W Brisbane Premiere Party: All That Glitters is Golden

W Brisbane has hosted the hottest event of 2018, the W Brisbane Premiere Party, ‘All that Glitters is Golden.’ Officially popping the bottle on W Hotels re-entry into Australia, guests with a ‘Golden Ticket’ were flown in for the memorable event.

The black carpet was rolled out for over 800 guests who were entertained throughout the evening with exclusive performances by ARIA Award winning pop powerhouse The Veronicas, Brisbane born Indie band Confidence Manand electro DJ duo,The Twins.

A star-studded line-up included Alli Simpson, Playing With Keeps star, Olympia Valanceand model and singer, Erin Holland. Along with local guests, Bianca Dye, The Voice’s Luke Kennedyand Naomi Price and bloggers Aicha Robertson(The Fashion Heist), Prudence Kate andChristie Sutherland.

W Brisbane’s Golden Pineapple Caravan made its last appearance, accompanied by uber fabulous Drag Queen Decoda Secretand larger than life performance artists that welcomed guests and amplified the party. The media wall sparkled gold with an iconic W sign, becoming the perfect back drop for the well-heeled guests and chic celebrities.

Champagne flowed all night, delectable grazing tables of cheese and local produce on the menu and Aussie favourites BBQ prawn skewers served later in the evening at WET Deck. The cocktails kept on coming, with the W Mezzo Mezzo Martini (Espresso martini) and mango daiquiri guest favourites throughout the evening.

A wall of golden streamers led guests into private themed rooms. Behind one door a Champagne Bubble Bath and behind another a Brisvegas Snow Dome filled with glitter and a Brisbane skyline backdrop – worthy of an Insta-snap.

To get even closer to the music, VIPs were treated to an exclusive, unplugged and intimate performance by The Veronicas in the Extreme-WOW suite on Level 33.

The party didn’t stop with guests fueled until 2am at the official after party held in Living Room Bar with killer tunes and pulsating beats by W Brisbane’s Music Creator, Kane Dignum.

W Hotels is known for hosting some of the hottest parties around the globe, and the W Hotel Premiere Party is renowned for putting the host city on the map. After opening in June, W Brisbane has fast become Australia’s most talked about hotel with the Premiere Party just one of many stellar events to come.

Source: W Hotels


Victoria Racing Club and Network Ten announce landmark rights deal

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Network Ten are excited to announce a landmark media rights partnership deal which will revolutionise the way the Melbourne Cup Carnival will be broadcast to audiences.

The $100 million, five-year agreement effective from 2019 to 2023 is the biggest in the history of the VRC, and one of the biggest in racing globally.

It entitles Network Ten to broadcast live the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, Kennedy Oaks Day, and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day.

The agreement comprises a suite of Melbourne Cup Carnival media rights, including free to air TV, internet, social media, mobile, OTT (Over-The-Top) and HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) within Australia. Network Ten has also agreed terms with Racing.com to provide live coverage of all races across the Melbourne Cup Carnival on its channels and the Racing.com app. The live vision streaming rights for Wagering Service Providers are excluded from the deal with Network Ten.

Network Ten previously held the television rights to the Melbourne Cup Carnival for 24 years from 1978 until 2001.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club is delighted Cup Week will return to Network Ten.

“During the comprehensive tender process Network Ten proved themselves to be the best partner to take us into the future. This partnership will extend the Melbourne Cup Carnival to be visible across the network, across platforms and across the full year. In addition, it gives us the opportunity to engage new and growing audiences to our Carnival and to the sport of racing.”

“This is transformational for us and for the racing industry,” said VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott.

“Through this partnership with Ten, the VRC’s diverse range of content, including world-class racing, the vibrancy of the Birdcage, Myer Fashions on the Field, the colour and entertainment in The Park and all facets of our new world-class Club Stand will be leveraged via a whole of network approach throughout the year”.

The Seven Network will remain the VRC’s broadcast partner for the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival and Mrs Elliott acknowledged the strong and lengthy partnership with the network.

“While we are excited about this new stage for the Club, our heartfelt thanks go to the Seven Network, a valued and close Cup Week partner of ours for 16 years. Seven has broadcast the Melbourne Cup Carnival to millions of Australians and has played a pivotal role in assisting in growing the event into the global phenomenon it is today,” Mrs Elliott said.

“We look forward to working with Seven on another outstanding Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2018.”

