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Wednesday 16th April - Sunday 11th May @ Various Venues
The Next Wave Festival 2014 is a rallying call for a New Grand Narrative – or new grand narratives! From Palestine to the Philippines, the familiar boroughs of Melbourne to the haunted gardens of Syria, new journeys from radical perspectives bring into focus the most pressing cultural issues of our time. Treat yourself to a Primo Pass packed with art, meals and special perks, or download the Next Wave app to map your own ‘Free Ride’ through the Festival’s offering of free events around town.
As part of the festival, Triple R presents a special live broadcast of SmartArts from the State Library of Victoria. The broadcast will also coincide with the commencement of bomb collective’s Shift installation – a spatial experiment that will see a team of artists compulsively clean the iconic State Library steps. Join host Richard Watts and an array of special guests on Thursday May 1st from 9am til midday from the State Library of Victoria.
For more information, go to nextwave.org.au
Saturday 26th April @ Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Melbourne's experimental rock act HTRK is launching their new album Psychic 9-5 Club, their first as a duo.
Special guests: New War, Regional Curse + DJ Conrad Standish.
Tickets on sale now from thehifi.com.au
Psychic 9-5 Club is now available in all good record stores via Mistletone Records and Inertia Music.
Wednesday 30th April @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
This is the second visit to Australia for New York indie duo and Groovin the Moo headliners Cults, touring their latest album Static, playing the Corner Hotel on April 30th.
Tickets now available from the Corner box office
Friday 2nd May @ 170 Russell, Melbourne
Triple R and Collusion Present DJ Premier and Pete Rock
Two of the greatest hip-hop producers coming to Australia for a one-of-a-kind tour.
New York legends DJ Premier and Pete Rock will join forces for a massive combined DJ set on Friday 2nd May at 170 Russell.
This is the first instalment in the Collusion collaborative tour series.
Experience two of the most iconic producers in hip-hop history, united for a huge co-op DJ set.
Tickets now on sale from 170russell.com
Thursday 8th May - Thursday 22nd May @ Various Venues
The 7th Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) opens in Melbourne on 8 May and before touring nationally. Catch some of the world-class films, art exhibitions, special guests and forums bringing human rights to the forefront of our consciousness.
Direct from the 2014 Academy Awards where it was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category, the Festival’s Opening Night film, The Square, takes you right to the heart of a movement, a country and a people committed to the ideals of freedom and human rights. Closing night features the 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Rich Hill, a documentary that explores the challenges three adolescent boys face growing up in a deteriorating town in America, also featuring a Q&A with director Tracy Droz Tragos following the Closing Night screening.
The full program is now available at www.hraff.org.au
Friday 9th May @ 170 Russell, Melbourne
Since releasing their RRR Album of the Week Free Your Mind in late 2013, Cut Copy have criss-crossed the world playing headline shows to thousands of punters from Chile to Chicago, with stops in Peru and Siberia along the way.
THIS SHOW HAS SOLD OUT
Friday 16th May @ Yarraville Club, Yarraville
Yarraville Laughs and Triple R present Rhys Darby Live,
Known as 'Murray' the Manager from FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS
and as the co-star of Jim Carrey's 'YES MAN',
Rhys Darby will be performing for for one night only,
Friday 16th May at The Yarraville Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville.
With Matthew Hardy.
Due to popular demand a second show has been added at 10.30pm Friday 16th of May
Rhys Darby Live tix are only available through Yarraville Laughs
Saturday 17th May @ Yarraville Club, Yarraville
Yarraville Live and Cherry Rock present..
Triple R and Yarraville Live Presents Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen,
with special guest Adalita, for one night only,
Saturday 17th of May at The Yarraville Club,
135 Stephen Street Yarraville.
Dinner & Show, Reserved Seating and General Admission tickets available now,
only from yarravillelive.com
Sunday 25th May @ Cherry Bar, Melbourne
3RRR Presents CHERRYROCK014
the 8th annual rock n roll street party at Cherry Bar and AC/DC Lane Melbourne.
Headlining their first show in Australia in over 20 years, from Phoenix Arizona ...THE MEAT PUPPETS
Also confirmed are Chris Russell's Chicken Walk, King of the North, Drunk Mums, Child, Beastwars from New Zealand, Bitter Sweet Kicks, The Harlots, Don Fernando and more to come.
Sunday 25th May
12 noon till 9.30pm,
13 acts, 2 stages, no clashes.
