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Last night PATRÓN TEQUILA presented the 5th Annual Rolling Stone Awards at one of Sydney’s most iconic music venues, Beach Road Hotel in Bondi. The magazine’s annual music awards celebrated the best in Australian entertainment, with the music industry out in full force to support winners whilst enjoying a variety of Patrón’s finest tequila cocktails.



More than 1,000 guests attended the event, with the MC, Grinspoon frontman Phil Jamieson, entertaining the crowd with his witty banter and his engaging disposition. Melbourne band Kingswood performed an electric set, fresh from their Big Day Out tour and Sydney all-star cover band Furnace & The Fundamentals kept the party going long into the night, keeping guests on their feet with their fun and dynamic performance.

 Gabby Thomson, Jil Bertoli, Dan Jones

Gabby Thomson, Jil Bertoli, Dan Jones

Patrón Tequila has been the key sponsor of the Rolling Stone Awards for the last four years, offering guests elaborate tequila cocktails using a variety of Patrón products. Their number one party trick last year was in the form of an ice sculpture – the ever-popular Patrón Tequila ice luge. This was continued this year, expanding to two Patrón luges featuring Patrón XO Café and the brand new Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa Tequila. Cocktails were created specifically for this event, served in distinctive branded Patrón jam jars. The incredible cocktails included the Patrón Paloma, Patrón Mule, Passionfruit Margarita, and the crowd favourite was undeniably the Patrón XO Dark Espresso Martini.

2014 Rolling Stone Awards

After the first round of cocktails the awards ceremony commenced. New Zealand songstress Lorde continues her stellar rise, taking out Album of the Year and Best New Talent. Bluesfest director Peter Noble was presented with the Rolling Stone Award, which recognises an outstanding career-long contribution to popular culture. Other big winners on the night were Tame Impala (Live Act of the Year), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (Best Independent Release) and The Jezabels (Single of the Year for “The End”), as voted for by the readers of Rolling Stone and sponsored by Patrón).

2014 Rolling Stone Awards

The awards night is always one of the hottest events on the music industry calendar, with all guests revelling in the amazing live performances and enjoying premium Patrón tequila cocktails. There is no doubt that the 2014 Rolling Stone Awards was a huge success, and a wonderful celebration of the passion, strength and results of the Australian music industry, proudly presented by Patrón Tequila.

Kate Peck, Michelle Lucia, Leila Maktari

Kate Peck, Michelle Lucia, Leila Maktari


The Rolling Stone Award: Peter Noble
Best Independent Release (sponsored by Royal Doulton): Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away Actor of the Year: Aaron Pedersen, Mystery Road
International Act of the Year: Arctic Monkeys
Album of the Year: Lorde, Pure Heroine
Live Act of the Year (sponsored by Corona): Tame Impala
Single of the Year (Readers’ Choice, sponsored by Patron): The Jezabels, “The End”
Best New Talent (sponsored by Ultimat Vodka): Lorde
Music Video of the Year: The Preatures, “Is This How You Feel?” (Directed by Alex Ryan)



Sydney Social101 has been invited to the 5th Annual Rolling Stone Awards, hosted by PATRÓN TEQUILA, the world’s highest-quality ultra-premium tequila, occurring on Tuesday 4th February 2014.

A leading music industry event, which celebrates the best in Australian entertainment, the Rolling Stone Awards will once again be held at an iconic Sydney venue, Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel, for the second year in a row.

Patrón Tequila has sponsored the Rolling Stone Awards for the past four years, providing a perfect collaboration of premium drinks, cocktails and great musical entertainment. The premier music awards is an exclusive invite-only event which recognises an array of new, up and coming artists as well as veterans and industry legends. A range of significant awards will be presented during the evening, with Patrón Tequila presenting The People’s Choice Award which demonstrates the Australian public’s love and passion for a talented Australian music act, with The Presets winning this outstanding award last year.

Rolling Stone Magazine is the premier music and entertainment magazine, reflecting both global and Australian popular culture. Rolling Stone is a cultural, music icon with a focus on music stories, features and reviews featuring unrivalled access to the biggest names, hottest bands, and related events. The strong alignment with Patrón Tequila and Rolling Stone Magazine signifies the tequila brand’s reputation and importance of the liquor brand in the Australian music industry.

