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The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music- 74 Reasons To Go!

Posted 30 October 2015 by Adz Carter

Spring is here again, and with the winds of change that bring about this magical time of year, comes the arrival of many many musical festivals. One of the first major festivals to take place this season is the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music, on the first week of November. The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music is now in its third year, and for the first time this year features international acts in the form of legendary U.K band 10CC, and Emmy Award winning chart topper Toni Childs (U.S). Another first for this year is the festival extending from 3 days, to 3 and a half days, making it an even longer long weekend. There are a total of 18 venues playing host to a whopping 74 acts during this event, which kicks off in less than a weeks time (as always, on the first weekend after the Melbourne Cup). So with this grand boutique festival rapidly approaching, I thought this was a good a time as any to find out more about it from the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music head honcho, Gavin “Butto” Butlin. 

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KISSTERIA- PART ONE: First KISS

Posted 26 October 2015 by Adz Carter

Everyone remembers their first kiss.

(Personally, I’d rather forget mine and instead just remember my second kiss onwards, but that’s a tale for another time...) 
And just like the way that landmark rite of passage resonates in so many of us, most KISS fans can also remember the first time they learnt of the existence of the four face painted ones.

The first time I heard the word “Kiss” used as a name, I was eight years old. More importantly, this was the first time I ever saw an image of the band. An image that is as fresh in my mind today as it was all those years ago. It was the last week of school before the Christmas holidays, and I was on an excursion to a local pool (I say “excursion”, but on reflection, it was clearly one of those day trips where the teachers are too burnt out at the end of the year to, heaven forbid, teach, have already mentally clocked off for the term, and say to each other: ‘You know what, f*ck it, we’ll just take the kids to the pool for the day).

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SOAKED IN BLEACH (Documentary Review)

Posted 18 October 2015 by Adz Carter

The shot heard around the world on April 8th 1994 is now the subject of an all new documentary film. Released just after ‘Cobain: Montage Of Heck’, comes Benjamin Statler’s ‘Soaked In Bleach’, this year’s second documentary on the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. Although, despite both documentaries being based on the same person, ‘Montage Of Heck’ and ‘Soaked In Bleach’ are polar opposites. Whilst ‘Montage...’ is a (strange) celebration of Cobain’s life, ‘Soaked In Bleach’ focuses on Cobain’s death. Also in stark contrast to ‘Montage Of Heck’ (which was a fully authorised doco endorsed by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love), is the fact that ‘Soaked In Bleach’ is a doco that Love did not want released, and it’s not hard to see why. If this was going for pure sensationalism, the tagline of this film would no doubt be: “THE DOCUMENTARY COURTNEY LOVE DID NOT WANT YOU TO SEE”. Instead, this takes a (slightly) more classy approach, and is certainly classier than Nick Bromfield’s 1998 doco ‘Kurt & Courtney’.

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Get Racing to Vacy!

Posted 11 October 2015 by Adz Carter

The annual Vacy Blues & Roots Festival is slowly but surely becoming something of an institution in the Newcastle live music scene. It’s not hard to see why either, as Vacy is the only festival in the Newcastle and Hunter region to cater exclusively to Blues and Roots music. Now with the next Vacy festival taking place this Saturday, I thought it was high time to chat to festival organiser Lennie Edgerton to find out more about this spectacular event, and why YOU should be there next Saturday.

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The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music- 74 Reasons To Go!

Posted 6 October 2015 by Adz Carter

Spring is here again, and with the winds of change that bring about this magical time of year, comes the arrival of many many musical festivals. One of the first major festivals to take place this season is the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music, on the first week of November. The Airlie Beach Festival Of Music is now in its third year, and for the first time this year features international acts in the form of legendary U.K band 10CC, and Emmy Award winning chart topper Toni Childs (U.S). Another first for this year is the festival extending from 3 days, to 3 and a half days, making it an even longer long weekend. There are a total of 18 venues playing host to a whopping 74 acts during this event, which kicks off in less than a months time (as always, on the first weekend after the Melbourne Cup). So with this grand boutique festival rapidly approaching, I thought this was a good a time as any to find out more about it from the Airlie Beach Festival Of Music head honcho, Gavin “Butto” Butlin. 

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