Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 1:08pm

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With 25+ years’ experience both here and abroad, Rhys Gordon opened Little Tokyo: Temple of Art three years ago in Bondi Junction. Rhys also set up the Australian Tattoo History website after his long love of tattooing and tattoo history.


Your speciality: Rhys is well known for his interpretation of traditional Japanese tattooing, from one-shot...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 12:52pm

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Authentink Studio is the brainchild of Canadian-born Horisumi Kian Forreal, who has been tattooing all over the world for 23 years, but has made Sydney his home. Horisumi specialises in large-scale traditional Japanese tattoos; sleeves, back pieces and full body suits. At the expo this year, there will be nine artists working under the Authentink banner, all...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 12:39pm

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Kenny ‘TMD’ Taylor owns the studio. We have Gaz and Gino, both tattoo artists, and Paul Eyebrow our piercer. Kenny TMD has owned the shop since 2013.


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We do it all – colour, black and grey, realism, new school, Oriental and everything in between.


At the...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 12:42pm

Prepare to stand back in awe as Sydney shows off its very best side, proving definitively that our city knows how to celebrate both rigorously and responsibly. 


Vivid Sydney has just announced the full set of dates for its 2016 run. This year, the festival of lights, music and ideas, will run for a bumper 23 nights - its longest stretch yet.


Last year the event...

Posted 29 Feb 2016 @ 10:50am

When two punters turned up at the Secret Garden festival over the weekend wearing blackface, they obviously didn't expect what was coming to them.


The festival, held on the outskirts of Sydney, returned for its eighth instalment on the weekend, with tickets selling out a few days prior for a lineup that featured acts like Gang Of Youths, Matt Corby and Raury. Attendees are...

Posted 29 Feb 2016 @ 10:49am

Reviewed on Friday February 26 and Saturday February 27 (photo by Voena)


The annual arts and music festival Secret Garden went down over the weekend on its picturesque private farm in Camden, an hour out of Sydney, with tasty offerings in the way of music, theatre and drag.


Both the natural setting – a working farm with a maze-like tree grove in which all kinds...

Posted 26 Feb 2016 @ 1:03pm

The 20th Biennale of Sydney has revealed the final artist list for Australia’s largest contemporary art event.


Under the banner of 'The future is already here - it’s just not evenly distributed', the 2016 Biennale will see the participation of 83 artists from 35 countries, as well as more than 200 works presented across 19 locations free to the public.



Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 5:09pm

The 2016 edition of Spectrum Now Festival has announced its opening night program in The Domain, with outdoor music, food and drink, and Hayden James revealed as headliner.


Bringing his summer house jams to the new Big Top stage, Hayden James is set to sizzle. Along with...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 12:35pm

There's nothing like an intense and intensive musical jamboree, particularly one with a carnival theme.


The dates for Autumn Intensive, the sequel to Port Macquarie's hugely succesful Summer Intensive EDM festival, have just been announced. A carnival-themed celebration of music, food, and good times, the event will feature DJ sets from The Potbelleez and such innocent delights...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 11:08am

Given this singer's voice has been described as "the most exquisite thing you will hear in your life" by none other than Laurie Anderson, it's safe to say this announcement is an exciting one.


Vivid LIVE has announced the first artist for its 2016 program, and she's a winner. Anohni, the artist formerly known as Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons, will join the lineup...

Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 9:57am

Secret Garden Festival has sold out its ticket allocation for the eighth year in eight, which means organisers only have one thing left to do: announce their bumper 2016 lineup.


Earlier this year, the minds behind Secret Garden promised it'd be their "biggest lineup yet",...

Posted 22 Feb 2016 @ 10:11am

Reviewed at Mount Penang Parklands on Saturday February 20


Mountain Sounds is establishing itself as the place to go for good vibes, a preview of the best upcoming names to look out for, and a great party at the end of the summer festival season.


In its third year running, the festival organisers have ironed out some of the crinkles of past events, with food,...

Posted 19 Feb 2016 @ 12:40pm

To commemorate the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Darlinghurst Business Partnership is launching a Mardi Gras edition of DoDarlo.


Numerous businesses across Darlinghurst have signed up for DoDarlo once more, and throughout the festival season they will be offering ten per cent discount specials for customers who can show any proof of purchase to Mardi Gras...

Posted 19 Feb 2016 @ 12:24pm

In an exclusive for this year's Spectrum Now Festival, the co-creators of the controversial true crime Netflix series, Making A Murderer, will appear for a talk in Sydney.


Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos will be joining Festival Ambassador Charlie Pickering in conversation about the story of Steven Avery, who was convicted and later found innocent of a brutal assault. His...

Posted 18 Feb 2016 @ 12:51pm

Africultures, Sydney's only annual festival celebrating the wonders of African culture, returns this March with a festive and exciting event. 


Big, colourful and fun, Africultures showcases the best in cultural diversity, celebrating the vibrance of African community in Sydney and across the...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:48pm

Billed as the only festival in which you can pay for entry with a palm tree (more on that later), this one is sure to have lovers of raucous rock'n'roll pleased.


