24 July

Kiesza just announced her first-ever concert in Australia

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WHO?!, you ask. Oh, you know her – even if you didn’t realise it. Kiesza, the 21-year-old, flame-haired singer-songwriter whose one-shot video for the single ‘Hideaway’ became an Internet sensation when it was debuted a few months ago (81 million YouTube views and counting…) just announced a one-off concert at the Metro Theatre. She’ll be playing the venue on Tue Sep 2. We’re told this will be Kiesza’s only Australian show during her visit – but we’re also hearing rumblings that she’ll be back for a more extensive visit when summer rolls around. Another pro tip: our friends in New York City just saw her show last night, and they can’t say enough about her stage presence. Get a ticket when they go on sale next Thursday, get to the show and judge for yourself. If she’s as good as they say, this may be your last chance to see her in such intimate surrounds.… Read more

22 July

Mary’s is opening a takeaway burger place in the city, and we’re a little bit excited

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Do you ever have that moment in the middle of the day when you think “gee, I could really just smash a double Mary’s burger with extra bacon,” only to be brought back to earth with a terrible thud? Yes, sweet readers, we feel your pain. But not for much longer. In just two short months the Mary’s posse will be swinging open the doors on Castlereagh Street, serving burgers, shakes and pop. Don’t go in expecting bourbon and beers, mind. It’s takeaway only: just a room, one counter and a whole lot of delicious meat. “We’re focussing our attention on speed and quality,” says co-owner Jake Smyth. “Cooking and flavour-wise it’ll be exactly the same – hopefully even better.” Mary’s 2.0 will be open every day, from breakfast till late with a couple of extra menu items you won’t find at the Newtown bar. There’ll be a fried chicken burger (their fried chicken you’ve come to know and love in burger form) and a breakfast roll of house-cured bacon or sausage pattie, house-made hash brown, cheese, onion, fried egg and HP sauce.… Read more

22 July

Ariana Grande is coming to Australia

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Calling all ‘Arianators’ – that’s fans of Ariana Grande to the unfamiliar –  Ariana Grande is set to hit Australian shores this September, to promote her second album My Everything. No words as to whether she will be doing a huge pop arena tour like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, but we are sure she we perform her sugar-coated pop hits, somewhere…. Check back for details soon.… Read more

22 July

London Grammar cancels Australian tour

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They were one of the most anticipated acts on this year’s Splendour in the Grass lineup, but Australian fans will have to wait a bit longer to see them return to our shores. In a Facebook post shared late last night, British electro-pop trio London Grammar announced they’ll be postponing their trip to Australia due to an illness in the band. In a statement, the band said that “we do not feel that we can currently deliver the level of performance that you all deserve from us”. They’ve pulled out of this year’s Splendour festival and promise to reschedule their Sydney and Melbourne sideshows. (They were slated to play the Hordern Pavilion on Thursday evening.) It’s an unfortunate situation for Aussie fans, who were among the first worldwide to send their 2013 album If You Wait – along with accompanying single “Stronger” – to the upper reaches of the music charts. The folks at Splendour have announced that former Time Out Sydney cover boys The Presets will take their place.… Read more

18 July

Fiona Lowry wins the Archibald Prize

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It has just been announced at the Art Gallery of New South Wales that Fiona Lowry is the winner of the Archibald Prize for 2014 for her portrait of Penelope Seidler.

A runner-up prize was won by Mitch Cairns for his portrait of Reg Richardson AM.

The winner of the Wynne Prize for landscape or sculpture is Michael Johnson for abstract work ‘Oceania High Low’.

The winner of the Sulman Prize for best subject painting, genre painting or mural project is Andrew Sullivan for ‘T-Rex’.

Check out our full Archibald Prize coverage.… Read more