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Issue 749

Editor’s Note

Alright, Forte fam – hold onto your Santa hats! The December/January print edition is dropping like a New Year’s Eve confetti bomb, and front and centre is Meatstock Festival – where BBQ meets beats. Chayce Beckham, American Idol winner, is headlining the first-ever Bendigo edition, and he’s bringing the country vibes hotter than mulled wine. Check out his conversation with our writer, Tammy, featured in this issue!

But Meatstock isn’t just about the music; it’s a meat lover’s utopia featuring Black Iron Smokers to Flaming Grills, bull riding, sausage sizzle throwdowns, Dad Bod contests – they’ve got it all. Beard and Moe Wars? Check. Mullet Comps? Double-check. It’s an eclectic blend of entertainment that should not be missed. 

Flip further through for exclusive interviews with Fanny Lumsden, Black Pumas, Ainslie Wills, and a backstage pass to Sofar Sounds. Plus, the usual suspects – album reviews, artsy stuff, and a guide to the best gigs in town.

And because we’re feeling all festive, there’s a local gift guide to save you from last-minute Christmas panic.

No frills, no fuss – just the good stuff. Dive into December with Forte, where the beats are loud, the meat is smoking, and the good times roll.