You survived Winter!
Like a butterfly emerging from the cocoon of a pasty, slightly introverted caterpillar, the time has landed to celebrate emerging from the depths of winter. For some this will just be a bit more mood in your day, for others it might mean shaking off winter demons, and for the lucky ones, you’ve just landed from Europe and your endless summer is rolling on nicely. Either way, shit is about to get real fun in Melbourne, so we are covering some awesome goodness happening for the next 3 months! Enjoi!
Here are our top 5 picks for gigs in Spring.
MANIFEST (September 23rd)
Melbourne has an awesome Festival Scene, but as far as truly eclectic lineups go we are a little behind sometimes. Manifest is not only being held at a ridiculously lush new location, but has always been ahead of the game for years as far as fresh lineups go. With Blockhead, and Tom Thum and Jamie Mcdowell among headlininers, this year is no exception. It is a great festival to go to to be exposed to new sounds, while soaking in the awesome weather of the North Coast on an awesome site/resort. Bring it on!
BURNING SEED: (Sep 30th)
Sadly due to flooding this amazing festival has been cancelled, look out for renegades over the weekend, and we may see some of the art plugged into other upcoming Festivals and Spaces, or for the patient, helf onto for next year for a super epic Burn! <3
PIRATE RADIO: (Oct 16th)
Our last gig for the year and falling on the Full moon! Headlined by Austero from Sunmonx, we are heading off the mainland to throw a party on the sea! Boat parties are stupidly fun and an awesome fresh departure from dank city nightclubs. We’ve chosen an awesome vessel and will be decking it in decor and a lineup of our favs from The Town. Crusing out in the bay on Sunset with a boat full of rad people. 33 percent of Profits will go to Sea Shepherd and it’s a 300 capacity event so be sure to not get your tickets too late xo <3
MORNING GLORYVILLE (Oct 19th)
What a better way to kick off spring then raving at 7am in the morning in a City warehouse with a bunch of (mostly) sober weirdos. Morning Gloryville has to be the greatest way to ever start a day next to skydiving naked on sunrise in Alaska. It is full of vibe and seriously leaves you in the best mood all day. This time with a Cirque Disco themed party, it’s going to be hillarious seeing everyone descend on the Wednesday work week after finish!
WHOMP present BLOCKHEAD: (Oct 1st)
Whomp gigs are for music connoisseurs. They are so far ahead of the game it is ridiculous, with past bookings including Gramatik, Qbert n’ Reeps One, Beats Antique, and Desert Dwellers, they seem to always get acts in their prime. This night is no different with a diverse super quality lineup including Blockhead (NYC), Plutonic Lab, Mantra, Griff and more. Full support.
DRAGON DREAMING: (Oct 21st)
Now normally Culture Jam sways away from the Doof Model, but dare we say, Dragon are the one Festival in Australia who nail it. From diverse stages with unique designs, creative projections, a lake and stunning site, a diverse and active lifestyle area and lots of creative nooks, their proffesionalism and attention to detail is incredible. It’s the kind of Festival that is the product of experience, community and good people and it really shows. An easy Roadtrip from Melbourne, and so so worth it. We will be doing Culture Jam antics as ‘The Merry Pranksters’ and taking over a space one night too. Cannot wait! <3
BELTANE: (Nov 11th-13th) There’s somethings you just don’t see advertised, like the fact that there is an old Cheese Factory in the Ottways run by an awesome family that opens itself up for 2 events a year. The property overlooks a beautiful lake, is surrounded in fruit orchards and permaculture gardens, and has an open air courtyard in the remains of the old factory. Beltane is a family friendly community festival, with wicked live music and performing arts, a theatre production, and games including the Freak Olympics. Different, and awesome.
HAPPY WANDERER FESTIVAL (Oct 28th-31th), is held 10 minutes from The Town site on an awesome little property on a river. This is an awesome alternative to banging electronic festivals and has a mix of folk, rock, acoustic and a dash of rowdiness in the mix. Highly reccomended for something different and community driven. These guys have been an awesome support of The Town, including providing the Truck Stage the first year, plus pumpkin and hay bale delivery. Full support:)
ART, FESTIVALS + GOODNESS
Spring is when things start popping up all over Melbourne, from park parties, to sunday sessions, to awesome festivals and markets. Here are a few of our picks.
