More Australian music followed Courtney (read about her in part one) with Angus and Julia Stone taking the stage to play tracks from their latest self-titled album and old favourites like "Big Jet Plane" and "For You". The duo played well, accompanied by a four piece band. But their down tempo tracks didn't quite match the loud, raw energy of the band that followed. Brighton duo Royal Blood cranked everything up to 11 in what was the best performance I've ever seen from them - they really are at the top of their game right now. After a year of non-stop touring, that comes of little surprise.
With 13,000 punters from Singapore and around the Asian region descending on the iconic Gardens By The Bay, yesterday saw St Jerome's Laneway Festival take place for the fifth consecutive time in the city, with organisers selling out tickets for the first time ever.
"This country is becoming one of the cultural epicentres of the world!" - Festival co-founder Danny Rogers said yesterday, as he thanked punters at the end of St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2015. The country he was talking about was Singapore, which served as the opening date of the festival run for the fifth consecutive year, before it hits Auckland tomorrow and then makes its way to Australia where the full lineup will join the tour.
While RnV's second day was dominated by hard beats and EDM-driven celebration, the massive festival's final day saw a bit more diversity with headliners Bastille bringing in 2015, a show-stealing set from locals Broods, an encore from the unstoppable P Money, EDM chaos from Zane Lowe, and classic rock from NZ legends Mi-Sex.
the AU Review's head photographer Johnny Au was invited to travel to Mumbai, India to capture the annual songwriting camp called SongHubs. SongHubs India is an initiative of APRA|AMCOS that teams up four Australian artists with local Indian musicians to come up with four songs of demo quality daily. This year we saw Cloud Control, Money For Rope, Peking Duk and Appleonia make the trip.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards created a special 'Mini Concert' stage for fans to see some of the best up and coming K-Pop artists performing before the actual awards ceremony. Playing at this mini concert stage was BTS, AOA and Block B. Our editor Johnny Au was invited by MAMA to photograph the day and these are his pictures from the Mini Concert.
Filipino-Chinese-Korean singer Janice Vidal returns with the 'Janice Walking To The Future Live 2014' concert in Hong Kong Coliseum last week. With a show of Canto-pop classics from the 1980s and '90s, Janice Vidal once again proved why she is one Canto-pop's most polished performers. Photos by East Asia Record Production Company.
K-Pop boy bands BTS and Block B held a fan engagement and high touch event at the Mnet Asian Music Awards 2014 (MAMA) in Hong Kong last week. Their devoted fans snapped up the exclusive tickets to meet their idols. Hello Asia editor Johnny Au was granted exclusive access to MAMA and brings you these behind the scenes and onstage pictures from the fanmeet.
The stars of the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) descended into Hong Kong last Wednesday for one of the industry's biggest award nights. The day kicked off with a press conference attended by artists such as WINNER, Juggigo, BTS (pictured above), Girl's Day, Block B, IU and EXO. Hello Asia editor Johnny Au was there to bring you these Australian exclusive photos.
It's the third and final day of Johnny Au's photos from the Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong - and boy did it go off with a bang. On their way to Australia, The Lemonheads rocked it, Hong Kong's Noughts and Exes impressed, The Stray Katz Big Band covered the classics and Dan Deacon created beautiful, beautiful mayhem. But it was up to Tenacious D and The Flaming Lips to close out the festival...
Johnny Au returns us to Hong Kong for day two of Clockenflap, featuring headliners Travis (pictured), who pulled a MASSIVE crowd ready to singalong to all their hits. Also pictured in Johnny's exclusive AU gallery are Kool & The Gang, Sydney's own Jagwar Ma, Melbourne based Jess Ribeiro, Nightmares on Wax, Ozomatli and many more...
The three day Music and Arts Festival Clockenflap just wrapped up its seventh edition in Hong Kong and we were there to bring you exclusive Australian coverage! Throughout the week you'll read more reviews, see more photo galleries and watch more interviews from the event - but to kick things off, I've picked my five favourite performances from the festival, including a bit of a Hong Kong discovery...
Helping kick off the 7th annual Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival in Hong Kong, Johnny Au captures headliners of the day, Mogwai, alongside The Raveonettes, the return of The Vaccines alongside local Hong Kong acts Fad, Thud, Salvaje and a special Movember performance:
The stars of Asia was performing at the annual Sundown Festival in Singapore last weekend. Artists include Big Ass, Chang Chen Yue, James Yang, Jeremy Teng, Kanika Kapoor, Kate Tsui (pictured above), Olivia Ong, PUPIL, REGINA, ShiGGa Shay and Shila Amzah. Photos by Johnny Au.
Japanese rock act WEAVER, returns to Singapore with a set at the Sundown Festival. The members of WEAVER have been taking leave from their music careers to study English in the UK. This performance marks WEAVER's return to Asia. Photos by Johnny Au.