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Exclusive: Ian Laidlaw captures Sugar Mountain artists backstage in this special portrait gallery

This year we headed backstage at Sugar Mountain Festival to capture some of the performers from the day. Ian Laidlaw set up his studio and got straight to shooting throughout the day. Enjoy them exclusively on the AU, starting with the one and only Dan Deacon, above:

Photo Gallery: Sugar Mountain Festival - Victorian College Of The Arts, Melbourne (24.01.15)

The boutique festival Sugar Mountain returned to Melbourne yesterday following a year off in 2014, moving to its new home of the Victorian College of the Arts for a day of music, arts and great times. Rebecca Houlden brings us photos from the epic day:

Photo Gallery: Cirque Du Soleil Premiere - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (Performances through 15th March)

The new Cirque Du Soleil show Totem had its premiere last night to a packed Big Top at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. Totem traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The show is a mixture of athleticism, comedy, heartfelt emotions and surprising visual effects. Every piece is choreographed with pinpoint precision and true professionalism which is why Cirque Du Soleil is the master of their craft. Carl Dziunka went along to capture the show which will leave you breathless.

Photo Gallery: Cirque Du Soleil Red Carpet - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (21.01.15)

It was the premiere of Cirque Du Soleil in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse and quite a number of VIP's attended to witness this amazing spectacle. It was a fairly warm night but the performance that was going to be shown was red hot. Carl Dziunka captured the guests as they came through the red carpet.

Photo Gallery: Cirque Du Soleil Rehearsals - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne (20.01.15)

Perfection takes practice. Perfection is what you get when you see a performance from Cirque Du Soleil. It is all about precision and perfection and the only way to make sure this is achieved is to practice and rehearse until it is second nature.

Live Review: Passenger - Palais Theatre, Melbourne (17.01.15)

Over the weekend, Passenger was back in town and played a wonderful and comical show at Melbourne's Palais Theatre. The english singer-songwriter not only demonstrated that he oozes musical talent, but that he also knows how to charm an audience and have us spilling over in hysterics. You would be forgiven for thinking you had walked into a musical comedy show.

Photo Gallery: Passenger + The Once - Palais Theatre, Melbourne (17.01.15)

Passenger played the Palais theatre tonight as part of his Whispers tour with Canadian band, The Once doing support duties. Carl Dziunka went along to capture the performance.

Eating with the AU: South Melbourne Night Market - South Melbourne (Melbourne)

It was a dreary day that cleared up to be a charming evening, and as the sun set gloriously on the horizon making way for twilight, Melbourne's oldest market transformed into the place to be. Tucked away among the banality of urban life, the South Melbourne Market returned for its sixth year with vivacity and fervour. We were invited for a special media tour to experience the delightful hawker-style food, pop-up stalls, entertainment, and music at this wonderful establishment.

Photo Gallery: Cirque Du Soleil - Raising of the Big Top - Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. (15.01.15)

If you have ever worked on a project and been a little overwhelmed then you need to pay attention to this. This is what you call a project. Cirque Du Soleil have brought their latest spectacular, Totem, to Melbourne which starts on the 21st January at Flemington Racecourse. After packing up all the equipment and hitting the road on Sunday, the raising of the trademark blue and yellow big top happened today.

Live Review: So Frenchy, So Chic Melbourne ft. Emilie Simon + The Dø - Werribee Mansion (11.01.15)

Meandering through the kept gardens of Werribee Mansion, there was a certain je ne sais pas that drifted, stirring the sensibilities. Melbourne’s typically impulsive weather had smiled upon the French gathering, turning on a particularly beautiful Summer’s day. Upon arrival, the stretch that lay in front of the mansion greeted patrons with a sea of white umbrellas, a flurry of red lips and a bare chested dancer with a scarf draped over his head (basking in the sunlight and good times).

Eating with the AU: Beer Deluxe - Federation Square (Melbourne)

Next time I'm heading into the city to meet up with friends at Federation Square they will find me round the back enjoying a beer (or two) at BEER DELUXE - isn't that just the most fabulous name for a place serving over 250 types of beer plus a decent food menu! Tucked at the back of Federation Square in Melbourne (also opposite the Forum Theatre; they have more than one venue) is this absolutely delightful gem of a venue.

Photo Gallery: Joey Bada$$ + Run The Jewels - The Forum, Melbourne (08.01.15)

Joey Bada$$ and Run the Jewels came through Melbourne's Forum Theatre last night, performing two killer sets of hip-hop for the masses. Perri Cassie brings us these shots from the gig.

Hello Asia! IFF 2015: Indonesian Film Festival Short Film Competition And More

Held in Melbourne from 24 April – 3 May 2014 at the Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI) and in Sydney from 25 April – 27 April 2014 at the Event Cinema, the 9th Indonesian Film Festival (IFF) enjoyed a huge success. The one of the most celebrated Indonesian festival in Australia positively caught the attention of a large number of audiences through its quality screening programs, which include: Comic 8, Sokola Rimba, What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, and 99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa. The Q&A sessions as well as the seminar and workshop program with prominent Indonesian filmmakers such as Mira Lesmana, Anggy Umbara and Hanung Bramantyo also mustered audiences’ interests and gathered positive feedbacks.

SHINee's Jonghyun to Make Solo Debut in January

Two days into the New Year, and 2015 is set to be stellar within the world of K Pop! To kick it all off, SM Entertainment updated their website recently with a curiously mysterious image. While the enigmatic image of a triangle forming onto a square did not reveal too much, it was more than enough for K-Pop fans across the globe to start venturing as to what the Korean entertainment juggernaut might be up to next.

Photo Gallery: Falls Festival Day Two - Lorne, Victoria (29.12.14)

The second day of the Falls Festival at Lorne sees the rest of the campers arrive to scattered showers and winds which saw a few tents blow down. Down on the Valley Stage things were heating up with artists such as Milky Chance and Australia's own Temper Trap crowd favorites. DZ Deathrays stepped in at the last minute with Jamie XX and Big Freedia closing the night. The mood was expectant for what the rest of the festival would bring. Photos by John Goodridge.