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Issue 752

Editor’s Note

Emerging from a crème egg-induced haze, we’re back with our April edition in what will be my very last. After eight wild and wonderful years at the magazine and seven years at the helm, this issue marks the end of an era for yours truly. 

With more than 100 issues, thousands of articles, and countless unforgettable moments, Forte has been more than just a job; it’s been a bloody wonderful chunk of my life filled with gigs, interviews, lifelong friendships and a deep-seated love for this vibrant region and its people. To everyone who entrusted me with their stories, a heartfelt thank you.

Now, let’s dive into the heart of this issue with our captivating cover, White Night Ballarat. Set to illuminate the city on 1 June, this event promises a radiant fusion of art and culture, transforming Ballarat into a mesmerising canvas for one unforgettable night. Consider this your invitation to a weekend getaway filled with wonder and exploration.

We’ve got exclusive interviews with rock royalty like Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, alongside homegrown heroes like the Pierce Brothers and the sensational Astrid Armstrong. Plus, we’ll be diving deep into the Stars & Bars Festival, and catching up with the fabulous Gail Asbell of the empowering Upstate Studios. 

Of course, we haven’t forgotten the essentials – from the latest foodie news to album reviews, stage guides to art exhibitions, and a roundup of the region’s hottest gigs, we’ve got you covered.

So, strap in Forte fam! Your love for music, arts, and culture is what makes this community so special, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. I can’t wait to see where Forte Magazine goes next.

Rock on,