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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.

Tour Diary: Hein Cooper (Milton) shares his Canadian Music Week journey, including Sounds Australia and more

Australian Indie musician, Hein Cooper shares an exclusive tour diary with the AU review on what he got up to at this year's Canadian Music Week (CMW). From seeing talented bands/musicians to discovering the amazingness of Poutine, Cooper takes us through all the moments that made his Canadian adventure worthwhile...

Where to see the Aussies at The Great Escape 2015‏


Photo: Saskwatch

With over 400 up and coming bands set to play in 35 Brighton venues for The Great Escape Festival, we thought it was definitely worth spotlighting the Aussie acts. Incredible artists are flying in from all over the world, and these amazing Aussie bands are no exception. Click through to find out who you should be checking out...

The ten artists you can't miss at The Great Escape

We're about 48 hours from everything kicking off at the annual music festival and conference held in Brighton, England, The Great Escape (TGE), which we're excited to be bringing you live and direct coverage from for the first time since 2012. Like similar events - SXSW, the recent Canadian Music Week or BigSound closer to home, there are too many bands to try and catch. In the case of TGE, we're talking hundreds. Over the past few weeks, we've been pouring through the list and trying to pick out the bands worth your time. Some we've seen before and can vouch for their excellence, and others we'll be planning to experience for the first time at the festival. And whether you're there or not, these are the artists you should listen to, artists you should see and experience for yourself (presented here in no particular order).

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

We now know that Soulfest won't be lowering those high standards anytime soon, with them yet again managing to secure one of the year's biggest line ups across hip hop, soul, R&B, and jazz. The one and only Mary J Blige has been announced to headline the festival, which also includes Jhene Aiko, Eric Benet, De La Soul, and Talib Kweli. We at the AU can't wait to see what this collective of legendary and rising performers brings to Australia come October, nor can we wait to see who will be announced on the second line up. But for now, here's 12 songs from the artists on the first line up that we are excited to hear live at Soulfest.

Editor's Picks: Our seven favourite performances and discoveries at Canadian Music Week (CMW) 2015.

At festivals like Canadian Music Week, bands from around the world try and impress fans and industry alike in sets around the city of Toronto that rarely last for more than 30 minutes. With hundreds of bands playing, no one journalist would be able to see everything on offer. But our man on the ground - Larry Heath - certainly tried - as he jumped from venue to venue over the 4 days he attended. Here now he counts down his seven favourite performances from the week (counting performances from May 6th to 9th). The end result is a mix of expected favourites and new discoveries. Hopefully you'll find something new, too...

My City Feature: The Best Brisbane Music Venues, According to The Kite String Tangle!

Yesterday, we brought you Dustin Tebbutt's fave spots to check out music in Sydney, a little some'n some'n to whet the appetites of those fans who are currently eagerly awaiting the short run of shows he and The Kite String Tangle are soon to be embarking on. Today, we head east to Brisbane, as the man behind TKST, Danny Harley, takes us through some Brisbane gems he loves to catch live music in.