CHER* to join Trevor Ashley's Mardi Gala

The rumours are true! “Cher” has joined the lineup at the official MARDI GRAS GALA… well we think it’s Cher. She does look suspiciously like Trevor…

Trevor Ashley will perform a tribute to the multi award winning legend of stage and screen during his incredible Mardi Gala, live onstage with a 14 piece orchestra. The Gala boasts some of Australia’s greatest entertainers, including the incredible showman Todd McKenney, uber-diva Paul Capsis, pop-queen & jungle-queen Casey Donovan, the crown prince of comedy Joel Creasey and the legend herself, Carlotta!

Wear your best black-tie, or outrageous outfit at the perfect replacement for the iconic “Stars Come Out” of yesteryear, this variety gala is part concert, part chat show but ALL fun! Together with a 14-piece orchestra, we’ll kick your season off right with a night of laughs, music and fabulosity, celebrating forty years of Mardi Gras.

The gala will conclude with a post-show function in the Northern Foyer, featuring DJ Richard Weiss, and boasting the best views of Sydney Harbour, so don’t miss out on this night-of-nights!



$5 from every ticket goes to support Mardi Gras’ community outreach programs.*Cher may not be the real Cher

Source: Sydney Opera House

Toyota Country Music Festival kicks off with a HUGE weekend in Tamworth

The 2018 Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth has kicked off with over 15,000 people enjoying the free concerts in Toyota Park over the weekend.

Friday night’s Opening Concert was one of the best yet, featuring performances by JUDAH KELLY (The Voice Australia 2017 winner), TRAVIS COLLINS (2017 Golden Guitar Award Winner Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year), RACHAEL FAHIM (2017 Toyota Star Maker), ALEYCE SIMMONDS (2017 APRA AMCOS Country Work of the Year Award Winner, 2017 Independent Country Artist of the Year and 2017 Independent Country Female Vocalist of the Year), TROY KEMP, PAUL COSTA, GRETTA ZILLER & ANDREW SWIFT, plus THE 2018 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC GRADUATES and Canadian Band THE DUNGAREES. 

On Saturday 20 January families loved THE FAMILY SUPPORT CONCERT with Disney favourites ELSA (Frozen), BELLE (Beauty and the Beast), SIMBA (The Lion King), WOODY (Toy Story) and LIGHTENING McQUEEN (Cars) making an appearance alongside AMBER LAWRENCE, HOMEGROWN, FINNIAN JOHNSON, ARNA GEORGIA and surprise guest 2014 Toyota Starmaker winner JARRAD PORTER. 

Sunday saw the biggest crowd by far, with thousands of people converging on Toyota Park for the 2018 Toyota Star Maker Grand Final concert, where Jindabyne country music artist Brad Cox was crowned the winner.

Mr Wayne Gabriel, Chief Marketing Officer, Toyota Australia said: “This weekend, the city of Tamworth came alive as tens of thousands of music lovers enjoyed hundreds of performances and events in what is the largest country music festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Toyota is passionate about supporting grassroots musicians, and a great example of this is through the Toyota Star Maker competition, held over the weekend. This is a fantastic opportunity for upcoming artists to further their careers, and we are thrilled for Brad Cox, who has claimed the same prize as Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban and many other music legends.

As major sponsor of the Toyota Country Music Festival for the past 25 years, we continue to celebrate our longstanding connection with Tamworth and are looking forward to another action-packed Festival which is set to launch many bright stars in 2018.”

Festival Manager Barry Harley reiterated Mr. Gabriel’s comments, saying it was great to see so many people in the city over the weekend enjoying the wide array of entertainment on offer.

“We’re really pleased with the turnout over the weekend, not just at the concerts in the Park but at venues across the city. Early reports indicate that this was one of the best opening weekends experienced in recent years.

It appears people aren’t waiting until the long weekend to come to Tamworth, which is great for the Festival and great for the region,” he added.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson attended the Opening Concert and said the Toyota Country Music Festival is one of the top 10 festivals in the world which places the region on the world stage each year.

“The Toyota Country Music Festival not only drives overnight visitation to Tamworth but puts country music front and centre for 10 days while promoting upcoming talent and supporting established artists, so it’s easy to see why this festival is a hallmark event for regional NSW,” Mr Anderson said.

“With a stellar 2018 line-up, I encourage music fans to make the most of the exciting events on offer over the coming week because this year’s festival is one that’s not to be missed,” Mr Anderson said.

The 46th Toyota Country Music Festival, Tamworth will be held from Friday, 19 to Sunday, 28 January 2018 with the 46th Toyota Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday 27 January 2018 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

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Take a peek inside the biggest parties this week

Whoever said things are quiet in early January was wrong. This week was huge – filled with with sport, fashion, music and travel aficionados out in full force. Here are some of the best and most stylish events that went down during the week.

