Australia each year and is one of the most popular events on the social calendar

Keep up with all the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

They did however indicate that “alternate events” are being planned in lieu of the fully-fledged Community Cup celebration.

The Community Cup first took place in 1997, when Triple R Program Manager James Young suggested Triple R and PBS 106.7FM join forces as team Megahertz to take on the Rockdogs in a friendly footy game to raise money for the Sacred Heart Mission.

Now, the Melbourne leg of the Reclink Community Cup raises upwards of $200,000 for Reclink Australia each year and brings crowds of over 14,000 to its home at Victoria Park.

The most recent Melbourne instalment was in 2019 – the event’s 25th anniversary edition – and saw the likes of Dan Sultan, Paul Kelly, Magic Dirt, Baker Boy and Harvey Sutherland perform.

Offering critical social-inclusion opportunities for disadvantaged Australians through sport, art and recreation programs, Reclink is one of the nation’s most established non-profit organisations. The Reclink Community Cup provides an important contribution to the foundation’s annual fundraising efforts, especially during the current pandemic, where the risk of social isolation and disconnection is even greater for Australian communities.


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Stay tuned for more announcements regarding the “alternate events” in store for Melbourne. For more on the Reclink Community Cup, head here.

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SCHOOL’S OUT! Riot Baby School Holiday Show

Riot Baby return to the Thornbury Bowls Club bringing their fast and loud music for little people and the big people who take them to gigs.

Also featuring Grasshoppa hip hop dance crew who will perform, and run a dance workshop for all ages (no big people messing around on their phones at the back!).

Big and little people – $15
Very little people (under 12 months) – Free

Tickets very limited due to patron caps at the moment, so get in quick!

Riot Baby play fast and loud music for little people, and the big people who take them to gigs.


Check out some of our tracks here:




This event takes place on Wurundjeri land. Always was, always will be.

Melbourne Whisky Week

Melbourne Whisky Week is the ultimate Spirit & Whisky Experience, with over 40 diverse and innovative venue-based events, the Whisky and Spirit Showcase, plus the festival hub bar and the vibrant and uniqueness of Melbourne city as the backdrop, this is an event not to be missed.

The 2021 inaugural Melbourne Whisky Week Festival is a spectacular like no other, attracting attendees from across Victoria. MWW is a unique event that showcases a range of traditional, diverse, and new-world spirits and whiskies.

“While I think it’s fair to say that most of the world is just waking up to the fact that Australian whisky is on the map at all, I would dare to say that these whiskies and the future of whiskies from down under, may turn the world upside down, literally flipping the hegemonic order on its head, with Australia at the top of the pile in the 21st century.” – Sam Simmons, ATOM Brands

Supported by our Major Partners City of Melbourne & Visit Victoria, MWW is an event of discovery, appreciation and excitement for whisky and spirits!

The event seeks to encourage more people into the good whisky world and one of its key objectives is to capture audiences across the entire State of Victoria. To do this MWW will divide the event into four streams to make it easier for attendees to discover what stage of their whisky experience they are at. These streams are: Whisky Enjoyment, the Whisky Connoisseur, those who enjoy Fun Times and the Food Enthusiast.

Melbourne Whisky Week will become Australia’s preeminent Whisky event that will stand out on the calendar as a ‘must-attend’ event for national whisky enthusiasts. With plans to grow the event over the next four years into a global festival that attracts over 80,000+ attendees from across Australia and internationally.

Key Event Features

• An exciting and dedicated weeklong program, Melbourne Whisky Week offers a series of Whisky & Spirit events. Showcasing a range of whisky programmed elements across bars, restaurants, pop up events and more. Venues will be home to a range of events for a diverse range of interests, these include Whisky Enjoyment, the Whisky Connoisseur, those who enjoy Fun Times and the Food Enthusiast.
• The Melbourne Whisky & Spirit Showcase is a feature event for the festival. This event is a two-day showcase of Whisky & Spirits across a range of tasting stalls, consumption bars, product sales sites and Masterclasses.
• A final exciting element of the festival is the MWW Pop Up Festival Bar. This bar will be in operation across the weeklong festival, located in the Melbourne CBD. This vibrant festival hub bar will feature sponsor only Whisky and Spirits.

STREAM: Music Horizon Live

Limited one-time live virtual charity event presenting a handful of talented artists, raising funds for Beyond Blue. Join us on Friday 18th June at 6pm AEST via Instagram Live to experience incredible live performances and show your support to local artists.

