Festival Review: Soulfest - Kings Domain, Melbourne (19.10.14)

After a lukewarm start in Sydney due to atrocious sound issues, I was a bit nervous with my decision to fly down to Melbourne and do it all again. This was a line-up that was quite literally a dream for me and felt like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so to be underwhelmed twice would not only be soul crushing personally, it would have been indicative of what Australia and New Zealand could expect from the rest of the long-awaited tour. But all those angry tweets and general complaints that arose out of Sydney and the lack of sound checking seemed to benefit Melbourne; this time the crew behind Soulfest were on the ball. This led to a festival that felt like an entirely different, better experience than Sydney, and felt much closer to what the promoters intended the festival to be.

Sage Francis touring Australia in December!

American hip-hop artist and poet Sage Francis has announced he will be touring Australia this December with special guests, Fait Accompli! Last in the country in 2013, Sage Francis enjoyed a successful run of dates with Swedish hip-hop crew Looptroop Rockers and will no doubt be continuing the momentum when he hits up venues for a limited amount of shows at the end of the year.

Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh the Lion and more set to perform at Beats 4 Breast Cancer Concert in December.

A great collection of artists are coming together for the National Breast Cancer Foundation's inaugural 'Beats 4 Breast Cancer' concert this December! The likes of the Justice Crew, Dami Im, L-Fresh The Lion and Leo Sayer (plus more) will be performing at the special event at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena on December 10th, with all proceeds going towards the foundation's campaign of preventing as many breast cancer related deaths as possible by 2030.

Kasey Chambers postpones entire 'Bittersweet Tour' until further notice due to health reasons.

Unfortunately for Kasey Chambers fans, she has had to cancel her 'Bittersweet Tour' entirely until further notice. The announcement comes today, with Chambers' diagnosis of small nodules and inflammation currently plaguing her vocals. Specialists have advised her to lessen her workload and focus on recovery, which includes cancelling the tour and her appearance at the Queenscliff Music Festival.

the AU interview: Jimmy Daley of The Morrisons (Sydney)

We took some time to get to know Jimmy Daley from Sydney's The Morrisons - purveyors of all good in alt-country, bluegrass, old-timey and folk music! They're playing Goodgod next week as part of their new monthly "Country and Inner Western" night. We talk about the show, the band, how he came to be a part of it all and more...

Additional speakers added to WA Music Conference in Perth this November!

Earlybird tickets for the WA Music Conference in Perth next month have already sold out, with the list of already announced speakers continuing to grow. The conference, which already boasted 50 stellar speakers, has had another round of guests announced to the program, including Canadian Music Week's John Kastner joining in via Skype!

the AU interview: Babaganouj (Brisbane) on The Blurst of Times Music Festival!

After the release of their beautiful new album Bluff earlier this year, Brisbane Pop/Rock band Babaganouj have been wowing fans at the Blurst of Times Music Festival this month. We caught up with them to chat about the festival!

Peter Hook & The Light to perform New Order's "Low Life" and "Brotherhood" in Australia and New Zealand in February 2015!

Peter Hook & The Light will be heading to Australia in February 2015 armed with New Order's third and fourth albums, Low Life and Brotherhood, performing both for the first time in both countries! The gigs will include singles and b-sides from what is arguably New Order's most prolific period of 1983-1987, performed along with a swag of other New Order hits that fans love.

Guy Pearce announces signing to 123 Agency and further album details!

Renowned actor and musician Guy Pearce has today announced he has signed with Melbourne artist agency 123 Agency, as well as releasing his second single, "Taste". The track, taken from Pearce's forthcoming debut album Broken Bones, will be featured when the Pearce launches it officially in Sydney and Melbourne next month!

Ariel Pink announces full Australian dates along with new single "Black Ballerina"!

Australians have been loving Ariel Pink on his previous visits to the country and come January, 'LA's king of pop perversion' is going to be on his way back! Releasing the second single from his new album pom pom in "Black Ballerina", Ariel has already won acclaim for the track and is another tasty cut from yet another intriguing and well crafted album.

Scott Dooley returning to Australia for huge shows at the Giant Dwarf in Redfern!

Australian comedian and broadcaster, Scott Dooley is back in Australia to take over Giant Dwarf's biggest show to date! Returning from New York for the first time since his sell out Melbourne International Comedy Festival run, his new show will see him take to the stage alongside heaps of mates from around Australia!

the AU interview: Many Things (London) on The Blurst of Times Music Festival!

With a massive fan base in Europe and the US, Australian pop fans should be super excited to see the musical talents of Many Things at the Blurst of Times Music Festival, which is already underway. It's been a while since Australian music fans have seen Michael Tomlinson gigging on home turf since the end of Yves Klein Blue, and the warm reception the London-based band has received so far on this tour has been well deserved. We caught up with Many Things to chat about the festival!

the AU interview: Jessie Ware (London) on 'Tough Love', working with Ed Sheeran and more!

Jessie Ware is a busy lady. Not only has she been working hard on her new album Tough Love (released earlier in October), promoting the record and is latest single and she still found time to plan her wedding and get married! She tells the AU about working on Tough Love, working with Ed Sheeran and her impressions of Australia following some stand out appearances at the 2013 Laneway Festival.

Debut album tour for duo Andras & Oscar lined up for December!

Hot out of the studio as of last week comes the debut album from Melbournians Andras & Oscar. Titled Cafe Romantica, this album is bursting with the sweet, sweet sounds that is classic house music.

Exclusive Music Video Premiere: Sirma "Trigger" (2014)

After speaking to New York based artist Sirma about her debut EP Instincts, we're excited to bring you the Australian exclusive premiere of the music video for its single "Trigger". Watch it here: