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South-By-South-West. The Aussie BBQ jewel in the crown for Australian music.

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After years of dreaming of attending South-By-South-West, the world’s largest music, film & interactive conference, I jetted off to Los Angeles on March 7th for the experience of a lifetime!

Armed with a swag of amazing Lumix G-series camera bodies & lenses (courtesy of Panasonic), I was excited at attending and working with Sounds Australia and Stage Mothers at their showcase events in LA & SXSW including The Aussie BBQ – LA, The Aussie BBQ – SXSW and the Sounds Australia Official SXSW Showcases (She’ll Be Right, Sound Gallery).

The jewel in the crown of Australian music on the international stage is The Aussie BBQ – SXSW presented by Sounds Australia and is held annually at renown Austin venue, Maggie Maes. Started 11 years ago, by Glenn Dickie and Mary Mihelakos (Stage Mothers) as a BBQ for all the Aussie bands playing in Austin, the 2013 edition featured 36 bands across 3 stages over 14 hours and a free BBQ lunch; the biggest showcase of Australian music outside of Australia and one of South-By-South-West’s most popular events.

The masses lined up outside Maggie Mae’s well before midday and piled through doors once they opened, taking advantage of the delicious free BBQ, crisp cold beers and a stellar Aussie line-up that continued throughout the day.

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In alphabetical order the line-up included: 360, Alpine, Anna Lunoe, Andy Clockwise, The Audreys, The Beards, Bearhug, Blackchords, The Cambodian Space Project, Clairy Brown & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Dune Rats, Emma Louise, The Falls, Flume, Georgia Fair, Ginger & The Ghost, Gold Fields, The Good Ship, Hiatus Kaiyote, High Highs, Holy Balm, Jack Carty, Jackson Firebird, Jonathan Boulet, Mitzi,  Rites Wild, The Rubens, San Cisco, Seth Sentry, Strangers, Summer Flake, The Trouble With Templeton, Transcription of Organ Music, The Vaudeville Smash and Vance Joy.

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Asked by locals and Aussies attending the event who my favourite artists/bands were at The Aussie BBQ, I struggled for an answer. With such a high volume (pun intended… Dad Joke alert :p) of amazing performers, it’s hard to choose who you love the most on the day. As an example, one 15 minute window sticks in my mind as a snapshot – one minute I was in the Gibson Room capturing Emma Louise “Jungle” live, then downstairs to the Club Room shooting video & still photos in the moshpit of Benny (singer) and Mark (vox/axe man) from Strangers as they climbed from the stage and performed in the crowd. 5 minutes later I was again upstairs as one of Australia’s hottest emerging acts The Trouble With Templeton entertained a packed Rooftop Stage… And repeat.. Madness! 🙂

South-By-South-West is an experience one just can’t describe unless you’ve actually been to Austin during that mad week of March. Thousands upon thousands of people streaming along 6th street every hour from afternoon ’til early hours of the morning across a whole week. And that’s just some of the live music venues & events Austin has on offer..

SXSW is mind-blowing and a journey I can’t recommend highly enough to any industry professional or fan that has an unsurpassed passion for all things music. I felt like I only touched the surface with this trip, but found the perfect balance between working my backside off, cheeky bevies and hangin’ out with some of the coolest people on the planet.

Special thanks to Sounds Australia, Stage Mothers, Virgin Australia, Studios 301 and Panasonic Lumix G-series cameras who made my trip possible. Thanks to Sounds Australia and Stage Mothers for all their hard work in exporting Australian music to the international stage. Much love to Millie Millgate, Glenn Dickie, Alicia Kish, Van Picken, all the artists/bands, managers, music industry professionals, punters and everyone involved who made The Aussie BBQ into an amazing day and my 1st SXSW an experience I will never forget. One which I hope will be the first of many.

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Shiner Bocks, tequila & lime and Continental Club. The perfect introduction to Austin.

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Shiner Bock and a tequila & lime back. Continental Club, Austin

Touchdown in Austin. Finally made it!

