In a win for Melbourne’s small live music venues, the city’s seven-year late night liquor ban has been relaxed, allowing alcohol to be served past 1am in new establishments which meet capacity requirements. In a statement (below), Music Victoria says it is “thrilled” by the news that late night liquor licences will be available to
Melbourne has immortalised the late Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett by naming a CBD laneway after her. Today unveiled as Amphlett Lane, the laneway was formerly known as the slightly-less-cool-sounding Corporation Lane 1639. Amphlett, who died last year at age 53 after suffering from breast cancer, started her career in Melbourne in the ’70s. According to
The Victorian Labor Party have announced a plan to help save Melbourne’s Palais Theatre from decay, with an investment of up to $13.4 million. Labor Party leader Daniel Andrews has today announced that his opposition government will lead an alliance to help restore the iconic venue. In a press release, Victorian Labor have unveiled a
This week will see Victoria’s Yarra Council consider a $250,000 effort to ban public drinking in Yarra parks during New Year’s Eve. The motion comes as part of a bid to stop another year of parties at the Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, which were trashed during NYE 2013. As The Age reports, the booze
Nate Nott, co-owner of Melbourne music store Polyester Records, has penned an open letter challenging the relevance and equity of Melbourne’s council-funded music festivals, such as Yarra’s Leaps & Bounds Festival and Melbourne City’s Melbourne Music Week. Nott has criticised the Council-run festivals for not only exploiting artists, labels and venues, but for also not
Bank Of Melbourne have announced that the Melbourne Music Bank song competition is returning for the second time, giving budding local artists a chance to kickstart their music careers. So here’s the low-down. Melbourne Music Bank, which was set up by Bank Of Melbourne, are calling for solo artists and bands to submit an original
Melbourne, as usual, is bucking current trends by bolstering its arts scene with two new live music venues. The Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington is set to undergo a refit which will enable it to host big-name touring acts by increasing its capacity from 1300 to 2250. The new facilities will operate under the name Pavilion
Yesterday I attended my third Soundwave Festival in four years – and it was without doubt the best one yet.
Kanye West left some punters (especially the Soundgarden fans) wondering if he really justified his position as headliner after a somewhat self-indulgent performance at yesterday’s Melbourne Big Day Out.
With their fifth album High Violet featuring high on many end of year best-of lists, The National’s Australian New Years tour carried huge expectations and excitement. Following two sold out nights in Sydney, the band must enter their two shows (also completely sold out) at the Palais with considerable confidence. As drummer and John Lennon
What do Keanu Reeves, car transistor radios and a chair covered in bottle caps have in common? Seemingly nothing. Yet, somehow artists Oscar Ferreiro, Adam Cruickshank and Tim Hillier have managed to gather these disparate themes in a show at Melbourne’s West Space.
With tales spun between two homes in the desert and the city, Mei Lai Swan is taking her place amongst the nation’s chanteuses for her finely crafted avant-indie-pop, built on cello, loops, multi-instrumentalism, and the occasional electronica.