YASS! Queer Eye Season Two Debuts June 15 & the cast is coming to AUS to celebrate

Queer Eye is back and ready to transform the stylistically challenged into hip and happening savants at the hands of the new Fab Five. These fearless ambassadors of taste are about to embark on Queer Eye’s boldest crusade ever, bringing a message of encouragement and uplift to eight new heroes in season two.

It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionized reality television. The series returned to Netflix in 2018 going global and introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspectives and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine),Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy creator David Collins (Scout Productions) serves as executive producer for Queer Eye, along with producing partners Michael Williams and Rob Eric. David Eilenberg, Adam Sher, Jennifer Lane and Jordana Hochman also serve as executive producers in association with ITV Entertainment.

Queer Eye Season Two launches globally on Netflix June 15, 2018.

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Vivid Sydney - Barangaroo And Darling Harbour

Water, fire and land are the themes for Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo and Darling Harbour this year. For 23 days this popular entertainment precinct will be transformed into a zone of delight, wonder and theatre. Apart from being able to enjoy world-class cuisine along the waterfront, visitors will be treated to some of the most elaborate outdoor performances ever witnessed in this part of Sydney.

Awake The Ancient Spirits

As people sip their cocktails, ferries clunk against the wharf and the darkness descends, Barangaroo begins a fantastic journey into the time of myth and legend. The boardwalk is bathed in light and resonates with ethereal sounds. If you listen closely, you can hear the call of birds and the sea. The Liminal Hour transforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland setting.

Venture along and you’ll see possibly the most astounding thing ever: a six-metre tall puppet called Marri Dyin who will be performing on the esplanade each evening. The gargantuan but kindly figure is one of the biggest puppets ever constructed in Australia and pays tribute to the Aboriginal women who once lived around the Harbour – Marri Dyin means “Great Woman” in the Eora language.

A Feast For All The Senses

With around 30 bars and restaurants to choose from, Barangaroo is the ideal place to refuel during your evening at Vivid Sydney. Bag an outdoor table just metres from the installations and enjoy the show. Owners and staff are equally excited about welcoming the festival back this year.

Explore The Underwater Universe

The entertainment continues further along the waterfront in Darling Harbour where Fantastic Oceans brings the story of the oceans alive in fluorescent splendour. The installation, which seems to float across the Harbour, features giant jellyfish and a series of spouting fountains. Lasers ripple like ocean waves or etch silhouettes of deep sea creatures while moving-head lighting technologies emit glistening shards that pierce the surface of the this brilliant underwater world.

Look up and you’ll see a special 12-minute video presentation of Blue Planet II projected on the iconic roof of the Australian National Maritime Museum. These astonishing underwater images come from the award-winning documentary by BBC Earth and Sir Richard Attenborough.

Make sure you visit the Australian National Maritime Museum for James Cameron – Challenging the Deep, a major new immersive exhibition that traces Cameron’s deep sea exploration.

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Cupcake ATM coming to Sydney during Vivid

Get excited Sydney, as a cotton candy coloured and pinstriped Cupcake ATM is about to hit the grounds of Sydney Vivid Light Festival 2018 from Friday 25th May to Saturday 16th June. Located along the light walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens, surrounded by the bright and colourful installations that is Vivid, this is one standout attraction Sydney siders can’t skip out on.

The all-new, pretty in pink Cupcake ATM will dispense freshly-baked galaxy inspired cupcakes brought to you by the masterminds at Wats On Events in partnership with Sparkle Cupcakery. As pretty as the night sky and the lights of Vivid, these cupcakes will be sure to tantalise tastebuds and fix late night cravings for those with a sweet tooth. Exclusively for the duration of Vivid the cupcakes ($7.00) will be available in two enticing flavours Red Velvet and Choc Banana, making it hard to stop at just one!

How does it work you ask? Patrons will be required to insert their cupcake credit card into the ATM machine, await the magic and within moments a pillowy-soft, melt-in-your-mouth cupcake will appear right before their very eyes. If the whole experience isn’t exciting enough, the cupcakes not only taste delicious but are completely Instagrammable.

Cupcake ATMs has been a recent craze in the streets of New York, with thousands of people flooding to line up and get their hands on a cupcake. Wats On Events has designed and created their own, unique Cupcake ATM and is bringing it to us, here in Sydney for the duration of Vivid Sydney 2018.

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New Holey Moley flagship - the newest nighttime ‘clubbing’

Funlab’s Holey Moley Golf Club is bringing Australia’s best mini golf to Darlinghurst. This week, Sydney-siders can strut their putt at a Gatsby-style opening.

Located under the iconic Coca-Cola Kings Cross sign, the new venue sprawls two storeys and boasts 27 holes, three bars and is set to be the craziest game of mini golf you’ve ever played. And, as always, there’s also a full kitchen slinging a new range of burgers, bar snacks and loaded fries to take care of even the pickiest taste buds.

