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The 1 year Countdown celebration to World Expo 2020

The UAE came together this morning to celebrate One Year to Go until Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors, with spectacular events in all seven emirates marking the milestone moment in style and offering a tantalising taste of what’s to come at the World’s Greatest Show.

Global superstar Mariah Carey headlined celebrations in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai – treating the audience to hour-long sets packed with their greatest hits.

Top-class events were held simultaneously in the six other emirates, at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Fort – a total of 100 artists from 26 countries highlighting the modern society’s rich talent pool.

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 192 participating nations and an anticipated 25 million visits, showcasing the best in technology, architecture, gastronomy, culture and more while also exploring how humanity can shape a more sustainable tomorrow through the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.


The independent music of Melbourne

12 independent Melbourne artists you need to add to your playlist now.  One play is an easy acknowledgement and the encouragement that brings life to the lyrics helping pass on the melodic story of artists. Have a listen here!

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When art imitates life: James Owen – Undefeatable

Charismatic country boy Jason Owen reminds us why he placed second in the 2012 season of X-Factor with his new release and powerful motivational song, Undefeatable, which will inspire you to dream big, do the impossible and achieve your goals.   

 Undefeatable, featuring Mildura-born Aboriginal hip-hop artist Philly, marks Jason’s unrelenting determination and drive to overcoming the mental-health struggles he has publicly documented in recent months.   In 2005, Jason and his father were in a horrific motorcycle accident, and the fear of losing someone close, coupled with the harsh reality of instant fame, criticism and rejection, has continued to plague Jason throughout his entire singing career. 

 “The trauma from the accident has affected me mentally in a big way and as I’ve grown older, my fear and anxiety has only gotten worse, especially when I moved away from family and friends to purse my dreams of being a singer,” said Jason.  “When I started working professionally in the music industry, I also copped a lot of hate and criticism. And with constant attention on my skin and body image, I wasn’t in a good place.   I am now starting to pull through and move into a more positive headspace and that’s what Undefeatable is all about.It’s about pushing through the hard times and never backing down to achieving what it is that you want out of life and I hope it resonates with others,” added Jason. 

 Jason will also be visiting the following venues as part of The Superstars of Country – Then and Now tour in 2020:

Saturday 1st February
Sawtell RSL, Sawtell 

Sunday 2nd February
Port Macquarie Panthers, Port Macquarie  

Friday 21st February
Laycock Theatre, Gosford 

Saturday  22nd February
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock 

Saturday 7th March
Bryan Brown Theatre, Bankstown 

Friday 20th March
Dubbo RSL, Dubbo  

Saturday 21st March
Bathurst Panthers, Bathurst 

Friday 3rd April
Centro CBD, Wollongong

Saturday 4th April
Canberra Southern Cross Club

Saturday 18th April
North Ryde RSL, North Ryde 

Flight Facilities: Better than Ever

New Release: 18 October 2010
Music Review: Sydney Scoop
Editor: Rebecca Varidel

“Better Than Ever” is the first cut of the year from Flight Facilities, following their 2018 singles “Need You” (certified Gold by ARIA) and “All Your Love”. 

Their gold certified, twice ARIA-nominated debut LP  Down To Earth hosted an impressive list of guest artists including Kylie MinogueEmma LouiseReggie WattsOwl EyesBishop NehruMicky Green and Giselle. Their subsequent Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra album, recorded in front of a sold out 12,000-person crowd, saw the duo win their first ARIA award.  When it comes to touring, the pair have attained plenty of frequent flyer miles, performing to a global audience multiple times over with their much-loved catalogue. Alongside their own headline shows, the duo have played headline slots at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals like Coachella in LA, Fuji Rock in Japan and Bestival in the UK.

Deviating from the usual, while staying true to their feel-good form,  “Better than Ever” is a dazzling soul flavored melody.  It’s a reflection of past relationships that even thought aren’t working out the way they were planned, “The more I give the more they’re taking.   I’m a simple man I’m hard please”.  Its a celebration of the other side of disappointment appreciating the mark such experiences imprint on you leaving you alone but “Better than Ever” with the opportunity of reinvention and aspiration. 

The video clip  is quirky to say the least but it’s a great addition to the summer playlist with its bopping hook, choral riffs from Aloe Blacc who we now from tracks with Avicii, thumping snares and an upbeat rhythm.   This hybrid melding works well in their love-struck storytelling with the sound of effortless pop finesse.

Cover Image: Ryan Morega


RNB Fridays: The Old School playlist

Australia’s leading promoters (Illusive Presents & Frontier Touring) and biggest radio network (Hit Network) have joined forces to create the country’s most talked-about concert series in a generation.

