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Issue 1659

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

The door swings open on 2019 and the festivities don’t relent. Summer has its vice grip tightly fastened and as Melburnians flock to beer gardens, rooftop bars, parks and festivals to embrace the heat, artists will be at work decorating this fine city with their joyous melodies.

First on the agenda is Bring Me The Horizon, who stand before their sixth album – a gargantuan effort of bravery and radicalism. Frontman Oli Sykes is a pioneer first and foremost and wouldn’t dare nestle into a corner filled with cushions but rather barrel through a wooden door if that meant ingenuity was the crown jewel on the other side.

A chat with the thrill-seeking vocalist is accompanied by an interview with exciting electro-jazz lords Mildlife. They’ll be playing Day by the Bay festival when it comes to Mornington in late February and Point Cook in March. Outside of that, we take a dive into the Beechworth Music Festival and check out what’s going down for Bob Marley Day on Sunday January 27 – Marley’s son, Ky-Mani, will be the special guest. Tumbleweed will be taking to The Espy’s hallowed Gershwin Room while two other extremely special guests join us – Beach House of contemporary ranks and Roger Hodgson of Supertramp fame.

Get ready folks, 2019 is going to be a doozy.