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IT’S A RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE AT THE FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL FIRST CLASS

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It’s time to get your brave on and go WILD for this year’s Future Music Festival First Class!

Festivalgoers are in for an epic expedition this year with the most innovative and dynamic line-up to date, including the biggest name right now in pop, hip-hop and R&B (and an expert in “getting lucky”) – Pharrell Williams!

Ground-breaking electronic artist deadmau5, kings of the thrift shop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, party-pleasers Rudimental and French indie heartthrobs Phoenix, plus many more jungle giants will be playing across six mega stages at this year’s festival!

Get your David Attenborough on and watch these music acts in their natural habitat from the best seats in the house at Future Music Festival’s First Class Safari Lounge! First Class kings and queens of the jungle will have a VIP view from the Safari marquee, overlooking the main stages and offering 360- degree views of the world’s hottest talent – the only way to see Australia’s largest music festival!page1image11464 

With First Class, enjoy easy access to a private cocktail bar and food stalls, with a complimentary gourmet food & beverage package and queue-free private bathrooms! The First Class Safari Lounge also offers all jungle queens a pampering hair and make up lounge thanks to Blowdry Bar and Gorgeous Cosmetics for a fierce festival look.

Other sweet perks include express entry into the event, couches, a style bar & cloak room, access to multiple VIP areas throughout the festival and your very own First Class souvenir pack & merch voucher!

So hold onto your hunting cap and get Madagascar-azy for First Class at Future Musical Festival 2014! With tickets selling faster than ever, avoid the stampede and get your claws on these tickets fast or risk being caught on the other side of the fence!

Don’t fret if you’ve already purchased GA tickets! GA ticket holders will have the opportunity to upgrade their tickets to First Class via merchandise stands at each event. But get in quick – First Class upgrades are limited by capacity and will sell out quick!

FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014! This year’s jam-packed line-up boasts some of the world’s freshest and most influential talent:

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Just announced – Pharrell Williams
deadmau5 | Macklemore & Ryan Lewis | Phoenix
Hardwell | Knife Party | Eric Prydz
Rudimental | Tinie Tempah | Chase & Status
Sub Focus | Netsky| 2 Chainz | Kaskade | Dada Life | Porter Robinson Naughty Boy| Paul van Dyk | Markus Schulz | ATB | Chuckie | Arty
R3Hab | Martin Garrix | Baauer | I See MONSTAS | Helena | Adventure Club | Carnage Bassjackers | Deniz Koyu | Dannic | Dyro | Cut Copy
Stafford Brothers | Timmy Trumpet | Walden | Tenzin | Will Sparks
Sven Vath| Dubfire*| Maya Jane Coles* | Paul Kalkbrenner* | Luciano Gesaffelstein Live | Brodinski | Kaytranada* | Gorgon City | Guy Gerber*

*artists may vary from state to state, please check website for details

WHAT: FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL FIRST CLASS LOUNGE!

WHERE: SYDNEY – Randwick Racecourse MELBOURNE – Flemington Racecourse

PERTH- Arena Joondalup

WHEN: SYDNEY – Saturday 8th March MELBOURNE – Sunday 9th March

PERTH- Sunday 2nd March COST: $345 (+fees)

For tickets and all the info you’ll need + more head to http://www.futuremusicfestival.com.au

SOCIAL SPY** Big Day Out

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Tis the season for the festivals! And kicking it all off in Sydney was the annual Big Day Out – which crash landed yesterday!
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It didn’t disappoint either!
With a stellar line-up including Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, Arcade Fire, local talent Flume, Tame Impala and many more… festival revelers were treated to some of the biggest international as well as home grown acts!
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And even though Blur pulled out last minute, Beady Eye managed to fill their Brit-rival’s shoes with some of their own hits, as well as some of frontman Liam Gallagher’s Oasis classics!
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The Hives got everyone going with their with their energetic performance and on the main stage American rock band Pearl Jam headlined and pulled in a huge crowd.
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Elsewhere, Steve Angello ended the line-up in the Boiler Room and wowed festival-goers with his set that included fire, sparklers and even confetti! The former Swedish House Mafia musician definitely brought the end of the day perfectly with a huge bang.
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For more information go to www.bigdayout.com
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2014 MARCH INTO MERIVALE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL ON SALE WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

