Oh Darwin Festival thank you! Thank you for programming one of the best live rock bands in the country. And thank you for having a venue that lets us get close enough to appreciate the magic and the mess, the despair and the desire, the songs and the spit of The Drones. It was a savage, charismatic performance and one that will stick with Darwin music lovers for a long time. Check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
The sound of Tjupi Band epitomises Central Australia desert reggae – sparse, upbeat with a driving kick and snare - and they brought it to Darwin Festival's Lighthouse! A glorious display of the energetic, joyous sounds of desert reggae, Tjupi Band delighted the crowd, especially when they brought local favourite Shellie Morris on stage to sing 'My Island Home'. A gorgeous night of live Territory music, check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
In what could very well be their last ever gig, #1 Dads brought their blissful pop to The Lighthouse for a very special Darwin Festival performance. Featuring guests Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowden, it was a delightfully chilled out set, perfect for the tropical Top End. Check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
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.
Damn sweaty, damn pumped up, damn Darwin loves Remi! His first visit to the Top End and Remi was greeted with a mass of sweaty, hip hop, beat loving Territorians who filled The Lighthouse for the special Darwin Festival show. Remi absolutely smashed it... like Tyson. Check out the photos from The AU Review's #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
Holy Holy enchanted the Darwin Festival with a gorgeous, blissful set at the Lighthouse. On point sonically and with an infectious energy and joy, the boys really deserved a much larger crowd. Nevertheless, they smashed the gig and converted the masses with their delightful Holy tunes. Aptly described by one punter as a sexy modern day Eagles - Darwin hearts Holy Holy. Check out the photos from AU Review's #dfest15 photography Amy Hetherington.
Xavier Rudd and his incredibly talented band, The United Nations, treated Darwin Festival to an upbeat and dynamic celebration of global sound. The Darwin show is at the beginning of 'The Flag Australia Tour', which sees Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (supported by the smooth hammock music genius Bobby Alu) travel the country. Check out the photos by Amy Hetherington.
The Novotel Atrium Darwin, or simply 'The Atrium' as locals call it, has been a long-standing popular hotel destination with visitors for many years now. Situated further down the Esplanade, the hotel offers a range of rooms perfectly fit for families, couples and solo travellers to enjoy. For our stay, we were put up in one of the Junior Suites overlooking the water and on the bitingly warm day that we checked in, being able to open the curtains to see the blue ocean was just what we wanted.
The 2015 Darwin Festival kicked off with a huge night of gorgeous Australian female singer/songwriters at the Darwin Amphitheatre! Music lovers rejoice the ladies are on point for live music, exceptional songwriting and cheeky mid-song banter. Performances from Thelma Plum, Clare Bowditch, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks and a special performance from Caiti Baker from Sietta. The Darwin crowd enjoyed a glorious evening of music under the stars in perfect Top End weather (sorry, not sorry Southerners in winter time). Check out the photos from Amy Hetherington.
The DoubleTree by Hilton on Darwin's Esplanade offers excellent views of the ocean, is located brilliantly behind the city's main drag of Mitchell Street and offers travellers a great stay, regardless of whether you're in Darwin on holiday or business. Offering a range of guest rooms and suites to suit the trip, the hotel was once the old Holiday Inn (for those of you who know Darwin) and as the DoubleTree brand continues to expand within the Hilton's already well-established reputation, their move into the Northern Territory has proven to be a clever one indeed.