Following on from last year’s success, and the talk of the awards event, two Patrón Tequila luges will be on display at the Rolling Stone Awards, featuring Patrón XO Café and also the brand new Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa Tequila, recently released in Australia. An incredible drinks list has been created especially for the awards night, with Patrón Tequila crafting a unique array of cocktails all to be served in distinctive branded Patrón jam jars.

“Patrón is proud to be the main sponsor of the Rolling Stone Awards for the 4th consecutive year. It is such an incredible event and gets bigger and better every time we have been involved. This year’s event is looking like an amazing night not to be missed.” Michael McAdam, Patrón Brand Manager.

Patrón Tequila is the number one selling tequila in the world. Employing traditional techniques and modern technology, Patrón has refined and perfected the art of making tequila. Patrón features 100% pure Weber blue agave in the premium tequila, which is harvested, roasted, crushed, distilled and bottled in the hills of Jalisco, Mexico.

Patrón tequila is one of the fastest-growing, luxury ultra-premium spirit brands in the world. Its attitude, passion and strive for excellence makes them the perfect sponsor for the Rolling Stone Awards, where its  unique cocktails and punchy drinks will help set the mood for what will be a memorable night.


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Sydney’s Belmore Park is set to transform into a buzzing hive of film, music, food and cultural activity for five days in November when Cinema Park kicks off as part of the very first Sydney Intercultural Film Festival (SIFF).


Running from 13 to 17 November 2013, Cinema Park will offer film-buffs, musos and foodies something different, with special film screenings, musical performances, star meet-and-greets, themed family fun days, stand-up comedy performances, film exhibitions and demonstrations, international food stalls, children’s rides, and prize and cash giveaways open to the public for a $2 entry fee.

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Former AUSTRALIAN IDOL winner Casey Donovan will perform a free concert on opening night, accompanied by a star-studded gala event to be attended by SIFF’s biggest names – giving attendees a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the people who make the magic happen in front of, and behind, the camera lens.

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The events will provide plenty of opportunities for family-fun, with weekday sessions being split into different themes with accompanying film screenings and dress up competitions. Wednesday the 13th of November will explore the world of dance, Thursday the 14th of November will reflect the horror genre, and Friday the 15th of November will enjoin attendees to dress up as their favourite movie character. Cash prizes will go to the winners and runner-ups of each competition.


Festival Creative Manager Kate Ryerson says Cinema Park will highlight culture and creativity from across the globe. “The main aim is to introduce Sydneysiders to the stories, tastes, and sounds of our local, regional and global neighbours.


“Cinema Park is sure to be a crazy rollercoaster of fun, food, creativity and performance with something for all ages and backgrounds,” she says.


More than 30 cultures will be represented across the Cinema Park events including Chinese, Arab, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Polish, Indonesian, Greek and Japanese, among others. And there will be over 100 international food, merchandise and entertainment stalls.


Cinema Talent confirmed to attend over the five days includes Hollywood animation filmmaker Bill Plympton (YOUR FACEGUARD DOG), international casting director Faith Martin (THE ROAD HOME) and Polish filmmaker Piotr Stasik (NIE DLA KAZDEG, KONIEC LATA), as well as acclaimed actors and actresses from across the world cinema landscape such as Kang Sooyeon (THE SURROGATE WOMAN, ROAD TO THE RACETRACK), Hwang Soo-jung (HUR JUN, SALT DOLL), Ku Hye-sun (BOYS OVER FLOWERS, THE MADONNA), Jo JaeHyun (MOEBIUS, THE KICK)  and Farhad Aslani (ESHGH-E FILMSAFAR BE CHAZZABEH).


“We hope that everyone gets behind these events and takes the opportunity to engage with forms of creativity and expression that they may not often be exposed to, in the presence of good company and some top-notch international film talent,” Ms Ryerson concludes.


Cinema Park will be the main events hub for the first edition of the Sydney Intercultural Film Festival (SIFF), which is scheduled to run from 13 November to 24 November 2013. The Festival will screen a total of 150 films from six continents including Australia, Asia, Europe, Africa, North America and South America – spanning feature, short and documentary genres.


