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Festivals

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 4:15pm

As part of this year's Sydney Science Festival, visitors will be able to take part in an auditory adventure inside the workings of the human voice.

 

The immersive experience, dubbed This Is A Voice, blends science, theatre, technology and sound to explore how the voice is connected to human life and identity.

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Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 1:23pm

Music lovers, take note. Ahead of the 2017 iteration of Secret Garden Festival, organisers have shared a 'Fancy Ideas For Fancy Dress' video.

 

The clip includes a heap of ideas for dressing up at this year's event (disco ball, anyone?), while avoiding causing offence like the two punters who found themselves face-to-face with the festival programmer after...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 12:14pm

The second lineup for the Hunter Valley's Gum Ball music festival has been announced. 

 

Kim Churchill, The Funk Hunters and Flyying Colours are amoung the new artists announced for the second line up for The Gum Ball music festival this April. They join Regurgitator, Tripod, Boo Seeka and many others.

 

The festival hits Belford in the Hunter Valley on Friday April...

Posted 6 Feb 2017 @ 1:02pm

Reviewed by David Molloy and Ben Potter (photo by Ashley Mar)

 

The sweltering heat could not keep revelers from descending on the Sydney College of the Arts for one of the last bastions for festivalgoers in the city, and by noon, the threatening clouds had parted and left behind a perfect day.

 

First to the stages was triple j Unearthed rapper Genesis Owusu,...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:35pm

Food lovers rejoice, the Taste of Sydney food festival is returning to Centennial Park this March.

 

From food markets to masterclasses with chefs, Taste of Sydney has it all. Attendees can check out established and new restaurants from around the city, including Saint Peter, Tequila Mockingbird, Four In Hand, Anason, Bouche On Bridge, Mercado and more.

 

There'll...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 11:50am

This year's Tropfest is almost upon us, and the finalists have now been revealed.

 

The 16 finalists were chosen from a selection of several hundred entries, and will have their films showed at the gala event on Saturday February 11.

 

The return edition of Tropfest will be held at its new location of Parramatta Park.

 

The finalists are:

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Posted 23 Jan 2017 @ 10:23am

Reviewed on Saturday January 21

 

A celebration of joie de vivre – the exuberant enjoyment of life – is not precisely how I would describe most music festivals. Often the experience is somewhere between an hour-long wait outside a muddy portaloo flooded with (at best) unidentifiable liquids and having your feet repeatedly stomped by what appears to be an eight-foot goth wrestler...

Posted 20 Jan 2017 @ 1:10pm

Award-winning and emerging indigenous artists will take the stage in April. 

 

The First Peoples' Program has been announced by the National Folk Festival, joining a massive lineup for 2017.

 

Leading the pack will be Genise and Nicholas Williams, Aranda people from the Northern Territory. Hailing from Aboriginal country music royalty, their music tells the story of...

Posted 19 Jan 2017 @ 12:45pm

Celebrate the vibrant culture of Latin America as the festival returns for its 37th year.

 

After a two-year hiatus, the Latin American Festival returned last year and drew record crowds to Bondi. 

 

The festival is a chance for Sydney's 106,000 Latin American Australians to celebrate and share their culture.

 

The day will feature performances from a...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 9:55am

Reviewed on Saturday January 7

 

Grease monkeys from all over the country descended on the dusty plains of Canberra's Exhibition Park to demonstrate their automotive prowess and bask in the adoration of car fans at this year's Summernats, a staple in the annual Aussie summer madness.

 

There was no shortage of revved-up beasts showcasing custom creations with top-...

Posted 16 Jan 2017 @ 9:38am

Reviewed Tuesday December 27 - Sunday January 1

 

And so ended my… (seventh? eighth?) Woodford Folk Festival. It’s hard to keep track when each Boxing Day rolls around and the strange cavalcade starts to build steam once again. It’s been long enough now to have witnessed the festival soldier on through scorching sun and mighty rains that flooded Brisbane itself and came close to...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 12:04pm

This year's Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to be bigger, brighter, bolder and more inclusive than ever with all-star casts and films that showcase the full spectrum of queer life. 

 

Featuring a world premiere, four international premieres, a massive 31 Aussie premieres and Moonlight (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama), the 2017 program features films covering ...

Posted 10 Jan 2017 @ 5:03pm

Reviewed Saturday December 31 – Monday January 2

 

Facing extreme heat – with a relentless downpour to come on its final night – Falls Festival at Byron Bay launched into festivities on New Year’s Eve by saying sayonara to the annus horriblius that was 2016 (at least in music, right?) with one of the best Boogie Nights lineups it’s seen since its inception. The heat was nothing...

Posted 21 Dec 2016 @ 11:24am

One of Sydney's favourite short film festivals is set to return to Bondi Pavilion next year for ten nights of homegrown and international cinematic awesomeness.

 

The 2017 program features categories including the Best Of Australian and International, Best Of Documentary, Windows On Europe, Love Bites, Short Laughs Comedy, Green Flicks and a selection of Oscar-winning short films...

Posted 20 Dec 2016 @ 3:18pm

Sydney Psych Fest is bringing the good vibes back to town for a third time in 2017.

 

The independent-run and diversity-focused music festival will return to the Factory Theatre in February with a pair of international headliners.

 

Carsick Cars and White+, two of China's best indie exports, lead a first round lineup that's also packed with Aussie talent. Flyying...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 2:46pm

The three-day music and camping festival in the Hunter Valley, The Gum Ball, has locked in a boom lineup for 2017.

