Issue 1665

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

With the advent of March comes the beginning of Brunswick’s premier music extravaganza, the Brunswick Music Festival. Across 14 days, the inner-northern suburb will be decorated with talent from home and afar, including big names such as Snail Mail and J Mascis alongside the rising talents of Stella Donnelly, Alice Skye, Genesis Owusu and HEXDEBT. It all kicks off with the occasion’s flagship event, the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday March 3, and runs until Sunday March 17.

For the festival some of the city’s most obscure venues have been reimagined through the lens of Emily Ulman, the event’s music programmer and chief futurist. Envisage dormant venues such as Estonian House, Brunswick Mechanics Institute and the Moreland Hotel brought to life through astonishing transformations.

Within our Brunswick Music Festival special we dedicate a page to the nine not-to-be-missed events alongside interviews with performing acts, J Mascis, Cosmic Psychos and Bec Sandridge. There’s also profiles on many of the participating venues, such as the Charles Weston Hotel, Edinburgh Castle and explorations into renowned restaurants and caterers, Mukka, Ciao Mamma and D1uno.

Through all the festivity and excitement of Brunswick Music Festival, it’s Foals who adorn our cover this week. Poised to reveal their first of two 2019 albums, the anticipation has never been greater for more Foals. According to frontman Yannis Phillipakis, the dual-wield effort is a product of creative superfluity – if that doesn’t get you excited, nothing will.