Jake Bugg drew an impressive crowd for his first of two weeknight shows on his second visit to Australia. Frequently labelled as the next Bob Dylan, Bugg has quickly harnessed a cult following for his music that fuses folk with modern rock influences, recently earning him a Brit Award nomination for Best Male Solo Artist.
UK artist Jake Bugg, The Creases, and The Growl put on an excellent concert at Melbourne's Palace Theatre, with all three acts ensuring fans walked away completely satisfied. Perri Cassie was in attendance and brings you these images, snapped for the AU.
In Australia for Bluesfest in Byron Bay, among a series of other shows around the country, Serena Ho takes us along to experience the wonder that are the Soul Rebels at the Melbourne Recital Centre!
What makes a former Intellectual Property Lawyer give up law and focus his energies on discovering Victoria’s best burger? The answer is quite simple: Love. Love of the burger, and anyone who relishes burgers in their many incarnations will understand Jimmy Hurlston’s passion; this quest to find Victoria’s best burger led him to writing a delicious, hard cover book, entitled The Burger Book and published by the folks at Smudge Publishing.
Megan Washington finished her short tour at Howler in Melbourne on Saturday night. It sold out way in advance and the packed room were treated to a mix of old and new and a few little surprises. Supported by All Our Exes Live In Texas. Photos by Ian Laidlaw.
YouTube stars David Choi and Jason Chen touched down in Melbourne for a sold out one night only performance at Ormond Hall last Friday night. Both performers, hailing from the United States, are famous in the world of YouTube, collectively acquiring close to 300 million views through their beautiful music, artistic covers, and smooth, sweet-sounding vocals. Through the power of the networking platform, both David and Jason have seen their music take them across the globe, with strong fan-bases in such countries as Singapore, Malaysia, China, Italy and Spain. 2012 was the last visit David made to Australia, promoting his latest album, Forever and Ever. However, this time called for a more intimate affair, giving fans the rare opportunity to get up and close with the popular YouTubers in this double bill concert.
Who knew that Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion would become cult hits? That Doctor Who would be inspiring conventions fifty years on, that Japanese anime and manga would impact Western youth and that nerds and geeks all over the world would become the cool kids on the block? Perhaps in contemporary times the very people who don’t try to be mainstream are the ones who become hugely popular. We have become enamoured of those who are truly passionate about their interests because there’s a sincerity in that which inspires curiosity in a great number of us.
A well dressed couple dart across the rain slicked Swan Street towards Melbourne's Corner Hotel. Outwardly it all seems to be fairly sedate, until security informs the dismayed pair that tonight's gig is sold out. "Art vs Science? They sang that French song, didn't they?" the man remarks to his partner as they slink off into the distance.
The charm that Michelle & Gemma bring with their Life Lessons is charming in it’s own beautiful way. The fact that we are greeted to both of them dancing wildly as we walk in indicates this is to be a bowl-of-fun performance. Even though the space they perform in is a small one ACMI in Life Lessons.
Megan Washington is back with her single “Who Are You”, off her soon-to-be-released sophomore album There There, and to celebrate she played an intimate show at Melbourne’s Howler that sold out in a matter of minutes. As Melbourne’s the city that Megan essentially launched her career in, it was bound to be a special gig, and it definitely delivered!
YouTube stars David Choi & Jason Chen performed for a sold out show in Melbourne last night at Ormond Hall. Ian Laidlaw was there to capture the action.
Despite the slightly awkward beginning, the Axis of Awesome's Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas flows in a rock extravaganza that is all out nerdy without any apologies. Their first piece is an impressive little melody of tunes that make up the title. It’s a slightly bumpy ride throughout the show, with a few songs that don’t quite hit the mark at times, but the jokes flow relatively well at a nice pace.
Art vs Science and Kilter played to a packed Corner Hotel in Melbourne. Rebecca Houlden was in the front row to bring us these pictures.
Sadly, I stepped foot inside The Palace Theatre for what will undoubtedly be the last time. I could not have asked for a better final curtain. To put it blatantly, I was not disillusioned with Darkside’s discernably genius treatment of The Palace. To work cohesively with the unencumbered soundscape, to embrace it’s unpredictability and reap the sonic splendors that it so lavishly offers. Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington respectively created an all-encompassing sensory experience that showcased the Palace at it’s finest.