Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 19/01/2020
Violently stab the beaten, twitching, unconscious body of culture to death…for a good cause!
10) John Garcia & The Band of Gold (Live)
What: Together with The Band Of Gold, John Garcia is returning to satiate his eager Australian fans with songs from their latest, self titled record. Close your eyes and just imagine cruising down Route 66 in a Mustang Convertible. It’s just turned from dusk to night and there is nothing but the cool breeze, a lonely road and a coyote howling at the moon that’s illuminated with a map of the cosmos within it. Now open your eyes…welcome to the world of John Garcia.
Why: If there’s one thing Australians can viscerally relate to it’s US Route 66 and the presence of coyotes.
9) Fabuland presents Gayglow feat. Joanne Live
What: Dress up and glow as Sircuit is turned into a UV wonderland. Come to Sircuit this January long weekend for the most luminescent night of your life with two fabulous drag shows plus a very special midnight show featuring a very special live performer to be announced. Free glowsticks for all and a UV face paint station.
Why: Luminescence: emitting light not caused by heat. With alcohol and sparkly costumes. A non-flammable one-night tonic for the hot hellscape we currently inhabit. Make sure you keep the liquor on the inside of your blood and organs.
8) Bushfire Fundraiser feat. Client Liaison + Northeast Party House
What: Client Liaison and Northeast Party House are taking over the Corner Hotel to raise much needed funds for those affected by the bushfires. 100% of profits from the show will be donated to the CFA, Wildlife Victoria and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Why: There’s nothing like vague, derivative indie-pop to insidiously drown out that ever-present morality-based scream of despair in your head.
7) Bushfire Fundrasier feat. Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper, Gretta Ray + More
What: A concert to raise funds for the bushfire crisis facing Australia featuring Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper, Gretta Ray + more. 100% of proceeds will be going to the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Why: Bushfires, generic indie-pop, club culture. The three things that aggressively encapsulate the 21st Century that’ll make you feel far better about the final ingredient of the 21st Century. The apocalypse.
6) Bushfire Fundraiser feat. Amity Affliction, Northlane, Tonight Alive, Ocean Grove + Windwaker
What: A fundraising concert for the Australian bushfire crisis featuring Amity Affliction, Northlane, Tonight Alive, Ocean Grove and Windwaker.
Why: Remind yourself of the plight of those affected by the horrific bushfires by aurally simulating the experience of being burned alive with a night of Metalcore.
5) Flying Lotus ‘Flamagra’ Tour
What: The Operatives are proud to present the exclusive first appearance of the globally-renowned, mind-bending Flying Lotus 3D experience across Australia and New Zealand. No stranger to Australiasian shores, the artist known by fans affectionately as FlyLo has toured his past five studio albums down-under, since he attended Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne in 2006 and met some long-term collaborators in the cohort. Whether he’s covered in women’s bras at a secret Captain Murphy show, getting the ‘shoe’ at Meredith Music Festival, or blowing the curved-roof off the Sydney Opera House, FlyLo’s shows have been a much-talked about affair for anyone interested in experimental music and visual arts across the country. Even the tech press has been floored, awarding the patented show ‘Tech Enhancement of the Year’ (Pollstar 2019). 3D Live, the creators of the tech touts the visuals viewable from 120 to 140 degree angles, meaning the holograms, usually flat for the cinema experience, can be seen from around a concert hall. Complimentary 3D glasses mean viewers can see music and a virtual world literally. collide — taking dancers into a kaleidoscope of pulsing colours, textures or imagery created by long-term collaborators Strangeloop and Timeboy.
Why: A wildly expensive soup of sensory assaults that perfectly demonstrates the 21st Century’s devolution of humans into perpetual three-year-olds with ADHD.
4) Elton John ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ Tour
What: In response to enormous demand, and hot on the heels of the incredible global success of the epic musical fantasy Rocketman, Elton-mania has reached fever pitch! 13 years after he played the city to a record-breaking 22,000-strong audience, Sir Elton John returns to bid his final farewell. Don’t miss your last chance to see Elton!
Why: The bitch is back. Again.
3) George Thorogood & The Destroyers ‘Rock Party’ Tour
What: After 45 years of rock, George Thorogood and his long-time legendary band, The Destroyers, made up of Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) have been delivering explosive live shows, full of killer no filler hits, and currently show absolutely no signs of slowing down. Thorogood can point to exactly what continues to make it all matter, stating, “My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people. At the end of the show, the audience is smiling, I don’t see any police and everyone got their money’s worth.” Come experience them live.
Why: They’re still bad to the bone. Though this time around they’re probably referring to age-related low bone density as opposed to sexual promiscuity.
2) Midsumma Festival
19th January-9th February
What: Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. The festival program is made up of diverse art forms and genres, including visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums. Featuring over 194 events in 2020, with involvement by over 5000 culture-makers in over 100 different venues across Melbourne and wider Victoria to anticipated audiences of over 284,000.
Why: A far superior way to say “F**k ScoMo”.
1) Australian Open Live Stage
19th January-2nd February
What: After the unprecedented success of the 2019 AO Live Stage and the amazing growth of the Australian Open, the music component at the AO has cemented itself as a must play summer concert date. Attractive to international artists plus the vast array of great Australian, established and up & coming talent, the diversity of the line-up over the two-week period means there is absolutely something for everyone! See the baseline rally, then hear the bassline drop.
Why: And here we thought two-to-five hours of watching two people hit a small yellow ball back and forth couldn’t get more exciting.