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Nine reasons to make the Bluesfest roadtrip

We’re now in the second quarter of 2019 (time is a flat circle, it was January literally two hours ago), and you know what that means – it’s Bluesfest time. This year, Bluesfest is celebrating its 30th anniversary in style. This powerhouse of a festival has weathered the storms that shrouded the initial lineup announcements, and the management team’s amends have brought Australian blues and rock fans an exciting array of acts that will keep you on your toes for the entire 120 hours from Thursday April 18 to Monday April 22.

The final Hills Are Alive Festival is going out with a bang

Enchanting punters for the past ten years with its incredible lineups, friendly vibes and spectacular views, The Hills Are Alive music and comedy festival is back again for a particularly special instalment in 2019.  

By The Meadow started as a 21st birthday, now it's a spectacular annual music festival

By The Meadow returns for its sixth edition this weekend. Co-founder Cameron Wade reflects on how the boutique event has grown over the last half dozen years.

Five lesser-known acts electrifying Bluesfest 2019

Bluesfest is gearing up for its 30th anniversary and boy oh boy does it have a treat in store. 

Herbie Hancock and The Middle East announced as part of Vivid LIVE 2019 lineup

From the same minds that brought you Solange, Goldfrapp and Morrissey in years gone by.

Days Like This festival crowdfunds fees for lawsuit against NSW government

New South Wales is cracking down on musical festivals and organisers are over it.

A decade on, Melbourne Ukelele Festival has found the perfect way to celebrate the beloved instrument

Since 2009, the Melbourne Ukulele Festival has seen the streets and venues of Northcote given over to celebrations of the humble uke. 

Nine reasons Download Festival is an absolute must

After making its mark with a stunning debut in late March 2018, Download Festival has returned for a second year to Flemington Racecourse with an even bigger lineup. Although we’ll sadly not be seeing the Prince of Darkness on this run (wishing Ozzy a speedy recovery), there is still more than enough to occupy yourself with at this year’s Download. Let Beat be your guide to the must-sees and must-dos this coming Monday.

Five underrated Brunswick Music Festival acts

After giving a teasing taste of the killer lineup last November with Snail Mail’s announcement, Brunswick Music Festival has delivered a high calibre of local artists. 

By The Meadow unveils final acts for 2019

Adding on to an already spectacular lineup.

Beat’s Guide to Melbourne’s new cultural extravaganza Day by the Bay

Welcoming the likes of Mojo Juju, Jess Ribeiro, HEXDEBT and more to the beach.

Beat's Guide to Brunswick Music Festival

Brunswick Music Festival has a localised history spanning back to 1989, decades before craft beer and man buns were synonymous with the much-loved Melbourne suburb. 2019 sees the festival catapult into an AAA national attraction, with music programmer Emily Ulman booking an array of international and local talent to represent Brunswick’s modern eclecticism. Beat takes a look at some of the excellent homegrown shows that stand toe to toe with headliners J Mascis and Snail Mail.

A new jazz festival is coming to Melbourne

Inspired by International Jazz Day.

Groovin the Moo gets approval for pill testing

Following a successful trial last year.

The Wine and Cheese Fest returns for another scrumptious year

More wine and cheese than you could ever imagine.

Ultra Australia's jaw-dropping debut brings a world-class electronic lineup Down Under

Ultra Music Festival was established in Miami, Florida, in 1999. The popularity of the electronic music festival quickly erupted and the annual event now routinely attracts more than 100,000 people. This led to the launch of Ultra Worldwide, which hosts festivals across South America, Asia and in South Africa. 

Beer InCider celebrates the stellar local brews and music scene

Beer InCider Experience is set to make its Melbourne debut, bringing along a selection of handpicked, independently owned breweries and cideries, delicious food vendors and some of Australia’s most popular music acts. 

ChillOut festival returns with a fabulous 2019 program

50 music, theatre, dance and party events over five days.

Bendigo Autumn Music's eclectic lineup is a recipe for success

Four days. 14 venues. 150-plus performances. The inaugural Bendigo Autumn Music festival lineup is enormous.

Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival proves the regional blues scene is thriving

This weekend’s Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival will be the largest single celebration of blues music the peninsula has ever seen. 

The St Kilda Festival is an oasis within a historically wild ecosystem

The inaugural St Kilda Festival in 1980 drew an attendance of 15,000 and was a relatively tame gathering. Current mayor of Port Phillip, Dick Gross was there that year and recalls it as “being string quartets at thirty paces, really.” 

Soul Star Holistic Festival is the place to kickstart your wellness journey

Melbourne is about to broaden its spiritual horizons, as the Soul Star Holistic Festival arrives to put a fun and interactive spin on the benefits of spiritual healing and wellness. 

A new blues festival is coming to the Mornington Peninsula

The blues scene is alive and well in Victoria.

Grampians Music Festival's eclectic lineup is just one part of the whole magical experience

There are three words that sum up Grampians Music Festival – diversity, experience, and opportunity. Getting ready to celebrate its third year next month, GMF is not just an opportunity for people to go and experience the diversity of the music and activities on offer, it’s also a massive opportunity for the festival’s performers and its organisers.

Brunswick Music Festival reveals long-awaited 2019 lineup

15 days of music, food, street parties and masquerade across 18 venues.

Liberal MP Tim Wilson shows support for pill testing

Joining a bunch of medical experts who think pill testing is a good idea.