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F&L News: Australia's Top Restaurant Dining Program preparing over 100 special events for the country's best restaurants


Pei Modern; one of the many restaurants hosting a special event during this program

How does this sound: a carefully curated list of Australia's top dining hot spots are hosting a huge range of individual special events over two weeks, following an award's ceremony that crowns these restaurants. Amazing, right? The Australian Financial Review's Australia's Top Restaurants Dining Program is just what you need.

the AU interview: Jeremy Marou of Busby Marou (Brisbane) talks Mother's Day Polo Classic event, AIME and more

Acoustic folk-duo, Busy Marou, will be playing a special event on behalf of Maserati's Mother's Day Polo classic, this weekend (Saturday May 9th) and all proceeds will go towards people living with disabilities as aid for the development of day programs that will assist them in their daily lives. We had a chat with the lovely ukulele player, Jeremy Marou about how the pair landed the charity gig, his ongoing commitment working with Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and one life-changing event that he will cherish forever...

Single of the Day: Machine Age “Chivalry” (2015)

Adrian Mauro has done a lot behind the scenes; working on recordings by Big Scary and Banff to name a few, but we’re excited to finally have a taste of what happens when he’s centre stage. His debut release under the name Machine Age “Chivalry” blends folk songwriting with electronic production and the result is the powerful and refreshingly original track that you can check out below.

Sydney Comedy Festival Review: The Stevenson Experience - Enmore Theatre (Performances to May 2nd)

Ben and James Stevenson are the dynamic, identical twins that make up the musical comedy act The Stevenson Experience. Originally from Canberra, the duo have gone on to sell out shows all around Australia, including the Adelaide Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Canberra Comedy Festival. Also nominated for 2015's Best Comedy at the Perth Fringe, there's no doubt that these guys are on the fast-track to success. Helen attended their sold out Sydney Comedy Festival show Who Dares Twins at the Enmore Theatre. Here's what you missed...

the AU interview: Brad Butcher (Brisbane) talks touring, being late to the music game, and more

Alternative country singer/songwriter Brad Butcher in his own words was "late to the game" when he started down his path to a career in music. "I played sport growing up and got a trade and did those things... When I finally realised what I wanted to do with my life I was almost 30..." Brad is proof that you can start your music career later in life, and still be successful. He describes the catalyst for his career change as "realising that I really didn't like my current job, and then playing a couple of gigs and getting that buzz - when you get that response from a crowd off an original song - nothing compares to that." We talk to Brad about this realisation, his recent touring and a whole lot more...

The Grates announce Splendour in the Grass sideshows!

Following their anticipated return to Splendour in the Grass much-loved Australian band The Grates will be running up and down the East Coast on a limited three-date tour.

Album Review: Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (2015 LP)

Much like a painting by Claude Monet, the true beauty of Sufjan Stevens’ last record The Age Of Adz is best realised by stepping back and watching the up close jumble take shape and make sense in its greater landscape. This approach is completely abandoned in Carrie & Lowell, an album that replaces the experimental electronics of its predecessor with complete unmasked vulnerability that demands you stay close and feel every emotionally charged moment.

Exclusive Single Premiere: We All Want To "Wish You Didn't Go Straight" (2015)

Brisbane's We All Want To release their new album The Haze at the end of the week and, if we're honest, the sound definitely conjures up the imagery you'd think of when you hear the words 'hazy', 'summer' and even 'nostalgia'. Too often there are songs released that promise to evoke memories of those summers of youthful innocence or the dawns you'd witness as a teen on the beach after a night out (beach kids, you're with me), but they don't deliver the whole way. We All Want To do. The Queensland Album of the Year finalists have delivered an album of compelling and vibrant music, each track having its own identity. We premiere the band's latest single, taken from The Haze, in "Wish You Didn't Go Straight" - get a taste.

Win a double pass to attend a special screening of The Fifth Element on VMAX in Sydney!

Some of the most celebrated films are returning to the big screen at Event Cinemas George St, with their In The House Program! Hosted by Channel 7’s Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis, and Quinny from Supanova Pop Culture Expo, the next and final film in the program is The Fifth Element being screened on VMAX.

Travel Feature: Top Five Holiday Homes in Australia announced


"Sea La Vie Sunrise Beach" in Queensland nabs the top spot

With 'staycations' steadily rising in popularity in Australia, more and more people are looking towards services like Stayz to help discern a property which will give them everything they need for a home-away-from-home experience. Recently, Stayz released data of the top five most popular holiday homes in Australia so you'll want to bookmark this one and start planning your next getaway.

F&L News: Mary's set up shop in The Cliff Dive with Mary's Kebabs (Sydney)

Mary's need no introduction. The burgers they produce still swarm the city of Sydney like no other. But did you know they are capable of other, delicious food as well? Last year they tried their hand at kebabs for one day only at Newtown Good Food Fair and their stall was swarmed with queues (as per usual). Now Mary's chefs Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham are bringing kebabs back, and they are doing so in Darlinghurst bar The Cliff Dive.

Eating with the AU: Zaaffran - Harbourside, Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Chef Vikrant Kapoor cooks Indian food, but not as you might know it. Located at Harbourside with sprawling views of Darling Harbour, Zaaffran is innovative and refined. The restaurant was recently awarded two hats in the 2015 Gault & Millau Australia Guide.

Music Video of the Day: King Parrot "Home is Where the Gutter is" (2015)

Let's be real, King Parrot aren't a band to hold punches. The music video for latest track "Home is Where the Gutter is" definitely falls in line with this ethos. Known now for creating music and videos that are well and truly gnarly and out there, King Parrot have gone and created something, well, special, for this single. And we love it.

Husky Gawenda, Marlon Williams, Jordie Lane & Kingswood's Fergus Linacre join forces for the 'Rubber Soul Revolver Tour'!

Some of Australia's finest are gearing up to bring two classic albums by The Beatles to life - Rubber Soul and Revolver. The band's sixth and seventh records are set to be given the live treatment by Husky Gawenda, Marlon Williams, Jordie Lane and Kingswood vocalist Fergus Linacre this July and August! Four remarkable and distinctly different voices are set to be supported by a talented cast of musicians in bringing the two albums to stages around the country, performed in their entirety back to back.

UB40 announce November Australian tour!

UB40 have been one of the world's beloved reggae bands for years now, coming out from the UK in the 1970s and continuing to release music and tour successfully around the globe since. Australian visits have been scarce in recent years, but this November, they're rectifying the amount of time in between headline tours, with a full Australian tour now on the cards. Proving that the band has continued to produce music with substance and that same essence that has drawn fans in over their four-decade long career, the latest UB40 album - Getting Over the Storm - was met with much acclaim.