Author: Kate Rafferty


Inklines share the albums that got them through 2020 and new single “Blossom”

Sydney’s Inklines are tracing out their path for 2021 with the drop of their new single, “Blossom”. Following the release of their EP Bookclub, last year, the band have been generating powerful and earnest alt-rock blends and testing the lengths and limits of their sound. Leading the way on vocals and guitar is Will Tremain….

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Pinkish Blu’s Top 5 Adelaide Haunts

Indie outfit Pinkish Blu are officially coming in not pink, not blue, but red hot, with a new single and a list of live shows. Previously supporting the likes of The Rubens and Trophy Eyes, the Adelaide band is quickly becoming one of South Australia’s most promising acts, with their new track “Backward” being all your…

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Sydney Opera House to present free livestreams of Dream, a live Shakespeare re-imagination

Sydney Opera House will present two free livestreams of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Dream this week, a reimagined live performance based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Using gaming and motion-capture technology, Dream will conjure the ethereal surrounds of the forest of sprites and fairies, with narration of the forest by Australia’s very own, Nick…

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Global Cities After Dark announces 2021 forum; four day focus on Sydney’s night-time economy

With the full program of national and international speakers for this year’s Global Cities After Dark Sydney now released, the 2021 event is looking to be a week of insightful discussion and presentations from notable government and industry insiders. From Monday 22 March – Thursday 25 March, Sydney’s night-time economy sector will run the focused…

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New Victorian initiative to finance the stories of under-represented screenwriters and filmmakers

Film Victoria, SBS and Arenamedia are teaming up to launch a new initiative that will support low-budget feature films by Victoria’s most creative and diverse filmmakers. Originate is a program designed to turn early draft scripts by diverse and underrepresented voices into production-ready screenplays. The program involves a three-part process delivered by internationally renowned UK-based…

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Six Aussie artists join a new international program for female-identifying producers

Today is International Women’s Day and it’s exciting to see that a new initiative by Canada’s National Arts Centre is cutting through gender imbalance in the music industry. And thanks to export office Sounds Australia, six Aussie artists are on-board. The Global Network for Female-Identifying Music Producers is the new virtual and global project, offering…

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Guest Playlist: Brixton Alley share their favourite tracks from their favourite Aussie bands

Melbourne-based trio Brixton Alley may be exploring new territory, but they’re shredding up a storm. Relocating to Australia from the UK in 2020, the indie-punk band got the chance to play at some of Australia’s hottest venues, before being plunged into lockdown. Like most artists, lockdown gave the trio a chance to focus on their sound…

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The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival announces first round of artists for March 2022

After taking this year off, The 45th Port Fairy Folk Festival is set for 2022, and the first round of artists has just been announced. Celebrating in the music-loving coastal village in Victoria from 11th-14th March, a mix of home-grown talent and folk stars from around the world will be on show. Audiences can expect…

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Byron Bay Bluesfest is a go: Pete Murray and more added to the All-Aussie 2021 lineup

Bluesfest is on for 2021, the first multi-day, multi-stage camping festival to be held in the world since the beginning of Covid-19. Running from April 1st-5th at the idyllic Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), the festival will be a smaller affair than we’re used to – only 3 stages – but…

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Say hello to the Brunswick Ballroom, Melbourne’s newest ritzy and reimagined performance venue

A swanky new performance venue is about to open in Melbourne’s old Metropolis House on Sydney Road. The Brunswick Ballroom is set to become Melbourne’s most eclectic and diverse new entertainment venue, hosting Australian and international acts, from music and cabaret to comedy. Spearheaded by new venue owner and impresario Andrew Kay AM, Brunswick Ballroom…

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The Mauritanian confirms Australia and New Zealand release after Golden Globes & BAFTA nominations

The Mauritanian, the new highly anticipated thriller by Kevin Macdonald will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in Australia and New Zealand on 24th March. Starring Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch and Shailene Woodley, the film is based on the best-selling memoir Guantànamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi and follows the inspiring true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being…

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Clio Renner

Track by Track: Clio Renner guides us through her debut album Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends

Melbourne-based and multi-talented Clio Renner’s debut album Nothing Breaks, Nothing Mends is out and making waves. The pianist, vocalist and songwriter has produced an impressive collection of alternative indie-pop tracks that delve into the truth of Renner’s life right now, exploring her thoughts, inner-dialogue and the people in her life. Having worked with a slew…

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NSW: A breakdown of the new live music reforms and Covid-19 restriction lifts

NSW has recently become the accommodator for the biggest law reforms affecting the live music industry in the state’s history. On November 12, the NSW Legislative Council passed amendments that saw long overdue, but nonetheless historic changes made to liquor, planning, local government and building laws. The reforms have excited all and everyone, particularly for…

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Garrett Kato

Track by Track: Garrett Kato takes us through his time in the hemispheres

Canadian-born, Byron Bay-based singer Garrett Kato has released his new album hemispheres today. The final act to his earlier released EP, s.hemispheres, this album reflects on Kato’s memories and experiences in the southern and northern hemispheres (as the title suggests). From sombre reckonings on life and vices, like on “Breathe It In”, a collaboration with…

