Author: Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.

How to introduce colourful rugs to your space

September 19, 2023

At its very fundamental level, interior design can be just as important to your well-being as meditation and a nice, long walk. While that may sound overly dramatic to some, we think it’s been well-documented just how much designing your own space impacts your level of comfort and even your confidence. Take the phrase “house […]

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Live Review: Wu-Tang Clan & Nas Bring A N.Y. State of Mind to Sydney (13.05.23)

May 15, 2023

There are very few rappers – let alone musicians from any genre – that can claim no peak. That is, they will never reach it; they will never pass it. Relevance in rap has always been a contentious issue, so these rare emcees who can never sound dated or tired will always be fascinating to […]

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Live Review: Damien Rice stuns us into silence at the Sydney Opera House (11.05.23)

May 14, 2023

Five songs into his spellbinding set, Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice genuinely lets the crowd decide what he’s going to play next. There are screams. Many. And just about every single one of them are shouting out a different song title (the winner was “Woman Like A Man”) Such is how highly regarded Rice is amongst […]

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The Smashing Pumpkins

Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins & Jane’s Addiction give Sydney a superplex – The Hordern Pavilion (19.04.23)

April 20, 2023

After more than thirty years, you could be wondering whether Jane’s Addiction and The Smashing Pumpkins are past their prime. But judging by their performances as part of Billy Corgan’s global-scaling The World Is A Vampire Festival, they’re showing no signs of slowing down. This wasn’t a concert. Let’s get that out of the way […]

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Live Review: Ice Cube, Cypress Hill and AB Original rock Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (26.03.23)

March 27, 2023

Ice Cube’s reputation as one of the signature artists of hip hop and an architect of the culture is not up for debate. The famously barbed and politically-charged emcee played a significant part in solidifying hip-hop as a vehicle for sweeping cultural commentary, change and documentation throughout the 90s. Hence, an Ice Cube concert is […]

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Angel Olsen

Live Review: Angel Olsen’s emotionally-charged set comes to Sydney Opera House (06.03.23)

March 8, 2023

Angel Olsen was made for the Sydney Opera House. The drama in her voice, cutting like a switchblade laced with the sweetest poison, mirroring her barbed songwriting and regularly wow’ing the crowd into whisper-quiet rapture. As part of her All Mirrors tour of Australia, the 36-year-old singer-songwriter presented a beautiful performance that really iterated how […]

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Live Review: Snoop Dogg celebrates legacy and living large in Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena (01.03.23)

March 2, 2023

For the first time in just about a decade, Snoop Dogg has returned down under. The legendary Californian rapper has had a contentious relationship with the country over the years, but now that he’s back for his “I Wanna Thank Me” tour, Aussies are just clearly glad the doggfather has finally touched down. The last […]

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Live Review: Ed Sheeran wows a sold-out Accor Stadium (25.02.23)

February 26, 2023

Ed Sheeran is a fantastic musician. Let’s just acknowledge that for a second, because I feel the UK singer’s star has risen so high over the past decade that many people often forget that. A pop star? Sure. A rock star? Equally sure. There’s unfortunately still a tendency in society to disregard someone’s credibility as […]

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QT hotels around Australia are putting the focus on throuples this Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2023

In modern dating culture, anyone would be lucky enough to even have one valentine to spend February 14 with. Got two? Count your blessings, because QT Hotels & Resorts are doing something rather unique to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year and it involves you, plus two. Instead of encouraging couples to come in for an […]

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Arctic Monkeys

Live Review: Arctic Monkeys bring the nostalgia to The Domain in Sydney (14.01.23)

January 17, 2023

And so we have it, the biggest concert so far this year for Sydneysiders; a packed-out, uniformly excellent performance from indie rock legends Arctic Monkeys and DMAs on support duties. It felt like a festival; it basically was. The Domain has been used quite extensively as a venue over the past few months, jumping from […]

