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What’s On: Nick Jones at The Sydney Fringe Festival

Listening to Nick Jones explain his new project in the Sydney Fringe Festival excites me more than a 50 Shades of Grey sequel does middle-aged mothers. ‘Bizarre things can happen to normal people and all of the sudden you’re a bizarre person,’ says Jones on his latest project The Story …

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In Other News…

(Semi)Serious Stuff BORDER FARCE RETURNS By now I’m sure we’ve all heard about the Australian Border Forces’ attempt to conduct ‘Operation Fortitude’ in Melbourne a few weeks ago. Well, ladies and gentlemen, the ABF has now evolved from random street-side visa checks to their new, greater purpose: purchasing $15 000 …

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Exchange Diaries: Edinburgh

Blitz caught up with UNSW commerce/science student, Rosie Sackett, to find out about studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh. Why did you decide on Edinburgh for exchange? It is a world renowned university in a beautiful city which I had heard only great things about. Plus, who doesn’t love a …

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What’s On: GRAPHIC Festival

The GRAPHIC festival, presented by the Sydney Opera House, is a unique celebration of the intersection between graphic storytelling, animation and music. It’s been endorsed by no less than Neil Gaiman as ‘the smartest, wisest, most cutting-edge festival and celebration of narrative literature and its intersection with culture in the …

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The Review: Anything Goes-The Musical

Who doesn’t love a good night out at the theatre? Currently showing at the Opera House, Anything Goes brings a Broadway favourite to Sydney. Taking place on the S.S. American as it makes the journey from New York to London, Anything Goes follows the story of Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer, played by the …

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Glorified Mime Work- An Interview With Matt Okine.

Comedian, TV host and triple j Breakfast co-host Matt Okine will take his award-winning live show around the country from September to November. Okine–who was named the 2015 MICF Director’s Choice for The Other Guy–chats with Blitz following his stint at the Comedy Gala Showcase last week. Do you have a rags to riches …

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The Review: Sydney Fringe Festival’s FRINGE IGNITE: Heat the Street Erskineville

They say heaven is a place on Earth and that’s certainly the case for music and arts lovers in Sydney. Picture a street filled with live music and togetherness. That’s what the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival feels like. The festival officially launched this past weeekend and transformed Erskineville Road into …

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(Semi)Serious Stuff GUESS WHAT, THE END IS NIGH – AGAIN (AGAIN!) Whilst Australia was recently subject to imminent dam failure and flash flooding (read: Armageddon), the US is now also experiencing its own end-of-the-world disaster.  It’s a big one, guys. The Bubonic Plague has returned. Yes, you heard me (read …

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The Blitz Gig Guide – September

We’re back with the second edition of the Blitz gig guide, and it’s even bigger and better this September! Week 6 Wed 2nd Free Live Music: The Vacationists 5-7pm, UNSW Beergarden, FREE!     Thu 3rd Acoustic Sessions: Angelene 4-6pm, Whitehouse, FREE!     Free Live Music: Piira Band 5-7pm, UNSW …

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(Semi)Serious Stuff THE END IS NIGH – AGAIN Armageddon, decimation, apocalypse, the end of the world–whatever you’d like to call it, is here again, ladies and gentlemen. Wild weather has ravaged NSW, and is causing widespread panic in the Jerrara Dam area (near Wollongong), where residents are being told by …

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The Review: Gayby Baby

Maya Newell’s feature film debut, the crowd-funded documentary Gayby Baby (2015) follows the lives of four kids, Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham, whose parents all happen to be gay. As each child wrestles with the inevitable personal change of growing up, the world around them wrestles with the issue of …

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The Interview: SAFIA

Delivering a stunner of a set at this year’s Splendour in the Grass, this electronic three-piece have come a long way since their first official release on triple j Unearthed. Blitz caught up with vocalist Ben Woolner ahead of SAFIA’s highly anticipated shows at the Factory Theatre in September. You guys are …

