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Festivals

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 10:15am

The annual Leaps & Bounds Music Festival is back in business for 2017, releasing a stellar lineup for their opening night. 

 

Indie heavyweights Augie March will be headlining the event, joined by lauded singer/songwriter Jess Ribeiro and garage rockers The Pink Tiles. 
 
Capping it off, there will also be a surprise mystery guest set to perform Paul Kelly's...

Posted 3 Apr 2017 @ 2:01pm

The Grampians has become a hotbed for musical adventure and once again a first-rate lineup comes to the region for the next incarnation of the Grampians Grape Escape.

 

A fusion of blues, roots and folk talent is fronted by the likes of Deline Briscoe, William Crighton and Nick Charles. Freya Josephine Hollick has also been slated for the two-day festival alongside Demi Louise,...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 3:49pm

Sad By Sad West has dropped their 2017 lineup. However, there's nothing depressing about the bands and artists on offer this year. 

 

The festival is about embracing emotion in both music and life, recognising and appreciating our immediate space and communities. 
 
The Melbourne leg will take place over three days, featuring the likes of Carb on Carb, Pinkbatts, Jess...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 3:29pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Shady Cottage has changed locations. 

 

This year’s festival is now being held at the picturesque Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Situated in Melbourne’s northeast, Lake Mountain is still less than a two-hour drive away, and all programming will remain the same. There are still final release tickets up for grabs, so head on over to the festival...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 8:33am

After much speculation, the 2017 Splendour In The Grass lineup is here. 

 

The huge lineup features the likes of The XX, Queens of the Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, Royal Blood, HAIM, Sigur Ros, Schoolboy Q, Vance Joy, Two Door Cinema Club, Peking Duk, RL Grime, Bonobo, Father John Misty, Tash Sultana, Paul Kelly, Stormzy, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Future Islands, Banks,...

Posted 28 Mar 2017 @ 2:58pm

Just when you think Groovin The Moo can't get any bigger. 

 

Capping off their mammoth lineup, they've gone and added 60 acts across the country to their Fresh Produce stage. 
 
Bands added to the Bendigo incarnation include Alice Ivy, Gambit, Harris Robotis, Jamo, Jvmanji, Pon Cho, Set Mo, Slick Slazenger and Throttle. 
 
They'll be joining a slew of...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 4:04pm

Returning for its twelfth year, the award-winning Stonnington Jazz is back to showcase a whole host of emerging and established jazz artists.

 

Kate Ceberano will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of her debut solo jazz album Kate Ceberano and Her Septet in a one-off performance at Malvern Town Hall on Saturday May 20. The 1987 Gold-Certified release featuring classics and...

Posted 24 Mar 2017 @ 10:54am

Australia's finest jazz festival is back for 2017, bursting at the seams with a lineup that pays tribute to the legends of jazz as well as uncovering the next generation of luminaries and virtuosos. 

 

Across ten days and in venues spanning legendary venues to intimate clubs, over 120 events will take over the city - bolstered by capstone performances, New Orleans-style street...

Posted 23 Mar 2017 @ 4:57pm

Grounded Festival is set to hit Dandenong for the first time, arriving as a buzzing event loaded with live music, henna, and a whole lot more. 

 

Leading the lineup comes vocal powerhouse Thando alongside Man Made Mountain, Gremlins, Malesh P & Deng Tebir, a fashion parade, and more.   

 

The Grounded Project represents diverse young people in Melbourne’s West...

Posted 22 Mar 2017 @ 3:04pm

Meet Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival - Melbourne's brand new ten-day event that celebrates over 60,000 years of Indigenous Australian culture. 

 

The festival is loaded with over 60 unique events encompassing dance, music, visual art, theatre, film, and talks. Redefining notions of Indigenous art and performance, the festival covers spaces throughout Melbourne including...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 11:30am

Bluesfest 2017 is shaping up to be a festival like no other. While we all know the lineup is absolutely huge and featuring some massive names, let's take a closer look at some of Beat's favourite acts taking to the stage at this year's event.  

 

1. Vintage Trouble

 

The self-branded "Trouble Makers" blew away Bluesfest audiences with their blistering sets at the...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 9:40am

If you've ever wanted to enjoy a music festival in the former Pentridge Prison, here's your chance. 

 

The two-day free community event is set to commemorate 20 years since Australia's most iconic prison's closed in 1997.
 
The former prison site will be transformed into a vibrant festival for all ages, featuring performances from local musicians and Melbourne's most...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 2:54pm

Boogie is nearly upon us, but there's still surprises left in store. 

 

Joining the already heaving lineup are Dan Baird & Homemade Sin getting down from the US, Oh Pep!, Drug Sweat, Jarrow, Baby Blue, DJ Rainbow, DJ Mermaid, Andee Frost, Ginger Light, Manchild, !Breechboy!, James 'Hound Dog' Young, Larry Kronick Jr, and BT's Country Moanings. 
 
They'll be...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 2:07pm

Boomerang Festival is returning to Bluesfest for 2017, bringing a diverse array of music, dance and conversation. 

 

This year's lineup features Leonard Sumner, Oka, Yirrmal, Airileke and Rize of the Morning Star, Emily Wurramara, Tenzin Choegyal, Te Kopere Maori Healers, Excelsior, Jannawi Dance Clan and Bundjalung Artists. 
 
Featuring artists from Australia, Canada...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 10:15am

Dark MoFo's first act has landed. 

 

After much speculation, Norway's Ulver will indeed take to the stage in Tasmania in an Australian exclusive - heading our way off the back of their forthcoming album, The Assination of Julius Caesar. 
 
“Dark Mofo is one strange beast of a festival, and they have really pulled out all the big guns to make it possible to drag a pack...