THE SEA SHEPHERD So the awesome Sea Shepherd vessels that go out to fight against whaling and ocean damage actually dock in Williamstown. It’s an awesome place to visit, especially if you pick a day when you can get on the ships. We recommend getting down there on September 24th for their fundraiser. Seaworks (venue next to where they are docked) is an amazing space, and was actually one we were scouting for The World Beyond. It will be an awesome way to spend a Saturday, raise money for a good cause, get educated, and get amongst it 🙂
MUFF: It’s pretty awesome that a crew of film industry people saw the Melbourne International Film Festival as a joke due it’s censorship, so came up with their own and held it the week after. Melbourne Underground Film Festival (Aka MUFF) is boundary pushing and at time controversial with past programs having included illegal screenings. For more info Beat do an awesome write up and paint a picture of how punk and anti-system the organiser is. The Festival is also an awesome response to Festivals like TROPFEST which have become taken over by generic directors and sponsors. Definitely worth checking out.
BEINART GALLERY– Smallworks Exhibition- We have mentioned this before, and can confidently say it is worth visitng once a month when they change their work. A collection of the weird, surrreal, psychdelic and taxidermy art, it always impresses. They have their biggest exhibition yet from Sep 17th to Oct 9th, and it will be the best time to check out this amazing Gallery in Brunswick.
CARNIVALLES: ‘The Village’ takes over Edinburgh Gardens the lats weekend of October each year. Like a little version of The Town meets sideshow weirdness; it has awesome music, cabaret, decor and food. While a bit more of a mission, the Dandenong Festival of Light is pure Eye Candy. With 1000’s of square metres of awesome lantern and Chinese light art, it is a perfect place for those who admire awesome decore, want a cool date mission, or are after a little tripper wonderland.
BATTLE 8: This is a wicked way to spend a Sunday Afternoon. Basically you have a crew with decks and mics either side of Section 8, who deliver 20 minute rounds back and forth consisting of scratching, Mc’s and belittling the other side (in good fun). Seeing music presented as a battle without it being too egotistical driven is awesome fun. It’s held at Section 8 (the original carpark converted into shipping container bars) and runs for one more month for the finals. Boom!
FRINGE FESTIVAL The Fringe is such a massive diverse mix of artists bringing everything from music, to theatre, to comedy, to abstract weird goodness. Like all Festivals it is a mixbag of quality but there is always gold. Their website is pretty rad with creative little games to find shows that are up your alley. Otherwise put a post up, see what is on, and support the people around you and their friends.
Gentrification, Council intervention and stricter noise conditions have seen a lot of amazing warehouses lost over the last few years, Playspace, Revolt, White Elephant and Scratch to name a few.
There are those that started underground but have worked with authorities to go legit, such as Rubix and Second Story Studios, the later who just got their Event Permit and is one to keep an eye on. There is also 2 new warehouse venues in Preston and Batman who have epic spaces to soon unveil, one with a MASSIVE space and worthy of a World Beyond 😉 Finally, there are the raw as fuck ones that still happen out West, taking over factories with loud dark drum and bass, techno, and serious hedonism in the dark.
For the artistic spaces, which also include Irenes Warehouse and The Dreamlab, the message here is to support and engage with them. Check out their events, book them as spaces, and keep them alive. They are the breeding ground for culture and left field ideas in Melbourne and need to be preserved. It would also be awesome to see more artistic and community backlash when they are closed down. An example of this is Berlin, where protests, graffiti, flash gigs and in extreme cases, burning new developments down are often backlashes to important community spaces being taken over by the powers that be. Now we aren’t saying set things on fire, but creative backlash goes a long way 🙂
Well we can’t finish an article on Spring on gritty warehouses and Arson. So as a final note; when sunshine hits get out there and get amongst it! Weather is so sporadic in Spring so appreciate it whenever it is yummy and warm.
Hit up Park Parties, Viral Happiness, Ceres (inc The Rainbow Urban Gathering) Flash Mobs, Waterfalls and run naked through poppy fields naked on the reg because fuck yeah it’s spring that’s why! Keep Melbourne as creative as ever and engage in all the awesome happenings. We will be working hard on the Boat Party, and look forward to seeing you aboard. Info on Stacks On (inc two massive new Earth Freq headliners), and The Town first drop coming soon.