Sweaty Palms Festival has just unveiled its full 2016 lineup, a jam-packed program of musicians that includes the likes of heavy-hitters Kingswood, Bootleg Rascal and Tired Lion. Alongside those big names, fans will...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:59pm

Hold onto your decks and prepared for the second annual Deckchair Arts Festival.


With a bumper crop of musicians, performers and acrobats, the Deckchair Arts Festival is looking to be bigger than ever this year. Presented in association with the Spectrum Now Festival, the event will feature shows from 11-piece jazz band Hot Potato, dancer Kaleb Taylor and the physical comedian...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 12:52pm

Naysayers can folk off: the National Folk Festival has revealed its massive 2016 lineup.


With over 200 A-list acts included in its program, it's safe to say that the National Folk Festival's 2016 iteration is bigger than ever. International highlights include performances from Canadian troubadour Gordie Tentrees and acclaimed Scottish act Manran, while on the Australian front...

Posted 12 Feb 2016 @ 5:01pm

Off The Rails, a new music festival celebrating the fine musical exports from the Blue Mountains, has locked in its debut lineup for the end of the month.


Mountains hip hop exports Thundamentals and Urthboy will lead the celebration, joined by the Sydney-based all-star musical monolith that is Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders.


Three-piece crew Peaks round out...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:05am

One of the most charming DJs in the business is heading up a brand new music festival. 


A world musical ambassador, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer and label owner, the now-Frankston resident Carl Cox has locked in the lineup for his inaugural Pure event.  


The 2016 lineup features Cox himself alongside internationals Joseph Capriati and Format:B and...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 9:38am

Aussie alt-rock legends Something For Kate have announced a one-off 'greatest hits' show in The Domain as part of the 2016 Spectrum Now festival.


The festival's Big Top will play host to Paul Dempsey, Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Hyndman as they embark on a journey through six top ten albums, 24 singles, and countless memories from over 20 years on the circuit.



Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 6:00am

In news that's not going to get anyone 'mad' (heh heh), Tropfest has revealed it has recruited a home-grown Aussie legend to serve on the judging panel this Sunday.


Fans of Australian cinema rejoice: Mad Max star and bona fide living legend Mel Gibson has been announced as a judge for this Sunday's Tropfest short film festival.


The addition of one of our best...

Posted 9 Feb 2016 @ 8:45am

Secret Garden, the boutique festival of music and frivolity that takes place at a secret paradise on Sydney's outskirts, has revealed the first ten artists on what organisers are calling their "biggest lineup yet".


More than 50 bands and DJs will feature on the Australian-...

Posted 8 Feb 2016 @ 1:16pm

Reviewed on Sunday February 7 (photo by Ashley Mar)


As the first weekend of February rolled by, so too did the annual Laneway Festival, held among the grassy greens and sandstone walls of Sydney University’s College of the Arts. With a brief appearance by Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne and Federal MP Anthony Albanese, invited onstage by festival organisers between sets by Big...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 3:07pm

The Kings Cross Festival will return this month, bringing with it a strong sense of community and a celebration of food, film and family.


The last weekend of February will see the festival showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Kings Cross and Potts Point.


Llankelly Place Long Table party opens the festival. It will see the laneway transform into a hive of...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 4:54pm

To mark the 50th milestone festival in 2016, the National Folk Festival has lined up a special celebratory program of iconic folk artists and festivities dating back through its history to 1967.


Back in the swinging '60s with a humble $100 start-up fund, the National Folk Festival placed a strong focus on drawing...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 12:34pm

Return to Rio has announced the addition of That Sunday, a day-long extra ticketed event on the end of its festival weekend, featuring local legends and masters of movement.


The lineup of big names in the business includes supreme DJ Dixon, who will treat festival-goers to a four-hour set packed with his...

Posted 4 Feb 2016 @ 11:42am

Bluesfest have confirmed a blockbuster final lineup announcement for their 2016 festival.


Leading the final announcement is The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band featuring Rick Vito, who are joined on the bill by Eagles Of Death Metal, Playing For Change Band, Chain, Backsliders, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Irish Mythen, Digging Roots, Frazey Ford, Marshall Okell, Sahara Beck and Emma...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 3:16pm

In the lead-up to Battles’ second LP, Gloss Drop, the band found itself down one member, with vocalist Tyondai Braxton leaving midway through the process.


Although Braxton had played a key role on Battles’ first album, Mirrored, the remaining three members persevered and created an excellent release that featured guest vocalists on four songs. However, despite Gloss Drop’s...

Posted 3 Feb 2016 @ 12:53pm

With its healthy mix of the mainstream and the unforgivably odd, the 27th incarnation of the festival is shaping up nicely. Zoot alors!


The 27th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival has just unveiled its jam-packed 2016 lineup. Diversity is the key to the program this time around, and films have been plucked from just about every concievable genre.