Songs in the Key of Motown: Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, 4 July 2015
As if the Thai restaurant dinner next door wasn’t gratifying enough, I knew little about the exuberant feast that lay ahead. Served on an extravagant gold-embossed platter, Songs in the Key Of Motown at Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul was a dessert worth waiting for. Not surprising when you consider the iconic venue itself and its rich and romantic history. Anita’s Theatre stands almost defiantly in the centre of town in the small seaside village of Thirroul, NSW. Originally the old King’s Picture Theatre, it was heroically re-opened in 2007 by John Comelli, who lavishly refurbished and re-named it, in honour of his late beloved wife, Anita. Read more…
In Jack London’s classic novel ‘The Call of the Wild’, an unsuspecting St. Bernard named Buck is stolen from his comfortable California home and thrust into the unforgiving Yukon wilderness. Forced to work as a sled dog during the Klondike gold rush of ‘97, Buck had to fight both the other dogs and the harshness of the elements in order to survive. Eventually he reverted entirely back to his wild state—a ghost wolf wandering the dark and snowy woods forever. Read more…
Rabbit + Cocoon
23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami, Queensland, Australia
Some consider Queensland’s Gold Coast to be a cultural void. Sometimes, walking the streets of tacky tourist hub, Surfers Paradise, I do share the sentiment. But then I notice the cracks in the pavement. I see the small, delicate flower blooming forth. I lean into the cracks and venture beyond the superficial façade of this bustling, botoxed, leopard-printed city and I find it. It’s here. Richness. Diversity. Creativity. Innovation. Flavour. Colour. And the big C-word: Community.
Booking gigs in any town is often a mission, a struggle, a fight to even get heard or considered, and occasionally, a simple joy. Knowing the right venues to approach for you, your music, and what you do, can sometimes only work out if you have some insider local knowledge on an area. Read more…
206 Gulou E St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
In the heart of Beijing’s coolest district for all things music is the hottest bar in the city. Tucked away down a short alley in Gulou 鼓楼, just north of the famous “Nan Luo Gu Xiang 南锣故乡,” is the venue everyone’s been talking about since 2011. Read more…
231 Battersea Park Road, London
An alternative lifestyle sanctuary in the south London suburb of Battersea, this ‘Festival Boutique’ pub oozes with vibe. It’s like Glastonbury without the mud, and with gourmet food on hand. Owned by three partners with extensive creative industry experience, their combined talents have built a vision beyond a simple venue. The Magic Garden is an entire scene.
Take a guided tour through one of Melbourne’s newest studios, Sunshine Recorder, with Aurora Jane. Once the legendary Atlantis, where artists like Nick Cave and The Cruel Sea laid down some of their classic songs, the building has taken on a new lease in life with owner Lee Cardan’s unique sonic and aesthetic design sensibilities. Aurora Jane takes you through the mix process of her most recent album ‘Holding Pattern’ and reveals the warmth of Sunshine Recorder.
Larampa (23rd) between Calle N & O, Havana, Cuba
The coolest jazz club I’ve come across, this Havana institution La Zorra y El Cuervo (‘the fox and the crow’) is a step back in time. Havana showcases the glory of bygone days, boasting classic vintage cars, stunning colonial architecture and streets packed with smiling locals.