 

Next year's event at Dashville will feature a headlining set from quirky rock icons Regurgitator, joined by comedy trio Tripod.

 

Also appearing are songwriter Boo Seeka and collaborator Sammy Seeka, The Drones' frontman Gareth Liddiard, three-piece...

Posted 16 Dec 2016 @ 10:34am

The one-day heavy hitter will feature sets from Waax and Stone Lions, plus Aaron Gocs as MC. 

 

Thrashville festival has added Brisbane band and triple j faves Waax to its lineup, promising to bring their hard and heavy energy that has garnered much attention from the music industry. 

 

Also newly scheduled on the first-time festival bill are Stone Lions - a pop-...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 1:26pm

Childish Gambino or Tkay Maidza? The Rubens or The Jezabels? Bernard Fanning or Jamie T?

 

The 24th annual Falls Music and Arts Festival has just announced a full list of set times for all locations, so festival-goers can begin to plan out their day and check for any pesky clashes between their favourite bands.

 
They've also revealed maps for each campsite,...

Posted 15 Dec 2016 @ 9:43am

In one fell swoop, Australia's most extravagant forest party has announced the full list of acts for this year's Secret Garden festival.

 

Now that festival tix have sold out, organisers have revealed a 48-hour music program headlined by The Jezabels, Urthboy and Oliver Tank, with Donny Benet & Friends curating Love Song Dedications and much more.

 

As usual, it...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 2:47pm

Go absolutely mad for Hungary as the Hungarian Cultural Festival rolls back into town this January.

 

The six-day festival will feature everything from gala concerts to folk dance workshops, a folkloric music recital, lectures on history, IT, language and literature, a comedy theatre night at NIDA, a harbour cruise and a patron's dinner.

 

The festival has been...

Posted 13 Dec 2016 @ 12:22pm

It's days like these that'll make us happy.

 

Days Like This is the brand new dance festival coming to Sydney in 2017 off the back of Victoria's Pitch Music festival, with which the new event shares some massive names in the electronic world.

 

Global dance star Dixon leads the program, spearheading a big-name German contingent also including Ben Klock, Recondite,...

Posted 12 Dec 2016 @ 10:19am

Reviewed on Friday December 9 – Saturday December 10 (photo by Benjamin Hunt)

 

Ah, FOTSUN. Port Macquarie’s beloved BYO music festival where you’re urged to “pop a tit or nut” as you pass campers, and where rules and shoes are hard to come by (costumes are not). Spirits are always high, and there’s a decent selection across two days of local bands and artists generally kicking...

Posted 9 Dec 2016 @ 4:54pm

Discover a new world of music at National Folk Festival 2017.

 

The National Folk Festival has added a bunch more acts to its already booming Easter lineup, featuring a cornocopia of global sounds. 

 

American band Harpeth Rising lead the new list,...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 11:06am

Next year, Sydney Festival's Meriton Festival Village in Hyde Park will host three weeks' worth of free music for the family to enjoy.

 

The village will host an all-Australian lineup over the 21 nights, accompanied by a tasty selection of food stalls.

 

Included in the lineup are Broadway Sounds, Electric Fields and Mighty Duke & The Lords. There will also be a...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 9:48am

Australia's international short film festival, Flickerfest, returns for its 26th edition to Bondi Beach in January ahead of a national tour.

 

The Australian competition component of the program has now landed, with 60 shorts competing for the prestigious Best Australian Short Film title, accredited by the Academy Awards.

 

Here are five highlights on the Bondi...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:18pm

Goat Island Sounds is back for Australia Day 2017, complete with rad live music, spectacular harbour views and, of course, triple j's Hottest 100.

 

This summer's lineup includes some of the hottest names in electronic music right now, featuring Ngaiire, Nina Las Vegas, Basenji, Kuren, Adi Toohey and Ariane.

 

If that's (somehow) not your thing, you can hang out at ...

Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 11:27am

Reviewed on Friday December 2 – Saturday December 3 (photo by Brianna Elton)

 

Too often the phrase ‘family-friendly music festival’ feels like a negation in terms, proving about as appealing as decaf coffee or sugar-free Coke. After all, the drawcards that appeal to baby boomers are completely different to those that entice the 20-something crowd, and by mediating between...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 10:19am

Reviewed on Tuesday November 29 (photo by Ashley Mar)

 

It began as a humble invitational by the Melbourne band recently deemed to have released the best hard rock/heavy metal album of 2016 by the ARIA voting panel. Now, the second annual Gizzfest has expanded into a massive school night party with a unique carnival vibe, thanks in no small part to our immediate surroundings, one...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 9:57am

Live Nation Entertainment has bought into 51 per cent of Secret Sounds, the promoter behind the 24-year-old Falls Festival  (Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, Fremantle) and Byron Bay’s 16-year-old Splendour In The Grass. 

 

Secret Sounds is run by co-CEOs Jessica Ducrou and ex-Powderfinger manager Paul Piticco. The news was announced this morning.

 

The two festival...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 12:45pm

The most colourful fortnight on the Sydney calendar is back.

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has revealed its full 2017 program, with a timely theme of 'Creating Equality' connecting all the usual Mardi Gras favourites.

 

The schedule features more than 80 different events, including the headline-grabbing Fair Day (Sunday February 19), Parade (Saturday March...

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