Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 4:46pm

The futuristic disco trio of Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda are coming to Sydney for the latest instalment of the monthly live music showcase Red Bull Sound Select.


Sutherland proved himself to be one of the most exciting Australian names in live electronic music...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 2:10pm

1. Growing Up


My parents absolutely loved music and playing it loud. While Mum would do the housework, she’d be listening to artists such as Cat Stevens, The Beatles, Al Stewart, Fleetwood Mac et cetera. Who knew doing housework was so much fun? I even have a photo from when I was about seven months old – headphones on, dummy in mouth and Dad’s Kraftwerk records in the...

Posted 14 Jun 2016 @ 11:52am

Kristian Nairn (AKA, everyone's favourite gentle giant Hodor) is returning to Sydney on the Rave of Thrones Resurrection Tour, hitting the decks on a DJ tour of the country. 


An established DJ in his own right, Nairn will be dropping some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms, with punters encouraged to dress up in the finest Game of Thrones-inspired garb for the event...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 5:58pm

Over the last week or so, you may have noticed that winter has finally arrived.


It’s hard to be a gay in winter – especially if all you think we do is wear spangly hot pants and dance down Oxford Street (note: that’s definitely not all we do). But if you’ve lived in Sydney most of your life, you might be mistaken in thinking the world ends when we hit June: it’s like everyone...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 2:03pm

Red Bull isn't showing any signs of slowing down, and neither should you - the much-hyped Sound Select night is ready to bust a move come the end of June, and it wants your tush there. 


Curated by Johann Ponniah of I Oh You, June's Sound Select is set to be a banger. Headlined by musos who know exactly what they are about, the night is going to be chockers with memories, beer,...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 12:36pm

So how about that Subsonic Music Festival first lineup announcement, hey?


Pretty damn solid. While the Lee Scratch Perry meets Mad Professor collaboration is billed as the headliner, I’m friggin’ stoked to see that the house and techno luminaries Ben UFO and Jimmy Edgar are returning. A set from Josh Wink...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:49am

Benjamin John Power is Blanck Mass.


After earning his stripes as part of powerhouse noise duo Fuck Buttons, Power has since gone on to forge a formidable reputation as a solo artist in his own right. Following the huge success of his 2015 offering Dumb Flesh, Power is packing his bags for a whirlwind tour of Australia.


“I’m actually going to be in and out like a...

Posted 7 Jun 2016 @ 4:38pm

1. Growing Up


The key childhood memory was when I was listening to electronic music at eight or nine years old back in 1991ish. My friends and I were waiting for our older friends, cousins, brothers and sisters to come back from the clubs every weekend. They were bringing us tapes recorded on the night. Now that’s not really common but DJs in that time were recording various...

Posted 7 Jun 2016 @ 4:24pm

1. Growing Up


Growing up I lived with my mum, grandma, grandpa and my uncle. My uncle was a drummer in a band. I would watch him rehearse every day. He opened my world musically. When I was six, he bought me my first keyboard. From then I self-taught myself and started writing my own songs.


2. Inspirations

Timbaland, Kanye West, Prince, Alicia Keys,...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 4:00pm

2006 was a fun year for Sydney’s indie club music scene, thanks to the arrival of the DJ and event collective Purple Sneakers – although they stopped using the word ‘indie’ themselves in 2009.


“It’s such a catch-all term that doesn’t really say very much,” says founder Martin Novosel. 


Over the past ten years, Purple Sneakers has grown into a beloved music brand...

Posted 3 Jun 2016 @ 11:25am

In typical Beach Road Hotel fashion, a long weekend has been stretched out even further, with a string of events planned before the Queen's Birthday.


Kicking off the extended party is the US-based Fatherdude on Wednesday June 8 with Twinsy, Amastro, and Delta Riggs DJs at 8pm. Richie Ryan will spearhead Friday June 10, taking the stage at 8pm.


KLP will be...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 6:17pm

This week, a series of important campaigns from ACON have launched with a focus on lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women’s health.


ACON, previously known as the AIDS Council of New South Wales, was founded in 1985 to fight the AIDS crisis of the time. Since then, while still fighting HIV (with a goal to end HIV transmissions in NSW by 2020), the organisation’s focus has...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 1:41pm

The party people at S.A.S.H have locked in some very special guest artists for their upcoming long weekend marathon.


On the line up for the Queen's Birthday weekend event is Spanish beat connoisseur Julian Perez, whose boutique label produces only the finest in underground...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 4:47pm

Come Thursday June 30, FBi is set to open its doors and your ears to its intimate and last instalment of Ears Have Ears Live.


In the fast and unrelenting world of mass mainstream music, FBi Radio has been intrepidly working to support, broadcast and engage the Australian musical talent that is bursting at the seams. 


In their Ears Have Ears Live inititiave, a...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 4:02pm

It’s already time to start thinking about the 2016 incarnation of Subsonic Music Festival.


I know, right? This Sunday June 5 it’s teaming up with the dons from S.A.S.H to throw an all-day mini-festival launch party. Headlined by a secret international guest and also...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 2:51pm

Jack Glass and Chris Stracey are, in their own words, “cranking”.


