Aussie Bits: Live and TV Briefs From Down Under
Aussie Bits: Live and TV Briefs From Down Under

Australia's Hi-Fi live music brand has finally landed a venue in Sydney, the group's third on the east coast.

After closing for business in March, Sydney venue the Forum has changed hands and will be re-branded the Hi-Fi Sydney from next February.

Founded by former Australian Rules Football star Luke O'Sullivan, the Hi-Fi group launched in Melbourne back in 1997 and expanded in 2009 with a multi-million dollar investment on a site in Brisbane's West End.

O'Sullivan admits his company spent eight years searching for an appropriate venue to serve what is Australia's most populous city.

Based in Sydney's Moore Park Entertainment Quarter -- relatively close to the Hordern Pavilion and Sydney Cricket Ground -- the Hi-Fi Sydney will follow the format of its mid-sized sister sites. It'll boast a capacity of about 1,400, it'll feature high-end audio equipment, and it'll open its doors to international and top-rung home ground acts.

In the past, the likes of superstar acts Muse, Foo Fighters, No Doubt and The Strokes have played intimate shows at Hi-Fi venues.


As part of a restructuring of MTV Australia, the music broadcaster's parent has cut 13 jobs. According to Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia & New Zealand, the new configuration allows for "improved content delivery systems" and "enhanced collaboration across MTV creative and commercial teams." Nine of the staff from Sydney-based MTV Australia will be let go by next March. Other changes will affect the brand solutions and corporate teams.

What it means is that MTV Australia will now work more closely with its U.K. affiliate. Though the Australian company insists its committed to local production. The news comes after MTV shuttered its New Zealand business last December, affecting 23 permanent roles.

MTV Australia's workforce numbers around 100.


President Obama's many supporters call him the America's "rock 'n roll" leader. Certainly, the U.S. president has enjoyed a rock 'n' roll welcome on his current trip Down Under. Obama is in the country on a diplomatic visit, but on Thursday he caught a performance of two leading Australian indigenous singers, the ARIA Award winners Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu and Jessica Mauboy.

It's not Obama's first taste of Australian music. Earlier this year, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard reportedly presented Obama with an iPod pre-loaded with classic Australian music, including tunes by Jimmy Barnes and Kylie Minogue.