Live Review: Steve Smyth + Spookyland - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (25.04.15)

It isn’t hard to imagine Steve Smyth as some depression era tramp, travelling across the country trading a story and a song for a meal and then moving along to the next destination. Sure his wild and wiry beard lend themselves greatly to this image, but there is more to it than that. There is an unbridled spirit and passion that is contained within his performances and music. Each song is played as if his life depends upon it and that he would be lost if he was anywhere else. It’s this passion that has seen him move from playing small pubs and clubs to headlining the Oxford Art Factory on ANZAC Day with minimal promotion.

Photo Gallery: Charli XCX - Channel V Island Party (27.04.15)

British pop songstress Charli XCX had the crowd dancing holes in the dancefloor at last nights Channel [V] Island Party in Sydney. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Theatre Review: Deathtrap - Eternity Playhouse (Performances to May 10th)

It’s that old question- How far would you go to get what you want? In Deathtrap we take a glimpse into a play within a play, with real people as characters who commit unthinkable acts that may not have been the acts you thought they were at all. It’s an intensely thrilling stage play crafted to shock.

Live Review: George Maple + Moon Holiday - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (24.04.15)

George Maple has spent a lot of time lending her talents to other artists projects. Her vocals and writing credits have appeared on various other peoples projects. Her vocals forming the central appeal of tracks for producers both home and abroad. Her soulful and sultry vocal sidling perfectly onto Snakehips "On & On" and appearing on songs for Future Classic Labelmates Flume and Flight Facilities.

Theatre Review: Storm Boy - Sydney Theatre Company (Performances to May 17th)

The Sydney Theatre Company’s Storm Boy stays true to the beloved childhood story, bringing recluse fisherman Hideaway Tom, his son “Storm Boy” and their home on the coast of the Coorong to life within the theatre of Wharf 1.

Drinking with the AU: The Oaks' Taste of the Barossa with St Hallett - Neutral Bay (Sydney)

Iconic Sydney venue The Oaks have been making full use of their spruced up beer garden and animated Garden Pavilion for a while now, hosting some really great events and bringing in producers of good food and drink from all over Australia and New Zealand. The venue's enormous reach and good reputation is reason enough for them to host temporary pop-ups that would inspire envy from other similar venues around Sydney, and their current Taste of the Barossa pop-up is no exception.

Live Review: Jenny Broke The Window + Food Court + Hedge Fund + Winston Surfshirt - The Sly Fox, Enmore (24.04.15)

It’s no secret. Sydney has been extremely good to indie bands and fans of the genre in the past few years. I have no idea where it came from, but a handful of acts have created a huge ground-swell that is showing no signs of stopping. That’s what brings us to Rare Finds #1, a new indie club that launched last Friday at Enmore’s Sly Fox. Seems like a simple concept, right? Sydney loves indie, Sydney should have a dedicated indie night.

Eating with The AU: Kazbah - Harbourside, Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Kazbah is the exotic jewel in Darling Harbour’s crown at Harbourside Centre. Except that with it's fusion of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Mediterranean food perhaps a more appropriate analogy is to a sultan and his wares.

Photo Gallery: Microwave Jenny + Tegan Wiseman + Hannah Robinson - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (23.04.15)

Supported by the lovely Tegan Wiseman and Hannah Robinson, the ultra talented husband and wife pop/folk duo Microwave Jenny performed at Newtown Social Club in Sydney last night. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Sydney Comedy Festival Review: Cracker Comedy Night - Enmore Theatre (20.04.15)

The Sydney Comedy Festival has grown over recent years from what was initially the poorer cousin of the Melbourne Comedy Festival to become an anticipated annual staple in its home city. This year’s gala, the Cracker Comedy Night showcased a huge range of performers across local and international and old and new...

Photo Gallery: Ironfest - Lithgow Showground (18.04.15 to 19.04.15)

Our own Nathan Atkins went to Lithgow to check out the 16th annual Ironfest, and brings us back this entertaining photo gallery. The event promised big tank machines, Vikings & stunt-men, pro-wrestlers, steampunk gypsys & blacksmiths and more. It did seem to deliver! Check out the photos below and learn more about what went down at this event here:

Eating with the AU: O Bar & Dining - CBD (Sydney)

On the 47th floor of Australia Square sits O Bar & Dining, one of the most distinguished and renowned restaurant-bars in Sydney; reputable mostly because of it's stunning 360 degree city view and revolving mechanism. It almost screams 'tacky' to the more cynical amongst us, until you actually sit down and really try the food and drink. It's almost impossible not to be impressed with O Bar & Dining, especially now that Executive Chef Darren Templeman has reinvigorated the dining side of things with a clever fusion of eastern and western cuisine.

Live Review: Soak + Jesse Davidson - Paddington Uniting Church, Sydney (16.04.15)

Touted as an artist to watch by The Guardian from the young age of 16, Soak has already drawn a considerable amount of hype. The next 2 years have seen her impress Chvrches enough to be the first act to release a track on their singles label, perform Glastonbury, record an album for Rough Trade and be named on the prestigious taste-making BBC Sound of 2015 longlist. With all the accolades it’s almost amusing how taken aback she was by the sizeable crowd, attracted to the Paddington Uniting Church.

Live Review: Angélique Kidjo - Sydney Opera House (12.04.15)

Photo Credit: Johnny Au

Coming to Australia all the way from Benin in West Africa is the beautiful, the wonderful Angélique Kidjo. She's a Grammy Award winning artist who has been described as "the undisputed queen of African music" and is no stranger to our shores, returning this past week to play Bluesfest in Byron Bay as well as a run of her own shows, including a very special night at the Sydney Opera House supported by another musical powerhouse, the one and only Mavis Staples.

Live Review: MUM feat. Bumpercar Fighterpilots + Battlehounds - The World Bar, Sydney (10.04.15)

When discussing the Sydney night club scene, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who was unfamiliar with The World Bar. Most of us have gone through our “freshly 18, club-rat” phase, and can fondly recall donning a poorly chosen outfit and uttering the catchcry “LET’S GET SOME TEAPOTS!” Sadly, as we grow older, more mature, or maybe a little less fun, we feel like we have outgrown that favoured haunt, and settle for more age appropriate (but infinitely less fun) venues. I come bearing good news for all those who thought their World Bar days were behind them: World Bar is still there, in all its teapotted glory. The difference is in the event, not the venue. I present, with great aplomb, MUM at World Bar!