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Review: Blanc de Blanc Encore is the best thing going in Sydney right now

January 15, 2023

Many Sydneysiders are already familiar with Blanc de Blanc. Strut N Fret’s incredibly flirtatious, Champagne-fueled stab at high-class cabaret has played around the city for years, popping up every so often at different views including a sell-out season at Sydney Opera House. Now, it’s back. And quite honestly, we should all be so glad that […]

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Sydney’s new year’s eve a massive success as NYE in the Park puts on its best show to date

January 8, 2023

From all accounts, New Year’s Eve 2022 will go down as one of the biggest in Sydney history. Nothing particularly shocking or unconventional happened, but that pent-up lust for celebration that has remained so tight-packed and anxious during pandemic-sanctioned (and necessary) lockdowns, resulted in some truly spectacular events throughout every corner of Sydney. And Victoria […]

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Live Review: The Killers dominate Sydney with two back-to-back shows (19.12.22)

December 21, 2022

On one hand, you’ve got The Killers live at Qudos Bank Arena. Sydney’s go-to venue for stadium concerts was heaving for the Las Vegas band, long overdue for a revisit to our shores and fresh off a whopping 80+ shows as part of their global Imploding The Mirage tour. A tour, mind you, that has […]

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Live Review: The Wombats stage a Britpop revival at Sydney Opera House (11.12.22)

December 18, 2022

Over the years, The Wombats really held it down for Britpop at a time when Bloc Party was middling around and Arctic Monkeys were a bit too big for the little guy anymore. The combination of excellent songwriting, earwormy hooks and vibrant, upbeat dance rock really hit home for a lot of people, and songs […]

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Win a double pass to NYE In The Park with Flight Facilities, Cut Copy & More

December 18, 2022

It’s not every day you see some of Australia’s greatest acts converge on the same stage anymore. With music festivals up and running again, that’s about to change for 2023. And if you want to prep your body for a year of awesome live music, then the best time to start is on New Year’s […]

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Review: Kendrick Lamar Wows Sydney With A Sophisticated & Stylish Performance

December 10, 2022

Over the same weekend that West Coast legend DJ Quik was set to play a small Sydney gig in the cramped side room of Metro Theatre, fellow Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar performed two tightly-packed shows at the staggeringly large Qudos Bank Arena as part of his global The Big Steppers tour. Two enormous symbols of […]

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Rufus Du Sol play The Domain in Sydney

Live Review: RUFUS DU SOL + Jon Hopkins + Luke Alessi at The Domain, Sydney (02.12.22)

December 4, 2022

What a band. What a gig. What a venue. Local boys Rufus Du Sol just packed out The Domain twice as if it was Field Day in 2007, presenting one of the rare times in Sydney a festival atmosphere had been purpose-built primarily with one act in mind. Yes, there were two support acts and […]

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The 6 best concerts helping Australians say farewell to 2022 in November and December

November 2, 2022

We’re officially barrelling towards the end of 2022, a year that has been packed with international and local live music springing back to life after a series of crippling lockdowns. It’s been jam-packed, to say the very least, and next year is looking even stronger as some truly big-ticket acts like Elton John, Red Hot […]

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Review: Phantom Of The Opera grows in a new light at Sydney Opera House

September 7, 2022

Over three decades Phantom of the Opera has been solidified as a paradigm-shifting theatre production without equal. I know many people who don’t care for the theatre who would relish in every single second of any iteration of this story, no matter the time, setting or season. And those who do have a particular love […]

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Live Review: Sigur Ros stuns with epic three-hour concert in Sydney

August 15, 2022

It’s really not fair that Sigur Ros lives over there, and not over here. The iconic Icelandic band is still one of the most unique live acts in the world, regularly spurring these incredible live performances that are forever stamped all across YouTube above an invariably adoring comment section built with praise like “life-changing” and […]

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Sigur Ros is coming to Australia next week and it’s exactly the kind of experience we need right now

