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Social Spy** FUTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL SYDNEY

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Last Saturday one of the biggest national music festivals, the sold out Future Music Festival, was home to 50,000 festival goers hit Sydney on Saturday 9th March at Randwick Racecourse.

In its 7th year, it has grown to be the biggest and most successful festivals in Australia, kicking off in Brisbane last weekend and finishing off in Adelaide today.

As the most popular music festival, it offers music across the genres from music legends of The Prodigy & Stone Roses through to pop culture with Rita Ora and YouTube sensation Psy.

With a fantastic line up and the only premium First Class Lounge in the country, available at $300 per head for the ultimate festival experience, music fans got to rub shoulders with TV stars, celebrities and fashionistas – all whilst enjoying the 360 degree views on a raised platform between both main stages.

The First Class tent also included a beauty bar which were headed up by Rimmel & Redken artists & hairdressers to keep the ladies looking fresh and beautiful all day

With the music industry changing rapidly with the rise of digital music, YouTube and illegal downloads, artists are progressively moving into live music performances to reach out to their fans, making festivals an important part of their career.

If you’re coming to Sydney next year or plan to still be here, make sure you get a ticket!!

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SOCIAL SPY** RED BULL GOES TO RIO

Sydney Social 101 was lucky enough to be invited to the RED BULL GOES TO RIO party at the RED BULL HQ. The party was held in the HALF MOON 2 Bar. The party was to celebrate that the end of the Formula 1 season and the fact that Red Bull won this year’s constructors championship. As the final stage of the season is in Rio, we were welcomed by Rio themed night. Great music and brightly colored decorations donned the bar and a party atmosphere ensued.

This was also a chance for Red Bull to show off their 3 new flavors  The Blue Edition (Blueberry), Red Edition (Cranberry) and Silver Edition (Lime). The Red Bull was on tap for guests who wanted to try the news flavors ‘neat’. What particularly stood out for me were the cocktails they made for each flavor  putting a spin on regular cocktails, such as the classic margarita with a Red Bull twist.

Besides the music it was fantastic to see live acts performing some b-boy action. They were fantastic break dancing together and we were lucky to get an encore later in the night. Throughout the evening we got to sample some fantastic food, but the highlight for me was the paella. I may have had more than one portion.

Unfortunately on the night there was no Sebastian Vettel or Mark Webber. But I am sure they had more concerning matters, such as preparing for the Brazilian grand prix this weekend.

It was a great night! I sampled so many of the Red Bull cocktails that I was flying home. Red Bull definitely gives you Wings!!

Sydney Social’s reporter Syrus Wynne attended the event on behalf of Sydney Social 101.

“MAN OF STEEL” TO SOAR INTO THEATERS IN 3D

Sydney Social 101 is excited to advise that Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced that director Zack Snyder’s upcoming action adventure “Man of Steel” will be presented in 3D in select theaters, as well as in 2D and IMAX®, so fans of the iconic superhero will be able to experience the much-anticipated movie in their format of choice.

Snyder stated, “The film is going to be a visually exciting experience in all formats: 2D, 3D and IMAX. Anticipating how audiences today embrace 3D, we designed and photographed the movie in a way that would allow ‘Man of Steel’ to captivate those movie goers, while respecting fans who prefer a more traditional cinematic experience. We’ve taken great measures to ensure the film and the story come first, and 3D is meant as an enhancement.”

The film stars Henry Cavill in the role of Superman/Clark Kent, alongside three-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Fighter”), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road”), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful”), Oscar® nominee Laurence Fishburne (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”), Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Shiff, and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).

“Man of Steel” is produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer, from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Entertainment. Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters are the film’s executive producers.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy Production, a Zack Snyder Film, “Man of Steel.” This film will release in Australia on June 13, 2013.

SYDNEY SOCIAL 101’S MELBOURNE CUP INSPIRATION

So silly season is almost upon us and the true start of the festivities bestowed upon Australians over the summer period is of course the Melbourne Cup!

Sydney Social 101 has compiled a guide for the Melbourne Cup celebrations across Sydney.

In no order of preference, here they are in all their glory:

FOUR POINTS SHERATON

The Heritage Atrium will boast: Sweeps a DJ, the must-have Projection screen & TV’s so that you can capture the action as it unfolds,  lucky door prizes, a fashion show and live cooking stations.

