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the AU interview: Hermitude & The Preatures on their multiple ARIA nominations for 2015!

Two acts who are up for a cheeky few ARIA Awards apiece this year come straight outta NSW but from different ends of the spectrum; you've got The Preatures, the five piece who have been elevated to become one of the country's favourite live touring acts off the back of their debut album Blue Planet Eyes and then you have Hermitude, the Blue Mountains duo who've been storming festival stages around the world as well as sell-out headline shows with their slick and sophisticated electronic-driven tunes. Larry caught up with both at last week's ARIA nominations event in Sydney to see how everything's been going...

Photo Gallery: Yours and Owls Festival 2015 (Part Two) ft. Smith Street Band - Stuart Park, Wollongong (2nd to 4th October 2015)

Ian Laidlaw brings us photos from the amazing weekend that was the Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong. Kicking off on Friday and running through until Sunday night, the event capitalized on the October long weekend with an incredible local lineup - with Canadian artist Bahamas popping along too. In the second part of Ian's photo gallery, check out Russel W And The 5 Islands, Salmonella Dub, Saskwatch, Skegss, The Bungalows, The Delta Riggs, The Pinheads, The Rubens, The Preatures and The Smith Street Band!

The Preatures set to perform 20 free acoustic shows around Australia for Corona Sunsets

Straight off the back of their national tour, Aussie five piece The Preatures will be hitting the road again, performing 20 live shows around Australia for Corona Sunsets. Starting in Yallingup, WA on November 6, The Preatures will play at various bars around Western Australia, NSW, and Queensland, before finishing in Victoria, ending their month of acoustic performances.

Photo Gallery: The Preatures + The Creases + Rolling Blackouts - 170 Russell, Melbourne (11.09.15)

The Preatures were joined by The Creases and Rolling Blackout at 170 Russell on Friday night. Rebecca Houlden was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Photo Gallery: Thredbo Opening Weekend feat. Crooked Colours and The Preatures - Thredbo (06.06.15)

The ski town of Threadbo enjoyed their Opening Weekend featuring headline performances from The Preatures and Crooked Colours. Performing as part of the free Corona Village Concert Series, The Preatures, took to the stage on Saturday night in the Village Square and delivered an exhilarating combination of rock and soul. Performing to a packed out crowd, the powerful stage presence of front woman Isabella Manfredi remained a highlight of the show alongside crowd favourites ‘Is This How You Feel?’ and ‘Two Tone Melody’.

Vivid Live Review: The Preatures - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House (28.05.15)

Image Credit: Daniel Boud

It's been reminded to me quite a few times - by the band and others - that I was the first person to ever publish written work about a group formerly known as The Preachers. It's not something I bring up now because I feel I'm entitled to take some glory from this fact, I didn't even know it was they case until they told me it last year, but rather set the scene for this piece, which - some five years later - sees the band conquering the world and selling out a show in Australia's most prestigious venue, the Sydney Opera House.

The Preatures and Crooked Colours to help kick off Thredbo's winter season

While winter has probably arrived a bit early, with Thredbo seeing 25cm of snow fall since last Saturday, the official start of the winter season at one of the most famous snow-filled destinations in Australia is still set to kick off over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. As always, Thredbo is packing the weekend with a massive schedule of parties, events, and celebrations to usher in the official start of the season and hopefully make this winter the resort's biggest yet.

Songs the NT should be turning up for ahead of BASSINTHEGRASS 2015!

Hilltop Hoods at GTM Maitland, 2015. Photo: Johnny Au

This Saturday, an impressive contingent of some of the country's best touring acts will fly north to spend the weekend in Darwin at the Bassinthegrass music festival. While the rest of us look ahead to the freezing winter section of the music calendar, Northern Territorians get to soak up some amazing live music in the tropical climate many are envious of. Instead of hooking you up with an artist's hit single to hype you Darwinians up for the festival, we take a look at the artists below and some their finer cuts from recent releases you should get around in the lead up to Saturday's event.

Festival Review: Groovin' The Moo - Maitland Showgrounds (09.05.15)

With the recent flooding that has affected the Hunter Region for the past month, enthusiastic punters should have arrived at Maitland Showground with their wellies pulled up and ready for mud. The flooded paddocks alongside the highway just out of town bode for a messy occasion but it was a pleasant surprise to find upon entrance a solid dry ground with nary a fleck of mud in sight...

Photo Gallery: Groovin The Moo Part 1 - Maitland Showgrounds (09.05.15)

The annual Groovin The Moo Festival returned to Maitland last weekend to a sold out crowd. Part 1 of our photo gallery on Groovin The Moo Maitland features acts such as Sticky Fingers, ASAP Ferg, The Preatures, San Cisco, You Me At Six, Carmada and Ball Park Music. Photos by Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: Groovin' The Moo - Bendigo Showgrounds (02.05.15)

Groovin' The Moo came to Bendigo for another year, bringing with it a brilliant array of talent both from Australia and abroad. From Northlane to Tkay Maidza, through to the Pierce Brothers and the Hilltop Hoods, there was enough music at the showgrounds to keep the party going well into the night. Kimberley Salmond was there for the AU and brings us these shots!

Festival Review: Groovin The Moo - Hay Park, Bunbury (26.04.15)

The cars were packed, the cow onesies dusted off and the fast food outlet lines were long – Groovin The Moo had arrived. We’d all spent the day in wait, enviously scrolling past the Oakbank highlights flooding our newsfeed, planning out our timetables like tactical masterminds. In true WA form the sun was out for an easy 25 degree day as we crossed the grassy grounds of Hay Park to the gate. Some people seemed aimless and there were a few tears spotted by the info gate as it seemed the sold out status of the festival was still hitting punters hard, but ticket in hand we pressed on pass the gathering pile of deodorant cans and the sceptical bag checker asking “Really?” as a young girl handed over her sacred bottle of perfume.

Photo Gallery: Groovin the Moo - Oakbank Racecourse, Adelaide (25.04.15)

The first leg of the Groovin the Moo festival was held at Oakbank, in the Adelaide Hills. Despite the steady rain which turned the horse racing track into a mud pit, everyone was in good spirits. A great range of music, from Wolfmother and on the main stages. to RL Grime and A$AP Ferg in the Moolin Rouge tent, there was something for everyone. Our photographer John Goodridge was there front and centre to bring you these photos from the day.

'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...".

Sheppard, Dan Sultan, 5SOS and Sia lead 2015 APRA Music Award nominations with multiple nods!

Today, the 2015 APRA Music Award nominees were announced, with some Australian songwriters emerging as particular hot contenders, nabbing multiple nominations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the likes of Sia and 5 Seconds of Summer jumped off the page, both with three nominations to their name, while the Brisbane pop juggernaut that has become Sheppard lead the pack at four nom's.