“Three coffees in,” Stracey says with a laugh. “Not that chill.” The two halves of electro outfit Bag Raiders are back in their hometown of Sydney, relishing the opportunity to have an authentic caffeine hit. “[Americans] are kind of getting better at making coffee, but every time you go to a good coffee place it...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 2:04pm

1. Growing Up


I was absolutely blessed with more than enough music with my parents. They had an exceptional record collection – everything from early baroque to the pop music of the time. They had jazz, soul, blues, world music and plenty of it. I remember taking a liking to the jazz and pop stuff, especially stuff with strong instrumentation and beautiful chords. I feel very...

Posted 28 May 2016 @ 10:00am

Imagine moving to a new country as a child and being told to choose which of your favourite belongings to bring. You’re only allowed to fit them into a single box, and the selection could define the pieces of your childhood you’ll cherish for years to come.


For Rainbow Chan, when she moved from Hong Kong in 1996 as a six-year-old, the choice was simple.


“When I...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 12:38pm

Boy George's only Australian DJ set has been announced for the Queen's Birthday long weekend.


Boy George has decided to stick around after Culture Club's Saturday June 11 concert at the Hordern Pavilion to play an exclusive, 90-minute DJ set on Sunday June 12 atop the Café Del Mar.


The night will be backlit by Sydney's Vivid visuals, with Café Del Mar's rooftop...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 12:32pm

While Sydney's open air will be filled with lights and projections, the Arthouse Hotel will voyage to Inner Space - another immersive multimedia extravaganza for this year's Vivid Festival.


Coté's projections will transform the walls of the Arthouse Hotel on Saturday June 11, with music from Arapu working in unison with the visuals. The sensory feast begings 9pm and runs until...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 11:11am

Maybe I can’t take a joke, or maybe I just don’t get them, but I really dislike when drag queens make bad lesbian jokes. 


I was reminded of this when I saw a review of Bianca Del Rio’s show last week that said “lesbians in comfortable shoes” were in the firing line. I loved Del Rio during season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I still think most of her jokes are hilarious, but...

Posted 26 May 2016 @ 3:33pm

Anyone who knows anything about techno knows about Tresor, right?


Right. And anyone who knows anything about Tresor knows that the Berlin club has been celebrating its 25th anniversary by holding parties around the globe, right? Right. Well, now it’s Sydney turn – and it’s set to be the biggest night on the techno calendar...

Posted 26 May 2016 @ 11:57am

Our city will light up once again this Friday May 27 – Saturday June 18 as Vivid Sydney’s festival of lights, music and ideas returns for its longest stretch yet. 


Since its inauguration seven years ago, Vivid has become one of our city’s most popular times of the year – and certainly one of its brightest. Every night out at Vivid deserves to be special, so we’ve asked some of...

Posted 26 May 2016 @ 11:14am

Normally living life on a three-hour delay, Paul Reid – AKA Perth rapper Drapht – is in sync with the east coast for a spell, spending some time in Melbourne to put the finishing touches on his forthcoming comeback LP, tentatively titled Seven Mirrors.


It’s been preceded by a new single, ‘All Love’, as well as a run of dates as part of regional music festival Groovin The Moo –...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 5:55pm

1. Growing Up


Growing up I came from a musical family; my mum would sing, sister played the flute, brother played the guitar and I played the saxophone and for a short period played the drums as well. This definitely helped when later on I started DJing and writing my own music.


2. Inspirations

MJ was a huge influence when I was younger. I remember having...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 2:34pm

After you've had your fill of all the bloody glorious art that's bubbling and glistening in the nooks and crannies of Sydney's lil' lanes (yes, we have them too), you had better not take your culturally hungry self home.


By no means could you justify going home when there is the after pArty of all after pArtys on offer. On Wednesday June 1 from...

Posted 20 May 2016 @ 4:55pm

Ever wanted to see Chewbacca cut some shapes on the dancefloor? Here's your chance.


As part of its Vivid Sydney offerings, The Argyle - an ideally placed party hub on the doorstep of all the Vivid light show action on Circular Quay - has announced plans for a series of themed parties.


Across 21 colourful nights, the venue will host world-class light shows (it's...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 12:51pm

If you fancy living out an Ibiza summer in a Sydney winter, this is about as close as you’re gonna get.


A regular at the infamous Vagabundos, German DJ Cesar Merveille has carved a name for himself in the most illustrious of tech house circles, with release on the likes of Visionquest, Cadenza Records, Modelmaker and Multi Vitamins. He’s coming to serve up a typically wonky...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 12:41pm

Nocturnal Tapes are set to play a Sydney show in support of their new single, 'Pattern'.


Indie-electro outfit Nocturnal Tapes are a rising force in electronic music, having plied their wares at Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms and UTS Summerfest in the past year.


Now they've finally released the follow up to their debut single, a new cut called 'Pattern'. To...

Posted 19 May 2016 @ 8:00am

There’s an old saying that goes, “When you know better, you do better,” and it seems to be a concept that local hip hop duo Spit Syndicate have embraced wholeheartedly.


“We’re the sharpest we’ve ever been,” smiles Nick Lupi, one half of the talented pair who met in high school. “We’re working on becoming the best performers that we can be – and we’ve got a few surprises up our...