Posted 16 Mar 2017 @ 9:48am

Triple j's One Night Stand is back for 2017, bringing a jam-packed lineup with it. 

 

This year's free party will feature the talents of San Cisco, Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band and Thundamentals. 

 

Triple j's One Night Stand live music experience has been bringing free and quality acts to regional areas of Australia for years, with 2017 being no exception...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 12:13pm

Once again we descend upon the small town of Meredith seeking entertainment, adventure and spiritual release. We arrived on site at the Nolan’s farm a little later than usual, and our beloved Bush Camp was already closed, but we quickly found a serene and shaded spot in the tree-laden area of Ringwood. Besides having to memorise an entirely new way to get home at night, this worked out well as...

Posted 14 Mar 2017 @ 10:38am

The 2017 Glenmaggie Blues and Roots festival is ready to go, bolstered with some of Australia's finest blues and folk acts. 

 

Leading the charge this year is Mike Elrington, Dreamboogie, Justin Yap Band, Nardia Rose Band, The Detonators, Miss Whiskey, The Steaming Monzas, and more. 

 

Capping it off, there'll be food and camping available for the all-ages festival'...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 11:15am

Playing times for the ninth annual Hills Are Alive festival have landed. 

 

Gretta Ray and Ocean Alley have landed the much coveted 'sunset slots' whilst REMI, Dope Lemon, Cloud Control, and Northeast Party House will be bringing the night time party vibes.

 

In addition to the solid lineup, tickets to the festival include free camping, BYO alcohol, licensed bars,...

Posted 9 Mar 2017 @ 9:30am

In celebration of the Holi festival - a traditional Nepalese festival of colour and love - M Fest is gearing up to offer Coburg a mouthwatering multitude of dumplings and live performance.

 

Prepare your senses for over a dozen dumpling marquees, boasting different Momo styles, folding techniques, recipes and flavours. On top of that, there'll be a whirlwind of bands, DJs,...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 10:39am

Just when you think it can't get any bigger, Bluesfest goes and adds some more stellar acts to their 2017 lineup. 

 

Legendary rapper Nas will be taking to the stage alongside New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels in an Australian exclusive - meaning we've got no hope of a Melbourne sideshow. 

 

Elsewhere, Australian country legend Kasey Chambers will be heading to...

Posted 3 Mar 2017 @ 4:30pm

Melbourne based Direct Touring have been bringing some of the heaviest bands on earth to Australian cities for years now. 

 

In 2017 they'll be celebrating their fifth birthday with a monster metal party at The Corner Hotel. The lineup for The Direct Underground Fest features Marduk, Gorguts, MGLA, Ulcerate, Départe and more. 

Posted 1 Mar 2017 @ 5:31pm

Come Together has dropped the lineup for their 2017 event. 

 

Leading the charge on a soul-heavy lineup comes Deep Street Soul, Cookin' on 3 Burners, The Seven Ups and The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra. 
 
Elsewhere, they've got Bjorn Again, Cackeboy, Sikander, DJ Obliveus and a whole lot more. 

Posted 24 Feb 2017 @ 3:10pm

To mark the start of the 2017 university year and welcome this year's international students, Arts Centre Melbourne and the City of Melbourne will be hosting Asia Pop Fest as part of the Asia TOPA festival.

 

Celebrating all things pop culture, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl will host a range of activities for attendees: bolstered with K-pop dance competitions, a gaming lounge and...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 3:43pm

Get ready to hit The Sup' for another installment of one of Victoria's favourite festivals, because the Golden Plains set times are here. 

 

Ausmuteants will be opening the show on Saturday, followed by Margaret Glaspy and Benny & The Flybyniters. 
 
Things start to heat up with Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, followed by Camp Cope and Kurt Vile taking the...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 10:34am

Bluesfest continues to grow, with the addition of some first-class talent. 

 

Leading the charge comes legendary Australian songwriter Neil Finn, who will take the stage with his band to close out the festival in a career-spanning set. 

 

Also getting in on the action are Vintage Trouble, JET's Nic Cester, Playing For Change, Ellis Hall, Vasti Jackson, REMI, The...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 10:41am

Groovin The Moo just got a little bigger, thanks to the addition of some quality Australian talent. 

 

PNAU have joined the lineup, meaning Groovin audiences will be some of the first to hear new material from the lauded act. 

 

They'll be getting on board with a jam-packed lineup including Violent Soho, The Smith Street Band, Tash Sultana, Amy Shark and Montaigne...

Posted 14 Feb 2017 @ 3:38pm

Yep, this is an actual thing. Dust off your fedora, crack open a Mountain Dew and grow your neck beard out a few inches - this shit is unprecedented.

 

Melbourne is getting its first ever dedicated meme festival, celebrating the likes of Harambe, Salt Bae, Bad Luck Brian and every meme in between. 

 

The inaugural Meme Fest is inviting punters to come dressed as...

Posted 13 Feb 2017 @ 11:00am

For the first time ever, BlenheimFest will run for two days in 2017.

 

BlenheimFest is a volunteer run, not-for-profit festival held every year on Good Friday.
 
This year, they'll be featuring Tijuana Cartel, Sahara Beck, Deep Street Soul, DJ Driller, Bustamento, The Coconut Kids, Weezil, Juno and more. 
 
Located on a working farm, the unique and...

Posted 10 Feb 2017 @ 2:46pm

Japan's Fuji Rock lineup is here, which means one thing for us Down Under - some good old fashioned Splendour In The Grass lineup speculation. 

 

More often than not, acts booked for Fuji Rock appear on the Splendour lineup. Although this year Splendour will be going down one week earlier than Fuji, what's the point of breaking with tradition now? 
 
This year's Fuji...

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