Author: Larry Heath

Founding Editor of the AU review. You can find him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

Download the set times and maps for the Farmer and the Owl Festival 2019 in Wollongong

February 19, 2019

It’s not long now until the Farmer and the Owl Festival makes its McCabe Park in Wollongong, with international acts like Beach House, Flint Eastwood and Deafhaven joined by local heroes Hockey Dad, Kirin J Callinan, RVG and many more. The one day event is all happening on Saturday 2nd March, and now you’re able […]

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Theatre Review: Peter Pan Goes Wrong takes “the show must go on” quite literally (Sydney Lyric to 3rd March)

February 15, 2019

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have returned to Sydney, which may be a surprise to some considering the rather disastrous turn of events in their last production, The Murder at Haversham Manor. Now, they’re back thanks to a sizeable donation from the Uncle of one of the cast members, Max, and here to present their […]

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New cruise option linking the heart of Vancouver and Victoria (Canada) for the first time

February 13, 2019

Back when I lived in Vancouver, the only real option of getting between downtown Vancouver and Vancouver Island – home to British Columbia’s capital Victoria – was by way of a large, run-of-the-mill ferry operated by BC Ferries. It’s relatively affordable – at under $20 each way – takes about 90 minutes and has food […]

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An open letter to Gladys Berejiklian and the NSW Liberals: This isn’t just a war on festivals. It’s a war on jobs, culture and common sense.

February 13, 2019

Over the last 13 years of being involved in the music industry wearing one hat or another, if I’ve learnt anything, it’s that this industry is full of the hardest workers of any I’ve ever come across. Roadies who sleep in hammocks in the scaffolding of a festival stage so they can pack down your […]

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Track of the Day: Kim Churchill “After The Sun” (2019)

February 13, 2019

It’s looking to be a big year ahead for Australian artist Kim Churchill, with four location-based EP’s set to be released across 2019 and 2020 that took the acclaimed singer/songwriter to Germany, Canada, Australia and the UK; with each EP written and recorded in their respective location. The first track to emerge from this project […]

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Blu-Ray Review: Bad Times at the El Royale (USA, 2018) is cinematic fun, with some beautiful set design

February 8, 2019

Bad Times at El Royale hit cinemas last year to mixed reviews, though I found it an engaging film, with a clever plot stemmed in the traditions of film noir and crime fiction. The set design was phenomenal and the characters were just the right amount of over-the-top to make them feel right at home […]

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Life on the Border: El Paso, Texas – Where to stay, what to eat & how to get to Mexico (and back again)

February 6, 2019

Way back in 2011, when I was flying home from my second SXSW, I jumped on a Southwest flight flying from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles. En route, I enjoyed a brief stop over in El Paso – a common stop with this airline (for whom El Paso is a hub) – an airport which […]

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The Queen of Independence: LPX opens up about the power of going it alone and the female voice

February 5, 2019

Last month, LPX traversed the country playing Falls Festival and a couple of sideshows in what was the New York artist’s Australian debut under that guise. Real name Lizzy Plapinger, she had previously visited our shores as part of the genre-bending, indie-pop duo MS MR. Now she’s smashing it on her own, with a completely independent […]

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Flight Review: Jetstar – Hong Kong to Osaka (KIX), Japan (GK64)

February 4, 2019

Today we’re jumping on board budget airline Jetstar’s regular service from Hong Kong to Osaka (KIX) in Japan. The journey starts in Terminal 2 of the busy Hong Kong International Airport and takes us to the Kansai International Airport in Osaka – with a landing time of about 2am. So how does the flight rate […]

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Track of the Day: Nathan Ball “Call It Love” (2019)

January 30, 2019

Currently touring Australia for the first time with Ziggy Alberts, UK rising star Nathan Ball has just dropped a brand new single “Call It Love”, and its one that fans of singer/songwriters like Ziggy, Passenger or Kim Churchill need to get their ears around. Hell, if you like music at all then this is probably […]

