Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, embodies the three pillars of Vivid Sydney, so it's surprising that it has taken this long for the now world renowned festival of light, music, and ideas to lure him to Australia. In giving Jenkinson the John Sutherland Theatre, an intimate theatre in the Sydney Opera House, to showcase two hours of electronic mastery, Vivid Live delivered us quite the exciting journey into high-end technology, immersive visuals, and productions focusing on Squarepusher's latest album Damogen Furies.
While winter has probably arrived a bit early, with Thredbo seeing 25cm of snow fall since last Saturday, the official start of the winter season at one of the most famous snow-filled destinations in Australia is still set to kick off over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. As always, Thredbo is packing the weekend with a massive schedule of parties, events, and celebrations to usher in the official start of the season and hopefully make this winter the resort's biggest yet.
When Bertoni brothers Alberto and Antonio gave up their corporate day jobs to follow their passion for sharing the simple, hearty Italian food they grew up on, they may not have envisioned it taking them to the opening of their fifth establishment in Sydney’s CBD over a decade later. However, this week saw them open the doors to their first fully fledged ristorante and bar, a place which encompasses the family’s values of generosity, warmth and hospitality.
The Realm Precinct in Canberra has been progressing rather nicely with it's various dining options - including the brilliant Lilotang - and collection of high quality hotels. One of the hotel's in this area, The Burbury Hotel has this year expanded on their lush accommodation offerings by launching Burbury Apartments, inventive open-plan, premium long-stay offerings that are designed to eclipse the home-away-from-home experience.
Photo: Daniel Boud
It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on is that it had to be this venue – such a large sound compared to the record and the seating meant that most of the crowd didn’t hold up their smartphones for the entire show.
Motley Crue brought their final tour through Adelaide on Thursday night. With Alice Cooper also on the bill, you knew it was going to be a night to remember. Kerrie Geier was there for the AU review.
East Coast rap giant A$AP Rocky is almost ready to unleash his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.A$AP, and has already pushed several tracks out to the world. We've already heard impressive sounds like "L$D" and "Beef" but this one just about takes the cake. "Electric Body" with the equally unstoppable ScHoolboy Q is an exciting display from both artists as they ride over a constantly evolving production. DJ Envy pops up every now and again to remind us that this is a leak.
On a wet, windy and chilly opening night of the Vivid Sydney festival Tanqueray provided perhaps the best seats in the city to enjoy the lights. The celebrated global gin has launched a pop-up bar on level 2 of the newly refurbished Cruise Bar in the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay – the Tanqueray Botanical Lounge.
Today marks a new start for Tiger Australia as they launch into a new weekly sales concept which takes place every Saturday from 12pm to 4pm. Saturday Flight Fever will be a regular happy-four-hours featuring special deals for travel across Tiger's Australian network.
The AU review brings you Part Two of Demi Louise's tour diary as part of her experience at Canadian Music Week. From co-writing a song called "Crazy If We Don't" to her rewarding experience exploring the Songhub with SOCAN curator, Gavin Brown who has made millions in sales through his work with bands such as Three Days Grace and Billy Talent, we see Louise learn more about the Canadian music industry as her CMW ventures progress. Read on for her second take Canadian adventures here.
Courtney Barnett’s debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, debuted at number #10 on the US Billboard charts and #4 on the ARIA charts here in Australia, and “Dead Fox” is the new single off it. Animated and directed by Rory Kerr and Paul Ruttledge is it’s new video, a beautiful but slightly disturbing children’s story. Watch it here:
Note: The following review is based on an album sampler consisting of six tracks from the record.
If this sampler of British electronica trio Years & Years' upcoming debut album Communion is anything to go by, itis bound to be a cracker. Heading into this musical taste-tester I was admittedly hoping for more of the upbeat, radio-friendly vibe that lead single "King" brought because it is, quite frankly, a killer tune. I was very much surprised then when the majority of the six-track offering in the sampler were laid back and, in a stroke of genius, totally chill. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not.
Gang of Youths at the Oxford Art Factory, 2015. Photo: Johnny Au.
Dave Le'aupepe and his Gang of Youths band mates are somewhere in Melbourne about to get tattooed when he phones me. We're doing a last minute interview about the success of the tour they're currently on but he's forgotten to call at the right time, so when the call finally comes through, he's minutes away from getting his neck inked.
The LEGO video games are now well established amongst this generation of gamers, with a unique aesthetic that massively draws upon nostalgia and inches forward in innovation every installment. The trend for these LEGO games is to take famed movie franchises and adapt them to the well-constructed world of building blocks; it's a formula which has resulted in some of the most playful, fun, and engaging all-ages games in recent memory, and there's no signs of the franchise slowing down when they take very comprehensive look at the Jurassic Park movie series with LEGO Jurassic World by TT Games.
In This Issue: we have the news about AMM’s Artist Management Program for 2015, LPA’s partnership with the Heads Up campaign, and the speakers and panel announcements for FEEDBACK, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.