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SAFIA

Field Day Drops Massive 2016 Lineup Including Disclosure, SAFIA, The Wombats, San Cisco, Django Django and more


Image: Django Django

The lineup for the highly anticipated 2016 Field Day festival has dropped! None other than Disclosure will be headlining, leading a line up with the likes of The Wombats, Django Django, San Cisco, SAFIA, Allday, Young Fathers and loads more set to perform, it's definitely got festival-lovers excited. Click through for the full lineup so far, and info on the event and tickets...

Aussies Abroad: Generik, HOWQUA and British India take on North America, Remi tours Europe, SAFIA and Dune Rats... everywhere!!

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Australian artists touring internationally, we bring you the latest installment of Aussies Abroad. This week, Dune Rats, Generik, Remi, SAFIA, HOWQUA, and British India....

the AU Weekend Gig Guide: September 18th - September 20th

As we head into the final few weeks of September (eek), our contributors are getting their fine selves along to some stellar shows around the country this weekend in particular! From The Rubens on the West Coast, to SAFIA coming through to embrace South Australia, there's plenty to be getting to - check out some of our picks for this weekend, below.

From Ngaiire to SAFIA, dozens of Australian artists on the first line-up for CMJ Music Marathon 2015 in New York City

CMJ Music Marathon, New York’s annual music showcase, has announced its initial line-up for 2015, with a range of performances featuring some 300 artists from Australia and the around the world. Australian acts featured include British India, singer-songwriter HOWQUA, Sydney’s NGAIIRE, SAFIA, METHYL ETHEL, The Bennies and more. Taking place in October, the 2015 installment of the CMJ Music Marathon marks the event's 35th year and will also see the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mercury Rev, Tobias Jesso Jr., Kamasi Washington, Glass Animals, Panda Bear, BØRNS and Perfect Pussy performing.

Live Review: SAFIA - Factory Theatre, Sydney (10.09.15)

“Do you guys want an album?” Safia’s loved vocalist Ben Woolner screamed out to a sold out Factory Theatre. In reverse career mode, the Canberra three-piece is now a household name in Australian music with just five official singles. They brought stadium level dynamics to a medium-sized venue (read: strobe lights and moving visuals) and turned an local weeknight gig into something really memorable.

Live Review: Safia + Boo Seeka + Owen Rabbit - Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane (27.08.15)

Safia have been absolutely killing it this year. With single after single, they have been getting so much radio play as well as selling out show gigs all across the country. The last time I saw Safia was at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND conference last year, and holy wow, what a difference a year makes. They have really stepped up their game and brought the production of their live show up to a whole new level.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: SAFIA - The Lighthouse (15.08.15)

SAFIA proved why they're one of the most in demand bands in Australia with a massive sold out show at Darwin Festival. The Canberra trio filled The Lighthouse to the brim and had everyone entranced with their hauntingly beautiful, smooth as hell tunes. The perfect blend of upbeat buzzing dance vibes and stunning intimacy. Check out the photos from the AU Review's #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Saturday - North Byron Parklands (25.07.15)


Photo Credit: Andrew Wade

Day two of Splendour in the Grass was full of big moments spread throughout the entire day, the biggest unsurprisingly being headliner Florence & The Machine. Rain didn't play a factor at all, though the mud situation only slightly improved from piles and piles of wood chips scattered around the grounds to make for helpful paths, particularly in the area in front of the main entrance which was second in thickness only to the entire space between the Mix-Up Stage and Red Bull Music Academy.

Music Video of the Day: SAFIA "Embrace Me" (2015)

Releasing a new film clip today is yet another act we're pumped to check out at Splendour this weekend, SAFIA. The Canberra boys have dropped the official music video for "Embrace Me" today - taking viewers to an Amish setting where we've got a classic story of a couple of star-crossed lovers who find each other to the soundtrack of Ben Woolner-Kirkham's soul drenched vocals and the rich, swelling nature of their electronic production.

SAFIA reveal last headline tour dates for the year along with new single, "Embracing Me"!

Canberra boys SAFIA have premiered a new tune in "Embracing Me" on the j's this morning and to back it up, thwe trio also dropped news of their final headline shows for the year! It's been a big 2015 for SAFIA, with numerous shows overseas in the earlier parts of the year going down well, not to mention a few special dates at home promoting "Counting Sheep" further positing the electro/indie group as quite an exciting musical group emerging out of Australia.

Feature: 5 Must See Bands at Come Together Festival

It’s that time of year again – Come Together Festival at Luna Park Big Top is practically on our doorstep. This year sees the re-introduction of the festival’s original two-day format, with indie music returning to the Sunday. With previous years sporting talent like Grinspoon, Little Birdy, The Presets, British India, Birds of Tokyo and more – this year’s set to be even bigger and better. So, overwhelmed by all the choices? Check out our 5 must-see bands at Come Together Festival…

Sarah Connor and Polish Club win Triple J's Unearthed competition for Come Together 2015!

Come Together 2015 is only a week away now and the announcements are keeping on coming, with the announcement of the Triple J Unearthed competition winners, release of set times and the news that weekend tickets have completely sold out! Featuring the likes of Ball Park Music, Thundamentals, Seth Sentry and more, the Sydney festival now only has single day passes available to the Luna Park event this June long weekend.

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:

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...