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MERIVALE CHEFS WERE ‘BORN TO COOK’

March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival, and one of Sydney Social 101’s favourite food festivals, returns for its sixth sensational year from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 11 April. Inspired by the first and favourite food memories of Merivale’s talented chefs, the eight week culinary feast will feature over 60 mouth-watering events across an unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs, from the hatted est. and Mr. Wong to local hangouts Papi Chulo and The Fish Shop. Tickets are on sale Wednesday 22 January from http://www.merivale.com.au

This year’s March into Merivale theme, ‘Born to Cook’, draws on the chefs’ first, favourite and funniest food experiences, inviting diners on a delicious trip down memory lane. Their memories are as diverse as the chefs themselves and reveal the variety of influences and talent that lead Merivale’s award-winning kitchens. Dan Hong, for example, owes his cooking prowess to the early influence of his mother Angie who would often spread newspaper and sit on the kitchen floor, cutting up whole chickens with a cleaver. For Palings’ Christopher Whitehead, it was the ‘Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook’ that first inspired his love of food and he remembers smuggling a torch into bed to pore over the pages of recipes. Felix’s Nathan Johnson recalls the English Summer and the unmistakable sound of the local ice cream van while fellow Brit Jeremy Strode reminisces about his daily childhood job of collecting milk straight from the source. Papi Chulo’s formidable duo, Patrick Friesen and Christopher Hogarth, might be joined at the hip now but their childhood food memories couldn’t be further apart – Tasmanian raised Chris loved to fish with his brothers and throw the catch straight on the BBQ while Canadian born Patrick had an unusual taste for butter, eating chunks straight from the fridge and earning the nickname Phat Pat as a result.

March into Merivale will officially kick off on Wednesday 12 February with the annual Launch Party at ivy. Showcasing the best food and drinks from over twenty Merivale venues, the Launch Party will see more than 3,000 food lovers take over Paling’s Kitchen & Bar, The Den and Terrace, Ivy Ballroom and Ash Street. Guests will be able to meet their favourite chefs, bartenders and sommeliers as they’re served up signature dishes, cocktails and wines, all while enjoying the roving entertainment. The event ticket, priced at $35, comes with eight tokens to redeem at the various stalls, with top-ups available on the night.

Turning kitchens and bars into culinary playgrounds, Merivale has created over sixty amazing events to tantalise the tastebuds. ‘Around the World with Eighty Whites’ will take guests on a global expedition of white wine discovery, curated by Merivale’s Master Sommelier, Franck Moreau, on Wednesday 5 March. Dessert lovers can keep their sweet tooth sugary with ‘Just Desserts presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD’, a dessert extravaganza at Establishment on Monday 10 March. Manly’s hotly-tipped Papi Chulo crosses the bridge for the ultimate urban barbeque party ‘Where There’s Smoke’ at ivy on Wednesday 19 March before Ash Street is again transformed into a twilight street fair for ‘European Laneway’ on Wednesday 9 April. est. is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ with an elegant high tea, Uccello embraces Frank Sinatra with a special ‘mafioso’ dinner and London’s Brick Lane comes to Bistrode CBD for a one-off Indian feast.

Cocktail devotees can be taught how to shake and stir by Merivale’s Group Bars Manager, Paul Mant, with ‘Mixology 101’ at Palmer & Co throughout March. Beer enthusiasts can indulge their love for a ‘cold one’ at ‘Beer at Beresford’ on Saturday 8 March and those with a penchant for Pinot can taste eight international Pinots in a master class at ivy Bottle Shop on Tuesday 8 April.

