Author: Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

Ever wanted to stay inside an old insane asylum? This luxurious boutique hotel in Buffalo, New York has you covered.

January 20, 2020

Hotel Henry in Buffalo, New York, sits inside a building with an inauspicious history: for a century, and dating back to 1870, it was the site of an insane asylum as part of the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The hotel opened in May 2017 following a decade long restoration project that is seeing the entire campus, […]

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The Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane brings new life to a restored Heritage-listed building in the CBD

January 8, 2020

A little over a month ago, the Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane finally opened its doors on the edges of the Brisbane River in the city’s CBD. It’s in the walls of a grand, heritage-listed building on George Street, a short walk from the Queen Street Mall and the South Bank. The history of the building itself is […]

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Contributor’s Poll: The AU Review’s favourite gigs of 2019

December 30, 2019

In no particular order, we asked our contributors to share their favourite gigs of 2019. Here’s what they had to say about the gigs that stood out for them in 2019: BRUCE BAKER Iggy Pop at Bluesfest (Easter Long Weekend) I’d seen him at the BDO in 2011 and was disappointed. His performance at Bluesfest […]

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WestJet are finally offering complimentary meals on flights from Toronto, Canada to London, UK

December 30, 2019

You don’t think of Trans-Atlantic airlines as being ones where you don’t get a complimentary meal on board. But sure enough, there are plenty that don’t offer the service. Most of them are branded as “Budget Carriers”, however, like Norwegian Air, who fly out of the U.S. East Coast to the UK and Europe. Others, […]

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Flight Review: Flying Extra Comfort with Hawaiian Airlines from New York City to Sydney via Honolulu

December 30, 2019

Last month I flew from New York City to Sydney, via Honolulu, with Hawaiian Airlines, who celebrated their 90th birthday last month. I’ve already written about how strong of an option the route is for those who can’t sleep on planes, but today I wanted to delve into the experience of upgrading your ticket from an […]

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Hotel Review: Moxy Times Square rethinks urban camping in the heart of the Big Apple

December 29, 2019

Situated a five minute walk from 42nd Street in Times Square, on the corner of 36th Street and 7th Avenue, is the world’s largest hotel in Marriott’s boutique chain, Moxy Hotel. Moxy Times Square is one of three of the brand in New York City (also in Chelsea and the East Village), and opened in […]

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The World’s Best Theme Parks: Knott’s Berry Farm – Where Snoopy, Westworld and Boysenberries meet in California

December 23, 2019

In our new travel series, our resident thirty-something-going-on-five year old takes us on an adventure around the world to the best theme parks. The ones that even after we lose that childhood awe and wonder, still get the heart racing; gleefully removing us from the mundane existence that is adulthood. Along the way you’ll be […]

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Flight Review: Virgin Australia upgrades its economy meal service and impresses Melbourne to LAX (VA23)

December 23, 2019

Earlier this month, I jumped on board Virgin Australia’s Boeing 777 five-times-a-week service from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and was surprised to find a number of enhancements to their Economy service – which mainly floated around the quality of their meal services. Read on to see what a VA trip across the Pacific Ocean is […]

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11 theme parks and attractions opening in 2020 around the world to get excited about

December 20, 2019

It’s going to be a massive year in 2020 for those who enjoy theme parks, with a number of brand new, highlight anticipated parks and expansions opening up all over the world. There are also new museums, IMAX cinemas and even hotels that are worthy of getting excited about here in Australia and overseas. Here’s […]

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Move over Minchin: Australia’s Eddie Perfect is the latest Broadway Star with Beetlejuice

November 25, 2019

While the fanfare over Tim Minchin’s work on Matilda felt deafening, it may surprise some to learn that he’s not the only Aussie who’s setting Broadway alight with his lyrics and music. Enter another composer-actor-comedian, Melbourne born Eddie Perfect – who you’ll remember from performance in Offspring or from penning and starting in the hilarious […]

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This New York to Sydney route is perfect if you can’t sleep on planes and want to avoid jet lag

November 24, 2019

With all this talk about the new NYC to Sydney direct route that Qantas are proposing to launch in the coming years – and the Air New Zealand direct NYC to Auckland route that’s going to get us one step closer in October 2020 – I can’t help but wonder if there is a better […]

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Why David Byrne’s American Utopia is unlike anything Broadway has ever seen

November 20, 2019

I’ve always loved the theatricality of music; that indescribable feeling it can provided when presented with a bit of bombastic flair. But I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a production bring so much life to its soundtrack, as David Byrne has achieved  with his American Utopia show – which is currently enjoying a 16 […]

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First impressions of The Mandalorian and the Disney + launch original series on iOS

November 12, 2019

Next week, Disney’s hotly anticipated steaming platform Disney+ finally launches in Australia, with close to a dozen original series, a couple of original films, and a ridiculous amount of archived content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar And Nat Geo brands. We went to town on the new platform on our iOS device, coinciding with […]

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The best live music venues in Washington D.C.

