It was our final day of the conference and it was a jam packed one so let's get this coverage rolling... Kicking things off early in the day, we spotted our friends from Eat Your Kimchi filming a segment for HP with K-Pop stars SPICA. Stay tuned for photos from SPICA's performance and our exclusive interview with Eat Your Kimchi! Moving on...
Since it set up shop just off Martin Place, The Spice Cellar has quickly become a favourite among Sydney’s underground music scene; the candle-lit club regularly filters the overcrowded sea of DJ’s and live acts to give discerning punters nothing but authenticity ranging from house to jazz.
The inimitable Stan Ridgway last visited our shores in 1997, so it was no surprise that his foray to the suburbs was a sold out affair. Here to promote his latest release Mr Trouble , the audience was predominantly of a mature vintage with many punters sitting at tables with red tablecloths and tea lights.
On Tuesday night soul legend Bobby Womack and his thirteen piece band transformed Melbourne’s Hamer Hall into a gospel church, delivering classic after classic before an enraptured audience.
The second day of Digital and Music Matters saw the event move into its music portion, with the highlighted keynote of the day being that of Johnny Wright (pictured), the world famous manager of artists like Justin Timberlake and the Backstreet Boys, among many others. We'll look now at some of the highlights from the day. Remember that you can watch day three (happening as we publish this article) LIVE here - or you can keep an eye on our Twitter stream and the hastag #matterstome.
The Wolfpack is back in the third and final installment of The Hangover franchise. You would think after the last two films that there would be not much more in the way of shenanigans these guys could partake in, but clearly director/writer Tom Phillips had other ideas.
Sunday night saw Perth’s Metro City play host to the final Gaslight Anthem show of their Australian tour. As you’d expect for the final leg of the tour, spirits were high and hijinks and fun ensued.
Something you may have not have been told but that is nonetheless very true is that you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten Italian while being serenaded by an older Italian gentleman singing in his native tongue.
The Lovedale Long Lunch did not just celebrate its 20th year as one of the most highly anticipated food and wine festivals for no reason. A loyal (and very large) following returns each year, most regarding it as the social highlight of their year. The rest, like me, heard of its popularity and made the trek for the first time this year.
Australia loves chocolate. We’re in the top 10 countries for chocolate consumption in the world, guzzling down an average of 7 kilograms per person each year. It seems then, there’ll be a lot of very excited people racing for the 3 new Lindt chocolate collections.
Sutherland based quintet Frankie & The Heartstrings return for a second helping of twee indie rock. This time they have enlisted the help of guitar wizard, ex-Suede member and Britpop legend Bernard Butler. The Days Run Away has been described as Frankie & The Heartstrings in pursuit of guitar pop perfection. Although a valiant effort it ultimately falls far short of its goal.
It doesn't get much better than spending your Sunday evening watching the sun fall on Sydney from the middle of the harbour. When it’s a floating Mexican Carnivale too, well you’re on to a winner!
Off the back of their brilliant 2010 debut album Gorilla Manor, Local Natives are back with their beautifully executed and haunting album Hummingbird. We caught them on the tour circuit at The Forum in Melbourne.
Staff at Haymarket’s The Eight can be rest assured about the restaurant’s reputation; the Yum Cha hot-spot is often the top choice for connoisseurs of delicious dim sums when roaming around Sydney’s CBD. Yum Cha enthusiasts are known to be quite critical when it comes to their favourite Chinese dining experience; so when The Eight is constantly heralded – by these same people – to be the place to go for a dim sum feast, then one can be guaranteed authenticity.
Friday night at Jive, the Indie kids are out in full force wearing their hats indoors. Awesome! It is album release day for Jinja Safari and they have this time sold out the venue and bought with them 44th Sunset.