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NEIL FINN | the AU review
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NEIL FINN

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: May 29th - May 31st.

There are plenty of festivals and live music events happening this weekend, notably VIVID in Sydney, where there's such a number of eclectic and talented musicians converging on the Harbour City for some truly stand out events. While it's obviously going to be a huge drawcard for Sydneysiders, we take a look at some other shows we're looking forward to around the joint this weekend!

Photo Gallery: 2014 ARIA Awards Winner Wall! - The Star Event Centre, Sydney (26.11.14)

After they won, the 2014 ARIA Awards winners headed backstage and we're snapped by our photographer Nathan Atkins with their new trophies. Check out Chet Faker, 5 Seconds of Summer, Neil Finn with Paul Kelly and more!

ARIA Award nominees and Fine Arts winners announced in Sydney today!

Winners and more nominees for the 2014 ARIA Awards were announced at the official event in Sydney this morning, with some of Australia's best performers and their teams recognised for their work over the past year. The winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards were announced at the event, with the slew of nominees for the November ARIAs unveiled. the AU congratulates all involved - there have been some truly stellar records produced over the past year, as well as the development of some great live bands who are getting just recognition!

Photo Gallery: The A-Z of BIGSOUND 2014 (Part two)

Photographer Johnny Au takes us to BIGSOUND in Brisbane with an A-Z of the best performances he captured from the week. In Part Two, we take you from Canada's Mise en Scene to Brisbane's own WAAX. OK, so we realise this is more a "A to W" than a literal "A to Z" but you get what we're trying to do here...

Neil Finn, Gurrumul and Megan Washington coming together for exclusive Margaret River show this November.

They're three of the country's most loved performers and in November, they'll be performing on the same line up for one very special show in Margaret River. Neil Finn, Gurrumul and Megan Washington will be coming together at the Sandalford Estate for a rare one-off gig coinciding with the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Weekend. The Estate has also announced that it will be donating its profits to Telethon, supporting young children in need of support.

Neil Finn and The Church included in BIGSOUND's latest Speaker announcement!

BIGSOUND have continued to bring out the big guns, first with its initial live music announcement and now with its list of speakers for the 2014 conference. Neil Finn, The Church as well as top A&R executives will each deliver panels and keynotes in Brisbane this September, sure to provide some memorable moments for BIGSOUND attendees this year.

Live Review: Neil Finn - Sydney Opera House (19.03.14)

Immediately prior to Neil Finn’s performance at the Sydney Opera House, I was having a discussion with a friend about the notion of relevance in the modern music industry. In a landscape dominated by what is 'trending’ - which people have unbridled access to and are constantly seeking out music that is weeks, days or hours old - keeping an audience’s attention for even just two albums is a triumph that eludes most artists.

Live Review: Neil Finn + Joshua James - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (12.03.14)

Joshua James, from Salt Lake City, Utah, opened tonight’s show at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Appearing in duo form with long time guitarist and backing vocalist Evan Coulombe, the young man’s intense delivery, earnest persona and delicate yet gruff voice were immediately arresting.

Photo Gallery: Neil Finn - Hamer Hall, Melbourne (12.03.14)

The incomparable Neil Finn excited fans with a special performance at Hamer Hall earlier this week. Serena Ho was there and brings us these photos from the night.

Joshua James announces debut Australian tour as Neil Finn's special guest!

American folk/rock musician Joshua James is making his way to down under for his first Australian tour! Joshua will be performing in Melbourne, Cronulla and Sydney in March as a special guest on Neil Finn’s national tour.

Live Review: MAX Sessions with Neil Finn feat. Eddie Vedder - Seymour Centre (29.01.14)

Neil Finn is one of those New Zealanders we’d love to claim as our own. He recently filmed a show for Max Sessions and the program was a star-studded affair. It saw Finn preview songs from his forthcoming solo album, Dizzy Heights and dip into his enviable discography of tunes accumulated over 40 years, starting with Split Enz, then visiting a Crowded House, doffing a cap at the Finn Brothers and having a romp at Pajama Club. In short, it was exquisite.

Photo Gallery: MAX Sessions with Neil Finn - Seymour Centre (29.01.14)

The latest installment of the popular live music program MAX Sessions featured legendary singer/songwriter Neil Finn. Neil Finn played tracks from his upcoming album Dizzy Heights as well as classics from Crowded House and Split Enz. Special guest Eddie Vedder joined Finn on stage with Throw Your Arms Around Me and History Never Repeats. MAX Sessions: Neil Finn airs Monday 24th March at 9pm on MAX. Photos by Johnny Au

Festival Review: The Falls Music and Arts Festival, Day Three & Four - Lorne, Victoria (30.12.13 - 31.12.13)

It was day three of Falls 2013, and the only thing thicker in the air than the smell of overflowing long drops was the feeling of excitement for the incredible acts that were soon to grace the stages.

Photo Gallery: The Falls Music and Arts Festival, Lorne Victoria - Day Three (30.12.13)

As the sun rises over the bleary eyed campers at Erskine Falls, the music begins from both the Valley Stage and the Grand Theatre. Violent Soho, Pond and The Wombats were some of the standout acts, while Neil Finn had the crowd participating in a good old-fashioned singalong. Vydamo is pictured above. Photos from our photographer John Goodridge.

Festival Review: The Falls Music and Arts Festival, Day Three - Marion Bay, Tasmania (31.12.13)

New Years Eve is a time for celebration and, unless you’re headed to some exotic overseas location, there are few better ways to celebrate than with your closest friends, 12 000 neighbours and some of the biggest artists the world over. True, The Wombats may have missed the official countdown in Marion Bay, but then there’s nothing like a bit of confusion and chaos to kick off the new year with a bang.