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New Zealand Dining: Exploring Wellington through the capital's biggest food and drink festival


Locals scrambling to catch floating Cuban sandwiches as part of the Cuban Air Raid/ Image supplied

Wellington has been named on numerous travel lists as one of the stand-out cities for travel in 2015, and we have a feeling that the capital's food and drink scene has played a very big part in that. As it stands, Wellington boasts more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York, and we aren't talking about a quantity over quality thing here; Wellington has grown as a hub of creative energy, and that creativity has been channeled into crafting a very diverse, very exciting playground for discerning lovers of good food and good drink. The annual Visa Wellington on a Plate festival is a 17-day celebration of that playground, encouraging a constant evolution of the scene to the benefit of locals, visitors, and participating businesses.

Hello Asia! Interview: GOGOSTAR (South Korea) on musical influences, movies and Australia

Hello Asia! had a chat with South Korean band GOGOSTAR as they prepare for their upcoming stage at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival. Just prior to the festival will be a performance in Sydney which will be the official start of their Australian tour - check out the interview and get more information below!

Adelaide's Horror My Friend sign with Poison City Records as they tour their new single "Stay In"

One of our favourite Adelaide groups, Horror My Friend, have announced they've signed with Poison City Records, who will release their long awaited debut album Stay In, Do Nothing, in January 2016. This is the Melbourne based label who bring us the likes of The Smith Street Band, Clowns & The Bennies - so the Adelaide group are in some pretty fine company.

Wollongong artist Kay Proudlove releases single "Good Soil" to raise funds for Daffodil Day 2015

After completing a ‘song a day’ writing project last year, Wollongong artist Kay Proudlove was left with an array of tunes with various themes. Some of the songs have morphed into potential album tracks for Kay’s next release, whereas others such as "Good Soil" have been found to have other uses.

Single of the Day: LUCIANBLOMKAMP "From Afar" (2015)

Melbourne producer LUCIANBLOMKAMP has just dropped his new single “From Afar”, full of stunning electronic percussion and stunning reverb drenched vocals. Having played festivals like Iceland Airwaves, Splendour and BIGSOUND, it’s no surprise “From Afar” has such a honed and unique sound. Give it a listen here:

Ratatat announce "Australique" Demember East Coast Tour Dates

New York electro-alt-rock duo Ratatat are headed to Australia this December with the Australique tour. The tour, in support of their long-awaited fifth album Magnifique, coincides with Ratatat's appearances at the sold out Meredith Music Festival and the Fairgrounds Festival in Berry, NSW.

the AU interview: Reuben Styles of Peking Duk (Canberra) talks Stereosonic, the origin of their name and David Hasselhoff


Photo by Daniel Boczarski, backstage at Lollapalooza

From from touring the USA, electronic duo Peking Duk are gearing up for this year’s Stereosonic playing among the likes of Armin Van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso and DJ Snake. They have undoubtedly killed it these past couple of years with the success of their singles “High”, “Take Me Over” and now with their new single “Say My Name”. We had a chat to Reuben about the origin of their name, David Hasselhoff and of course Stereosonic.

Tame Impala announce Second Sydney Show at the Opera House!

After breaking all the internets when pre-sale tickets went on sale earlier this week, Australia's favourite band Tame Impala have added a second Sydney Opera House Forecourt show on their new, massive Australian headlining tour, their first in three years. Tame Impala are set to head out on a European tour next month, followed by a handful of American dates, before kicking off their Australian tour in November.

The State of Affairs: The Latest Music Industry News - 28th August 2015

In This Issue: we look at the 84 successful artists who applied to the Converse Rubber Tracks Program, the partnership between Rdio and AIR for the Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards, plus the latest signings and the ARIA charts.

Eight shows you can't miss at the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival

It's that time of year when the kookie and wonderful come out to play. Melbourne will again play host to the 2015 Fringe Festival which will immerse itself into our performing spaces, alleyways, and town halls. With an incredible number of artists performing this year, we thought we'd take some of the stress off and showcase our best picks of the festival. Read on and get excited!

Music Video of the Day: Girl Band "Paul" (2015)

One of our discoveries at The Great Escape earlier this year, Dublin buzz group Girl Band recently released an excellent video for their latest single "Paul". Taken from their soon-to-be-released debut album Holding Hands With Jamie, the video was directed by Bob Gallagher, who explains the idea behind the video after the jump.

Album Review: The Rubens - Hoops (2015 LP)

Hoops bleeds blues and booze. The Rubens tell an honest narrative of a 20-something-year-old through smart, nuanced Rock and cheeky lyrics. It’s an album for the cynical - full of heartbreak, one-night stands and arrogance.

Club favourite Basenji announces national tour in support of new single Petals

With an ability to instantly brighten up even the dankest dancefloor, Sydney club favourite Basenji is taking his records on the road for a five-date national tour presented by Future Classic, Astral People, and Maker Agency. This follows the release of new single and video "Petals", a colourful preview of his debut EP Trackpad.

Arts News Weekly: 28th of August 2015

In This Issue: Circa - Carnival of the Animals, Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally touring in 2016, Stephen Fry National Tour, Jonathan Church takes over as new STC Artistic Director, RAW Sydney presents ‘Bold’, Breakfast with Peter Garrett, Rama Nicholas’ one woman show, and Superwog Live!

the AU interview: Tim Wheatley (Melbourne) talks Cast of Yesterday, revisiting his past and heading to the USA.

Long-haired Melbourne troubadour Tim Wheatley has just released his debut solo album Cast of Yesterday, delving into the past and unearthing touching sentimentality. On the cusp of launching the LP at The Grace Darling on August 30 (tickets here), Wheatley is preparing to wrap up his national dates and jet overseas to the USA. Taking a quick break from his busy life, he lets us in on his latest release and everything that comes with it.