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Festivals

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 2:35pm

Summernats 30 has unvieled the killer lineup for its 30th birthday celebrations in Canberra next year.

 

Headlining the main stage is chart-topping hip hop act Drapht supported by urban duo Spit Syndicate. The...

Posted 9 Jun 2016 @ 10:41am

Most mainstream film festivals ignore horror cinema.

 

So do the majority of mainstream critics, in fact. They angrily decry horror’s ugly one per cent – the glossy, inane remakes of ‘80s splatter hits – while ignoring the extraordinary vision and inventiveness of the genre’s majority. Movies like The Babadook and It Follows get lumped into the same category as Platinum Dunes’...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 4:53pm

Come this weekend, the Clipped: Music Video Festival in partnership with Vivid is set to promote and celebrate the awe-inspiring talents of up-and-coming creatives in the music video industry. 

 

Clipped has found its stride in being an event for creatives, music-lovers, filmmakers, fans and industry aficianados to unite for a weekend all about the music video. Its debut event is...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 12:31pm

Following its smashingly engaging Melbourne debut, Shir Madness, complete with all its incredible Jewish musical pizzazz and talent, is set to grace Sydney come September. 

 

Across five stages around Bondi Beach, the Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival will be putting on a show. 30 acts across ten hours will mean never a dull moment for punters who are keen to soak up the...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:56am

You might not recognise his name, but you’ll certainly be familiar with his work.

 

Nigel Dick, a British-born and LA-based filmmaker, has been responsible for hundreds of iconic music videos since the mid-1980s, with an enormous credits list including clips by Backstreet Boys (‘As Long As You Love Me’), Britney Spears (‘...Baby One More Time’), Oasis (‘Wonderwall’), R.E.M. (‘At...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 9:49am

Welcome to the BRAG's weekly rundown of what's hot in the coming seven days of cinematic releases. It's every Sydney cinephile's favourite time of year - when the Vivid lights dim and the red carpets roll out for another massive Sydney Film Festival!

 

Naturally, being the square-eyed obsessive that I am, I've hunted down some...

Posted 2 Jun 2016 @ 1:40pm

Custom motorbike show Throttle Roll returns with engines revving for an even bigger event for 2016.

 

The hugely popular event that celebrates Australia's custom culture and bike communities has grown to become a street party in its fourth year, featuring phenomenal custom motorcycles, live bands, food and bars. 

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Posted 31 May 2016 @ 12:42pm

Australia's only dedicated smartphone film festival, SmartFone Flick Fest (or SF3, as the cool kids call it) is back for 2016 - and entries are open now.

 

The high cost of production equipment that filmmakers usually have to contend with is no barrier to this festival, of course, and it offers talented unsung creatives the chance to have their films seen by not only a national...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 12:29pm

Yours & Owls Festival, the music and arts event that takes over North Wollongong across the October long weekend, has confirmed plans to return in 2016 for its biggest edition yet.

 

The 2016 instalment of Yours & Owls will expand to a second stage and a bigger-than-ever lineup over two days and nights.

 

Not only will there be local and international...

Posted 31 May 2016 @ 10:58am

Just For Laughs is bringing the comedy back to the Sydney Opera House for another soiree this year.

 

The sixth edition of Just For Laughs Sydney - the Australian instalment of one of the world's most famous comedy festivals - will take over town for a week in September, and the first bumper lineup of three international stars has now been announced.

 

Trevor Noah,...

Posted 26 May 2016 @ 12:50pm

Open Marrickville is set to return for its fifth year this June.

 

This year's series of mini festivals throughout Sydney's Inner West will see numerous contemporary events. exhibitions and celebrations on show, inspired by the rich history and traditions of the area. Events such as Rhythms, Colours, Flavours Of Peru, which will open the festival, will be complemented by a night...

Posted 25 May 2016 @ 4:40pm

Sydney Film Festival is back for 2016 with nearly 250 films screening at venues around Sydney. Check out some of our tips for the hottest tickets at this year’s festival below, and see the full program at sff.org.au.

 

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Posted 11 May 2016 @ 11:00am

The full program for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival is here at last.

 

With more than 300 screenings of over 250 films from around the world, the 2016 Sydney Film Festival is set to be one of the biggest yet. Running across 12 days and nights at locations in the CBD, Inner West, northern Sydney and the city's west, the festival covers genres from feature films to documentary,...

Posted 10 May 2016 @ 10:56am

Vivid LIVE, the Sydney Opera House's program of contemporary music held as part of Vivid Sydney each year, has just gotten even bigger.

 

Following the recent announcement of an artist lineup that includes Anohni, Bon Iver, New Order and many more, the festival is...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 12:53pm

Part of the program for this year's Sydney Film Festival will include a unique dual film and restaurant pairing event.

 

Set to take place exclusively on Tuesday June 14 and Wednesday June 15, festivalgoers can now purchase tickets to a premiere film screening followed by a delectable meal at the 2016 Restaurant of the Year as chosen by the Sydney Morning Herald's Gourmet Food...

Posted 5 May 2016 @ 12:01am

The future of film is upon us, and Sydney Film Festival is ready to embrace it.

