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The Bad Friday block party is back for its eighth instalment with a massive local lineup.

 

Spend your Good Friday public holiday with the likes of DMA'S, The Jezabels, Royal Headache, Sampa The Great, Shining Bird, Green Buzzard, Bec Sandridge, Flowertruck, Scabz and more to be announced.

 

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Remember when Homer Simpson founded the grunge band Sadgasm? Well this is much better than that.   Your favourite Byron Bay hell-raisers Skegss have teamed up with the Brag to give away a merch bundle even Homer would ditch his tried and tested wares for.   Donning the prize pack of a 'Everyone is Good at Something' tee, a 'Holden' tee, plus a pair of Black Flame socks, Homer shows off...
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Shakespeare is getting a makeover with Superhal, a production opening at NIDA Parade Theatre in March. Written and directed by John Galea, the play uses classic characters from Shakespeare’s Henriad and recasts them using imagery and archetypes of the superhero genre.

 

It’s the latest from The Puzzle Collective, a company of artists, writers, actors and engineers looking to...

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Nicky Bomba’s all-star (and all-ska) collective Melbourne Ska Orchestra sure know how to throw a party – and now they’re hosting the barbecue to go with it. The band’s new Ska-BQ tour sees MSO and a bunch of their best mates hitting venues around the country, all in support of Saturn Return, a full-length album of unreleased recordings from the ARIA Award-winning Sierra-Kilo- Alpha.

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There’s a new battle to be fought. For Honor is the newest addition to the realm of action fighting games, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and based on an intuitive control system, the Art of Battle.

 

The multiplayer and single player game sees three warring factions – knights, samurai and Vikings – brutally duking it out on PS4, XB1 and PC. Each warrior comes with their own...

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Following the release of a new album crafted with a little help from her friends, Martha Wainwright is coming to make more friends Down Under. Goodnight City, released last year, featured compositions by Wainwright’s peers and family, including her esteemed brother Rufus. She’s a regular visitor to Australia, but rarely does she perform at a venue as photogenic as Taronga Zoo.

 

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The sequel to 2011 comedy hit A Few Best Men is here. Forget the questionable grammar of its title, A Few Less Men boasts an expanded cast as Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop are joined by Shane Jacobson, Deborah Mailman, Ryan Corr, Jeremy Sims and Sacha Horler for some great Australian high jinks.

 

The film opens in Australian cinemas on Thursday March 9, but we’re...

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The eyes of the world are on Washington, D.C. this year. It’s a murky place of backroom deals and secret handshakes, where the powerful and powerful-in-waiting do whatever it takes to win. John Madden’s political thriller Miss Sloane is a case in point: it follows the eponymous Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), the most sought-after lobbyist in D.C., whose results precede her reputation....

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Martin Scorsese’s 28-year-long passion project, Silence, chronicles the journey to Japan of two priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) in their efforts to save their missing mentor (Liam Neeson).

 

The film highlights the clash of religions across the world as the two missionaries try to hold onto their faith in a place where Christianity brings certain death. The movie has...

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Iconic Australian indie rockers George have come back in their 21st birthday year to play a show at Taronga Zoo as part of the Twilight At Taronga series. Forming in Brisbane in 1996, Katie and Tyron Noonan and their bandmates have a double platinum album under their belts, and won an ARIA for Best Breakthrough Artist in 2002. Their set at Taronga will be supported by the frontman of The Cat...

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It’s a part of Sydney’s history that no one talks about. In the 1980s and 1990s, hate crime towards the gay community was rife. A new blood sport was founded: the hunting down and beating of young gay men, many of whom were stabbed or thrown off cliffs.

 

This is our dark and haunting past, and it must be remembered – and so Fairly Lucid Productions has developed a one-man show...

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Those two-piece masters of noise creation Japandroids are back at last with a new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. The record arrives as something of a surprise to the band’s devoted fan base, some five years after 2012’s Celebration Rock. In 2014 and 2015, the Canadians reconvened in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans and Mexico City to write their next set.

 

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It has been 16 years since Killing Heidi’s debut album Reflector was released, the soundtrack to many an adolescence across the country, which featured tracks such as ‘Weir’ and ‘Mascara’ and scored the number one spot on the ARIA charts.

 

The band will be playing their greatest hits under the stars at Taronga Zoo as part of the Twilight At Taronga series next month, with...

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The most successful video game movie franchise of all time is coming to a spectacular close. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter lands in cinemas on Thursday January 26, picking up immediately after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution.   Alice (Milla Jovovich) is back, and returning to where the nightmare began: The Hive in Racoon City. Australia’s own Ruby Rose also features in the cast. We’ve...
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Inspired by the true events of the Bre-X Mineral Corporation scandal in the ’90s, the new Matthew McConaughey film Gold follows a familiar American dream: one man’s quest to discover gold.

 

McConaughey’s Kenny Wells teams up with a geologist (Édgar Ramírez) for a journey to Indonesia, and while getting the gold is hard, keeping it is even harder as Wall Street gets...

