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Curate Your Own Festival Lineup With These Music Films

The upcoming festival season promises to be a corker, with many Australian events returning after three years in the woods. In the meantime, we’ve put together a lineup of music films that’ll get you amped for the festival season, while also allowing you to cosy up on a winter weekend.

The selection of must-see music shows, docos and concert films ranges from Kylie’s Infinite Disco to Lizzo’s reality dancing show and Kanye’s recent stadium spectacle. What’s more, they’re all available in one spot: Foxtel has partnered with Amazon Video for an in-house app. That means Foxtel and Amazon Prime Video’s lineup of music content can all accessed on your Foxtel set top box.

Kylie: Infinite Disco

In celebration of her spectacular 2020 album, Disco, Australian pop superstar Kylie Minogue presents Infinite Disco. Kylie released this film at a time when the general public wasn’t able to attend stadium shows. It was created for the camera and offers a visual feast of glamour, glitter and dance.

The setlist is a mix of Kylie’s newest hits, such as ‘Say Something’ and ‘Real Groove’, with classics like ‘In Your Eyes’ and ‘Slow’. Put it on and transform your living room into a glamorous discotheque.

Kanye West: Live in 2021

Kanye West’s 2021 live-streamed concert – a benefit to help free six-time life sentence prisoner Larry Hoover – proved that Ye remains king of the spectacle. It was filmed just months after Ye released DONDA, but he makes time for canonical tracks ‘Ultralight Beam’, ‘Gold Digger’, ‘Touch The Sky’, ‘Stronger’, ‘Ni**as in Paris’, ‘Black Skinhead’ and more. Ye also brings out Drake for a duet on their 2009 single ‘Forever’.

David Byrne: American Utopia

Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film, Stop Making Sense, is considered one of the best of all time. So, it’s no surprise that David Byrne’s American Utopia is a uniquely captivating production. Directed by Spike Lee and featuring a crew of international musicians, Byrne samples generously from his 45-year back catalogue.

The wonderfully theatrical show is a live recording of a Broadway performance. The eleven musicians and dancers carry out a range of meticulously choreographed moves while performing classics like ‘I Zimbra’, ‘Once In a Lifetime’ and ‘Slippery People’.

Mystify: Michael Hutchence

This documentary takes a deep dive into the misunderstood life (and death) of INXS front person Michael Hutchence. Director Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space) uses a combination of archival footage and contemporary interviews with the people who knew Hutchence best, such as his family, bandmates and ex-partner Kylie Minogue.

It’s a touching and tender film, providing new insight into the man behind some of Australia’s most beloved rock hits, including ‘Need You Tonight’, ‘Suicide Blonde’ and ‘Original Sin’. Lowenstein draws attention to a head injury, which may have contributed to Hutchence’s substance abuse issues and change in behaviour. Mystify is essential viewing for anyone interested in Australian music.

Lizzo’s Watch Out For The Big Grrrls

Flautist, singer and self-love advocate Lizzo scouts for four back-up dancers in this fun and uplifting reality show. The Amazon Original sees 13 plus-sized dancers compete for the chance to wow Lizzo. Despite the stakes, the show is an actively feel-good production, and no one is set up to fail.

Across its eight episodes, Watch Out For The Big Grrrls focuses on each dancer’s talent and charm. It’s basically just a chance to hang out with Lizzo, and who doesn’t want that?

Looking for more acts to add to your festival lineup? There are concert videos from Pink, Maluma, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and loads of others on Foxtel, which now hosts the Prime Video app. No matter your favourite genre, era, or prevailing mood, you can curate the dream lineup straight from your couch.

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