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!
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:
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
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.
In less than three weeks, Australia’s aspiring performers, dancers and songwriters will have the chance to mingle with some of Australia’s most popular musicians and industry representatives at the Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) conference Access All Areas on Friday 24 January.
Held at the MMAD HQ in Gosford, the day will be filled with panels, workshops and concerts where young people can learn everything from the basics of music to industry secrets. Over 200 people attended the last conference in 2011, with special guests including Bliss N Eso, Prinnie Stevens, Quincy Jones, Dianna Torrinson, Apra, Last Kinection and Radar Radio. This year’s line up will be announced soon.
MMAD’s CEO Dominic Brook says: “The Central Coast is fast becoming a hub for singer-songwriters across Australia, and we believe this conference will grow into a world-renowned event for creative people all over the world. Not only will the conference fuel the Central Coast music industry, but it will also help to create awareness for MMAD, a charity that reaches over 50,000 marginalised young people across Australia.
“We are thrilled about bringing all the talent together on the Coast and beyond, and are very thankful to the Australian Institute of Music, Sea FM and Apra for helping make this conference a reality” said Brook.
One participant from the last conference, artist L-FRESH, added: “As an aspiring and developing artist, I found last year’s Access All Areas conference so valuable. I came away with newfound knowledge, which I immediately applied to my music career. I also met a bunch of artists in the same position as me, and music industry professionals who gave me great insight.”
MMAD is a charity organisation which aims to transform the lives of young people through music, dance and mentoring, especially those who may be homeless, traumatised or underachieving in life. MMAD runs over 1,200 free music and dance programs to inspire young people 8-21 to reach their full potential. Programs are held in Brisbane, Central Coast and Sydney and 100 per cent of all proceeds from the conference will be donated to the charity.
The conference will run from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, culminating in a massive concert by all the artists involved from 7.00-10.00pm. Registration for the day is just $30 and includes a ticket to the concert. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.mmadconference.com or call 02 4322 5350.
For further information about MMAD and its programs, visit http://www.mmad.org.au
Last night saw Summer kick off early as Aperol launched their Sunset Sessions which will run every Sunday through the month of November in Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.
Guests included Luke Sales (Romance Was Born), Alice McCall, Rochelle Fox as well as a surprise cameo appearance by Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville.
Aperol guests were treated to canapés and the key drink of the night, Aperol Spritz, whilst listening to the sultry summer tunes provided by favourite DJs Slow Blow and Canyons. Friends were able to enjoy the picturesque Bondi Beach view on the balcony while admiring the famous Icebergs pool, which was illuminated orange.
Aperol Sunset Sessions will continue every Sunday afternoon throughout November at Bondi Icebergs and will then move on to Watson’s Bay Hotel from mid December – with $10 Aperol Spritz.
Enjoy the sun set over Bondi while sipping on an Aperol Spritz (Aperol, Prosecco and soda water) while enjoying some of Sydneys hottest DJs perform.
The perfect way to end your weekend with friends in this chilled out iconic venue.
Take the party to the next level – guests can enter to WIN a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the home of Aperol, via social media competitions. The prize includes: 2 x economy airfares and airport transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, a personalised visit to the famous Aperol Bar and $500 spending money. What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.
2013 ARIA PRODUCER OF THE YEAR, FLUME, LEADS THE NOMINATIONS
VIRGINIA READ BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE ENGINEER OF THE YEAR IN ARIA AWARDS HISTORY
REG MOMBASSA DESIGNS COMMEMORATIVE 27TH ANNUAL ARIA AWARDS ARTWORK
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.
We’re very excited about some of the acts that are coming up at The Star!!! Read on to find out more info:
The Star Event Centre is fast becoming the ‘must play’ venue for both local and international acts visiting Sydney, as stars line up to perform at the $100 million state-of-the-art venue. From international singers, such as Alicia Keys and Ricky Martin, to Chinese superstars and local entertainers including Cosentino and Trevor Ashley, there’s something on offer for everyone.
Ricky Martin – 14th October
Sydneysiders will have the chance to see The Voice judge, Ricky Martin, perform for the first time in ten years! He’ll be shaking those famous hips to his smash hits including Livin’ La Vida Loca and She Bangs, as well as performing some of his newest material in an intimate live performance.
Tickets from $119 – $229 via Ticketek.
