New York City

Interview: Famie of The Pinholes (Singapore) on the Singapura scene, new music and The New Colossus

February 14, 2020

We caught up with Famie, who fronts a rock n roll quartet from Singapore called The Pinholes. They’re one of the acts playing our special showcase at The New Colossus Festival in New York City next month, alongside Tia Gostelow, Wolfjay, Knife Wife, Safer and more! Tell us a little bit about how The Pinholes […]

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Interview: Mattie Safer (NYC) introduces us to his new project “Safer” ahead of The New Colossus

February 13, 2020

Next month, the AU review will be returning to New York for our first party in the city since 2015, as we partner with The New Colossus Festival to showcase a few of our favourite emerging acts from around the world. Among them is New York City local Mattie Safer, a former member of The […]

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Theatre Review: Moulin Rouge! The Musical dazzles audiences in New York City

February 12, 2020

Before Moulin Rouge! premiered at New York’s Al Hirshfeld Theatre on July 25th, 2019, a theatre where Kinky Boots had called a home for the 6 years prior, the producers did something quite surprising: so sure they were of its popularity, they announced it would tour out of New York – including a 2021 run […]

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The AU Review announces New York City party as part of The New Colossus Festival

February 3, 2020

We’re thrilled to announce that our first party in New York since the final CMJ in 2015 will be taking place on Friday the 13th of March at Lola (169 Avenue A), as part of the 2nd annual festival The New Colossus. The showcase event and conference is a well curated mix of the hottest […]

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The New Colossus announces new names to the massive NYC festival, including Aussies Shady Nasty, Ali Barter and Wolfjay

February 1, 2020

Over the last few weeks, The New Colossus Festival in New York has announced a slew of new names set to play its showcase festival, hailing from all over the world. Some names, like A Place to Bury Strangers you’ll likely be familiar with, while others – hailing all the way from Brooklyn to Hamburg, […]

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Five new Broadway shows to see in New York City

January 29, 2020

New York City’s famed Broadway Collection isn’t slowing down for 2020, with five new productions set to open throughout the year. From a musical based on cult comedy Mrs. Doubtfire, to an ambitious show tracking the creative process and indelible work of Michael Jackson, these five are well worth paying attention to for those planning […]

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Telluride Film Festival 2020

Five U.S. film festivals that are worth the trip in 2020

January 16, 2020

Travelling for arts festivals is one of the most enriching experiences an intrepid adventurer can have. Not only are you able to explore a destination as you normally would, and take in the many sights, sounds and experiences on offer, you also have access to a curated program brimming with creativity. Whether that means you’ve […]

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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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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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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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Museum dedicated entirely to the Empire State Building opens in New York

October 28, 2019

New York City’s iconic 1,454 foot Empire State Building has undergone an enormous change, revealing the second phase of its completely reimagined “Observatory Experience”, which now includes the city’s only museum open seven days a week from 8am to 2am. A 10,000 square foot series of galleries now occupies the second floor of the mammoth […]

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Flight Review: Delta & Westjet from JFK to Prince Edward Island via Toronto’s Pearson International

July 23, 2019

Transiting from a domestic to an international flight at Toronto’s Pearson International, as we’ve talked about in the past, can prove to be a bit of a nightmare. But how does it compare when you’ve got to connect from international to domestic? You may not have to clear US customs post security, but you still […]

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It’s better where it’s wetter: New York City’s newest attractions are perched by its rivers

July 21, 2019

When I think of New York City, I think of a bright concrete jungle with the famous Central Park at its epicentre. But in recent years, the city has been pushing its hotspots out closer to its rivers – the Hudson River on its West between Manhattan and New Jersey, and the East River, between […]

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Flight Review: WestJet’s “Simplicity” route from Toronto to New York City

July 1, 2019

Two months back, I talked you through the transfer process at Toronto’s Pearson. One way to bypass some of these difficulties is by flying one of the WestJet “Simplicity” routes, which are their short haul services between Toronto and either New York, Ottawa or Montreal. They promise priority access in the queue, a snack with […]

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Father John Misty plays two new tracks in New York City with Jason Isbell

