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Melbourne Writers Festival Review: Do You Remember The First Time? - The Toff In Town (25.08.14)

The thought of sharing your ‘first time’ to a bunch of paying strangers seems like a strange idea, especially in a spoken format away from the comfort of a journal or laptop screen. But this is the premise of this Melbourne Writers Festival event, which reveals five personal anecdotes from Isobelle Carmody, Leanne Hall, Will Kostakis, Michael Pryor and Penny Tangey.

Live Review: The Used + Taking Back Sunday - 170 Russell, Melbourne (25.08.14)

When I think back to 2006, a few things immediately come to mind: Myspace, vodka cruisers (ugh), dying my hair black and of course, music. 2006 was a year in which the “post-hardcore” genre was basically in its prime and alongside My Chemical Romance, The Used and Taking Back Sunday were really at the forefront of this phenomenon that had many 15 year olds like myself in a fucking frenzy.

Event Wrap Up: APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards 2014 - Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne (26.08.14)

Held at Melbourne’s Plaza Ballroom, the APRA Art Music Awards were presented last night with some of Australia's most talented performers and industry members in attendance to announce the winners of the 2014 awards, recognising the artistic achievement and excellence within the field of this Australia's art music industry. Presenter Virginia Trioli, the Walkley award-winning journalist, author and co-host of ABC-TV News Breakfast hosted this year’s event.

Eating with the AU: Mr Mason & State of Grace Progressive Dinner - CBD (Melbourne)

His name was Mr Mason and the charm he exuded was instantly intoxicating. He welcomes me with champagne and entices my palate with gorgeous canapés. French songs are sung in the background as I mingle under the stars on the outdoor terrace. He leads me inside and seats me at an elegantly laid table where a cleverly designed menu greets us. This was a journey between two nearby restaurants in Melbourne's CBD, driven by the characters these beautiful establishments - Mr Mason and State of Grace - call upon.

Melbourne Writers Festival Review: Funemployed with Justin Heazlewood - Deakin Edge (24.08.14)

Speaking at Deakin Edge as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Justin Heazlewood hosts a discussion about the life of Australian artists, specifically writers, with John Safran, Clem Bastow, Angie Hart, Tom Doig and Ben Watt. Perhaps best known as his musician alter ego The Bedroom Philosopher, the title of tonight’s event comes from Heazlewood’s recently released first book, a memoir/self-help/comedic tale of his own experiences as an artist in Australia.

Photo Gallery: Taking Back Sunday + The Used + Breakaway - 170 Russell, Melbourne (25.08.14)

The Used and Taking Back Sunday performed the first of two nights in Melbourne at 170 Russell with Breakaway starting the proceedings. Carl Dziunka went along to see the action.

Live Review: Lady Gaga - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (23.08.14)


Photo: Paul Kane/Getty

Lady Gaga brought her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour to Melbourne on Saturday night, and delighted the crowd with a massive production consisting of an extended stage, numerous costume changes, dancers, impressive lighting and her live band. It was nothing short of a raving spectacle that celebrated the pop diva's prowess while maintaining a high level of artistic integrity.

Photo Gallery: When Art and Music Collide - Ben Watt - National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (22.08.14)

Tonight was the penultimate concert in the NGV Friday Nights series. Tonight's performance was by Ben Watt, the male half of Everything But the Girl. Tonight he played a solo performance showcasing songs from his new album "Hendra." Carl Dziunka went along to photograph the performance.

Live Review: Megan Washington - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (19.08.14)

The beautiful and talented Megan Washington sang a beautiful set previewing new songs from her upcoming album There There, due out in September. It was emotional, uplifting and an all-round honest performance by the lady who wears her heart on her sleeve.

Photo Gallery: Washington + Teeth & Tongue - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (19.08.14)

Washington is back! And earlier this week she performed an intimate set at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, supported by the equally wonderful Teeth & Tongue. Rebecca Holden was there and brings us these photos from the night:

Eating with the AU: Man Mo - CBD (Melbourne)

Across the Yarra from the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, at WTC wharf, lies a new addition to the Melbourne Dining Scene, four week old Chinese Seafood Restaurant Man Mo . Named after the god of literature; Man Cheong (Man) and the god of war or martial valour; Kwan Yu (Mo), soon two metre golden statues of the gods will be erected outside the restaurant.

Live Review: Kasabian + The Delta Riggs - Festival Hall, Melbourne (09.08.14)

Close your eyes for a moment and you could be forgiven for thinking that Kasabian have hijacked The Delta Riggs’ time slot. Open them, to leer at frontman Elliot Hammond cavorting about the stage with swagger, belting out latest single “Supersonic Casualties” rousing the die hards. 48:13 in giant pink letters on the black, back drop is a sign of what’s to follow.

Photo Gallery: Kasabian + The Delta Riggs - Festival Hall, Melbourne (09.08.14)

Kasabian and The Delta Riggs performed at Festival Hall in Melbourne on Saturday night. Ian Laidlaw was there and brings the AU these photos from the night:

Photo Gallery: Hanson - Palais Theatre, Melbourne (09.08.14)

Hanson came to Melbourne's Palais Theatre over the weekend and Rebecca Houlden was there to bring us these photos:

Kwave Festival to return to Melbourne on September 6 with Special Guest Eric Nam

Kwave Festival

Melbourne kpop fans rejoice - Kwave Festival will be back in 2014! After the huge success of Kwave 2013, SQ Entertainment’s Kwave Festival 2014: Battle of the Fans edition will focus on the growing success of K entertainment though kpop, kdrama and more.