Tell you what, it was a bloody good feeling returning to the ‘Sup for my second Meredith Music Festival. In her 24th year, the demand to visit Aunty Meredith continues to outweigh ticket supply and with a no dickheads policy, a nude sprint race, BYO tinnies and couches, it’s not that hard to see why. This year was no exception, particularly with such a stellar line up boasting the likes of The War On Drugs, De La Soul and Factory Floor but for me, there were 5 standout acts that made my Meredith experience THAT much better.
“In ancient Chinese painting, there has always been an emphasis on liu bai – what’s left undrawn on the paper. For me, no matter whether I am making a video or a film, the same idea applies… The undrawn part in a work is there for audiences to engage with, using their imagination for viewing and interpretation.” - Yang Fudong
Potentially being my last gig of the year, The War On Drugs certainly left their mark as one of my favourite shows of 2014 by playing a beautiful set of dreamy numbers that induced a spiritual experience I didn't expect.
With its idiosyncratic Australian sense of humour and perverse national pride, Mambo: 30 years of Shelf-Indulgence celebrates this iconic clothing label in a retrospective exhibition featuring the largest collection of Mambo works ever assembled at National Gallery of Victoria Australia until 22 February 2015, and a milestone publication of the same name.
Hoards of well dressed patrons swarmed the streets of Melbourne on Thursday night on their voyage to The Majestic Regent Theatre. The spectacle soon to be observed was the one and only Grease The Musical, back for it’s second season. The excitement in the foyer was building as people clinked glasses of complimentary bubbles and waited to be seated. The show began with applause as Bert Newton playing Vince Fontain entered the stage. Not the stereotypical choice for the sexualised character that is Mr Fontain, however Newton brings a comedic presence and warm heartedness to the character, traits that have made him a crowd favourite many times over.
Arriving on typically grey but strangely muggy Melbourne Sunday afternoon, Howler in Brunswick became the ideal venue for the annual Semplesize Block Party. Tucked in behind the beer garden at the entrance, the Howler band room transformed into a veritable playground of raw, local talent that seemed to catered to every music lover’s taste.
Many Windsor locals have drunk a brew at the beloved Railway, and the wider Melbourne community has frequented its 24 hour bottle shop, but what they may not be aware of is its two month old exclusive Highline restaurant, boasting city views and featuring a Paddock to Plate style menu, courtesy of head chef, Simon Tarlington (ex Quay). “Simon’s focus is on fresh flavours, seasonal produce and sustainable practices.” The menu draws heavily from seasonal produce harvested from the owner’s farm in Oak Valley, 140 km North East of Melbourne in the Strathbogie Ranges.
Jason Mraz returned to Melbourne as part of his Yes tour, and Rebecca Houlden was there to capture him and Raining Jane in action:
The Japanese Film Festival is back in Melbourne, and this year’s line-up continues where 2013’s festival finished off, not failing to showcase the best and brightest of Japanese cinema. Isao Yukisada’s internationally renowned film The Round Table is no exception - a spectacularly unique treasure that is entirely set within the marvellous universe of eight-year-old Kokko, a curiously cocky but innocent girl who attempts to make sense of the world around her.
Last Saturday, 29 November 2014, Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy director Keishi Otomo made a special guest appearance in Melbourne at Hoyts Melbourne Central as part of the Japanese Film Festival. Vincenlya Susanto presents an exclusive interview with the trilogy’s director where he talks about the surprising level of international attention to the trilogy, the difficulties in bringing the characters of Nobuhiro Watsuki to life and keeping the authenticity of the Meiji Restoration time period.
A Japanese punk-rock band, Broken Doll performed in Australian shores for the first time in the past week as part of their world tour and exhibition. Like their previous shows in Brisbane and Sydney, Broken Doll – usually consisting of Sachi and Kensuke as the vocalist and guitarist respectively; were also accompanied by Shin as the bassist and Hideya as the drummer in Melbourne.
Spanish fashion retailer, Desigual is bringing Australians a little bit closer to the nation most of us associate with amazing food (paella paired with a glass of sangria anyone?!), picturesque coastlines and beautiful weather, thanks to the launch of its first Australian store in Melbourne earlier this month.
New musical comedy "Sexercise - The Musical" makes its world premiere at Melbourne's newest live performance venue on 24 February 2015.
2014 has seen some pretty exciting tours so far, and the Trivium / In Flames double headline was a pre-Christmas treat for sure. Having been down earlier this year for Soundwave, the tour celebrated Trivium’s 2013 release, Vengeance Falls, and the eleventh studio album by the Swedish legends, Siren Charms, released earlier this year.
The combination of theatre and sports are like an opposite attract-styled relationship. They are easily not suited for each other, sometimes when aspects are looked over and the layers underneath to a person’s personality are exposed, all manner of shiny good things are there to be enjoyed. The same can be said for Red Stitch’s Jumpers For Goalposts, a production that is both wonderfully playful but also moving at the same time.