Issue 1666

words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

There goes another month and despite the goodbyes of summer, the clutch of life’s hottest season won’t relent quite yet. March is always perforated by a hangover that brings joy to some and continued irritation to others. We’ll still get 20s for a few weeks now so don’t pack away your speedos and board shorts just yet.

As we march into the third month of the year, Brunswick Music Festival is rearing its head. The Sydney Road Street Party went off with a bang and now it’s onto the bands and venues to bring this storied neighbourhood to life. As the first weekend of the extravaganza concludes, summer’s closing festival run fires up as Download Festival, Golden Plains, Pitch Music & Arts, among others, bring joy to the reveller. The former of the three is festooned with a frantic lineup, featuring the likes of Slayer (playing their final-ever shows), Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Ghost and more. The latter of the four adorn this week’s cover in all their ghoulish glory.

On top of that, we’ve welcomed Stella Donnelly, Melanie, The Jesus & Mary Chain and Phil Manning’s Chain onto the Beat premises before they perform their forthcoming slots across Victoria. Most notable is Melanie, the eminent singer-songwriter who played at Woodstock and will be paying tribute to the cultural behemoth at Port Fairy Folk Festival, 50 years on. Dive in folks, don’t forget your goggles.