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Issue 1704


Live at the Bowl, St Kilda Festival and Midsumma: it’s February and it’s as hot as it gets down here at the end of the earth. That means we’re also smack bang in the middle of festival season, because you don’t know anything about comedowns until you’ve endured them with red-raw sunburn, in the upstairs bedroom of a ramshackle terrace with no air con.

The music makes it all worth it, so this month we feature one of Naarm’s fastest-rising renaissance women: DJ, producer, fashion and graphic designer, model and all-round good egg Soju Gang, who’s bringing her acclaimed Sorbaes party back to Live at the Bowl. Melbourne’s famous grassy knoll also welcomes Icehouse this month, so we’ve saved room for a trip down memory lane with the legendary Iva Davies. We also celebrate the return of St Kilda Festival with a big centre spread (they have a bloody ripper of a lineup this year) and peruse Midsumma with blond bombshell Joel Creasey.

Speaking of bombshells – Maisie Peters dropped by for a chinwag before she plays a little venue called the MCG with some bloke called Ed Sheeran. We also discuss aliens in the desert with Freya Josephine Hollick, the state of the union with Civic, meet the artists behind ACCA’s freaky new exhibition Data Relations, and find out what a picó soundsystem is, thanks to our new verbena-starters El Gran Mono.

Plus all the regular stuff, it’s a huge issue. We need to lie down, where’s that bloody aloe vera…

Photographer is Arianna Leggiero (@ariannaharryphoto).