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Sydney Festival Photo Gallery: Opening Weekend Highlights ft. Lee Fields and Band of Magicians (08 to 11.01.14)

The 2014 Sydney Festival has well and truly set the standard for high quality gatherings of artistic types once again! The opening weekend saw many stellar performers, from Ben Caplan to Amanda Palmer, there was something for everyone. Jamie Williams brings you some highlights in this gallery.

Sydney Festival Live Review: Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers - The Spiegeltent, Festival Village (08.01.13)

In the now classic song* by Sydney band The Beards, it's exclaimed "There's Nothing Better Than Having a Beard". What Canadian troubadour Ben Caplan proved in his Sydney Festival opening set, accompanied by his band The Casual Smokers, is that a) this is true and b) it's even better when that beard can play some sweet music, make a room of grown men (some with beards) and women sigh (more on that later) and is accompanied by three incredibly talented fellow musicians. This was the night (or, early evening if we're going to be technical here) that Ben came to town, sold out the Spigeltent and christened Sydney Festival open for business for 2014. And boy was it good.

the AU interview: Ben Caplan (Canada) talks 2014 Tour!

Larry recently caught up with good friend of the AU - and winner of Canada's best beard - Ben Caplan to find out what he's been up to since he was last in Australia for Bluesfest, and to get a taste of what we can expect when returns over New Years, performing with his full band The Casual Smokers for the first time, with stops that include Sydney Festival and Woodford! Read on and then find out how you can win tickets to the tour at the end of the interview!

Ben Caplan returning to Australia in 2014!

Ben Caplan delivered stellar performances at Bluesfest earlier this year, and now he’s back with a string of headline shows! Don’t miss out on seeing Ben Caplan in all his bearded glory.

the AU interview: Ben Caplan (Canada)

In the midst of preparing himself for a journey to Australia, Ben Caplan talked to Larry, about the upcoming tour, his plans for new music, and his devotion to his music.

Festival Sideshow News: Laneway, Bluesfest and More!

In this Issue: Festival sideshows are announced from Roger Hudson, Rodriguez, Bette Lavette, Shawn Colvin, Wanda Jackson, Wilco, Jimmy Cliff and more!

Bluesfest Announce More Sideshows

Ben Harper, Santana, Iggy and the Stooges, The Frames and many more lead the first Byron Bay Bluesfest announcement for 2013.

Today Bluesfest, Australia’s multi-award winning 5 Day Festival presents its 1st artist announcement for Easter 2013 (March 28 – April 1) held in beautiful Byron Shire, at its dedicated event site, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm.

It’s the earliest announcement in the history of Bluesfest – 6 weeks sooner than usual and it marks the beginning of FOUR exciting announcements to be released in the upcoming weeks.