Melbourne

Album Review: Windwaker broaden horizons with vibrant new album HYPERVIOLENCE

It’s fair to say that Windwaker have become one of the most exciting and beloved heavy exports of late. The Melbourne metalcore favourites have today unveiled their highly anticipated album HYPERVIOLENCE via Cooking Vinyl Australia and Fearless Records. Featuring the singles “SIRENS”, “Fractured State of Mind” and “The Wall”, the 13-track project is the band’s…

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Photo Gallery: POND get Stung! at Melbourne’s Northcote Theatre (28.06.24)

Last night, one of Australia’s finest psych rock outfits POND lit up Melbourne’s Northcote Theatre for a massive sold out show. The group are currently on tour in support of their 10th LP, Stung! They hit the stage with an epic setlist that kicked off with “Daisy” and closed with “Toast”, before a two track…

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Disney Wonder confirms 2025-26 season in Australia and NZ for its “Disney Magic at Sea” Cruise

Disney Cruise Line – which finally arrived in Australia and New Zealand last October – have just confirmed their ship Disney Wonder is set to return for a third season on our shores in 2025/2026. Having already completed its first season, and with a second already announced for October 2024 through February 2025, the confirmation…

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Theatre Review: The Woman in Black is a spine-chilling retelling of a gothic horror classic

Prepare for the most spine-chilling ghost encounter of the year. Susan Hill’s acclaimed gothic horror tale hasn’t gone dull with age, surviving through Stephen Mallatratt’s remarkable adaptation, which has lived on London’s West End for over 30 years. Bringing its ghostly horrors to Melbourne, The Woman in Black is a thrilling exploration of terror that…

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Sunset Boulevard brings Hollywood to Melbourne

Melbourne’s oldest and grandest venue, the Princess Theatre was transformed into Hollywood Glamour on Wednesday night as the city welcomed the return of the Australian production of Sunset Boulevard presented by Opera Australia & GWB Entertainment by arrangement with The Really Useful Group. With a dazzling red carpet, free-flowing champagne on a glamorous bar that…

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Theatre Review: The Odd Couple turns Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre into a laugh factory

Spaghetti and ketchup. Pineapple and pizza. Felix and Oscar. They say opposites attract, but sometimes they’re better left alone. The Odd Couple follows two divorced friends who decide to live together… only there’s one problem… Oscar thrives in a messy, laid-back environment, while Felix prefers his quarters spick, span and neatly polished. Can this mismatched…

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ISHAN shares five fun facts and catchy new single “Her Boyfriend’s House”

Every now and then you come across a promising young hopeful who is so talented that it’s not fair. Melbourne pop-rock songwriter ISHAN is one of those people, back again with a fresh tune and video in “Her Boyfriend’s House”. At just 21 years old, he’s already got a bunch of music out including the…

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Niall Horan’s The Show tour hits Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena – 03.05.24)

Niall Horan‘s inaugural Melbourne show on The Show tour at Rod Laver Arena marked a monumental milestone in his solo career journey. Having risen from his One Direction roots, Niall has solidified himself as a formidable solo artist with three studio albums to his name, amassing a dedicated and loyal fanbase. This concert, selling out…

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Flight Review: United Airlines’ Transpacific Service – Melbourne to San Francisco (UA61)

A couple of months back, I climbed to 42,000 feet across the Pacific Ocean on board United Airlines‘ Boeing 777-300 service from Melbourne to San Francisco (Flight UA61). It had been about a year since I last few across the Pacific with United (then from Sydney to Houston on the Dreamliner), so how did this…

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Matt Bell

Matt Bell explores Melbourne’s haunted dating spots in Dead To Me – Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If like me, you wondered how walking around haunted spots in the Melbourne CBD would make the perfect backdrop for a comedy show could possibly ever work, you will be happy to know walking and laughing is the perfect way to spend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2024.  Our host is comedian and bachelor…

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Leo bares all with their unflinching debut EP Please Leave Quietly

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all of the incredibly talented artists who have saturated the independent music market lately, each offering a piece of themselves that is (sadly) oftentimes lost in the echo chamber. But every now and then, you stumble upon a song that just hits differently and stays with you long after…

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Theatre Review: Chicago is a seductive jailhouse romp with star-studded glam

Full of murder, greed and that oh so seductive razzle dazzle, Broadway’s longest-running musical has found its way back to Australia for a limited season. Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two strong individuals with big aspirations who find themselves locked up and on trial for murder. When they learn of…

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DreamHack returns to Melbourne this April, tickets on sale Thursday

DreamHack returns to Melbourne in April this year and is well-known for hosting a wide range of esports competitions, from open-entry tournaments to some of the more elite competitions, which will be held in Margaret Court Arena. Games like Counter-Strike 2 will be on display, while League of Legends Circuit Oceania will host its Grand Final live on…

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Theatre Review: Rent’s narrative lacks impact, but the iconic songs stand strong

The streets of New York’s East Village are bustling with love, art, culture and spirit. Despite oppressive powers threatening to break friendships and crush dreams, this resilient group of friends celebrate the power of the human spirit, bringing people together to stand up for what they love. This is Rent. Jonathan Larson’s hit musical has…

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Taylor Swift

More Taylor Swift Eras Australia tour tickets are being released today from under $70

Good news for Australian Taylor Swift fans who still have yet to get their hands on a ticket for her upcoming Eras shows in Sydney and Melbourne, which kick off this Friday. Frontier Touring are releasing extra tickets for the anticipated shows TODAY. And this comes after the artist, arriving fresh from the Super Bowl,…