Early bird tix available now from cherrybar.com.au
Thursday 29th May - Sunday 3rd August @ Southbank Theatre, The Lawler
In MTC’s 2014 NEON Festival of Independent Theatre, five independent companies will each present a work of their choice for a ten-day season in the Lawler at Southbank Theatre. Celebrating the diverse and wonderful independent theatre landscape in Melbourne, NEON is supporting independent companies and the work they want to make.
The five NEON companies and their new works include:
For full details and to book tickets, go to mtc.com.au/neon
Friday 30th May @ Thornbury Theatre
British guitar-wielding chanteuse, Anna Calvi, is returning to Australia this May for a handful of shows, touring her most recent album One Breath.
Calvi’s enigmatic voice, teamed with her boldly expressive guitar, form a study in contrasts, while her lyrics tap into a sonic romanticism between stunningly antiquated and fantastically modern.
Tickets now on sale from Oztix
Thursday 5th June @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
The creative outfit, who’ve been pursuing the art of music and performance for over 15 years, have received critical acclaim for Mess. Fans will know to expect an intense and ecstatic performance, if the rapturous receptions from last years shows at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sonar and Primavera are anything to go by.
Tickets on sale now from cornerhotel.com
Saturday 7th June @ Hi-Fi Bar, Melbourne
Wagons is hitting the road again, with their first full band Australian national tour in over three years, to celebrate the upcoming release of their album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane.
Co-produced by Mick Harvey, the new album is full of guitar electricity and bombastic, bad-ass Vegas production, from sassy horns and Rat Pack strings through to high voice female choirs.
Special guest: Jonny Fritz
Tickets now available from The Hi-Fi
Saturday 7th June @ The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
After two sold-out shows at the 2012 Melbourne Jazz Festival, genre-shaping bassist, composer and producer Derrick Hodge returns to Melbourne with his highly anticipated new project.
A musical mastermind, Hodge has performed and recorded with jazz titans such as Mulgrew Miller and Terence Blanchard, R&B stars Jill Scott and Maxwell, and hip-hop icons Kanye West and Common. His 2013 Blue Note debut, Live Today, combines lush harmonies, cinematic soundscapes, blistering improvisation, and raw bass-driven grooves.
Instantly recognisable as the voice of ERIMAJ, Chris Turner brings his distinctively dreamy vocal charm to Australia for the first time.
Saturday 7 June
Tickets now on sale from The Forum
Saturday 7th June @ Shed 14 Docklands
In Melbourne, HOLEANDCORNER will take over the infamous Shed 14 to pay homage to the city’s well documented rave era through an event and musical program that compliments the venue's rich musical history.
Hot Chip (DJ Set) (UK)
Matthew Dear (USA)
Henry Saiz (live) (ESP)
Guy J (ISR)
Cosmin TRG (ROM)
Xosar (live) (USA)
Early bird tickets on sale now via Moshtix on limited release
Monday 9th June @ Howler, Brunswick
Utilising every inch of Howler with local art installations, music, record and market stalls, the finest food trucks and even an in-house hairdresser. It’ll be a sensory splendour, in the midst of the gloomy Melbourne winter.
Heading the bill will be Canadian rockers and newly Domino Records signed band, White Lung with their incredibly infectious and cathartic trademark punk rock. Along with American indie-rock super-group, Upset, featuring Ali Koehler, formerly of Best Coast and Vivian Girls, Jennifer Prince of La Sera and Patty Schemel, current drummer for Hole, and the subject of the critically acclaimed, and staggeringly honest 2011 documentary Hit So Hard, which chronicles her life and near death in the early '90s music scene.
Australia’s favourite female rocker, Adalita (solo) will join the bill along with local hero's, Deep Heat, Scotdrakula, DJ Blaberunner, Typical Girls (Modesty, RRR), Tristan Harris (RRR) and Fraser A Gorman,
Doors open from 1pm, Monday June 9 (public holiday)
Tickets available from www.h-w-l-r.com
Sunday 19th October @ Yarra Park MCG Precinct
Featuring Maxwell, D’angelo plus Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Anthony Hamilton, Angie Stone, Music Soulchild and many more
Get into the festival vibe with a chili cook off, pop up bars, authentic soul food and markets
Soulfest Australia’s first annual neo soul, jazz and hip hop festival
Saturday Sunday October 19 at Yarra Park, MCG Precinct
Tickets on sale now from Soulfest.com.au