Live Reviews

Sampha proves why is he one of the world’s most in-demand crooners at perfect Sydney show

There’s no point throughout Sampha’s generously paced, highly detailed performance at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion where it feels like the UK singer has made any sort of mistake or taken a wrong turn. From the smart lighting to the composition of his achingly vulnerable songs, the man demonstrated exactly why he has emerged as one of…

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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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Taylor Swift in Sydney

Live Review: Taylor Swift lives up to expectations at Sydney’s Accor Stadium

Accor Stadium is becoming synonymous with powerful women dominating in their field. The last time I was at the stadium, I watched Sam Kerr score a worldie in the semi-final of the Women’s Football World Cup. I thought that would be a tough moment to top. And then in comes Taylor Swift on night one…

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QOTSA

Live Review: Queens of the Stone Age show no signs of slowing at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion

In the six years since Queens of the Stone Age have been in Australia, it’s fair to say that a bit has happened. The world has changed in fundamental ways, we all had life-altering experiences and for Josh Homme, lead singer of the beloved QOTSA, he fought cancer – and won.  That sort of news…

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Mona Foma Review: The Shruti Sessions bring Indian and Australian musicians together

The Moonah Arts Centre is in the northern part of Hobart, with Moonah building a reputation as the fastest growing multicultural region. It is only fitting that this collaboration of Indian and Australian musicians has been held here. Musicians from the Hindustani traditions mix with Rajasthani folk musicians and Australian players in open sessions of…

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Domi & JD Beck and wetpuddlss at The Rechabite

Live Review: Domi & JD Beck +  wetpuddlss– The Rechabite, Perth (12.02.2024)

Last night at the Rechabite, jazz-prodigy duo Domi & JD Beck finished up the last set of the tour for their first album. It was a full house, packed to the rafters with jazzheads shouting out “je t’aime Domi!” and “we love you!”. If you expected something smooth and transcendental like their album NOT TiGHT…

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Stormzy

Adelaide Laneway Festival turns up the heat

Despite many recent festivals being scaled back or cancelled altogether, Laneway Festival bounced back into Adelaide on Friday, 9th Feb, as big and bold as ever. Having outgrown the city laneways several years ago, then Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide, the venue is now Bonython Park in the western city parklands. A glorious sunny day…

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Live Review: P!NK soars, the rain pours and the crowd adores

The last time P!NK was in Australia and New Zealand, in 2018, she played to over half a million fans grossing over 100 Million dollars and setting the standard for massive arena shows. She is an artist that will leave big gaps in her touring schedule to allow for extra shows and that meant her…

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Live Review: St. Jerome’s Laneway sizzles at Sydney Showground (04.02.24)

The actual laneways may not exist anymore, but the hot weather remained for the 17th Sydney edition of the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. The Sydney Showgrounds were again the venue for the well-loved festival and despite some trepidation at the change last year, there were some nice additions that improved the experience this year. With…

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Texas and Sharleen Spiteri – The friends you’ve always needed, rock Sydney’s Enmore Theatre

You may not realise it, but Texas have always been there. Maybe popping up in your brain on an idle Tuesday or keeping you awake at night with the refrain of “I don’t want a lover; I just need a friend.” The Scottish group have never disbanded, and despite some hiatus time (where solo projects…

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Gracie Abrams

Gracie Abrams delivers a captivating performance for her first ever Melbourne show – Forum Melbourne (21.01.24)

Rising star Gracie Abrams showcased her undeniable talent in a captivating performance at Melbourne’s Forum on the chilly night of January 21st. Having embarked on her musical journey with the release of her first single in 2020, Gracie has quickly ascended to stardom with two successful EPs, an album, and even sharing the stage with…

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Noah Kahn

Noah Kahan puts on a breathtaking solo performance in Melbourne – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (17.01.24)

While American singer-songwriter Noah Kahan is certainly no stranger to Australia, after the success of his 2023 album Stick Season, he’s here and playing the biggest Aussie venues he’s ever headlined. Kicking off at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, last night’s show was one for the books. Earlier in the day, Kahan shared on social…

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Juicy Fest hits Sydney with nostalgia and a mixed bag of hip hop and R&B performances

T.I., Ashanti, T-Pain. The three headliners for Juicy Fest 2024, the second iteration of what is – I’m guessing – now the signature hip hop festival for Australia and New Zealand. Signature because all these other attempts at building a stable hip hop and R&B festival for Australia and New Zealand have largely fallen flat…

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Festival Review: Heaps Good Adelaide – Wayville Pavillion, Adelaide (06.01.24)

Last year’s Heaps Good Festival was such an incredibly great show that it’s hard to understand why this year’s wasn’t bigger and better. Moving the stages from the main oval at the Adelaide Showgrounds into the pavilion area seemed to dampen the festival vibe. Fortunately, the food court was outside, which gave something of a…

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Review: Royal Blood and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets rock out in Sydney (but no shoeys, thanks)

Last night, one of the UK’s biggest rock outfits, Royal Blood, returned to Sydney for their first shows since 2018. In the time between visits, the duo have released two new albums, both of which hit #1 on the UK charts – so it’s fair to say that fans have been eagerly anticipating their return….