Sudden Debt + Popolice

Sudden Debt is a Melbourne 3 piece made up of Laura Hawkins (drums), Patrick Hatch (Ivy St) and Jonathon McCarthy (Heart Beach).

The band will celebrate their first ever release — DAY/SG — with a live show at Old Bar, Fitzroy with Popolice (on the 14th of July 2021.


Melbourne’s drag scene is popping right now, so where are the best spots to catch a drag show?

We explore the story of Melbourne’s drag scene.

Many of us know drag queens through the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race. You may be familiar with people screaming “YAAAASSSSS QUEEEN” followed by a very loud tongue pop, or you’ve seen some exuberant costumes strutting down a runway.

RuPaul Charles has been integral in paving the way for many drag queens, however Melbourne’s drag scene consists of a large variety and history of different acts, all unique and fabulous in their own right – Okurrr.

Keep up with all the arts news, reviews and interviews here.

The most pivotal moment in Australian drag was in the early ’90s, when The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert launched drag into the mainstream. It was no longer seen as something which was taboo or shameful, but something to be celebrated. One of Melbourne’s most famous drag spots was Trish’s Coffee Shop in North Melbourne, which ran for over 25 years supporting new and emerging queens into the industry.

Fast forward to 2021, there is an abundance of regular drag shows across Melbourne. Not only can you go see a choreographed show, but you can participate in drag bingo, see drag queen stand up comedy and even hire queens to come to your bachelorette party.

Here’s an insight into where to go and who you can visit when exploring Melbourne’s thriving drag scene.

Mollie’s Bar & Diner

From ‘Drag and Spag’ nights, to drag bingo, this Fitzroy institution features a variety of different themed events, hosted by the likes of Sasha Starr, Leasa Mann and Tequila Mockingbird.

103 Smith St, Fitzroy. More info here.

Vau d’vile

Dinner and a show! Friday and Saturday nights at Vau d’vile is a sit down dinner with drag performances so gear up for a boozy night and a lot of fun. Vau’s also do drag bingo on Thursday nights. Expect to see the Vau d’vile Vixens made up of Bumpa Love, Jemima Handful, Jacqui Meoff, Bubbles International, Isis Avis Loren and Daytona 500.

62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy. More info here.


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The Rubber Chicken

At The Rubber Chicken, get ready for drag bingo hosted by Alexander McKween. Get yourself a $5 bingo card and expect a lot of laughs – it’s a cheap and cheerful night out every Wednesday.

256 Moray Street, South Melbourne. More info here.

Pride of our Footscray Community Bar

Pride of our Footscray’s signed pledge is “I am part of the human race and I respect diversity, including but not limited to, diversity of thought, opinion, gender, culture, ethnicity, religion and sexuality”. They have drag bingo Wednesdays hosted by Aurora Arsenic, Friday Pride Live featuring live music and drag, hosted by Joslyn Bosoms and Saturday Night Party with Bathsheba.

1/86-88 Hopkins St, Footscray. More info here.

Nevermind Bar

On Tuesday nights Hawthorn’s Nevermind Bar hosts drag bingo with Simple the Drag Qween. $10 to play, it coincides with a $10 pizza night as well.

336 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn. More info here.


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The Smith

Every Sunday, Kali Fornikate and Babyslutxo host a two-hour brunch for $65 per person. It’s bottomless spritzers and drag queens lip syncing for their lives! Where else would you want to be?!

213 High St, Prahran. More info here.

DT’s Hotel

Thomas Jasper’s Big Gay Trivia Night is on every Tuesday, while there’s Candee Shoppe Cabaret weekly, featuring performances from queens, Miss Candee, Laura Gravity and Suzie Ridge. DT’s Hotel is described as an unpretentious gay-friendly space.

164 Church St, Richmond. More info here.

Keen on another fun read? Check out our piece on all the spots to get your film developed in Melbourne.

Looking for a gig this weekend? A seven-hour jazz party is going down at The Night Cat tomorrow

Moor Music are back with another event spotlighting Melbourne’s most exciting contemporary jazz artists.

The crew at Moor Music are making a habit of throwing epic events celebrating some of the best up-and-coming music talent Melbourne has to offer.

After a hosting a nine-hour warehouse rave at Rubix Warehouse in May, the event collective are back with another party which will see them take over The Night Cat across seven hours on Saturday.

Keep up with all the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.

Billed as an “evening of nu-jazz and visual immersion”, DAWN will welcome some of Melbourne’s most exciting underground artists and nu-jazz collectives to the stage, filling the venue with transcendent soundscapes and endless good times.