Gym Class Heroes – 23rd October
New York hip-hop outfit, Gym Class Heroes, will take to the stage for an exclusive live performance at The Star. The band behind the hit single, Cupid’s Chokehold, shot to fame in 2005 with their album, The Papercut Chronicles, offering a unique blend of hip-hop, rap, funk and reggae. Since then they have collaborated with some of the industry’s best, including Darryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Estelle, Busta Rhymes and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.
Tickets $61.50 via Ticketek.
Australian Independent Music Awards – 7th November
Australia’s powerhouse of musicians come together to celebrate their talents at the 2013 Australian Independent Music Awards. On arrival, guests will enjoy the Deck Pre-Show from the Event Centre rooftop overlooking Sydney, with exclusive live performances. The main show will feature a number of performances and 22 genre awards. Tickets from $50 – $150 via Ticketek.
Trevor Ashley’s Star Struck – 8th November
Back by popular demand, luck will be a lady once again when Trevor Ashley returns in true style to Sydney’s most fabulous and exciting new venue. Fresh from his hit run on London’s West End, Trevor will transform into some of the world’s greatest loved divas in a show featuring new and old hits. Expect the high energy of Tina Turner, the madness of Bette Midler, the elegance of Shirley Bassey and the anthems of Cher – all channelled with the inimitable Ashley spin.
Tickets from $82.50 – $132.50 via Ticketek.
Olly Murs – 9th November
British pop star, Olly Murs, hits Australian shores this November for his first official tour. Performing with his full band, Murs will be playing hits such as Troublemaker, Army of Two and Dear Darlin’. Murs’ third album, Right Place, Right Time, saw first single, Troublemaker feat. Flo Rida, reached the Top 5 on the ARIA charts, was a #1 Airplay hit, and is now certified triple platinum
Tickets from $76.46 – $202.88 via Ticketek.
One Republic – 12th November
American Pop Rock Band, One Republic, led by recent The Voice Australia mentor and high profile hit maker, Ryan Tedder, will perform a single show at The Star Event Centre, rocking a swag of songs from their hugely successful three album repertoire, including Apologize, Native, Counting Stars and current chart topper, Something I Need. Tickets $99.90 via Ticketek.
Jessica Mauboy – 15th November
Jessica Mauboy is hitting the road with her national To the End of the Earth tour which will see her visit all major metro and many regional centres across the country. She will be performing her biggest hits including songs from The Sapphires, as well as unveiling brand new songs from her forthcoming album, including current hit single, To the End of the Earth.
Tickets from $89 – $199 via Ticketek.
Cosentino – 16th & 17th November
Australia’s own world-renowned, award-winning Cosentino, the Grand Illusionist, will take his spectacular The Magic, The Mystery, The Madness Tour on the road to audiences this October and November. Fans can expect to witness Cosentino’s uniquely original and innovative performances brought to life, packed with mind-blowing illusions and death defying stunts.
Tickets from $79.90 – $279.60 via Ticketek.
Alicia Keys – 17th December
Alicia’s intimate performance at The Star Event Centre is part of her Set the World on Fire Australian tour. She will be performing hits from her fifth studio album, ‘Girl on Fire’ along with songs from her other albumns including Songs in A Minor and The Element of Freedom. Alicia Keys has sold more than 1.7 million units in Australia and more than 30 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record as the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Tickets from $139 – $239 via Ticketek.
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!
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Sydney Social 101 had the ultimate pleasure of being invited to the VIP party to reveal the line up for 2014’s Future Music Festival.
At sunset, Bondi saw Sydney’s VIP crowds flock to the The Bucket List in Bondi for the Future Music Festival 2014 Launch Party. The balmy atmosphere was prime setting for all nighter as celebrities were in full swing dancing to the sweet tunes with the likes of Adam Goodes, Sarah De Bono, James Tobin, Tyler Atkins, Ashley Adam Cooper and Kate Peck enjoying the exclusive performance for the night, by British four-piece Rudimental.
The weather came as a blessing, with the sun beaming down on the 15×15 metre high custom-built stage on the venue’s grassy knoll – the first time ever for The Bucket List. Nova’s Red Room hosted the afternoon live from 5pm, announcing the first line-up for Future Music Festival 2014 with acts including Rudimental, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Cut Copy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Tinie Tempah.
Guests enjoyed Elderflower Cider and plates of Paella while grooving to the special performance by Rudimental who wowed punters with their incredible sound and crowd favourites including ‘Not Giving In’ and ‘Feel the Love’. The night finished off with DJ performances by Timmy Trumpet, Tenzin and GG Magree.
