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MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

Laura Marling, The Fall, Kiasmos and more featuring on Melbourne Festival's 30th anniversary music program!

The 2015 Melbourne Festival announcement has arrived today and in celebrating 30 years, the program is indeed reflective of a well-loved and respected event on the Australian arts calendar. From highly anticipated live shows from the likes of Laura Marling and The Fall, through to a brilliantly cast tribute performance to Patti Smith's Horses, the Melbourne Festival this year is going to have people talking for sure.

Flight Facilities to perform with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Melbourne Festival 2015

Come October, Melbourne will be witnessing an exclusive one-night-only performance from the exceedingly talented Flight Facilities as they trace their five-year journey all the way to their acclaimed debut album Down to Earth, with the celebrated Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Melbourne Festival Live Review: Pop Crimes- Foxtel Festival Hub (23.10.14)

Rowland S. Howard would have been 55 on Friday 24th October, a day after the opening of Pop Crimes a tribute to his career spanning more than 30 years. “We’re walking a thin line here. It’s not getting any wider. We’ll be better tomorrow night, don’t forget to book a ticket” exclaims Harry Howard (brother of the late rock icon) while performing the music of Rowland’s first band, The Young Charlatans .

the AU interview: Harry Howard talks about his brother Rowland S. Howard's new anthology and tribute shows.

Liberation Music will release a brand new Rowland S. Howard anthology, Six Strings That Drew Blood, on October 24th, on what would have been the late musician’s 55th birthday. Released as a double CD with 40-page booklet, and four-LP deluxe vinyl box set with large format 16-page booklet, the collection celebrates the work of one of Australia’s most innovative musical talents.

Melbourne Festival Live Review: The Bamboos - Foxtel Festival Hub (18.10.14)

The Melbourne Festival has been spending the last week celebrating, well, Melbourne, and how could you honour the city without mentioning the magical musical history that haunts the city streets. So there's no surprise in the acts chosen, from hip-hop bastion and social advocate Urthboy, to a tribute to one of the greatest musical icons of the city's lineage, Rowland S Howard. It makes sense that the honouree of this night is just as beloved, that being the funk soul act The Bamboos, who just the night before were honoured with an award for their saxophonists.

Melbourne Festival Live Review: Josh T. Pearson - Foxtel Festival Hub, Melbourne (14.10.14)

2011 saw the release of Josh T. Pearson's first solo album, Last of the Country Gentlemen. Recorded in Berlin in just two days, the highly anticipated album came ten years after acclaimed The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, the only release made with former band Lift to Experience.

Melbourne Festival Photo Gallery: Josh T Pearson - Foxtel Festival Hub (14.10.14)

Josh T Pearson played the Foxtel Festival Hub last night as part of the Melbourne Festival. Tony Proudfoot was there and brings us these photos from the wonderful night:

the AU interview: Tuba Skinny (USA) talks about New Orleans, their latest record "Owl Call Blues" and their Australian tour.

New Orleans band Tuba Skinny are currently in Australia, hitting the road in support of their latest record Owl Call Blues. Our very own Simon Clark had a brief chat with the talented group to discuss the album, the tour and life in New Orleans.

the AU interview: Mark Arends talks about his Melbourne Festival production of "Something Very Far Away"

the AU's Philippe Perez caught up with Writer/Director Mark Arends of The Unicorn Theatre to talk about his production Something Very Far Away, which will be a part of the Melbourne Festival next month...

the AU interview: Josh T Pearson (Texas) talks about his upcoming Australian shows for Melbourne Festival.

Josh T. Pearson is a softly spoken man, each word delivered as deliberately as one of his heart wrenching numbers. The man and his body of work are not void of ambition with his last effort The Last Of The Country Gentlemen full of delicate epics that push past the ten minute mark more often than not. It’s this mockery of the status quo that has earned him a legion of fans the world over.

Ten shows not to miss at Melbourne Festival 2014

The Melbourne Festival is coming up and over the next month there’s a very long list of things to do. But, we’ve helped you out and cut through the list and picked the ten things you shouldn’t miss at 2014’s Melbourne Festival. Check it out below!

the AU interview: Buck 65 (Canada) talks divorce, radio stations and his upcoming album 'Neverlove'

When Buck 65 isn’t writing evocative stories on his Facebook page, or collaborating with Belgian artist Joëlle Phuong Minh Lê as part of Bike For Three!, he is experiencing life to the fullest that he can. And that fullness consists of highs, and very deep lows at times too. He found this out to its full extent when recording his latest album Neverlove. He spoke to Philippe Perez ahead of his upcoming tour of Australia.

Ella Hooper, Mantra, Thelma Plum and more to join Urthboy at the Melbourne Festival!

Urthboy is bringing his 'Make Me a Mixtape' to the Melbourne Festival this year and if its success at the Brisbane Festival earlier in the month was anything to go by, this event is going to bring the Melbourne Festival to a close in great fashion. Joining him for the October show will be the talented Ella Hooper, Mantra, Henry Wagons, Thelma Plum and Bobby Flynn.

The 2014 Melbourne Festival reveals program!

Melbourne will be overtaken by some true gems of the arts world and industry when the 2014 Melbourne Festival kicks off this October. Running from the 10th through to the 26th, the Melbourne Festival's program this year is representative of a carefully curated vision, specific to the city. In its 29th year in 2014, the Melbourne Festival is set to highlight global circus from Europe, North America, Asia and on the Australian homefront too, with the likes of Cirque Eloizre, Dislocate and more all on the program. Its contemporary music program for 2014 is also impressive, with events set to draw hundreds in from all areas of the community.

Melbourne Festival Photo Gallery: An Evening With Yo La Tengo - Hamer Hall (18.10.13)

In an Australian exclusive US Indie Rock act Yo La Tengo performed at the Melbourne Festival in Hamer Hall. Photos by Serena Ho