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Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 1:59pm

The Vivid Ideas program will host more than 200 events to get you thinking in 2017. 

 

Part of the Vivid Sydney festival, Vivid Ideas is a set of conferences and talks focusing on the changing face of creative industries. American artist Shepard Fairey will headline this year's lineup of creative thinkers.

  

Fairey is renowned for his HOPE poster, the famous image...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 12:04pm

Vivid Sydney has just announced the program for its 2017 festival of light. And for the first time, Barangaroo has been added to the illuminated list. 

 

This year's program will brighten up even more of Sydney's beloved cityscape. Our Instagram feeds will have more variety than ever with the announcement that Barangaroo will join the bill for the first time, telling the story of...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 11:30am

Sydney's forward-looking rockers Dappled Cities are back.

 

The indie heroes will release their fifth album ||||| (Five) on Friday May 5, following up the first tasters in the form of 'That Sound' and 'Stone Men'.

 

Now, they've locked in a special hometown launch show as part of the Vivid Sydney lineup, taking place at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place on...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 11:25am

After a successful launch event last time around, Vivid Sydney is once again putting silent disco on ice for two weeks this winter.

 

Don the headphones and enjoy a live DJ set while you skate the rink at Central Park Mall in Chippendale from 4pm each day.

 

The rink itself will be open from 10am until 8pm daily, with all ages welcome. Capacity is limited to 45...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:47am

The full program for the Sydney Opera House's Vivid LIVE festival is here.

 

Following the announcement that Fleet Foxes are reforming and will headline Vivid LIVE with a series of Opera House shows, the festival programmers have now revealed a bumper full lineup.

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Posted 13 Mar 2017 @ 10:43am

NSW Police ran drug operations at a number of festivals in Sydney over the weekend, resulting in 150 busts.

 

A series of festivals and large concerts across Sydney were targeted by police: Saturday's Days Like This festival was hit the hardest, and saw 97 charges of drug possession, and two charges of drug supply.

 

Moore...

Posted 12 Mar 2017 @ 3:53pm

Ed Sheeran has dominated Aussie charts once again, with an array of singles, and third album ÷ (Divide), sitting pretty on top of the charts, with Aussies doing their best to catch up to the charismatic Englishman.

 

When Ed Sheeran’s newest album Divide came out this week, fans knew that there was going to be some domination by Sheeran in the albums and singles charts, and...

Posted 11 Mar 2017 @ 1:21pm

As anyone knows, working from home can be a hard thing to do, especially when you're Robert E. Kelly, an academic who is based out of a South Korean university. While partaking in an interview with the BBC, a future viral video moment was created, however, typical racism soon followed from the Twittersphere.

 

Robert E. Kelly had been involved in a video interview with the BBC,...

Posted 11 Mar 2017 @ 11:23am

We’ve known for a long time now that Elton John casts a wide net when it comes to the music he either listens to, or is involved in. Heck, we only need to look at 2Pac’s ‘Ghetto Gospel’, which samples John’s ‘Indian Sunset’, to know that he’s a fan of hip-hop, but a recent trip to a Canadian record store just goes on to prove his love for the genre.

 

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Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 2:31pm

It’s been over two weeks since the BRAG called out Sydney’s Days Like This festival for featuring zero females on its 30-strong artist bill.

 

“We weren’t the only ones who had picked up on this,” said BRAG reporter Jessica Westcott. “Nina Las Vegas sent out a tweet and got into a dialogue with Alison Wonderland. But within the hour they had taken the tweets down.”

 

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Posted 10 Mar 2017 @ 11:14am

The Sydney music scene has been dealt another blow, with the closure of Glebe Point Road venue Mr Falcon's.

 

UPDATE: City of Sydney has issued the following statement:

The closure of Mr Falcon’s was a decision of the property owner. 

The City of Sydney has previously contacted the premise about instances of trading outside of approved hours, but did not take any...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 5:09pm

Sydney live music venue Newtown Social Club will be revamped by its new owners to open as a mini-golf bar.

 

The announcement of the venue's impending closure was made in January, and Sydney music lovers reacted with a mix of disappointment and anger....

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:43pm

Seventh Street Media is proud to announce the launch of The Industry Observer, Australasia’s new destination for music industry news, in-depth analysis, discussion, charts, and more.

 

The service will be entirely free, without any paywalls or premium subscriptions, making it both the perfect entry point for...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:19pm

After blowing away audiences in South Australia, The Popular Mechanicals, a play inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, will debut at The Wharf this April.

 

Based on characters from A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Popular Mechanicals was written by Keith Robinson and Tony Taylor in 1987. The play follows the backstory of the Mechanicals, a group of characters...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:18pm

Canadian progressive rock trio The Tea Party will play their first symphony orchestra shows in Australia when they tour here next month.

 

Along with a 48-piece orchestra, The Tea Party will hit Sydney as part of their national tour, playing at The Star Event Centre with the Sydney Youth Orchestras on Friday April 21. 

