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Arts Interview: Performer Trevor Ashley talks about his latest cabaret "Liza's Back! (Is Broken)" in Melbourne

The ever so colourful Trevor Ashley is at it again. The man seriously does not stop. Having just ended a two-year national tour with Les Miserables and directing the Hayes Theatre Co’s latest show Heathers, Ashley has now focused and channelled his energies into the leading woman in his life; Liza Minnelli.

the AU interview: Marcia Hines discusses being involved in theatrical phenomenon, "Velvet"

Raucous and seductive, stage show Velvet is a tantalising fusion of disco, dance, burlesque and circus. Playing an extended season at the Sydney Opera House until 22 November following rave reviews from its stint at Edinburgh Fringe, Velvet is an absolute sensory overload. Marcia Hines walks us through the show's intoxicating world.

the AU interview: Mathieu Ravier talks about the upcoming Jurassic Lounge Halloween

A dinosaur dances under a disco ball in a dark room.

With Halloween just around the corner what better way to get into the spooky spirit then a night at Jurassic Lounge - Halloween special! Run amuck and discover your inner child as the Australian Museum opens it's doors after hours once more. Event Director Mathieu Ravier gives us a sneak peek of what's in store.

the AU Interview: World-renowned Pianist Simon Tedeschi talks about taking on Mussorgsky

Recently releasing a brand-new solo album for ABC Classics earlier this month, Simon Tedeschi is gearing up in preparation for a nation-wide tour, undertaking the immense challenge that is Mussorgsky's undeniable masterpiece - Pictures at an Exhibition. We spoke to the extremely talented man himself, where he spoke to us about artistic inspiration, his musical influences, and performing in front of 100,000 people.

the AU interview: Scott McArdle (Perth) talks about his latest play "Between Solar Systems" and favourite Sci-Fi

Ahead of the launch of his latest play Between Solar Systems, we caught up with writer and director Scott McArdle to find out a little bit more about the new play from his company Second Chance Theatre; and we couldn't resist asking Scott for his favourite Science Fiction films or shows whilst we were at it.

Arts on the AU Interview: MSO's Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey Discusses the Magic of Disney

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is gearing up to take us all on a magic carpet ride, exploring the wondrous majesty of Disney films through a musical adventure that will feature nostalgic hits from films like Alice in Wonderland and Fantasia, to an exploration of more recent masterpieces, including Tangled, Aladdin, and Frozen. We sat down with the MSO's Associate Conductor, the charming and very talented Benjamin Northey where he spoke to us about his own musical influences, his most memorable musical moments, and dished out some incredibly valuable advice for young and aspiring musicians.

the AU interview: Mikala Westall (Perth) talks "Latitudes"

Latitudes, the debut theatre script from acclaimed screenwriter and music Mark Walsh, opened at Perth’s The Blue Room Theatre last week. Ahead of it’s opening we wanted to know a bit more about the play; and who better to ask than the play’s director Mikala Westall. Want to know what the play’s about? Look no further. Want to know how to give great directorial pep talks? That’s in here too...

the AU interview: James Curd (Adelaide) talks Favored Nations' upcoming debut and his new film scoring projects


After making waves with catchy, groove-laden tunes such as "The Setup" and "Amazon", trans-pacific three-piece Favored Nations are set to release their epic 17-track debut LP The Great Unknown. James Curd of the band chats to Scott Aitken about making the album as well as discussing his recent music supervision on the film Cash Only and how it led to the new music video for their latest single "Always".

the AU interview: Thirteen Seventy (Brisbane) talk about their new album "Bitter Dream" and album launch show!

We caught up with Brisbane's noise-rock trio Thirteen Seventy, who talked us through the recording process behind their latest album, Bitter Dream, the big-name international and Australian bands who influenced their sound and look ahead to their concert in Brisbane on Friday.

the AU interview: Arielle Gray talks "All That Glitters" (at The Blue Room Theatre, Perth until 29th August)

Ahead of opening night we caught up with The Last Great Hunt's Arielle Gray to find out a little bit more about the groups new work, the political theatre pop music extravaganza that is All That Glitters. Naturally we asked her for her top pop music picks whilst we were at it.

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: John Smith (UK) on his artistic freedom and plans for new material

Independent artist John Smith had a chat with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at the uniquely Canadian Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Reflecting on his time so far and discussing plans to record new songs, click through to hear what Smith had to say...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Kevin Jones and Andrew Davie of Bear's Den (UK) talk touring and collaborating live

British alternative-folk band Bear's Den sat down with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at Edmonton Folk Music Festival. This is the second time the band has performed at the festival, having graced the stages last year as well. With a busy year in the works, click through to hear about their tour and plans for a new album...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: The Once (Canada) talk festivals and touring through small towns

Folk trio The Once had a chat with the AU's Editor-in-Chief, Larry at Edmonton Folk Music Festival in their homeland, Canada. Geraldine, Phil and Andrew share their thoughts on what to record next, the strong collaborative vibe from the festival and how they're eager to come back to Australia. Click through to read (and watch) more...

the AU interview at Edmonton Folk Music Festival: Jenn Grant (Canada) on her upcoming Australian tour and EP release

Pop-folk singer Jenn Grant caught up with Larry at this year's Edmonton Folk Music Festival. An enthusiastic and welcomed performer to any folk stage, see what Jenn Grant had to say on songwriting and an upcoming tour to Australia! It's been nearly a year since Grant's last record was released, resulting in a successful stream of tours all over the world. Already familiar with the Australian stage from her time at Woodford Festival, Grant announced her upcoming shows at Melbourne Festival and will be doing shows for three weeks. On her time here, Grant says "the people are amazing in Australia and it's a beautiful country, the food is also quite good. There seems to be a unique spirit to that place in general, we had amazing shows".