Spanning two sessions – one from 8pm to 11pm and another from 11:30pm to 3am – DAWN will see the likes of goodmood (UK)Emma Volard and Charles-Eddy Vitry aka Mr Pitiful perform for the early slot, while Uncomfortable ScienceProto Moro and Moor Music DJs take the stage for the later slot.

goodmood is the brainchild of the talented Lewis Moody (Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange, JK Group) – a project that sees the artist straddle house, broken beat and jazz genres to craft mesmeric sounds. Volard pushes the boundaries of contemporary soul to create her own atmospheres of music, where her vibrant vocals are complemented by swirling jazz instrumentation.

Then there’s Mr Pitiful, probably the most well-travelled of the DAWN artists – having spent time in Paris, New York, Montreal, Switzerland and beyond. He’s a genre-defying aficionado who spins jazz groove, hip hop, house and more.

Of the later acts, Uncomfortable Science is one for the improv enthusiasts out there. Armed with a whiteboard and pen, bandleader Lachlan Mitchell – of Laneous, Jazz Party and Vulture St Tape Gang fame – directs an ever-changing lineup of artists down transient, yet coherent, avenues of sound.

Capping off the bands, Proto Moro are one of Melbourne’s hype outfits at the moment – a collective well supported by the Colour Club team who craft their own dexterous jazz arrangements.

DAWN goes down at The Night Cat on Saturday June 19. Grab tix here.

Melbourne’s Replay Festival is rebooting the best local comedy shows from recent times

Introducing Comedy Republic’s Replay Festival.

Comedy Republic’s Replay Festival is rebooting a bunch of the best local comedy shows from recent times.

Featuring Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2021 best show nominees, Ivan Aristeguieta, Michelle Brasier, Nikki Britton, Luke Heggie and David Quirk, alongside a selection of this year’s brightest talents and sell out shows, the inaugural Replay Festival will go down at Comedy Republic in the CBD from Thursday July 22 until Saturday August 14.

What you need to know

  • Comedy Republic’s Replay Festival is rebooting a number of the best local comedy shows from the past year
  • The event will see the best emerging and established talent from the festival just gone return to the stage
  • It all goes down at Comedy Republic across three weeks in July and August

Keep up with all the fresh comedy news, reviews and interviews here.

Some of the other names set to appear include Anna Piper Scott, Blake Freeman, Emma’s Debutante, Charlie Zangel, Hot Department, Josh Earl, Nina Oyama, Scout Boxall and Sami Shah.

The 2021 Replay Festival stands as the perfect opportunity for punters to appease that longing regret of missing a show, or to do it all again, reminiscing and recapturing a set that left a mark on them from the festival just gone.

“Every year I have that ‘wish I’d seen it’ feeling in the aftermath of [one of] Melbourne’s great festivals,” Comedy Republic co-owner Kyran Wheatley says. “I always intend to see everything – but sitting on the couch can be so tempting. So a season of encores seemed like the perfect fix, one more chance to get off our collective ass and see the best shows of the year.

“Comedy Republic has been a proudly independent venue for Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Midsumma so far this year, and look forward to hosting many other festival shows in the future. We’re excited to call Replay Festival our own though, giving another run to our pick of the very best, unmissable comedy shows.”


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Check out the full lineup for Replay Festival 2021 below.

Anna Piper Scott (MICF 2021 Best Newcomer Nominee)
Blake Freeman (MICF 2019 Best Newcomer Winner)
Charlie Zangel (MICF 2021 Best Newcomer Winner)
Chris Ryan (MICF 2021 Best Newcomer Nominee)
Dan Rath
Daniel Connell
David Quirk (MICF 2021 Best Show Nominee)
Emma’s Debutante
Garry Starr (MICF 2018 Golden Gibbo Winner)
Granny Bingo
Grub Podcast
Hot Department
Ivan Aristeguieta (MICF 2021 Best Show Nominee)
Josh Earl
Late Night Comedy Connection
Luke Heggie (MICF 2021 Best Show Nominee)
Michael Shafar
Michelle Brasier (MICF 2021 Best Show Nominee)
Nat Harris & Hannah Camilleri (MICF 2021 Golden Gibbo Winner)
Nikki Britton (MICF 2021 Best Show Nominee)
Nina Oyama
Sami Shah
Scout Boxall (MICF 2021 Best Newcomer Nominee)
Stuart Daulman

The 2021 Replay Festival goes down from Thursday July 22 until Saturday August 14. More info here.