24 April

Blur announces Splendour arena sideshows

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blur2015Has it really been eighteen years? After a nearly two-decade absence from the stages of Australia – and a shock 2014 Big Day Out cancellation that left punters devastated – beloved Britpop outfit Blur are coming to town. Off the back of their headline appearance at this year’s sold-out Splendour in the Grass festival, the foursome have announced they’ll play three sideshows. But these aren’t your typical sideshows – they’re proper arena gigs, and they’ll only be doing them in three cities. Sydney gets in first with a show on Sat Jul 25 at Qantas Credit Union Arena, before the boys head to Byron and follow that up with shows in Melbourne and Perth.… Read more

23 April

Bondi beach cleanups after ocean returns our rubbish, with interest

Bondi Beach

Sure, those pictures of the Bondi Beach Skate Park covered in sand were cool… but the massive storm that walloped Sydney earlier this week has also left a huge, grubby mess in its wake, and the sands of Bondi are looking a bit worse for wear as a result. So the good folks with Responsible Runners – a community group who regularly combine group exercise with marine waste reduction – are planning a big clean-up this Sun Apr 26 at 4pm. A huge volume of plastic containers and debris washed up on the beach earlier in the week, so they’re inviting anyone who’s keen to get Bondi back into picture-perfect shape to join. And it doesn’t end there. Clean-ups are held every week and cover off a range of other beaches. Volunteers are always welcome. Get it at, do-gooders.

Photo credit: Drew Lambert.

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17 April

Jeremy Clarkson “fracas” continues – Sydney’s Top Gear Festival postponed

Top Gear Festival - Jeremy Clarkson

The fallout from Jeremy Clarkson’s notorious “fracas” (when he reportedly punched his Top Gear producer during a row involving food) continues with the news that Sydney’s Top Gear Festival, due to be held this weekend, has been postponed until July.

The show will be renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live when it does eventuate this winter; ticket holders who cannot attend the new date have been advised they can ask for a refund from Ticketek. The new event will be in arena format and is slated to take place on the weekend of Jul 25-26 in Sydney after being held a week prior in Melbourne.… Read more

16 April

Porteño and Gardel’s Bar reopen next week


Good news for tattoo fans, bad news for beasts – Porteño and Gardel’s Bar are finally re-opening next Tue Apr 21 (you can book now if you’re a group of five or more). Both venues have been closed since January when a fire caused extensive damage to the building.

Not that owners Elvis Abrahanowicz, Ben Milgate and Joe Valore haven’t been busy – they set up shop at the old Rushcutters site with pop-up restaurant Popteño shortly after the closure, and are also at work on Continental Deli Bar Bistro , a new venture set to open on Newtown’s Australia Street in a few months.

Their industriousness means Porteño won’t be a sitting duck, either. “Most of the menu has changed,” says Abrahanowicz. He’s keeping schtum on what the new dishes will end up being – even at this stage, he says, “we’re still working on them. Tip: keep an eye on the Porteño Instagram account.… Read more

15 April

The Splendour in the Grass 2015 line-up is here


North Byron Parklands will once again welcome the festival juggernaut that is Splendour in the Grass for another year of big name acts, kooky arts and grassy festival fun. This year a whopping 93 acts will pack out three days of music madness, and will also see the addition of the Tiny Dancer stage to accommodate the huge line-up. Blur lead the charge – after a no show at Big Day Out last year, we are hoping they come good this year – alongside Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie and the Wombats. We are particularly excited to see both Mark Ronson and Tame Impala on the bill as well – we’re already looking forward to a potential on stage appearance from Kevin Parker during Ronson’s set to this banger. The Mix Up tent will make a great stage for the electronic contingent, which includes Porter Robinson, Purity RingFlight FacilitiesAlison Wonderland and Azealia Banks.… Read more