It wouldn’t be March into Merivale without the incredibly affordable $33 meal deals. Available for lunch or dinner, Monday to Friday, a meal and a glass of wine or beer can be enjoyed at all eleven Merivale restaurants throughout the festival. Merivale pubs have their own take on the $33 deal, offering two meals and two drinks for only $33. The menus will change frequently, leaving no excuse not to try them all.

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Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “Now in its sixth year, March into Merivale continues to grow bigger, better and more delicious than ever. This year, our talented chefs have taken a step back in time with the memories that first ignited their passion for cooking. Along with our wonderful sommeliers and bartenders, they have created over 60 amazing events that prove exactly why they were born to cook”.

March into Merivale Food and Wine Festival
12 February to 11 April 2014
For tickets and bookings, visit http://www.merivale.com.au

Rekorderlig Cider to unveil their Beautifully Swedish Bar & Gazebo at Sydney Festival 2014

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Rekorderlig Cider returns as the official cider sponsor for iconic Sydney Festival in 2014, creating a beautiful themed outdoor bar to feature at Festival Village, the new day-to-night highlight of Sydney Festival.

 

The Rekorderlig Bar will feature a striking, wooden deck with Rekorderlig bean bags and comfortable deck chairs for festival goers to relax as well as long wooden share tables to get together with friends and enjoy the range of Rekorderlig flavours on offer. Open from 4:30pm, the Rekorderlig bar will offer jugs of your favourite cider flavour to share in its perfect serve, including fresh garnishes and tasty fruit additions.

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Located adjacent to the Rekorderlig Bar, the Rekorderlig Gazebo will be the ultimate weekend music and party destination. The unique location will showcase exciting Sydney DJ’s throughout the duration of the festival. You can find the DJ line-up here – http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Free/Rekorderlig-Gazebo/

 

The annual Sydney Festival event kicks off 2014 with a bold cultural celebration of music, quality art and performances. This exciting, cultural, summer celebration in Sydney, Hyde Park, will occur from 9thJanuary – 27th January 2014.

 

* Rekorderlig Cider at Festival Village will be located at Hyde Park North, entry near the Archibald Fountain.

In addition aaward-winning Swedish Cider, Rekorderlig, has launched their first brand film in cinemas nationwide including the St George Open Air Cinema this January 2014.

The Rekorderlig Cider brand film features the four Beautifully Swedish Collective members, following the ambassadors doing daily activities that are unique to each of them. These individuals are rising stars in trendsetting and unique in their field, representing inspiring aspects of the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle. The film highlights each Collective member including; stylist and fashion blogger Caroline Blomst on a fashion shoot among the spring blossom, professional snowboarder and thrill seeker Chris Sörmancarving down snow-capped mountains, professional kite surfer Erika Lindberg riding the waves and talented artist and lifestyle photographer Agnes Thor capturing an Autumn moment.

 

The brand film captures the fun-loving spirit of the Swedish people and the Rekorderlig Cider brand, shot in various locations across Sweden and Barbados. From kite surfing in the sunshine to snowboarding high in the Swedish mountains, the film highlights the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle worldwide and Rekorderlig’s versatility throughout the seasons.


Directed by: Adam Alexandroni, The Apartment A

Soundtrack: Sweetness Alive by Goldroom feat. Say Lou Lou

 

Happy 2014 – Xmas at Byron Bay

Firstly Happy New Year!

What did you guys get up to for the festive and 2014 celebrations? I was so lucky and got to travel to Byron for Xmas for a week.

Here are my top picks if you’re heading to Byron:

The Pass Beach - Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you'll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

The Pass Beach – Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you’ll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass' viewing tower, amazing!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass’ viewing tower, amazing!

Wategos Beach Byron Bay - My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

Wategos Beach Byron Bay – My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music - this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel - Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel – Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

The Beach Cafe combines top notch open air dining with beach views so close you can almost touch the water. A great special venue if you’re wanting to spend a little bit more for that special occasion!