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Festival Review: Mona Foma shines bright, weird and wonderful in its Launceston debut

January 21, 2019

Following ten years in Hobart – and a free block party last year in Launceston to test the waters – Mona Foma made its official debut in the Northern Tasmanian City this weekend, with a stellar weekend of art and music which took over Launceston for an event unlike anything locals have ever seen. Grimy […]

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Photo Gallery: Mona Foma 2019 ft. Courtney Barnett, Jonathan Bree, Neneh Cherry & more – Launceston, Tasmania

January 21, 2019

Mona Foma made its official Launceston debut over the weekend, featuring art installations around the city and performances from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Jonathan Bree, Neneh Cherry, Nakhane (pictured above), WWWATER, Ewah and the Vision of Paradise, Southeast Desert Metal & much, much more. Larry Heath was on ground at the event and brings us […]

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Interview: Bishop Briggs talks Falls Festival, returning to Australia, “Baby”, Hong Kong and songwriting

December 18, 2018

I’ve been lucky enough to catch up with US based artist Bishop Briggs a few times now, and every time we catch up things just seem be getting bigger and better for the every growing star. Our chat earlier this month, ahead of her pending visit to Australia for Falls, was no exception. We talk about […]

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Interview: War Child’s Head of Fundraising talks about coming to Australia with The Wombats

November 27, 2018

Tonight, UK Charity War Child – known for putting on incredible intimate gigs with artists like the Arctic Monkeys in the UK to support the great work they do – officially make their mark in Australia, putting on their first show as part of ARIA Week. Tonight, The Wombats will play the 500-capacity venue in […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: St Joan “First Blood” (2018)

November 22, 2018

A howl of regret and longing for a past life ring throughout St Joan’s single, “First Blood” but it is the release of their new video that puts a face to this familiar story. And we’re excited to premiere it today. Here’s what the Sydney three piece have to say about the clip: “The short […]

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Interview: Slaves (UK) chat about Download Festival, being pals with DMA’s and playing Cal Jam 18

November 14, 2018

Last month, we sat down with UK rock duo Slaves while we were backstage at the Cal Jam Festival in Los Angeles. Today, the group have been announced alongside the likes of Sum 41, Pennywise and Thy Art is Murder in the second round of announcements for Download Festival, being held in Sydney and Melbourne […]

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Interview: Doz from Cosmic Kahuna (Melbourne) talks about playing Cal Jam with Jack Black, Billy Idol and Nirvana

November 12, 2018

While I was walking out of the 2018 Cal Jam Festival in California – the one that was curated by the Foo Fighters and saw Nirvana reform – I bumped into the Melbourne band Cosmic Kahuna, who had played the opening night of the event alongside the one and only Billy Idol. When we both […]

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Interview: Bill Murray and Jan Vogler talk about New Worlds on the steps of the Sydney Opera House

November 9, 2018

Earlier today, I stood on the steps of the Sydney Opera House with one of the most iconic names in entertainment, Bill Murray, and acclaimed classical cellist Jan Vogler. The pair are performing tonight and tomorrow night with “Friends”, including cellist Mira Wang, and violinist Vanessa Perez. This marks the first time Vogler has made it to […]

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Review: Kimpton’s newest Los Angeles Hotel La Peer delights with a unique sensibility

November 7, 2018

Tucked away in a forgettable street (La Peer St, no less) as you appraoch the outskirts of the trendy West Hollywood area, is a brand new hotel from the trusted Kimpton chain, the La Peer Hotel. It’s a stunning space which seems to do everything it can to be unlike all the other hotels in […]

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Hotel Review: Novotel Canberra is a refined yet playful gem in the heart of the capital

November 6, 2018

Sitting in the heart of our nation’s capital is the Novotel Canberra, a 7 floor hotel with incredibly spacious rooms that sits alongside Northbourne Avenue, which is currently being outfitted with a new light-rail service. It was a friendly and easy check in process as I arrived, though the playfulness of the lobby design (especially […]

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