After a lukewarm start in Sydney due to atrocious sound issues, I was a bit nervous with my decision to fly down to Melbourne and do it all again. This was a line-up that was quite literally a dream for me and felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so to be underwhelmed twice would not only be soul crushing personally, it would have been indicative of what Australia and New Zealand could expect from the rest of the long-awaited tour. But all those angry tweets and general complaints that arose out of Sydney and the lack of sound checking seemed to benefit Melbourne; this time the crew behind Soulfest were on the ball. This led to a festival that felt like an entirely different, better experience than Sydney, and felt much closer to what the promoters intended the festival to be.
On Sunday October 21st Brisbane’s The Blurst of Times Festival hit Melbourne for the first time. Held at Seaworks in Williamstown, the day featured a line up of excellent Australian talent, across three stages.
Day 2 of Armageddon was another massive day of fun and special guests including Doctor Who's Jenna Coleman and Stargate Atlantis stars David Hewlett and David Nykl as well as the favourite cosplay parade.
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.
The Armageddon Expo took over the Melbourne Showgrounds this past weekend, with TV and movie stars from the likes of Doctor Who, Breaking Bad and Superman, as well as members from the huge realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic, anime and gaming all coming together for a weekend of geek and fanatic goodness. Rebecca Houlden was there and brings you this gallery!
The Armageddon Expo dropped by Melbourne this weekend, providing a fun environment for geeks to well, 'geek out' on their favourite fandoms and share their obsessions for all things television, sci-fi, mystical and comical with other fans.
Following the smash success of season 1, Comedy at Crown is back with Australia’s most popular comedy performers and fresh industry talent every Sunday for a second limited season 19 October – 9 November at Crown’s Groove Live Bar & Terrace in Melbourne!
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.
In the last twelve months, the Kingswood boys have brought old-skool rock & roll back into modern fashion. They have not only demonstrated that they can play good hard rock & roll, but they have also displayed a fun rock & roll attitude while up on stage and off stage. It should then be no surprise that these boys also share a passion for motorbikes, and how else to combine the two than by putting on an intimate performance in a motorbike workshop on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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:
It's the final show in the Live Lounge, Rolling Stone's pop up venue. For the past 2 months the renowned magazine has used Fitzroy haunt and nightmare name to fit into paragraphs The Workers Club, showcasing some of the best and brightest names in the local scene. Bands like The Delta Riggs and Husky along with solo acts like Tom Busby, Kasey Chambers and Harry Hookey have made their way through the stage doors of recent under the Live Lodge banner. Now on this last night it's the duty of Kingswood and The Demon Parade to close the lodge's big red doors. Even before any act has appeared on stage the room is filled to the brim with bodies. The Demon Parade take their places to screams and cheers until the guitar fuzz drowns them out.
I now understand why the Hotel Pullman in the inner south Melbourne suburb of Albert Park would be highly desirable around Grand Prix time. Situated on Queens Road, the hotel overlooks the famed race track (as well as the Albert Park Lake) perfectly.
The Bluejuice farewell party continued through into Melbourne this weekend, with the Sydneysiders bringing the Retrospectable Tour to The HiFi along with special guests Jody and Thelma Plum. Carl Dziunka brings you this gallery from the night!
The Australian independent music industry was celebrated last night at the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, held in the new venue at North Melbourne's Meat Market building. Performances by Meg Mac, Sheppard, DMA's, SAFIA and Carlton Dry Global Music Grant winner REMi entertained the large crowd, with the award winners taking home some great trophies and praise. Rebecca Houlden brings you this gallery from the night!
Since Alt J first played in Melbourne at Ding Dong nearly two years ago, a lot has changed for the band. The venues and crowds are bigger, they won a Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave late in 2013, and recently released another; This Is All Yours but the adoration of their fans is still as rampant as ever, at this sold out show.