Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 28/03/2021
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10) Novel pres. Papa Smurf
What: Widely considered a longstanding veteran within Melbourne’s music scene, 2020 has seen a complete resurgence of Papa Smurf. The local trance legend skyrocketed to popularity earlier this year following his power house performance at Pitch Music & Arts 2020 – a set which has now amassed more than 40k plays on SoundCloud alone. Experience him in this unique 3 hour long 90s Trance set.
Why: Expect him to have a similar range of vocabulary to his namesake.
9) Whoretopsy: Live
What: Melbourne Slamming Death Metal outfit, Whoretopsy specialises in brewing riffs to sonically crush your skull over and over. Touring relentlessly for the past 7 years Whoretopsy have made their mark in the Australian metal scene as a hard hitting groove Slam Death band. Mixed in with ridiculous themes, lyrics and their bogan-esque style of Death Metal, they are a classic night of heavy music.
Why: This is a very specific pitch. If the title didn’t draw you in, we’re not going to be able to sell you on it.
8) Big Words: Fairfield Day Party
What: For one night only, experience an intimate heavily curated line up of Melbourne’s greatest emerging talent. For lovers of soul, indie and all things alternative Big Words have gathered some very special bands for a blissful afternoon of exploration. Featuring: Kee’ahn, Convenience Store and Folk Bitch Trio.
Why: An event so indie, if you say its name three times, Wes Anderson materialises and gives you the most unsatisfying hand job you’ve ever had.
7) James Reyne: In Case You Missed It
What: Aussie rocker James Reyne presents a rare and intimate acoustic duo set to a limited capacity audience. It’s all the songs you know and love in a ‘COVID safe’ environment.
Why: He’s still relevant, goddamn it! At least that’s what it says on the ticket.
6) The Enchanted Garden Party
What: Experience The Enchanted Garden Party 2021 (Homegrown Edition) feat. Anthony Pappa, GMJ & Matter, Jamie Stevens & Joe Miller, Kasey Taylor & The Oddness! Showcasing the best in Australian Electronic music talent, focusing on the treasures we have in our back yard and not those from abroad.
Why: So there’s a ‘best’ in electronic music? Huh. We thought it was more of a thousands of grains of cement in a mixer type deal.
5) Among The Restless ‘Wastecase’ Launch
What: Prepare yourself for a night full of high-octane hard rock, with local talent Cosa Nostra and Red Peril supporting Among The Restless on the bill. Coming off the back of their previously well-received single ‘Without You’, Among The Restless showcase their heaviest track to date, highlighting a darker and more serious side to the band.
Why: For those who’ve become desensitised to their own tortured screaming.
4) Peninsula Music Festival
3rd & 4th April
What: The inaugural Peninsula Music Festival will see the likes of Bjorn Again, The Chantoozies, Brian Mannix, Daryl Braithwaite, Kate Ceberano and The Black Sorrows take to the natural amphitheatre and surrounds of The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula. Running across two days, punters can choose to attend on either day, or book an Airbnb for the weekend and commit to two full days of powerful live music, good vibes, camping chairs, food trucks, and affordable drinks.
Why: Seems almost cruel to hold a festival for the over 65s in a lightly hilly area.
3) Live at the Bowl (Finale)
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) Melbourne International Comedy Festival
28th 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.
1) Factory Summer Festival
28th March-5th April
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 Example, 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.