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Issue 1606

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Editor’s Note

Can you believe we’re less than a fortnight from Christmas? And I don’t know about you, but I’ve bought 100 percent more presents for myself than I have for anyone else. Luckily (for all of us) we’ve got a second round of Christmas gift tips ready to go. Then as soon as Christmas is over, it’s time to get New Year’s ready and you can bet you’ll find me ticking over the New Year at Beyond The Valley.

Our cover stars, Brisbane five-piece The Belligerents will also be there, celebrating their phenom debut album Science Fiction. We chatted to vocalist Lewis Stephenson all about it. Speaking of fire records, Sampa The Great just dropped one and we caught up with her too. We’re also celebrating albums past with British India and getting ready for Falls Festival with Everything Everything.

If getting out of the state is more you’re style, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best bits at next year’s Mofo – it’s the last year the festival will be at Mona, so it’s going to be pretty special.

Here I was planning to spend the break in my pjs, doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.