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Best of Both Sides Festival 2014

North and south combine with six stages, three venues and a tonne of free live music.
By Tomas Zagoda
April 13, 2014
By Tomas Zagoda
April 13, 2014

There are some long-standing rivalries in Australia: Sydney versus Melbourne, Essendon versus Hawthorn and even pavlova versus lamington. There is one rivalry however which will be postponed for at least this week: which side of the Yarra is better — North versus South.

The team behind student friendly bars Bimbo DeLuxe and The Lucky Coq have been bringing both sides of Melbourne together in our mutual love of cheap pizza and free live music since 2008. Fittingly, The Best of Both Sides Festival takes place in these two bars over multiple nights and for the first time ever a new bar is being added to the roster with the inclusion of Brunswick icon The Penny Black.

Over five nights between the  April 17-21, there will be a huge collection of local musicians and DJs playing at each venue including The Melbourne Techno Collective, Psyde Projects, Spacey Space and DJ Silversix. A stack of support will be delivered by Melbourne locals Obese Records, Tom Showtime, King of the North, DJ Hijack and Sydney guests Betty & Oswald.

The most convenient way to see the full lineup will be to jump aboard one of the free busses running between the venues starting at 8pm. The freebies don’t stop there either, with punters getting two free drinks on arrival of Stolen Spiced Rum or Little Creatures Bright Ale when they ride the free shuttle between venues. Just make sure you keep quiet about which side is better.

For more information including a full program of events and artists, check the festival website.

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