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Issue 1681

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

The festival lineup lid is officially off. Whether it be Meredith, Falls Festival, Beyond The Valley, NYE On The Hill or a raft of others, first announcements are being made left, right and centre. Jaws are dropping or remaining clenched pending punters’ appraisal and bank balances are being slashed. We’ll do anything for the party, hey?

Alongside all the hot summer lineup announcements, for this edition, we spotlight the ever-ambitious Live N Local Festival which electrifies Melbourne’s southside with the best local music talent in late August. Us at Beat have been lucky enough to curate the event’s Closing Party and have put together a deep-diving lineup of the new and emerging. Electronic R&B three-piece Huntly lead the way off the back of their journey through Europe with rising garage rockers Bad Bangs and indie-psych cosmonauts Purr Usual rounding out the bill.

There’s a cheeky Father’s Day special inside as well to get all generous and loving sons and daughters ready for the big day on Sunday September 1. Outside of that, there’s chats with Slum Sociable ahead of their upcoming show for NGV Friday Nights and a dedicated metal spread courtesy of Cradle of Filth and Metal Church. An exploration into the new Lou Reed tribute coming to town also features; the late great’s seminal Transformer record will be celebrated at the upcoming Festival of Jewish Arts and Music.

Bring a towel, it’s time to dive in.