August 5, 2022

Ahead of their first studio album since 2013’s idiosyncratic and widely acclaimed Kveikur, Icelandic music royalty Sigur Ros is just about to kick off a long-overdue tour of Australia. With live music now firmly back on the cards, it’s about time we’ve got something as immersive and ethereal as this unimpeachable Icelandic band, who have […]

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Live Review: Tyler, the Creator flexes his creative muscle at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena (29.07.22)

August 1, 2022

Tyler, the Creator has grown immensely as a performer and is not only capable of commanding an entire arena with just a – highly polished – stage design, a microphone and a ridiculous amount of energy. In 2022, the 31-year-old musician adds something to the confidence he’s so clearly expressed since he first stomped onto […]

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The Strokes

Live Review: The Strokes run through their greatest hits at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion (28.07.22)

July 31, 2022

Frontman Julian Casablancas doesn’t seem very happy these days, letting loose with some incoherent quips occasionally while his band, New York’s legendary The Strokes, play through a greatest hits set list for the first of two Sydney shows – sideshows, may I add, to the deflating Splendour in the Grass, which this year was marred […]

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Live Review: Nils Frahm stuns with a grand, contemplative return to the Sydney Opera House (16.06.22)

June 21, 2022

Nils Frahm is just some guy on a stage fiddling with knobs, tinkering with futuristic glass harmonicas, and clanging away at keys with a penchant for building waves of contemplative sounds. So you can soundtrack whatever stressful thoughts you may have brought with you on a Thursday night. Across the better part of a decade, […]

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Theatre Review: What Moulin Rouge! lacks in cohesiveness it makes up for in charm

June 14, 2022

Charming. That’s the word I’d best use to describe what Moulin Rouge! has bought to a Sydney crowd that’s absolutely aching for a playful musical following the previous few years. While he’s busy doing the round in Australia right now for his new movie Elvis, Baz Luhrmann has no doubt already been through the Capitol […]

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QT Sydney and Adriano Zumbo flip the script on traditional high tea for ‘QTea’

June 7, 2022

Going for high tea at one of Sydney’s best hotels is fallen out of favour in the past few years, as bottomless brunches take over as the afternoon activity of choice for groups looking to pack a sesh into their weekends. But that’s just because high tea has become such a standard affair, with the […]

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Revisit our live review of the Kendrick Lamar 2016 Sydney show ahead of his new Australian tour

May 19, 2022

*UPDATE* [19/05/2022]: Well, the news is out now. Every single music fan in Sydney is going to be knocking down the online Live Nation door as of Friday 20th May in a frantic attempt to scrape up tickets to Kendrick Lamar’s new Australia tour for 2022. The Compton emcee, who just released the brilliant Mr […]

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5 Upcoming Hip Hop Concerts You Can’t Miss In 2022: From Tyler to Sampa

May 8, 2022

Banging out to songs like “Corso” (Tyler, the Creator) and “Wiley Flow” (Stormzy) on your headphones late at night during lockdown was cool, but think about what it’s going to be like when all that pent-up energy is released in at a concert this year? Yeah, that’s right. Concerts are coming back in full-force, and […]

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From Politics to Parties: The History of Mambo Surf De Luxe

April 30, 2022

In case you missed it, iconic Aussie brand Mambo has returned to its roots with the launch of Mambo Surf De Luxe. Merging old and new, the brand will celebrate iconic heritage artics such as Reg Mombassa and welcome a new era of talent, including Nathan Seahan and Chloe Kovska. Aussies everywhere have a memory […]

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Sydney’s iconic Mister Gee gets fruity with Alize Pineapple for a 2-night only block party

February 23, 2022

Mister Gee North Strathfield, which is still rolling after many years as one of the absolute best burger joints Sydney has ever seen, is about to drop something very, very unexpected on us. Teaming up with Alizé to celebrate the new Alizé Pineapple infusion, Gee will be taking a hard left turn from what one […]

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