Transmediale the annual festival for art and digital culture, held in Berlin officially opened today. This video showcases just some of the art work on show. Check out the links below for more info.

http://www.facebook.com/transmediale
http://twitter.com/transmediale
http://www.transmediale.de/

And now the end is here!

Another fantastic festival has come to a close all too soon and the Beck’s Festival Bar has once again been host to some unbelievable performances. From the first night of Jive and swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to toprocking, body popping B boys at Grandmaster Flash. We have been here to share with you the pic’s, reviews, tweets, updates, blogs and more on all that is The Beck’s Festival Bar.

Here are some of our highlights:

The awesome light projection installation. Thank you to Kiss Kiss, Lukasz Karluk, Raz and everyone else who helped bring the historic Hyde Park Barracks to life.

Our dedicated followers ever ready to pass on their eloquent reviews.
Camera Obscura - Dr Witmol 
Camera Obscura -  Neala Hickey
Trevor Jackson - Dr Tad

Twitpic’s from followers on the ground!
The Venue
The Very Best
DJ Yoda
The Installation

And then there were the artists! Grandmaster Flash, Breakestra, Grizzly Bear, The Very Best, Trevor Jackson to name just a few!

And Finally there is you our followers and Facebook fans. A massive shout out to all of you and a special mention to our retweeters.
http://twitter.com/Johan_Vonshag
http://twitter.com/melleez
http://twitter.com/niftycorp
http://twitter.com/theaureview
http://twitter.com/viveka
http://twitter.com/ChoonOfTheDay
http://twitter.com/THE_OAF
http://twitter.com/aust_infront
http://twitter.com/merejames

Thank you all for following us during this awesome festival. Make sure you keep an eye on us as next up on the list is the Perth Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival we will posting photo’s, reviews, updates, competitions and more.

Kiss Kiss Beck’s Beck’s

Rock Gods

Back in November last year we gave local artists the opportunity to showcase their work to the masses through a projection installation at the Beck’s Festival Bar during Sydney Festival 2010.

The standard of entries was extremely high and deciding on the final winners was an unenviable task. An eclectic mix of styles and varied interpretations were chosen to create an awesome light projection onto the historic Hyde Park Barracks (see above).

I recently had the pleasure of catching up with KissKiss, one of the chosen artists and asked her where her inspirations came from and what she’s been up to since.

Taken from her own blog Kisskiss describes herself as being inspired by “Rock ‘n Roll, ancient artifacts, sexy dreams, wild animals, urban mythology, and the NY/LA/UK/Portland underground art movements”.

Her images, sculptures and art-toys convey a love of beauty, voodoo and destruction in a wild world. Skulls, skeletons and mythical half human half beasts play in the voodoo–rock jungle.

Installations and artworks created by KissKiss have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, MTV Gallery, Urban Uprising, National Grid, The Opera House, China Heights, Retrospect, Gaffa, Gallery 44, Blank Space, as well as within arts festivals and art-rock nights like Great Escapes, Playground Weekender and Splendour in the Grass.

Recently KissKiss has moved into the world of Rock’n’Roll as lead singer of ‘KissKiss & Tell’, an R’n’B/Disco group who are featuring this Saturday @ The Den.

Why not check them out and more of her work by following links below? Drop her a line under Kisskissmyart@gmail.com

http://twitter.com/kisskissmyart
http://kisskissmyart.blogspot.com/

her collective
http://www.stupidkrap.com/home.html

Kiss Kiss work at Splendour…
http://www.juxtapoz.com/8919-stencil-city-installation-at-splendour-in-the-grass-music-festival

Kiss Kiss @ the Beck’s Festival
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHYX3_qNKXk

Set times

Just so you don’t miss out on these awesome acts. Check out the set times for the final few days of the Beck’s Festival Bar.