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Harts, Australia's premier soul/electric/indie multi-instrumentalist and music-making machine has just released his new album Smoke Fire Hope Desire, recorded entirely in his own home. He’s only 24-years-old, but Harts has already received much acclaim and even jammed with the late, great Purple One, Prince himself. Harts’ other influences include Jimi Hendrix, Nile Rodgers and Quincy Jones....

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Canada’s White Lung are an incredibly cool outfit. Hailing from Vancouver, they recently released their fourth album through Domino Records, the influential label that also has Arctic Monkeys and Wild Beasts on its books. Both White Lung’s vocals and social commentary are sharp and cutting, and landed them a place on the lineup of Laneway 2017. They’ll also grace us Sydneysiders with a...

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Writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote brings a heartwarming tale and an “all-tomboy band” to Sydney Festival 2017 with Tomboy Survival Guide. This Canadian production is a funny and insightful exploration of issues around gender and personal identity, dealing with such universal experiences as navigating public toilets, tying a Windsor knot and finally achieving a sense of self. Dive in and enjoy...

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Nicole Lizée is a Canadian performer who mixes genres and eras together in a way that has led to her being commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and mentored by Howard Shore, the composer behind The Departed, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and Gangs Of New York, to name but a few. Lizée’s latest work, Sex, Lynch And Video Games, explores the work of auteur David Lynch. Performing at Sydney...

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British supergroup scamps The Last Shadow Puppets have released a new EP to see out 2016 with a bang. The band, featuring Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and The Rascals’ frontman Miles Kane, has been making music since 2007, but has been rather quiet for the past few years as the members have pursued other projects. The Dream Synopsis, released this month through Domino/EMI, was recorded live in...

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Brisbane genre-benders Dubmarine are bringing their incredible live show to Sydney over the summer. The energetic dub, dancehall, reggae and drum and bass act will headline an enormous bill with Circle Of Rhythm, Matiu Te Huki, New Venusians, Queen Porter Stomp and Deepchild (DJ set), marking a return to the scene for Dubmarine in a career that kick-started with 2010 album Depth Of Sound....

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Flickerfest is the annual short film festival that celebrates Australian and international works, one set to celebrate its 26th birthday in 2017. 60 Australian shorts have been announced as part of the program, including 22 world premieres, nine Australian premieres and 19 New South Wales premieres in what looks like an exceptional selection. The full program will be announced soon.

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The Doctor is back with another Christmas special. Doctor Who: The Return Of Doctor Mysterio sees Peter Capaldi’s Doctor team up with a comic book superhero and an investigative journalist in New York to save the city from an alien threat. The 60-minute special precedes the hotly awaited tenth series of Doctor Who, and its appearance in Event Cinemas this Monday December 26 will give fans an...

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FORM Dance Projects will be performing its new show Champions as part of Sydney Festival 2017. The show sees an all-female team of 11, choreographed by Martin del Amo, celebrate the talents of elite performers and harness the energy and enthusiasm of sport fans. The dancers have been working with Western Sydney Wanderers’ W-League team and other coaches and athletes to combine the power of...

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Could you cut it in the shadowy world of hacking? What if the future of your very city was in your hands? Ubisoft adds to a growing franchise with the release of Watch Dogs 2 this Tuesday November 15 for PS4, XBO and PC. You’ll dive into the city of San Francisco – the birthplace of the tech boom – circa 2016, with lead character Marcus Holloway, a young hacker who encounters the dangers of a...

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It’ll be a feast for the senses when Japanese theatrical troupe Siro-A bring their show to Sydney in the New Year. They’ve been dubbed “Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group”, with a combination of visual effects, mime, dance, comedy, puppetry and music making up their performances. Their latest production features animation, laser effects and 3D video projection, with two DJs spinning an...

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Iconic singer-songwriter, percussionist and superstar collaborator Sheila E. has worked with big names such as Lionel Richie, Kanye West and Beyoncé, but she’s perhaps best-known for her several years playing with the late, great Prince. Earlier this year she provided the drums for the DC blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice and confirmed her status as one of the grooviest talents on...

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Irish treasure Wallis Bird is set to bring her songs of home all the way to Australian shores this summer. Home is the new album from this two-time winner at Ireland’s national music awards, the Meteor Awards, and it lands this Friday November 11. A singer-songwriter from County Wexford, Bird has now recorded five albums across nine years, so she’ll have ample material to share on her debut...

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Queensland Theatre Company’s Ladies In Black might be a production from north of the border, but it’s set in none other than Sydney. Now, the musical is coming home for Sydney Festival. With 20 original songs by legendary songwriter Tim Finn, and starring Bobby Fox, Sarah Morrison and Natalie Gamsu, Ladies In Black is an adaptation of the Madeleine St John novel set in a stylish CBD department...

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“Live like a suicide” was the motto shared by Guns N’ Roses when they lived together in their infamous Los Angeles home, the Hell House. This is where Kerrang! writer Mick Wall first met them, joined their inner circle and subsequently was publicly denounced by Axl Rose in ‘Get In The Ring’. 25 years later, Wall is now releasing a celebration of the dangerous and different group, the anti-MTV...

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