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5 spots to get your live music fix in Melbourne

Sydney may have the glamour and glitz of the Harbour and Bondi, and Brisbane may have endless sand and backpacker bar-crawl carnage but every Aussie knows cosmopolitan Melbourne is the place to go for some electrifying live music. Victoria’s capital has always had more of a communal vibe and its music scene has consistently led the way Down Under.

You’ll find local bands testing out their own tunes at practically every other pub North of the Yarra River, whilst Southside has loads of breezy, open bars with polished outfits banging out covers. With so much to choose from, you can almost feel like you’re lost on a musical Walkabout, so we’re here to help!

From classic rock dives to sophisticated jazz bars, here’s our five favourite venues to check out in marvellous Melbs!

1. Prince Bandroom, St Kilda.

We have to start with this legendary spot in the Prince Of Wales pub on Fitzroy Street. It’s been hosting eclectic live music for 60 years now and is a Melbourne institution. Dark and grungy with a low stage and ceiling that crams everyone into a heaving, rocking mass, it’s exactly the authentic no-frills experience that draws everyone in town here at some point or another.

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4 ways to get down with the locals in New Zealand

Want more than just a whistle-stop tour of New Zealand’s tourist attractions? Why not take your journey to a new level and get down with the locals!

New Zealand provides a copious amount of bewildering backdrops, inviting culture, flourishing forests, delightful people and second to none road trips. All of this also allows for social interaction and a scrapbook full of perfect, harmonious memories. So seek out a deeper and more meaningful interaction with New Zealand and its people as you get involved with the environment and those adventurous Kiwis.

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10 WTF food moments of 2017

Remember when a burger was literally just a burger? And you could go out for brunch without everything on the menu having some link to avocados? Yeah, we don’t either. Less is more, but apparently not when it comes to food! Here’s a round up of 10 foods that made us have a WTF moment in 2017.

1. The sushi burger, NYC

What ever happened to a good ol’ burger bun?

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2. The freak shake, New Zealand

Heart attack in a Mason jar? Maybe. Are we going to have one anyway? Yassss.

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  3. Rainbow cheese, Hong Kong

Now that’s an end of a rainbow we will go searching for..

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4. The century egg, Macau

Ferment an egg in a mix of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for months and you’ll have yourself a Century Egg! Pretty similar to something you’d find in the back of a fridge in a Student house.

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5. Deconstructed spaghetti, Val d’isere

When self-service is given a whole new meaning…

6. Bacon doughnuts, Tampa

Sweet and sour. Ham and cheese. Chocolate and chili. But bacon and doughnuts? Surely not. Smells American.

  7. Waffle pops, California

Why fix what ain’t broke? Because adding a stick to a waffle apparently makes a good pic, that’s why.

8. Avocado coffee, Melbourne

We like avocados. We like coffee. So of course it makes sense to pour a cuppa into an avocado. #HipsterFoodTrendLogic

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9. Charcol Ice Cream, Toronto

Coconut flavoured, detoxing, jet black icecream that is darker than your soul? Yeah, we can’t argue with this one.

10. Plates No, we don’t want our food served on pieces of slate or chopping boards. So we definitely don’t want our bread in a Lego bread basket.

 

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8 of the UK’s best summer pop-ups

With a BYOB beach boasting sandy floors and pastel coloured huts, to an old school drive-in cinema, it’s clear that 2017 is the year of the pop-up. To ensure you’re acquainted with the UK’s top going-ons, we got in touch with DesignMyNight for their top summer picks.

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Neverland, London

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Five crazy Indian festivals worth planning your trip around

Little boy celebrating Holi in India

Anna Phipps is a travel blogger at Global Gallivanting who has been based in Goa for the last few years. Since she’s an expert on all things India, she’s shared the five most unmissable India festivals with us. Because who doesn’t love a bit of chaos, a lot of colour and a whole load of awesome celebration?

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