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Tim Minchin

Back to the Outback: A new star-studded Aussie animated film is coming to Netflix feat. the music of Tim Minchin

With a focus on, you guessed it, the Aussie outback, Netflix’s new animated film Back to the Outback is set to debut globally in 2021. Featuring a strong line-up of Aussie talent, including Isla Fisher, Miranda Tapsell, Guy Pearce and Angus Imrie, the comedy-adventure film has been directed by debut filmmakers Clare Knight and Harry…

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Becca Hatch

‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Becca Hatch from Sydney, Australia

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of…

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Pentridge Open-Air Cinema

Melbourne is getting an open air cinema in a historic prison site this Summer

This summer, Melbourne’s historic Pentridge prison site will become home to the Pentridge Open-Air Cinema, letting Melbournians appreciate the wonders of the big screen once again. Launching from 26 December 2020 until 28 March 2021, the Pentridge Open-Air Cinema will be a luxurious extension to the current Pentridge Cinema run by Palace Cinemas, making for a…

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Gretta Ray

Track of the Day: Gretta Ray “Passion” (2020)

Melbourne singer-songwriter Gretta Ray turns to a new chapter in her career with her latest single and music video “Passion”. Famously winning Triple J Unearthed High at just 18, as well as the prestigious Vanda & Young Songwriting Award for her high-rotation hit, “Drive”, Ray has taken on a new challenge in “Passion”. All-emotion, no…

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Summer Sounds Festival

Summer Sounds Festival kickstarts the New Year in Adelaide

  It’s officially Summer, and while this year’s given us a new appreciation for small and quaint local gigs, Adelaide will be delivering something a little larger than life this Summer season… Secret Sounds and Adelaide-based Five Four Entertainment and Groove have announced the Summer Sounds Festival, a new summer concert series set to bring…

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A summer of rock: Girls Rock! Adelaide, 2021 Summer Camp opens applications

Local music mentoring organisation, Girls Rock! Adelaide, have announced applications are now open for their 2021 summer camp. A swiftly growing local youth organisation, Girls Rock! Adelaide is all about making space for girls, trans, and non-binary young people in the music scene. And while they’ve been rocked by Covid-19, their key program for the…

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2020 Aria Awards

ARIA Awards 2020: Tame Impala, Sampa The Great and Archie Roach own the night

In what has been a tough year for the music industry, last night’s 2020 ARIA Awards marked a mighty, although socially distanced celebration at Sydney’s The Star Event Centre. Tame Impala surfaced as a big winner, taking home five ARIA awards, including Album of the Year for the third time, as well as Best Group, Best Rock Album, Engineer of the…

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Watch Cyberpunk 2077 in action on Playstation 4 Pro and PS5 via backwards compatibility

Inching closer to the long-awaited release of the game of the year, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt has dropped a new taster of gameplay. The new footage features a look at PlayStation 4 Pro and PlayStation 5 versions through backwards compatibility, the 6-minute gameplay captures a section of the Nomad Lifepath, one of three playable…

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6 Events not to miss as Perth Festival celebrates local artists and stories in 2021

With international travel still on hold, Australia’s summer arts festival have a distinctly local flavour this year. The freshly announced program for Perth Festival 2021, for example, is focused on celebrating and contemplating Western Australian artists, creatives, and landscapes, in all aspects this summer. Built around the theme of “Bilya”, meaning river, the 2021 festival will…

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Hot Donnas

Dunedin’s Hot Donnas share new single “Two Brains”, a new EP and some favourite memories of touring

Earlier this month Dunedin’s Hot Donnas returned with their new EP The Adventures of E-Wan, featuring new single “Two Brains”. Carrying a similar sound to the early Arctic Monkeys and Queens of The Stone Age, “Two Brains” is heady rock’n’roll tied up in one. Grinding guitars build the pace on this body-moving track about overthinking, indecision…

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Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival 2021: An all-Australian and Covid-safe celebration

Sydney is to be the canvas for 24 days of culture, fun and artistry once again, with Sydney Festival set to start the new year from 6-26 January 2021. The 2021 program has been specially curated to showcase all things “Australian made”, with artistic director Wesley Enoch and his team lining up 130 events celebrating…

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Lach Marshall

Guest Playlist: Aussie singer-songwriter Lach Marshall shares his top tongue-in-cheek tunes

Stripped-back and altogether mellow singer-songwriter Lach Marshall is out with a new single “Tired Old Gag”. Since the release of his debut song “December”, Lach has been pinpointed as an artist to watch, most recently collaborating with Alex Fasso on their joint track “Borrowed Nostalgia”. On “Tired Old Gag”, the singer-songwriter delves into indie heartland….

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Behind the Scenes: Sydney’s Crocodylus take on Ginkin and a debut album

Out from under the wreckage of closed venues and cancelled gigs, Sydney’s unruly punk trio, Crocodylus are hurtling toward the end of the year with a new tour and a scattering of new tunes. After holing themselves up in the idyllic and icy regional town of Ginkin, NSW, fuelled by a burning fire and plenty…

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