Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 11/08/2019

This week’s going to get a little wild. There’ll be no end to the clerical duties.


10) Stable & Cat House present Cleric

17th August

What: The mysterious Mancunian and young UK producer Cleric has been most prolific with his creative outlet on an extensive amount of releases for labels such as Arts, Figure as well as his own imprint Clergy Recordings. Celebrated for his crisp and atmospheric work, Cleric describes his music as a pathway to expressing emotion to the audience. Come experience him live.

Why: How revolutionary. Music as a means of expressing emotion? If only someone had told Leonard Cohen about this before he died. His oeuvre wouldn’t have been so dispassionately robotic.


9) Shibari at the Golden Monkey

14th August

What: Come experience intriguing Shibari performances that emerge from the hidden corners of a 1920s Shanghai themed basement bar. In Shibari, the art of erotic bondage, the model is the canvas, the rope is the paintbrush, the rigger is the artist and each element collaborates to create powerful beauty.

Why: A sex dance that, by today’s standards, you could bring your grandmother to. If you’re…into that.


8) The MUST Cabaret Festival Closing Night

17th August

What: Embrace an exceptional array of performers, with delectable offerings in music, theatre, comedy, burlesque and more! Let MUST dim the lights and serve you a mix of surprising performances. The MUST Cabaret Festival will continue to wow audiences in its fourth year, across a curated season of diverse talent.

Why: The finale of a two-week explosion of the sexiest, juiciest, artsiest cabaret on a grape-crammed platter. Well, they’re more like sultanas. It has been two weeks. There’s only so much fluid in a guy.


7) SixthSense Presents: SMILK (Live) & Kinimal

16th August

What: SMILK and Kinimal have been carefully selected to take you on a sonic journey through the progressive, liquid, bass-influenced and psychedelic soundscapes of dance music culture.

Why: If you stick your whole head right into the barrel of whisky behind the bar, you’ll experience the perfect liquid soundscape through which to appreciate dance music culture.


6) Nazeem Hussain: No Pain No Hussain Tour

14th-17th August

What: Since you last saw him on stage Nazeem Hussain has been around the world and back, performing live in London, Edinburgh and China and filming with Bill Nye again in LA! Nazeem Hussain is one of the most in-demand radio personalities in Australia and finally he’s is back in Australia with a brand-new show, No Pain No Hussain!

Why: If there’s one thing we know about quality young comedians it’s that they spend the majority of their time waxing lyrical on defunct broadcast media.


5) Hugh Jackman – The Man. The Music. The Show.

16th, 17th & 18th August

What: Academy Award nominated, Golden Globe, Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman will be bringing his The Man. The Music. The Show. WORLD TOUR to Australia in August this year. Produced by TEG DAINTY the tour will see Jackman perform a new show with hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.

Why: He’ll never be Wolverine again. But that doesn’t mean he’s finished attempting to break the sound barrier with his howl-based oeuvre.


4) Boy & Bear 2019 Tour 

16th August

What: After the most tumultuous period of their lives both personally and professionally, Boy & Bear are back with a world tour. Boy & Bear will reintroduce themselves to Australian fans via a series of intimate shows before heading to North America.

Why: An indie band so quintessentially indie that their album comes with a complimentary tub of beard oil and a phonetic list of mouth sounds that allow one to display passionate non-commitment.


3) Abbey Road Live

15th August

What: In celebration of Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary, some of Australia’s most respected musicians and members of iconic groups, collectively known as ARC – Kram (Spiderbait), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) – all self-confessed Beatles tragics, will faithfully and lovingly bring The Beatles’ most audacious creation to life on stage, performing Abbey Road in full, from start to finish, followed by a second set comprising of a selection of hits spanning the breath of The Beatles’ career and catalogue.

Why: Like a relapsing necrophiliac just out of psychiatric rehab, the world is going down hard and deep on The Beatles. And these guys’ talent for fingering is unrivalled.


2) Melbourne International Film Festival 

11th-18th August

What: MIFF is one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian film-making, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike.

Why: One of the oldest film festivals in the world is hobbling its way back onto the screens providing hundreds of contexts wherein you won’t have to figure out how to strap a secret whisky flask to your person without danger of spillage. In other words: it’s practically a film festival mandate to be buzzed 95% of the time.


1) Winterwild Festival 2019: Visions and Ecstasies (First Weekend)

16th-18th August

What: Bid welcome once again to the after-dark winter festival of the arts. Witness abandoned quarries lit up by projection art, yoga, ritualistic bonfires, consensual touch workshops, didgeridoo-guided meditation, forest bathing, panel discussions and live gigs. This, the first weekend, will feature highlights such as Visions of Excess, which combines kaleidoscopic visuals with the music of Black Heart Death Cult and Flyying Colours, a psychedelic tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and an immersive blend of projections, lights and sounds in the quarry.

Why: In a world increasingly awash in the horrors of climate change, terrorism, right-wing nationalism, the resurgence of militant racism and a still-touring Cher, it’s comforting once in a while to put on a scary mask and immerse yourself in a world of childish fears: secret caves, demons, ghosts, witches and fairies. And it’s even more comforting to take a tonne of hallucinogens and space out at a Jimi Hendrix tribute.

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