Nova’s Red Room with Sam Smith at the Sydney Opera House House

Overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour at the Sydney Opera House, hundreds of Nova listeners, guests and genuine fans watched in awe as British superstar Sam Smith brought the house down at Nova’s Red Room. In his second appearance in the Red Room, the crowd roared as Sam Smith took to the stage and kicked off his set with his hit single I’m Not The Only Onefollowed by Midnight Train and One Last Song.

In between his songs Sam Smith mesmerised the audience as he shared personal, heartfelt stories about how his love-life and his struggles with stardom have contributed to his music. Everyone was upstanding as Sam Smith kicked it up a notch with Like I Can and then the audience fell silent and watched on in awe as he sang BurningPalaceLatch and Pray.

In what is being described by guests as “magical”, Sam Smith closed out his set with Stay With Me and Too Good At Goodbyes. The red carpet was buzzing with local celebrities including, Australian actress Jessica Marais, Home & Away’s Ada Nicodemou and Sam Frost, smoothfm & Channel Seven’s Melissa Doyle, Richard Wilkins and Channel Ten’s Natarsha Belling, along with Erin Holland, Georgia Love and the Stenmark brothers. Hosted by Nova’s Greg Burns, Sam Smith was the second artist to perform in Nova’s Red Room for 2018 following on from British legend, Liam Gallagher, who performed last week in an intimate show at The Lair in Sydney’s Metro Theatre.

Louis Vuitton men’s spring/summer 2018 pop-up

Louis Vuitton unveiled the men’s spring/summer 2018 collection as an exclusive pop-up space launched at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club. New leather goods appearing for the first time in Australia along with special limited items and a complete selection of accessories, watches, shoes, ready-to-wear, and even surfboards, will all be available. They are simply exquisite. This collection delivers bold colourations, Hawaiian motifs, outdoor details, and the spirit of travel amongst beautiful islands.

Louis Vuitton welcomed guests to the Club to celebrate the collection launch with the Louis Vuitton Kombi Van – so cool – a specially fitted vehicle, showcasing the Louis Vuitton-devised Hawaiian pattern, set against the back drop of Bondi Beach. The event was attended by Australian influencers including Nicole Warne, Nathan Jolliffe, Yan Yan Chan, Sarah Ellen, Carmen Hamilton, Pip Edwards and Gabriel Scanu. Flight Facilities, also wearing Louis Vuitton DJ’d at the event and it was catered for by The Caterer Sydney. The pop-up will be at Westfield Bondi Junction until February 4, 2018.

George Michael exhibition

Landing in Sydney from the sunny palms of LA, world-renowned American music photographer Chris Cuffaro brought his edge to Sydney with his Greatest Hits: George Michael Exhibition at Black Eye Gallery in Darlinghurst. In case you are unfamiliar with his work, Chris has shot the likes of Iggy Pop, Michael Hutchence, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Fiona Apple, Henry Rollins and Soundgarden.

His touring Greatest Hits exhibition headed to Oz to showcase the 18 months Cuffaro spent touring with the late star. In a landmark turnout (you seriously could not see the floor at one point) 350+ guests dawned on the Darlinghurst gallery to celebrate along with full Channel 7 crew who used Caffaro’s images for the recent Michael Hutchence documentary, including producer Mark Llewellyn; Tiffany Farrington; Eden Bristowe; George Michael’s dear friend, Faith producer and now Becky and Peach salon owner Rebecca Davies; stylist Mars Marsanic; Mark Cavanagh; celebrity chef Justin North and Soho House co-founder David Fischer, who all threw back some back some Young Henrys and Maison Charlotte beverages.

Crown Resorts and IMG Tennis party

Crown Melbourne hosted an exclusive gathering of world-class tennis professionals, celebrities and industry heavyweights, in celebration of the 19th annual Crown IMG Tennis Party. Hosted at the Crown Towers rooftop marquee, guests were indulged with live music, an interactive installation by event partners Maserati & Paspaley Pearls, canapes by the world’s most recognised and acclaimed Japanese restaurant, Nobu, plus premium liquids from Piper Heidsieck and Stella Artois.

