The Elvis Express travels from Sydney to Parkes for a festival, now in its 25th year, that has transformed the town.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
Detail from Jenny Hval’s album Blood Bitch.
In a world seemingly spinning out of control, music has important roles to play – either to reflect or interpret the state of affairs, or simply to provide solace.
Drug consumers are using DIY kits in an attempt to find out what substances they’re ingesting – but these rudimentary kits won’t paint a full picture.
In the absence of any more sophisticated options, drug consumers are resorting to drug testing kits they can access themselves.
Drug analysis would be a safe, ethical and cost-effective way to reduce harm to young people.
Drug analysis would allow young people to make more informed choices about what they are consuming and save lives.
You won't see the chains because modern slavery doesn't work like that.
How effective are drug-detection dogs in minimising harm?
Drug-detection dogs don't stop most drug use. And they have been shown to encourage more dangerous practices, criminalise and traumatise marginalised groups, and render all as potential suspects.
From music festivals to motor racing –commercial events are taking over public parks. Here's what can be done.
When did revellers stop rebelling?
A chance to shine: festivals bring fringe benefits.
Forget the main stage headliners, the real festival heroes might be selling you crocodile burgers and mango smoothies.
Lorde performs at the Austin City Limits music festival.
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Unlike museums and stadiums, weekend music and arts festivals can promote culture without gouging taxpayers.
Indigo, pink, saffron: colour for India isn't just for throwing. It's political, too.
Aline Frazao Angola at Sauti za Busara.
Non-commercial arts organisations face a funding dilemma. Confronted with limited local support, they are forced to rely on inconsistent international donors.
The question arises time and time again about why jazz festivals include other genres - and the answer is really simple.
Jazz represents a minority audience in an already relatively small music market and to cover costs, the aggregation of fans must be across genres to maximise numbers.
Burning Man: inspiration for the first Google doodle.
Focusing on the extravagances of a select few overlooks a broader affinity between the madness of Burning Man and the West Coast’s technocracy.
If only we could all get this excited about tackling climate change.
The UK should look to mainland Europe for greener music festivals.
South Africa’s Oppikoppi music festival in the town of Northam, Limpopo has come to represent the aspirations of a generation which embraces the diversity of the country’s peoples and their respective music.
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The Oppikoppi Music Festival, one of the biggest and most popular in South Africa, holds on to the musical memories of the past and provides a musical map to the future.
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It seems like every year there is controversy over Glastonbury lineups and the worst sin in popular music – that of "selling out".
Good old fashioned fun.
Future archaeologists sifting through Glastonbury's earth will look for clues as we do at Stonehenge.
Alive and kicking.
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The rock promoter thinks festivals are on the way out. But he couldn't be further from the truth.
Utopia, or corporate hell?
Today, British music festivals are big business. So you’d be forgiven for assuming that they’d morphed into mere simulations of the politically wrought 60s counterculture that was the foundation of the…