Issue 1660

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

The Australian music industry was dealt a tough blow during the week with the passing of Chris Wilson, a father, friend and musician with a heart of gold. He truly was “the gentleman of Australian blues” who had the inimitability to conjure grace on and off the stage.

We pay tribute to the late legend with a special feature in this week’s issue. We uncover just a few snippets of his storied career and by no means do the 62-year-old justice – nevertheless, Wilson was as much of an influence on us as he was on you so it was important we had our say.

With The Paper Kites taking over our cover for Beat 1660, we chat to the burgeoning indie-rockers about their impending Australian tour and their special stop at The Forum. Soul Star Holistic Festival is putting a fun and interactive spin on wellness and spiritual healing when it takes over Melbourne on Saturday February 16 while there’s also interviews with Beth Hart, Jungle and Nickelback before their impending tours.

Then there’s our Education Special to round things out – an exploration of the best arts and music education providers Melbourne and Australia has to offer. Getting itchy feet about studying the music you love? Dive in, you won’t regret it.