As their namesake suggests, Funlab has really turned things up to 11 for this branch, with live DJs, completely new crazy cocktails and hilarious pop culture holes that have to be seen to be believed. One of the nine-hole courses will take up home in the former Piano Room, keeping the bar’s longstanding features and paying homage to the infamous Kings Cross. The luxe interiors will throwback to The Roaring 20s – famous for the frivolous and decadent parties Holey Moley will undoubtedly emulate.

In light of these new developments Funlab CEO Michael Schreiber has provided some insights into the creative process, “For this new location, the aim was to go above and beyond, giving swing-savvy golfers a chance to work on their game and fun-seekers a place to hang their hats and let their hair down for a night.

The thought process behind the 1920s theme was to embrace the night owl, free-spirited abandon of the era and give our customers an immersive, luxurious location. In other words, to let loose and just have fun!”

Holey Moley’s new location will tee off at their grand opening on 9 May 2018. For more information on this remarkable new branch visit the new website.

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Vivid LIVE shines off-stage at the Opera House

A glamourous retro pop-up bar, intimate musings from legendary rapper Ice Cube, exclusive Backstage Tours and hearty food with a view. Vivid LIVE’s 10th anniversary year will give contemporary music fans countless ways to drink in the atmosphere under the sails from Friday May 25, as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Goldie’s Music Hall, a pop-up bar from the team behind bluesy Newtown local The Midnight Special, reaches back into the golden era of ‘60s and ‘70s funk, soul and R&B transforming the Concert Hall Northern Foyer into a gleaming world of black and gold.

Warm light from beaded lampshades, plush furnishings and majestic peacock chairs will envelop guests in flamboyant excess, set to the soundtrack of Sydney DJs like Gonz, Rusty and Boonge, and Mama Disquo spinning timeless records you won’t find on Spotify.

Goldie’s will team up with Aria Events to offer specially-made cocktails like the ‘Golden Years’ – cognac, rye whiskey, amaretto, whisky barrel bitters and orange zest – and a drinks list championing local brewers Grifter Brewing Co. and Young Henrys. Best served with a bite from their decadently nostalgic menu and sparkling Sydney Harbour views. (Open from 6pm til late, from 25 May to 4 June.)

Ice Cube – legendary West Coast rapper and founding member of pioneering rap group, N.W.A. – will appear in a rare and intimate one-hour discussion with beloved Double J music presenter Zan Rowe ahead of his final Australian-exclusive Vivid LIVE performance.

Join the self-confessed, mega music fan for a live recording of her iconic Take 5 segment in the striking surrounds of the Joan Sutherland Theatre as she invites one of the greatest rappers of all time to tell stories from his expansive 30-year career. (Monday 28 May in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, 5:30pm. Tickets $19 per person.)

The Vivid LIVE Backstage Tour is an intimate experience run exclusively during Vivid LIVE, offering a glimpse into the passionate, exciting and demanding world of the acts who grace the Opera House’s world-famous stages.

Step behind the curtain just hours before the evening’s Vivid LIVE performances to discover what really happens backstage from sequins to sound-checks and the nooks and crannies usually off limits to the public including the internal Broadcast Studio. The two-hour experience concludes with drinks and dinner in the Green Room – the private hang out of crew and performers. (Tour runs at 5:30pm nightly from 25 May to 4 June. Tickets $175 per person.)

Hearty winter favourites and playful cocktails inspired by Sydney’s kaleidoscope of colour and light will warm nights of Vivid Sydney exploration across the Opera House precinct. Portside Sydney’s outdoor Illumination Bar menu features pulled brisket brioche sliders, spiced lamb pasties and signature Vivid cocktails like the bittersweet citrus-infused ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’ (Open 5pm til late).

If you’re on the go, Portside’s Ilumaburger pop-up on the Forecourt has you covered with gourmet toasties, sweet treats and burgers like the ‘Southern Belle’ with spiced chicken and slaw (Open 6pm til late).

Opera Bar nights will be filled with neon light, with colourful Vivid Sydney-inspired cocktails ‘Electric Blue’, ‘Red Night’ & ‘Orange Glow’ accompanied by a neon trio of beetroot hummus, kalamata tapenade, rocket and spinach pesto dips. (Available 25 May to 16 June.)

The Four Worlds brings the haunting ambient music of electronic producer Mark Pritchard to life in an outer-worldly 13-minute film experience. Immerse yourself in psychedelic sonic landscapes created by award-winning visual artist Jonathan Zawada whose captivating cosmic designs will grace the Opera House sails in Metamathemagical.

Meet the minds behind this mesmerising collaboration as Zawada and Pritchard join Opera House curator Sarah Rees in a special in-conversation on 27 May. Screenings of The Four Worlds will alternate with a 10-year Vivid LIVE retrospective showcasing stunning imagery of the provocative and ambitious acts who’ve made the past decade of Vivid LIVE unforgettable. (Free screenings of The Four Worlds in The Samsung Lounge from 25 May to 16 June; Free in-conversation in the Concert Hall Northern Foyer, 27 May at 5pm.)

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