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The Review: UNindian

When you think of Australian films, your mind thinks of one of two things: the moody, serious drama, or the rowdy, Aw-stray’n comedy. As ambitious as it sounds, the recently-released UNindian is seeking to change all that. It’s the first in what is anticipated to be a long list of films from …

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The Volunteer Feature: Artsweek

With Artsweek around the corner, Blitz got a sneak peek at the artists’ palette. Prepare to be wowed by Artsweek on campus in Week 5. What happens at Artsweek? How do you take art in its entirety and slot it into five days? You don’t. Art is such an abstract …

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The Interview: Joe Mande

He writes for Parks and Recreation. He’s a stand-up comedian. He has a bitch face and loves amateur hip hop. Blitz’s Eden Gillespie caught up with resident funny guy Joe Mande before his Australian tour this September. Your stand-up mixtape Bitch Face is out now. Why did you decide to go …

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In Other News…

  (Semi)Serious Stuff OLD MAN FLIES ‘HIGH’ 91-year-old Dr Victor Twartz was recently arrested at Sydney Airport for carrying 4.5kgs of cocaine back into the country after his trip to India. The drugs were hidden inside 27 bars of soap, given to Twartz as a last-minute ‘gift’ for a bank …

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Movie Review: The Beatles 8 Days a Week, The Touring Years.

How To… Be the Ultimate Groupie

With the Roundhouse Band Comp coming round again it’s time to get behind your favourite band and become the ultimate fan, the groupie. The Merchandise You are not a true fan until you own every piece of merchandise: the t-shirts, the CDs, the wristbands and the hat. Yes the hat. …

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(Semi)Serious Stuff STUDENT ATTENDS LECTURES DESPITE THREAT OF IMMINENT ANNIHILATION The University of Queensland has been invaded…by the measles. To be more precise, a single infectious student attended classes in the last days of July (as well as a bank, cafe, pharmacy, and health clinic) AND utilised public transport, thus …

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The Interview: Xavier Rudd

Fresh from his bangin’ set at Splendour in the Grass and the release of his collaborative album, Nanna, Xavier Rudd caught up with Blitz to talk music, Peruvian shamans and Australian radio. Your set at Splendour had massive jams with the band in between songs. Were these deliberate or rehearsed? …

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The Blitz Gig Guide – August

Welcome to Blitz’s new monthly gig guide, keeping you up to date with the must-attend shows at uni and around Sydney! WEEK 2 Tue 4th Free Live Music: Mick Hambly 5-7pm, UNSW Beergarden, FREE!   Wed 5th UNSW Band Comp 2015: Heat 1 5-6pm, UNSW Roundhouse, FREE!    Thu 6th …

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(Semi)Serious Stuff SCIENTISTS FEAR WHAT MOVIES HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR DECADES: AI = NOT GOOD Buenos Aires hosted the 2015 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence last week, which saw the release of a letter signed by over 1,000 scientific experts – including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve …

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The Review: Paper Towns

There are two types of people who have read Paper Towns. The first are the literate, John-Green-loving heroes of the modern day who read it before The Fault in Our Stars became a movie. The second are the ones that didn’t even know that Paper Towns was published a full …

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The Review: Chelsea FC Comes to UNSW

English Premier League Champions Chelsea FC were just in Sydney for a whirlwind two days as part of their post-season tour. Not only did Chelsea FC bring their champion team down under for an exciting match against local club, Sydney FC, but also we were lucky enough to have the …

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The Review: Repressed Records Presents Royal Headache and Others (Vivid LIVE)

Imagine the Joan Sutherland Theatre packed out with 1200 people on their feet, chanting ‘Let them play!’ at a police force on stage in a setting that was far from the norm. That’d give you a pretty accurate idea of the night that Repressed Record’s top selling band, Royal Headache, …

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The Interview: Allday

Where did the name Allday come from? When I was 16 … I went into IGA to get snacks. It took me a long time to choose my Tiny Teddies and my friends started calling me Allday. What’s been the highlight of your career so far? Probably my album going …

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