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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...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 12:50pm

The Harold Park Hotel will be hosting The Laugh Stand, a huge night of comedy every Tuesday this month. 

 

On the lineup for the month is a combination of international and Australian comedians. Australian comedy royalty Fiona O'Loughlin will kick things off on Tuesday March 7, the first of four big nights. 

 

Also on the bill for March are Luke Heggie, David Smiedt...

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 12:45pm

High school students will soon have the opportunity to see Sydney's best productions for cheap, via a new 'theatre passport' scheme. 

 

The City of Sydney has today announced that it will be funding $85,000 to creative organisations in order to allow young people to experience theatre for affordable prices.

 

The digital theatre passport allows high school access to...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 5:14pm

The City of Sydney is calling on musicians, performers, residents, businesses, music industry representatives and government agencies to help review the city’s busking policy.

 

Currently, buskers have almost free reign to pay a small fee (a three-month permit is $13) to busk on City of Sydney land but the city is looking into ways to bolster its policy.

 

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Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 1:04pm

Folk rock five-piece Fleet Foxes will play their first Australian show in five years at the Sydney Opera House for this year's Vivid LIVE festival.

 

Fleet Foxes are the first band to be announced for Vivid Sydney 2017 in late May, and will debut music from their upcoming third album.

 

The band has built a solid fan base over the past decade. The Sydney-only dates...

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 9:39am

At last, the world's biggest video site is set to support live streaming of TV channels, with YouTube TV set to launch in 2017.

 

Speculation about a YouTube television streaming service has been rife in the tech industry for some time, and a YouTube blog announcement overnight...

Posted 28 Feb 2017 @ 2:00pm

The City of Sydney has today announced a number of exciting initiatives aimed at improving the night ecomony, nightlife, local music scenes, and basically moving towards fixing our city of culture.

 

It's all part of Sydney's Live Music and Performance Action Plan, which was implemented in 2014.

 

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Posted 27 Feb 2017 @ 9:39am

Sydney Symphony Orchestra will team with Diesel, David Campbell and more for two George Michael tribute concerts at Sydney Opera House.

 

Interestingly, the tribute started life on a happier note, intended to celebrate thirty years since the release of Michael's debut album Faith proved he was more than mere boy band fodder.

 

Since his untimely passing, the tribute...

Posted 26 Feb 2017 @ 4:20pm

You might remember last week’s horrific news which saw Thundamentals kept from the #1 position on the ARIA albums chart thanks to the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. Well, the good news is that you can unclench your fists of rage now, since the Aussies are back on...

Posted 25 Feb 2017 @ 1:29pm

You might recall back in March of last year, the internet was alight with rumours that the Foo Fighters were breaking up. True to their trademark humour, the group released a jovial video making it clear that they weren’t breaking up, but were taking some time off. Following news earlier this year that ...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 11:22am

Returning for its fifth year, the Sydney Opera House's All About Women festival will be shaking things up on Sunday March 5.

 

Thousands of women are expected to attend the annual All About Women festival, a day of talks and performances that will shine a light on the voices of women. Many of the major talks and performances have already had their allocations exhausted. But never...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 9:30am

Remember those horrid budget cuts to Radio National last November which axed all but one music program? And were made without ABC members’ or artists’ knowledge? Well, there’s a protest against them happening outside of the ABC today.

 

“ABC senior management has failed to acknowledge the devastating blow they have delivered to Australia’s music culture and diversity as a result...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 8:54am

Comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld will play a third and final show in Sydney as part of his 2017 Australian tour.

 

The announcement comes in response to (predictably) overwhelming demand for tickets to Seinfeld's stand-up shows, marking his first live dates Down Under in some 19 years.

 

The extra show on Thursday August 10 at the ICC Sydney Theatre is added to Seinfeld...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:07pm

Head down to Freda's Bar in Chippendale and check out the after pARTY, coinciding with this year's Art Month program.

 

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, after pARTY is the night celebrating local artists and their exhibits around the local area.

 

Sydney-based musician Chun Yin will kick off the Art Month after pARTY, exploring pop music tropes, nostalgia...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:05pm

Legendary electronic duo Underworld are coming to the Sydney Opera House this April for one show only.

 

The duo of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, who have built a legacy and fan base over the past 30 years, are known for their progressive house and techno sound.

 

Underworld are perhaps most famous for their 1996 track 'Born Slippy .NUXX', which landed at number 65 in...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 2:03pm

Ian Strange, who is known for his street art and conceptual projects, is launching his new exhibition Shadow in Chippendale this March.

 

Strange is an Australian-born, New York-based artist who went by the name Kid Zoom as an emerging street artist. He has previously exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, and will now showcase his new pop-up exhibition in Levey Street,...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 10:00am

The 13th edition of Sydney Comedy Festival is shaping up to be its biggest yet, with a bumper program of hilarious acts announced on the full lineup.

 

Over 300 of the funniest people from Australia and overseas will come together on stages around Sydney, and are expected to draw upwards of 120,000 people to their shows in April and May.

 

Returning stars include ...

Posted 20 Feb 2017 @ 9:32pm

A bunch of our favourite local bands decent on Sydney for ShoreShocked this April

 

We're all for any music event that gets awesome live music in front of the people who need it most, so the idea of having bands like Luca Brasi and Camp Cope teaming up for a free gig in April for the oft-ignored teenage crowd is definitely a great one.

 

Between most gigs either...

Posted 19 Feb 2017 @ 4:11pm

While there has been a lot of disdain held for the books and films for quite some time now, the Fifty Shades franchise has now offended some Aussies on a musical level, with the second film’s soundtrack knocking Thundamentals off the #1 spot on the ARIA charts.

 

In what has turned out to be a relatively sad week for Aussie talent, Aussie hip-hop crew Thundamentals’s fourth album...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:33pm

The third and final lineup for the 2017 Summer Dance series has been announced.

 

Glenn Underground, Anthony Naples, Daydreams and Mira Boru are the names locked in for the third Summer Dance event on Sunday March 26 at The National Art School.

 

Astral People's two previous Summer Dance events this year have seen Roland Tings, Lauren Hanson and Ben Fester play...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:30pm

5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche, the highly praised comedy stage show, is heading to the Glen Street Theatre in Belrose this March.

 

Set during the '50s, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche is a comedy about five women celebrating their annual quiche breakfast, even with the threat of nuclear annihilation.

  

It will star Catherine Alcorn, Lauren Galloway, Lauren Jackson Ashlee...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:26pm

If you like yoga and ever wanted to meditate to the sounds of Drake or Kanye, here comes your chance.

 

Tuesday February 28 is when the world of hip hop and zen collide at Bondi's Beach Road Hotel for All Of The Tights (geddit?).

 

After huge success in Melbourne, DJ Mimi and yogi expert Naya Marie will now bring their event to Sydney. All Of The Tights is organised...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 2:22pm

A day of live music will hit Parramatta on Saturday February 25 with 40 musicians playing in various pubs, cafes, record stores and places you might not expect.

 

Head down to Parramatta to check out 40 new artists playing in 15 venues in Parramatta, running throughout the afternoon.

 

Venues hosting live music including Centenary Square, Crown Hotel, Beatdisc...

Posted 17 Feb 2017 @ 12:36pm

Five venues in the CBD will be able to open for longer after successfully applying for extensions.

 

Oxford Street’s Stonewall Hotel and The World Bar in Kings Cross join The Palace Hotel, ArtHouse Hotel (both in the CBD), and the Observer Hotel at The Rocks in being granted later opening times beyond the 1:30am Sydney lockout.

 

“This means five venues in the CBD...

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