A Guide To: Melbourne, courtesy of Houlette

Today, Felicity Cripps of the wonderful Houlette tells us a bit about Melbourne:

Best music venue: Tough one, there are a lot of great music venues – The grandest in Melbourne I think, would be the Forum Theatre – it’s a gorgeous old Roman-esque theatre with a ceiling that resembles the night sky and a lavish interior, mezzanine, and massive stage with excellent sound. Second to that, as a more accessible venue could be The Toff in Town – it has a beautiful band room, with a great stage and it’s quite intimate with lots of style… It houses many amazing local bands, as well as the bigger names and international artists.

Best record shop: Mmm… There are many and it depends what you are seeking.. I like Title. It’s a little record store in Gertrude St, Fitzroy and it has a really varied and well thought out repetiore. Plus a great section on early sixties french folk and pop, which excites me. They have some amazing dvd music doco’s too.

Favourite Melbourne bands: If we can claim Nick Cave as Melbourne own, I’d have to say him and Paul Kelly. Both so utterly unique and un-compromising in their approach to music. They seem to do it purely for the love.

Interesting Melbourne fact: Melbourne is home to lots of cute and furry possums. But you can’t pet them cause they’re likely to bite your hand off.

Anything else we need to know about Melbourne? Melbourne coffee is some the world’s finest!

Photo :: Jacob Walker. Check out Houlette!

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