On Norfolk Island - a Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Enjoy a very special Norfolk Island holiday with a twist and lots of laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow rolls into town on 3 August.

Five of the Festival’s most loved and fantastically funny comedians from Australia and New Zealand have packed their bags and are island-bound for a fun-filled evening of great entertainment at this fabulous setting in the South Pacific.

Get ready for belly-laughs galore with an all-star cast featuring:

Urzila Carlson – A multi award winning stand-up comedian, Urzila is a TV regular on Australia’s Have You Been Paying Attention and New Zealand’s 7 DaysSuper City and Road Madness. She has also appeared on Spicks and SpecksDirty LaundryThe Great Debate, and ABC’s Comedy Up Late, and was the host of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow earlier this year. Urzila’s natural cheeky, straight up style will have everyone eating out of her hand.

Bob Franklin – Stand-up comic, writer, director and actor Bob was a recipient of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Comic’s Choice award, the Piece of Wood Award, and also received the Sunday Age Best Comedy Show of the Year Award. Bob’s television and film work includes Jack IrishThe Last Confession of Alexander PearceBad EggsThe LibrariansStupid, Stupid Man, Please Like Me and Thank God You’re Here. Bob has written and directed two short suspense films, two recent episodes of Little Lunch for ABC TV and Lano & Woodley’s stage show, Fly.

Xavier Michelides – An active writer and stand-up comic, Xavier has travelled to each corner of the country, performing at every club, pub, watering hole, cruise line, tent and stage. Xavier is currently a writer on Network Ten’s The Project and has previously worked on Good News WeekYou’re Skitting Me and Dafuq. Xavier has also appeared on television programs including ROVE Live, Stand Up @ Bella Union and ABC’s Comedy Up Late.

Mel Buttle – Mel is a hilarious bundle of contradictions and a package that is rapidly making herself felt in all mediums, right across the country. She has been heard across Australia’s airwaves with Mel’s Strongly Worded Letters on triple j’s Breakfast with Tom and Alex and as a guest on ABC Radio Brisbane. Mel’s TV work includes co-hosting’s Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off and appearances on Network Ten’s The Project and as a regular guest on This Week Live, ABC TV’s Tractor MonkeysBack Seat Drivers and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering.

Dane Simpson – One of Australia’s rapidly rising stars, Dane has toured comedy shows across Australia. Dane’s TV credits include ABC’s Comedy Up Late, Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala and Network Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention. Dane starred in the hit sold out stand-up comedy show, Aborigi-LOL, in 2018 toured Western Australia with his variety show, Great Danes, and in 2019 performed his first solo show Origins at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has announced a 3-night and 7-night Norfolk Island Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow packages including:

  • Return Air New Zealand economy class ‘seat plus bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
  • All pre-paid airline taxes
  • Meet and greet at Norfolk Island airport
  • Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
  • 3 or 7 nights’ twin share accommodation
  • 3 or 7 days’ car hire (petrol additional and payable direct)
  • Ticket entry to Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow on 3 August
  • Complimentary cocktail at Black Anchor Bar
  • 10% discount on main meal at Castaway Hotel (excluding Friday night pizzas, small plates and beverages)
  • Complimentary Miniature Golf
  • Complimentary A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk plus bonus gift redeemable at The Bounty Centre
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

The package is priced from:

  • $1199 per person twin share ex-Sydney 2 – 5 August 2019  (3 nights)
  • $1299 per person twin share ex-Sydney 2 – 9 August 2019  (7 nights)
  • $1229 per person twin share ex-Brisbane 3 – 6 August 2019  (3 nights)
  • $1379 per person twin share ex-Brisbane 3 – 10 August 2019 (7 nights)


Snow in the forecast... Only days till Opening Weekend in Thredbo

Excitement levels are rising! Experts are calling fresh snow to fall early next week with a solid period of cold temps set to follow…Come on Mother Nature!

Opening Weekend is now only 15 days away. Thredbo have got a huge winter events & entertainment line-up of après, live concerts, parties, on-mountain events and lots more.

There are three great pleasures in winter – skiing, snowboarding and après …And not necessarily in that order. Thredbo has all three in spades…And while it’s famous for Australia’s longest runs…It’s almost more famous for its long nights and pumping après scene.

