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Issue 1705

Words by Lucas Radbourne

This month we raise a glass to Camp Cope, who headline both BMF and this rag in celebration of their final shows. We have detailed guides for the entire festival and the Sydney Road Street Party within, so consider Beat your BMF bible.

In news that makes us feel almost as old as we look, Jimmy Eat World has now been popping punk for 30 years, so we bonded over unnaturally long life before they rock Rod Laver with My Chemical Romance.

We also chat to Folk Bitch Trio about meeting your idols, geek over guitars with Hussy Hicks, and learn about cocaine-funded hippos with Harry Hook.

We’re also saving space to gorge on Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s delectable degustation, before we cast a more critical eye over this city’s hospitality culture with MASS. Like every festival this month, MFWF is packed with international attractions but everyone’s just interested in the locals. That’s the way we like it.