With The Aussie BBQ – LA done & dusted, I jumped on the plane to Austin, Texas eagerly anticipating what ended up being one of the most inspiring weeks of my life.

My first night in Texas, I headed out of central Austin to The Continental Club to catch up with one of my uni buddies who’d been in town for SXSW Interactive. The $30 pedi-cab ride ($5 taxi-ride home.. shakes head) lead to a quaint, seedy little venue with amazing live music and waaay too many Shiner Bock beers with tequila, lime & salt backs.

Described as the granddaddy of the local scene, Continental Club‘s vibrant setting was the perfect introduction to Austin & exactly what I envision this amazing little music town to be like the rest of the year round.

Head was certainly a little dusty the next day, but man I had a massive smile on my face. Thanks Matty!

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Fell in love with The Trouble With Templeton on the road to USA

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The Trouble With Templeton live The Aussie BBQ – SXSW.
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Fell in love with The Trouble With Templeton’s tunes & saw them live for the first time in LA. WOW!

For months I’d been listening to “6 months in a Cast”, “Bleeders” and “I Wrote A Novel” on my triple j Unearthed playlists, but had never seen one of their shows and stood captivated at The Aussie BBQLA.

The love-child of enigmatic singer/song-writer, Thomas Calder, this talented 5-piece BrisVegas band are in the closing stages of a North American tour, which has incorporated The Aussie BBQ showcase tour (Los Angeles, South-By-South-West, Canadian Music Week, NYC), a bunch of SXSW/CMW showcases and a performance tonight at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.

2 weeks ago they released latest TTWT single “Like A Kid” and next up they’re jetting off to The Great Escape (UK) in May with a new album launch in June!

This is just the beginning!

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Emma Louise taking on USA & the world. New album stream & exclusive SXSW pics

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Take a breath.. it’s been an AMAZING week at South-By-South-West & lots of Hot & Delicious content still to come, but wanted to take the opportunity to plug fantastic Australian singer/songwriter, Emma Louise.

Emma Louise has been WOW-ing fans in North America with a show in Los Angeles, 10 count ’em 10 showcases at SXSW and now off to NYC to play iconic New York venue Rockwood Music Wall and Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

Hot & Delicious were fortunate enough to catch several of Em’s Sounds Australia performances in Austin at SXSW and they were simply put, quite beautiful in every way.

Emma Louise’s debut album vs Head vs Heart is due out March 22nd. Stream it prior to release using the link below for a limited time via her Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/musicemmalouise/app_451536261583396

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Emma Louise live at The Aussie BBQ – SXSW.
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360’s Official SXSW Showcase live from Austin, Texas

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Hot & Delicious kicked it at 360’s Official SXSW Showcase presented by The Agency Group last night.

The Melbourne rapper, making a charge at the USA, treated the compact, vibrant Aussie & international crowd to one of his signature, ever-energetic, kick-ass live sets.

Lookin’ forward to another dose tomorrow at The Aussie BBQ – SXSW with 36 Aussie acts over 3 stages across 14 hours.

Check out more pics of 360 live at SXSW here

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The Aussie BBQ 5th annual Australian music invasion of Los Angeles

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Sunday March 10th marked the 5th annual explosion of Aussie music at The Aussie BBQ – LA presented by Stage Mothers

Hot & Delicious hit Los Angeles with the Stage Mothers crew to capture the fantastically diverse line-up of Australian artists.

Faker, Blackchords, The Trouble With Templeton, Jack Carty, The Beards, Georgia Fair, The Falls, Bear Hug and Ginger & the Ghost all graced the stage at The Echo – LA with free BBQ for punters and amazing 1st show kicked-off the 4-show The Aussie BBQ  – North American Tour.

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Sounds Australia kicks off Aussie music at SXSW in style!

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Sounds Australia kicked off South-By-South-West in style with a celebration of Australian women in music.

“She’ll Be Right” featured a wonderful line-up including Emma Louise, The Audreys, The Falls, Ginger & the Ghost, Rites Wild, Bec Laughton, Lucy Campbell and Summer Flake. 6th street Irish pub BD Rileys had a steady flow of Australian, local and international guests throughout the day.

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