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the AU playlist: Homecooked Soul Food - 6 Australian artists you need to see at Soulfest

We are now at this point where we no longer have to pinch ourselves when we look at the line up for the inaugural Soulfest. D' Angelo, Maxwell, Common, Mos Def, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild - they're all here, and they're all playing the same stage. We're the envy of hip-hop, R&B, and soul fans the world over right now, but the day isn't - and should not be - just about the big names. To complement the dizzying amount of talent at this festival, the promoters have done well to recruit Australian artists who fit seamlessly with the ethos of Soulfest. Some of these locals are exclusive to just one city only, but some are travelling with the entire festival across all three of the Australian dates. Here are six Australian artists you shouldn't be overlooking when you head along to Soulfest in your city.

Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass (Day Three) Ft. Ben Howard + Lily Allen + Phantogram - Sunday (27.07.14)

The final day of Splendour In The Grass 2014 saw some of the weekend's best performances, with each of the main stages capped of in very different ways. The Ampitheatre closed for 2014, sent off with a colourful performance from subversive pop star Lily Allen, and leaving us with the weekend's stand-out performances to reminisce on. Elsewhere the GW McLennan Tent was sent swaying to the warmth of Ben Howard (pictured), and the Mix-Up Stage saw it's first dose of slow-burning, artful electronica – as compared to the usual speaker-assaulting trend tracks – with Darkside, who brought a much more unexpected sound to the tent.

Hoodoo Gurus, Jinja Safari and Wolf & Cub lead the Gum Ball Festival's first artist announcement!

The Gum Ball Festival has released its first artist announcement for its 10th anniversary edition, taking place in the awesome venue Dashville, next April. Held over two nights (April 11th & 12th), the organisers have aimed for more of a family feel to Gum Ball next year, scheduling it for the first weekend of the Easter school holidays. Check out the impressive first announcement below, which is set to encompass many different strands if musical influence!

the AU interview at CMJ: Georgia Potter and Jordan Rakei (Brisbane)

the AU review sits down with Brisbane's Georgia Potter and her mate Jordan Rakei to talk about what they're up to in New York City - recording a new track, popping into the JETLAG showcase at CMJ and more! We also find out what Jordan Rakei is doing with his own material. A talented chap!