For more information, head to


SOCIAL SPY VLOG** Highlights from the 2013 ARIA Nominations Event

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With less than seven weeks until the 27th ARIA Awards, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the nominees in all categories, with the winners to be announced at The Star Event Centre, Sydney on Sunday, December 1, 2013.


Harley Streten, aka FLUME, accepted his first ARIA Award as the 2013 ARIA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, and he is leading the way at the 2013 ARIA Awards with 8 nominations in total.  The nominations for Flume’s self titled #1 debut album include ALBUM OF THE YEAR, BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST – RELEASE, BEST MALE ARTIST, BEST DANCE RELEASE, the publicly voted SONG OF THE YEAR category for ‘Holdin On’, BEST AUSTRALIAN LIVE ACT, and Joe Nappa has picked up a nomination for Flume’s ‘Holdin On’ in the BEST VIDEO category.




The Star celebrates tastes of the world during Good Food Month 2013


One destination, endless taste sensations

The Star is once again a proud major sponsor of Sydney’s premier food festival, Good Food Month, and will be hosting an array of mouth-watering events throughout October.

Sydneysiders are invited to enjoy exclusive signature dishes and beverages from The Star’s acclaimed restaurants including Sokyo, Balla and BLACK by ezard, whilst meeting some of the world-renowned chefs who create them.

Foodies can look forward to digging deep into the cultural heritage of our chefs by experiencing exclusive private dinners, sushi and sashimi-making classes, celebrate Stefano Manfredi’s 30 years in the business, enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine with guest chef Shane Delia – and more.

Good Food Month Festival Director Joanna Savill says she is eager to see what The Star will be bringing to the table this year.

“The line-up of events on offer at The Star makes a fantastic addition to this year’s Good Food Month. We’re looking forward to seeing what The Star’s high pedigree of chefs has in store for our taste buds.”

For bookings call 1800 700 700 or for more information visit

What: Bar Hop ‘Spider and Slider’ at BLACK by ezard ($20)
When: Tuesdays through Fridays for all October
Details: Enjoy an exotic Tanqueray Gin spider with Orange Curacao and Roast Lemon, served

with a Wagyu Beef slider.

What: Let’s do Lunch at BLACK by ezard ($38 per person, bookings essential)
When: Every Thursday and Friday in October
Details: Teage Ezard, the award-winning chef behind Melbourne’s Gingerboy and Ezard

restaurants, has won over Sydneysiders serving up classically inspired food at BLACK by ezard. BLACK by ezard will offer a two-dish delicious lunch special (entrée and main or main and dessert) to celebrate Good Food Month, served with a glass of wine or beer.


What: Bar Hop ‘Silk Road & Mountain Plum’ at Cherry ($20)
When: Thursdays through Saturdays throughout October
Details: Enjoy freshly shucked Pacific oysters with green tea and rose pearls, accompanied by

a Silk Road – an Asian inspired cocktail made with green tea infused Tanqueray Gin with King’s Ginger Liqueur, fresh lemon juice and pancake syrup; crusted with a rose petal and sugar rim, served with a Japanese Yamamono Mountain Plum.

What: Let’s Do Lunch at Balla ($38 per person, bookings essential)
When: Tuesdays through Fridays for all October
Details: Secure your seat at Balla, Stefano Manfredi’s modern interpretation of classic

Milanese cuisine, and select two dishes (either entree and main, or main and dessert) from the special lunch menu, served with a glass of wine or beer.

What: Hats Off at Balla ($95 per person, bookings essential)
When: Tuesday 22nd October
Details: Stefano Manfredi has created a bespoke dinner, exploring the influence of Jewish

cuisine on Italian food. A real invitation to travel through time and cultures, the four course menu is an exclusive must for nostalgic taste buds.

What: World Dinners, Balla ($160 per person, including wines, bookings essential) When: Thursday 31st October

Details: Book your exclusive seat to Stefano Manfredi’s 30-year tribute dinner which will take you on a culinary journey through often lesser known parts of the world. The five course degustation menu will include bespoke wine.

