Plans rejected for development next to Melbourne live music venue

Plans for a 72-apartment development behind a favourite Melbourne live music venue have been rejected by the local Moreland Council. The owner of Howler in the inner northern suburb of Brunswick, Brendan Brogan, had feared complaints from new residents if the residential tower was built. “The councillors rightly believed that …

Australian Greens announce push to legalise cannabis

The Australian Greens have announced their support for legalising cannabis. It would be legal for adults to purchase and use the drug through a “properly regulated market for production and supply,” under the party’s plan. “The tax revenue will better resource the health system in delivering treatment services, drug education, …

Joe Claussell announced for Melbourne's next Freedom Time

NYC rhythmic house icon Joe Claussell (pictured) will play Melbourne’s next Freedom Time bash at the Coburg Velodrome. The party series will do away with having a main stage for its second winter installment, instead featuring three stages curated by local crews Butter Sessions, Wax’o Paradiso and Amsterdam’s Music From …

Plans defeated for new Sydney music hub in industrial area

Plans to transform an industrial precinct in Sydney’s inner-west into a have been ficially defeated by local councillors. The vision to turn the area around Sydenham Station, Sydenham, outside the lockout zone about eight kilometres from central Sydney, into a new creative precinct had been developed over the past few …

Harvey Sutherland calls out H&M for using track without permission

Melbourne boogie/courtroom don Harvey Sutherland has called out retail giant H&M for using one his tracks in an advertisement without permission. The fast fashion chain posted a video for a new jeans campaign to Instagram featuring Sutherland’s track ‘Bamboo’ on Tuesday (February 6). Several commenters feeling the vibe asked what …

Australia's Pitch completes 2018 line-up with huge round of locals

Australia’s Pitch Music & Arts has completed its huge line-up for round two the festival in March. Boogs, Otologic, Project 95, The Journey, Dan Bentley, Louis McCoy, Prequel, Millú and Jennifer Loveless are among the local artists that have been added to the already heaving bill. , The Black Madonna, …

Festival contractor caught by police with 260 grams of cocaine, other drugs

A huge amount drugs, including 260 grams cocaine, has allegedly been found stashed in the car two men travelling to work at Australia’s , which kicks f next Thursday (January 25). Police arrested the men at a Ballarat petrol station, about half an hour from the festival site at Lexton, …

Lou Karsh delivers 'Ataraxia' with emotive acid and techno

Melbourne producer Lou Karsh has announced a new EP serene, emotive techno and acid on London-based imprint X-Kalay. The four-track ‘Ataraxia’ is Karsh’s debut on the label, and closes with pounding 4×4 and ethereal pads ‘Trouble in Paradise,’ which you can stream below. Following EPs on his own Lou Karsh …

Australia's Rainbow Serpent festival bans laughing gas

Australia’s Rainbow Serpent festival has banned the use laughing gas (nos, nangs, balloons) ahead its 2018 event. Posting to , organisers the environmentally sustainable festival wrote: “We have tried since 2012 to encourage patrons away from using nos by banning it from the festival area. “It is just not cool …

Fred P and Rampa to play Air Festival on Indonesia's Gili Air island

Air Festival returns to the paradise Indonesia’s Gili Air island this year with Fred P, Rampa and Talismann under his Makam alias. Between Bali and Lombok, the remote tropical setting will provide a pretty damn nice backdrop for three days house and techno, as well as art and performances that …

Circoloco hits Australia with Nicole Moudaber and Art Department this month

Circoloco is bringing the heat to Australia this month, starting with a public holiday-eve party at Melbourne’s The Bottom End. Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber (pictured), Apollonia, Art Department, Henry Saiz and Clive Henry will be joined by a stack locals including Steve Ward, Bec Grenfell, Le Bruh and B-Tham & Kazuki …

Melbourne is getting a new 5000-capacity event space

New 5000-capacity event space ‘B3’ will be unveiled in Melbourne next year. Promoter Novel has kept details scarce in its first announcement, only hinting the basement-car-park-look space was close to the city centre, and fering a glimpse at its potential through a short teaser video. Novel director Daniel Teuma said: …

Piknic Électronik Melbourne announces summer line-up

Globetrotting day party brand Piknic Électronik has announced the line-up and dates for its season Melbourne events. Hitting the city’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Sundays from February 4 until April 8, the series will host Agents Time, DJ Seinfeld, Radio Slave, Derrick May, George FitzGerald, Deetron, Jennifer Cardini, Tijana …

Earthcore company set to be wound up after mass cancellations

The company that runs Australian festival Earthcore is set to be wound up following . The reports documents were lodged with the Australian Investments and Strategies Commission on December 4 to wind up Yellow Sunshine Pty Ltd, which Earthcore founder Spiro Boursinos is the sole director, just days after the …

Earthcore organisers make statement after dust settles on festival

Earthcore organisers have broken their silence after the dust settled on the weekend’s camping festival, and a , which was hit by . In a lengthy post to , organisers wrote about their struggles to secure a new site and the required permits after the local council retracted their existing …

Let Them Eat Cake adds Fantastic Man, Nite Fleit and Love Deluxe

Australian New Year’s Day festival Let Them Eat Cake has added homegrown artists including , Nite Fleit (pictured) and . Mike Callander and JPS have also been added to the line-up, along with Big Shaq (that’s right), which already packs Jackmaster, Ame, Apparat, Bella Saris, Jasper James, Palms Trax, Jon …

Output Festival hits an island in Sydney Harbour this weekend

Output Festival will take over an island in Sydney Harbour once used as a home for convict work gangs for its inaugural bash this weekend (November 25). Optimo, Mall Grab, CC:DISCO!, Willaris.K, Fishing, Lancelot, Jensen Interceptor, Love Deluxe and Andy Garvey are all playing the day party across three stages …

Earthcore headliners accuse promoter of not paying them amid cancellations

Australia’s Earthcore festival is facing some serious controversy after cancelled headliners alleged they were not playing because they had not been paid. Israeli duo Coming Soon and Danish artist Phaxe posted to Facebook announcing they had decided to cancel their appearance at the event, due to kick f from November …

DATSIK Announces Ninja Nation 2018 Tour

This morning, dubstep superstar announced his 2018 tour, Ninja Nation, with supporting acts , Wooli, Carbin, Swage, and . Knowing DATSIK and his crew, very special surprise acts are in the works. The entire tour will run f PK Sound’s Earth-shattering speaker systems. Datsik will be bringing back his Shogun Visual Production for …