All this for just $55 per person, which  includes all food and a glass of Chandon on arrival. Bookings here.
HUGOS
GRAZIA will be hosting the ‘Get Racey’ luncheon at Hugos Bar Pizza with Editor Amy Molloy. Tickers are $120 pp includes a 3-course lunch plus all beverages. If this sounds like an event you’d like to back, bookings can be made at 02 9357 4411.

KEYSTONE

The functions teams at Keystone are raring to go with a range of Melbourne cup packages. With a range of delicious meals, beer, bubbles on offer and big screens in each venue what better way to make sure you don’t miss out on the action! Each Melbourne cup package includes big screens, sweeps & fashion on the field. Plus TAB facilities a stone throw away from each venue.

The Loft, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

Cargo Lounge, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, cocktail style. This includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

Cargo Bar, King Street Wharf – $99 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of a shared antipasto platter to start, alternate main and dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9262 1777 or info@cargobar.com.au

Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf – $120 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, of entrée, alternative main, followed by dessert canapés. To book, contact 02 9299 4660 or info@bungalow8sydney.com

The Sugar Mill, Potts Point – $59 per person, sit down lunch. Includes 3 drinks and a 3 course meal, alternate main and shared dessert platter. To book, contact 02 9363 7333 or info@sugarmill.com.au

Kit & Kaboodle, Potts Point – $89 per person, cocktail style. Includes a premium 3 hour beverage package and 8 piece canapé style lunch. For more information, contact 02 8070 2400 or email functionsandevents@tksg.com.au

Gazebo Wine Garden, Potts Point – $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival, 4 course lunch with a selection of 3 mains. To book, contact 02 9357 5333 or email info@gazebowinegarden.com.au

The Winery, Surry Hills – Choose between two options 1) $120 per person, cocktail style. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a laneway style BBQ.  Or 2) $130 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass on arrival, 4 course seafood lunch with a selection of two mains. To book, contact 02 9331 0833 or email info@thewinerysurryhills.com.au

Manly Wine, Manly – $110 per person, sit down lunch. Includes a glass of bubbles on arrival plus a choice of his or hers 4 course menu with alternative mains. To Book, contact 02 8966 9000 or email info@manlywine.com.au

MERIVALE

The Kids Cup at ivy Charity luncheon is being held at the Ivy Ballroom of course! Tickets range from $200 per person or $2000 for a table. The cost includes three-course lunch including Chandon NV, wine and beer as well as sweepstakes, entertainment and live coverage of the race. All profits raised will go to Cure Our Kids. Bookings can be made here: 02 9240 3000

THE BERESFORD

Melbourne Cup After-Party at Upstairs Beresford. Punters can choose to continue the horseplay after the big race. Free entry and live entertainment including Furnace & The Fundamentals to party the night away, music to our ears!

BAVARIAN BIER CAFE

Bavarian Bier Café gears up for the race that stops the nation – The glamour and excitement of Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and Bavarian Bier Café is hosting fever pitched fun across its restaurants including CBD favourites O’Connell and York Street, Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter, beachside suburbs Manly and Bondi, the north side’s Crows Nest and Chatswood, and Parramatta in the city’s west.

Whether you are excited to have a flutter on the horses or simply hoping to soak up the atmosphere of race day, Bavarian Bier Café is the place to treat yourself to more than just the office sweepstake this Melbourne Cup – with all participating venues screening the afternoon of racing live.

Special Cup day festivities include:

o    Sweepstakes, spot prizes and live screenings of the race across all restaurants.

o    Set menus including delicious homemade pretzels, Bavarian deli platters, schnitzels and traditional apple strudel. 2 course $49pp and 3 course $59pp. For bookings at Manly, Crows Nest, O’Connell Street and York Street restaurants.

o    Best dressed prize awarded to the most glamorous guy and gal.

Racing enthusiasts and aspiring trackside princesses alike can celebrate Melbourne Cup in true Bavarian style at Bavarian Bier Café. For more information about Melbourne Cup at Bavarian Bier Café, visit http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/  or book by emailing reservations@bavarianbiercafe.com or callling 02 9259 5680.

Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar at The BELLEVUE

Located upstairs at the Bellevue, the beautiful NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar, styled by designer Michelle Leslie, was saturated with spring flowers, candles, painted murals, a freshly ‘turfed’ outdoor terrace and splashes of Mumm red and gold from the red carpet leading upstairs to lamp shades and Mumm imagery.

Set to be the place to be in Sydney during the spring racing carnival, the stylish ‘pop up’ bar will host Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Derby Day, as well as a special men’s dinner, a sumptuous Damien Pignolet dinner and the ultimate in Melbourne Cup day celebrations.

