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Issue 1618

Words by Gloria Brancatisano

Editor’s Note

How good was Pool House Party? Even if I’m still blowing dirt out of my nose, I’m also riding the wave of happiness from a whole day of really great, really diverse music. What an absolute lineup – if you weren’t there, you missed out. Also particular shout out to Tired Lion and the assembled masses who all politely stood around and kept their cool while security and first aid attended to a fan. Maybe I’m going to the wrong shows, but I haven’t seen that before.

Now the weekend has passed though, we’re onto another spicy addition of Beat, and what an addition it is. Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez is stripping things back to solo mode for his upcoming visit to Melbourne Recital Centre, and we’ve got him on the cover to tell us all what to expect. While you’re there, learn a little more about why you should definitely sign up during Music Victoria’s membership drive, check in with Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director Susan Proven, get ready for Download with High Tension, or learn to dance with Swing Patrol. Hey, that’s only the beginning, but I won’t spoil all the surprises. Where’s the fun in that?