Author: John Goodridge

Photo Gallery: Falls Music and Arts Festival ft. John Farnham + Vera Blue – Lorne, Day One (28.12.19)

January 1, 2020

One of the main attraction of the Falls Festival site in Lorne is the scenic rain forest setting in the Otways. However, as catastrophic conditions of high heat, winds and thunderstorms were predicted for the third day of the festival, the organisers made the decision to cancel the festival to ensure the safety of festival […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Day 3 (21.07.19)

July 23, 2019

The third and final day of Splendour in the Grass was an absolute belter, both in terms of weather and quality of music. Whether it was James Blake singing soulfully in silk pyjamas, What So Not spinning classic club tunes in the Mix Up Tent or The Lumineers carving out some classic rock in the […]

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Festival Gallery: Splendour in the Grass – Byron Bay, Day 2 (20.07.19)

July 21, 2019

The second day of Splendour in the Grass is underway with another glorious day and plenty of music to keep everyone entertained. Check out this gallery of Wolf Alice, Dean Lewis, Catfish and the Bottlemen and much, much more. John Goodridge was on the ground to bring these images.

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Theatre Review: Tender Napalm will get in your face and under your skin

June 22, 2019

Tender Napalm is a dynamic play by English storyteller Philip Ridley bought to life in the Holden Street Theatre by Scuti Productions. Under the razor-sharp direction of Rachael Williams,  Man and Woman (played brilliantly by Mark Healy and Carol Lawton) act out a veritable storybook of fantastic tales. The set is simple, stark and effective. […]

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Album of the Week: Brendan Maclean’s debut album And the Boyfriends (2019) has depth and soul

March 24, 2019

Brendan Maclean has had a varied career in film and music, from starring alongside Marcia Hines in the cabaret show Velvet in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, to well known Triple J radio presenter for many years and to having his sexually explicit 2015 video to “House of Air” being banned by Youtube. So after several […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: Schuldfabrik is a sustainable system of upcycling guilt

March 19, 2019

One of the more obscure installations at this year’s Adelaide Fringe was the pop-up store, Self – Human Soap. Nestled away in King William Street in the CBD, it looks as inviting as any other high-end beauty store, but this store has a marked difference to the others. Schuldfabrik is a German word, where ‘schuld’ […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: Grand Finale is a joyous celebration of life and death

March 18, 2019

Israeli-born, London-based choreographer, Hofesh Shechter has had an impressive CV since 2007, when he released his critically acclaimed work “In your rooms”. Grand Finale is the first of his full-length works to be presented in Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival. The Hofesh Schechter Company is a diverse group of international dancers from eight […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Club Briefs closes out the Fringe with bang – Bonython Hall (17.03.19)

March 18, 2019

The Adelaide Fringe is over for another successful year and Club Briefs was the perfect way to celebrate the final evening. The Briefs Factory is an Australian creative collective who “manufacture, cultivate and present evocative, irreverent, physical performance”. Our MC for the night is Shivannah, who is sassy, loud and irreverent. Her costume changes between […]

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Adelaide Fringe review: Ambient Orchestra presents an Ambient Primer of Fripp / Eno, Laraaji and Satie – Elder Hall (15.03.19)

March 17, 2019

American Composer/Conductor Evan Ziporyn opened a two-night residency in Elder Hall with a world premiere featuring new arrangements of Fripp/Eno’s “Evening Star, Side A”; Laraaji’s “Dances From Day of Radiance” plus his own “Frog’s Eye” and an Ambient Orchestra arrangement of Satie‘s Gymnopedies. Ziporyn addresses the audience at the start of the show to explain […]

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Adelaide Festival Photo Gallery: Washington – Palais (15.03.19)

March 16, 2019

Megan Washington graced the floating Riverbank Palais on Friday night following a season which included Augie March, J Mascis, Sarah Blasco, and They Might Be Giants. Washington’s performance included a four string accompaniment for some of the songs, adding an ethereal feeling to an already magical space. There were crowd favorites and plenty of banter […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: Foehn is a light and airy puppet theatre

