Live Reviews

Live Review: JPEGMAFIA treats fans at UNSW Roundhouse (27.09.23)

September 29, 2023

Since I attended JPEGMAFIA’s Sydney concert last year in July, JPEGMAFIA has only confirmed further what I stated to be true. That being that Peggy (as he is known to fans) “is of the breed of talented artists who just sound better live.” 2023 has once again proved that he is one of the hardest […]

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Rex Orange County

Review & Photos: Rex Orange County woos the crowd at Adelaide Entertainment Centre (19.09.23)

September 21, 2023

After sold-out shows in The USA and hometown London, Rex Orange County started the Australian leg of his Pacific tour in Adelaide. Alexander James O’Connor, as his mother calls him, released Bcos U Will Never B Free in 2015 and began his set with “Rex (Intro)” from that mixtape, seated in low red light at […]

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Live Review: Stand Atlantic and Slowly Slowly rock Torquay Hotel with their co-headline regional tour

September 10, 2023

The Torquay Hotel was ablaze with excitement on a frosty Friday night, as the co-headlining regional tour featuring Slowly Slowly and Stand Atlantic drew an eager crowd that filled every nook and cranny of the venue. The night had a delayed start, with doors opening at 8 pm, followed by TOWNS at 8:30, Stand Atlantic […]

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Live Review: Reb Fountain shakes Melbourne’s Brunswick Ballroom with Ellis King

September 7, 2023

On Tuesday, multi-award-winning Reb Fountain returned to Melbourne for the second time following the release of her single, ‘Faithless Lover’. The Lyttelton (NZ) based alternative-folk-noir artist recently completed her European tour supporting Marlon Williams, headlining shows in the UK as well as performing at The Great Escape Festival (UK). For Reb’s return to Melbourne, The […]

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Mundi Mundi Festival

Records broken at Broken Hill’s Mundi Mundi Bash

August 23, 2023

With a sellout crowd of 12,000 people and the world record of 6,594 dancers doing Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limits” for five minutes, Broken Hill’s Mundi Mundi Bash was a festival to remember. This event alone raised more than $100,000 to support the RFDS. A younger sister festival to the successful Big Red Bash near […]

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Live Review: Katy Steele rocks The Workers Club, Melbourne to a packed crowd (04.08.23)

August 7, 2023

Last Friday, 4th of August, The Workers Club hosted the cult following of the captivating Katy Steele, formerly of the ARIA nominated band Little Birdy. The West Australian pop singer who is currently touring her latest album Big Star (2023) was supported by the duo Moreton. Katy definitely has a loyal following here in Melbourne. […]

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Live Review: Windwaker + Caskets + alt. + Headwreck – The Brightside, Brisbane (27.07.23)

August 3, 2023

Melbourne alt-metal favourites Windwaker brought their Love in the Dark Tour to The Brightside in Brisbane last Thursday night, supported by Caskets, alt. and Headwreck. The sold-out fourth show on their six-date run proved them as one of the nation’s most exciting frontrunners in the next generation of heavy music. Opening the night soon after […]

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Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass 2023 – Day Three (23.07.23)

July 25, 2023

Waking up for the final day of Splendour in the Grass has always been tough. You’re generally two or three days into an ongoing party, you’re tired, sore, ears are ringing and haven’t had a proper meal in days. I’m sure this was a fair assessment for most punters on site, irrespective of whether they […]

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Live review: Little Simz brings big charisma to Hordern Pavilion (21.07.2023)

July 24, 2023

Michael Jackson’s iconic 1993 Superbowl halftime performance is one of the greatest displays of performative presence. Famously, he stood still for close to two whole minutes, during which the screams of his fans only increased in intensity. There was a reason that MJ could do that, and not many others could. His charisma and presence […]

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Festival Review: Splendour in the Grass 2023 – Day Two (22.07.23)

July 23, 2023

Day two of Splendour in the Grass kicked off under sunny skies and solid vibes all round. My lower back has pulled up reasonably well after realising yesterday I am now about 400 in festival years. While I loved my camping days of Splendours past, nothing can heat a warm and dry bed, insulated walls […]

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Festival Review: Splendour In The Grass 2023 – Day One (21.07.23)

July 22, 2023

Ever had an existential crisis at a festival? Because I sure did at day one of Splendour In The Grass 2023. Respectively looking and feeling 10 and 25 years older than the median age of all attendees, it dawned on me as I walked into the festival that I’m surely coming towards the end of […]

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Live Review: You Me at Six + Set It Off + Between You and Me – The Forum, Melbourne (16.07.23)

July 19, 2023

The Forum came alive on Sunday evening, headlined by the phenomenal You Me At Six, with support from the spirited Set It Off and Melbourne’s very own Between You and Me. Kicking off the evening on the right note, Between You and Me took the stage with their infectiously fun set. Opening with “Dakota,” they […]

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Live Review: Lizzo lights up Melbourne with positivity and love (17.07.23)

July 18, 2023

Fresh from her first Australian shows in Perth, Lizzo has landed in Melbourne and delivered a brightly dazzling show at Rod Laver Arena, showering locals with her signature positivity and love, just what we need at the current height of Melbourne’s cold and harsh winter.  Electric neon lights, red line lights and leather open Lizzo’s […]

