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DARWIN

Photo Gallery: The Getaway Plan + I The Burden + Ocean Bones - Railway Club Darwin (19.09.15)

The Getaway Plan smashed their set at the Darwin Railway Club. The last time the four-piece were in the Top End they played at one of the infamous Mitchell St nightclubs and many of their biggest fans were under aged (sidelined, curfewed and unable to attend). Two years on and at the gorgeous Railway Club (a more fitting venue for energetic rock), The Getaway Plan played predominately to a 'come of age' 18-22 audience - who loved the old songs as much as the tracks from the third album, Dark Horses.

Photo Gallery: Northlane + I, The Burden + Tapestry + We Burn Bridges - Discovery Darwin (18.09.15)

This was, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated gigs in Darwin. Territory metalcore fans have been fundraising, networking and gigging for over two years to bring Sydney band Northlane to the Top End and the result was awesome! A huge night of live music including support slots from local hardcore bands I, The Burden, Tapestry and We Burn Bridges, the night was so full it almost had a festival vibe.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: The Drones - The Lighthouse (20.08.15)

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: Tjupi Band + Shellie Morris - The Lighthouse (18.08.15)

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: #1 Dads + Ainslie Wills + Tom Snowdon - The Lighthouse, Darwin (15.08.15)

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.

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: Remi - The Lighthouse (14.08.15)

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: Holy Holy - The Lighthouse (13.08.15)

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: Xavier Rudd & The United Nations + Bobby Alu - Darwin Ampitheatre (09.09.15)

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.

Hotel Review: Junior Suite with Harbour View at the Novotel Darwin Atrium (Darwin, NT)

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.

Darwin Festival Photo Gallery: SANTOS Opening Concert ft. Thelma Plum + Clare Bowditch + Emma Donovan + Caiti Baker (06.08.15)

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.

Hotel Review: King Studio Loft at DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade (Darwin, NT)

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.

Photo Gallery: Territory Rock Festival ft. Unbroken Expanse, Roymackonkey + more - The Chippo, Darwin (25.01.15)

Like the preverbal Aussie BBQ - a delectable smorgasbord of Territory talent was served up by The Chippo Darwin at the Territory Rock Festival on the Australia Day long weekend. It was the lineup you wanted to be apart of, with some bands travelling 988km for the gig. Two stages, nine acts and meat pies for sale at the bar… yep it was perfect.

Photo Gallery: The Smith Street Band + Pole Top Rescue - Darwin Railway Club (24.01.15)

For the lucky Darwinians that got a ticket to see The Smith Street Band at the Railway Club, Wil Wagner and Co delivered nothing short of a politcally-charged, ferocious and emotionally tuned energetic punch to the rib cage. Tickets to the sell out show were the hot item in the NT (tears were shed) and The Smith Street Band delivered. Supported by locals Pole Top Rescue, Amy Hetherington brings some photos from the night.

Photo Gallery: Amity Affliction + In Hearts Wake + Confessions + I, The Burden - Discovery Darwin (22.01.15)

As if the people weren't sweaty enough in Darwin, Amity Affliction, In Hearts Wake, Confession and locals I, The Burden, brought a flood of moshing bodies to Discovery for an epic night of live music. Amy Hetherington shares some photos.