A sold out crowd masked the Exeter’s bricked beer garden, standing atop wobbly benches to get an unobstructed view of the low-rise stage. Glasses of beer were substituted for brimming jugs, cementing everyone’s unwillingness to lose their hard earned spot.
Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, embodies the three pillars of Vivid Sydney, so it's surprising that it has taken this long for the now world renowned festival of light, music, and ideas to lure him to Australia. In giving Jenkinson the John Sutherland Theatre, an intimate theatre in the Sydney Opera House, to showcase two hours of electronic mastery, Vivid Live delivered us quite the exciting journey into high-end technology, immersive visuals, and productions focusing on Squarepusher's latest album Damogen Furies.
Photo: Daniel Boud
It’s the hardest part of being an artist – letting go of your work – and Sufjan Stevens lets go all the way. In the first of his performances for Vivid 2015, he transformed the Concert Hall into a mesmerising montage of his life’s narrative. First thought when the lights came on is that it had to be this venue – such a large sound compared to the record and the seating meant that most of the crowd didn’t hold up their smartphones for the entire show.
Sunday in London saw the return of The Aussie BBQ - the live initiative of our music export body Sounds Australia. Hundreds of music fans - both locals and expats - came out for the event which saw over twenty Australian artists performing on two stages over ten hours at the Hoxton Bar and Grill in Shoreditch. It was a chance for us to see well established artists like Safia and Remi an become acquainted with some newer talent, some of whom are now based here in the UK.
David Le'aupepe shimmied his way across the stage, caught midway into live, favourite and inevitable single "Magnolia". As he delivers the line, "I'm drunk but I'm ready to kick some ass tonight", he flexes his arm showing he means business. It's theatrical flair, packaged with a neat grin.
Last week, the tour celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra reached Perth and the Perth Concert Hall. Now under the leadership of Scotty Barnhart, the 18-piece orchestra played two, hour-long sets to an appreciative and attentive audience of young and old.
Saturday marked the third and final day of the 10th annual The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England. Larry Heath was on ground at the event to discover new talent and witness some of Australia's finest bands in a unique setting. It is with this in mind that the day started at The Aussie BBQ, held along Brighton's beach at Concorde 2.
This year, an epic 35 year run in music is coming to its inevitable end, with Mötley Crüe making their last ever stop in Sydney at the Allphones Arena. The glam four-piece was accompanied by legend in his own right, Alice Cooper.
On Friday night in Brighton, England, dozens - if not hundreds - of bands from the UK and around the world played across dozens of venues around the city for the second day of The Great Escape 2015. Our highlights from the day kicked off early with Plymouth singer/songwriter Jamie Lawson performing an intimate set in the Spiegelpub, fresh off his Australian tour with Ed Sheeran and Conrad Sewell. A far cry from the indoor stadiums he was playing there!
Icelandic folk-pop sprite Ásgeir kick started the night, charming the impatient crowd with an acapella lullaby in his native tongue before emerging from the dark. A nonchalant calm radiated from the frontman and his supporting four-piece, all indulging full Nordic beards bar one.
Today marked the first day of The Great Escape in Brighton, England for 2015. Now in its 10th year, the festival was completely sold out for the third consecutive year - with both delegate passes and live music only wristbands flying out the door. The calibre of artists showcasing today proved why this was the case. Here are just some of our highlights from the first day of the event:
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After the success of dropping his new single "Suthn Wot", featuring Ivan Ooze (produced by Renz) Juñor dropped in to kill a quick set at Shebeen (which may I mention, is extremely hard to find) before good friend and fellow musician Lyall Moloney took the stage.
With the recent flooding that has affected the Hunter Region for the past month, enthusiastic punters should have arrived at Maitland Showground with their wellies pulled up and ready for mud. The flooded paddocks alongside the highway just out of town bode for a messy occasion but it was a pleasant surprise to find upon entrance a solid dry ground with nary a fleck of mud in sight...
It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to view acts that have been doing the live show thing longer than you’ve been alive. It’s not everyday you go to a show on Mother's Day. And it’s definitely not everyday you go to a show with your mum. But for me, the Human Nature headlined show ticked all of those aforementioned boxes.
Backstreet’s back and these five men, well grown from boys, are very much here to put on a show for the largely female 25 to 40 year olds dominating the audience tonight. AJ Maclean, Howie Dorough (aka Howie D), Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell’s collective appeal has hardly waned in 20 years it seems. Appearing silhouetted red on the top of the pyramid stairs, with a James Bond 007 entrance track they waste no time launching into their set.