Issue 1663

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

St Kilda was the centre of attention on Sunday as Australia’s biggest free music event took over the famed seaside suburb. St Kilda Festival welcomed more than 60 of the country’s most exciting and distinguished acts and was a stunning celebration of Melbourne culture, exhibiting everything that makes this city so abundant and grandiose.

Just as diverse as Sunday’s festivities were, this week’s Beat comes with a similar amount of multiplicity and profusion. Ultra Australia adorns our cover this week. The definition of an electronic juggernaut, Ultra will see the likes of EDM heavyweights The Chainsmokers, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Adam Beyer headline a full-throttle foray of the most commercially-sound electronic music the world has to offer. We talk to festival programmer Travis Grech about what’s in store for the main event debut.

With the passing of Brian Henry Hooper and Spencer P. Jones, Beasts of Bourbon will never be the same. Nevertheless, Kim Salmon, Tex Perkins, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic and Tony Pola have bound together to present the heralded outfit in a new light. Alongside the release of a new album, the five-piece will take to The Prince and The Croxton Bandrooms for two special shows. Still Here is our Album of the Week while we welcome a new addition to the album reviews segment – Editor’s Pick, a channel for the best local and up-and-coming releases. That’s 1663 folks, dive in and have fun.