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On Thursday 5th October we helped launch Newtown Festival 2017 and announced the winner of the Newtown Locals t-shirt design competition. This year, entries were themed around “The Great Australian Dream” of owning your own home and housing affordability. A talented fellow by the name of Tim Travers was behind the winning design, which you can now snap up for $40 online or at Newtown Festival (on Sunday 12th November), with proceeds going to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre to support those at risk of homelessness. We had a quick catch-up with the man holding the novelty cheque, Tim Travers, about his winning design.

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 Photos by Tanja Bruckner

Monica Luppi (aka 'Lulu') is bringing her hot tamales to the brewery. Sounds like a euphemism, right? It’s not. Her ‘California style tamales’ are legit - delicious steamed parcels of corn masa dough filled with meat or vegetables topped with fresh pico de gallo or charred corn salsa. 

She’s fresh from a pop-up stint at Midnight Special then she’s then going to leg it down the road and bring the good stuff to the brewery. And because she's a good sort who cooks food with a conscience she's sharing a portion of the profits with a chosen charity. This time round she's swinging some much-needed funds the way of Topos Mexico - a citizen rescue brigade that saved many lives in the recent earthquake. 

Before she gets here we thought we’d have a chat to the Cali ex-pat with the very Italian name…

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It’s Sydney Beer Week! Which means,from October 20-29 it’s our annual opportunity to drink beer and crack bad jokes about ‘isn’t every week, beer week??’
If the sheer volume of events in the program makes your head spin before a single sip has even passed your lips, allow us to present a completely unbiased guide to the highlights of Sydney’s tour de beer. Just kidding, this guide is totally biased.

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Tim Rogers of You Am I fame has written a book and it is not a dirt-dishing tell-all about life on the road with one of this country’s most loved rock bands. “When I was approached by the publishers and by my agent they asked me would I be interested in writing something and I said ‘Sure, but nothing that’s about the band or autobiography,” Tim tells us. “I just didn’t find it that interesting … took that, drank that, rooted this … And I think that Rusty and Andy together would write a far more interesting and less skewed [account of] anything to do with the band.”

Instead we’ve been gifted a collection of personal essays spanning Rogers’ life. Though Tim can write a swaggering yarn, much of the book is quiet vignettes on returning to his hometown of Kalgoorlie to watch local footy with his father, on being the umpire’s son, on ‘optimistic’ sartorial choices, on first (and last) love, life and very occasionally that includes life on the road.

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"The first year I walked in to the garden bar and Oscar come running up to me and just goes 'Have you tried the fucking oysters? They’re unbelievable!' And I was like, 'I actually haven’t yet’. So we sat down and went through two dozen oysters and a bottle of champagne. And that was the start of our oyster romance. I think we’re the only [music] festival in the country that does fresh oysters." 

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December 2017 the third annual Fairgrounds Festival will take place at Berry Showgrounds on the NSW South Coast. Over the past three years the boutique event has carved out a niche in the festival space, aiming to be "part old-school fete, part carnival, part music festival for a generation that is now sceptical or burnt by the festival experience because of how corporatised they got".

With past performances running the gamut from Rodriguez to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, this year's line-up looks to deliver again and we're proud to partner with them once more. 

We speak to Fairgrounds directors Colin Daniels and Ashley Sellers about their festival utopia, where oyster bromances can flourish and five-year-olds watch Royal Headache from their dad's shoulders.

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