Author: Lachlan Mitchell

Since 2011, I have been a staff writer, photographer and videographer for the AU review in Sydney. I contribute across all branches of the site including music, arts, food & lifestyle, tech and travel and create pieces that incorporate a mix of writing, photography and video.

Live Review: Grow Your Own 2019 was a midsummer’s daydream festival experience

January 15, 2019

Now in its third year, Grow Your Own Festival takes place on the North Coast of NSW in the Forster-Tuncurry area. Started in 2016 by local Holly Rankin, aka Jack River, the original motivation of the event was to bring more music to the region for the youth of the area. It has since grown into […]

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Why a trip to Grow Your Own Festival needs to be in your Summer plans

December 23, 2018

It’s finally here – the Summer season of festivals that not only provide an eclectic mix of the best acts currently touring, but require a road trip which offers the chance to visit some of Australia’s most unique and stunning regional locations. Here are our top reasons for why you need to plan a road […]

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Building the perfect campsite ahead of the Summer music festival season

December 12, 2018

Summer is here and that means two things. One, the weather is now at its absolute best for you to head out and explore the outdoors and secondly, it’s the season of camping festivals. We’ve road tested and put together a list of the best OZtrail products out there that will have you camping, glamping […]

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Accessories for the Outdoors: How to comfortably make the most of Summer

December 10, 2018

The sun has come out to play and that means one thing in Australia – it’s the season for spending time outdoors. Whether it’s camping, hiking or attending one on the many Summer music-festivals over the next few months, we have compiled a list of the coolest accessories and gadgets that will have you exploring […]

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AUxAU Guide to the NSW South Coast: A tapestry of outdoor fun and adventure

November 7, 2018

It becomes immediately apparent when driving down the New South Wales South Coast that you will have the choice of two soundtracks during your adventure: waves crashing onto the rocks and sand of uncrowded beaches or ultimate silence with occasional pops of birds and rustling tree branches in forests and National Parks. The wealth of […]

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Fresh, joyful and personal: A culinary voyage in the Cook Islands

November 6, 2018

Now more than ever, the Cook Islands are an accessible destination to soothe your cold, stressed-out city-oriented lives thanks to a new direct flight service to Australia. Of the Cook’s 15 islands, Rarotonga is its capital and largest island where we spent a week-long voyage. Enclosed by a continuous sky-blue lagoon full of fish and […]

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Tech Review: The Huawei Mate 20 Pro boasts three cameras and the clearest screen to date. But is it worth all the hype?

November 1, 2018

As is typical of this time of year, the last few months have seen a stack of new smartphone releases. Huawei‘s newest release is not only a competitor to other top brands, but it excels far beyond most recent handsets. From its in-screen fingerprint scanner to having three rear cameras (that consist of a 40-MP […]

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Tech Review: DJI’s Mavic 2 Zoom will have you soaring into quiet, compact & professional film capturing

October 24, 2018

DJI announces a new series of drones quite regularly, but their new Mavic 2 series are their most satisfying technical jump yet when it comes to consumer drones. Don’t be mistaken, using the word “consumer” for these ranges doesn’t mean you’re missing out on any of the tech and quality when it comes to capturing […]

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Interview: RÜFÜS DU SOL announce 2019 Australian tour, talks ARIAs and new album

October 22, 2018

We sat down with RÜFÜS DU SOL in Sydney recently to chat about their new album Solace and get exclusive details about their upcoming Australian tour in 2019. From feeling the pressures of touring life and becoming estranged from affairs back at home in Australia, the band says the new album is infused with a shared experience […]

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Kraken Screamfest brings cocktails, face-painting and a horror film to Sydney this Halloween

October 16, 2018

The infamous Ritz Cinema in Sydney will be transformed into a terror abyss straight from the depths of the ocean as The Kraken Black Spiced Rum takes over the venue this Halloween – Wednesday October 31st. Guests shouldn’t expect the typical movie-going experience at the Kraken Screamfest. Horrors from the deep like mutant mermaids and […]