Mokha is the hidden gem on Lawson Street that is a great place to chill after a day at the beach with a red wine, great food and live artists that will take your breath away.

A staple venue to frequent at Byron is The Balcony Bar, watch the world go by as you enjoy ample tapas and cocktails.

For a cheaper night out, Woody’s is your venue! Great tunes, young crowd and alcohol flowing like there’s no tomorrow! Cheeky Monkey’s fits this bill too!

Finally, if you're looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal - if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments... ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Finally, if you’re looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal – if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments… ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Here at Sydney Social 101, we’re always on the look out for new exciting venues to explore!

There are going to be MANY posts on here about bars, venues, festivals, activities, beaches, restaurants, clubs, movies, fashion, beauty and SO much more.

We look forward to sharing them with you!

 

MARDI GRAS FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 21 IN STYLE

Tickets go on sale for ten teaser films

 

Documentaries about transgender porn stars,  biopics of famous lesbian poets, evocative coming-of-age dramas and witty indie teen comedies, are just some of the queer-tinged viewing treats that audiences can expect when the 21st Mardi Gras Film Festival hits Sydney next February.

 

Tickets for ten teaser films went on sale today as event organisers promised one of the most diverse program lineups in the Festival’s 21-year history.

 

Running from Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 23 2014 at Event Cinemas George Street, the Festival will offer up an eclectic selection of classic and contemporary LGBTIQ films from across Australia and around the world – showcasing multiple world and Australian premieres, critically-acclaimed international titles and some of the most groundbreaking queer flicks of all time.

 

“Turning 21 is a huge achievement for an event that has come from such humble beginnings. To celebrate this milestone, we wanted to deliver a program that truly captures the many facets and realities of LGBTIQ communities – both today and throughout history,” says Mardi Gras Film Festival Director, Paul Struthers.

 

“From the funny, spirited and fabulous to the poignant, confronting and sometimes heartbreaking – we’ll be bringing audiences a very real and rounded snapshot of LGBTIQ themes, stories and films from across the globe. Get ready to experience a massive celebration of pride, creativity and culture under one roof next February.”

 

The Festival will kick off on opening night with the Australian premiere of REACHING FOR THE MOON, a biographical drama directed by Oscar-nominated Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto. Set in Petrópolis during the Fiftiesand starring Australian actress Miranda Otto in a career-best performance, the film chronicles the love affair between acclaimed American poet Elizabeth Bishop and famed Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

 

Friday February 14 will see audiences treated to another Australian premiere when evocative drama FIVE DANCES hits the silver screen. Directed in collaboration with groundbreaking choreographer Jonah Bokaer and co-starring Australian dancer Reed Luplau (formerly of Sydney Dance Company), the film tells the story of Chip, a gifted teen dancer who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and first-love when he joins a contemporary dance company in New York.

 

Exploring notions of sexual-discovery later on in life is the critically-acclaimed feature CONCUSSION, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and went on to snag a Teddy Award at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival. Screening on Friday February 14, the film is a powerfully erotic tale about a fourty-something housewife who opts to shake off her everyday boredom by becoming a high-end sex worker.

 

Sure to bring the laughs on Saturday December 15 is G.B.F, a hilarious gay teen comedy about being

 

“outed” from JAWBREAKER director Darren Stein. With a cast including Rebecca Gayheart, Natasha  Lyonne andWill and Grace’s Megan Mullally as an over eager mother, the film takes a campy and quirky look at what it means to be a ‘gay best friend’ in the treacherous world of high school.

 

Aside from features, there will be plenty of documentaries on offer to keep discerning film-buffs well satisfied.

 

Self-proclaimed “Man with a Pussy”, transgender activist and porn pioneer, Buck Angel, is the subject of MR. ANGEL – an uplifting and empowering documentary that chronicles the childhood, modeling career and extraordinary journey of one of the world’s most unlikely political heroes. Angel will be a special guest of the Festival, introducing the film on Sunday February 16 and participating in an interactive Q&A session following the screening.