Outside Melbourne Cup Carnival, Group 1 racing from Flemington can continue to be viewed on the Seven Network until at least the end of June 2020.

Mr Wilson acknowledged everyone who took part in this tender process.

“These are the broadest set of rights that the VRC has ever offered around the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is a significant expansion on previous agreements. The process highlighted that Network Ten’s energy and commitment to showcasing the Melbourne Cup Carnival throughout the year best aligned to our strategy.”

Network Ten CEO Paul Anderson said: “We are extremely excited that the Melbourne Cup Carnival is coming home to Network Ten. Our Network has a rich history with this world-class event having been the broadcaster of the race that stops a nation for over two decades. The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of the most prestigious horseracing events in the world, and Cup Day is iconic, not just in the sporting calendar, but for all Australians.

“Ten is home to some of Australia’s most loved programming and talent. As part of this landmark media rights partnership, all the thrill and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival story will live on Network Ten across the entire year, and be showcased in new ways across our various platforms, including those of our parent company CBS.

“We have a clear alignment between our audiences and everything the Melbourne Cup Carnival has to offer. We are looking forward to working with the Victoria Racing Club and establishing one of the best sporting partnerships in the world,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Wilson said: “This new agreement with Network Ten ensures that from 2019 Victorian thoroughbred racing will be profiled by two of the country’s biggest media entities, expanding the audience for racing, which can only deliver positive promotional benefits for our sport in what is a very competitive sports and entertainment landscape.”

Source: Victoria Racing Club


Maison Mumm celebrates upcoming Melbourne Cup Carnival with revolutionary new bottle design

Maison Mumm has kicked off racing season in style with a cocktail party held last night for over 100 media and influencers in the Gilt Lounge at QT Sydney. The event officially launched the new Mumm Grand Cordon, the world’smost ground-breaking champagne bottle design, into the Sydney market and marked the start of Maison Mumm’s 2018Melbourne Cup Carnival celebrations.

Celebrities and influencers including Amy Maree Comber, Ash Williams, Helen Chik, James Magnussen, James Tobin, Johnny Schembri, Kendrick Louis, Lisa Clark, Max May, Mel Tan, Michael Brown, Renae Ayris and Simon Hancock attended the event, while 2018 Flemington Ambassador Gigi Connolly escorted the official Melbourne Cup Trophy to the party.

Mumm Champagne Ambassador Kaitlyn Tremblay said the House had much to celebrate at the launch event: “As the official champagne of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Mumm is known for being the best place to party in the Birdcage at Flemington.

This year we are incredibly excited to be extending the celebrations to the Cup Day Festival in Barangaroo for the second time and bringing some of the famous Mumm Melbourne Cup party atmosphere to Sydney. In addition, we are thrilled that the new Mumm Grand Cordon has taken off in Sydney and is now exclusively available in bars and restaurants across the city, such as QT Sydney.”

Cup Day Festival, a partnership between Victoria Racing Club, Maison Mumm and The Streets of Barangaroo, is the only official live site for Australia’s biggest race day. The event allows Sydneysiders to experience all the action fromFlemington along the water’s edge at Barangaroo, with pop up eateries along the foreshore and multiple screens broadcasting the official coverage from Flemington, with TAB betting facilities on site.

The Mumm Champagne Terrace will be the perfect place to celebrate the excitement of Lexus Melbourne Cup Day – get front row seats to all the action and raise a glass of Mumm Grand Cordon champagne to the victories of the day. From 12.30pm to 9pm, theharbourfront location will come to life with everything that Australia’s most loved racing event is famous for –champagne, fashion, entertainment and racing.

Mumm Grand Cordon is a revolutionary new design that showcases Maison Mumm’s spirit of innovation. In a first in the champagne category, the bottle has no front label. Sleek and slender in design, the signature Mumm red sash is scooped into the glass in a brilliant vermilion red lacquer colour, with the gold Mumm logo and eagle emblem printed directly onto the glass.

Award-winning Welsh artist and industrial designer Ross Lovegrove was engaged by Maison Mumm to work on the new design, which has a unique shape – a long, slender, sensuous neck – which accentuates the development of MaisonMumm’s signature grape, pinot noir, and brings to life the cuvée’s distinctive flavour.