Thurs 28 Jan - The Very Best, Radioclit, Spruce Lee (live), Ro Sham Bo DJs

20:00 - 20:30 (30 mins) - Ro Sham Bo DJs - DJ Stage

20:30 - 21:10 (40 mins) - Spruce Lee (Live) - Main Stage

21:10 - 22:00 (50 mins) - Radioclit - Main Stage

22:00 - 22:45 (45 mins) - The Very Best - Main Stage

22:45 - 00:00 (75 mins) - Radioclit - Main Stage

00:00 - 02:00 (120 mins) - Ro Sham Bo DJs - DJ Stage

Fri 29 Jan - Breakestra, J-Rocc (Beat Junkies), Space Invadas, Soulshaker DJs

20:00 - 20:50 (50 mins) - Soulshaker DJs - DJ Stage

20:50 - 21:30 (40 mins) - Space Invadas - Main Stage

21:30 - 22:00 (30 mins) - Soulshaker DJs - DJ Stage

22:00 - 23:30 (90 mins) -Breakestra (US) -Main Stage

23:30 - 02:00 (150 mins) - J-Rocc (Beat Junkies) - Main Stage

Sat 30 Jan - Hit It and Quit It Australian Revue feat. Recloose & Frank Booker and Mad Racket DJs

20:00 - 21:00 (60 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage

21:00 - 21:40 (40 mins) - Frank Booker - Main Stage

21:40 - 22:00 (20 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage

22:00 - 23:30 (90 mins) - Recloose - Main Stage

23:30 - 02:00 (150 mins) - Mad Racket DJs - DJ Stage

Camera Obscura Reviewa!

A big shout out goes to Neala Hickey for writing this fantastic review of the Camera Obscura performance last Thursday. Another example of the kind of talent showcased by Beck’s Uberselektor.

Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura
Beck’s Festival Bar, Sydney Festival 
21st January 2010


Camera Obscura feature in many a fine journalists’ definition of pop perfection. Influential British music journo, Paul Morley in his two-part documentary on Camera Obscura, places them up there with the most progressive and inspired acts in popular music. Truthfully, not so many albums will leave you so besieged as by Tracyanne Campbell’s melancholic confessionals. But she never reduces music to a dirge and all the while, listening to Camera Obscura harkens back to the hayday of pop craftsmanship, singalong choruses and chamber pop enchantment. This is what broken hearts were made for. 

Tonight, Camera Obscura managed to do what so many other bands fail to do. They translated the intimacies of their albums into the intimacies of playing live but only did this become truly apparent on their slower numbers. Rolling through some of their best known tracks, Camera Obscura played these with lacklustre or so it seemed. ‘French Navy’, one of their most successful tracks would have me dancing at home, waiting for the bus, in a club, but at their very own gig, Camera Obscura didn’t muster a lush crescendo, a bop up and down or any encouragement to do so for their fans. Even my personal favourite, ‘Honey in the Sun’, felt emptier somehow. The vocals drenched in longing felt too languished for the girl-pop motown inspired number. 

But, in all honesty, these are exceptions because if there’s one thing Camera Obscura excel at, it’s encapsulating a plethora of emotions in one sly line and dousing you with country-pop ache. ‘Rose, I’m feeling older, Have courage my love, makes you bolder’. Campbell’s lilt, gentle and uncharactaristically hopeful, suddenly fills the big tent. It hit me, they are not grumpy or aloof, Camera Obscura are gentle and introspective and onstage, its magnification can be spellbinding. Likewise, ‘Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken’ and ‘Let’s get out of this Country’, filled with sorrow and yearning and all in-between bursts at the seams with honesty and it’s difficult not to admire their tendancy to shy away from motivational audience tactics which many sub-talented bands resort to. 

And so, it was an experience more of one woman’s worldly exploits and expression and instead of pandering to other people, Campbell and the band played with raw honesty. Despite what seemed like aloofness at times, and a wee bit of disappointment in their more upbeat tracks, they made the night one of a kind. For such a display of reverence for expression and refining the definition of popular music, Camera Obscura, tonight deserved silence in Hyde Park Barracks.

Thanks again Neala

The invitation is open to anyone who would like to write a review on any performances at this year’s Beck’s Festival Bar.

Breakestra VIP ticket competition

Here is your chance to funk up your Friday and win a double VIP pass to hear the diverse sounds of Breakestra, J-Rocc & Space Invadas. Please answer the following question: “If you joined Breakestra at a gig, what instrument would you would play and why?

The VIP bracelets will let you and a friend skip the queues, enjoy the concert from our chill out garden, mingle with other VIPs and Festival artists and all that coming with a cold Beck’s on the house! For your chance to win:

  1. please write to becksuber@gmail.com
  2. with your creative completion of the following sentence:
  3. “If I was in Breakestra I would play…”.
  4. Keep it to 25 words or less
  5. include your full name
  6. include a mobile telephone number to reach you under
  7. submit before Friday Jan 29, 12 PM

and you might enjoy a funking great Friday night at the Beck’s Festival Bar

Full details here on our facebook page.

