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the AU playlist: 12 more songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2015

Today's second announcement for Soulfest 2015 was a big one. Headlined by Lauryn Hill and Miguel the list of acts joining the already announced artists once again positions Soulfest as a dream come true for hip hop, soul, and R&B fans around Australia. Come October, we're going to be witnessing two of the strongest female presences in music history lead a diverse and great line-up that spans from the 70s all the way to now.

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) continues her CMW journey with Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ experiences! (Part Three)

From hanging out with SXSW pals Far Away Stables and wrapping up her shows at Canadian Music Week with Sounds Australia's Sound Gallery and Aussie BBQ, Demi Louise shares in her final part of her tour diary how much of fun time she had exploring the beauty of Canadian culture by going to a Blue-Jays Game as well as appreciating the amazingly nice people that she met who made her feel at home...

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) on co-writing "Crazy If We Don't" and Songhub experiences (Part Two)

The AU review brings you Part Two of Demi Louise's tour diary as part of her experience at Canadian Music Week. From co-writing a song called "Crazy If We Don't" to her rewarding experience exploring the Songhub with SOCAN curator, Gavin Brown who has made millions in sales through his work with bands such as Three Days Grace and Billy Talent, we see Louise learn more about the Canadian music industry as her CMW ventures progress. Read on for her second take Canadian adventures here.

10 Must See Shows of the VIVID Sydney Festival!

VIVID Sydney kicks off for another year this Friday and the line up is freakin' amazing, if we're honest. Such a melting pot of musicians, visual artists, performers and other creative brains in one of the most buzzing cities in Australia - it's going to be a great two weeks of shows for people to be checking out. Some of the artists we're excited to see do their thing are involved in all different aspects of the music industry; from the intrigue of goddess Grace Jones, to the heartbreaking lyrics of Sufjan Stevens - we're spoiled for choice!

Six Bands we Discovered at The Great Escape 2015 - and now you need to listen to them here...

With The Great Escape at an end, we're looking back at the weekend of incredible performances by sharing with you our favourite discoveries of the event! Now, some of these names we'd heard before, but all of them were bands we witnessed live for the first time. And boy were we impressed... here now, counting down in order, are our top six discoveries of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton, England:

Tour Diary: Josef Salvat (Sydney) takes on The Great Escape, gigs, pigeons and more

Josef Salvat took the AU review along on his recent tour for The Great Escape. Salvat brings us quirky photos of his trip including his visit to Brighton, chill days at the beach, seeing live bands like Slaves and stumbling upon a pigeon that oddly enough, gives him a new perspective on life. Click through to see his tour diary in full...

Tour Diary: Demi Louise (Melbourne) takes on Canadian Music week, travelling, Songhub and more

Demi Louise takes the AU review along on tour for Canadian Music Week. She shares all her adventures from the "dark and dreary" stay at a Toronto hostel and her first ever interviews with Canadian press to being part of the amazing lineup that brought Songhub to life. Read on for the first part of her incredible tour diary here...

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.

The Aussie BBQ ft. Remi, Tkay Maidza, Saskwatch and more highlights from Day Three of The Great Escape 2015

Saturday marked the third and final day of the 10th annual The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England. Larry Heath was on ground at the event to discover new talent and witness some of Australia's finest bands in a unique setting. It is with this in mind that the day started at The Aussie BBQ, held along Brighton's beach at Concorde 2.

Feature: Immigrant Union (Melbourne) on the Challenges of Recording New Album "Anyway"

Immigrant Union is a psychedelic folk/country band from Melbourne and who have supported Noel Gallagher, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Dead Meadow. Having just recorded their second album Anyway at ColourSound and Hot House in Melbourne, below is the band's account of some of the challenges they faced and observations made from the eyes of singer guitarist, Bob Harrow.

Tour Diary: True Vibenation (Sydney) take on Zimbabwe, Mozambique and more during African Tour

Currently in the middle of their exciting tour around Africa, Sydney hip hop crew True Vibenation let the AU in on what life is like playing festivals and shows in places like Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Swaziland. Peep their tour diary below and check out their remaining tour dates, which include homecoming shows around the country after their African adventure comes to an end on 30th May at Bushfire Festival in South Africa.

Django Django, Nothing But Thieves, Arborist and more among the highlights from day two of The Great Escape 2015!

On Friday night in Brighton, England, dozens - if not hundreds - of bands from the UK and around the world played across dozens of venues around the city for the second day of The Great Escape 2015. Our highlights from the day kicked off early with Plymouth singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson performing an intimate set in the Spiegelpub, fresh off his Australian tour with Ed Sheeran and Conrad Sewell. A far cry from the indoor stadiums he was playing there!

8 Acts Not to Miss at Music Matters Live in Singapore!

We can't wait to get back to Singapore for the Music Matters Live Festival this month! With the spotlight on Singapore, bands from around the world will be heading to Asia to showcase their tunes and meet other industry members from different areas of the business. Australia has always maintained a strong presence at the festival and we're keen to see how the below artists in particular fare. Of course, heading to Asia means getting to see some of the biggest up and coming and established artists doing their thing in their own territory - stay tuned to the AU and Hello Asia! for extensive coverage on both fronts.

Highlights from Day One of The Great Escape 2015!

Today marked the first day of The Great Escape in Brighton, England for 2015. Now in its 10th year, the festival was completely sold out for the third consecutive year - with both delegate passes and live music only wristbands flying out the door. The calibre of artists showcasing today proved why this was the case. Here are just some of our highlights from the first day of the event:

Tour Diary: Mathas (WA) on the road with Funkoars! (Part One)

Perth rapper Mathas is currently on the road with Funkoars, bringing chaotic live shows to fans around the country. The tour kicked off in Queensland last weekend and will continue through until June 12th, where the crew comes back to Funkoars' hometown of Adelaide for a show that will most likely leave fans and performers alike wearied, exhilarated...all of the above. For Mathas, the tour is an opportunity to take "Free Shit" - his new single - to more people than probably ever before, a great way to get the hype for his forthcoming Armwrestling Atlas album even more built up.