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Issue 1685

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s note

Sometimes life throws fire-laced curveballs at you. Putting together a 96-page magazine could be considered a roaring Mitchell Starc inswinger but now I’m talking cricket. Beat Magazine is a beast from this Wednesday October 16 – it’s festival season and that’s the catch. There’s a gazillion of these extravaganzas on our doorstep and you’re probably not ready… or maybe you are.

Needless to say, what beckons as you take a right turn down spring street (the season, not the inner Melbourne thoroughfare) is wondrous expeditions that envelope any genre under the sun. We’re lucky enough to be profiling a bunch of these – it’s like speed dating, but for festivals, so dive in and freestyle like you’re Ian Thorpe racing for gold (another sport reference, sigh). You’ll be reading about everything from the New Year’s bastion Falls Festival, to the ever-growing Tasmanian hoot, Party In The Paddock, all the way through to Bluesfest, which sits in April at the top of Mt Everest… you have to scale the heights first though.

Coinciding with our Ultimate Festival Guide comes our exploration of Halloween, the fabled yearly celebration which only grows rapidly by the year. Maybe you’d like to get all spooky at Luna Park for their Spooktober extravaganza or party it up at Spice Market in your best getup. Speaking of getup, we chat to Hardware Lane Costumes about everything they’ve got in store for the occasion – they’ve got all the tips to ensure you look scary as hell.