Author: John Goodridge

The National

Festival Review: Primavera Sound Porto wraps up with a bang (08.06.24)

Despite it being quite a warm day, there were threatening clouds on the horizon at the start of the third day of Porto’s Primavera Sound festival. On the main Porto stage, Best Youth, Portugal’s indie pop band showed that a little rain was not going to dampen their enthusiasm. They played their infectious music and…

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Lana Del Rey

Festival Review: Primavera Sounds Porto celebrates with Lana Del Rey (07.06.24)

The second day of Porto’s Primavera Sound Festival was marked by threatening rainclouds overhead. Despite this the rain stayed mostly away and raincoats were not really needed. But the action on stage was what people were there for. The Vodaphone stage was strangely under construction which meant that artists such as Justice did not perform….

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PJ Harvey

Festival Review: Aussies dominate on first day of Primavera Porto (06.06.24)

Primavera Sound Porto celebrates ten years of music festivals with an amazing lineup. Created in Barcelona, the Porto, Portugal leg is held in the Parque da Cidade, a large park right on Porto’s shore. With four stages and numerous pop-up installations, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. The atmospheric pop and futuristic Portugese R&B artist,…

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Adelaide’s Cabaret Fringe Festival VIP preview promises a spectacular week of entertainment

Celebrating twenty-two years of open-access artistry, the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe presented a VIP preview at Arthur’s Art Bar, promising an exciting program to come. Creating a Cabaret Fringe Festival was the vision of the late Frank Ford AM, father of the Fringe and founder of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Conceived in 2001 as the ‘enfante…

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Theatre Review: Symphonie of the Bicycle is an exciting ride, with just a few wobbles along the way

Playwright and actor Hew Parham has created a unique one-man show with Symphonie of the Bicycle. Stepping on stage in the intimate Space Theatre, adorned in a white tracksuit with a green stripe, Parham immediately demonstrates his skill at using his body gestures and voice.  Acclaimed director Chris Drummond has kept the focus on Parham’s…

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The Music & Booze Co. and Newtown Jets announce a “Welcome Day” celebrating diversity in sport

Australia’s oldest (and coolest) rugby league club, Newtown Jets have teamed up with long-time collaborators, The Music & Booze Co. to present their annual “Welcome Day”. With music from Heaps Gay DJ’s and Newtown’s iconic Welcome Choir, the day promises to be a fun-filled affair. The Petersham Rugby Clubs (womens and mens) have also been…

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My Cherie’s latest single “Darkness and Gold” explores the intricacies of human existance

Adelaide songstress, My Cherie is known for her ambient multi-instrument style and pop tinged guitar loops. Her latest single, “Darkness and Gold” is a testament to her previous work. The song invites the listener on a journey of introspection and self-discovery. The track opens with a beat and a soundtrack reminiscent of early Billie Eilish….

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Theatre Review: Angels in America delivers a powerful message in a gratifying way

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is an ambitious two-part play by American Playwright Tony Kushner. Written in 1991, the story explores personal motivations, hopes and desires of characters in New York during the 1980’s AIDS crisis. It has had previous success as a six-part television mini-series and a West End production….

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Adelaide indie-folk band Sturt Avenue release heartfelt single “How Much it Costs”

We first came across Adelaide indie-folk band Sturt Avenue late last year when they released their album Bury Me in the Garden. On the back of that they’ve just released a new single “How Much it Costs”. This time they’ve collaborated with keyboardist Dave from local band Bromham, known for their sprawling folk infused music….

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Adelaide’s Spin Off Festival drops a dope line up for 2024

Adelaide’s loved festival, Spin Off, has just announced their 2024 line up and it’s a corker. In a world of festivals cutting back or taking a hiatus, this year the Spin Off crew have announced not one, but two stages of music. It all happens at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday 19th July. What do…

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AYLA

AYLA announces debut album Dopamine and releases a single to celebrate

Australian singer/songwriter AYLA began releasing music at the tender age of 18 – before starting a University degree in audio production and music business. Fast forward almost a decade and she is releasing another single from her forthcoming debut album, Dopamine. A string of heavy-hitting singles such as “Like the Other Kids”, “Waiting”, “Shallow End”…

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Liquid Death healthy sodas now available in Australia for the price of one soul

We discovered recently that renowned US-based healthy beverage brand, Liquid Death, is now available in Australia. Known for their engaging taglines such as “Murder Your Thirst” and “Death To Plastic, the brand has grabbed the attention of celebrities such as Tony Hawk and Travis Barker who both recently collaborated with them. Travis Barker released a…

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Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival line-up drops with tickets now on sale

Following on from the success of the previous few years, and in the wake of several other festivals scaling back, postponing or closing, it’s heartening to see the Beer and BBQ Festival back in full swing for 2024. Headlining the music will be Aussie music legends The Australian Rock Collective, Bad//Dreems & Friends and Peter…

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Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak shines at A Day on the Green – Peter Lehmann Winery (07.04.24)

This year, the South Australian leg of The Day on the Green tour was held at Peter Lehmann Winery in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley. The setting is a grassed clearing in a heavily wooded area, with good views of the stage from anywhere on the grass. Those seated close to the stage had an intimate…

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Holy Holy

Holy Holy kick off their Cellophane tour at Hindley Street Music Hall in style (05.04.24)

It was probably unfortunate timing to start an Australian tour in Adelaide on the Gather Round weekend, as it seems everyone’s attention was on the football. However, times like this weeds out the true fans, who gathered at the Hindley Street Music Hall to hear Holy Holy play their latest album Cellophane. Gumbaynggirr rapper Tasman…

