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“I don’t want to be accused of having a meltdown”, confessed the Queen of Pop last night as she delivered a stellar show for her fans in Sydney’s packed-to-the-rafters Allphones Arena, before declaring to the many haters in the Australian media: “God forbid a mother should miss her son”, referencing her current custody battles with...

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Australia’s summer events calendar is in full swing with outdoor concerts and festivals continuing to pull in the crowds around the country, and undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets by far for live outdoor tunes continues to be the On The Steps series. One The Steps performances are also one of the most picturesque events...

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Alabama-born Katie Crutchfield, the driving force behind Waxahatchee, is by no doubt an incredibly talented and versatile singer-songwriter. Her aptitudes for music have seen release dozens of singles, demos, digital downloads and everything in-between since she was 14, and also feature in a two-piece pop punk band with her sister Alison called P.S Eliot. As...

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Where some artists have huge sounds fit for exaggerated stadium shows, others are far more suited to playing intimate venues to a bunch of sweaty, rowdy fans hanging off their every word. Last night saw Atlanta’s Raury prove to be the latter as he took to the stage of Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory for a...

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“You’re so wonderfully attentive this evening. It’s nice.” Boy & Bear were mid-set at their Sydney headline show when vocalist Dave Hosking took a moment to express his gratitude towards a crowd that had shown nothing but love all night. Admitting to the audience that despite driving past the venue multiple times recently to see...

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After a massively successful run through Australia back in 2014, fronting iconic rock band Queen as part of the bands critically and commercially acclaimed world tour, Adam Lambert is back down under to promote material of his own, 6 years on from his last solo tour; something the glam pop hit-maker made known during a...

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If there was one word that best described Fatboy Slim’s performance, it was synchronisation. Synchronisation between 52 year old Norman Cook and the audience. Synchronisation between the stunning audio-visuals. And synchronisation between the music and the electrifying atmosphere that encompassed the outdoor venue. The British DJ had the Riverstage in the palm of his hands...

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If you are going to see someone like Elton John in concert at one point in your lifetime, then to see the iconic piano man performing his biggest and best hits from his half of a century long career is definitely the option to go with if you are presented with such an opportunity. The...

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Time has spared John Farnham, though perhaps not entirely: even the Australian legend himself made fun of his less than peak physical condition, and by the conclusion of the show he was a sweaty, panting mess. But that voice hasn’t aged a day: like an insect trapped in amber it has been preserved, and the...

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It’s a rare pleasure indeed these days to witness an audience un-ironically waving their hands in the air. The gesture seems to have become relegated to the domain of the sarcastic, and the sardonic. But not so at Neon Indian’s Sydney set. Indeed, despite the thick air of 80’s centric abandon, nothing about the set...

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Surrounded by a beautiful collection of guitars, the occasional help of a friend on cello to provide a rich backing to several of his hits and a voice as distinctive as they come in rock music, as well as a hefty catalogue of records to form one hell of a set list, Soundgarden front-man and...

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Too often the parting of the Oxford Art Gallery’s heavy curtains seems out of place; an overly grand gesture not always befitting of the artists who are about to grace the venue’s stage. But as the fabric was drawn apart for Bully’s Sydney show, revealing the Nashville band standing taut and ready, soaked in red...

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“I’ll disappoint you, and I’ll let you down,” intoned Robert Forster early on during his set at the Oxford Art Factory. It was the only mistruth he spoke the entire night. Every other word that fell from his lips was rich with honesty; swollen with truth. In fact, he turned the art of playing live...

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