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What is to become of Sydney University’s Manning Bar?

Posted by Lachlan

What is to become of Sydney University's Manning Bar? That is the question circling around my head at the moment.

There were rumors a few months ago that Sydney University's Student Union (USU) had voted to ban certain styles of music of events from using Manning Bar - and now it looks like those rumors are true.

An article today in the Sydney Morning Herald confirms as much - that there will be a "ban" on music that is considered "too risky". The example given is Necro; a (very crappy) 'gore rapper' who raps about violence and death.

Why the ban? Because Sydney University wants to re-brand itself as an "Ivy League" institution, and are currently reviewing the music policy to curb "anti-social behaviour and alcohol".

Now let's get back to realism here; with a capacity of around 1,000, the Manning Bar is one of the only reasonable venues left in Sydney for international bands, and possibly the only venue of it's size with very good live sound quality. This is very, very disheartening news. It should be more than apparent that metal, grind, hardcore (and so on) will more than likely be facing the axe.

In the next few months alone the Manning Bar will host Meshuggah, Isis, Baroness, Converge, Genghis Tron and Between the Buried and Me. If we lose this venue, both Australian bands and countless international acts are going to have a very, very hard time playing in Sydney. The only equivalent venues left that come to mind is the UNSW Roundhouse - which as AWFUL live sound.

I can barely recall how many dozens of awesome shows I've been to at Manning Bar. All age shows have already been banned. Very, very sad news. Let's hope nothing comes of it.

Link to SMH article.
Link to Mess + Noise article.


Check out The_Network and Robotosaurus tonight and tomorrow

Posted by Lachlan

RobotosaurusThe_Network are Robotosaurus are hitting Sydney tonight and tomorrow night.

Tonight the furious almost-grind outfits hit up Dirty Shirlows warehouse fir an ALL AGES show. Dirty Shirlows can be found at 32 Shirlow Street in Marrickville. They are joined by the awesome Wollongong math/hardcore/grind outfit Hospital the Musical and synth post-punkers Yeah Bears.

Tomorrow night they hit up Hermann's Bar at Sydney University for the real business alongside grinders Beyond Terror Beyond Grace and the heavily Locust-influenced Schrodinger's Cat.

I believe entry for both is $12.

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August 9th: Slaughterfest 2008

Posted by Lachlan

Slaughterfest 2008

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Slaughterfest 2008 line-up (NSW)

Posted by Lachlan

Grindhead Records and 666 Entertainment have announced the location and line-up of Slaughterfest 2008!!!

Date: Saturday the 9th of August
Venue: Hermann's Bar at Sydney University, NSW

Line up:
Blood Duster (VIC) - groovin' grindin' death/rock
Pod People (ACT) - dooooooom!
Ebolie - grindcore/metal
Backyard Mortuary - old school death metal
Looking Glass (ACT) - sludged-out, fried stoner rock
Space Bong (SA) - crusty, sludgy death, doom n' grind!
Roadside Burial - booze-fuelled death/grind
Clagg (VIC) - thick sludge death n' doom
Infinitum (ACT) - intense technical death/grind
LOG (ACT) - groovin' rockin' bluesy stoner/sludge
Grannyfist (Newcastle) - offensive grindfucks
Daemon Foetal Harvest (Wollongong) - technical death/grind
New Blood (Wollongong) - death/grind

Grindhead RecordsFor those of you who missed out last year, Grindhead Records spawned two mini-festivals in 2007: Slaughterfest and East West Death Grind Fest, which featured the likes of Captain Cleanoff, Guild of Destruction, Maximum Perversion, Vaticide, Ebolie, Beyond Terror Beyond Grace, Corpsickle, Backyard Mortuary and a whole host of others.

This year they're scaling up, with more interstate acts and a bigger venue. The headlining act is none other than Australia's most successful grindcore export Blood Duster, who will take to the stage in Sydney before heading overseas to play at some of the world's biggest extreme music festivals in front of tens of thousands of fans.

The line up also includes the death and doom fiends Pod People resurfacing from the depths of Canberra, Sydney's Ebolie who will be armed with a host of new material (and with whispers of a new full length album on the horizon), Adelaide's filthy crust, grind and doom merchants Space Bong (with members of The Rivalry and Meat Wallet), Melbourne's premier sludge death/doom group Clagg, Canberra's crushingly intense Infinitum - and loads, loads more - there really isnt enough space on this page to go through the highlights, because the simple fact of the matter is I dont want to miss a single one of these bands!

Entry is believed to be $25 at this stage - and with no less than SEVEN interstate acts and such a huge range of styles, thats going to be a steal! This really is an incredible line-up - I dont think we've seen anything like it in Sydney before.

Needless to say; I'll see you there!

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Slaughterfest 2008 date and venue announced!

Posted by Lachlan

The date and venue for 2008's Slaughterfest has just been announced!

Slaughterfest 2008 will take place on Saturday the 9th of August at Herman's Bar in Sydney University. The festival will be co-promoted by Grindhead Records and 666 Entertainment, and is slated to feature a range of grindcore, death metal, hardcore, sludge and stoner bands from across Australia!

Stay tuned for more news on the line-up as it comes!

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