It’s that time of the year again. Splendour’s back and better than ever with a killer lineup! Splendour has definitely raised the bar this year, with the likes of Outkast, Foals, Metronomy, Nic Jaar, Angus and Julia Stone and several other international artists, alongside local artists set to play. They’ll have workshops, mini clothes shops and food stores. You’ll be equipped with all the essentials required to make your festival experience truly enjoyable. Below is our day-to-day guide to Splendour 2014 from Friday to Sunday.
If you’re freezing cold with this winter weather and can’t escape to a warmer climate, don’t read ahead. You’ll just make yourself upset at the life people in the north lead. If you’re looking to get away, though, or happen to find yourself in Darwin in the next few months, this is for you. Darwin may seem like a world away from anything and too full of crocodiles to even think about visiting, but what they’ve got going on up there to celebrate the milder temperatures (read: 30 degrees maximum during the day) is well worth checking out. The night time is the best time, so here are five nights out which are guaranteed winners.
Japanese visual artist, Tabaimo, exposes the dark truth lurking beneath daily existence in contemporary Japanese society through MEKURUMEKU. Debuting her most significant solo show to date at the MCA, MEKURUEMEKU provides us with a glimpse of the isolation, contagion, uncertainty, anxiety and confinement that acts as a blanket of smog suffocating Japanese society today.
Providing great coffee and delicious Israeli inspired cafe food, Shenkin’s original location has been a local Sydney favorite in Erskineville for over five years now. Today, Shenkin has expanded with Shenkin Espresso Bar in Newtown, Shenkin Kitchen in Enmore and its newest venture, Shenkin Eatery just opened earlier in July in Surry Hills.
In Sydney, we’re a city that’s proud of where our produce is sourced and how it’s processed before it gets to our tables. Even if you’re not a health nut, many of us are conscientious of the food we eat. So what’s the newest in the health food craze? Honey. It’s been known forever the health benefits this natural sweetener has, but Sydney’s taking the sweet topping to a whole new level of goodness: Darlinghurst based company The Urban Beehive is producing honey, conserving bees and protecting the Earth in the process.
Pop art meets punchy cocktails at the Merivale Group’s newest pop-up bar, Work in Progress. Located in the CBD on King Street, where the Trumps Tavern used to reside, the space is being boldly revitalised as part art installation/thai restaurant/bar. Though a crazy combination, everything about this place is authentic. Former senior curator of the MCA, Glenn Barkley, and Darwin based artist, Frank Gohier, work together to fill the space with a rotating selection of art, making this an exciting installation space. In the kitchen, chef Air Jantrakool formerly of Sailors Thai fixes up Thai food to accompany the on trend fresh fruit cocktails conjured up by Merivale Group Bars Manager Paul Mant and served up by head bartender Peter Ehemann.