On this day…in 278

On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed. Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers … [Read the full story]

Here’s one way to get out of work

This is one (underhanded) way of avoiding having to help during the holidays. Some sneaky people have decided to buy fake casts so they don’t have to give a hand during a three day holiday weekend in South Korea. The increase in sales of phoney casts may be because woman are fed up with having … [Read the full story]

9,000 half-naked men fight for sacred sticks

Clad in loincloths only, 9,000 men grapple with one another in the annual battle to be the owner of a pair of lucky sticks. It might sound rather wacky, but the Hadaka Matsuri festival is a sacred and eccentric tradition in Japan which sees half-naked men vie for the ownership of the wooden sticks, called … [Read the full story]

2014 triple j Hottest 100 voting opens

Voting for the triple j’s Hottest 100 – aka the “world’s biggest music democracy” – has officially opened. That’s right, you can now play your part in ensuring that Lorde’s ‘Royals’ or Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ romps it in when the votes are revealed on Australia Day (January 26). Simply select up to 10 of … [Read the full story]

Bluesfest 2014 lineup announced

“It’s our 25th Birthday! We are going to be celebrating this one as never before and will deliver you one hell of a line up and mark my words: This is only the beginning.” These are the words of promoter Peter Noble who has tonight revealed the first round of acts set to play Bluesfest … [Read the full story]

The Bennies leak Soundwave 2014 appearance

Someone obviously forgot to tell The Bennies that a particular festival you may’ve heard of was being announced this Friday (August 23). Melbourne’s self-described “psychedelic reggae ska doom metal punk rock” act “from hell” leaked their place on the Soundwave 2014 bill via social media. “We have some very exciting news to announce,” they wrote, … [Read the full story]

Ozzie woman gored in Spanish bull run

An Australian woman has been gored by a bull and seriously injured in the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona in Spain. The 23-year-old woman from NSW was in hospital after being injured on Sunday in the final bull run of this year’s annual San Fermin festival, an Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and … [Read the full story]

Splendour In The Grass lineup has been revealed

International acts confirmed for this year’s Splendour include The National, James Blake, Mumford and Sons, Empire Of The Sun, TV On The Radio and Babyshambles. Splendour 2013 will take place from Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28 at the festival’s new site in North Byron Parklands, Yelgun. The event has been working for seven … [Read the full story]

Primal Scream bring the house down at Clockenflap

Primal Scream brought the first day of Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival to a close last week, with a greatest hits set at the Kowloon Waterfront Park. The show marked the band’s first appearance in Asia with new permanent bassist Simone Butler, who was officially anounced as Mani’s replacement in October. After Bobby Gillespie greeted the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1969

In August 1969, the massive, three-day Woodstock Music & Art Fair had proved that hundreds of thousands of young people could gather peacefully even in a seemingly chaotic environment rich with sex, drugs and rock and roll. Four months later, it would become clear that Woodstock owed its success not to the inherent peacefulness of … [Read the full story]

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