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Live Review: The Aussie BBQ ft. Flyying Colours + Millions + Klo + Tora and more - Hoxton Square, London (17.05.15)

Pictured: Klo

Sunday in London saw the return of The Aussie BBQ - the live initiative of our music export body Sounds Australia. Hundreds of music fans - both locals and expats - came out for the event which saw over twenty Australian artists performing on two stages over ten hours at the Hoxton Bar and Grill in Shoreditch. It was a chance for us to see well established artists like Safia and Remi an become acquainted with some newer talent, some of whom are now based here in the UK.

Photo Gallery: The Aussie BBQ ft. Safia + Saskwatch + Remi + Hein Cooper and more - Hoxton Square, London (17.05.15)

An eclectic mix of over 20 artists from around Australia came together on Sunday in London for a massive day of live music - showcasing the finest in new, emerging and established artists from our region, many of whom were making their London debut at the annual Aussie BBQ event, held at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on the day after The Great Escape. Among the artists Larry Heath captured on the day were the likes of SAFIA (pictured above), Remi, Saskwatch, Flyying Colours, Hein Cooper, Service Bells and many, many more... check out the full gallery here:

Highlights from Day One of The Great Escape 2015!

Today marked the first day of The Great Escape in Brighton, England for 2015. Now in its 10th year, the festival was completely sold out for the third consecutive year - with both delegate passes and live music only wristbands flying out the door. The calibre of artists showcasing today proved why this was the case. Here are just some of our highlights from the first day of the event:

Where to see the Aussies at The Great Escape 2015‏

Photo: Saskwatch

With over 400 up and coming bands set to play in 35 Brighton venues for The Great Escape Festival, we thought it was definitely worth spotlighting the Aussie acts. Incredible artists are flying in from all over the world, and these amazing Aussie bands are no exception. Click through to find out who you should be checking out...

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: April 24th - April 26th.

As most of the country starts heading into its wintry phase, Sydney recovers from the 'Super Storm' and the rest of us begin rugging up as we look towards the mid-year mark, there are a great deal of tours preparing to kick off. Before Splendour in the Grass mania descends on the east coast, we've still got the mammoth Groovin' the Moo tour to get underway, with some fab local and international talent gearing up to hit regional areas over the past few weeks. Our gig guide this weekend features some of the artists on the tour, with some other gems we think are worth a look.

'Curators as the new punk rock stars': Dark Mofo and the appeal of the eclectic and experimental festival programs.

Recently, the 2015 Dark Mofo festival unveiled what is once again being lauded as one of the best experimental and eclectic programs on the Australian arts calendar. The winter festival brings masses of music, visual arts and performance art fans down to Hobart during June and is known for being unafraid of pushing the boundaries, exploring art's darker corners, curiosities and quirks that other arts festivals may still be slightly timid to delve into. In an interview with The Pop Group's frontman Mark Stewart, he referred to festival curators are almost like the new kind of punk rock stars, in his words, "A lot of these people would have been in bands or running fanzines [and] they've kept their nerve and are now curating weird institutions...".

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: Easter Long Weekend Edition!

While some of you may be looking forward to a long weekend of maxing out surrounded by multiple Easter chocolate wrappers, feeling content and perhaps slightly sick from sugar, there's heaps of live shows happening around the country! With Bluesfest happening in Byron Bay over the Easter weekend break, a whole slew of artists are tag teaming in and out of venues down the coast for some special headline shows, some of which the AU will be heading along to check out! Have a peek at the below for just some of our gig picks this weekend.

Live Review: Sohn + KLO - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (29.01.15)

Promotional material for SOHN’s current visit to Australia have mostly led with the whole London born / Vienna based thing, and it’s clear why. The talented multi-instrumentalist’s debut album Tremors was unique and brilliant, even ground-breaking in a way, in that it took that foundation of a very British sounding electronic indie and swirled it together with an inherently European influence to create something fans hadn’t quite heard before.

KLO Joins SOHN As Special Guest On Headline Tour.

Joining talented mulit-instrumentalist and producer SOHN at his headline shows at the Oxford Art Factory and Corner Hotel is KLO, a Melbourne duo touting extraordinary production qualities and siren-esque vocals and other wordly soundscapes. Having only released their first single in 2014 and impressed crowds at Melbourne Music Festival and Strawberry Fields the dreamy pop sensibilities of KLO are not to be missed.

Single Stream: Klo. “Under Lie” (2014)

One of the biggest Aussie breakthrough acts of this year, Melbourne electronic duo Klo continue to impress with their new single “Under Lie”. The third track from their debut EP Cusp, “Under Lie” is a strong follow up to previous releases “Make Me Wonder” and “False Calls”, boasting a beat-heavy production with a more up-tempo, pop feel.

the AU interview: Simon Lam of Klo (Melbourne) talk about their new EP "Cusp" and Beyond The Valley NYE Festival

What have you and your cousin achieved to date? Taken your sweet little Gammy out to lunch? Maybe even put on a Christmas song and dance that you’re relatives politely cheered on? Whilst all admirable, you’ve got nothing on Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam of Klo.

Gig Announcements: SA & QLD - 3rd September 2014.

In this issue: Brisbane's LeSuits launch debut single, Katchfire perform at The Gov, BIGSOUND parties announced all over the place through Brisbane, The Skatalites bring 50th anniversary party to Adelaide, The Smith Street Band bring the noise to The Gov, The 1975 add an Adelaide show, Shihad performs live at The Gov, The Bloodpoets announce album launch, Bloodstock: A Mick Blood Benefit Gig, Lowrider perform final show in Adelaide, C.W. Stoneking to play Adelaide, Ball Park Music add another Adelaide show to tour, The Return of The Joint Effort hits Brisbane and The Con & The Liar announce an album launch for Deserters.

Gig Announcements: Melbourne & VIC - 21st August 2014

In this Issue: Thomas Hugh plays at Wesley Anne, The Bon Scotts are excited for their upcoming Single Release Launch Show, Joan Armatrading heads to the Melbourne Recital Centre for the last time, Voodoo Rhythms announce Australian 'Wolf Party' release, the operatives host an explosive night at the HI-FI this Saturday, Geoffrey O'Connor returns with another solo album, and Cisco Caesar set to showcase debut LP on August 30. While Jimmy Barnes pays Melbourne a visit, a bevy of jazz artists come together at the flying saucer club, DMA add extra show on their sold out tour, Heads of Charm are rocking their residency at the old bar, Dune Rats bring their charm to Geelong, and Klo are proud to perform on stage for the first time ever in Melbourne.