Issue 1695

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

Bluesfest is but a month away and excitement levels are starting to peak, not just for the festival itself but for the bevy of sideshows that are set to enliven Melbourne as part of the parade.

Patti Smith will be making her return alongside her band. Then there’s The Wailers, Allen Stone, Mavis Staples, George Benson, Eagles of Death Metal and Morcheeba making the journey down to Melbourne. And that’s just the start.

Before Melbourne comes alive with the best that Bluesfest has to offer, we chat to one artist whose international reputation precedes her. LP is a lord of rock’n’roll and has written songs for the likes of Cher, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera. She also collaborated with Morrissey on his 2019 covers album, California Son. Making her Australian debut for Bluesfest, this will be LP’s big opportunity to make an impression so you can expect a seriously special show from the New York native.

Outside of that, we’re spotlighting the Great Ocean Road in all its beauty. Featuring festivals, chocolateries, ice-creameries, markets and everything in between, take a Beat with you on your next trip down the coast. There’s also the final scoop on Download Festival and some chats with the likes of Ocean Grove, Porches as well as rock legends Stone Temple Pilots and Live before they drop in for Under the Southern Stars.

Beat #1695, let’s rock!