Thriller Live in Brisbane

Thriller Live in Brisbane is a theatrical concert spectacular celebrating the undisputed King of Pop. The show will amaze audiences in QPAC’s Concert Hall in South Bank from January 14 to 25.

With stunning choreography and a fabulous band and cast the 2 hour plus extravaganza has something for all Jackson fans from the original lovers of Blame it on the Boogie, Ben, Bad and Beat It to the new generation of converts to this brand up pop that comes with a side-order of moon-walking.

Thriller Live recently became the 20th longest running show in West End history and the critics and audiences alike have been appropriately thrilled. It has been called ‘brilliant’, ‘wonderful’ and a ‘breathtaking celebration’ and the Daily Mail called it “An exuberant blast”

The ‘official’ opening night is New Years Eve where there is the show and a party overlooking Elder Park and the River Torrens fireworks – the party goes from 10:30pm to 1:00am and includes DJ entertainment, cocktail food and drinks package (ages 18+) with the show and party prices from $249.90.

If you are visiting Brisbane, Rydges South Bank (just across the road from QPAC) will make you welcome and look after all your accommodation needs.

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Movies at Event Campbelltown

There are a number of great holiday movies at Event Campbelltown Cinemas over the festive season. Mind you, there are a few that aren’t actually suitable for the kiddies…

Movies currently showing include Nightcrawler (MA 15+), The Water Diviner (M), Exodus: Gods and Kings (M), Interstellar (M), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (M), Annie (PG), and the oddly titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG).

For session times, click here.

A couple of recent releases include:

Holiday MoviesHorrible Bosses 2

The comedy stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz.

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. MA 15+ for strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language. Runs 108 minutes.

Paddington

And one very good flick for the children (and the young at heart). This family film runs 95 minutes. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (a villain role for Nicole Kidman!)

Rydges Campbelltown can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Movies at Cronulla Cinemas

There are a number of great holiday movies at Cronulla Cinemas over the festive season. Mind you, there are a few that aren’t actually suitable for the kiddies…

Movies currently showing include Nightcrawler (MA15+), Exodus: Gods and Kings (M), The Water Diviner (M), Interstellar (M), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (M), Annie (PG), Penguins of Madagascar (G) and the oddly titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG).

For session times, click here.

A couple of recent releases include:

Holiday MoviesHorrible Bosses 2

The comedy stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz.

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. MA 15+ for strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language. Runs 108 minutes.

Paddington

And one very good flick for the children (and the young at heart). This family film runs 95 minutes. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (a villain role for Nicole Kidman!)

For all your accommodation needs Rydges Cronulla is right next door to Cronulla Cinemas and handy to all the main attractions.

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Thriller Live in Adelaide

Thriller Live in Adelaide is presented by Adelaide Festival Centre, Ambassador Theatre Group, Flying Music, BB Promotion and Lunchbox Theatrical in association with Key concerts

This theatrical concert spectacular celebrating the undisputed King of Pop will amaze audiences in Adelaide’s Festival Theatre from December 30 to January 11.

With stunning choreography and a fabulous band and cast the 2 hour plus extravaganza has something for all Jackson fans from the original lovers of Blame it on the Boogie, Ben, Bad and Beat It to the new generation of converts to this brand up pop that comes with a side-order of moon-walking.

Thriller Live recently became the 20th longest running show in West End history and the critics and audiences alike have been appropriately thrilled. It has been called ‘brilliant’, ‘wonderful’ and a ‘breathtaking celebration’ and the Daily Mail called it “An exuberant blast”

The ‘official’ opening night is New Years Eve where there is the show and a party overlooking Elder Park and the River Torrens fireworks – the party goes from 10:30pm to 1:00am and includes DJ entertainment, cocktail food and drinks package (ages 18+) with the show and party prices from $249.90.

If you are visiting Adelaide, Rydges South Park will make you welcome and look after all your accommodation needs.

