FES­TI­VAL SEA­SON

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FOR­GET THE SINGLETS AND SOUTHERN CROSS TATTOO CROWD. THESE EVENTS ARE THE BEST WAY TO GET A DE­CENT LO­CAL CULTURAL FIX.

MOFO

WHAT: The an­nual sum­mer event at Tas­ma­nia’s MONA al­ways de­liv­ers a host of bril­liant lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts. As well as a spe­cial per­for­mance by Cana­dian singer Peaches, this year’s fes­ti­val of mu­sic and arts de­liv­ers two of heavy mu­sic’s big­gest names – Faith No More singer Mike Pat­ton, who fronts tētēma, and Tool’s May­nard James Keenan, who’s performing with Pus­cifer. WHERE: Ho­bart, TAS WHEN: Jan­uary 18-22 mofo.net.au

ADELAIDE FES­TI­VAL

WHAT: This year’s im­pres­sive pro­gram covers vis­ual arts, the­atre, opera, film and more. But the high­light is Ru­fus Wain­wright, set to per­form a one-off con­cert on March 18. The show sees him present his de­but opera Prima Donna, as well as se­lected works from Ru­fus Does Judy, Wain­wright’s recre­ation of Judy Gar­land’s clas­sic 1961 show at Carnegie Hall. It’s the only chance to see him in Aus­tralia, so get in fast. WHERE: Adelaide, SA. (Ob­vi­ously.) WHEN: March 3-19 ade­laide­fes­ti­val.com.au

SUGAR MOUN­TAIN

WHAT: A mix­ture of arts and mu­sic, the lat­est Sugar Moun­tain line-up is head­lined by Blood Orange, re­spon­si­ble for one of 2016’s best albums, Free­town Sound. He’s joined by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional acts, in­clud­ing Bri­tish rap­per Lit­tle Simz and Aussies Big Scary, Methyl Ethel and Jaala. Or­gan­is­ers are also bring­ing back Sen­sory, a restau­rant that com­bines food, sound and vi­su­als. WHERE: Melbourne, VIC WHEN: Jan­uary 21 sug­ar­moun­tain­fes­ti­val.com

TROPFEST

WHAT: Af­ter be­ing saved from ex­tinc­tion when fund­ing dried up last year, 2017 sees founder John Pol­son cel­e­brate Tropfest’s 24th an­niver­sary in Par­ra­matta. Launched by heavy-hit­ters Sam Neill and Ge­orge Miller back in Au­gust, all films must be un­der seven min­utes and in­clude a “sig­na­ture item” to en­sure they are cre­ated specif­i­cally for the fes­ti­val – this year, keep an eye out for pineap­ples. WHERE: Sydney, NSW WHEN: Fe­bru­ary 11 tropfest.org.au

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