Bellevue Hotel co-owner and Riversdale Group CEO Paddy Coughlan welcomed guests, while ambassador for the NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar Laura Csortan told VIP and celeb partygoers she was thrilled to be back from LA and in one of her favourite Sydney pubs for the launch of the bar, and DJ Alex Dimitriades spun cool tunes throughout the night.

The NV Mumm Champagne Spring Carnival Bar will run through until Melbourne Cup day on Tuesday November 6, and is available for group and function bookings.

MELBOURNE CUP AT THE OLD LIBRARY

From trackside to beachside all the glitz and glamour of Flemington will hit Cronulla when The Old Library Restaurant & Bar celebrates Melbourne Cup day in style.

A sumptuous three course luncheon  for just $75pp has been designed by Head Chef David Magill and showcases the very best in seasonal produce and modern Italian flavour.

David Magill says, “Spring isn’t just about racing, it’s also the time to celebrate nature’s bounty. So why not heighten your glass of Moët with the freshest the season has to offer.”

At The Old Library David’s spring inspired Melbourne Cup menu includes “Stuzzichini” (Appertizers) of snapper carpaccio, baby beetroots and blood orange and an amazing salad of marinated artichokes, broad beans, fennel, olive and purple potatoes.

There will be all the usual Melbourne Cup Day celebrations, including big screen broadcast of the races, a sweepstake and fashion parade that will help set the scene in the award winning stylish surrounds of the spectacular Old Library.

The Old Library’s Melbourne Cup Luncheon will run on Tuesday 6th November and is available from $75pp.  The Old Library is the only Shire restaurant to make it into the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. Bookings are essential.

Address: 15 Surf Rd, Cronulla, NSW

Phone: (02) 9544 5360

Opening Hours: Thursday – Sunday, midday ‘til late

FIRST IN, BEST DRESSED AT THE 3 WEEDS THIS MELBOURNE CUP

Suits and frocks, fillies and jocks, Melbourne Cup unites style queens, gamblers and equine enthusiasts once a year and this November, Rozelle’s 3 Weeds restaurant brings the festivities to Sydney with a Carnival Cup Luncheon for all.

The Restaurant at 3 Weeds brings all the fun and excitement of Flemington to Rozelle with an elegant Melbourne Cup day menu devised by Head Chef Leigh McDivitt.

Large screens provide ample views of the racing action, while sweepstakes and prizes for best dressed make for some great fun off the track.

True to tradition, toast with a glass of bubbles on arrival, before indulging in a 3 course spring luncheon with entrees such as Camomile tea smoked quail with hand-picked crab, basil, sweet corn and ginger jus gras.

For those looking for a more casual experience, ‘Picnic In the Bar’ entails a gourmet hamper for 5, filled with delights such as Chicken & tarragon terrine and smoked salmon, dill & crème fraiche. The $150 hamper is perfect for a relaxing long ‘picnic’ lunch and comes with the promise of dry weather, unlike the imminent rain Melbourne is infamous for.

There will be plenty of activities on the day both in the Bar and Restaurant.  Try your luck in the sweepstakes or the team race tipping competition where $500 in 3 Weeds vouchers will be up for grabs.

There will be prizes for Best Dressed Male and Female so don your race day best and join the 3 Weeds this Melbourne Cup!

The Carnival Cup Luncheon, held on Thursday November 1st, is available from just $80pp

Bookings are essential.

To book, head to http://3weeds.com.au or P: 02 9818 2788

The Restaurant is open:

Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm.

Lunch – Last Sunday of the Month from 12pm

Special Events – Upon request

SO what you waiting for, there is SO much to choose from – GET INVOLVED!

Cockatoo Island – Sydney Harbour – Sherwood leads the way in Red Bull X-Fighters Qualifying

 

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour equal points leader Levi Sherwood has gained the upper hand on his competition claiming first place in qualifying on Cockatoo Island early this afternoon.

The New Zealand-based rider heads into the final event deadlocked on points with Frenchman Thomas Pages, who qualified only seventh.

Sherwood’s first run was the one that impressed judges most, awarded 87.40 points for his efforts against closest competitor Japan’s Eigo Sato on 84.50.

The best-placed Australian rider was 2011 event winner Josh Sheehan, who put together a run good enough for 5th place with 83.60 points.

The course has proved challenging for riders who have needed to use every available second to ensure their delivery of tricks is both smooth and stylish.

