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JAPANESE WALLPAPER

Japanese Wallpaper announces final tour for 2015 as well as debut EP release!

We may only be in May, so the thought of a 'final headline tour' by an artist for the year may seem like quite the early call. For Gab Strum, aka Japanese Wallpaper, though, he's got a decent reason. The July dates he's announced today will be the final chance fans will have to see him headline venues down the East Coast before he buckles down for his Year 12 exams. Because touring as a successful musician all the while juggling our final year of high school is what we were all doing, right?

Single Stream: Japanese Wallpaper "Forces" ft. Airling (2015)

After taking out the top spot in the Triple J Unearthed High competition in 2014, Japanese Wallpaper just released his new single “Forces”, which features Brisbane electronic singer/songwriter Airling. It’s classic Japanese Wallpaper chilled, lowdown electronica with a more mature sound and production. Give it a listen below.

Photo Gallery: Highasakite + Japanese Wallpaper - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (04.02.15)

In town for Laneway, highasakite played the Corner in Melbourne last night supported by Japanese Wallpaper. Rebecca Houlden was there and brings us these photos from the night.

Live Review: Highasakite + Japanese Wallpaper - Metro Theatre, Sydney (27.01.15)

Since having visited us last year for a whirlwind tour, Highasakite stocks have risen considerably. Their record Silent Treatment has scored them two Spellemen Awards back home (the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy) and more recently their anthemic single “Since Last Wednesday” garnered enough love to shoot its way to #77 on the Hottest 100 just the day before. With this in mind it came as quite a shock to find the Metro Theatre in more modest dressings; a black curtain cutting the room in half.

Photo Gallery: Highasakite + Japanese Wallpaper - Metro Theatre, Sydney (27.01.15)

It's Laneway time officially in Australia, with the official sideshows now kicking off around the place ahead of the national festival tour! The stunning Highasakite came through Sydney's Metro Theatre overnight with Japanese Wallpaper on support - Mikki's gallery captures some of that magic.

the AU review's 15 Australian artists to watch in 2015

It's that time again where we look ahead to the year, rather than backwards, and move through the Australian artists we think will make it big in 2015. Now, our definition of "big" doesn't mean a Gotye size explosion - we just think that by the end of this year, all these artists will be well known around the country... some even internationally. Of course, many are well on their way there already. If you look back at our lists from 2013 and 2012, you'll see that usually we're fairly on the ball here. So pay attention! And now, in no particular order:

Secret Garden Festival announces full line up for 2015!

The Secret Garden Festival recently dropped the news that it had completely sold out all tickets for the 2015 festival, which was only testament to the event's continued popularity and faith from the loyal public who've backed it for so long. Today, the Sydney organisers dropped the full line up of artists set to perform and man, is it impressive. Over 60 bands and DJs will play over four stages at Secret Garden, promising to be the biggest outing of the festival yet. Both international and Australian talent will be represented well at the event, so if you've managed to nab yourself a ticket, you're definitely in a lucky crop!

Photo Gallery: Falls Festival Day Two - Lorne, Victoria (29.12.14)

The second day of the Falls Festival at Lorne sees the rest of the campers arrive to scattered showers and winds which saw a few tents blow down. Down on the Valley Stage things were heating up with artists such as Milky Chance and Australia's own Temper Trap crowd favorites. DZ Deathrays stepped in at the last minute with Jamie XX and Big Freedia closing the night. The mood was expectant for what the rest of the festival would bring. Photos by John Goodridge.

Festival Review: Falls Festival Day Two ft. The Temper Trap + Jamie xx - Lorne, Victoria (29.12.14)

While the Grand Theatre took centre stage last night, Monday at Falls Festival Lorne was all about partying in the Valley. A great line up of bands and artists performed through the day and night, not letting the freezing cold weather and rain deter them - the crowd wasn't letting the dropping temperature get them either.

The Falls Festival countdown is on...who should you be catching this New Year's?


Falls Festival 2013, by John Goodridge.

It's that time of year again, friends. Convoys are being planned, alcohol tolerances are being tested on Christmas Day in preparation and road trip playlists are being pulled together. The Falls Festival is kicking off this weekend, the ultimate New Year's get away for many Australian music fans keen for an escape with mates (plus a good few new ones by the end of it all) and some brilliant live music to round out their year. This year's line up hasn't been without its disappointments, with Robyn and Röyksopp and more recently, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, having to drop out, but as usual, the crew behind one of the most popular festivals on our calendar have stepped up to the challenge, adding some great new bands and ensuring that the attendees will have all their party needs taken care of, right through into the early hours of New Year's Day.