Robbie Williams: Grand Prix appearance confirmed with his ‘World Tour’ in Melbourne

International superstar Robbie Williams, one of the world’s most magnetic and celebrated live performers will play the inaugural World Tour, headlining on Saturday 14 March – his only Australian public performance of 2020. World Tour Melbourne takes place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Lakeside Stadium, in the iconic Albert Park.

World Tour Melbourne is running alongside the Formula 1 ® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020. As well as being the FIA Formula 1 ChampionshipTM season opener, 2020 will mark a major milestone for the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, as it is the 25th race held in Melbourne making this the perfect year to stage the launch of a massive new music event-series.

Thrilled to be headlining the World Tour Melbourne event on Saturday 14 March Robbie said “I am looking forward to getting down to Australia, it’s a place that is in my heart, I feel like an Aussie when I am there and if there’s an opportunity to get down there I grab it with both hands.”

Apollo World Touring, Westbrook Inc. and TEG Dainty have partnered with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to bring the global launch of World Tour to Melbourne. The launch of World Tour, during the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, reinforces Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s home of global major events.

Tickets for World Tour can be purchased from www.ticketek.com.au from 10am (AEDT) on Monday 20 January. Fans can purchase General Admission tickets with standing and seated options available. There are also a limited number of tickets for The World Tour Residence, an exclusive area, offering the best access and unrivalled experiences in close proximity to the action on stage.

Robbie Williams recently scored a No.1 album in Australia with his Christmas album ‘The Christmas Present’ marking his fifth overall chart-topping album in Australia. The record was Robbie’s 13th UK Number 1 album and saw him equal Elvis Presley’s chart record as the solo artist with the most Number 1 albums in British chart history.

Robbie is one of the most decorated music artists in the world with 80 million album sales worldwide, six of the Top 100 best-selling albums in British history, 14 UK Number 1 singles and a record 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist. He is one of the most in-demand live performers in music. His most recent stadium production, The Heavy Entertainment Show tour, saw him perform to a total of over 1.5 million people across the world, and he gave a conquering performance in front of a huge global audience at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow.

Chairman and Co-Founder of Apollo World Touring, Paul Morrison said: “We are so proud and excited to be launching World Tour with Robbie Williams in Melbourne – to do this alongside the 25th Formula 1 race to be held in Melbourne, makes the occasion ever more special. World Tour will feed global audiences hungry for great content – bringing the best in entertainment to provide a unique platform which will celebrate the best that Melbourne and all future World Tour cities has to offer”.

At this time of the devastating Bushfire emergency across Australia, World Tour is committed to providing a platform for artists to talk about and act on the climate emergency. World Tour will be supporting the people who are working to build a better future in Melbourne and every other city visited.

Speaking about the Bushfires, Robbie Williams said, “This is beyond a tragedy, it’s unfathomable what has happened, and what is happening, in Australia. You see photographs of what’s actually happening, it can’t sink in, you can’t understand that, it’s beyond any reality that we’ve experienced before. I think it would be trite of me to send my love or condolences, I think it needs more”

World Tour will be supporting the fundraising efforts towards the Bushfire relief. More details to be announced.

Source: Teg Dainty


Dracula - the Netflix teaser is out . . .

From the creators of Sherlock comes a brand new take on the most famous vampire of them all: the magnificent, brooding, deliciously deadly Count Dracula…

The Count Dracula legend transforms with new tales that flesh out the vampire’s gory crimes — and bring his vulnerability into the light. Dracula launches globally on Netflix (ex UK and IE) on Saturday 4th January 2020.

Source: Netflix


WESTPAC OPENAIR REVEALS SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM

Westpac OpenAir has unveiled a phenomenal line up of films for its 2020 season, to be screened at the beautiful Mrs Macquaries Point between 9 January and 21 February.

The summer program will feature a line-up of 14 premieres and preview screenings over the 44 nights, opening with the special gala preview of the hotly-anticipated Bombshell starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Margot Robbie. Oscar® contender Little Women (Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet) will join Guy Ritchie’s pulsating London crime drama The Gentlemen (Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant), and Taika Waititi’s TIFF Audience Award-winner Jojo Rabbit (Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell), as three New Year releases sure to be in high demand on the harbour.

The program will also feature a selection of 2020’s most talked about films, including:

  • The premiere of Robert Egger’s acclaimed The Lighthouse (starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe);
  • Preview screenings of True History of the Kelly Gang (Russell Crowe) and the Jamie Foxx drama Just Mercy;
  • The Toronto hit biopic A Beautiful Day in The Neighbourhood featuring two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks;
  • The hilarious comedy Like A Boss starring Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek;

  • Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield;
  • A stunning new adaptation of the British drama Emma featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Nighy;
  • The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch;
  • The Marie Curie biopic Radioactive starring Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike;
  • The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo’s touching and hilarious Military Wives and;
  • Hotly-anticipated biographical drama The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

On top of all that, an Australian classic will be re-imagined when Westpac OpenAir partners with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and Paul Mac on Saturday, 15 February for the world premiere of NFSA Restores: The Sentimental Bloke, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the film with a new digital restoration. ARIA award-winner Paul Mac has composed an extraordinary musical score to one of Australian’s greatest silent films and will be performing this live at Westpac OpenAir. A Sydney summer experience not to be missed!

Audiences can also look forward to another opportunity to see some of 2019’s biggest and brightest box office hits on the harbour screen with Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Charlie’s Angels, Ride Like a Girl, Hustlers, Rocketman, Fisherman’s Friends, Official Secrets, Ford V Ferrari, Marriage Story, Blinded by the Light, Downton Abbey, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Cats, and Pain & Glory.

