As the AU journey through Texas continues, I find myself deep in cowboy territory, visiting Fort Worth's Stockyards for the very first time. As soon as you enter the district, you feel like you've stepped on to the set of a classic Western film. From the huge rodeo coliseum through to the amount of shops and tourist opportunities available to make you feel like a bonafide cowboy or cowgirl, the Fort Worth Stockyards offered up a genuinely enjoyable and welcoming experience. Whether it's a true Texas BBQ experience you're after or some vodka and beer to refuel on before hitting the honky tonk dance floor at Billy Bob's, the Stockyards in Fort Worth has got your back when it comes to a fun time out.
Ever since Dune Rats kicked down the door to the Australian music scene early last year with the release of their self-titled debut LP, the Brisbane trio have been relentless. Backing up national tour after national tour before ending their home turf stint at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, the next logical step was to go scream obscenities through the door of the music scene on the other side of the world. They joined British rockers The Subways on a European tour and are now rocking their own shows across the UK.
The Japan Nite showcase celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year with another eclectic lineup of indie and pop music from Japan. From the Anime inspired sound of Mahoshojo-ni-naritai to a Gogol Bordello style act called Samurai Dynamites to country western inspired Pirates Canoe, indie pop the fin. to pop duo moumoon (pictured above), 70s inspired psychedelia of QUORUM right through to girl rock outfit TsuShMaMiRe. Japan Nite 2015 at SXSW had something for everyone. Photos by Johnny Au.
The K-Pop Night Out Korean music showcase returned for its third year at SXSW 2015. As per previous versions of K-Pop Night Out the artist lineup was an eclectic mix of Indie, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Electronica and Performance Art. This year's artists include Eastern Sidekick, Asian Chairshot, The Barberettes, EE and Hitchhiker. Photos by Johnny Au.
The K-Pop Night Out music showcase at SXSW 2015 featured Chrome Entertainment's K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop. The girls of Crayon Pop debut their brand new comeback "FM" as well as played some of their much loved back catelog of songs. Photos by Johnny Au.
YG Entertainment's hip hop masters EPIK HIGH headlined the third K-Pop Night Out showcase at SXSW 2015. Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz performing for over an hour with a two track encore to satisfy their fans who packed the Elysium venue in Austin, Texas. Photos by Johnny Au.
Pop's up and coming artists performed at the annual Perez Hilton's One Night In Austin showcase at SXSW. Artists include ASTR, BRENMAR, Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, Elle King, Ivy Levan, Kate Boy, Melanie Martinez, The Mowgli's, The Ting Tings and Swedish sensation Tove Lo. The theme for this year's SXSW showcase was strong independent women and Perez Hilton and his team delivered on that promise with some of the best upcoming female pop going around. Photos by Johnny Au.
Korean girl group Apink held their first ever full concert in Singapore last weekend. Titled PINK PARADISE, the six member group brought their cute concept to their adoring Singaporean fans. Photos by William Ho/Three Angles Production.
US celebrity chef Rachael Ray held her annual Rachael Ray's Feedback SXSW music showcase at Stubb's BBQ. In addition to the delicious food (tacos, sausage in blanket, sliders and sweet corn salad was on the menu) we had fantastic music from the likes of The Cringe, Big Data, Delta Spirit, The Districts, Scott Weiland And The Wildabouts, Raekwon and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros (pictured above). Johnny Au was there to sample the food and bring us these pictures.
US broadcaster NPR returned to SXSW with their annual NPR Music Showcase at Stubb's BBQ, again highlighting some of the best talent on display in Austin. We saw a diverse variety of artists who performed including Compton bred rapper Boogie, Las Vegas disco and funk (with a hint of androgyny) Shamir, Aussie indie darling Courtney Barnett, Belgian electronic/hip hop artist Stromae and one of the hardest working bands out there, TV On The Radio (pictured above). Photos by Johnny Au.
The annual Canadian Blast music showcase returned to Brush Park during SXSW. This year's showcase artist included The Wet Secrets (pictured above), The Bros. Landreth, Single Mothers, The Franklin Electric, Yukon Blonde and Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers. Photos by Johnny Au.
The NYLO chain of hotels currently represents a fresh and modern approach to hotel accommodation, providing a range of rooms to a variety of traveller, whether it's a family, business person or a casual visitor to the city. They have hotels in New York, New England and various spots in Texas and it's the Dallas Southside NYLO which the AU stayed for a few nights while visiting Dallas earlier in March.
The Neon Gold label hosted its showcase at Empire on the final night of SXSW, taking over both the Control Room and the Outdoor Stage and bringing together some fantastic bands - both established and up and coming - from Australia, the UK and America together for one final night of fun chaos.
Alt Country Brandi Carlile performed an unplugged and unamplified show at the iconic Central Presbyterian Church at SXSW. Brandi Carlile let her dynamic and powerful voice fill the church to make this show one of the most unforgettable at SXSW. Supported by TORRES. Photos by Johnny Au.
The annual Media Temple Interactive Closing Party at Stubb's BBQ celebrated the close of the Interactive portion of SXSW. This year's party included artists such as Z Trip, Ludacris (pictured above) and TV on the Radio. Photos by Johnny Au.