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Interview: Australian screen visionary Natalie Miller on opening Melbourne’s newest theatrical experience, FoMo Cinemas

Melbourne’s new next-level cinema experience is unveiled today, with FoMo Cinemas opening its East Brunswick doors. A haven for cinema and food-lovers alike, FoMo Cinemas brings together the best of the silver screen with an elevated in-cinema food offering in a first for Australian movie-goers.  Housed in the newly opened East Brunswick Village precinct by…

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Theatre Review: Grease the Musical is a non-stop extravaganza of electrifying hits

Calling all gals and guys – welcome to Rydell High, where romances are flourishing, tensions are rising, and most importantly, grease is the word. Grease the Musical has grooved its way back to Australian shores, and this time it’s bigger, slicker and sexier than ever before. Sandy, Danny, the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies all…

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Theatre Review: Choir of Man celebrates the good vibes of the humble pub

You’ve never been to a pub quite like this. Where music, mates and good times collide, Choir of Man is more than a musical – it’s also a play, a concert and a celebration of the pub as a place to share a laugh, some banter and your feelings. From creatives Nic Doodson and Andrew…

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You can now order boxes of fried chicken and Champagne to your room at QT Hotels

The age-old art of room service is one of the last aspects to hotel living that hasn’t changed one bit. You open the menu and you’d reasonably expect to see dishes from all over the world, designed to cater to a great variety of guests with the usual burgers, pastas and curries just one call…

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Live Review: Foo Fighters light up Melbourne’s AAMI Park with an emotionally charged night to remember

After playing a one-off show in early 2022 in Melbourne, which would sadly serve as one of drummer Taylor Hawkins’ final shows, the legendary Foo Fighters returned last night. Opening act Hot Milk (UK) hit the stage at AAMI Park with a bang, kicking things off with “Party On My Deathbed”. Delivering a level of…

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Review: Future Static’s Liminality is a stunning debut album (2023 LP)

Naarm/Melbourne alt-metal five-piece Future Static have today shared their highly-anticipated debut album Liminality via Wild Thing Records. The 12-track project two years in the making is a blend of deft guitarwork over intricate rhythms as vocalist Amariah Cook brings a passionate and powerful performance. Produced, mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Windwaker, The Beautiful Monument),…

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Review: Melbourne’s Colourburn sets a high bar with Compromise in Colour (2023 EP)

Melbourne alt-rock trio Colourburn have today released their debut EP Compromise in Colour, a bold entry to the scene with clear talent and intent. The five-track project was produced by Christopher Vernon (Bloom, Belle Haven, Tapestry) and draws influence from the likes of Movements, Citizen and Eat Your Heart Out. Comprised of Jordyn Briggs (vocals),…

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Theatre Review: A Christmas Carol is the must-see festive event of the year

Journey to Victorian London and immerse yourself in the joys of Christmas with this stunning Old Vic revival of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. A truly unique theatre experience, this production encompasses the heart, soul and meaning of what makes the festive season so special. After travelling through London, Broadway and across the US, winning five…

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Live Review: It was worth the wait, as Peach Pit rocks Northcote Theatre, Melbourne (11.10.23)

Sometimes, a band can inspire a following from early in their career but might not have the means to tour in Australia. Unfortunately, this was the case for Peach Pit, who had been unable to tour Australia throughout their career until now. With a substantial Australian fanbase, there had been long waits and some uncertainty…

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PAX AUS 2023: Our top 5 indie games from the weekend

PAX AUS celebrated its 10th year this weekend at the Melbourne Convention Centre. For ten years, gamers have come from all across the country to celebrate all kinds of video and tabletop gaming. A big highlight of the weekend is PAX Rising, otherwise described as a huge indie area that offers a chance to chat…

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Fletcher Gull shares the art that inspired his debut album Songs From Before

Naarm/Melbourne folk artist Fletcher Gull is mysterious and insightful on his intriguing debut album Songs From Before, released 22 September. The 10-track project explores indie-pop soundscapes with poetic storytelling in a reflective time capsule of his life thus far. Featuring the singles “Light Up” and “She Knows”, Songs From Before comes after the 2022 EP…

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The 2-day Australian Circus Summit – “The Moving State of Circus” – hits Melbourne on Thursday 19th October

How many of us wanted to run away with the circus when we were young? Thanks to the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), it’s now even easier to do just that. NICA has a purpose built circus venue, which is where the two-day Australian Circus Summit will be held. It promises to inspire while…

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Heaps Good 2023/2024 lineup announcement includes Flume, Foals and The Avalanches

Heaps Good Festival have just dropped the first lineup announcement for the New Year period and it’s a cracker. Acts include Flume, Foals, The Avalanches, SBTRKT, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Declan McKenna, Griff, Holly Humberstone and more. After Adelaide’s incredible debut last year, Heaps Good Festival now includes Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on New Year’s Eve…

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Top 10 Hidden Gems in Melbourne

Melbourne is a diverse city, with way too much to fit into one visit. There is no shortage of restaurants, art galleries, bars, nightclubs, cafes and shopping that will keep you entertained on your next trip to (arguably) Australia’s most cultured city. But what sits off the beaten path? Here are just ten of our…

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Live Review: Reb Fountain shakes Melbourne’s Brunswick Ballroom with Ellis King

On Tuesday, multi-award-winning Reb Fountain returned to Melbourne for the second time following the release of her single, ‘Faithless Lover’. The Lyttelton (NZ) based alternative-folk-noir artist recently completed her European tour supporting Marlon Williams, headlining shows in the UK as well as performing at The Great Escape Festival (UK). For Reb’s return to Melbourne, The…

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