March 14, 2019

It would be a mistake to describe Foehn as a puppet show. Not because that is wrong, but because it is much more than that. French performance artist Phia Ménard became a juggler, performance artist and director of the Compagnie Non Nova in the 1990’s. She describes the movement of air as being present at […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Redhead Cabaret: Carrot Tops (+ bottoms) – Gluttony

March 12, 2019

The Redhead Cabaret is a company of red-haired performers with a mission to share all the energy and pizzaz that this genetic disposition boasts. So reads the manifesto to this late night cabaret. As the sold out crowd fills the tent, a schoolteacher with a whip and a boy in a g-string stand on stage […]

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Adelaide Fringe Hosts the Third Annual Donut Olympics in the Garden of Unearthly Delights (11.03.19)

March 11, 2019

In what has now become an annual tradition, Tom Flanagan of Donut Diner has presented the third Donut Olympics in the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Teams from Security, FOH, Box Office, event staff and even circus performers and Barbu pitted their skills for the dubious honour of Donut Champions. Events included a watermelon eating contest, […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Tim Ferguson is Living a Fast Life on Wheels – National Wine Centre until March 17

March 11, 2019

Tim Ferguson is probably best known as one of the members of the comedy trio Doug Anthony All Stars that were particularly popular on Australian television screens in the late 80’s. In this Adelaide Fringe performance, Ferguson chats to us about his life and times, including his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis; “Why have just one […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: The Man With The Iron Neck – Dunstan Playhouse (08.03.19)

March 9, 2019

Note: this play includes references to self-harm and suicide. The topic of youth suicide, particularly within Indigenous communities has been part of recent conversations. Josh Bond and Ursula Yovich, the co-director and playwright of “Man with the Iron Neck” have this to say about the play: “We are overwhelmed everyday and it’s not because of […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Orbital + Severed Heads – RCC, Maths Lawns (03.02.19)

March 5, 2019

This year, the RCC in the Adelaide University has presented a bold and diverse range of acts for the Fringe and one of those has to be the combination of two iconic electronic musical acts, Orbital and Severed Heads. Held outdoors on the Maths Lawns, Severed Heads opened with an easy collection of beats and […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Pussy Riot present Riot Days – The Attic, RCC

March 4, 2019

The top floor of the now defunct Adelaide Uni Bar complex has been repurposed as a Fringe Venue. The Attic is an appropriate venue to present three of the original members of Pussy Riot in a reflection of their imprisonment in Russian jails. With six members of the collective, a type of punk rock opera […]

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Five things not to miss at the 2019 Adelaide Festival

February 23, 2019

The Adelaide Festival opens runs between the 1st and 17th March and there’s a full program which can make choosing what to see a daunting task. Here’s five suggestions that should help choosing easier. Opening night: National Geographic: Symphony for our world Elder park comes alive on Saturday 2nd March for this family-friendly free concert […]

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Adelaide Fringe Review: Matt Tarrant presents More Unsolved – Gluttony (until 10th March)

February 21, 2019

Adelaide born Matt Tarrant has made magic his career and it has served him well as the highest selling solo act of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe after many years of awards and a 2017 stint on Australian Survivor. This year Matt returns to the Fringe with a show called More Unsolved. The show opens with […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day Two) – North Byron Parklands (21.07.18)

July 23, 2018

Saturday at Splendour saw Australian talent shine with Gang of Youths, Ocean Alley and Methyl Ethel putting on stomper sets, while the international visitors also turned out to play; CHVRCHES, Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend in particular coming through with memorable sets of live music. Photos by John Goodridge. [print_gllr id=60497] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day Three) – North Byron Parklands (22.07.18)

