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Issue 1703

Words by Lucas Radbourne

It’s our last issue for 2022 and maybe our last issue ever, if Elon Musk’s proposed takeover goes through (we have a pretty lofty asking price of $10 and a bag of hot chips). News that Neighbours is returning to TV has ruined 2023 already, but you can keep reading us online over New Year’s regardless. Don’t worry about our skeleton holiday editorial staff either – we run a pretty tight ship over here at Bear Magazine.

In December, we’re packing them in like sardines. Our cover stars are Spacey Jane, who’ll be playing Falls Festival’s one-off Melbourne CBD spectacular this New Year’s Eve. We also speak to Yothu Yindi, who’ll be headlining BLAKTIVISM at Hamer Hall, as well as a little festival called Meredith that you mighta heard of. We chat to Dry Cleaning, Ty Segall, Telenova, Lipstereo, Smoke Stack Rhino, Shannon Cannon and recount wall stories with one of Melbourne’s most infamous graffiti artists.

We also preview Live at the Bowl and all of its amazing events coming to Melbourne this summer, one of which – Midsumma Festival – we have a separate celebration of in this month’s mag. We also have our regular guides to the best festivals, theatre productions and art exhibitions happening across the city this month. Plus, we even have a gift guide. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.