In celebration of the launch of Mumm Grand Cordon, QT Sydney’s signature restaurant, Gowings Bar & Grill, is launching a limited edition “Mumm Paired Menu” available for the month of September*. The set menu crafted by Gowings Bar& Grill Chef Restauranteur, Grant King, is priced at $120 with a glass of Mumm Grand Cordon on arrival, menu offering below:

  • Entrée – Mumm Grand Cordon paired with pan fried holy goats’ cheese, Iberian ham, grapes and honey
  • Main – Seared bass grouper, seared scallop, celeriac and truffle mushrooms (recommended to pair with Mumm RSRV Blanc de Noirs 2008)
  • Dessert – Tart of rhubarb, strawberry, violet and verbena (recommended to pair with Mumm Grand Cordon Rosé)

    Source: Maison Mumm


Muriel’s Wedding The Musical Is Coming To Melbourne In March 2019!

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical will play a strictly limited season in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre from March 2019 before returning to Sydney in July 2019 playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Tickets for the Melbourne season go on sale at 9am on Thursday 20th September from www.murielsweddingthemusical.com or www.ticketek.com.au.

Winner of 5 Helpmann Awards, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical celebrated its’ world premiere in Sydney in November 2017 and was hailed a smash hit by critics and audiences alike with the Sydney Morning Herald saying: “Incredible. It will be talked about for years.”

“The music was sensational” The Daily Telegraph
“Extraordinary” The Australian
“This is a show with heart” The Guardian
“It isn’t just as good as an ABBA song – it’s better” Limelight
“Every bit as funny as the film” Daily Review
“Will leave you smiling for days” Time Out

Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is a theatrical version of PJ Hogan’s iconic hit film, updated to today by the writer himself with music and lyrics by Australian award winning songwriters Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall with additional songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson written for ABBA.

Producer Carmen Pavlovic said “I am thrilled to bring this new Australian musical to Melbourne after our sold-out premiere Sydney season last year. Muriel’s Wedding The Musical brings one of Australia’s most iconic and loved films to the stage. This is a brash musical with a very big heart featuring award winning music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall.”

The stellar creative team behind the critically acclaimed production is led by theatre director Simon Phillips, set and costume designer Gabriela Tylesova, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth, lighting designer Trent Suidgeest, sound designer Michael Waters, music supervisor Guy Simpson and musical director Isaac Hayward.

Tickets to Muriel’s Wedding The Musical March 2019 season at Her Majesty’s Theatre go on sale on Thursday 20th September. To gain priority access to presales, there is a waitlist for tickets open now at www.murielsweddingthemusical.com.

The highly anticipated Muriel’s Wedding The Musical cast announcement will be made in the coming months.

Source: Muriels Wedding The Musical


Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy in cinemas Thursday

Following its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last week, the new feature documentary

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be released in cinemas nationally from this Thursday, 23 August.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be shown on over 220 screens across the country, the biggest cinema footprint of any Australian documentary in history, and the biggest documentary release since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009.

Australian audiences will now have a chance to understand how the once unknown boy, James Dixon Swan, became the household name and Aussie icon we know today as Jimmy Barnes.

Acclaimed director Mark Joffe (Jack Irish, House of Hancock, The Man Who Sued God) has crafted an unflinching, powerful and transcendent documentary that is raw, confronting and at times darkly funny.

Jimmy Barnes insists he was nervous to see his life played out in film, but knew friend and director Mark Joffe was the man for the job.

“I trust Mark artistically and emotionally, we’ve been through a lot together and he’s a close, dear friend. I knew he would do a good job and to be honest, he’s exceeded my expectations,” said Barnes.

The film explores Jimmy’s childhood as he retraces his earliest steps through the hard streets of Glasgow before reliving his South Australian upbringing all while uncovering the deep and raw themes of domestic violence, poverty and alcoholism.

The documentary also features captivating musical moments of Jimmy, Cold Chisel and special duets by Jimmy’schildren, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell, plus his brother- in-law, Diesel. A new collaboration with RichardTognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is another highlight.

This landmark feature documentary is based on Jimmy’s acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. His self-pennedbook won the 2017 ABIA Award as Australia’s ‘Biography of The Year,’ and spent a staggering 16 weeks at #1. It soldover 250,000 copies, making it one of the biggest autobiographies in our country’s history. Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy is produced by CJZ with principal funding from Screen Australia, with the assistance of Create NSW. It releases nationally in cinemas from Thursday, 23 August for a limited release through Universal Pictures.

Working Class Boy – The Soundtracks is out now on Bloodlines Music with Jimmy Barnes giving his royalties from the album sales for this year to help drought relief efforts.

Source: Universal Pictures