 

Also placing a lens on the real world is the award-winning documentary CAMP BEAVERTON: MEET THE BEAVERS, which provides a fascinating insight into the only all-women, trans-inclusive community camp at Burning Man arts festival.

 

Documentaries from Australian filmmakers will also go under the spotlight when Martin Fox’s FRIENDS OF DOROTHY world premieres on Wednesday February 19. In his second film in as many years, prolific photographer William Yang shares his personal tales, traversing the history of queer Sydney – from the gay underground of the late 60s and the 80s AIDS crisis, through to the 90s party scene and beyond.

 

Another highlight of the Festival program will be Shirley Clarke’s seminal classic PORTRAIT OF JASON, a 1966 avant-garde documentary that invites audiences into the world of Jason Holiday, a gay African American hustler who challenged notions of sexuality and race in the Sixties. Once recognised as “the most extraordinary film I’ve seen in my life” by internationally-acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman, PORTRAIT OF JASON sees Holiday narrate his troubled life story to the camera, sharing his wild experiences and divulging his darkest feelings to create a viewing experience that is both captivating and thought-provoking.

 

Presented by Queer Screen, the Mardi Gras Film Festival is Australia’s leading selection of LGBTIQ films, offering audiences a carefully curated program of queer-tinged features, documentaries, short films and retrospectives over eleven days and nights.

 

2014 will also mark a new partnership between Mardi Gras Film Festival and the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board have come on board as a major sponsor to promote both LA and Outfest, the world’s longest running Queer film festival.

 

Stay tuned when the full program for the 2014 Mardi Gras Film Festival is revealed on January 15.

 

Tickets for the Mardi Gras Film Festival teaser films can be purchased at www.queerscreen.org.au

Races101** MELBOURNE CUP RACE DAY MEETING ROYAL RANDWICK

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2013

After a bumper Sydney Spring Carnival at Royal Randwick big crowds are expected to flock to the stunning new Royal Randwick grandstand this Melbourne Cup for a day of unsurpassed atmosphere, colour, fashion and live entertainment PLUS a fantastic line up of racing action. Royal Randwick is the biggest and best place to watch the race that stops a nation this Melbourne Cup on the biggest super screen in the Southern Hemisphere. Racegoers to Royal Randwick will have the chance to win Australia’s biggest Cup super-sweep including cash and prizes totalling $20,000 to be won.

It doesn’t make sense to be seen in racewear anywhere but the track, so ditch your plans for a restaurant or pub and head to Royal Randwick for an afternoon of racing thrills.

Gates Open: 9.30am
First Race: 11.30am
Final Race: 5.33pm

WHERE: Royal Randwick
Alison Rd,
Randwick

TICKETING: For all ticketing and hospitality information and purchases please visit http://www.theraces.com.au.
Pre-purchase and save $10 on general admission tickets, discount available until 11.59pm the day prior. Alternatively tickets are available at the gates on the day.

RACE DAY HIGHLIGHTS:
o All the Flemington action live on the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere
o Australia’s Biggest Super Sweep: SMS entry, $20K in prizes (1st place $15K, 2nd place $3K, 3rd place $1.5K, last place $500
o Belvedere pop-up bar for Members
o Moet & Chandon pop-up bar for Members
o Chandon pop-up bar for General Admission
o Clinique Lounge for Members
o PIMMs pop-up bar available in General Admission
o Fantastic food and beverage options within the grandstand and around the course
o Roaming entertainment and DJ on Octagonal Lawn
o Sydney Spring Carnival Photo Wall
o Gentlemen Here to Help – fine young men offer all the race day essentials
o Easy access to and from the track with a FREE bus service for race goers to The Star from 4.30pm where they will be met with a complementary drink on arrival when showing their Royal Randwick entry ticket

SOCIAL SPY** Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar

 

Hosted by Michelle Leslie at the Bellevue Paddington

 

Sydney Social, VIP and celeb guests indulged in oysters, canapés and Piper-Heidsieck bubbles at The Bellevue in Paddington for the VIP Launch of the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar last night.

