There have been steps forward and backward in the fight against COVID-19, and while the outlook remains uncertain, particularly in light of recent events in Victoria, we are pleased to announce that Limelight will return with the October 2020 issue.

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In the lead up to our 200th issue (coming in the new year), we have used the break in print production to conduct a root-and-branch review of what and how we publish. When Limelight resumes you will notice substantial changes to both our online and print editions. We believe these changes respond positively to the current directions in publishing around the world and will help ensure Limelight’s ongoing appeal and relevance to lovers of music and the arts.


Limelight online

Even before COVID-19, most music lovers had been accessing Limelight’s content through digital channels. From 21 September, 2020 there will be a substantially enhanced range of content that will only be available online. Only Limelight subscribers will be able to access the full range of content, which will include:

  • Reviews of live performances around Australia, published as soon as possible after the opening performance
  • Daily news from the music and broader performing arts scene in Australia and around the world
  • Up-to-the-minute reviews of recorded performances available through streaming or as CDs, including exclusive reviews of Australian performers and Australian composers as well as visiting international artists
  • Online-only features including artist interviews, composer profiles, festivals, current issues and events
  • Online-only columns by musicians and music experts

Limelight in print

We will use the refreshed print edition of Limelight to focus on long-form journalism as well as to review and preview important music and performing arts events around Australia. At the core of each edition will be high-quality, thought-provoking feature articles. Each print edition of Limelight will comprise:

  • On Stage: a curated preview of upcoming performances around Australia, live and digital
  • In the Limelight: news stories about major happenings in the industry over the past month
  • Substantial features by leading Australian arts and culture writers
  • Soundings: in-depth reviews of live performance, recordings, films and music books, as well as artist profiles
  • On Air and Online: a preview of music radio broadcasts and digital performances in the coming month
  • Coda: Guy Noble’s Soapbox, Sacred Cow, Playing Up, Five Questions For… and My Music

As well as changes to the content, we have redesigned the magazine’s appearance to give a clean, contemporary feel, in line with the emphasis on intelligent and stimulating content. Our website will also be updated over the coming month to mirror these values. We hope you enjoy the new look.

We are sure that, like us, you are yearning for the return of live performance and the shared joy of listening to music. When this happens, Limelight will be there with you, enriching and documenting the Australian arts and cultural scene, as it has done for more than 40 years.

The new-look Limelight will be available on our website from Monday 21 September for subscribers. Join us today to save up to 36% on our cover price and get free access to Limelight online.

Subscribe before 13 September to receive the October issue of Limelight in print.