 

As part of this year's SFF program, the Festival Hub at the Lower Town Hall will host a series of immersive 'Beyond Cinema' experiences covering virtual reality, 360-degree 3D cinema and art installations - and it's all for free.

 

Sydneysiders will stream into Town Hall next month to...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 12:16pm

This two-week festival will feature 32 films that will depict the past, present and future of independent cinema from the United States.

 

Created by artistic director Richard Sowada, this festival will showcase 14 films that will have their Australian premiere as part of the 32 film program. Essential Independents celebrates new narrative feature and documentaries and includes a...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 12:09pm

Dashville Skyline, the springtime Hunter Valley music festival from the organisers behind the Gum Ball Festival and PigSty In July, is back in 2016 for its second year.

 

The '60s- and '70s-inspired festival that focuses on Americana, folk and alt-country music, plus American cars, culture and cuisine, will announce its lineup in mid-June. Last year's program featured Shane...

Posted 4 May 2016 @ 10:53am

Visions Festival, a free event co-curated by Deep Sea Arcade, Rare Finds and Chugg Music, has revealed the details of its 2016 lineup performing across two venues on one big day in June.

 

The festival is the culmination of two years of Visions nights held at various venues around Sydney, spotlighting indie acts from our city and across the country. And we've gotta say, for a...

Posted 3 May 2016 @ 1:39pm

The 2016 lineup of the Deni Ute Muster is here at last, and all-round legend Shannon Noll is just one of the great Aussie names on the lineup.

 

The beloved rural New South Wales festival held in Deniliquin celebrates not only music, but grunted up vehicles as well. And nobody on the music bill has more grunt than Nollsy, who bloody well got robbed on Aussie Idol back in 2003....

Posted 2 May 2016 @ 10:46am

Australia's largest female-fronted music festival, Sad Grrrls Fest, has announced a killer lineup for their 2016 incarnation.

 

The Sydney edition will be headlined by Le Pie, Coda Conduct and Twin Caverns. Elsewhere on the lineup comes Emma Dean playing a duo set with her brother, alongside local talent from Missing Children, DJ Claire Knight (formerly Fingertips), Bad Bitch...

Posted 29 Apr 2016 @ 12:48pm

The path to hell is littered with cancelled music festivals. 

 

One of the most significant events to bite the dust as of late is All Tomorrow’s Parties, a weekend of tunes that was to be curated by legendary alt-art-rockers Drive Like Jehu.

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Posted 28 Apr 2016 @ 9:47am

Surry Hills Festival, the annual celebration of all the things to love about the coolest suburb on the inner city's doorstep, has confirmed its 2016 return.

 

50,000 people are expected to take part in the big day at locations around Surry Hills, from Ward Park to Shannon Reserve and Crown Street to Hill Street. The festival includes not only live music, but also family-friendly...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 3:16pm

Featuring professional and rising photographers from around the world, the Head On Photo Festival is a showcase of the profound visual and technical skills of those capturing fleeting moments with their lenses. 

 

Head On, having grown to a 150-event-strong festival claiming accolades from around the globe, is set to provide Sydney a glimpse of some of the most moving photographs...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 1:18pm

Getting real with our addiction to coffee, it's high time to do something about it. And that means getting intimately acquainted with the best coffee and tips on how to source, brew, create and love it. The Rocks Aroma Festival is here to help, coming to steam up Sydney with a full day of coffee-related bliss. 

 

It's early, the hour is a dark one. You will soon be expected to...

Posted 27 Apr 2016 @ 12:02pm

The World Of Women's (WOW) Film Festival is set to light up screens and conversation across various venues in Sydney. An initiative of Women In Film & Television NSW, the festival will highlight the contribution and dynamic work of women in film through screenings, forums and competitions. 

 

Now in its 21st year, the festival has been working to celebrate and recognise women...

Posted 26 Apr 2016 @ 11:12am

Aussie dance legends Flight Facilities will perform a special outdoor show with the 50-piece Sydney Symphony Orchestra this September.

 

Following Flight Facilities' collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at the 2015 Melbourne Festival, Australia's favourite dancefloor aviators will bring their hits to 15,000 fans in The Domain.

 

The show will be the...

Posted 22 Apr 2016 @ 9:10am

If you managed to get a ticket to Splendour before it sold out, then congratulations you lucky bastard. If not, Splendour in the Grass 2016 has lifted the lid off a bunch of sideshows to keep you satisfied.  

 

Mercury Prize-winning artist James Blake is coming to Australia ahead of his upcoming album, Radio Silence. He'll be hitting Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday July 26. 

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Posted 21 Apr 2016 @ 7:00am

Goldstone, a new "Australian outback noir" by indigenous director Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, Toomelah) will headline Opening Night at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival.

 

This year's SFF is the 63rd edition of the festival, and organisers have already revealed a teaser program of...

Posted 19 Apr 2016 @ 2:12pm

The Lower Hunter Valley's Folk In Broke festival has announced its 2016 lineup.

 

Returning Saturday November 12 to McNamara Park in the heart of Broke Village, this year's bill will be topped by Afrobeat band Bakoomba and the Australian roots supergroup The Protesters (featuring members of Melbourne Ska Orchestra, King Tide and Watussi), alongside folk singer Liz Stringer and co...

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