June 24, 2019

Last week, Father John Misty headlined the Celebrate Brooklyn stage in New York City, accompanied by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – who he’s on a co-headline tour with at the moment – and Jade Bird. It’s the 41st year that Celebrate Brooklyn has been held, with a mix of free and paid gigs […]

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Hotel Review: Fitness and wellness come first at EVEN Hotel’s New York Midtown East location

May 23, 2019

Not far from Grand Central Station in New York City sits a striking, tall and thin 35 floor building with four distinct colour strips on it. This is EVEN Hotel’s New York Midtown East location, one of three new concept hotel’s in New York City from IHG. You enter on the ground floor and are […]

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First Look: This abandoned 1962 TWA airport terminal in New York is now a hotel, and a living museum

May 17, 2019

“This is so incredible. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them doing this.”, I heard a woman saying as I entered the new TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK, which opened yesterday alongside the modern Terminal 5. She said she used to work for the airline in the 70’s, and was wearing her […]

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The Rapture just played their first official gig since 2012 – here’s everything that happened in NYC (inc. Setlist)

May 2, 2019

Ahead of The Rapture’s long awaited return to the stage for the Just Like Heaven festival in Long Beach, CA (details HERE), on Monday night they played an intimate hometown show in Brooklyn, New York – a one night only performance that served as their second time on stage together since 2012*, as well as […]

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Flight Review: Travelling from JetBlue’s new Terminal 5 at New York JFK to Austin, Texas (B6 1295)

April 4, 2019

I’ve heard a lot about the JetBlue service over the years, with the US airline often topping domestic lists for in flight experience, comfort and customer satisfaction. Though in more recent years the airline has fallen from grace on certain lists. Within 12 months I saw it sitting near the top of some lists, and […]

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The New Colossus reignites live music in New York’s Lower East Side as international acts warm up for SXSW

March 12, 2019

The first year of the new showcase festival The New Colossus kicked off on Thursday night, taking over the lower east side of New York City not unlike CMJ had done for so many years. In fact taking over venues like Pianos, The Delancey (home to The Aussie BBQ during CMJ) and Arlene’s Grocery brought […]

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Late winter just became the best time to visit New York City for deal seekers

December 14, 2018

For the first time ever, NYC & Company – the official destination marketing organisation for New York City – will align their three signature programs across the same stretch of dates, bringing together NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week. Under the new collective name of NYC Winter Outing, the new mega-program […]

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Five things you must do in New York City before the end of the year

October 15, 2018

There are few places in the world which change as regularly as New York City. The dynamic, kinetic centrepiece of the U.S is rightfully one of the most common answers to the question “what is your favourite city in the world?”, with it’s unmatched landscape of world-class restaurants, museums, comedy clubs, public parks, and distinctive […]

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NYC Restaurant Week announces 2018 program, opens for reservations

July 12, 2018

The most exciting time for foodies to visit New York City is once again upon us; the 26th annual NYC Restaurant Week is set to make a huge return, stretching from 23rd July to 17th August with the admirable aim of making 380 of the city’s greatest restaurants, of all ranges, a platform for culinary […]

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Aussies Abroad: Our Golden Friend announce showcases in NYC and at SXSW

March 11, 2018

Our Golden Friend have emerged as one of Melbourne’s premiere artist management companies and with SXSW off an running, the music festival has provided the perfect platform for the company to show off their talented roster. Bringing Jade Imagine, RVG, Totally Mild and Jess Ribeiro to Texas, Our Golden Friend will be hosting a must-attend party at the Australia […]

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Essential Experiences: Visiting Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in New York City

February 15, 2017

When it comes to iconic destinations, few sit higher on that list than seeing the Statue of Liberty in the waters of New York City. Those on a tight schedule might choose to pass by it (from a large distance, I might add) on the free Staten Island ferry, but if you want to get […]

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Aussies Abroad: US Festivals Coachella, Panorama, Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball line up a slew of Australian musicians

January 23, 2017

Over the last couple of weeks, a run of US festivals have revealed their headliners, and amongst them, a slew of Australian performers who will be making this trip to the North over the next few months. First up, Coachella has dropped its 2017 lineup earlier this month, confirming its headliner rumours and solidifying one […]

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