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Live Review: Laufey transfixed her Oxford Art Factory crowd in Sydney

June 13, 2023

Who is Laufey? Well, a simple search will reveal that they are a figure in Norse mythology and the mother of Loki. But in reality, it is the first name of an Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist that has brought the world of jazz, bossa-nova and to a whole new generation. She has delivered her jazz-infused […]

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Photo Gallery: Frente presents Marvin the Album 30th Anniversary – The Gov, Adelaide (09.06.23)

June 12, 2023

It’s been 30 years since Frente released the platinum winning album Marvin the Album. Currently they are touring the album at selected venues around Australia. We caught them at the Gov in Adelaide, supported by Kate Pomery. This folk singer from Kuarna land, whose latest single “Cardiologist” connected well with the audience. She has an […]

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Live Review: Ásgeir – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne (01.06.23)

June 3, 2023

As the lights dimmed and the crowd hushed in anticipation, Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir took the stage at Melbourne Recital Centre for a sold-out performance that can only be described as truly captivating. From the moment he and his band graced the stage, it was evident that the intimate venue was the perfect setting for their […]

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Live Review: Peach PRC at The Triffid, Brisbane (19.05.23)

May 31, 2023

It’s a sold out all ages show at Brisbane’s Triffid for the final night of Peach PRC‘s Manic Dream Pixie tour. Younger fans take up residence in the mezzanine, overseeing a room filled to the brim with people dressed in myriad shades of pink. Some hold banners, others sport fairy wings, all seem fit to […]

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Holy Holy

Live Review: Holy Holy + Kwame + Medhanit – Liberty Hall, Sydney (27.05.23)

May 28, 2023

On the coldest May night in living memory for Sydneysiders, venturing out to a gig wasn’t on the top of my priorities list as I sat in front of the fire wondering if I should have a beer while my girlfriend got ready for night shift on a hospital ward. Fortunately, I decided drinking at […]

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Live Review: Slowly Slowly + Between You & Me + CLEWS at The Tivoli, Brisbane (25.05.23)

May 26, 2023

Melbourne alt-rock sweethearts Slowly Slowly brought their Daisy Chain album tour to The Tivoli in Brisbane last night for the third show on their five-date national headline run. Supported by Between You & Me and CLEWS, the quartet played a whopping two-hour set which included their latest album in full. Sydney indie-rock duo CLEWS kicked […]

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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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Festival Gallery: The Gum Ball – Lower Belford, NSW (21-23.04.23)

April 26, 2023

The Gum Ball festival held at ‘Dashville’, near Lower Belford in the Hunter Valley is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding festivals on the calendar. The property is owned by the local Johnston family, and as the name would suggest, it is held amongst many mature eucalypt trees, with the added advantage of being only […]

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Live Review: Citadel + East Capri + Violent Conflict + ZUKO at Bad Luck, Brisbane (22.04.23)

April 24, 2023

Brisbane melodic hardcore quintet Citadel made Bad Luck in Brisbane their house of worship last Saturday night. The belated launch show for their debut album DECOMPOSE saw the band perform the record in full, with support from East Capri, Violent Conflict and ZUKO. After being postponed a week, the show at Brisbane’s newest heavy venue […]

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Fatboy Slim

Photo Gallery: Groovin the Moo starts in Adelaide with a bang

April 24, 2023

On Friday, the Adelaide Showgrounds in Kuarna Country hosted the first leg of the Groovin the Moo tour. What a way to start it was. With three stages, the day was full of non-stop music and activity. Fatboy Slim closed off the main stage with his unique blend of mashups. Taking the collage theme one […]

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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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Matty Healy of The 1975 live on stage at Aware Super Arena on the 14th of April 2023. Photo by Jordan Curtis Hughes

Live Review: The 1975 are about the music in the end – Aware Super Theatre, Sydney (14.04.23)

April 17, 2023

The 1975 have not graced Australia’s shores since the illness and rain affected Laneway tour of 2020 and, in that time, two full albums (their fourth and fifth) have been released as well as an explosion on a little app called Tik Tok. Therefore, it was not surprising that their first Sydney show at the […]

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Gang of Youths

Two glorious days of music at the inaugural Vintage Vibes festival

April 3, 2023

Tomich Winery in the Adelaide Hills hosted what was the first of hopefully many more Vintage Vine festivals. Over the first weekend of April, the likes of Gang of Youths, Tash Sultana and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard rocked the crowd. The first day, Saturday, was slightly cloudy and cool. However, it was still […]

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Live Review: King Stingray + Gretta Ray + George Alice – Sydney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne (31.03.23)

April 3, 2023

While Melbourne had a long list of things to do including the F1 and football on Friday night, King Stingray at the bowl was where it was at! The All Ages performance was full of exciting sounds, including the two openers, George Alice and Gretta Ray. George Alice’s initial opening set was the first of […]

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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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Soul II Soul

WOMADelaide Day 4 closes on a high note

March 18, 2023

The holiday Monday closed day four of WOMADelaide to a smaller crowd, which made traversing the site much easier than the previous three sold-out days. Not to say that there was any less energy or talent on display. Mdou Moctar took to the Foundation stage early in the afternoon. Hailing from a desert village in […]

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