Author: Larry Heath

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

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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Hotel Review: Hotel Zed Kelowna (Canada) is a stylish motel refit with the playfulness of a hostel in wine country

November 2, 2018

There was a time in the travel industry when saying you ran a motel was anything but an attractive quality. Now, all over the world, clever hoteliers are bringing inspired re-fits to motels, helping not just reframe what we know a motel to be, but to go so far as to make it, dareisay, “chic”. […]

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Flights between Australia and the USA right now are under $799

November 1, 2018

There’s a bit of a price war going on over the Pacific right now, and the winners are us as consumers. Whether you’re flying to Honolulu or Los Angeles from Australia’s East Coast, full service airlines such as Hawaiian, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand are offering fares below $800, and even as low […]

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Little Georgia – All The While (2018 LP)

November 1, 2018

Since releasing their debut acoustic album Bootleg in 2016, Australian folk-rock duo Little Georgia (Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix) have captured the ears of many listeners around Australia and the world. Buoyed by some three years on the road, fans ears’ perked up earlier this year when “Yellow Cup” hit the airwaves. The track was the […]

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Canada is finally getting “Ultra Low-Cost Airlines”, but what services do they have left to cut?

October 31, 2018

Earlier this month, I was flying around Canada with WestJet and Air Canada, long the only Commercial players in the Canadian domestic market. Now there are finally budget (or “ultra low-cost”) airlines entering the country, with Westjet’s Swoop (like Jetstar to Australia’s Qantas) having commenced flights in June, Jetlines commencing flights next year and Flair […]

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Flight Review: Peach – Osaka, Japan (KIX) to Hong Kong (MM63)

October 31, 2018

Dubbed Japan’s “first true Low-Cost Carrier”, chances are, unless you’ve been to Japan, you’ve never heard of the carrier Peach. The airline started flights in 2012 with All Nippon Airways (ANA) the largest shareholder. ANA’s other budget carrier, Vanilla Air, which was a rebrand for what once was AirAsia Japan in 2013, has recently started a merger […]

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Flight Review: A weekend away to the US with Delta Air Lines – Sydney to Los Angeles (DL40)

October 29, 2018

Earlier this month, I travelled to the US for the weekend with Delta Air Lines to cover the Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam Festival in Los Angeles. You know, the one that “Nirvana” reformed at. Yes, with flights to the US more affordable and more frequent than ever, the idea of a weekend getaway to the […]

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Hotel Review: 25hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne is a 1960s space themed experience like no other (Germany)

October 29, 2018

Part of the AccorHotels group, 25hours Hotels are a unique run of hotels around Europe; currently boasting 12 hotels across 8 cities. The brand runs on the slogan “Come As You Are”, in reference to the iconic Nirvana song, a sentiment amplified by the fact that no hotel in the brand is like the next. […]

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Is Toronto home to the world’s most convenient international airport?

October 29, 2018

Located “just three kilometres from downtown Toronto”, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport sits on an island off the city’s centre; accessible by ferry or a relatively new underground walkway. And it may just be the world’s most conveniently located airport, as they go out of their way to make sure every passenger feels like a […]

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Interview: Jason Blum talks Halloween, working with John Carpenter and teases upcoming Blumhouse film Spooky Jack

October 25, 2018

The AU’s Harris Dang sat down with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum to talk about his latest production, Halloween, which hits cinemas today. They talk about the great response the film has had so far, the weight of working with heavyweights like Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter – not to mention the franchise itself. Blum also […]

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Exclusive Transcript: The embarrassing state of Sydney’s music scene put on International display at the Music Tourism Convention in Germany

October 9, 2018

At the end of August, I was invited to the Music Tourism Convention to deliver one of the day’s focus presentations. While most other speakers were tourism professionals who shined a positive light on their city, I was there with a different take: a cautionary tale of what can happen with industry and government don’t […]

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Review: Foo Fighters’ festival Cal Jam 18 proves a joyous celebration of Rock n Roll

October 9, 2018

This weekend, I travelled about an hour outside of Los Angeles to San Bernadino, to experience the second year of the festival Cal Jam – an event programmed and run by the Foo Fighters, featuring an eclectic mix of rock bands from around the world, and celebrating the 25 years of the band’s career with […]

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Nirvana reunites at Cal Jam with Joan Jett: Here’s everything that happened during the Foo Fighters set

October 7, 2018

Tonight at the second annual Cal Jam Fest in San Bernardino, California – the festival put on by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters – a much teased and anticipated event happened. They got Nirvana back together. Surviving members Dave Grohl and Kris Novaselic got together with Joan Jett, Pat Smear and John McCauley of […]

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Interview: Hyun Lee on Asian Girls and the benefits of diversity in film funding

October 4, 2018

Earlier this year, we sat down with Hyun Lee, the director of a short film called Asian Girls which screened at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then at the Sydney Film Festival. We talked about the making of the film, working with Rainbow Chan, and the benefits and importance of diversity in film funding. It’s […]

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Film Review: American Animals (USA, 2018) is a masterful, original take on the heist & true crime genres

October 3, 2018

American Animals is the scripted film debut from writer/director Bart Layton, who walked away with a BAFTA for his debut effort, the documentary The Imposter. Knowing he comes from a documentary background is unsurprising when you see this film, which screened at Sundance earlier this year to a good deal of critical acclaim, and continued […]

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Festival Review: Sarah Blasko, TFS, Cub Sport and more wrap up Yours & Owls Festival for 2018

October 3, 2018

The second and final day of the Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong promised another day of beautiful weather and even better music; with (in my opinion), an even stronger lineup than the preceding day. ‪E^ST‬ opened things up on the main stage, and then rising star Didirri – who has had an amazing 2018 […]

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