The cast of Circus 1903
It would be tough to envisage a more spectacular way to spend two hours in Melbourne this summer, than to spend it at the Regent Theatre, which has become the setting for big top thrills as it plays host to Circus 1903. Playing until January 12, this incredible collection of death-defying acts, slapstick comedy and astounding skill is a glowing tribute to the golden age of circuses and guaranteed to cast its magic spell over all those lucky enough to catch it.
Where: The Toff In Town, Melbourne
When: November 29th, 2016
American R&B singer Son Little’s unassuming and humble stage presence is in direct opposition to his powerful voice and emotive lyrics. Little began his set at Melbourne’s iconic Toff In Town venue by acknowledging the audience with a seemingly caught-off-guard “Oh hey!”. From then on, he had the packed crowd entranced.
Son Little is an American Soul/R&B musician who hails from Philadelphia, and he will be bringing his soulful sound to Australia later this month, performing solo shots in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, in support of his self-titled debut album.
The Settlement, a Victorian alternative/folk band from the rural town of Hamilton, are anything but settled these days. A rising star of the music scene, The Settlement are about to embark on the second leg of a nationwide tour, off the back of the release of their new single She’s Alright, and in anticipation of their forthcoming album.
Before they hit the road again, the guys from The Settlement – Calvano (vocals, guitar), Baker (bass), Matty (violin), Jase (guitar) and Harry (drums) – kindly sat down with me to discuss their new single She’s Alright, their soon-to-be-released album and what the future holds.
Hi guys – Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions today, I’ll start by asking how you all came together and how long you’ve been together for now?
Cheers, thanks for taking the time to ask a few questions. The band started a long time ago in Hamilton, Vic. It’s only a small town so there wasn’t many young peeps playing tunes, so I suppose we just gravitated towards each other. Along the way we’ve met other musicians and if they on the same vibe they slotted in. The Settlement has been going for about 2 years, but we’ve been jamming and gigging with each other for about 6 years.
While sitting through the more than two-and-a-half hour Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I was reminded over and over again of the old adage – be careful what you wish for. Continue reading
Let’s step back in time a second to September 1991. I was a lad all of 13 years old and I had just witnessed as close to a perfect science fiction film as I will ever see. That movie was Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the James Cameron masterpiece that took the brilliant ideas introduced in his 1984 original and expanded and explored them further than anyone could have hoped for. The ending of Judgment Day ended on a perfect, optimistic note, and I walked out of the cinema happy knowing that Cameron’s one-two punch of Terminator films was complete.
Jasmine Rae Heartbeat Album Launch
Tour Venue: Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne
The intimate surrounds of Revolver Upstairs played host to the final leg of country star Jasmine Rae’s Heartbeat album launch tour, which coincided with the release of her latest album of the same name.
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Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth in the iconic Aussie sci-fi/dystopian series has literally been in the works for decades. I remember back in the ’90s I was reading a film magazine that said that writer/director George Miller was working on a fourth installment and that it would be released in the mid-90s sometime. That obviously never came to be and I thought audiences would never see Max return to the screen, but finally, in 2015, after numerous setbacks, re-writes, re-shoots, location changes and other roadblocks, Mad Max comes roaring back onto the screen with Fury Road.