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Issue 742

Editorial Note

The first few months of 2023 were a bit excessive, no? Summer festivals, gigs, weddings, postponed events, late Christmas parties, restaurant openings, long-awaited album releases, Harry Styles… we’re all just living our best chaotic life and I’m so here for it. 

Well, good news. The beautiful and excessive chaos continues as we tick over into April and venture further into the year and autumn with golden trees and crunchy leaves, the always-epic Easter long weekend and with it, a bevy of gigs, festivals and special events to explore. 

This issue though, we’re skipping ahead to the wintery long weekend in June, championing the return of the National Celtic Folk Festival on our cover. Transforming the Portarlington foreshore and surrounding haunts into a bustling winter wonderland of talented musicians and performers, this year will showcase a full roster of international talent for the first time since 2019. We sit down with festival director Una McAlinden and dive head-first into this Celtic affair. 

Further in, we chat with seminal Seattle four-piece Mudhoney, Surf Coast-bred multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Immy Owusu, UK indie rockers alt-J, Melbourne pop trio Telenova, and we sit down with internationally-published music photographer and Geelong local Lucinda Goodwin in support of her forthcoming solo exhibition – a must-see for any live music fan. We also take a closer look at Stars & Bars Music Festival, the Geelong Pride Film Festival and our usual round-up of albums, exhibitions and stage show to check out. 

Well, what are you waiting for? I just told you what a shit-hot issue this one is. Get into it.