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Impressed Recordings unveil Sydney store in time for Record Store Day

You’ve probably heard of Impressed Recordings as a boutique online record label. In recent news, they’ve announced they will have a physical presence in Sydney in Woolloomooloo. The creative hub will focus on the resurgence of vinyl records.  Just in time for Record Store Day on April 20th, they will have a number of exclusive…

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Interview: DEM MOB chat about their track “DIP” addressing racism and cultural identity

DEM MOB discuss the importance of taking control of one’s life and making choices that align with one’s goals and aspirations. Their advice to young musicians, emphasizes the importance of perseverance and not giving up on one’s dreams. They’ve recently released a single, “DIP” that exposes some of the injustices and difficulties that Indigenous people…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Playwright Henry Naylor brings Afghanistan to life

British playwright Henry Naylor presented his personal journey, a one-man monologue entitled, “Afghanistan is Not Funny” at Holden Street Theatre for the Adelaide Fringe. The original show was directed by Holden Street’s Artistic Director Martha Lott, and then was further developed by New York’s Soho Playhouse’s Artistic Director, Darren Lee Cole. The title is the…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Elf Lyons Raven releasing inner demons using the power of mime

Elf Lyons bounces on stage. The audience is crammed into the basement-like Gallery Theatre, the front row with a plastic sheet “for protection.” In fact the entire set is covered in plastic, looking like Patrick Bateman’s room from one of the murder scenes from American Psycho. We’ve already been warmed up with a soundtrack including…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler tell “Tales of Lust and Madness” – The Garage International (14.03.24)

Lydia Lunch and Joseph Keckler are both one-of-a-kind New York performers. The Garage International theatre is a converted church behind the Adelaide Town Hall and is an appropriate venue for the evening’s spoken word entertainment. Chandeliers incongruously light up the seating area in what was the hall, while ushers frantically add chairs to accommodate the…

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Moorcheeba

Review and Photos: WOMADelaide was a weekend oasis in a desert of searing heat

Adelaide endured one of its famous 40C heatwaves over the Adelaide Cup long weekend. In this climate, events can be cancelled, postponed or modified. To their credit, the WOMADelaide organisers made the World’s festival as comfortable as could be. The bats that have recently taken up residence in the Frome Road copse of trees were…

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‘How We Rise’ – free entrepreneurial workshops coming in April

In this fast changing environment, many people are looking towards expanding their entrepreneurial skills. Often though, the question is about how to start your journey. This April, Chivas Regal are hosting two valuable workshops featuring some of the nation’s most successful and creative entrepreneurs Geedup Co. and Serwah Attafuah. These free workshops are taking place on Saturday, April 13 with Geedup…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Japanese kraut-rockers Minami Deutsch heat up the Cranker

It was a hot summer evening in Adelaide for a night of psychedelia, with four bands on the bill at the Cranker (Crown and Anchor Hotel). Local outfits Nite Rites, Thunder Speaks and Sons of Zöku supported the highly anticipated Japanese Krautrock band MINAMI DEUTSCH, making their debut in Adelaide. Outside, the closed off Rundle Street…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Infamous the Show is a sexy high flying circus with thrills galore

The Infamous circus tent is a beacon in Ellis Park, on Adelaide’s West Terrace, right next door to Adelaide High. The massive purpose built Spiegel big-top houses the Ashton Family touring circus. The circus was acquired by James Henry Ashton in 1850, and today is run by 6th generation Ashtons and is now known as…

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The AU Interview: Slowmango open up about their music and their upcoming Womadelaide appearance

Slowmango are a six piece band from SA that are having their debut Womadelaide appearance this weekend. We sat down to learn a little more about the band. How would you describe your music? Is it something that can be categorised? Slowmango’s music is a melting pot of global influences, incorporating rhythms and melodies from…

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Mona Foma Review: TISM prove their utter worthlessness to the world (02.03.24)

Mona Foma finished off their month-long Tasmanian summer festival with a free evening concert in the beautiful Cataract Gorge in Launceston. The natural rock pool, enhanced with a shallow man-made wading pool made for a natural amphitheatre for the music event. It’s a popular destination, with a walking trail along the Tamar River, a swimming…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Plenty of Fish in the Sea is a rollicking shanty story

A sparse looking bedroom; a bed, wardrobe and a mirrorless mirror stand are the only props on stage. A nun drags the bed by a rope slung over her shoulder. Gazing out to sea, she casts a rod, landing herself a wayward traveller, apparently lost at sea. He lands on the bed, dazed and confused,…

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Mona Foma Review: Mona Sessions showcased a diverse range of music

The Mona Sessions were held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings on the lawns of the Mona Museum. Each night showcased a diverse range of artists, both local and international. The highlight of the Friday night was Scottish post-rock kings, Mogwai. Their set is larger than life with a sound that envelops everything, and…

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New Music Single: “BLUE” by Morning Mood will lift your spirits

If you’re having a stressful or gloomy morning, then listening to the latest single from Morning Blue, an Illawarra quartet, will have you back in your groove. The song “BLUE” combines soul, jazz and prog influences to create a sonic landscape that is refreshing and uplifting. The quartet started out as a demo on the…

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Erin Buku chats about the power of Earth’s song lines in her new neo-soul release “Ley Lines”

Soul artist Erin Buku releases her new single and video “Ley Lines”, a mesmerising lo-fi soul and trip-hop track, emanating emotional eloquence and atmospheric depth. Let’s jump straight in and talk about your new song, “Ley Lines.” How did it come about, and what was the inspiration behind writing it? I’ve always been really into…

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