For a long time now Geelong locals have become used to making the lengthy trip to Melbourne to seek inspiration from creative-based festivals. Now your myki needn’t suffer, as Deakin is hosting Australia’s largest festival showcasing non-fiction literature over three days from August 15 to August 17.
The 2015 edition of Rainbow Serpent Festival has wasted no time in giving music lovers something to look forward to next year with its first round announcement. Coming at you will be Beats Antique, Desert Dwellers, Christopher Lawrence, Audiomatic, Electric Universe, Marcel Dettmann, Lee Burridge, Petar Dundov, Vaishiyas, Laughing Buddha, Broken Toy, Pena, Ben Coda, Odjbox, The Floozies, Kukan Dub Lagan, James Copeland, Solid Snake, Symbolic, Treavor Moontribe and Amani.
Good things come in ‘shorts’. No one know better than the actors preparing to perform at the upcoming Anglesea One Act Play Festival on August 16-17. Now in its 24th year, this annual theatrical event attracts theatre groups from right across Victoria that will gather to explore the short play format through 17 individual performances at the Anglesea Community Hall.
Australia, it would seem, has a very healthy appetite when it comes to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Since 2010 the hip hop heavyweights have sold out 40 shows on our shores. With eighteen months since their last stretch here, just enough time has passed to work up that appetite once again. Formed in the early nineties, the band has album sales in excess of 30 million. The Espy – August 9.
Music can be a great healer. So often we can find comfort in music when all else seems to fail. Next month, Marisa Quigley, Dean Haitani, Talisa Jobe and Skip will join forces to play three very special shows to warm the heart. Marisa Quigley, as well as fronting rhythm ’n’ blues outfit Chubby Rae & the Elevators, has carved out a solid career as a solo performer.
One of the most respected bluesmen in Australia, Geoff Achison is always showing off his skills. Following a healthy stint performing alongside Dutch Tilders in the late eighties to mid nineties, Achison formed the Souldiggers. He is a recipient of the Memphis International Blues Challenge’s Albert King Award and is a multiple Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society award winner. Pistol Pete’s, Geelong – August 22. He also has a date with Queenscliff’s Blues Train on August 23 and September 6.
They have whipped up their tasty sounds at the Big Day Out and Groovin’ the Moo and this weekend they’ll be dishing up the goods at Splendour, but the lovely lads of Peking Duk have a string of smaller shows coming up as well. Now, a fair number of these shows have already sold out so you had best get your tickets for their show at The Karova, Ballarat on August 13 quick smart.
“What… you didn’t really think we’d kill the fuckin’ koala bear, now did ya?” That’s right, the star of the 1990 movie with the greatest ‘one-liners’ of all-time, Andrew Dice Clay, is finally coming to Australia later this year, with not only a couple of Melbourne shows but also a show in Geelong! Dust up on your Dice Clay and treat yourself, watch The Adventures of Ford Fairlane before he hits our shores this October!
For over ten years the music, the look, the feel and the power of KISS has been channelled by Kisstroyer. Formed by brothers Andrew and Stephen Kyriacou in 2001, Kisstroyer has worked its way up to the top of the tribute band pile. With three decades of official KISS costumes, over 15 authentic KISS guitars and a massive functional light-up KISS logo in their trick bag, Kisstroyer is a fire-breathing, blood-spitting, devil horns rock ’n’ roll ride.
Are you in need of a good dose of country/folk, western swing and hillbilly rock ’n’ roll? That is the question that awaits you on the official page of songman Nigel Wearne. Equipped with an arsenal of personally handcrafted guitars, Nigel’s storytelling tunes play out over finger-style guitar, country twang and honky-tonk.