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Issue 1694

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

For 2020, the Brunswick Music Festival has built another incredible lineup that celebrates cultures and genres across the board. Featuring the likes of international heavyweights The Blind Boys of Alabama and Kevin Morby as well as local legends such as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and C.W. Stoneking, this year is proving to be a bumper instalment.

To get you in the mood for the festivities, we’ve prepared a dedicated Brunswick Music Festival guide exploring all the gigs to check out and all the bars and eateries to stop by when you’re immersed in the frivolities. We chat to Sheer Mag and Xylouris White while also profiling the dining hotspots Los Hermanos and Tom Phat.

On the cover this edition is seminal hard rock outfi t Clutch who are readying themselves for a special performance at Download Festival. We chat to drummer John-Paul Gaster about the band’s undying appetite to stay relevant.

Joining Clutch is a chat with fellow Download participants Deftones, another band who has built an unrivalled reputation for their consistency. Outside of that, there’s greater spotlight on the looming WOMADelaide program – we feature drum and bass icon General Levy as well as drone rockers Kikagaku Moyo.

And that’s just the start, my friends. Beat #1694 in all its glory. Time to dive in.