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Hello Asia! Live Review: SMASH! 2015 Day 1 – Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (08.08.15)

Held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse for the second year in a row, SMASH! 2015 saw a myriad of cosplayers and huge queues well before the convention’s opening time of 9:30am. The weather was absolutely perfect and the atmosphere buzzing – perfect for what was only Day 1 of a fantastic weekend event.

Eating with the AU: Burgers by Josh and Hashtag Burgers - Café Lounge (Surry Hills, Sydney)

Burgers by Josh hosted by Hashtag Burgers at Café Lounge (Surry Hills, Sydney)

It’s burger season, ladies and gentleman. We are currently living in a time where hunting for incredible creations of bread, a patty and sauce are occupying your social media feeds and conversations. This past Thursday, Sydney’s most notorious burger chef, Josh Arthurs, opened the first Thursday of his month long residency at Café Lounge. Could just continue building his hype with his Philly Phoenix creation? Read Lachlan’s review here…

Eating with the AU: Rosie Campbell's - Surry Hills (Sydney)

Surry Hills gem The Soda Factory has been going strong for a few years now, remaining one of the most popular and in-demand bars in Sydney and constantly re-inventing itself with big events, big guests, and big American food. It's then no surprise that when the team behind the venue announced a new diner-slash-bar to open up just around the corner, excitement followed and Rosie Campbell's was welcomed as one of the most anticipated venue openings of 2015. Now a few weeks in, and this jerk-inspired Jamaican diner has been steady gaining traction, but it's not just the reputation of The Soda Factory that is drawing people in; this diner packs a serious punch when it comes to food and drink, with much more of a sit-down dining focus than it's sister venue.

Hello Asia! Photo Gallery: SMASH! - Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney (08-09.08.15)

The annual SMASH! Anime and Manga convention in Sydney again highlighted the best of Japanese pop culture. Our photographer Nathan Atkins was there to capture all the action (and amazing cosplay) photos from SMASH! 2015 at Rosehill Gardens over the weekend.

Photo Gallery: Gang of Youths + I Know Leopard - The Metro Theatre, Sydney (08.08.15)

Supported by I Know Leopard, Gang of Youths performed to a sold out Metro Theatre last night and Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos.

Photo Gallery: Ngaiire + New Venusians - Newtown Social Club, Sydney (06.08.15)

Ngaiire launched her single Once at a sold-out gig at the Newtown Social Club, supported by New Venusians on Thursday night. Paul Mac made a cameo appearance for the riotous finale. Bruce Baker caught the action.

Eating with the AU: Meat Masterclass at The Oaks - Neutral Bay (Sydney)

Initially, I wasn’t big on the idea of being schooled while I ate. Aside from a menu description, I’m usually pretty happy to explore flavours and enjoy a dish in my own time. However, the entertaining and educational evening held at The Oaks in Neutral Bay totally changed my mind.

Eating with the AU: The Rice Den - St Leonards (Sydney)

Making the short move from Chatswood to St Leonards, modern Cantonese eatery The Rice Den returns with a focus on tasteful design and atmosphere that is equally as impressive as it's playful, affordable menu. Feeling out of place in the quiet St Leonards - a good thing - this reborn casual restaurant is a stunning looking cabin of sorts, dressed in exquisite wallpapers which hang above sturdy timber cabinets, lit by numerous standing heaters that are placed in between thick wooden tables. There's a real homely warmth in here, with a small, attractive bar opposite the entrance to complete the picture.

Photo Gallery: Death Cab For Cutie - Sydney Opera House (01.08.15)

Death Cab for Cutie brought Kintsugi and their well-loved classics through to the Sydney Opera House last night for a special night of live music. Mikki Gomez was down there for the AU and brings us this gallery from the evening!

Photo Gallery: Gurrumul + Caiti Baker - Enmore Theatre, Sydney (29.07.15)

Gurrumul kicked off his highly anticipated Australian theatre tour in Sydney, with a wonderful show at the Enmore Theatre. Gwen Lee caught some amazing shots of the artist, supported by Caiti Baker.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Best Coast - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (28.07.15)

Bethany Cosentino is no longer just a chill Californian girl with a cat named Snacks who gets high and writes about her boyfriends. Now she's a chill Californian woman whose rock lyrics straddle mid 20's apathy and genuine existential crises. The music too has matured - from the minute long surf rock blitzes of debut Crazy For You, to the fully realised pop hooks of 2015's California Nights.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: MØ + Elliphant - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (29.07.15)

and Elliphant performed their Splendour In The Grass side show at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney last night. Belinda Dipalo was there to bring you these photos!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Mark Ronson + Special Guests - Hordern Pavilion. Sydney (28.07.15)

The Uptown Special rolled into Sydney this week, with Mark Ronson calling on some talented mates to help him in ensuring the crowd got completely funked up. Featuring performances by Tkay Maidza, Jones Jnr, Pond and more, the night was one to remember. Check out Evelyn Tjia's shots from the Hordern Pavilion date!

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: The Vaccines + Palma Violets + Green Buzzard - Metro Theatre, Sydney (28.07.15)

The Vaccines were back in Sydney as part of their Australian tour for Splendour in the Grass and they turned things up at the Metro Theatre another level, with Palma Violets and Green Buzzard in tow! Check out this gallery, shot by Gwen Lee!

Splendour Sideshow Review: The Vaccines + Palma Violets + Green Buzzard - Metro Theatre, Sydney (28.07.15)

Photo by Gwendolyn Lee.

Coming down after the high that was a Splendour In The Grass weekend, you’d imagine some times bands and punters (myself included) might struggle to pull it all together and have a great night at a live show. Fortunately for myself and everyone else at Sydney’s Metro Theatre, The Vaccines were still at the top of their game and smashed out an almightily impressive set.