The impressive course and competition precinct has taken over 60,000 man hours to complete, with barges bringing over 6500 tonnes of dirt which has been shaped by 24.5 tonnes of lift and shift equipment.

Over 400 return barge trips have been required to deliver trucks and equipment.

Tomorrow, thousands are set to turn out to see the final climactic leg of the World Tour take place where there will be plenty of home support for the four Aussie riders in action.

Red Bull X-Fighters Qualifying

1. Levi Sherwood, 87.40
2. Eigo Sato, 84.50
3. Taka Higashino, 84.40
4. Dany Torres, 84.10
5. Josh Sheehan, 83.60
6. Jackson Strong, 80.70
7. Thomas Pages, 78.00
8. Cameron Sinclair, 77.60
9. Blake Williams, 76.30
10. Javier Villegas, 74.70
11. Todd Potter, 72.90
12. Maikel Melero, 0.00

SOCIAL SPY** Borderlands 2 Launch Party

 

Last week Sydney Social was lucky to be invited to the launch party of Borderlands 2, the new sequel developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games. The event took place in Good God Small Club, which is a great little bar in Liverpool St in Surry Hills in Sydney’s East. The back room is where the action took place and is often used for bands playing in to the early hours of the morning.


For this particular event, the set up worked quite well, the back wall had four screens playing Borderlands 2, with the option of invitees to play against each other on the Xbox to get a look and feel for the game. I was more than happy with this as it’s my console of choice. To add context and decoration, there were promotional ‘wanted’ posters around the room of the characters from the game. I particularly liked the touch of having the males and female characters on the toilet doors.

Sydney Social 101 enjoying the launch!

As with all promotional launches there were the promo girls walking around but they were equipped with 2 large guns, reminiscent of the game. There were also a nice touch of two midgets dressed up at the crazy axe midgets from the game. I did make sure I got a picture with all four of them!! The DJ played a great set throughout and the drinks kept coming.

I was very pleased when I was handed a goodie bag, mainly because I was surprised to find a free copy of the game. I may, or may not have, ran home quickly after that!!

Game Review

Now I must start out by saying that I was a big fan of the prequel. I loved the graphic style which is so different to today’s more popular shooters such as Call of Duty and Battlefield. Also the fact that there are so many different guns, apparently the first game generated 17.75 million possible guns. Each gun looks different in terms of style, colour, pattern and most importantly stats. Yes after playing for hours you may recognise the look of a weapon but you will never find the same stats twice. This was all part of the fun of the game, when I found myself asking if I should keep this gun or swap it for another. Then it had the extra twists of adding fire, electric, corrosion damage etc.

Now Borderland 2 is much bigger than the first, stating it has “87 Bazillion…Everything”. There are more guns in this game, more grenades, more shields, more class mods etc. It also brings alone four new characters for you to play with and who now have an even more impressive customisation abilities. Each has three branches of stats to build on and make in to your own character. There is Salvador “gunzerker” who can use two guns at once, Axton “commando” who uses a gun turret, Maya “siren” who can suspend enemies in the air and my personal favourite Zero “assassin” who can become invisible.

The graphics have been tweaked a fair bit and it is great that they have kept to the comic book style. My issue with the first game is that the surroundings were mostly barren desert wastelands. This time you also run around green fields and iced mountains, which is where my trial of the game took place.

Multiplayer is where Borderlands 2 really stands out and it is great fun playing through the story with three other people. It is great to see the same character but the differences in the way they have adapted them. The difficulty ramps up in multiplayer so that the game doesn’t get too easy. A word of warning, it is a good idea to make sure you are playing with friends you know. Otherwise you fall for the old trick of spending ages in a boss fight only to have the other player run around and steal all the loot, leaving you with nothing more than an empty gun.

Apparently there is going to be five lots of downloadable content (DLC) available ranging from new classes of characters and expandable story campaigns. I never played the original DLC but if it is anything like the original ones then it’s going to add many more hours of gaming for your money.

Borderlands 2 was released last Thursday with a recommended retail price of PC (RRP: $69.95), XBOX 360 (RRP: $89.95) PS3 (RRP: $89.95), Wii (RRP: $49.95) and PSP (RRP: $29.95) platforms.

Sydney Social gives Borderlands 2 a 9/10.

Syrus Wynne, Sydney Social’s ‘bloke reporter’ attended the event as a gust of Magnum PR.

Check out the venue: www.goodgodgoodgod.com

 

Games pictures taken from the Boarderlands 2 official site: www.borderlands2.com

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