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Review: Meredith Music Festival ‘23 shines on despite the rain

There’s a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation in the air as the Meredith Music lovers set up camp and make their way to the amphitheatre. Seasoned attendees have secured their favourite spots, decorated their campsite and set up their couches in the amphitheatre. Friday’s weather is hot and windy, but that doesn’t deter the…

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Live Review: The War on Drugs at their very best at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt

With possibly the best band name of the last 20 years, The War on Drugs have always managed to put on a killer show everywhere and every time they’ve played. Their show at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt was no exception. Returning to Australia in support of their I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the Philadelphia…

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Live Review: Foo Fighters light up Melbourne’s AAMI Park with an emotionally charged night to remember

After playing a one-off show in early 2022 in Melbourne, which would sadly serve as one of drummer Taylor Hawkins’ final shows, the legendary Foo Fighters returned last night. Opening act Hot Milk (UK) hit the stage at AAMI Park with a bang, kicking things off with “Party On My Deathbed”. Delivering a level of…

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The Teskey Brothers

Live Review: The Teskey Brothers are at the height of their powers at massive Sydney show

Fresh off the back of an ARIA award win, The Teskey Brothers returned to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, playing a sold-out show as part of their The Winding Way tour. Seemingly everyone’s favourite band at the moment, The Teskey Brothers have had a prolific past few years, all culminating in this year’s The Winding Way album…

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Fall Out Boy

Review: Good Things Festival kicks off in Melbourne with a bang!

Good Things Festival 2023 stormed into Melbourne for its fourth edition, delivering a powerhouse lineup that set the stage on fire! With Devo, Limp Bizkit, and Fall Out Boy leading the charge, this festival was a celebration of musical greatness that promised an unforgettable day of great tunes and infectious vibes. And guess what? The…

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Live Review: Even a chaotic storm couldn’t stop Post Malone from dominating Sydney

In a year where big, paradigm-shifting concerts for megastars like Taylor Swift and Beyonce have made headlines, it’s hard to remember that there are other big names in the world of music. Although, I wouldn’t exactly say Post Malone has been overshadowed. The man’s latest tour has been selling out across the world, and Australia’s…

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Live Review: Frank Turner + Emily Barker + Mom Jeans – The Astor, Perth (28.11.23)

The AU review has a long history with Frank Turner, but I have to admit that despite loving punk rock–like A Day To Remember, The Bouncing Souls, and The Story So Far– I hadn’t heard of him until this tour crossed my desk. But after my night at The Astor, I’ve heard of him alright,…

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Live Review: Paramore – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (27.11.23)

Rod Laver Arena came alive on Monday night as alternative rock icons Paramore took to the stage. After playing their biggest-ever headline show a few nights before in Sydney, the hype for their first (of three) Melbourne shows was off the charts. From the moment Remi Wolf set the stage on fire as the opener,…

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Live Review: Australia’s greatest acts come together to celebrate 50 years of Mushroom Records

Celebrating a half-century of Mushroom Records, the heart of Australian music, the 50th-anniversary concert at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night was a testament to the label’s monumental influence and the enduring legacy of the late Michael Gudinski. The star-studded lineup featured an array of Australian musical icons, delivering an unforgettable evening of nostalgia,…

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Live Review: SAFIA + Gold Fang + BIRDEE 王煒 – Forum Melbourne (18.11.23)

Saturday night in Melbourne saw SAFIA return to the Forum to celebrate their recent studio release, A Lover’s Guide to a Lucid Dream. Having already witnessed their performances across Canberra and Hobart, Melburnians were in for a treat, as SAFIA rarely disappoints. Pop artist BIRDEE 王煒 opened proceedings at the venue with a short set…

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Beyond the Black

Review: Pirate Life Brewery’s Froth and Fury Festival was a solid day of heavy and alternative music (18.11.23)

With 36 bands over three stages running all day, there was so much to see at Froth and Fury Festival that it would be impossible to see it all. From local punk rock outfits to the raucous antics of Suicidal Tendencies,  there had to be a heavy metal band to suit your tastes. Taking over…

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Carla Lippis

DEM MOB dominates South Australian Music Awards in 2023

In a show of exuberance, the South Australian music community came together at Woodville Town Hall to celebrate. Indigenous act DEM MOB shone, winning five awards, including the prestigious Emily Burrows Award, which includes a $5,000 grant for professional development. They also took home Best Regional Artist, Best Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist, and…

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Live Review: All Time Low + Mayday Parade + Lauran Hibberd – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (04.11.23)

All Time Low‘s 2023 album, Tell Me I’m Alive, catapulted them into a whirlwind year, gracing the stage at headline shows, music festivals, and even collaborating with the incomparable Avril Lavigne on their latest single, “Fake As Hell.” The pinnacle of their Australian tour came to life at Margaret Court Arena on Saturday night, marking…

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Live Review: Trophy Eyes – The Torquay Hotel (29.10.23)

Trophy Eyes wrapped up their epic regional tour with a bang last Sunday night at the Torquay Hotel, and what a time it was! They brought their buddies, Dear Seattle, along for the ride, and the entire night was a wild rollercoaster of energy and music. After dropping their killer fourth studio album, Suicide and…

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SXSW Sydney – What did we see?

For those in the know, South by Southwest (always referred to as SXSW) is an institution. It’s an all-encompassing media, technology, gaming, film and music conference, networking opportunity and party that lasts a week and –some would say – takes a year to get over. It’s been going for 35 years in its hometown and…

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