When was the last time you connected to the music that played on the radio or from your iPod? If you’re struggling to think of an answer, chances are you need to head down to the Festival of Slow Music to rectify it. Held at multiple venues around Ballarat from August 23, there are a variety of events from artist talks to performances that will easily fix your problems connecting.
St. Joseph’s, Sacred Heart, Clonard and Saint Ignatius Colleges are uniting on September the 5th, 2014 to make poverty history with the third Tri-UMPH Music Festival. Tri-UMPH is back bigger than ever, with well known local bands such as Mascot Fall, I Know The Chief, Residual and Imogen Brough, along with many more DJ’s, bands, even including student and traditional East Timorese musical performances.
Sick of the same-old beer, wine and cider or those “tasty” vodka-mixers on your night out? Well, Gorge Camorra and Lee-anne Campigli of Cloud9 Bar on Pakington Street have spent the last number of years creating and perfecting Geelong’s first-ever line of liqueurs, labelled Camorra Liqueurs.
Another night at Ballarat’s Karova will feature a local flavour with SWHAT fronting up on August 30. Drawing on musical influences such as Bad Brains and Hot Snakes, SWHAT takes great pride in their aggressive rock-infused punk. Towards the end of last year the band released their debut album Down in Tango Zulu, and its sounds reached Hampshire, UK DIY zine issuepunkzine.
Playing gigs and recording music aren’t always the be-all and end-all for a band. Some musicians just want to muck around and have a bit of fun with their mates. Aireys Inlet band The SPAT has precisely this attitude. The band consists of two couples – lead guitarist Paul Plecic and his wife, Anna, on drums, and Sharon Caon on rhythm and vocals and her husband, Tony, on bass – who says none of them ever really set out to create a band. It just happened.
It has been a long, warm and colourful ride we’ve shared with Bluejuice. But the ride has come to an end. Following 13 years together the Sydney group has decided that the end of the year will also see the end of the band. Fortunately, they’ll be leaving fans with a new single, a greatest hits compilation and a tour.
Originally from Port Macquarie, Patrick James moved to Sydney to carve out a career in music. Described as a mix of Ryan Adams and James Taylor, busking became his trade when he first started out, before his profile grew. Since those days, the songman has supported the likes of Boy & Bear, Pete Murray, Kina Grannis, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kites and Emma Louise. He also sold out a headlining tour last year.
He has appeared at major music and art festivals including Sziget Festival (Hungary), the Melbourne International Festival, Mona Foma, the Sydney Opera House concert hall and The Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival (UK). He has led the shiny Mikelangelo and The Tin Star. He is one half of the glowing Mikelangelo and Saint Clare.
It has been a long enough absence for NOFX. They have missed the punk spirit of Australia, and we have sure as hell missed them. So it’s happening, kids; the band is returning for another run of shows that will leave you hot, sweaty and possibly without pants.
There’s barely a person in the world that doesn’t seek comfort in the cheesy aromatic goodness of a pizza fresh out of a wood-fired oven. This is all part of the ethos behind the new Italian joint Denny’s Kitchen, formerly Black Sheep Café.