July 23, 2018

The third and final day and night of this year’s Splendour in the Grass may have seen the arrival of Kendrick Lamar to the Byron stage, but make no mistake, the highlights were littered throughout Sunday’s program. From Hockey Dad and Tim Rogers rocking out together, to Yungblud‘s shredding spectacular and Ben Howard‘s majesty, Sunday at Splendour was one for the […]

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Festival Photos: Splendour in the Grass (Day One) – North Byron Parklands (20.07.18)

July 23, 2018

The first day and night of Splendour in the Grass set the bar impressively high, with the likes of Miguel, Khalid, Angus and Julia Stone, Henry Rollins and more all performing standout sets in the North Byron Parklands on Friday. Photos by John Goodridge. [print_gllr id=60454] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on The […]

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The 7 best moments from day two of Splendour belong to the Aussies: Gang of Youths, Amy Shark and more

July 22, 2018

Vampire Weekend may have been the headliners of night two, playing their first festival in four years and their first Australian show in five, but it was a day that belonged to the local acts – with Gang of Youths attracting what was undoubtedly the biggest crowd of the day, and other acts like Amy […]

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From Lorde’s wardrobe malfunction to The Wiggles: The 7 Best Moments from day one at Splendour in the Grass 2018

July 21, 2018

The first day of Splendour 2018 in Byron Bay delivered plenty of highlights – here, we count down just seven of the best moments… 7. DMA’s ask the crowd if they believe… In getting an absolutely rammed amphitheatre to sing along to Cher’s “Believe”, which the Sydney trio did for Like a Version (though never […]

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Interview: Motez chats about his latest EP, Late Thoughts

July 9, 2018

Off the back of achieving ARIA Gold on his charismatic 2017 record “The Future” featuring Antony & Cleopatra, with upwards of a staggering 10 million online streams, Adelaide producer Motez has released his first new music of the year, the Late Thoughts EP. Motez chats to the AU Review about touring and making the EP. How’s […]

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Festival Photos: Blenheim Music Festival – Clare Valley, South Australia (29.03.18 – 30.03.18)

April 2, 2018

The Blenheim Music & Camping Festival brought a great crowd of music lovers out to the picturesque Clare Valley in South Australia over the Easter Weekend, taking in sets from the likes of Mia Dyson, West Thebarton, Karl S. Williams and more! Photos by John Goodridge. [print_gllr id=54515] ———- This content has recently been ported from its original home on […]

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Adelaide Fringe Photos: Head First Acrobats stir up an Elixir at Gluttony

March 26, 2018

The trio from Head First Acrobats, Tom, Cal and Rohan were back for a funny and sexy show of skill and acrobatics in their show Elixir which played to full houses at the Adelaide Fringe. [print_gllr id=11932] For more details about the show, which played at Gluttony during the Fringe, head HERE. ———- This content […]

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Adelaide Fringe Photos: Katie Reddin-Clancy plays Grace at the Tuxedo Cat

March 25, 2018

A highlight of this year’s Adelaide Fringe was Grace. The show starred British comedian Katie Reddin-Clancy who presented a solo stand up comedy about Alfie, who steps out on stage as Zora. There are costume changes galore as all personalities from the world of show biz make their way on stage. A fast-paced but bittersweet comedy that […]

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Festival Photos: WOMADelaide – Botanic Park, Adelaide (10.03.18 – 12.03.18)

March 15, 2018

WOMADelaide is an annual iconic 4-day festival celebrating a World of Music, Arts and Dance. From starting the day with a refreshing yoga session to watching the Gratte Ciel troupe shower the crowd with feathers from above in “Place des Anges” there is plenty of entertainment for all the family. Po’s Kitchen had a six […]

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Festival Photos: WOMADelaide (Day One) – Botanic Park, Adelaide (09.03.18)

March 13, 2018

From the beautiful sitar sounds of Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka, to the extraordinary guitar work of Rodrigo y Gabriela, there was plenty to see on the opening night of the 2018 WOMADelaide world music festival in the Adelaide parklands. There was wonderment at the overhead trapeze act “Place des Anges” with the crowd showered with […]

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