Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 21/03/2021
Chin up. The pills are easier to swallow that way.
10) Euroa Music Festival
What: Showcasing twelve of Australia’s most dynamic artists on one stage; each currently making their own unique contributions to our musical landscape, EMF 2021 promises to be an amazing day! Alongside all the delights a charming heritage town has to offer, the lineup is as follows: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Mildlife, Ainslie Wills, Donny Benet Vaudeville Smash, The Fauves, Jaguar Jonze, Pinch Points, Jack Davies & The Bush Chooks, Freya Josephine Hollick, Merpire and Budjerah.
Why: The best way to listen to someone that calls himself ‘Donny Benet’ – deep in the woods, away from the rest of us.
9) El Colosso
What: Melbourne-based heavy rock band El Colosso will play their first club show in over a year, playing music from their new album ‘Forgotten Ancestors’, plus some old hits!
Why: Because sometimes psychological turmoil can only be dulled by auditory turmoil.
What: Australia’s national techno institution returns for a special Melbourne edition, featuring Carl Cox + Tale Of Us + Mind Against + Christopher Coe + Eric Powell.
Why: Turns out all the mass death in 2020 didn’t manage to take down techno music.
7) Flyying Colours: Live
What: Following on from previously released singles ‘Goodtimes’ and ‘Big Mess’, Melbourne’s premier psych-shoegaze quartet Flyying Colours are thrilled to announce their sophomore record Fantasy Country will be released via London-based label Club AC30 and local label-leaders Poison City Records. To celebrate the approaching release, the band have unveiled a string of launch shows across the country.
Why: Worried that you’re getting older? Just let the phrase ‘psych-shoegaze quartet’ fall out of your mouth and your brain will regress at least five years.
6) Garlic Nun: Live
What: Garlic Nun – “an eclectically hectic vortex into your cortex” will be playing their new upcoming album start to finish at Hotel Westwood. This will be a hot and sticky affair. Bring protection.
Why: Earthy, authoritarian and abusive. We might as well just visit our parents instead of paying for a ticket.
5) HOSS: Live
What: HOSS are like Black Sabbath smeared in vegemite. Featuring Joel (God) Silbersher and Dean (Cosmic Psychos) Muller HOSS dominated the RRR airwaves and the dirty pub rock scene of Melbourne throughout the 90s. Now they pop up only once every two years or so for a live show that instantly sells out and gets talked about non-stop until they reappear two long years later.
Why: It’s so difficult to joke about a band that readily makes themselves sound unappealing.
4) Outfield Festival
27th & 28th March
What: Outfield is a new urban festival of its own kind, giving you the freedom to dance among the grass and experience your favourite artists in a completely new and COVID safe way. Expect 2 days, 2 epic line-ups, and one mind-expanding music experience from your picnic pitch, featuring: Opiuo, Grounch, Haiku Hands, Twisted Sibling, Zen Mechanics, Elle Shimada, Spoonbill, Tetrameth, Kodiak Kid, Lady Banton, Smilk and Orca. Spend every minute experiencing the music with your mates with an array of contactless food and drinks available for delivery to your pitch.
Why: If you happen to come up with a new party drug that sounds scarier than ‘Tetrameth’, we applaud you.
3) Live at the Bowl
21st March onwards
What: The Sidney Myer Music Bowl will host an open-air season of music, comedy, family-friendly events and more. Applaud as your favourite artists return to the stage in a program of free and ticketed events. Share a socially distanced dance under the stars with friends and family, and reconnect with Melbourne and each other. The first lineup announcement includes: Birds of Tokyo with the MSO, Hannah Gadsby, Human Nature, Daryl Braithwaite & The Black Sorrows, Lime Cordiale, Missy Higgins, Mo’Ju with Orchestra Victoria, Ocean Alley, Soju Gang, Felix Riebl, Ollie McGill & Emma Donovan, Vika & Linda Bull, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and many, many more talents.
Why: Because unfortunately mass death in 2020 wasn’t enough to kill off the dregs of 2000-2010.
2) Factory Summer Festival
21st March onwards
What: Factory Summer Festival 2021 is a three-week festival of pop, dance and hip hop acts. The Factory Summer Festival, with acts including Australian chart-toppers Ruel, Illy and Vera Blue, British rapper Examply, and party starters What So Not, Dirty South and Nina Las Vegas marks the wild return of music events since the events of COVID.
Why: If you’re young enough to know who any of these people are, you won’t be reading this, so there’s really no point in us promoting this event.
1) Melbourne International Comedy Festival
24th March onwards
What: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the largest stand-alone comedy festival and the second-largest international comedy festival in the world. Established in 1987, it takes place annually in Melbourne over four weeks. Sit back and get ready as Australia’s largest cultural event transforms Melbourne into the capital of the comedy universe!
Why: You know why this is necessary. You don’t need us to give you a reason.