Over the past few seasons Thredbo has hosted the biggest après events with some of Australia’s biggest and best music artists performing free in Thredbo Village and Alpine Hotel…this coming season will be no exception…It’s going to go off!

Source: Thredbo


Hamilton to Premiere in Sydney 2021

HAMILTON will make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021. Producers Jeffrey Seller and Michael Cassel together with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, joined NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian in announcing the much-anticipated production.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said; “Thank you to everyone in Australia who’s been asking for Hamilton. It’s on its way and we can’t wait.”

Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller said; “Every producer of a successful Broadway musical dreams of bringing their show to Australia. I can’t wait to bring this show to Sydney which, like New York City, was built on the shoulders of immigrants.”

Australian Producer Michael Cassel said; “The moment I saw Lin-Manuel’s remarkable Hamilton I wanted to share it with Australian audiences. This is musical theatre at its most innovative, original and transformative best.”

HAMILTON premiered on Broadway in August 2015 and took home 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. It is also currently playing in San Francisco, Chicago, on tour in the US and in London’s West End, where it opened in December 2017 winning seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. HAMILTON’S score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.

Featuring book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Join the mailing list at HamiltonMusical.com.au to receive future news about performance dates and ticketing. Details regarding casting will be released next month at michaelcassel.com/casting.

Source: Hamilton Musical


Samsung announces availability for the Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung has announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be available in Australia from the 28th of May.

The new device is designed to perform at a level that Samsung has never before seen in a Samsung device. The S10 5G delivers the richest feature set ever offered in a Galaxy smartphone, including a 6.7-inch Infinity-O Display , 4,500mAh battery with Super Fast charging capability, and an incredible camera experience.

Garry McGregor, Vice President of IT and Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia said: ”This is the most anticipated device Samsung has ever launched in Australia as it combines additions to our amazing Galaxy range but also opens the door to the opportunities that 5G experiences will bring people in future.”

Telstra customers who purchased the Galaxy S10+ during the eligibility period earlier this year will be able to upgrade to the Galaxy S10 5G at no additional cost. These customers will have 21 days from 28 May to redeem the offer.

Source: Samsung


Vivid Sydney 2019 – Preview Of Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney will come to life for this year’s Vivid Sydney festival with a gigantic glowing bee hotel, a field of mesmerising ‘fireflies’ and two teleportation gateways.

15 illuminated artworks that reflect light and nature will create a radiant outdoor gallery each night from 24 May until 15 June. Visitors can expect the unexpected when they enter through the Queen Elizabeth II Gates, into a world full of spellbinding, playful and informative installations.

“The Royal Botanic Garden is one of Sydney’s most beautiful locations during the day and it just becomes very special every night during Vivid Sydney,” said NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres. “This is a great way to showcase Sydney, and particularly in winter when we embrace the fact that the days are a little bit shorter, the nights are dark and we bring light to the city with these fantastic light installations.”

KA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish that relies on sounds from outer space, is sure to delight visitors of all ages and is the brainchild of a father and son team from Western Sydney.

Visitors can weave their way through giant blades of Dancing Grass, cruise along a River of Lightor just marvel at an aerial ballet of 500 tiny light specks in the shimmering Firefly Field. Or be amazed by an attraction with a difference, that’s shining a light on support for local wildlife.

Beetopia is a little love project of mine,” said artist George Buchanan. “I designed it so it’s an inclusive piece, so that it could be a fun thing for the visually impaired as well as the fully sighted. And I also wanted to send a really strong environmental message about supporting a habit for our local native insects.”

Friends and strangers will unite to create beautiful tunes under the Harmony tree, while children are sure to love Jungle Boogie, where they can play with an 18-key interactive musical instrument that activates a psychedelic forest full of animals, birds and colourful lanterns.

Visitors can also come together for an interactive celebration of light, sound and community with Symphony– where they’re invited to join fellow festival goers in striking a chord and trying to make the bowls ‘sing’ in unison.

Last but not least, the interactive light-sound installation I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?)aims to question inequality in the digital era. An array of LED light poles help generate a space between two people and as they use their voices, they start a ‘conversation’ of light and sound, eventually watching a vividly colourful world unfold before their eyes.

 Vivid Sydney is at its interactive best at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney this year, so make sure you don’t miss it in all its spectacular glory.

Source: Vivid Sydney