A trifle pompous, perhaps, but an absolute pleasure








London comedian Tom Allen is a charming, sophisticated gent who loves the Adelaide Fringe just as much as Edinburgh’s.

He’s over here as part of the ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ trio; a show promising to deliver the very best in British humour.

Tom popped by the studio for a chat, a giggle, and to be frightfully confused by our in-studio buzzer system. Mmmyes!


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Curtain call for the Jade Monkey

In some sad news this week, it was announced that The Jade Monkey – a popular live music venue in Twin Street, just off Rundle Mall – will be closing. The 131 year-old building, which was also once home to a Balfours bakery, will be cleared by the developers of a hotel next door.

The announcement has confused and upset live music lovers across town. An online petition to save the venue collected thousands of signatures, and messages of support on social media like Facebook. It’s certainly a big issue, and Nick Pipe spoke to Zac Coligan, who owns the Jade Monkey, for the full story.

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Update: The day following this interview (on 23/02), Jade management revealed that South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has been in contact with them, and is “negotiating with the developers in an effort to find a solution”.

Song Bird; Meet your Coop














One day a lovely song bird met an acoustic guitarist, Coops – they joined forces – and performed for many, captivating audiences with their enigmatic and engaging modern blues songs.

They are COOPS + the Bird and they’re set to play for you at the Fringe, following a sell-out season last year as the musical guests in the show ‘Bird Calls’.

We were joined in the studio by the Adelaide duo, Jake Cooper and Bianka Feo, to talk bird fears, collaborating, and story telling. We were even treated to an acoustic performace,  with Jake and Bianka playing their brand new song ‘Already Guity’.

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You can catch COOPS + the Bird for a number of shows over the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2012. Check out their Tumblr or Facebook for more info.

And stay tuned! The duo will be releasing some recordings soon if all goes to plan; until then, check out their stuff on Soundcloud.

Street Dreams Urban Art Festival

The 2012 Street Dreams Urban Art Festival brings together Adelaide’s best street artists and celebrates the public art work that makes Adelaide a vibrant and creative urban environment. On March 3rd and 4th the festival returns with a whole bunch of events including the Dumpster Biennale, walking tour, film night, and a “pimp my tee-shirt” party.  Organiser Josh Fanning and artist Peter Drew joined us in the studio to tell us about how the planning has come together…

Visit the Street Dreams website to find out more!

Hip hop…meet jazz.







Imagine your favourite hip hop beats from the Hilltop Hoods or Jay Z turned into something different…say, a swinging jazz piece instead?

The Jazz Hop Experiment takes hip hop classics and turns them into smooth jazz numbers, and local audiences are loving it.

Selling out shows at last year’s Fringe and the 2010 Cabaret Festival, the six-piece and four-vocalist band are back to wow crowds with their original arrangements, slick performing and tongue-in-cheek attitude to hip hop’s sometimes vulgar lyrics.

Singer Alison Coppe, percussionist Tom Hart and pianist and co-creator Aaron Nash joined us in the studio to chat about the experiment’s latest project.


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Insight into an intriguing journey: Interview with Emma Hack, pt. 2

Wallpaper Owl 11 by Emma Hack

Adelaide artist, Emma Hack, has been exploring new and intriguing ways of combining canvas painting, body painting and studio-based photography for the past thirteen years.

She focuses on the female form and features models cleverly camouflaged in wall-paper designs. Emma is most notably renowned for her art work on Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ video clip.

Jennie Lenman teamed up with Rebecca Elliott, from Behind the Screens, to have a chat with Emma, and here’s part two of their interview:

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Emma’s exhibition, ’Emma Hack: The Full Journey’,  is opening at 5.30pm the 22nd of Febuary at the Big Slapple Regattas Bistro + Bar  – and runs until the 18th of March.

To hear ‘part one’ of the interview in which Emma discusses her work for Gotye’s eminent video clip, go on to the Behind the Screens blog.