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Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival releases lineup, naming Australian talents

One of Ireland’s biggest festivals have just dropped their 2015 lineup and it is full of stellar acts! The annual Electric Picnic Festival is a three day event held in Stradbally, Ireland. The greatly anticipated lineup was only released less than 24 hours ago and sees ethereal act Florence + The Machine and electronic duo Underworld as headliners.

8 Reasons to visit Victoria (Canada)

You may have mastered the art of skiing or boarding in Whistler and explored the sights of Vancouver, but your trip to British Columbia isn’t over just yet. Before you hop back on that plane home, pay a visit to Victoria, B.C’s capital. Situated on Vancouver Island, just an hour-and-a-half from the mainland by ferry, or half an hour by sea plane (an experience you’ll truly never forget), there is much to see and do in this picturesque harbour city.

Eurovision 2015: We ask if TISM were considered as Australia's representative

At the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Australian contestant announcement today, we asked Director of Blink TV, SBS’ Eurovision production partner, Paul Clarke if Melbourne indie act TISM were considered in their Eurovision discussions.

Live Review: Foo Fighters + Rise Against - Cooper's Stadium, Adelaide (04.03.15)

"You think this is a failure tonight?!" Dave Grohl exclaims, noodling away on his signature blue Gibson, in the middle of a packed out Cooper's Stadium. It's a windy night mid-week and the Foo Fighters frontman is commenting on recent labels that Adelaide has no scene for rock music made in the wake of the disaster that was Soundwave Adelaide. And, as he dedicates "Times Like These" to the Billy Corgans and the AJ Maddahs, the crowd erupts with applause and hollers. It would seem Adelaide's not taking any shit talk about their city tonight.

Photo Gallery: Mogwai + Mick Turner - The Tivoli, Brisbane (04.03.15)

Andrew Wade was at The Tivoli in Brisbane to capture Mick Turner and Mogwai perform! Click through to see the full gallery.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: PEEZO ft. Cultra "Here Now" (2015)

We're always stoked to see up and coming Australian artists come through with the goods and even more so when they begin generating the good vibes they deserve. Today, we're hooking you up with a great, catchy track from hip-hop artist Peezo. Produced by Cam Bluff and featuring vocals by Cultra, "Here Now" is a fun and light track to end your summer days with.

the AU interview at Soundwave: Of Mice and Men (California) talk new songs and upcoming headline tours

American metalcore outfit Of Mice & Men have recently been in Australia debuting their latest album Restoring Force at Soundwave Festival and sideshows all around the country. the AU review’s Larry Heath caught up with the five-piece in Brisbane and spoke about the reception they’ve had so far: “I’m getting to play these new songs literally all over the world… It’s such a rewarding experience to be able to come up here and play [the new album] at night and see the crowd singing the new songs louder than our old ones.”

VideAU Games Review: Middle-earth - Shadow of Mordor: The Bright Lord (Xbox One, 2015)

The Bright Lord is the latest DLC to be released for Monolith Soft’s 2014 surprise hit Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Surprisingly substantial, as DLC goes, it’s a welcome return to Mordor’s barren, Uruk-infested plains and allows itself to tell a rather important story in Middle-earth history while it’s at it.

the AU fashion: Natalie Bassingthwaighte launches kid's clothing line

Natalie Bassingthwaighte is perhaps best known as the former lead singer of Aussie band, The Rogue Traders, or even as Izzy Hoyland in Neighbours, however these days she has a new creative pursuit – fashion design. The singer, actor and performer has this month launched her very own children’s clothing and accessories line, which is aptly named Chi Khi.

Hello Asia! Music Video Review: Shinhwa "Sniper" (South Korea, 2015)

Legendary K-Pop group Shinhwa returns with the release of their 12th album, WE after a two-year hiatus. Again working with top British composer Andrew Jackson, the group shows off a chic, sexy and matured music video for the album’s title track, Sniper. Boasting impressive array of surreal sets, classic and luxurious wardrobe, intense gazes and maturity, the music video quickly gain explosive responses from fans around the world.

Album Review: José González - Vestiges & Claws (2015 LP)

José González, Swedish folk pixie extraordinaire, is back with his third full length album Vesitges & Claws. González is best known for his 2006 hit cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats", which you may remember as being used in about a trillion ads in the middle of last decade – most memorably that one where thousands of coloured balls bounced around San Francisco.

F&L News: Important updates regarding Catmosphere Sydney, the city's first sci-fi cat cafe.

When you look up into that (kind of) starry night sky you aren't really expecting to see furry cat astronauts flying around. And to be fair, you won't. But what you will see, very soon, is a Sydney cat café propping itself up in the inner-west, housing intrepid cat astronauts (or "castronauts") who are stopping by the city in between intergalactic voyages. You'll also be eating good food and drinking good drink at said café.

Eating with the AU: Ozharvest's Fourth Annual CEO Cookoff


Larry Emdur with Matt Moran, Ronni Kahn and Guillaume Brahimi

In its fourth year of operation Ozharvest’s annual CEO Cookoff gives true meaning to the term ‘pop-up restaurant’ by bringing together the nation’s top chefs and CEOs in a bid to increase awareness of food security, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. The event saw over 120 business leaders and 40 chefs (with 38 chef hats amongst them) produce a three course meal for a thousand of Sydney’s homeless and disadvantaged.

Festival Review: Soundwave Festival Sydney (Day 2) - Sydney Olympic Park (01.03.15)

Day 2 of Soundwave brought in more Sydney goers compared to Saturday’s festivities. With the lineup being catered to mainly pop punk fans as well as the metalheads too, it was riveting to see what the second day had in store. I liked the idea of spending my weekend at Soundwave; it was like taking a holiday by seeing your favourite bands live.

New Music Video: Coin Banks "Highs and Lows" (2015)

Coin Banks is fast becoming one of our favourite artists here at the AU and we're excited to see he's dropped a new music video, this one's for his single "Highs and Lows". The track, taken from Coin Banks' Tails EP, is catchy one and as he says himself, it's based on the simple idea that you can't have the good without the bad.