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Photo Gallery: The AU Sessions ft Picture Perfect + Hannah Robinson - Hive Bar (28.07.15)

The sixth AU Sessions was held at the Hive Bar in Erskineville this week with fantastic performances from Sydney band Picture Perfect & singer/songwriter Hannah Robinson. A great evening was had by all as the crowd braved the chill to watch both perform. Many thanks to both Picture Perfect and Hannah for performing and we look forward to seeing you at our seventh event next month! Stay tuned to our sessions page ( for more details. Photos by Johnny Au.

Event Recap: Middlebar's official launch party - Darlinghurst (Sydney)

Gin-drinkers rejoice! G&Ts and gin cocktails will be the order of the day at Taylor Square’s newest drinking den Middlebar. Previously Lo-Fi, wedged in between Kinsela’s and Standard Bowl, Middlebar opened with a bang and a celebration of gin – its spirit of choice. The brainchild of industry veterans Lee Potter Cavanagh and David Rozario (formerly of Sydney-favourite Baxter Inn) the bar aims to bring a little of Havana and its embrace of good times to Sydney.

The AU Interview: The LuLu Raes (Sydney) get keen for Small World Festival

the AU review is already getting excited for Sydney's Small World Festival presented by Young Henrys. Sydney-siders can salivate and get ready to rock out to another laneway party that isn't so much a laneway as it is a full-blown line-up now. Favourites like DZ Deathrays, Palms and even old time legends The Church will be sending rock tunes your way while you sit and sip, or perhaps dance and indulge. The LuLu Raes are another local outfit who have joined the line-up. Their newest single "The Way Life Runs" hit no.4 on Triple J's Unearthed charts. Unearth them yourselves if you haven't already this September at Small World Festival or read a bit more about them in their interview with us below.

Event Recap: Party with Papi at Papi Chulo - Manly (Sydney)

Celebrating just being an awesome venue, Manly Wharf restaurant and bar Papi Chulo threw a mid-week bash, brightening our mid-winter spirits. A mix of locals and city-siders packed out the stylish watering hole enjoying the live music, unique South American via Caribbean decor and fantastic water views. From the scattered candles, warm wooden interior and flower-draped windows opening on to the water Chulo has lifted the game; impressive in the beachside suburb where quality bars and eateries continue to take off.

Eating with the AU: Huxtaburger Pop Up at Harpoon Harry (Sydney)

huxtaburger and clair

Melbourne's Huxtaburger popped up for two days only at Harpoon Harry in Sydney over the weekend. Anticipating a long line, we arrived just before 5pm to score a seat before any queue had formed outside of the venue. But upstairs there was a line to order burgers already.

Splendour Sideshow Review: MS MR + George Maple - Metro Theatre, Sydney (25.07.15)

Photo taken at 170 Russell, Melbourne by Rebecca Houlden

MS MR returned to Sydney to play a Splendour in the Grass sideshow to adoring fans at The Metro Theatre.

Splendour Photo Gallery: The Wombats + Circa Waves - Hordern Pavilion (27.07.15)

Liverpudlian legends The Wombats have been kicking a solid amount of ass on Australian stages since arriving back in the country last week for Splendour and a run of shows in the capitals with Circa Waves. Stoked to have them back! Check out these photos from their Sydney show at the Hordern, shot by Gwen Lee.

Splendour Sideshow Review: Blur + Jamie T - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney (25.07.15)

Although it was a thought that was not too distant from our minds, Damon Albarn reminded us early in the set that it’s been 18 years since the iconic band Blur has played in Australia. Could the band return to our shores in triumphant Brit-pop glory? Lachlan Mitchell brings us this review…

Theatre Review: DETROIT - Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Sydney (Performances Until Aug 16)

Claire Lovering (Sharon) & Lisa Chappel (Mary) in Detroit. Credit: Gez Xavier Ma

Mary and Ben are creeping toward middle age in a non-descript and once middle-class neighbourhood. Sharon and Kenny, their much younger and edging on trailer-trash neighbours have moved into the bare house next door.

Theatre Review: Heathers The Musical - Hayes Theatre Co., Sydney (Performances to August 9th)

Wait what? Heathers is a musical? HOW VERY! Although some may fear how exactly this 1988 American black comedy (starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater) will translate onto a stage of song and dance, never fear- it does. And it does with all the bitchiness, 80s fashion and croquet mallets that we all know and love from the film.

Splendour Sideshow Photo Gallery: Blur + Jamie T - Qantas Credit Union Arena (25.07.15)

The mighty Blur makes their way back to Australia after a 20 year absence. Blur performed at the QANTAS Credit Union Arena last night as a warm up to their Splendour In The Grass headline appearance. Supporting act was Jamie T. Photos by Johnny Au.

Live Review: Everything Everything + Urban Cone - Metro Theatre, Sydney (23.07.15)

Coming all the way from Stockholm, Sweden, openers Urban Cone brought a delightful set that came by surprise. With influences coming from both Two Door Cinema Club and Satellite Stories, the band brought out an infectious set list that was all-too-short-lived.

Photo Gallery: Florence and The Machine - Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, Sydney (24.07.15)

English superstars Florence and The Machine performed a special one-off performance at the iconic Mrs Macquarie's Chair overlooking Sydney Harbour for Channel V to promote their latest album "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful". Photos by Johnny Au.

Live Review: Florence And The Machine - Channel [v] Secret Gig at Mrs Macquarie's Chair (24.07.15)

Photo by Johnny Au.

When it’s Splendour In The Grass time of the year we’re often graced with phenomenal sideshows. Or in this case bonus promotional super secret gigs put on by the awesome Channel [v]. And this one was no exception, the dreamy Florence + The Machine were to perform a short set for us at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, right on the tip of the Botanic Gardens jutting out into the Sydney Harbour. News having reached punters ears earlier in the day that Florence would be returning to our shores in November for an arena tour.

Live Review: Wolf Alice - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (24.07.15)

Every few years, a great rock band emerges from England and comes to our shores around Splendour In the Grass. This time, it’s Wolf Alice. Their no-nonsense set put music at the forefront and a lack of theatrics complements the dysphoria in many of their tracks. In the underground Oxford Art Factory, it felt like we’d travelled back in time 20 years – and the all-black band attire (except for drummer Joel Amey in red plaid) certainly added to that.