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Limbo at the Sydney Festival

Every January Sydney comes alive with celebration, fun and entertainment and 2015 will see Limbo at the Sydney Festival. They call Limbo “dirty and dangerous cabaret” and the “ultimate other-worldly party, staged somewhere between heaven and hell”… and Time Out in the UK called it “An irresistible cocktail of circus skills, live music and sexy humour”.

After a sell-out season at Sydney Festival 2014, Limbo returns to whisk audiences into netherworld of jaw-dropping contortion, aerial acrobatics, nail-biting stunts and staggering illusions. An exotic mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, LIMBO will draw on magic and music to seduce audiences in the magnificent 1920s inspired Spiegeltent.

UK illusionist Paul Kieve will bring mind-blowing theatrical illusions to the production to sit alongside Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday, American acrobat, aerialist, and film stuntman Jonathan Nosan, Europe’s gravity-defying Chinese pole master and beatboxer Mikael Bres and Australia’s acrobatic dancing sensation Hilton Denis and hand balancer Danik Abishev.

Here is a link to the full program for the Sydney Festival 2015.

If you are flying in to Sydney in January, Rydges Sydney Airport delivers terrific accommodation close to arrivals and departures and, in the CBD handy to Hyde Park and Limbo performances there’s Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central.

Here’s a tease for Limbo…

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The Sydney Festival

Every January Sydney comes alive with celebration, fun and entertainment. The Sydney Festival hosts the biggest and best of the world’s performing and visual arts.

Sydney Festival 2015From the CBD to Parramatta, Sydney Festival has an array of unique performance spaces including Honda Festival Garden in Hyde Park, Paradiso at Town Hall and The Domain, as well as making the most of Sydney’s best venues including Carriageworks, Riverside Theatres and Sydney Opera House.

At the heart of the city celebration is the Festival Village (Hyde Park North with entry near the Archibald Fountain). The Village is an oasis of arts, eats, beats and treats and is perfect for  pre or post show hanging out. It is a licensed venue so under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult and bars open from 4:30pm.

The program is amazingly diverse, from late-night burlesque and cutting-edge dance to international theatre; from avant-garde classical to indie; from dirty and dangerous cabaret to thought-provoking performance and world music. There is something for every taste budget and is simply a fabulous way to celebrate Sydney in summer. Here is a link to the full program for the Sydney Festival 2015.

If you are flying in to Sydney in January, Rydges Sydney Airport is great for handy accommodation to arrivals and departures. In the CBD, handy to Hyde Park, Domain, Town Hall, Carriageworks and the Opera House there’s Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central and for Parramatta, Rydges Parramatta will make you welcome.

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Movies at Orana Cinemas

There are a number of great holiday movies at Orana Cinemas Kalgoorlie over the festive season. Mind you, there are a few that aren’t actually suitable for the kiddies…

Movies currently showing include Exodus: Gods and Kings (M), My Old Lady (M), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (M), Annie (PG) and the oddly titled Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG).

For session times, click here.

A couple of recent releases include:

Holiday MoviesHorrible Bosses 2

The comedy stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz.

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor, prompting the trio to pull off a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme.

MA 15+ for strong sex scenes, sexual references and coarse language. Runs 108 minutes.

Paddington

And one very good flick for the children (and the young at heart). This family film runs 95 minutes. A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck (‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’) and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (a villain role for Nicole Kidman!).

For all your accommodation needs in Kalgoorlie, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort & Spa will give you the warmest of welcomes.

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Led Zeppelin Tribute

Even though it happened two years ago, this amazing Led Zeppelin tribute only just came to my attention. Guess it was a case of if a rock concert falls in a forest and I wasn’t there it hear it, did it really happen?

The reason I stumbled across it was via writing a blog post for Rydges in Queenstown. There is an amazing Summer concert coming up at the Gibbston Valley Winery on January 31 – three iconic classic rock artists are appearing – Three Dog Night, Foreigner and Heart. Grammy-nominated Three Dog Night had a string of hits including Mama Told Me (Not To Come), One and Joy to the World. Foreigner, of course, knocked out classic tracks like Juke Box Hero, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Cold As Ice and I Want To Know What Love Is. But the act that grabbed my attention was Heart (Ann and Nancy Wilson).