What: Private Dining Experience, Sokyo ($160 per person with wine, $100 without, bookings essentials)

When: Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 29th October

Details: An intimate group will tour contemporary Japanese restaurant Sokyo and its kitchen before joining chef Chase Kojima in the private dining room for a degustation dinner served with optional matching wines.

What: Become an Instant Japanese Cuisine Expert, Sokyo ($120 per person, bookings essential)

When: Saturday 5th and Saturday 26th October
Details: Learn the art of sushi-making from the master of Japanese cuisine, Chase Kojima,

who will host an exclusive lesson in sushi and sashimi-making before sharing lunch with his apprentices at Sokyo.

What: World Dinners with Shane Delia ($120 per person, bookings essential)
When: Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd October
Details: One of Melbourne’s most innovative chefs, Shane Delia, will come to The Star and

invite his guests to take a culinary voyage through middle-eastern cuisine during unique five-course dinners.

What: Shoot the Chef
When: From Tuesday 1st to Thursday 31st October
Details: Shoot the Chef will showcase images of iconic chefs throughout Good Food Month in

an exhibition to be displayed between Balla and BLACK by ezard.

For more information or to book visit or call 1800 700 700.

Awards 101** Time Out Australia Announces First Ever Melbourne Bar Awards and Sydney’s Sixth


Australia’s only consumer-based bar awards, the annual Time Out Bar Awards, will launch its first ever Melbourne awards ceremony at brand spanking new bar, The Emerson in South Yarra, on Monday 25 November from 6.30-10.30pm. The Island Bar on Cockatoo Island will also be turned into one giant party as the Time Out Sydney Bar Awards return on Sunday 1 December from 1-6pm.

The awards celebrate the best of what makes Sydney and Melbourne’s bar scenes special and the who’s who in each city will be attending, hoping for a chance at winning one of the coveted awards. The much-anticipated annual Time Out Bar Guides will also be launched at the event.

Bar lovers and those looking for a good old party are also welcome to attend. Tickets are just $50 (plus booking fee), and partygoers will be treated to Havana Club cocktails, Sail & Anchor beers, Rekorderlig Cider and Tempus Two Wines. There will also be live music to dance the day and night away to, more details to be announced soon.

Myffy Rigby, Time Out Australia’s chief food and drink critic and the editor of the annual Time Out Sydney Bar Guide, explains: “Time Out is entering a new phase with the Bar Awards. In six years in Sydney we’ve gone from blackened backrooms, to occupying an entire island. We’ve had the pleasure of having the Snowdroppers, Lanie Lane and the Rubens play to an audience that continues to grow more and more with each passing event. This year we’re also introducing a completely new awards program in Melbourne, which is a very exciting new phase in our history.”

There are 13 awards up for grabs this year in each city, including Best Bartender, Best Small Bar, Best Pub, Best Bar Food and Bar of the Year. 11 of the 13 awards are judged by a crack team of food and drink critics, who have spent countless nights sampling the best of what Sydney and Melbourne has to offer. Ten top industry influencers from each city will choose the Hot Talent award, and the final award, the People’s Choice, is judged by Time Out readers.

“When we’re looking at awarding bars, we’re looking for perfection, we’re looking for innovation, we’re looking for great drinks. But above all, we’re looking for a good time,” adds Myffy. “Time Out readers have high expectations when it comes to the bars they drink in, and we’re here to make sure they’re equipped with the best information.”

The nominees for each award and People’s Choice winners will be announced on Monday 28 October. Previous Sydney winners have gone on to become some of the city’s most popular watering holes, including Tio’s, Gardel’s, 121BC, Baxter Inn, Palmer and Co, Mojo Record Bar and the Wine Library.

Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards
Monday 25 November, 6.30-10.30pm
The Emerson, 143-145 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Tickets $50 (plus booking fee)

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards
Sunday 1 December, 1-6pm
The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island
Tickets $50 (plus booking fee)

For more information on Time Out Australia and the awards, visit or

Social Spy** Project Five: Volume Five

Its not very often that we have the opportunity to watch talented artists live at work but Project Five offers exactly that.

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In the Darling Quarter’s Village Green four of Australia’s celebrated contemporary street artists started painting live to an appreciative audience. 

