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Foals and Bloc Party lead the first artist announcement for the Falls & Southbound festivals!

Now that Splendour in the Grass is over for another year, Australian festival goers can now look ahead to the next major run of festivals coming up over the New Year period and for 2015, the crew behind the Falls and Southbound festivals have delivered a pretty slick line up of artists set to bring in your New Year right. Leading the first artist announcement of the festival tour are Foals and Bloc Party, both British bands who have long enjoyed a successful relationship with fans in Australia.

Metallica and Sam Smith close out day two of Lollpalooza; Tame Impala, Chet Faker and Hermitude represent Australia


Pictured: Chet Faker. Photo by Daniel Boczarski.

Chicago Metallica fans - including a group who were lucky enough to be positioned on stage - were treated to a two hour headlining show at Lollapalooza that, with the exception of "Cyanide" from Death Magnetic, featured songs from their entire pre-1998 cataloge, with a track from all of their seven LPs (to that time) featured, including "Seek & Destroy" off their debut album Kill 'Em All. Two covers were also thrown into the mix. The setlist looked a little something like this:

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Day Two ft. Sam Smith + Tame Impala + Chet Faker + Hermitude + Banks and more - Chicago (01.08.15)

Daniel Boczarski heads along to day two of Lollapalooza in Chicago, and bring us photos of Sam Smith, Banks, Brand New, Hermitude, Tame Impala, Chet Faker, Tyler, The Creator (on his giant bed), Walk The Moon, Kid Cudi, G-Easy and many, many more...

Five performances you can't miss at Lollapalooza 2015 this Sunday August 2nd - other than Florence!

Lollapalooza is now two days and nights down, with Metallica headlining the Grant Park festival on Saturday evening. With recent Australian visitors Florence + The Machine set to bring it home on Sunday, the final day, it's safe to say that Lolla has done it up right for its 2015 event. We continue our look at the program day-by-day and bring you five bands that aren't to be missed, other than the flame-haired headliner, of course!

Arts Review: Opera Australia’s 'Don Carlos' - Sydney Opera House (performances to 15th August)


Photo Credit: Jamie Williams

A projection of the nailed hand of Christ onto the curtain screen, the moving shadows reflecting onto the hard grey marbled walls, the deep dark sounds of the opening notes- from the outset Verdi’s Don Carlos takes us into a world of politics, passion, betrayal and desolation. And in Opera Australia’s latest production of the dark opera the period tale is brought to life on a very grand scale.

Photo Gallery: Death Cab For Cutie - Sydney Opera House (01.08.15)

Death Cab for Cutie brought Kintsugi and their well-loved classics through to the Sydney Opera House last night for a special night of live music. Mikki Gomez was down there for the AU and brings us this gallery from the evening!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Perth Arena (30.07.15)

Blur play at Perth Arena

Next stop for Britpop legends Blur was at Perth Arena where they put on a awesome show with support coming from Jamie T. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to bring you the highlights of the night!

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Day One ft. Paul McCartney + Alabama Shakes + Alt-J and more - Grant Park, Chicago (31.07.15)

Daniel Boczarski takes us to the action packed first day of Lollpalooza 2015 in Chicago and brings us photos featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, MisterWives, Glass Animals, Father John Misty, Hot Chip, MS MR, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, The Weeknd, Broods and more! Check out the gallery here:

Yelawolf announces Australian tour for 2015

Versatile Alabama emcee Yelawolf will be returning to Australia at the end of this year, eager to showcase his latest full-length Love Story with four headline shows planned across Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.

Paul McCartney, Alabama Shakes, Hot Chip and more help kick off Lollapalooza in Chicago for 2015!


Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski

Sir Paul McCartney made his Lollapalooza debut last night, helping kick off the iconic three day event in Chicago with a massive two hour, 15 minute set that saw the legendary artist delve into his catalogue of Wings and Beatles songs that had the tens of thousands of fans singing along from start to finish. He even had Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes singing along, when she joined the Beatle for a rendition of "Get Back" on both vocals and guitar, taking on a verse for herself with a gusto that we're sure would have contradicted the "pinch me, is this actually happening?" feeling anyone would experience in that situation.

Photo Gallery: Gurrumul + Caiti Baker - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (29.07.15)

Gurrumul kicked off his highly anticipated Australian theatre tour in Sydney, with a wonderful show at the Enmore Theatre. Gwen Lee caught some amazing shots of the artist, supported by Caiti Baker.

Splendour Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre (30.07.15)

The Wombats

The Wombats wrapped up their time in Australia with their gig at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre on Thursday night. A sold out crowd packed the theatre for a high energy show including support from Circa Waves. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.

Five performances you can't miss at Lollapalooza 2015 this Saturday August 1st - other than Metallica!

The sun may well and truly have set on Friday in Australia, but in a few hours, it'll be rising over the city of Chicago and thus heralding the first day of Lollapalooza 2015. Grant Park in Chi-town will be turned into a hive of music for three days and nights, with thousands upon thousands set to stream through the gates to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Florence + The Machine and more perform. Recently we gave your our picks for five artists you can't miss on Friday's program, and now we cast our attention to Saturday, to be headlined by a little band named Metallica...

Exclusive: Win a six day, five night trip for two - including flights and accommodation - to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music in the Whitsundays!

We're truly excited to bring you the opportunity to attend one of Australia's most idyllic music festivals: a dream six day, five night adventure of a lifetime to the Whitsundays for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music - thanks to the festival and Tigerair. For your chance to win, make sure you have joined our newsletter and then fill out the form below to tell us, in 25 words or less, what you find most exciting about the festival and why!

Single of the Day: Little Fox “Edits” (2015)

After supporting the likes of Megan Washington, Hey Geronimo and The Chemist, Sydney’s Little Fox has released a new single in "Edits". It was produced by Tony Buchen, the man behind works from The Preatures and Andy Bull, and when this top production is combined with Little Fox’s incredible songwriting, the result is stunning.