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Chiswick Restaurant to host a Graham Norton Prosecco pop-up and degustation

October 16, 2018

To celebrate their seventh year of forming a wine-inspired relationship, New Zealand’s Invivo Wines and UK comedian Graham Norton are planning a fine-dining pop-up degustation event with a bottomless supply of their new Graham Norton Prosecco at Chiswick Restaurant in Sydney on Sunday October 21st. Made from 100% Glera grapes from the Veneto and Friuli […]

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JBL’s new Endurance and Reflect headphones favour practicality, price and every workout

September 25, 2018

Whilst they still sound perfectly fine, these headphones aren’t designed to fulfill your audiophile desires and that’s okay because thanks to their cheap price point and practicality, JBL’s new range of workout headphones successfully become your workout partner – no matter the activity. From running to jumping and aerobics to swimming, the Endurance and Reflect […]

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Tech Review: Hisense are a Smart TV pack leader with their 65P9’s stunning picture and sound

September 17, 2018

Hisense has boldly made a convincing case as to why they should be considered one of the TV companies that deserve your consideration when buying top-of-the-line, premium smart TV’s with the release of their 65″ Series 9 range. Also available in a 75″ option, the Hisense 65P9 was so large it blocked artwork we had […]

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Live Review: Snowtunes was a mega festival in a winter wonderland where Aussie acts shined

September 3, 2018

It dropped to 4 degrees both nights of Snowtunes 2018, so what did the organisers do to combat the crowd getting frozen? They assembled a lineup that would be sure to have the audience dancing, rocking and partying for hours on end. With pyro and Co2 cannons for nearly every set and boasting the likes […]

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Interview: Australian pianist & composer Sophie Hutchings talks about creating her soundscape

August 28, 2018

Ahead of her Melbourne Recital Centre show this Thursday, we caught up with Australian composer and pianist Sophie Hutchings to chat about her new EP Candela, the composing process behind her serene recordings, and find out how her Sydney show went last week! What are your earliest memories of the piano? Were you experimenting or enchanted from a young age […]

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Live Review: Expo Liaison imitated the ’80s but created a refreshing festival experience in Sydney

August 27, 2018

Expo Liaison was billed as Client Liaison‘s three date-festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane that would follow the flair, colour and spirit of the 1980’s. Headlined by Client Liaison, the festival featured special guest John Farnham, DJ John Howard, Luke Million featuring KLP, No Zu, Alice Ivy, Total Giovanni, Ken Davis, Kon and Rainbow Chan. […]

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Track of the Day: Long Tall Jefferson “Stay A Little Longer” (2018)

August 23, 2018

Swiss songwriter and storyteller, Simon Borer aka Long Tall Jefferson has released his new single and video for “Stay A Little Longer” which is off his upcoming second album The Lucky Guy due this September. The tracks immediate use of slide guitar and melodic hook of “stay a little longer baby” sung by Jefferson sets the scene for a future […]

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Cardi B and Migos lead NYE lineup for Perth’s Origin Fields

August 20, 2018

Formerly known as Origin NYE, 2018 is the 12th year of the Western Australian festival and a score of changes are planned. As well as a new name, the festival now has a new location and is expanding to a two day music and culture festival with the announcement of their largest lineup to date. […]

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Track of the Day: Academie “Battles” (2018)

August 16, 2018

“Battles” is the first new single from Johannesburg-based band Academie in two years and is a delicate dance between darkness and soft-pop. The track opens with bold and charging synth chords that feel like they are ripped from the gritty and suspenseful opening shots of a fight scene in an ’80s film. These synths continue […]

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From location to lineup, why Jindabyne Festival Snowtunes needs to be in your 2018 plans

August 13, 2018

Starting in 2015, Snowtunes is hosting one of the countries most impressive and exciting lineups in one of the coolest (sorry) locations in the country. If 2018’s decent snowfall isn’t enough to get you to the slopes, we make the case why it’s not too late to book a last-minute road trip to the ski […]

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