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BRISBANE

Live Review: Ed Sheeran + Jamie Lawson + Conrad Sewell - The Riverstage, Brisbane (20.03.15)

On a humid Friday evening, as thousands of eager fans streamed into the Riverstage ready for a glimpse of the man of the hour, Ed Sheeran, I found myself wondering what kind of show we were about to witness. The powerhouse frontman backed by a band full of talented musicians? The full light show that ever so often overshadows the performer on the stage? I should have known better. Shame on me. Ed Sheeran didn’t need any of these fancy things to enhance his sold out show. He just needed a guitar, an effects pedal, and undeniable gem of a voice.

Photo Gallery: Ed Sheeran - Brisbane Riverstage (20.03.15)

Ed Sheeran returned to Brisbane on Friday night to play a massive show at the Riverstake. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Festival Review: Future Music Festival, Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane (07.03.15)

Future Music Festival has returned to Brisbane as part of its 2015 circuit. This year the big three were The Prodigy, who are busy sorting out a new album for this year, while serving hard rave and jungle style beats in the live arena. Then there was Avicii, the name everyone knows and finally the heartthrob of the lineup, Drake, who came all the way from Toronto to accost the hearts of Aussie girls everywhere.

Photo Gallery: Future Music Festival - Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane (07.03.15)

Andrew Wade takes us to Future Music Festival in Brisbane with this Photo Gallery featuring the likes of Drake, 2Chainz, The Prodigy, Example, Die Antwoord, Hilltop Hoods and many more!

Photo Gallery: Mogwai + Mick Turner - The Tivoli, Brisbane (04.03.15)

Andrew Wade was at The Tivoli in Brisbane to capture Mick Turner and Mogwai perform! Click through to see the full gallery.

Hello Asia! Live Review: ONE OK ROCK - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane (01.03.15)

One OK ROCK

Soundwave's promoters know Japan makes great rock music. In the past several years Japanese bands have been billed for many Soundwave festivals and then pulled out (X-Japan, Maximum the Hormone, yes, we mean you) but this year Japanese artists were all over the Soundwave tour - Coldrain, Crossfaith and my personal favourites, ONE OK ROCK.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: ONE OK ROCK - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane (01.03.15)

Japanese rockers ONE OK ROCK delivered an incredible set at Soundwave Festival in Brisbane yesterday. Andrew Wade was there and brings us this epic photo gallery from their performance:

Photo Gallery and Live Review: King Parrot + Ne Obliviscaris + The Bennies - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane (01.03.15)

With Soundwave Festival commandeering one of the most loyal fan bases to a festival in Australia, it's always a slight disappointment to see the focus on overseas acts rather than some of the rising stars of the local heavy scene - thankfully, the 2015 season has addressed this, bringing Melbourne grinders King Parrot, Smith Street Band fellows and 420-friendly jamsters The Bennies and the avant-garde take on black metal of Ne Obliviscaris.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Soundwave Festival (Day 2) - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (01.03.15)

Deadlines and multi-day festivals do not mix. Day 2 of Soundwave should really feel like a slog, but after getting into the grounds and witnessing the onslaught of King Parrot, you can't help but feel reinvigorated. Check out them and the other antipodean offerings for this years edition of the festival in the featured photo gallery/review "The Locals".

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Soundwave Festival (Day 1) - RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane (28.02.15)

Soundwave, the undeniable king of summer festivals, has stepped it up a notch this year with the expansion of two days and a vertible slay of headliners including Slipknot, Faith No More, Slash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and the finest undercard for quite a few years.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Killer Be Killed - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane (28.02.15)

Despite being a massive fan of the sum of the parts in Killer Be Killed (aka The Dillinger Escape Plan's Greg Puciato, Soulfly's Max Cavalera, Mastodon's Troy Sanders and The Mars Volta's Dave Elitch) it was one of those things that kind of passed me by - thinking that it would be the standard side project-slash-supergroup that always tends to be more of a ego-boost than anything really resulting in anything worth listening to.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: Fucked Up - Soundwave Festival, Brisbane (28.02.15)

Fucked Up are one of those special experiences - one of those perfect festival bands, with the dedicated fanbase turning out wherever they pop up, and the absolutely amazing performance that will draw in any curious bystanders and immediately convert them.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: Neon Pop - Cultural Forecourt Southbank, Brisbane (28.02.15)

It was a night of cosplay, colour and culture at Southbank's cultural forecourt for the annual Neon Pop party as part of the BrisAsia Festival. Erin Smith brings you these photos.

Photo Gallery: Marilyn Manson + Apocalyptica - The Tivoli, Brisbane (27.02.15)

Marilyn Manson hit Brisbane for a sidewave supported by Apocalyptica. Andrew Wade was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Photo Gallery: Judas Priest + Dragonforce - Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane (26.02.15)

Dragonforce are an puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Playing the cheesiest, over-the-toppest metal that should be airbrushed onto the side of a van belonging to an overweight man in his mid-50s who retains his mullet despite balding two decades prior, they manage to move beyond the realm of parody into a whirlwind force of synchronized dips, two handed fret tapping, grins from both band members (Herman Li becomes the guitarist embodiment of the muppet Animal at times) and the headbangers in attendance, and that one song from Guitar Hero. Moving past the ridiculousness (and the one minor complaint that have each song may slightly overstay the welcome with eight songs fitting into the hour long set) Dragonforce still manage to put forward a hell of a show that's a rare craft of awe, tunes, and a refreshing lack of irony.

Judas Priest - after an incredible almost 50 years of performances, there's really not much to say about the band that hasn't been said. Despite the heavier riffs, there's a similar sense of humour and an extra step of theatricality to bill-mates Dragonforce - Rob Halford struggles on stage with a walking stick but proceeds to belt out all the lines without breaking a sweat in the packed Eatons Hill band room, casting it off by the second song and never resting. Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner come forward and thrash out in sync with huge grins, while bassist Ian Hill stands in front of huge LED displays of fire switching between stoic and ecstatic looks. With two massive encores including "You've Got Another Thing Coming" and Brisbane getting an especially special airing of "Painkiller", it's obvious that Judas Priest aren't on a victory lap, they have nothing to prove - this is one of the best bands playing their best work, and we're lucky to have been in the presence of legends.