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Issue 1661

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

The last weekend of January brought with it the last moments of the Australian Open, the opening of the Zoo Twilights program, Australia Day from start to finish alongside triple j’s famous countdown since removed from its traditional day. Punters ran wild as the beers flowed and idiocy was normalised for a quick moment.

Australia Day holds a sinister place in the fabric of our nation – it’s been glorified for longer than I can think to imagine and maybe it’s time to reconsider its place. Why are we celebrating Australia Day? Is such reasoning consistent with our current values as a nation? Maybe not.

As we tick over into February we welcome the beginning of PBS 106.7FM’s premier music extravaganza – the Drive Live which takes over the Easey Street premises for five days. To mark nine stellar years of the week-long festival, we’ve put together a special retrospective of the nine best shows to have ever happened as part of the program. There’s The Peep Tempel, Gizz, Courtney Barnett, The Drones and that’s just the beginning.

Grampians Music Festival is approaching fast and we chat to festival director Carly Flecknoe about what’s in store. Set in the foothills of the stunning Grampians, the lineup is rich with diversity matching its inclusive air.

Intriguingly, we’ve also got Greta Van Fleet, Adalita and the Fem Belling who’s set to perform as part of Chapel Summer Sessions in mid February. That’s 1661 folks. Get ready.