The world-class program will be complemented by a choice of a full service restaurant or gourmet casual dining with previously announced high-profile chefs James Viles (Biota, Bertha’s Meats) and Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) in charge of creating the 2020 menus for the world’s most beautiful cinema.

Tickets for Sydney’s most sought after summer event are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Source: Westpac Open Air


First look of Sequoia at Mount Lofty House and Tasting Australia event

South Australia will have a brand new super-luxe offering for local and international visitors with Sequoia set to rival the world’s best when it officially opens in the Adelaide Hills in September 2020.

A private and secluded sanctuary with uninterrupted panoramic views, the $15m luxury lodge will offer guests the ultimate six-star experience and be the first of its kind on mainland Australia. Overlooking the patchwork Piccadilly Valley, Sequoia is proudly South Australian owned and operated by David Horbelt and his business partner Malcolm Bean.

Named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner Arthur Hardy, Sequoia will feature 14 contemporary guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools.

Overseen by Horbelt with input from local architects and designers, every room in the spacious 75sqm open-plan suites will enjoy spectacular, unparalleled 180 degree views. The sunken lounge room will feature a Basket Range stone-clad gas fireplace while guests can sleep under the star-filled sky on a king-sized bed.

The iconic 30-acre Mount Lofty estate has long been synonymous with decadence and celebration. Perched on the valley rim and separate to the original house, the private retreat will have its own dedicated guest relations team and secure entrance to attract VIP guests.

Offering an unrivalled level of highly personalised service, Sequoia guests will have access to all of the property’s lavish amenities including the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

They can also choose from a catalogue of bespoke experiences that celebrate South Australian stories. Not available to the general public, think private behind-the-scenes tours with local winemakers, getting up-close and personal with native icons or connecting with local identities and brands.

Known for its spectacular rolling hills and quality local wine and produce, the Adelaide Hills region is quickly becoming the first choice for Australians looking for a respite from bustling city life.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport, Mount Lofty House offers a short escape that feels a million miles away, yet is close to everything you could need.

Mount Lofty House will give an exclusive sneak preview of the lodge, six months ahead of its official opening, with a sensory inspired experience featuring the best food, wine and music from South Australia. The overnight Tasting Australia adventure begins with a limousine transfer to the estate and Sequoia Sparkling beneath the giant tree that shares its name.

From here guests can choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting. Evening canapés will be served as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs live before guests connect with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique.

On Tuesday 31 March experience a menu crafted by Hardy’s Verandah’s own awarded chef, Jin Choi and internationally celebrated ‘paddock to plate’ chef, Jared Ingersoll, while the menu on Wednesday 1 April sees a visionary gastronomical collaboration between Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) derived from an infusion of native Australian ingredients with unique Mexican preparation techniques.

Both menus will be expertly matched with wines by iconic South Australian producer, Penfolds to complete a picture that will linger in your memory forever and a bottle of Bin 28 Shiraz per couple with a Kangaroo Karmine leather wine bag will see you take a little of the experience home with you too. Before you retire, gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in to Sequoia for the night.

Tickets $3000 per room. Event information: https://tastingaustralia.com.au/events/the-luxury-brands-of-south-australia

Source: Mount Lofty House 


POP SENSATION KESHA JOINS MARDI GRAS PARTY LINE-UP

The party don’t start till she walks in! Glitter goddess and self-proclaimed dance commander Kesha, has officially been announced as a performer at the official Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 29 February, 2020.

Kesha has established herself as a defining voice of the decade, having topped the charts with her iconic debut “Tik Tok” and the anthemic “We R Who We R”, as well crafting a smorgasbord of 2010’s top-ten hits which include “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is my Drug”, “Take It Off”, “Blow”, “Die Young” and her ground-breaking 2017 comeback “Praying”.

Since her debut in 2009 Kesha has gone on to become one of the most successful recording artists of the 21st century and has sold over 134 million records worldwide. She has amassed a stellar assortment of accolades including: the 5th best-selling single in digital history with “Tik Tok”; 24 award wins comprising the Billboard Women in Music Trailblazer Award and the Gretchen Wyler Genesis Award; and 89 award nominations including seven Billboard Music Awards, two Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.

Kesha last week dropped both the song and video for “My Own Dance”, the irreverently witty new single from her hotly anticipated upcoming album ‘High Road’ (out Jan 10 on Kemosabe/RCA Records). The release continues the wave of addictively fun and perfectly crafted pop started by the acclaimed gospel-inspired rave banger “Raising Hell” (feat. Big Freedia).

One of the music industry’s most prominent LGBTQI rights activists, Kesha received the 2016 Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award for her outstanding efforts in promoting equality, and was nominated for outstanding musical artist at the 2018 GLAAD Awards. In 2010 Kesha lent her voice to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign and wrote her chart topping smash ‘We R Who We R’ as a direct response to news that bullying had led to multiple suicides of gay youth.

Joining the previously announced pop sensation headliner Dua Lipa, is Kesha who along with stacked line-up of eccentric and extraordinary performers and DJs from home and abroad who will fill the atmosphere with pulsing techno, tantalizing house and euphoric gay anthems till the early hours.

The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s most treasured LGBTQI Party! 2020 will see Mardi Gras transform The Hordern Pavilion and surrounding areas into a brand-new adult play land, bursting with music, light and performance across new fantasy worlds for you to immerse yourself. Continue riding the joyous vibes post-Parade as our communities come together in this multi-sensory feast.

Get in quick, fourth release tickets are on sale now and selling fast! To book, go to www.mardigras.org.au.

Source: Mardi Gras