Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 25/04/2021
Here comes the sun.
10) Chillinit: Live
What: Having cut his teeth in Sydney’s underground hip-hop scene and built a legion of dedicated fans, the 420 Family, ChillinIt has since morphed into one of Australia’s most revered personalities, causing nationwide conversation wherever he steps foot. Experience him live.
Why: John Howard, the guy from those lamb ads, Blinky Bill and Chillinit. What a legacy.
9) Haus of Hans: Disco Spectacular
What: Dripping in glitter & diamonds and inspired by the opulent New York City club scene of the early ‘80s and ’90s, prepare to be transported into a world where the rules are thrown out the window! Come and enjoy an evening of dance, drama and disco with international award-winning comedy and cabaret superstar Hans as he returns to Melbourne with his brand new show, Haus of Hans: Disco Spektakulär – live at The Palms at Crown.
Why: Dance, drama and disco? All of your most hated things in one convenient place! What a bargain!
8) Xe54 Day Party
What: Marking a significant milestone, Xe54 is excited to be hosting Ben UFO – Xe54’s first international artist in over a year. Having completed his 2 week quarantine, Ben UFO has successfully escaped UK lockdowns to play some Australian shows. Ben UFO has acquired a deserved reputation as one of contemporary dance music’s most daring and wide-ranging selectors, with his keen ear and razor-sharp technical abilities enabling him to cut between eras, lineages and mixing styles with dazzling ease and fluidity.
Why: Sicking Boris Johnson on the world wasn’t enough for the Brits.
What: Hitting you loud, fast and hard. BFR will be turning The Sub Club oouuttt. Feat. double dfloors, expect a limited online presence and an emphasis on alternative, queer and emerging styles and artists. BFR knows no genre.
Why: Just like any mystery menu item, expect to contract come strain of herpes.
6) Factor B: Theatre of the Mind
What: After a long year of no major Trance events, FACTOR B is coming to Australia early ahead of the Paradigm Festival 2021 show, to give you a very special open to close set.
Why: Finally! Trance is back! This totally makes up for your grandmother dying of Covid.
5) Vaudeville Smash: Album Launch
What: Vaudeville Smash have built their reputation on their explosive live shows and garnered a following of diehard fans, both here and overseas. The new album encompasses almost three years of writing, recording and touring and explores the band’s love of soul, funk, yacht rock, 80s boogie and Italo disco.
Why: Three years of writing…80s boogie. That is some intense commitment to pointlessness.
4) Babe Rainbow
What: After releasing three great albums in three years and circumnavigating the world five times to perform those records, Babe Rainbow took a creative pause at the end of 2019 in the Topanga Canyon haven of OC born record producer Kyle Mullarky who had almost single-handedly fashioned the West Coast psyche rock sound with Allah-lahs, Tomorrows Tulips, The Growlers. The band arrived back in Australia with a bunch of new inspirations from those sessions before mother natured flexed her muscle and all the world took a moment. Experience these psych rockers live.
Why: It’s psych rock. The drugs are in the third toilet stall, as always. Covid didn’t change everything.
3) Crooked Colours: Live
What: With the release of Aussie alt dance group Crooked Colours’ critically acclaimed sophomore album LANGATA the band had a stellar 2019 selling out shows around the world. To ring in the roaring 20’s the band have announced their biggest shows to date.
Why: Or just stay home and blast anything loud and senseless with a heavy beat. That ought to spur your hatred for the world well enough.
2) The Rubens: Live in Life
What: The past year has seen The Rubens travel to North America, UK & Europe for headline tours, perform and release their MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne album, slay the main stage unveiling their collaboration with punk hip-hop star Vic Mensa at Splendour In The Grass AND between all of that, bunker down to write and focus on new music. Don’t miss your chance to see Aussie alt-rockers, The Rubens, live in 2021!
Why: The most non-threatening alt-rock band since that other one that no one remembers.
1) April Sun
28th April-2nd May
What: An autumnal entertainment delight, April Sun will serve up a platter of Australian performers to satisfy the many and varied palates of Melbourne music lovers. The lineup includes: The Church, Leo Sayer, Marcia Heins, Bob Evans, OPIUO, Blanke, POOF DOOF, Sneaky Sound System, Electric Fields, drag DJ duo Jawbreakers, Yo!Mafia, Sgt Slick, YUMMY, You Am I, Thick As Thieves, Cosmo’s Midnight, Chillinit, Hiatus Kaiyote and so many more!
Why: If only a palate for Sneaky Sound System involved actually wanting to cannibalise them, we could’ve been done with their s*** a decade ago.