Bernard Zuel

Bernard Zuel

Since joining Fairfax in 1992, Bernard has been an editor and written on education, roads and local politics. These days, he specialises in music and is the senior music writer and reviewer.

North coast festival's lineup

Mullum Music Festival's line-up revealed – it's coming from everywhere

Bernard Zuel Small but perfectly formed festival returns.

Review: F--- The Fitzroy Doom Scene's Facing the Ruin

Bernard Zuel You could call this stoner rock, riffs tumble down steep inclines here and then run into solid walls of heaviosity.

Americana festival comes to Sydney

Out On The Weekend festival to bring music near the country

Kasey Chambers

Bernard Zuel Country music for city folks comes to Sydney's fringes.

Album reviews: Chemical Brothers, Bilal, Wolf Alice, Vienna Musikverein Quartet

Bilal's <i>In Another Life</i>.

Bernard Zuel New music from the worlds of electronica, classical, rock and neo-soul.

Album reviews: Bilal, Wolf Alice, Vienna Musikverein Quartet

Bernard Zuel New music from the worlds of classical, rock and neo-soul.

Sweetie, it's true, an Absolutely Fabulous film is coming

From small screen to big: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will return as Edina and Patsy in the <i>Absolutely Fabulous</i> movie.

Bernard Zuel Patsy and Edina in the south of France: warn le gendarmes.

Adult pop star

Josh Pyke is dressed, thank goodness, for success

Josh Pyke.

Bernard Zuel It's new label, old shoes and the promise of high quality pop from Josh Pyke's fifth album, so you can leave your pants on.

Vince joins Mel

True Detective's Vince Vaughn joins Mel Gibson's film Hacksaw Ridge

Actor Vince Vaughn

Bernard Zuel One time comedic actor continues his move into drama.

Famous favourite

Sam Smith tells his fans the Australian film Holding The Man 'changed my life'

Sam Smith, a fan of a great Australian love story

Bernard Zuel The soul man loves one of the great Australian love stories and wants everyone to know.

Soul pop revue

Mark Ronson review: Smart, hit-filled and fun but lacking something at its core

Mark Ronson

Bernard Zuel Local guest vocalists and the ghost of Amy Winehouse put on a big show that was missing one thing - the man himself, Mark Ronson.

MC rapped?

Confusion as Tyler the Creator claims he's banned from Australia

Tyler the Creator

Bernard Zuel Has an activist group convinced the federal government to block the return of the controversial rapper?

Festival review

Splendour in the Grass review: in the trenches with Blur, Florence and Tame Impala

Azealia Banks.

Bernard Zuel We'll gave them what for and showed them what Australians can do when called on for the great battles of life.

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Splendour in the Grass 2015 review: Fans survive trench warfare

Florence Welch of the band Florence and the Machine perform for fans during Splendour in the Grass on July 25, 2015 in Byron Bay.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel We had hoicked our packs on our backs joyfully, egging each other on for this great adventure. We'll be home by Christmas, mother.

Report from Splendour

Splendour in the Grass 2015: Day two comes over all Lord Of The Flies

Bernard Zuel The inside dirt on what was happening in the muddy fields halfway through Byron Bay's winter music festival.


Splendour in the Grass: Plenty of mud, but San Cisco party on

San Cisco's Jordi Davieson performs at Splendour in the Grass.

Bernard Zuel The sun stayed away, but then so did the rain until mid evening, on day one of Splendour in the Grass.

Splendour in the Grass: so much more than the music

Rock'n'roll children: Priya, aged five, gets her face painted at Little Splendour.

Bernard Zuel Some strange things are happening at music festivals. And we don't mean drugs, as there are far fewer in evidence at Splendour In The Grass in Byron Bay this weekend than you find at a regular big...

Uptown Mark Ronson slows things down as the world speeds up around him

Mark Ronson loves the idea of making hotheads hug each other.

Bernard Zuel If Mark Ronson had to create a soundtrack for world peace, it would include a little Uptown Funk, but no Shaggy.

Music reviews: Veruca Salt, Jim Keays, Tina Turner, Revelers and The Who

Back together and back in form, Veruca Salt.

Bernard Zuel We take new (and old) releases from Veruca Salt, Jim Keays, Tina Turner, Revelers and the Who for a spin.

Pop songs with bite

Jenny Lewis review: sweet and sour and delicious pop songs

Jenny Lewis

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bernard Zuel Effortless charisma is just one of the qualities that separates Jenny Lewis from the crowd. The other? She's just better than them, as she proved in this headline gig at the Metro.

Racists retreat

John Farnham 'disgusted' by Reclaim Australia's use of You're The Voice

John Farnham has called out Reclaim Australia for using You're The Voice.

Bernard Zuel Racists are not the voice of Australia says singing legend.

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