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the AU interview at The Great Escape Festival: Jamie Lawson (UK) on touring with Ed Sheeran, his new album & more!

Australian audiences were introduced to British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson through good mate Ed Sheeran when the two were in the country a few months ago on a huge national tour. On the trip, Sheeran announced that Lawson was to be the first artist signed to his Gingerbread label and since the tour, Lawson has become a mainstay on commercial radio with single "Wasn't Expecting That" going Platinum. Larry caught with Jamie in the UK while at The Great Escape Festival to chat about the tour and what's coming up next.

Music Video of the Day: Montaigne "A Cinematic Plea for an End" (2015)

Montaigne's rise to wider attention has been one that we at the AU have been so stoked to see in the past year or so - such a great and talented young songwriter, Jess Cerro has been dominating on the live front in recent months with shows alongside Washington and her own headline tour pulling in the numbers and the love. Today she's released a special live video of her track "A Cinematic Plea for an End", featured on her debut EP of the same name. Showcasing her powerful live vocals and strong stage presence, the clip is a snapshot of Montaigne at a brilliant and exciting point of her career and we think it's definitely worth sharing today.

F&L News: New Shanghai turns one, announces Free Pork Bun Week! (Melbourne)

One of Melbourne's most popular dumpling havens New Shanghai, located in Melbourne's lush Emporium, is preparing celebrations for their first birthday, reversing the gift-giving process and giving us all the gift of free pork buns.

Hermitude - the AU's Feature Artist for May - name their five favourite hip hop artists!

If you've not yet had a chance to get around Hermitude's new album Dark Night Sweet Light, this is the album you need to access on whatever music platform you've got near today. The recent ARIA #1 record has seen the duo rake in deserved kudos and as our feature artists of this month, we couldn't be happier that the wider Australian public has taken to El Gusto and Luke Dubs' brilliant knack for producing memorable new music in the way they have.

F&L News: Manly Wharf Hotel converted into a pop up mini seaside cinema


The pop up cinema's first screening: Jaws

In just a couple of days Sydneysiders will be able to watch Jaws on Manly Wharf. Could anything be more perfect? The Steven Spielberg classic will be the first of many classic shown at Manly Wharf Hotel as the seaside venue transforms into a cinema every Monday until the end of September.

Stumbled Upon #051 - The Grand (Wakefield, United Kingdom)

In our 51st instalment of "Stumbled Upon", we meet West Yorkshire lads The Grand, and chat about their debut album and dark and twisted romances.

Sarah Connor and Polish Club win Triple J's Unearthed competition for Come Together 2015!

Come Together 2015 is only a week away now and the announcements are keeping on coming, with the announcement of the Triple J Unearthed competition winners, release of set times and the news that weekend tickets have completely sold out! Featuring the likes of Ball Park Music, Thundamentals, Seth Sentry and more, the Sydney festival now only has single day passes available to the Luna Park event this June long weekend.

Inaugural 'Electro Circus' festival coming to Sydney in September!

A cool new indoor festival concept is coming to the Rosehill Gardens in Western Sydney this September, with the inaugural Electro Circus festival bringing a unique experience never before seen in Australia. If you're a dance, electro, bounce, trap or trance fan, this is going to be up your alley, with Electro Circus to feature over 25 international and local names over three stages, not to mention various productions, lasers, CO2 cannons and more to keep that trip going throughout the day and night.

Hello Asia! Interview: Erin Miranda (Sydney) talks about her K-Pop Star 4 experience

Hello Asia editor Johnny Au sat down with K-Pop Star 4 contestant Erin Miranda in Sydney recently. Erin had returned from competing in the K-Pop surviver show K-Pop Star 4 where she was a member of the girl group Sparkling Girls. Erin discusses her music background, being in X-Factor Australia, the audition process for K-Pop Star 4, expereinces on the show and future plans.

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: May 29th - May 31st.

There are plenty of festivals and live music events happening this weekend, notably VIVID in Sydney, where there's such a number of eclectic and talented musicians converging on the Harbour City for some truly stand out events. While it's obviously going to be a huge drawcard for Sydneysiders, we take a look at some other shows we're looking forward to around the joint this weekend!

Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow features in brand new Flume track "Some Minds"

Talk about a super star collaboration... Australia's Flume has enlisted the iconic vocals of Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow) to deliver a killer track in "Some Minds", which had its world premiere on triple j earlier today. There's a special video to accompany the release, and it's a collaboration between the Sydney Opera House, director Clemens Habicht and Flume. It features choreography and dance from Australian Ballet member Callum Linnane. You can watch it here:

the AU interview at CMW: Ben Lee (Sydney) talks "Love Is The Great Rebellion" and why he's still learning

In the midst of Canadian Music Week, the AU's Larry Heath sat down with Sydney's Ben Lee to talk about his Toronto experience so far: "It's interesting, I'm now almost 23 years into my career, so I have a different perspective on playing shows. I find myself able to be much more present and just accept them for that they are, and do my best and share my music." Lee also spoke about his new record Love Is The Great Rebellion "When I started writing the album I thought it was going to be an even more abstract, niche record than the last one..." Click through for the full interview!

F&L News: InterContinental Sydney Double Bay's Stockroom introduces new grill concept

The exceptional Stockroom restaurant at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is now well established amongst locals, hotel guests, and destination diners off the back of their refreshing produce-driven menu and stunning concept design. Now seems like the perfect time to switch things up a bit, with the restaurant introducing a new grill concept that will see them making full use of their new robata.

Hotel News: Sydney hotel The Langham dominates the 2015 Australian Hotel Guide Awards


The big winner, The Langham Sydney

Earlier this week the discerning Gourmet Traveller announced their annual Australian Hotel Guide Awards, crowning Australia's best hotels across a variety of categories including New Hotel of the Year, Best Long-Stay Lodgings, Best Club Sandwich, and Best Bar.

the AU interview: Harts (Melbourne) talks influences and challenges ahead of new EP and National Tour

He is the one man music making machine that has the music industry and fans abuzz with his unique blend of bluesy rock guitar with funk undertones. After the success of his debut album, the AU review had a chat to Darren Hart, the guitar wizard behind Harts prior to a new EP release, about honing his craft, the impact of Prince and transforming on stage.