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STEVE SMYTH

Angus & Julia Stone, Jon Hopkins, Four Tet and more named on this year's Lost Paradise line up!

This year's Lost Paradise festival is set to be fantastic, with the official first artist announcement being revealed. The three day camping festival is going to be held in the Glenworth Valley over New Year's, offering festival goers a special experience of live music, arts, some brilliant food and drink options and more to bring in 2016 in unique style. Confirmed to perform and DJ at Lost Paradise this year are acts including Angus & Julia Stone, Jamie xx, Four Tet, Tkay Maidza, Jon Hopkins and more - the full line up can be viewed below!

Live Review: Steve Smyth + Spookyland - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (25.04.15)

It isn’t hard to imagine Steve Smyth as some depression era tramp, travelling across the country trading a story and a song for a meal and then moving along to the next destination. Sure his wild and wiry beard lend themselves greatly to this image, but there is more to it than that. There is an unbridled spirit and passion that is contained within his performances and music. Each song is played as if his life depends upon it and that he would be lost if he was anywhere else. It’s this passion that has seen him move from playing small pubs and clubs to headlining the Oxford Art Factory on ANZAC Day with minimal promotion.

the AU interview at SXSW: Steve Smyth (Sydney) talks SXSW, partying, touring, Byron Bay Bluesfest and what's next

the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with Aussie musician Steve Smyth at SXSW. In this interview, Steve tells us about his SXSW experience, "I've come for the party, and to enjoy and catch up with great bands all in the one place..." Bar-hopping was also definitely on the agenda, "the drinks just keep flowing (they're very generous with their pours)... It's such a circus, it's wild."

Photo Highlights from The Aussie BBQ at SXSW 2015 ft. Hiatus Kaiyote, Steve Smyth, The Gooch Palms, Ball Park Music & more!

The Aussie BBQ returned to Brush Park on Friday, taking over the East and West sides of the venue to bring a day full of incredible Australian acts. Sosefina already brought you the full live review, but now here are some photo highlights from the day. First up, we start with the BBQ itself, supplied this year by Franks Sausages. It was delicious.

SXSW Live Music Review: The Aussie BBQ ft. The Delta Riggs, REMI, Steve Smyth & more - Brush Square Park (21.03.15)

The Aussie BBQ returned to Brush Square Park this year, the 2015 edition of the SXSW event bringing the likes of The Delta Riggs, Tigertown, Hiatus Kaiyote to two tents set up on the east and west sides of the park. While last year's Aussie BBQ battled the fire marshal, the main element set against us was the first big day of consistent rain in Austin this SXSW - the weather didn't hamper the mood much however, with the beers and BBQ food continuing to prove popular with those in attendance.

Live Review: Secret Garden Festival - Cobbitty (28.02.15)

A magical, wild and completely creative festival of music and art, Secret Garden Festival 2015 once again proved itself to be an event well worth experiencing. A camping festival that spans from Friday 27th to Saturday 28th February, Secret Garden is on a beautiful farm out in Cobbitty NSW, just an hour’s drive from Sydney yet well and truly removed from the city scene.

Album Review: Steve Smyth - Exits (2014 LP)

Steve Smyth’s music is an exquisite splice of gritty rock and elegant romanticism, blending polar opposites on his latest release, Exits. The Australian-native’s distinctive growl drives this tracklist, contrasted by occasional flutters of velvety tones and delicate strings.

SAFIA, George Maple and more added to the SXSW Music programme!

In case you missed the news over the weekend, SXSW just keeps on getting bigger, with more names being added to the 2015 Music line up! While the likes of LOLAWOLF, Hudson Mohawke, Buck 65 and more are set to join in on the Austin party in March, we're excited to see some more of our fave Australian talent in SAFIA, George Maple, Steve Smyth and others also US-bound!

Watch Steve Smyth and Cloud Control's Heidi Lenffer accept their AU Awards in this Highlight Video

The AU Awards may have come an gone earlier this month, we're excited to be ending the year by bringing you some footage from the intimate Sydney event, in case you couldn't make it yourself! In the first highlights clip, watch Steve Smyth accept his award for NSW Voice of the Year as well as Cloud Control's Heidi Lenffer for Instrumentalist of the Year and Holy Holy's manager Jess Beston accept the Heatseeker award on their behalf.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Augie March and more confirmed on latest Bluesfest announcement!

The good folk at Bluesfest have gone and given us all an early Christmas present in releasing their fifth artist announcement today! Joining the likes of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Keys are now some fantastic musical stylings of the likes of Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Augie March and more.

Photo Gallery: Festival of the Sun Day 2 (Part 1) - Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park (13.12.14)

Part 1 of all the action from Day 2 of Festival of the Sun from Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park in Port Macquarie. Artists include Karl S Williams, The Stiffys, Tim Chaisson, Steve Smyth, Tegan Wiseman, The Lazys (pictured above) and APES. Photos by Johnny Au.

Violent Soho, SAFIA, Remi and Courtney Barnett among the winners of the first annual AU Awards!


Editor-in-Chief Larry Heath with NSW Voice of the Year Steve Smyth. Photobomb from The Preatures' Gideon Bensen.

The Hive Bar in Sydney last night celebrated Australian live music, as the AU not only launched the first event in our LIVE sessions series, but also revealed the winners of the inaugural AU Awards!

Festival Review: Young Henry's Small World Festival - Jabez Street, Marrickville (20.09.14)

A conflux of some of the greatest aspects of Sydney's culturally rich inner-west was what Newtown microbrewery Young Henry's delivered in the small, tree-lined Jabez Street in Marickville this past weekend. It was a simple idea really: one of the city's most respected and loved beer breweries deciding to use their massive pull to put on a food, drink, music, and arts street festival to further their consistent involvement in the local community. It's an idea which worked well, with an entire day full of good local food, good local beer, and good local music.

Photo Gallery: Young Henry's Small World Festival - Jabez Street, Marrickville (20.09.14)

Sydney brewer Young Henry's curated the Small World street Festival in Marrickville with an awesome lineup of local talent headlined by Tumbleweed and Beer. Photo's brought to you by Pete Dovgan.

the AU interview: Steve Smyth (Sydney) on his new record "Exits" and recording in LA.

the AU review sits down with acclaimed Sydney based singer/songwriter Steve Smyth to talk about his sophomore record "Exits" - which is released on September 5th through Ivy League Records - his time in LA recording it and much, much more...