Back In Australia, Fresh From Europe
After 15 years in the music game, The Cat Empire are more exuberant than ever. They are fresh from a summer in Europe, and armed with an album’s worth of new material (being released single by single each month, until the full album drop in 2019), and ready to dance their way around Australia once again. We caught up with frontman Felix Riebl to discuss all things Empire.
Underground but not out of sight
The sway of the crowd, the bass bouncing off the walls and into your bones, the smell of beer, the sweat, the passion. Welcome to Brisbane’s Underground Music Scene. Welcome to Sonic Masala Fest.
Let me tell you the story of how one drunken night lead to what’s become a safe haven for the underground punk rock scene of Brisbane.
Local Bands | Meet Amy Sheppard
You might already know them from their debut studio album, ‘Bombs Away’, peaking at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, or heard about their second single, "Geronimo", which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5× platinum. It's none other than our fave local band, Sheppard! The indie pop band was formed in 2009 from our very own city here in Brisbane, Australia, consisting of George Sheppard, Amy Sheppard, Emma Sheppard and Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.
In 2018, the band went back to their roots and made most of the second album ‘Watching The Sky’ at home in Brisbane. With their efforts paying off, they were rewarded with their second album landing at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The band has been busy refining their identity and defining what they represent in the Australian music scene aiming to leave a unique footprint on the Australian music industry while doing so. Get to know 27-year-old Amy Sheppard, the middle sibling of older brother George and younger sister Emma.
This week we're turning Greek, Pan-Asian, Mexican and everything else in between (including obese) with the wide range of upcoming festivals, openings and events that'll leave us cultured AF. Settle in to a traditional 3 course dinner or cruise the streets of South Bank in search of burgers dripping with flavour - whatever you're up for we promise it'll satisfy those taste buds.
7 Events You HAVE to attend
Brisbane is bursting at the seams this coming month with events that CAN NOT be missed. From iconic local fashion designers to international film festivals, art classes to dessert porn to river cruising, we guarantee there will be no empty spaces on your calendar this June. Here are seven events you don't want to miss!
Paniyiri Greek Festival is just a few zorba steps away...
You may have started to feel the familiar twitching of your nose or the tapping of your toes, because when it's that time of year your body just knows. Its Paniyiri time and we've got a feeling you've got Paniyiri Fever, because so do we.
Get your Zorba-dancin' shoes ready and your eating pants on, because Paniyiri Greek Festival is just a few zorba steps away !The weekend of May 19 and 20 will be a two-day celebration of authentic Greek flavours, faces and culture with free public transport to and from the event!
If you're starting to feel some symptoms, but aren't sure if you've got Paniyiri Fever, have no fear! Here are 10 signs you've got Paniyiri Fever...
A guide to the festive month of May
Mayday, Mayday, we're fast approaching the half way mark in 2018 #shriek! The year has gone quicker than the bar line at happy hour on a Friday afternoon. It must be because we've been having so much fun bopping around the city, right? As we close in on the middle of the year we thought, what better way to ease ourselves over the hump than to hit Brisbane's hottest festivals headlining throughout May. From full-blown foodie events to ritzy carnivals, showstopping street performances and festivals dedicated to the fabulous queer folk. So, sharpen those pencils and get ready for a jam-packed schedule in the month of May!
What's open on ANZAC Day in Brisbane...
Here’s who’s open on ANZAC Day this year.
We’ve got your day planned, from breakfast to dinner to everything in between and after.
Nothin' but good vibes
Are you a foodie, social butterfly or creative being? Perhaps you're all three? This weeks Word On The Street covers everything from crafty workshops to burgers and beer tastings, free festivals and programs designed for those who are ideas-driven. Now's the perfect time to try something new. Who knows, you might surprise yourself and tap into unknown love affairs, hidden talents or discover new hobbies!
We're all in this together
We love Brisbane, not just for its epic eateries and bangin' nightlife but also for its strong sense of community. There's something on every weekend that brings together friends, family, strangers and heck, even pets. From open-invite birthday parties to sharing cheese tasting opinions, our city plays host to some pretty cool events, with their main focus on pleasing the people. If you're into historic to contemporary festivals or are eager to brush up on your cocktail knowledge then read on. Did we mention a Rooftop event with bottomless Aperol Spritz, Chandon sparkling, rose’, beer… oh and delectable charcuterie boards and live DJ beats!? #OMG We've also come up with a few ways to experience new things, along with the opportunity to meet new people! Come live the good life with us...
Treat yo' self
Easter is a time when you get to stuff yourself silly with chocolate (and it's semi acceptable), a time where family get together, and of course, it's a time when we get 4 whole days off work #hellyeah. Whether you plan on staying in to devour sweet treats all weekend or you're keen to get out and about, there's no doubt Easter will provide us with the goods this year. Bars, bunnies, breweries and banter, we're going hopping mad just thinking of what's to come this Easter long weekend.
Brisbane is your oyster
We love getting out and about, being tourists in our own city and exploring Brisbane's suburbs. This week we've zoomed in on the middle of town, cruising through the city towards Albion, making pit stops in Fortitude Valley and Bowen Hills. Each of these area's flaunt epic eateries, cool AF precincts, trendy bars and cafes, shopping districts and so much more. We know it's easy to 'stick to what you know' and can keep in our bubbles, but it's time to stretch the legs and see what else Brissy has to offer. From mini-festivals to Japanese markets, late night bargain hunting and food that'll leave your taste buds in a frenzy, we've found what's hot and happening in upcoming weeks and we think you'll approve.
Schooner or later, you'll wish you were beer
Get hopped up for an incider’s look into Southeast Queensland’s best breweries! Pitcher all that malty goodness bubbling in silver metal cauldrons across the state, brewed to pourfection – we bet you’re already grinning beer to beer. Smirk smirk... you’re in for a beery punny ride. But oh, just before we get started, you might want to download Untappd, a useful tracking app for beer fanatics. It’ll help you keep tabs on what’s on tap at your favourite pubs and breweries.
Feeling True Blue
Australia Day; a day where more than half of the country use this momentous public holiday to flock to our gorgeous beaches to sizzle like sausages in the sunshine. A day usually spent laughing, drinking and BBQ-ing with friends and family. Does that sound about right? There's nothing we love more then a bit of fun in the sun but this year, instead of hitting the beach, we've decided to stay and celebrate Australia's day of birth in our beloved Brisbane. From Vegemite burgers to South Bank beach BBQ's and gin-tastic parties, there's plenty to do in the city this Aussie Day.
Brisbane's hottest Jazz Bar is un-jazzing-believable!
New year, who dis? Definitely not a question we’ll be asking the Doo Bop Jazz Bar this year. The sophisticated, stylish and sassy jazz bar is back for yet another year of fun and frivolity. Live jazz has never been so hot - even Frank Sinatra would need a cold bucket of water at this bar!