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Splendour Sideshow Review: The Wombats - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)


Photo Credit: Rebecca Houlden

If you were to get myself, at 15 years old, to guess which band they were listening to would in half a decade’s time become an arena act, England’s The Wombats wouldn’t even cross my mind. Nethertheless, it’s now five years passed and I’m standing at the back of the pit of Margaret Court Arena, watching Circa Waves playing some truly jangly Britpop that sounds nothing like Circa Survive and wondering what five thousand people dancing to the idea of dancing to Joy Division looks like. Scanning the seats I can see more than a few faces are experiencing their first case of, "Oh fuck, I really should have brought earbuds".

Photo Gallery: Hermitage - The Legacy of Catherine the Great - National Gallery of Victoria (Runs to 8th November)

Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine the Great celebrates the tenacity and vision of a true innovator in the Arts. Catherine the Great's inexhaustible passion for the Arts, Education and Culture heralded a renaissance, leading to the formation of one of the world's great museums, the Hermitage. The collection is now on show at a Melbourne-exclusive exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Carl Dziunka went along to capture these priceless masterpieces.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Earl Sweatshirt - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (28.07.15)

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been making headlines unsurprisingly while touring NZ and Australia this month, but it was all love when the young rapper came through Melbourne. Perri Cassie was down at the Prince Bandroom to see him do his thing and brings us these snaps.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)

It’s been a while since Britpop icons Blur have graced our shores with a full tour – 18 years in fact. Not to worry, however, as they are currently Down Under as headliners of Splendour In The Grass and were kind enough to stop by Rod Laver Arena to pump out a solid two hours of hits, misses, and everything in between. With fellow Briton Jamie T in support, the close to capacity crowd were treated to spectacular lighting and a group that clearly haven’t forgotten how to put on a show.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)

Rebecca Houlden was at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne this weekend to check out The Wombats take on the frenzied crowd with their brilliantly entertaining tunes. Supported by Circa Waves, this was a show and welcome back to Melbourne that was unmissable for many. Check out her shots!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (28.07.15)

After a 20 year wait, Brit-pop kings Blur brought their incredible live show to Melbourne this week. Adelaide contributor Lauren Connelly headed over to witness history and shot these flicks!

Splendour Sideshow Review: Death Cab For Cutie - 170 Russell, Melbourne (26.07.15)


Photo by Perri Cassie. Check out the full gallery HERE.

Playing their first Australian show since the departure of founding member Chris Walla, Death Cab for Cutie show no signs of abandoning their beloved roots.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Azealia Banks + Ivan Ooze - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (26.07.15)

Recently Azealia Banks claimed that Australians are a “terrible crowd to play for,” but this statement starkly contrasts the atmosphere at her Splendour in The Grass sideshow in Melbourne on Sunday night.

Splendour Photo Gallery: Purity Ring - 170 Russell, Melbourne (24.07.15)

Purity Ring's fans were in for a treat when the duo returned to Melbourne as part of their current Aussie tour for Splendour in the Grass. 170 Russell was turned into a magical environment for the Canadians - check out these shots by Kimberley Salmond, who was down there for the AU review!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Best Coast + Totally Mild - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (26.07.15)

Best Coast performed their Splendour In The Grass festival sideshow at The Corner Hotel last night, with local melancholy dream popster Totally Mild in support. Tony Proudfoot snapped the moments...

Eating with the AU: Bossy Boots Cafe & Food Store - Brighton (Melbourne)

It may not be the best time of year to head to the beach, what with all the stormy clouds and rain, but don’t rule out the beachside suburb of Brighton just yet. If you’re after a fabulous lazy brunch, then look no further than sophisticated Bay Street, where the thriving café and food store, Bossy Boots, will have you cosy and fed in no time.

Arts Review: Nite Art - Melbourne CBD (23.07.15)

The city of Melbourne is known for its cultural diversity and love for the arts, so when the opportunity to review ‘Nite Art’ came along, I jumped at the chance to check out this wonderful festival. Now in its third year, the event boasts more than 75 artists who will display their art at 30 sites across 3 precincts.

F&L News: Eastland Shopping Centre revamped, brings the likes of Jimmy Grants Deluxe, Pacos Tacos and Huxtaburger to new Town Square (Ringwood)

Eastern Melbourne… boy, are you guys about to get a treat. The area is set to become a culinary hotspot, with a reimagined Town Square as part of Eastland’s $665m re-development.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Death Cab For Cutie - 170 Russell, Melbourne (26.07.15)

Death Cab For Cutie brought all the feels to 170 Russell in Melbourne over the weekend, stopping by the venue as part of their Australian tour that centred around Splendour in the Grass. Perri Cassie was done there to pohotograph his all-time favourite band and brings you these results!

Arts Review: David Stewart - Mentalist - The Butterfly Club, Melbourne (22.07.15)

We turned down a deserted alleyway on a pitch-black Melbourne evening and were confronted by a neon sign iridescent in the gloom. We mouthed the words before us, ’The Butterfly Club’, and walked towards this shining beacon.