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Issue 1671

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Ahhhhh, Record Store Day. I’ve been warming every the limb of my lanky body for this grandiose occasion. Traversing Melbourne’s record store real estate is like tackling Manhattan in a single day – it’s so extensive but oh so glorious. The vinyl revival is well and truly here and you better embrace it because it’s the only facilitator of music’s most nostalgic and adored enterprise and the unmatched sound quality that comes with it.

Beat’s throwing a huge print party to celebrate in the form of a Record Store Day special where we welcome the likes of Dutch Vinyl, Muscle Shoals Records, Quality Records, Rathdowne Records, Record Paradise and more into our hood. These legends break down all things wax and give us the rundown on all the big surprises they have in store for this epic occasion. There will be exclusive releases and instore performances aplenty – where the hell do I sign up?

Melbourne International Comedy Festival is also running at top speed and beloved QI comedian Phill Jupitus adorns our cover as we tiptoe into the extravaganza’s third week. Don’t sleep friends – if you haven’t been to a show as yet you’re missing out. Giggle Fit architect Ron Funches also finds a spot in the mag alongside live MICF reviews from the likes of Joel Creasey, Stephen K Amos and Tash York and what fantastic shows they were.

Outside of that, there’s more on Bluesfest and discoveries of Kim Churchill, The Brave, PUP and more. Have you packed your hiking shoes? You’re going to need them.