Recognised as one of the most high-profile events on the 2018 tennis social calendar, stars included Stan Wawrinka, Gael Monfils, Garbiñe Mugrurza, Caroline Wozniacki, Jack Sock, Jeļena Ostapenko, Eugenie Bouchard, Karolina Plíšková, Petra Kvitová, Agnieszka Radwańska, Casper Ruud, Heather Watson, Kevin Anderson, Mike & Bob Bryan and Dylan Alcott. Local celebrities included Gary & Jordan Ablett, Jessica Gomes, Anthony Callea, Tim Campbell, Julie Stevanja, Tahan Lew, David Reynolds, Mavournee Hazel, Rebecca Vallance, Jacqui Felgate, Emma Davenport, Ricky & Rianna Ponting, Jordan & Zac Stenmark, Rob Mills, Lauren Phillips, Tommy Little, Anthony Lehmann, Stephen & Paige Quarterman.

Crown Resorts Chief Operating Officer, Peter Crinis said the Crown IMG Tennis Party is a highlight event for Crown every year: “With so many of the world-class tennis players staying with us, it makes sense that we partner with IMG to celebrate on the eve of The Australian Open,” he told the crowd.

Pretty Beach House wins mega travel award

Pretty Beach House is celebrating with the announcement it has been awarded the highly-coveted 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Award. Pretty Beach House is only one of three hotels to receive this award in Australia. The hotel is perched high on the Bouddi National Park escarpment at the little seaside hamlet of Pretty Beach, just outside Sydney.

The property has four beautifully appointed pavilions all boasting stunning interiors and surrounded by the sights and smells of nature. The rarity of a four room hotel assures guests of privacy with the property sleeping a maximum of four couples enjoying an all-inclusive offer. According to Condé Nast Traveler, “This is our list of the best hotels in the world, the ones we keep coming back to time and again. It’s our love letter to the hotels that make us feel sexier, smarter, flirtier…that make us walk with a little more swagger and remind us who we want to be and how we want to live. They’re the hotels we return to time and time again, and daydream about long after we’re home.

They’re the best in the world.” The sophisticated guesthouse is run by passionate hoteliers Brian and Karina Barry, owners of sister property, Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. Both have a long and successful hotel history. Read more about the list here.

Source: Vogue 

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Young Henry’s and Foo Fighters Foo Town Lager

Celebrating their ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ – their seventh to go #1 in Australia – and this month’s stadium tour down under, rock ‘n’ roll legends the Foo Fighters have partnered with local brewers Young Henrys on a limited edition, Young Henrys and Foo Fighters ‘Foo Town’ lager.

Young Henrys co-founder Oscar McMahon said, “Getting a call to say the Foo Fighters want to brew a beer with Young Henrys was huge for us. We’re also stoked for our mates DZ Deathrays, who are joining them on tour again. It’s thanks to working with local legends like them that we’ve got the opportunity to brew a beer with one of the world’s best known rock bands.”

The brew is available exclusively at Foo Fighters pop-up boozers in Sydney and Melbourne next week, giving fans a chance to listen to the new album, drink schooners of Foo Town and get their hands on exclusive merchandise from the band. Sydneysiders (and fans who make the pilgrimage) get first taste of the Foo Town brew with the takeover of Surry Hills’ Hollywood Hotel, transforming it into the Foo Fighters Hotel from 24th–27th January. Next, Melbourne rock institution Cherry Bar becomes Fooie Bar for four days: from 27th – 30th January.

Following the takeovers, a limited number of cans will be available through national bottle shop retailers and the Young Henrys website,

Source: Young Henrys

Hoyts announces Hoyts Lux Celebrity Chef partner Manu Feildel

HOYTS have today announced that Manu Feildel, one of the most popular personalities on Australian television, is set to come on board as a HOYTS LUX ambassador for 2018. Manu joins the family to design an all new menu for HOYTS LUX, the premium cinema offering for HOYTS which features great in-cinema service at the touch of a button, combined with gourmet food and drinks. It’s everything you could want from a cinema experience plus much more.

Damian Keogh, CEO of the HOYTS Group said, “HOYTS LUX is a premium cinema experience for the discerning cinema goer and we’re excited to work with Manu to take in-cinema dining to a level well above anything seen in Australia to date. MORE IS MORE at HOYTS LUX and guests will experience the very best in our cinemas each and every time they visit, with a professionally prepared and curated menu.

Of the partnership with HOYTS LUX, Manu Feildel commented, “My current passion is to bring restaurant quality food to a casual dining experience and what better way to do this than as part of the HOYTS LUX cinema experience. Increasing the enjoyment by providing guests with top quality foods to create the ultimate dine in cinema experience.”

Manu is busy creating the perfect menu for HOYTS LUX guests with some revamped cinema favorites and some new exciting items with a touch of his Parisian heritage. We look forward to tasting Manu’s menu from March 2018. You may not want to see a movie any other way, ever again. Book your HOYTS LUX tickets now at 

Source: Hoyts