Since its inception in 2016, RNB Fridays Live has endured an absolutely meteoric rise to already become the largest music event series in Australia. By its third year in 2018, the RNB Fridays Live brand was selling out stadiums nationally and moving over 180,000 tickets across five shows. There has simply never been anything like it in the market.

The brainchild of Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring, RNB Fridays Live capitalised on the hype of the Hit Network’s weekly RNB Fridays radio show which launched in 2014.  Just like its namesake, the concert series puts together the most notable and iconic RNB and hip-hop artists from across eras and generations. The result is an all-day spectacle of back-to-back party jams and the biggest block party the country has ever seen.


Where and when:

Friday 8 November – HBF Park, Perth (18+)
Saturday 9 November – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne (18+)
Sunday 10 November – Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide (18+)
Friday 15 November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (18+)
Saturday 16 November – Giants Stadium, Sydney (18+)


A look back:

As the countdown begins here’s a playlist of essentials to get you through the long wait to the epic night of the season!

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Celebrating the independent music of ListenUp Songwriter’s Festival (Sydney Round): Songs that heal

We don’t see the recent Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth semi finals in the 4th annual Songwriter’s Festivals showcases as competition.  Technically yes, winners must be crowned from each state to proceed to the Grand Final, but the real winners were the artists and music lovers who were able to collectively create moments of healing which is what this year’s theme is and as Founder, Ali Taylor put it, “bare their souls on stage’ it was more a collective assembly of ideas that directed positivity and awareness to subject matter often stigmatised.


For those not familiar with the Songwriter’s Festival, it’s founded by Taylor, who took a personal tragedy of loss and brought together independent musicians in a festival of original written works that hope to prevent the same experience happening to others in the community.

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“Songs that heal” is the 2019 theme and much adversity, challenge and heart ache brought to the stage in an intimate audience of fans and peers at Camperdown’s, The Newsagency.

Genuine musicality and authenticity oozed off the stage as real connection between performer and audience were made, one of the greater strengths in our opinion, when it comes to local and independent music.

Stories of love, personal insecurity, illness, suicide, self doubt, self discovery and hope filled the lyrics of the 12 acts that performed making it so impossible to judge, that an additional finalist to the three grand finalist places was added due to a deadlock.

As we approach the Grand Final, we celebrate the Australian Independent music scene delving into the music of all 48 semi finalists through feature articles, Spotify / Soundcloud playlist, and video clips.



Inside the guesthouse of Graceland

This month marks the third year since the 450 room, full service resort opened, it was the most significant enhancement to Graceland since it opened to the public in 1982 and was the largest hotel construction project in Memphis in over 90 years!

The world-class resort, just steps away from Elvis Presley’s iconic mansion, includes 20 luxury suites, two full-service restaurants, expansive meeting and special events space for conventions, meetings, weddings and gatherings for 1350 people, a 464-seat theatre for live performances and movies, an expansive outdoor pool and a manicured lawn space with capabilities for a 400-person tent for special outdoor events.

Take a tour in this special pictorial, exploring one of the world’s most iconic tour destinations…

5 Reasons to visit Graceland:

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Scenes from Australia’s annual Parkes Elvis Festival when 27,000 impersonators, fans and visitors (more than twice its population) descend on the small town of Parkes from around the world! The 4 day Elvis festival in Australia takes place again 8-12 January to coincide with the King’s birthday! Click here to learn more
  • Concerts at the Graceland Soundstage – It’s a regular stop for touring artists both in and out of Memphis because of its rich history.  This year’s acts so far have included The Oak Ridge Boys, Hot Tuna, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, Dream Theater, Switchfoot, Justin Hayward and Melissa Etheridge
  • I-40: The Music Highway –  The 222-mile (357km) section of Interstate highway 40 which runs between Memphis and Nashville is often referred to as the Music Highway,
  • Priscilla Presley’s Elegant Southern Style Weekend – is a weekend when Priscilla Presley assembles a lineup of designers, event planners and lifestyle experts giving insight to Southern culture.  Seminars, workshops, parties and a tour of Graceland mansion, and the exhibition complexes filled with Elvis’ personal memorabilia.
  • PB&J Nightcap? –  The complimentary Peanut Butter & Jelly Station offers chef-made PB&J sandwiches between 10-11pm.   It’s not uncommon to attract long queues. Cold milk, hot cocoa, bananas and other goodies are offered as well.
  • A Century of the American Motorcycle – If you love motorcycles as much as Elvis did, the current exhibit at the new Graceland Exhibition Centre runs until 3 November

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