Hi there, guys! OK, so the dead of winter can be pretty boring, am I right? The nights are long, dark and cold – and the days aren’t much better. Sometimes all you want to do is tuck up at home beside the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and your favourite movie on DVD. But sometimes that’s not enough, and you want to get out and do some stuff to take your mind off the cold. Well fortunately for you, there are still plenty of things happening in the Surf Coast region to keep you entertained over the next couple of weeks.
The Geelong Small Business Festival was launched today by Mayor Darryn Lyons and Minister for Small Business Russell Northe at City Hall. In Geelong, small businesses account for up to 90 per cent of all businesses and the Festival is about celebrating this.
Brisbane four-piece Babaganoüj are feeling the love these days. The band recently took out the Amplify competition, scoring some studio time with Magoo in the process. Says Magoo: “… Babaganoüj just seem to have the best consistency and show great development.” The Gasometer – August 16; The Catfish – August 17; and The Old Bar – August 18. The band’s new single is ‘Bluff’. It is the follow-up to ‘Too Late for Love’.
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.