The Five Best Bits (and observations) of Bluesfest Byron Bay

While Sose brought you the daily coverage of the 25th annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay, I was mainly out the back doing a series of interviews. You can see them posted periodically on the website, or you can check them all out HERE on our YouTube channel (there are THIRTY videos up for your enjoyment!). But I did see plenty of amazing acts along the way, too. It was five days of music after all! Here are my five highlights from the event, as well as a few observations about the changes they made to the event this year; things they did well and things they could do better for their 26th year!

Five of our favourite guest appearances at Coachella

Coachella 2014 was awash with amazing artist cameos, speaking highly to the collaborative vibe at one of the biggest music festivals in the world. Some were expected, some weren't, but all added to a very memorable couple of weekends. Here are 5 of our favourite moments.

the AU playlist: 12 essential TLC classics

With the recent announcement of immortal R&B group TLC heading to our shores in June causing mass hysteria, it's only appropriate that we compile some of the quintessential TLC jams for those that want to breeze through the group's stack of multi-platinum albums. With tickets to this hotly anticipated tour being made available to the general public this morning, take this time to remind yourself just why TLC are one of the most celebrated all-girl groups in music history. In no particular order:

Feature: OutKast will be in top shape come Splendour In The Grass

Eric B & Rakim had the flow; Mobb Deep had the ambience; UGK had the character; 8Ball & MJG had the chemistry; Gang Starr had the depth; and EPMD had the style. But there has never been a hip hop duo quite like OutKast. The eccentric Andre 3000 and the lyrically dextrous Big Boi will forever be the quintessential experimental rap duo that put Atlanta on the map and opened the flood gates for the left-field sounds coming from the South. In an era when gangster and mafiaso rap were bounced back and forth between the East and West Coasts, OutKast completely flipped hip hop on it's head.

Five must-see acts at Groovin' the Moo 2014

Groovin' the Moo is the biggest travelling music festival to hit regional towns in Australia, bringing impressive line-ups year after year to places like Oakbank, Townsville, and Bendigo. It's no secret that these crowds make the most of the festival, navigating the line-up with nothing but enthusiasm for each and every act. Most have undoubtedly locked in who they want to see, we're hoping these five are included:

Today the music industry celebrates Record Store Day!

The annual Record Store Day is a global celebration for the music industry and one which reiterates how crucial traditional outlets are in assisting the global reach of music from all over the world. Today marks the sixth coming of this celebration in Australia, with the country joining the rest of the world with all types of special events planned in record stores around the country.

Feature: 20 Years of Nas' Illmatic

Released on April 19 in 1994, Nas' seminal debut Illmatic has remained the most lauded hip-hop album of all time; constantly and consistently listed as the greatest achievement any emcee has ever crafted. 20 years later and these accolades continue, as new generations discover Nas' first - and arguably, only – masterpiece [It Was Written and Stillmatic were 8's; 9's at best].

the AU playlist: 10 of our favourite Erykah Badu songs

The undisputed Queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu is currently down under as part of this year's stunning Bluesfest line-up. The woman of many names put on a show-stopping performance yesterday at Melbourne's Palais Theatre and is set to wow her Sydney fans tomorrow at The Star Event Centre. In our infinite excitement, we have put together a playlist of 10 Erykah Badu songs we adore.

Ten Artists Not To Miss at Bluesfest Byron Bay 2014!

It's just TWO DAYS until we're all at Bluesfest, soaking up what we hope to be the sun (and not rain) and enjoying some of the best music in the world. Running all the way through Easter Weekend (for FIVE DAYS!), the festival has such an unbelievable amount of artists playing, it's hard to even know where to begin. Well, we bring you now 10 of the artists who we think you can't miss at the festival. We haven't included any of the big bands here though - they go without saying, surely!

Top 5 Tracks from Stav and Jamie from Bluejuice (Sydney)

Ahead of their free performance on Thursday night at The Rock Lily in Sydney, Stav and Jamie from Bluejuice share with us their five favourite tracks. Stay tuned to our Instagram Feed on Thursday, too, as the band will be taking over our account! This will not end well.

The five best moments from West Coast Blues and Roots Festival 2014

The West Coast Blues and Roots Festival has long been one of my favourite festivals to attend. It’s chilled out, relaxed and normally boasts an impressive line-up of legends and up-and-comers. It also happens (for the time being) to be the closest I am going to get to Bluesfest. This year’s festival was my fifth (or maybe my sixth) West Coast Blues and Roots – so here, in no particular order, are five of my highlights from this year’s event.

Ten must-see artists at Coachella 2014! (Part Two)

We're just hours away from Coachella kicking off in Indio, California and so it's time for the second part of our list of the ten acts we reckon are unmissable at this year's festival. If you couldn't make it this weekend or next, make sure you tune into the festival on YouTube, and you can look back at the first part of our article here.

Why are the Dave Matthews Band one of the biggest bands in the USA and why should you care?

Whenever a Dave Matthews Band tour is announced in Australia - which has only been three times now in the band's illustrious 23 year career - it's often met with moments of confusion. A "why should we care?" sort of response is vocalised, especially when the tour coincides with a headline spot on a festival like Bluesfest. "But they're not even popular in Australia, are they!?" Well, on record, they've never been particularly successful in Australia. And even the band admits that 2001's Everyday wasn't their best effort. But those "in the know" usually reply: "if you saw them live, you'd get it..." and they'd be right.

Ten must-see artists at Coachella 2014! (Part One)

This weekend, Coachella hits the Californian desert for the first of two sold out weekends. There's so much to choose from at the event - where do you even begin? Well, we cut through the fuzz to bring you ten acts we think are unmissable at the event. And if you're not at the event, select performances well be streaming through the weekend on YouTube. And now, here are the first five...

the AU playlist: 20 songs we cannot wait to hear at Soulfest 2014

Discerning Australian and NZ fans of neo-soul and hip-hop are still in shock from the announcement of the dream line-up the ingaural Soulfest will bring to our shores this October. We've never before seen a festival of this stature purely dedicated to the best in neo-soul and hip-hop.