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Festivals

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...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 11:57am

Following the news that electric American punk outfit The Julie Ruin had cancelled their appearance at Laneway, the festival has made up for the loss with the billing of Victorian wunderkind D.D. Dumbo.

 

The emerging pop rock musician has released one of the albums of the year, in Utopia Defeated, and has been absent from the national stage for two years. Laneway 2017 will...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 9:00am

Sydney's biggest comedy event has revealed who will be making you chuckle in April and May of next year when the Sydney Comedy Festival returns for its 13th year.

 

With a huge lineup of international and local stars, the festival is looking to be one of the biggest to date, with acts like Jason Byrne, Aunty Donna and Dave Hughes appearing on the calendar. The full first lineup...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 12:33pm

In honour of their fallen founder Justin Nichol, who tragically passed away last month, Zed Vegas Bookings have announced a free tribute festival at the Bald Faced Stag.

 

Simply titled "Justinfest", the Friday December 23 lineup of metal, punk and hardcore locals will take over the band room and front bar from 4pm till late to "party and have a beer for Justin".

 

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Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 7:13pm

The celebration of indigenous culture and arts is celebrating its 15th birthday.

 

Yabun Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, transforming into one of Sydney's most important celebrations of culture and music.

 

Just as excitingly, the event's upcoming lineup is a doozy, with the headline set to be performed by the legendary Kev...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 3:08pm

The dance festival has dropped some big names for Australia Day weekend 2017.

 

Australia Day weekend dance festival Electric Gardens has announced an expanded lineup. 

 

Joining the already announced Eric Prydz on the Mixmag mainstage will be UK house heavyweight Mark Knight, who can not only boast of being a Grammy nominee, but has also played residencies in...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 1:15pm

Sydney's Mardi Gras celebrations are getting even bigger, with a week of laughs scheduled to take place during February and March next year.

 

The inaugural Mardi Gras Comedy Festival is set to be a massive showcase of talent from all around the world in celebration of the LGBTQI community. 

 

It will begin on Tuesday February 28 with a huge gala lineup of guests...

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 4:44pm

Featuring a host of your Aussie favourites.

 

The folks behind Party In The Park sure do know how to draw the names, hey? The 2017 iteration of the event is set to feature the likes of Dope Lemon, Boy & Bear, The Preatures and The Delta Riggs, amongst many, many others, with each band included ready to wow audiences.

 

Better still, the Party doesn't just boast...

Posted 18 Nov 2016 @ 12:15pm

The lifestyle festival will bring a mix of music, food and croquet to Bondi next week. 

 

The Royal Croquet Club, which opens in Sydney next Thursday, will turn Bondi Park into a festival hub of gourmet delights, with a great music lineup and the British classic: croquet. 

 

Every evening will see entertainment flowing, and the impressive music lineup includes Bag...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 2:18pm

Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to return for its 24th year, and the first ten films on the bill are here.

 

The 2017 Mardi Gras is right around the corner and Queer Screen is planning on bringing the best LGBTQI movies from Australia and around the world to Sydney screens. 

 

Of the ten films announced so far, eight will be playing for the first time...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 12:44pm

The four-day folk festival has scored another bunch of artists from home and abroad.

 

One huge addition to the National Folk Festival 2017 lineup is Jarlath Henderson, who is the youngest person ever to win the BBC Young Folk Award. Another UK artist on the bill is...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 12:52pm

Celebrate all things poetic and creative next weekend at the 2016 Wollongong Writers Festival. 

 

The four-day festival will feature an eclectic mix of readings, classes, panels and performances for word-lovers of all ages and walks of life.

 

Events include everything from readings for children (with former red Wiggle Murray Cook, no less), discussions on romance...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 2:24pm

MTV Beats & Eats is set to live up to its name, with two more Australian acts added to a delish music lineup for the Wollongong festival.

 

Headliner Steve Aoki, the Gold Coast's Paces and Maala will now be joined on the day by Aussie powerhouse Tigerlily and up-and-comer Throttle. Tigerlily has earned a following both locally and internationally, having been picked as a...

Posted 15 Nov 2016 @ 2:15pm

Bluesfest just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

 

The Easter weekend event's latest announcement sees a slew of blues guitar heroes join the 2017 lineup, with Eric Gales, Mud Morganfield, Devon Allman and Experience Jimi Hendrix getting in on the action.

Elsewhere, Jeff Lang is taking to the stage alongside Ray Beadle and The Silver Dollars, Lloyd Spiegel, Glenn Cardier...

Posted 14 Nov 2016 @ 10:57am

Reviewed on Sunday November 13

 

As always, Newtown Festival proved why the suburb is still the breeding ground of Sydney’s emerging music scene. It is one of the few festivals that boasts a vibe that is both deeply cool and family-friendly.

 

The atmosphere this year, as you might expect, was a little politically charged. Most people walked through a Trump protest...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 11:26am

I step onto the upper deck and look down at the main pool and dancefloor, where a lumbering tyrannosaurus is being double-teamed by two drunk Australians. The shirtless pair are swilling from litre bottles of Grey Goose and Johnny Walker, thrusting away at the poor costumed creature as it tries to cheerfully dance along. 

 

It’s a remarkable sight, trumped only by the T-Rex’s...

Posted 10 Nov 2016 @ 10:52am

Groovin the Moo is back in business for another year, announcing its hotly anticipated return. 

 

The festival will be taking over six regional centres for 2017, as well as the nation's capital for a seriously huge trilogy of weekends.
 

“We’re thrilled with the tour schedule for 2017," said promoter Steve Halpin. "We can also continue to deliver a diverse line up to...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 3:35pm

Electric Gardens Festival has lifted the lid off their first act - and it's a doozy. 

 

The legendary Eric Prydz will be hitting the stage in a hotly anticipated set, promising an extended performance as he travels the country with the festival. 

 

One of the world's most in-demand producers, Prydz has played iconic venues including Madison Square Garden as well as...

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