Founder and editor in chief of popular online music and lifestyle magazine the AU Review Larry Heath shares what he loves about visiting Melbourne.
Founded in Sydney in 2008, the AU Review was originally launched to feature independent reviews of the live music scene both locally and further afield. Within a year coverage had spread to include Melbourne, Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Now a fully-fledged music and lifestyle publication, it has expanded to cover the arts, film, food, travel and lifestyle.
“Travel was a really natural category for us to branch into because people travel to see live music all the time,” says Heath. “There’s a lifestyle around travelling for music so staying in hotels and even eating out are a part of the experience. Everything we review ties back to music somehow.”
Visiting Melbourne this week for the Heart of St Kilda charity benefit, an event the AU Review has been supporting for the past three years, Heath is taking the opportunity to explore the city from his home away from home at the Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders. “Melbourne is definitely Australia’s cultural hub. From nightlife to food, there’s always something new to discover, it’s very European,” he says.
Spending a lot of his working year on the road, Heath says he has grown to appreciate the little things when staying in hotels and Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is no exception. “Early check out is a real hate of mine and here it’s 11am which is great,” he says. “I also love how even when you’re travelling for work staying in a hotel is a little bit of a holiday.”