THE AU: MUSIC

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AU ABROAD

Tour Diary: The Beaches (Ontario) gives us the highlights from their ventures at T in the Park

Canadian girl alt-rock group, The Beaches, took the AU along as they blast their new wave of fem-rock across the Scottish plains of Glasgow at the T in the Park festival this July. From bumpy plane rides, to taking stage at the major annual music festival, these rocking teens shares with us their amazing adventures exploring the great cities of the country and performing in T at the Park. Check out the full tour diary below...

Eating with the AU: Novotel Canberra's Gastronomy Package (Available until 31 August 2015)

truffle brie

Lovers of food, wine, culture, and art will without a doubt appreciate the two-night gastronomy package offered by Novotel Canberra. I was lucky enough to experience it first-hand over the weekend which coincided with The Truffle Festival.

Roskilde Festival in Denmark is More Than a Festival, It's An Experience

Over 8 days, 100,000 passionate music lovers got together to experience music, camping culture, art, community, charity and sustainability at the Roskilde Festival. There were different zones around the festival including: street city, graffiti zone, art zone and Dream City. Roskilde Festival is about 30 kilometers from Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, and after being built, this temporary city becomes the 4th largest in Denmark. Although I only attended one day, I couldn't help but get swept up in the vibe...

A Day in Houston: Visiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is an institution in Houston, it is the largest Rodeo in the world and in operation since 1931. Held at the NRG Stadium (home to the NFL team the Houston Texans), the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts more than two million people each year and operates over 20 days in March. The daily Livestock Show is a great place to get an up close look at the animals before they select the best in show. The event also holds the World Championship barbecue contest as well as nightly world class rodeo and concerts with artists like Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Fall Out Boy and the Zac Brown Band.

Hotel News: Ibis Adelaide celebrates 1st anniversary with $1 breakfast offer

This weekend marked the first anniversary of Adelaide's premium economy hotel ibis Adelaide, toasting to a successful year on Saturday 18th July. The day also kicked off a two-month long special which will deliver in-house guests a deal that's too good not to take advantage of. For bookings until 31st July 2015 and stays until 30th September 2015, hotel guests will be able to grab their breakfast for just $1.

Singapore Dining: Five highlights of Singapore Food Festival 2015

Singapore is renowned as a food paradise, from hawker style dining to the very fine restaurants that are spread across the city, there is nothing quite like exploring the diverse scene here. This major global hub has a reputation as such that makes their current Singapore Food Festival one of the most essential food-based events in the world, so it's necessary to take a small look at what is a big, comprehensive journey of Singapore's various culinary styles.

Photo Gallery: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Nine ft. The Tragically Hip + Dropkick Murphys + Canned Heat and more... (17.07.15)

Day Nine of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa include artists such as The Tragically Hip (pictured above). Also performing were Dropkick Murphys, Canned Heat, Purity Ring and many more. Check out the photos from this fantastic event and stayed tuned for the full review of Ottawa Bluesfest Day Nine's events.

Tokyo Dining: Bizzare McDonalds fine dining pop up restaurant coming to Roppongi Hills

Anyone over in Tokyo on July 27th 2015 will have a chance to experience fast food giant McDonalds in a way no one has before. A mysterious pop up restaurant dubbed Restaurant M is reported to welcome a limited number of customers for one day only to enjoy full-course meals made from McDonalds.

Nine things we learnt from our first ever Calgary Stampede

Last week, the AU headed to Calgary in Alberta, Canada for the Calgary Stampede. Now in its 103rd year - though with origins dating back to the 1800s - the event is steeped in tradition and an icon of the Canadian Summer. It's the sort of festival you have to attend to fully comprehend, and, naturally, we learnt a lot about the event by doing just that. So here now are the nine things we learnt from our first Stampede experience...

Photo Gallery: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Eight ft. Keith Urban + Paul Oakenfold + Hilotrons and more... (16.07.15)

Day Seven of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa include artists such as Australia's own Keith Urban. Also performing were Paul Oakenfold, Hilotrons, Rory Gardiner and many more. Check out the photos from this fantastic event and stayed tuned for the full review of Ottawa Bluesfest Day Seven's events.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Eight ft. Keith Urban + Mother Mother + Lurrie Bell and more! (16.07.15)


Photo: Keith Urban. Captured by Mark Horton.

Day Eight of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa saw a strong focus upon major country acts like Keith Urban, whilst also treating us to blues, indie pop and indie rock with the likes of Donovan Woods, Mother Mother, Hilotrons and Lurrie Bell putting on impressive shows. As the festival saw a much larger influx of cowboy hats and checkered shirts (bringing back some major Calgary Stampede nostalgia), it can easily be said that a vast quantity of the crowd were out for their dose of Nashville style country music.

Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Current Swell + Run The Jewels and more! (15.07.15)


Photo: Run The Jewels. Captured by Mark Horton.

North American Hip Hop was a dominating force on the 7th day of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, though a last minute cancellation from De La Soul may have disappointed some (this writer included! They always put on a great show). US powerhouse Run The Jewels, Canadian rapper , local MC G. Grand (who filled in for De La Soul) and Montreal duo Heartstreets all showed off their take on the genre to great response. Alongside them were modern blues icons, one of Canada's biggest pop rock bands, a Scottish group playing their first show in eight months and one of Canada's finest psych rock bands.

Photo Gallery: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Run The Jewels + CHVRCHES and more... (15.07.15)

Day Seven of RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa include artists such as The Gaslight Anthem, Run The Jewels, CHVRCHES, G.GRAND, Hedley and many more. Check out the photos from this fantastic event and stayed tuned for the full review of Ottawa Bluesfest Day Seven's events.

Dallas Cuisine: Indulging your appetite & slaking your thirst in Deep Ellum and beyond!

I find that when spending time in the USA, you get to know as much about the food culture of the area as much as you do anything else. Chicago's got its deep dish pizzas, New York has its famed Italian food and of course, Texans have that smoky, rich BBQ on lock. Recently in Dallas, the AU had the chance to explore the downtown, Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts districts, where there are a great deal of bars and restaurants offering each a unique experience of their own. Whether it's a cool rooftop bar overlooking a metal dive bar joint, or a sweet venue popular for brunching and mid-shopping trip snacks, Dallas has got you covered, regardless of what you might be up to in the city.

Touring Tips For When You're On The Road from Melbourne's Hamish Anderson

Is drinking the night before a gig a good idea? Is it necessary to bring a pillow while on tour? What kind of food do you eat in Canada? When you're a musician, sometimes it's tough making decisions on your own. Doing what you love in a new country can be scary and with it comes its blessings and challenges. We've got the answers to the all-important questions, as Melbourne's Hamish Anderson shares his top touring tips with us earlier this year at Canadian Music Week. Watch the full interview below!