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FESTIVAL REVIEW

Five shows and events you can't miss at the 2015 Brisbane Festival!

After the artistic directing reigns have now been officially handed over to David Berthold, it’ll be interesting to see what direction he takes the monumental festival in for his four year run. With some 10 days before the annual Brisbane Festival begins, we at the AU thought we’d make some predictions on what will be the best shows to see at Brisbane Festival this year. Here are our top 5 picks, in no particular order:

Live Review: Edmonton Folk Music Festival Day Three ft. Richard Thompton + Lucius + The Milk Carton Kids and more! (08.08.15)


Richard Thompson performs while The Milk Carton Kids look on...

Our third day started off on stage three with the phenomenal "Define Folk" session, featuring Oysterband, Richard Thompson, Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett and The Milk Carton Kids. We arrived just in time for Geoff Muldaurs' delivery of "Tennessee Blues", which had a beautiful heartfelt country blues feel to it, before Richard Thompson went on to sing a gentle Celtic folk song accompanied by a rich swirl of strings.

Live Review: Edmonton Folk Music Festival Day Two ft. Edward Sharpe + Harry Manx + Frazey Ford and more! (07.08.15)


Pictured: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

On Day Two of Edmonton Folk Music Festival, we were treated to a rich and wonderfully extensive line up of artists, spread out across seven stages. Our night of music kicked off with the exciting and very promising session entitled "Magical Moments" with Jenn Grant, Bear's Den, John Smith and Danny Michel collaborating for a special performance.

Live Review: Edmonton Folk Festival Day One ft. Of Monsters and Men + Angus and Julia Stone + More! (06.08.15)


Of Monsters and Men get the crowd clapping as the day's headliners...

The 36th Edmonton Folk Music Festival kicked off today in style, bringing a mix of incredible acts to its suitably relaxed crowd. A four day festival, Day One eased us into the event with a 6pm start and strong line up of acts on just the one stage. Spread out across the grassy natural amphitheater on rugs and chairs, the audience soaked up the phenomenal talents on offer including The Dhuks, Bombino, Angus & Julia Stone and Of Monsters and Men.

Festival Review: Lollapalooza 2015 - Grant Park, Chicago (31.07.15 to 02.08.15)


Paul McCartney hits the stage to a mammoth crowd.

Lollapalooza 2015 was a grand and hugely successful event (sold out, after all) that offered the best of the best over its three day lifespan. Spreading out across the glorious Grant Park of Chicago with eight stages, over thirty food and drinks stalls, lines of stores and some one hundred thousand attendees, this is a festival that doesn’t do anything by halves. From scorching heat to storm scares that led to evacuations on the final day, Paul McCartney to Metallica, and many many more phenomenal acts both old and new, Lollapalooza 2015 was packed with a long list of incredible music moments.

Hello Asia! Live Review: KCON 2015 LA M! Countdown Day 1 - Staples Center (01.08.15)

Another August in Los Angeles, another KCON and M! Countdown concert bonanza! Now in its fourth year, the All Things Hallyu event ballooned once again in size, scope, and attendance. This year’s mantra was “Ignite Your Feelz” and the double concerts indeed ignited all kinds of feelz for the 90,000 attendees who took over the Staples Center on August 1st and 2nd. Here’s a brief rundown of the first of the 2-night conflagration of fan emotions.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Sunday (26.07.15)


Blur shot by Andrew Wade

The Sunday Splendour Struggle was always going to be a tough one to get through, and as if it wasn't already enough wading through the thick and squishy, alcohol obviously got the best of many who forced themselves to show out early. No one was left wanting in terms of hangover food, with Splendour once again absolutely nailing festival eats, but the physical effects of an epic Saturday clearly took the spring away from our collective steps. Despite the slow moving and slightly zombie-esque crowd of the morning, Sunday did manage to stand out as the festival's best (an honour that usually goes to Day 2) and it was mainly due to that highly anticipated triple-hit of Royal Blood, Tame Impala, and headliners Blur from 7:30pm.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Saturday - North Byron Parklands (25.07.15)


Photo Credit: Andrew Wade

Day two of Splendour in the Grass was full of big moments spread throughout the entire day, the biggest unsurprisingly being headliner Florence & The Machine. Rain didn't play a factor at all, though the mud situation only slightly improved from piles and piles of wood chips scattered around the grounds to make for helpful paths, particularly in the area in front of the main entrance which was second in thickness only to the entire space between the Mix-Up Stage and Red Bull Music Academy.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Friday (24.07.15)


Pictured: Harts. Photo by Andrew Wade.

Rain thankfully held back for the most part, blessing the official first day of Splendour in the Grass with relatively clear skies and drying up some of the thick mud that covered the parklands; at least until the headliners.

Splendour in the Grass Festival Review: Thursday- North Byron Parklands (23.07.15)

It's always highly recommended to start your Splendour experience well before Friday, and there's plenty of official ways to do just that. Byron's town centre got a huge line up at The Northern headlined by Flight Facilities, while Brisbane's The Triffid attracted a huge crowd with the likes of The Dandy Warhols and Last Dinosaurs. In addition to these two huge pre-parties on Thursday night, Splendour venue North Byron Parklands was opened for campers (and those who caught the bus in) so they could get set up and explore some of what's in store for the weekend.