November 7, 2019

They may have just been crowned champions of Major League Baseball, but the city of Washington D.C. has plenty to celebrate year round, given they’re one of America’s finest hubs for live music – boasting some of the country’s best live music venues, in a thriving scene. It may not at all be what you’d […]

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Tia Gostelow & Noah Dillon among acts announced for The New Colossus Festival in NYC 2020

November 6, 2019

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of attending the first ever New Colossus Festival in New York City, a boutique showcase festival sitting in the city’s Lower East side in the days before SXSW. It gives travelling bands from Australia, Canada and around the world the opportunity for an extra showcase on their trip […]

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Are Budget Flights in Europe Really That Bad? We fly easyJet from Amsterdam (AMS) to Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF)

November 6, 2019

Back in September, I flew with the Luton based budget airline easyJet from Amsterdam to Berlin’s budget terminal, Schoenefeld. It’s putting it mildly to say that budget airlines in Europe get a bad rap – but unlike a lot of other places on the planet – I’m looking at you North America – the price difference […]

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Aussies Abroad: Divide and Dissolve embark on massive North American tour as they drop “Prove It”

November 6, 2019

Aussie duo Divide and Dissolve (Takiaya Reed & Sylvie Nehill) have been making impressive moves overseas, and tomorrow they’re set to embark on an absolutely massive tour of North America – as well as throw in a couple of support slots with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The shows come as the “Ambient drone duo” release the first single […]

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Pacific Hotel Brisbane Review: A comfortable stay in Spring Hill, with an Asian influenced kitchen worth the trip

November 4, 2019

In Spring Hill, Brisbane, you might have driven past a white building with a fairly unique, cascading design. If you spotted it, you probably thought it was an ordinary office building. I can’t imagine how many times I’ve driven past it without noticing it. But office building it it not. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s been sitting […]

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Aussies Abroad: DZ Deathrays, Hockey Dad & Horror My Friend to tour Canada (and Milwaukee) together in December

November 3, 2019

In what must be the most epic Australian rock triple header to ever hit Canada (and Milwaukee), DZ Deathrays, Hockey Dad and Horror My Friend are joining forces to tour the country this December. For DZ Deathrays, the tour comes off the back of their current Australian tour, which sees them touring with Polish Club, […]

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Portland, Oregon: The musical heartbeat of America’s West Coast

October 31, 2019

When one thinks of the music industry in the US, there are three cities that immediately comes to mind: LA, New York and Nashville. The vast majority of music companies are based there, and on face value a lot of the creativity is happening there, too. Historically that’s not wrong – but in 2019, it […]

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Tour Diary: Bobby Alu on the road with Xavier Rudd in North America as Flow releases

October 30, 2019

Gold Coast legend Bobby Alu recently returned from a massive 17 date tour of North America, supporting fellow Aussie Xavier Rudd. Taking in dates throughout the USA and Canada, it came just before the release of Alu’s brand new record Flow – and an Australian tour which he kicked off this past weekend. Now back […]

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What to expect from Elton John’s Australian Tour? We caught his final ever show in Toronto to find out.

October 25, 2019

It’s not long now until the legendary Elton John returns for Australia for what he promises to be the last time, in his swan song, “Farewell, Yellow Brick Road” tour. It’ll see him take in a mountain of dates across several months – with both major city and regional appearances. So what do Australian fans […]

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Flight Review: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam (KL452)

October 24, 2019

Once you become dedicated to a certain flight network, you find that you tend to travel the world on a lot of the same airlines. But every now and then, you’re thrown a surprise in your journey that means you don’t get the points you were hoping for, but you do get the chance to […]

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Clear Tears and Polly and the Pockets talk about the new compilation from Melbourne’s Tremorverse Records

October 23, 2019

Indie Melbourne record label Tremorverse put out their second compilation album last week, Tremorverse Two, showcasing new and emerging artists across all genres. We caught up with two acts who feature on the album – Polly and the Pockets and Clear Tear – to learn more about their projects, and the compilation. Then scroll through to […]

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Interview: Olympia talks about bringing Flamingo to Europe, playing David Lynch’s Silencio Bar and her love of film

October 10, 2019

While at the annual Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany last month, we sat down with Australian artist Olympia to talk about her new album Flamingo, taking it on the road to Europe, while playing iconic venues like Amsterdam’s Paradiso and David Lynch’s Silencio Bar in Paris. As you do. She also talks about her love of […]

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Live Review: Noah Gundersen proves a talent beyond his years at spellbinding Toronto Lover show

October 10, 2019

It’s been 7 years since I last saw Seattle based singer/songwriter Noah Gundersen. Then, he had a lot less tattoos. Me, a lot less facial hair. In that time he’s gone on to release four more albums and work with Glorietta. His latest, Lover, hit our headphones at the end of August. It’s a stunning record that deserves to […]

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Track of the Day: Phantogram “In a Spiral” (2019)

October 10, 2019

New York duo Phantogram have just dropped a new single and it’s everything fans of the band would be hoping for. High energy, incredible beats, references to K-holes and enough bass to get anyone dancing. The production is massive, and Sarah’s vocals are unmistakably strong. Phantogram at their best? Absolutely. Of the inspiration behind “In […]

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Interview: Steph Grace on what it means to be an Australian Musician living in Berlin

October 9, 2019

Australian musician Steph Grace has made the move to Berlin, and we find out what that’s meant for her career – playing shows in Europe with artists like Passenger, and now playing The Aussie BBQ in Reeperbahn, where we filmed the interview. We talk about her latest single “As Far As I Can Go” and […]

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Back to a Golden Age: Exploring the quiet restoration of Buffalo, New York

October 9, 2019

When I told people I was travelling to Buffalo, New York – a city which sits just off the Canadian border, a couple of hours from Toronto and next door to the Niagara Falls – I was meant with some level of skepticism. “Why are you going there?”, one friend asked me. Indeed, I had […]

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Review: The Calile Hotel brings true five-star luxury to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley

October 8, 2019

This month marks the one year anniversary of the opening of one of the finest new additions to the Brisbane hotel scene, the five star Calile Hotel, set on the edge of the Fortitude Valley, on the booming and revitalised James Street. Local architects Richards and Spence designed the $100 million urban resort, with balconies […]

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