Review: Introducing Souk, Melbourne’s newest secret laneway gem

Situated just off Flinders Lane, Bligh Place’s newest resident Souk has completely transformed the atmosphere of what used to be a quiet and simple little street, into an eye-catching retro entrance into Melbourne’s newest late-night laneway getaway. At first glance, with a large pink neon sign splashed across its industrial front door, the Middle Eastern bar and …

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Top 10 events to look forward to at the 2017 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Held from 31 March – 9 April, the upcoming 2017 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) sounds as if it will be the long-standing festival’s biggest yet. Currently in its 25th year, the annual festival has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small 12 event program back in 1993. Nowadays, the MFWF consists of more …

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Review: Hopscotch (Melbourne)

Situated along the Yarra River, in the heart of Southbank’s busy hospitality precinct, Hopscotch is Melbourne’s newest downbeat bar with a strong focus on a wide range of locally brewed and imported craft beer (30 on tap and 20 in bottles, to be precise). The first thing you’ll notice upon entering Hopscotch are the colourful neon lights …

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Flume Takes Out Best Dance/Electronic Grammy Ahead of New Music

Australian EDM powerhouse Flume has just won big time in the US, taking out his first ever Grammy for his acclaimed album Skin. Winning the Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy, Flume beat out the likes of Tycho and Jean-Michel Jarre to take the golden gramophone. Timely is his win, as a brand new release from Flume in theSkin Companion EP …

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The 2017 American Music Prize Finalists

Twelve finalists for the second annual American Music Prize (AMP) for “Best Debut Album” have recently been unveiled. Founded in 2016 by Scott Murphy, the pioneer of the coveted  Australian Music Prize, the AMP’s “Best Debut Album” award aims to celebrate the album format of music delivery, and discover, reward and promote brand new artists. Last year’s inaugural AMP “Best Debut Album” award was given …

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Tommy Ruff Fish Bar Opens in Windsor

After making a name for themselves in the Melbourne suburbs of Mordialloc and Elsternwick, Tommy Ruff are kick-starting the new year by branching out their popular fish bar to the Windsor end of Chapel Street. Designed by Studio Equator, the latest venue features pastel coloured walls reminiscent of the beach and oak-wood furnishings topped with quirky interior accessories such as …

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Indie Week 2017 Accepting Expressions of Interest

The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), Sounds Australia, and the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) are teaming up once again to lead a group of ten Australian independent record label representatives to Indie Week 2017, held in New York from 5-9 June. Tailored towards independent record labels and service providers, Indie Week is an invite-only conference organised by the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), focusing on the …

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Music Victoria’s New Mentorship Program for Independent Promoters and Live Music Venues

Late last week, Music Victoria announced the launch of Live Music Professionals, the organisation’s brand new 100% free mentorship program targeted towards independent promoters and live music venues within the Victorian region. Focused on helping create a strong and sustainable live music economy in Victoria, the new program will match a total of 20 successful applicants with some of the state’s most …

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First Lineup of Primavera Pro 2017 Conference Include Australia’s Vanessa Picken

Tailored towards music industry professionals and independent artists from all over the world, the eighth annual Primavera Pro conference will be returning to the city of Barcelona from 31 May – 4 June 2017. Held at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the 2017 conference is set to revolve around the themes of originality as a creative motor, the challenges of artistic independence, …

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Keep Sydney Open Announces New Rally Date for February

Last Friday, the Police Commissioner of NSW filed a last-minute lawsuit against Keep Sydney Open, resulting in the Supreme Court issuing a prohibition order against the organisation’s application for a night rally, scheduled for Saturday, January 21st. However, organisers refuse to give up, with Keep Sydney Open announcing their third rally against Sydney’s controversial lockout laws on 18 February 2017. With Gladys …

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