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Issue 1707

First things first, check out our new digs. Turns out there’s this thing called the world wide web and we’re on it, so we matched the carpet with the drapes and even have QR codes (in case that novelty hasn’t worn off yet).

This month, YIRRAMBOI Festival takes over Naarm with 170 shows across 40 venues celebrating Blak futurism and redefining what we think about First Nations art. The State Theatre will become a queer club, Melbourne Town Hall’s Grand Organ will be used for underground techno, Section 8 will explode into a huge Block Party and the Meat Market – renamed the Jack Charles Festival Hub – will transform into a First Nations runway replete with fashion, art, music, trapeze and dance.

Also in this issue, Regurgitator reflect on 25 “weird” years and their unique place in Australian music history. We chat flipping the narrative with Mo’Ju, the origins of the saxophone with Niels Bijl, embracing heritage with Jen Cloher, and diversity in theatre with & Juliet’s Amy Lehpamer and Rocky Horror Show’s Stellar Perry.

We also have guides to the best stage productions, art exhibitions and heaps of gigs this month, reviews of the latest local releases, and spotlights of the best venues to check out around the city. Dig in.