Tonight is future classic's night at the Beck’s Festival Bar, featuring TREVOR JACKSON. Be sure to appreciate his animation and graphic design work as much as his skills at the turntable. And lest we forget: Aeroplane are rounding it off after midnight.
Set times are as follows (subject to change);
20:00 - 21:00 (60 mins) Future Classic DJs21:00 - 21:40 (40 mins) Yen (live)21:40 - 22:30 (50 mins) Future Classic DJs22:30 - 24:30 (120 mins) Trevor Jackson24:30 - 02:00 (90 mins) Aeroplane
The gig is unfortunately sold out but I will make sure to post some proper documentation of the night on my page on facebook.

Tonight is future classic's night at the Beck’s Festival Bar, featuring TREVOR JACKSON. Be sure to appreciate his animation and graphic design work as much as his skills at the turntable. And lest we forget: Aeroplane are rounding it off after midnight.

Set times are as follows (subject to change);

20:00 - 21:00 (60 mins) Future Classic DJs
21:00 - 21:40 (40 mins) Yen (live)
21:40 - 22:30 (50 mins) Future Classic DJs
22:30 - 24:30 (120 mins) Trevor Jackson
24:30 - 02:00 (90 mins) Aeroplane

The gig is unfortunately sold out but I will make sure to post some proper documentation of the night on my page on facebook.

Would you like to win a double VIP pass to see Camera Obscura, Slow Club & Popfrenzy DJs tonight? Well if you are super-quick, just tell me what your (even imaginary) connection to Scotland is. Ach!  See ye efter!
The VIP bracelets will let you and a friend skip the queues, enjoy the concert from our chill out garden, mingle with other VIPs and Festival artists and all that coming with a cold Beck’s on the house! For your chance to win:
please write to becksuber@gmail.com
with your creative completion of the following sentence:  “My (imaginary) connection to Scotland is…”.
Keep it to 25 words or less 
include your full name
include a mobile telephone number to reach you under
submit before Thursday Jan 21, 6 PM 
and you might enjoy “achingly beautiful tunes that blend indie pop with hints of Motown and country.”
Full details here on our facebook page.

Would you like to win a double VIP pass to see Camera Obscura, Slow Club & Popfrenzy DJs tonight? Well if you are super-quick, just tell me what your (even imaginary) connection to Scotland is. Ach! See ye efter!

The VIP bracelets will let you and a friend skip the queues, enjoy the concert from our chill out garden, mingle with other VIPs and Festival artists and all that coming with a cold Beck’s on the house! For your chance to win:

  1. please write to becksuber@gmail.com
  2. with your creative completion of the following sentence:
    “My (imaginary) connection to Scotland is…”.
  3. Keep it to 25 words or less
  4. include your full name
  5. include a mobile telephone number to reach you under
  6. submit before Thursday Jan 21, 6 PM

and you might enjoy “achingly beautiful tunes that blend indie pop with hints of Motown and country.”

Full details here on our facebook page.

We are proudly supporting ADNATE’s first solo show this Friday 6PM at ‘No Vacancy’ - Click here for a preview
"Adnate has developed his well-recognised, angular graffiti style fresher and further with a collection of oil paintings that explore texture, shape and abstraction. Put this one in your calendars people!" Everfresh Studio
Now, go and don your caps and feathers and head over to 34-40 Jane Bell Lane / the QV Building in Melbourne (enter from Russell St, between Lonsdale St and Lt Lonsdale St).

We are proudly supporting ADNATE’s first solo show this Friday 6PM at ‘No Vacancy’ - Click here for a preview

"Adnate has developed his well-recognised, angular graffiti style fresher and further with a collection of oil paintings that explore texture, shape and abstraction. Put this one in your calendars people!" Everfresh Studio

Now, go and don your caps and feathers and head over to 34-40 Jane Bell Lane / the QV Building in Melbourne (enter from Russell St, between Lonsdale St and Lt Lonsdale St).

Drooling over all the sexy booths being built right now at #BreadAndButter Berlin. Just check OVERKILL @ Bread and Butter - I am missing some bottles of ice-cold Beck’s though.

Drooling over all the sexy booths being built right now at #BreadAndButter Berlin. Just check OVERKILL @ Bread and Butter - I am missing some bottles of ice-cold Beck’s though.