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Artists Adnate, Jodee Knowles, Numskull and Rone all put brush to canvas at 6pm and continued to 9pm.  Onlookers and guests watched four masterpieces come together as the evening went on.  The fantastic atmosphere at the open air studio was topped off with music performed by the Future Classic DJs. 
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Once completed all the artwork is auctioned off and the proceeds go to Information and Cultural Exchange’s (ICE) digital arts program, which works with at-risk youth in Western Sydney.

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The live painting continued on Sunday 29th from 12-3pm.  This was a free event.  

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The event was covered by Susan Black, Sydney Social 101’s roving reporter.

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE: Sydney Social 101 selected as a Finalist for the Pedestrian.TV Blogster Awards

Please vote for Sydney Social 101 to win the Pedestrian.TV Blogster award if you get chance!

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The ‘ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE’ Short Film Competition is now open! Proudly supported by ULTIMAT VODKA in Australia


ULTIMAT VODKA, one of the world’s leading and ultra-premium vodkas, is giving away over $5,000 and exclusive prizes in the Ultimat Vodka Short Film Competition.

The competition invites all aspiring and professional filmmakers to answer the question ‘What is the Ultimat Experience’ and submit their original 30 -90 second video by 30th September 2013.
“Our film competition is about finding your sublime experience, your ‘Ultimat’, whether it’s summiting Everest, celebrating a million-dollar deal, headlining a festival or something else…” said Michael McAdam, Brand Manager for Ultimat Vodka. “For some filmmakers, it will be getting unprecedented exposure with a premium international brand.”

Prizes include:

Judge’s Choice – $3500 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

Editor’s Choice – $1000 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

People’s Choice (most votes) – $500 + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

The video must be 30sec – 90sec and consist of an Ultimat Vodka bottle prop in the footage. The film must adhere to the Terms and Conditions and follow video format guidelines. The judging criteria considers; creativity & originality, the story angle, the quality and the share ability with social media.

ULTIMAT VODKA, distributed in Australia by Southtrade International, is one of the leading premium vodka’s in the world. Created in Poland, it is the only vodka distilled from grains and potato, with the result an unrivalled, truly distinctive, pure spirit that sets the standard for ultra-premium vodkas. Ultimat is distilled four times, then uniquely filtered with pure artisan well water and bottled in a skillfully crafted, elegant, cobalt blue decanter. The luxurious spirit is owned by the Patrón Spirits Company, maker of Patrón Tequila – The world’s #1 premium tequila.

ULTIMAT VODKA is the ULTIMAT INDULGENCE. Hurry to register and submit your short film before the end of this month and be part of this premium Australian competition – the ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE.

Please register and download the creative brief here: Or contact:


SOCIAL SPY** Vogue Fashion’s Night Out – The Social Party

It is one of the most anticipated nights of the year in every fashionistas calendar, a celebration of shopping and fashion hosted by Vogue Magazine.

Sydneys CBD was taken over with exclusive events, offers, catwalk shows and beauty workshops.  But the hottest ticket of the night was on Level 7 of David Jones at The Social Party.


When I thought my love for David Jones (my favourite department store in Australia) could not be any stronger I was proven wrong with my introduction to Level 7.  An incredible space with high ceilings, floor to roof windows with stunning views of Hyde Park.  When I was told the space was used for Christian Dior’s first Couture show in Australia in the 1960s I was in heaven.

The official partners of Vogue Fashion Night Out were Ultimat Vodka and Patrón Tequila who served a choice of two cocktails at the Pelicano Bar, Ultimat Vodka Pelicano Martini’ (a sweet passionfruit cocktail with vodka, pomegranate syrup and fresh mint – my personal favourite) and a ‘Patron Tequila Lemon Granita’ (a refreshing frozen cocktail served in a Patron jam jar)

As guests sipped on mouth wateringly good cocktails djs mixed tunes including a set from the stunning Robyn Lawley.  The super stylish were out in force and celebrities including Megan Gale, Camilla Franks and Sophie Falkiner were all spotted mingling in the crowd.

The Social Party was another statement of style from Sydney’s most glamorous.  A fashion obsessed girl’s dream party.  Roll on next year.

Susan Black attended and reported on the event for Sydney Social 101.

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