Summer Concert TourWhile famous for a string of hits since the 1970’s through the 80’s, 90’s like Crazy on You, Magic Man, Barracuda, Straight On, These Dreams, Alone and What About Love, the ladies are still recording (Red Velvet Car, Fanatic) as well as performing and they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year. In 2012, the duo was asked to perform Stairway to Heaven as the finale to the 2012 Kennedy Centre Honours tribute to Led Zeppelin – visibly moving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones and bringing the entire audience to their feet.

Have a look at the performance below and you’ll see why it is more than a fabulous cover version of arguably the most famous rock classic ever!

Oh! If you are visiting Queenstown, Rydges Lakeland Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Summer Concert Tour

Three iconic classic rock artists will perform in this Summer Concert Tour in Queenstown on January 31 at Gibbston Valley Winery – Heart, Foreigner and Three Dog Night. There are only three NZ tour dates and this will be a special day of memorable music from 11:00am to 6:30pm.

These three legendry artists bring a huge song list and the setting at Gibbston Valley is like no other. This is the fifth Summer Concert Tour and, again, buses will be on offer from Queenstown to/from the winery.

Summer Concert Tour2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ‘70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and many more. They continued topping the charts through the ‘80’s and ‘90’s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone” and “What About Love”. Nearly 35 years after their first big hit, Ann and Nancy Wilson were back in the Billboard Top 10 in 2010 with Heart’s “Red Velvet Car” album, and a Top 5 DVD (“Night at Sky Church”), followed by 2012’s “Fanatic” release. Later that year, the duo was asked to perform “Stairway to Heaven” as the finale to the 2012 Kennedy Centre Honours tribute to Led Zeppelin – visibly moving Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones and bringing the entire audience to their feet. Have a look at the performance below and you’ll see why!

Summer Concert TourLed by Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee Mick Jones, and with ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million copies. In May of this year, the download versions of six of Foreigner’s hits were certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. That is more than any other Classic Rock artist and illustrates Foreigner’s dominance of the genre in the digital era. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero”, “Feels Like The First Time”, “Urgent”, “Waiting For A Girl Like You”, “Double Vision”, “Hot Blooded”, “Cold As Ice”, “Dirty White Boy”, and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.

Grammy-nominated Three Dog Night has a legacy that boasts over 50 million units sold and 21 straight top 40 hits, including the three #1 Billboard singles “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Black and White,” and “Joy To The World” plus chart-toppers “Shambala”, “Liar” and “One”. Always working to expand their audience, the band has embraced and been embraced by 21st century music technology as new fans discover their music online.

If you are visiting Queenstown, Rydges Lakeland Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

Here’s that amazing version/tribute by Heart (and a helluva a backing band):

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New Year in Rotorua

New Year in RotoruaIf you are planning to celebrate the New Year in Rotorua, the GLO Festival’s Party in the Park is back at the Lakefront with a fabulous line-up of fun and entertainment over three days.

On New Year’s Eve the organisers anticipate that a crowd of 10,000 will dance and party the night away. The NYE concert will kick off at 6:00pm and finish with an early evening fireworks display over the lake at 9:15pm for those who have kiddies to get home or other places to head to for midnight…

…and, for those who stray, it’s back to the main stage for more music until the clock ticks over to 2015 when the major fireworks will light up the sky and herald in the New Year.

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New Year in RotoruaOn New Year’s Eve’s Eve (December 30) the Lakefront is also the place to be. Starting at 6:00pm there will be live entertainment leading up to The Hits Flicks – a family friendly movie on the big screen as the sun sets over Lake Rotorua. This event is sponsored by The Hits Radio Station (97.5) who will also host the night’s entertainment.

Then, on January 1, you can celebrate again with the First Big Brunch at Rotorua’s Village Green, Lakefront. Sponsored by Mitre 10 Mega this is a free event with live music and entertainment. There will be food stalls on site or bring a picnic to relax and enjoy with family and friends. Don’t know why, but ‘bacon’ might have my name on it…

If you are visiting Rotorua over the festive season, Rydges Rotorua can look after all your accommodation needs.

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