 

Forming in 1990, the band was propelled into...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:16pm

Comedian and radio host Merrick Watts will host the 2017 Raw Comedy final for New South Wales.

 

The winner of the state final will head down to Melbourne in April to compete in the National Final as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Sunday April 16. Previous years' winners include Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby and Adam Spencer.

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:15pm

For the second year, The Day Street Band will play the Leichhardt Bowling Club to raise funds for women's refuge program, Detour House.

 

Detour House was set up in 1984 with the goal of help women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Joining The Day Street Band for this charity gig will be The Soul Messengers and Amanda Easton. Last year, the event raised over $3,000 for ...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:13pm

Australian-born, New York-based photojournalist Angus Mordant will present his first photo exhibit at Dominik Mersch Gallery, centered around the Standing Rock protests.

 

Angus' exhibition of 15 photos covering the controversial protests last year showcases the protesters' unity and their conflict with law enforcement.

 

The Standing Rock protests have taken place...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 1:46pm

There are plenty of things we already need to spend our precious little money on, so it’s nice when someone comes along and says, “Hey, you know what? Have a free gig on us!”

 

It’s even better when that gig features a one-two punch of the country’s must-see punk bands: Dumb Punts and Wash.

 

This month, the bands will join forces for a free double-header at beloved...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:11pm

Nick Cave fans will be delighted with today's news of a career-spanning box set.

 

Lovely Creatures: The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1984 – 2014 will be available in numerous formats, the most exciting of which will feature three discs of material, a two-hour DVD filled with interviews, live footage and other bits, and a 256-page hardcover book with essays, photos, and...

Posted 7 Mar 2017 @ 3:07pm

Triple J will be celebrating International Women’s Day tomorrow by only playing songs by women across all three of its stations: triple j, Double J, and NOVA969 (just kidding; the other one is, of course, triple j Unearthed).

 

In addition the stations will feature only their female hosts: Veronica Milsom and Alex Lee on Breakfast, Zan Rowe on Mornings, Gen Fricker at Lunch, Coda...

Posted 6 Mar 2017 @ 9:07am

A new crime report has revealed that Sydney's controversial lockout laws are simply displacing incidents of violence and assault to other areas of the city.

 

The new report by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, as revealed in today's...

Posted 5 Mar 2017 @ 5:27pm

The Aussie charts have seen somewhat of a friendly rivalry in action this week, with both The Waifs and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard fighting for the number one position on the Aussie music charts this week.

 

The Waifs are this week celebrating the #1 chart debut of their eighth record Ironbark, while King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have been relegated to a highly...

Posted 4 Mar 2017 @ 11:40am

After a three year wait, it looks like we’re finally going to be seeing some new music from Alt-J. With a teaser video being posted online, fans have managed to uncover new information about the group’s new record.

 

The group’s official YouTube account recently posted a video featuring a short, one minute...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 4:46pm

The inclusive, endlessly supportive DIY venue is calling it a day.

 

Black Wire Records, a longtime home for Australian and international alternative, punk, lo-fi and heavy metal bands has announced today its closure. The news is particularly painful given the recent spate of closures racking Sydney - most notably characterised by the closing of the Newtown Social Club doors....

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:26am

Talk, a play that addresses the pressures of the 24-hour news cycle, will debut at the Sydney Opera House this coming April.

 

Directed by Jonathan Biggins and presented by the Sydney Theatre Company, Talk covers the relationship between journalism, the justice system, the political establishment and social media. 

 

Talk stars John Walters, with the veteran...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 11:17am

Afrobeats is set to return for a fourth time, bringing African culture to the Greenwood Hotel in North Sydney.

 

The lineup for this year's Afrobeats festival includes Fasmwa, Dante, Ronnie and more, all of whom will bring ineffably cool African tunes to the North Sydney hotel.

 

The festival showcases African culture though music, dance and performances, so it's...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 5:00pm

Burgapalooza, the festival dedicated to burgers, is returning to Sydney in 2017.

 

After Burgapalooza's 2016 debut saw it expand at the last minute to account for the enormous interest and ticket sales, this year's follow-up will be even bigger, taking place across a weekend in Marrickville.

 

The buns will be on hand from BL Burgers, Burger Head, Down 'N' Out,...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:35pm

Krakatau have been announced as the headliners of Volumes Monthly's March showcase, happening on Saturday March 18.

 

Emerging in 2015 as a live music and art experience, Volumes is all about championing Australian creatives in interesting ways. And Volumes Monthly is its latest project.

 

The March event will see a stacked lineup of Australian artists play Cake...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 2:31pm

On the anniversary of Prince's passing, Late Night Tuff Guy will perform a special tribute show honouring the life and career of the enigmatic artist. 

 

Late Nite Tuff Guy, a big name in Australia's house and disco scene, has always been a huge fan of Prince. After spending the last 30 years collecting Prince's anthology, he has created a show that will combine the works of his...

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