Got plans for this Easter weekend in Melbourne? You do now: the John Curtin Hotel is hosting its Good Friday Eve show, Lent Outta Shape. The event sports a lineup of some of Melbourne’s best songwriters, including: Lincoln Le Fevre & The Insiders, Rob Muinos, and Georgia Maq.
For the last four days, the Pandora Discovery Den at SXSW has been taking audiences through the world of music, starting with Electronic, moving through Hip Hop, Americana and closing the week out with a day dedicated to Rock. Performing through the final day were artists like Big Data - who earlier in the day also rocked the Rachael Ray Feedback Party at Stubb's - Joywave, Ex Cops, Zella Day, Priory and Palma Violets.
Following on from the venue's opening day with an electronic curation, Thursday marked the day Pandora dedicated their SXSW venue to hip hop, with iconic artist Wyclef Jean closing out the stage. As part of his epic 90 minute set, Wyclef took the audience on a musical (and somewhat educational) trip down memory lane, not only playing some of his best known solo tracks, but Fugees favourites and reinterpretations from the last 30 years of hip hop.
Wednesday at SXSW marked the first of four days of the Pandora Discovery Den, an annual party held at The Gatsby on 6th Street - featuring a mix of well established and up-and-coming artists from around the world. Australia's own Peking Duk helped kick off the celebration with a day focused on electronic music. Closing out with "High" - the number two song on the triple j Hottest 100 this year - the group also invited Benny from SAFIA on stage for their popular collaboration "Take Me Over". SAFIA were also in town to play the iconic Austin, Texas based festival.
It came as no surprise when the annual inthemix awards named Ivy's Pacha Sydney 'Club Night of the Year' for both 2013 and 2014; the mega party has firmly established itself as the most unique blend of circus, theatre, and cutting edge dance music in the country. Focused on continually evolving as a brand and an entertainment spectacular, Pacha has announced that this year they will be drawing upon the talents of creative designers The Squared Division to help push Pacha further as a distinctive and memorable series of events.
The Gasometer re-opened in May last year. In that time launched a new menu and unleashed a stellar new sound set up upon their patrons. If that wasn't already great, the venue has also seen King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, as well as the fabulous Nai Palm perform within its doors.
Sydney hip hop posse One Day are coming off a huge year, releasing their debut collaborative album Mainline and heading on a successful national tour. That is hardly the extent of how much they have grown though, just ask any hipster in Sydney's inner-west and they'll tell you that the group's regular block party, One Day Sundays (ODS), has quickly become the quintessential party in Sydney. In fact, ODS has become so popular so much that it has outgrown it's original hosting venue, Marrickville's Vic on the Park Hotel.
What started as a three month pop up venue, FBi Social wasted no time in becoming a venue bands of all different calibres would perform at. Opening three and a half years ago, the Sydney hotspot has hosted more than 1000 local artists and have had more than 40,000 people through their doors to party. The time has come for them to shut their doors next month though, with the owners of the Kings Cross Hotel and other venues, Solotel, set to reopen the space as The Bandroom. The new venue will continue to host the best local and national talent, as well as offering bands a place to rehearse and play.
Brisbane's got new venues coming out the ying yang lately and it's a great sign for the industry in that area of the country. The latest venue set to join the party is The Triffid, located in a historic WWII hangar in Newstead. A venue with a capacity of 800, The Triffid has been the project of Brisbane hospitality identity Brett McCall, industry figures Paul Piticco and Jessica Ducrou and musician John Collins (Powderfinger).
The Woolly Mammoth, yet another new Brisbane venue sure to take off as one of the city's favourites in time, opens this Friday! Situated on Ann Street next to the famous Cloudland, the venue consists of three areas each with their own distinct vibe. Featuring two live performance spaces as well as a stellar bar and party environment, the official opening of The Woolly Mammoth stands to be a memorable one indeed!
Sydney's party scene is set to explode now that spring is finally here, and Marquee at The Star is going above and beyond to make sure the venue remains at the forefront of our city's rich nightclub culture.
Five finalists were selected from a large pool of hopeful entrants who submitted their sounds the annual 'Discovered' band competition at Sydney's iconic Marble Bar. From those five, one emerged a winner: indie-pop darlings Nova & the Experience.
The broken down back-alleys of Brooklyn is where one would find the type of venues that have inspired the complete re-design pf Surry Hills' The Standard.
Three years ago, what started as a pop-up venue quickly caught on by showcasing the best live local talent around. Kings Cross Hotel had become a hub for local lovin' concert goers, and it's all thanks to FBi Social.
There was much uproar from within the Sydney artistic and creative communities when the NSW Government declared that 1:30am lockouts would be enacted for inner city venues from February, along with many other restrictions. In response to these new laws, which effectively will stunt the growth and continued success of many venues within the city, the Sydney Late Night Culture Alliance was formed. Comprising of key Sydney live music and performance venues, cultural organisations, artists and music industry stakeholders, the alliance has been formed to oppose and fight the new laws which so drastically effect this community.