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On a perfect balmy evening guests arrived early, and stayed late, at the beautifully-designed Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar at the Bellevue Hotel in Paddington. The Piper bubbles were free flowing with Bellevue co-owners Ned Kelly and Paddy Coughlan set to order another pallet of Piper well ahead of schedule to re-stock the bar. 

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Located upstairs at the Bellevue the bar is decked with blooming spring flowers, fun murals and a turfed outdoor terrace embodying a fresh floral feel. Michelle Leslie, Ambassador for the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar welcomed familiar faces beautifully dressed in Steven Khalil (who designed her wedding dress).  Guests ranged from actors to DJs, designers to presenters including Michael Caton, Alyssa McClelland, Kate Peck, Roy Billing, Justine Schofield, Martin and Michelle Walsh, Courtney Roulston, Alvin Quah, Penne Dennison, Sylvia Jeffreys, Georgia Sinclair, Mieke Buchan, Amber Renae just to name a few. Michelle shared her excitement at being the ambassador for the new Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival bar that is located in the upstairs space at the Bellevue that she personally styled and designed.  Saying, “I’m really looking forward to spending more time here over the coming weeks, and to enjoying more Piper-Heidsieck bubbles.  Marilyn Monroe once said that every night she went to bed with a drop of Chanel No.5 and woke up with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck so I think it’s my duty as a Piper ambassador to uphold her mantra.”

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The French bubbles were a huge hit with guests, with the canapé menu matched and including freshly shucked oysters with eschalot vinegar, char grilled sirloin steak with mushroom sauce and fries and warm salad of grilled polenta with cumin roasted beetroot, Persian feta & salsa verde.

 

Filled to capacity the gorgeous crowd bought all the fun and glamour of the spring carnival to the bar, creating an amazing vibe. Set to continue as a spring carnival racing season hot spot, the Piper-Heidsieck Spring Carnival Bar will host a ‘Ladies Luncheon’, Saturday October 26 (limited spots still available) with Melbourne Cup day celebrations a sell out within days of going on-sale.   

Located upstairs at the Bellevue Hotel

159 Hargrave Street, Paddington NSW 2021

www.bellevuehotel.com.au

Get your Future Festival Tickets here! $5 off usual online price!

Future Festival is somewhat of a staple festival here in Sydney! With the stellar line up recently announced, it looks set to be one the best ever!

Sydney Social 101 is a bug fan of Future Festival! If you’re going to be in Sydney during March 2014, we suggest you get this event pencilled (scrap that inked) into your diary.

Simply click this link to book your ticket for Future Music Festival here in Sydney and receive a $5 discount!

http://www.futurefans.com.au/p/24746?f=1

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You can find more about the festival here

Social Spy** George Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick

The Sydney Spring Carnival well and truly kicked off in head turning style yesterday as the George Main Stakes Day got underway at Royal Randwick, after undergoing recent renovations the grandstand was looking super slick and it is now an impressive world class stadium.

We love any excuse to get dressed up and what better reason than the races. The ladies (and several gents) did not disappoint. Exquisite millinery, tweed blazers and designer dresses flocked through the gates in time for the first race at 12.45.

Race day highlights included a pop up Clinique Lounge where ladies were welcomed for makeup touch ups (or for a well earned rest for sore feet) and XXXX Gold Retreat, a two-level bar with an interactive XXXX Gold Island challenge (which also provided some of the best views of the finish line).

In between races race goers lounged in gardened areas while sipping champagne and snacking on pulled pork burgers and sausage sizzlers while local djs provided the tunes.

Whether you’re a serious horse racing fan or just seeking a fantastic day out a race day at Royal Randwick is a must do. With the season just kicking off and many fantastic days coming up in the racing calendar I highly recommend you get one pencilled in your diary.

The Spring Carnival was reviewed and attended by Sydney Social’s latest contributor, Susan Black.

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