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Issue 1680

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s note

Beat 1679 welcomed one of our biggest editions of the year as we explored last weekend’s Melbourne Guitar Show top to toe. I was off the tools as Splendour in the Grass beckoned which meant responsibilities shifted but certainly didn’t lessen.

Our online editor, Caleb Triscari, took charge and did a masterful job whisking 76 pages of content together. The quality of the editorial and aesthetics is testament to his versatility and attention to detail.

As the seesaw tips closer to spring, the music festival murmurs are intensifying. Certain conversations have already seen the bills for Strawberry Fields, Kennedys Creek Music Festival and Sugar Mountain emerge. With Beyond The Valley, Falls Festival, Meredith and more sure to drop very shortly, that summer anticipation is really starting to rear its head.

In fact, we’ve got Strawberry Fields on our cover this week and what a special event they have in store. Known for welcoming arguably the strongest electronic lineup Australia sees year after year, the extravaganza is not one for conventionalism and for their 11th iteration, performers such as Alfa Mist, Gordon Koang, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, DRMNGNOW and more, see the occasion continue to wander further from their electronic tree.

Elsewhere, we have a special double-page poster courtesy of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and their forthcoming 15th album. There’s also an interview with the psych lords and coverage of the upcoming Festival of Jewish Music and Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival and more. Tuck in.