Future Music Festival 2014 will be held from March 1st-10th of next year with further line-up announcements to be made.
A Life Lived in Fear is a Life Half Lived
Global Premiere Sydney Lyric from 25 March, 2014
Tickets on Sale 9am Monday 12 August
Based on the much loved Australian film
With performance at the Sydney Lyric from March 2014, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way onto the stage thanks to the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, including director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.
“From a small student play to my first motion picture and now a full-blown theatrical stage musical, Strictly Ballroom has been an almost thirty year journey for me. I have often marvelled at how this story, born so long ago, has been in my life for so many years and has managed to touch, move, entertain and uplift so many different people from so many different backgrounds. I think the simple truth is that, despite all the sequins, outrageous hairdos and classic Hollywood musical plotting, the simple message that there isn’t only one way to cha cha cha, and that within us all we have the true potential to dance through life with our own steps is something that appeals to all of us. The message that life doesn’t have to be strictly ballroom is something I hope to have our audiences carry with them as they dance down the aisles.” – Baz Luhrmann.
Carmen Pavlovic, CEO, Global Creatures said “Global Creatures creates productions at home to take to the world. There isn’t a more perfect realisation of our ideals than to develop the world premiere season of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL here in Sydney with the creative juggernaut that is Bazmark. Our company is underpinned by an ethos of innovation and whether its dinosaurs, dragons, gorillas or ballroom dancers the aim is always the same – to tell great stories in genre busting ways. I have no doubt that Baz Luhrmann will preserve all of the heart and universality that Strictly Ballroom is famous for whilst delivering to audiences something that has never been experienced before. It’s a proud and thrilling collaboration for our company to be in partnership with Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin. We believe that Sydney is the rightful beginning for Strictly Ballroom’s journey back to the stage and to ensure the international success and recognition it deserves.”
George Souris, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, said “The world premiere of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is one of the most anticipated entertainment events on the NSW Events Calendar. We are expecting enormous interest from Sydneysiders and interstate and international audiences who will no doubt flock to Sydney for this theatrical extravaganza when the show opens in March 2014. I commend Baz Luhrmann and producers Carmen Pavlovic and Gerry Ryan of Global Creatures on selecting our global events city ahead of New York and London as the location for the world premiere. This vote of confidence in Sydney reinforces our position as the number one city for first run musicals in Australia.”
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.
Following the first performances, Baz Luhrmann was invited to re-stage the play for the Czechoslovakian World Youth Drama Festival in Bratislava in 1986 where it won best production and Luhrmann best director. Then, after a preview season at the Brisbane Expo in 1988, the play opened at the Wharf Studios in Sydney.
Strictly Ballroom went on to become one of the most successful Australian films of all time, earning more than $80 million at the box office. Discovered at the Cannes Film Festival, it was winner of the Prix de Jeunnesse and runner up for the Palme D’Or. When released in Australia, Strictly Ballroom swept the field at the 1992 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, gaining 13 nominations and winning in eight major categories. It was also a major success at the 1993 BAFTA awards, where it garnered eight nominations and won three awards for Best Costume Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Production Design. Other accolades included a 1994 Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Newcomer of the Year at the 1993 London Critics Circle Film Awards, the People’s Choice at the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival and Most Popular Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With the success of the film, its closing song, a remake of the John Paul Young song Love is in the Air, re-entered the Australian charts and became a Top 5 hit in October 1992.
In a brand new theatrical production, STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will bring this iconic story to life on stage. It will feature break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and Time After Time as well as newly composed songs.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will be produced in Australia by Global Creatures and Bazmark together with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and the City of Sydney.
An announcement of cast and the rest of the creative team will be made in the near future.
Be a part of history and experience the drama, the humour, the romance in the sparkling, sequined spectacular that inspired the world to dance.
On Sale: Tickets on Sale at 9am on Monday 12 August
Venue: Sydney Lyric, The Star
Dates: Previews from Tuesday 25 March, 2014
Opening Night Saturday 12 April
Performance Times: Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday at 1pm & 8pm
Thursday at 8pm
Friday at 8pm
Saturday at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Prices: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings, tickets $60 – $135
Wednesday Matinee, tickets $55 – $125
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, tickets $70 – $145
Bookings: Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267
Groups 20+ and School Groups 20+ call 02 8420 2290
Premium Tickets, VIP and Hotel Packages –
call 1300 4 SHOWS or showbiz.com.au/strictlyballroom