John Williamson at Jupiters

You can see John Williamson at Jupiters in Townsville on Thursday, July 9 at 7:30pm. 2015 is a big year for John – he will celebrate his 70th birthday, it’s the 45th anniversary of the release of Old Man Emu (after John performed it on TV’s New Faces), his long awaited autobiography, Hey True Blue, has been released and this Honest People tour has taken its name from his 50th album.

John WilliamsonJohn is pretty much a country icon/legend but his music crosses into mainstream with songs that can appreciated by everyone. This tour will showcase new songs off the Honest People album but with such an extensive back catalogue of much-loved songs, the performance will also be packed with favourites.

Some John’s award-winning/top-selling albums are Mallee Boy, Boomerang Café, Warragul, Waratah Street, Mulga to Mangoes, True Blue and The Way It Is. John has won 26 Country Music Awards of Australia, is an inductee into the CMAA’s Roll of Renown and in 210 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Here is a link to John’s website for all you may want to know about his past, present and future. And, if you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Wiggles in Townsville

Kiddies will be able to take their parents to The Wiggles in Townsville on Saturday, June 27 to one of two shows, 10:00am and 12:30pm at Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

WigglesThe Wiggles “Rock n’ Roll Preschool” tour follows the runaway success of last year, where The Wiggles sold out 137 shows across every state and territory in Australia and performed to over a quarter of a million fans around the world, making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment show in Australia.

The Rock n’ Roll Preschool tour features songs from their new Rock n’ Roll Preschool CD and DVD mixed with Wiggles classics such as Hot Potato!, Rock – a –Bye Your Bear and Do the Propeller. The fab four of fun for under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!

‘The Mini Emma Army’ is a phrase one American journalist used to describe the children who come to each show dressed as Emma – and that’s why they have created a range of Emma outfits and accoutrements from ballet slippers to headbands, shoe bows to the Emma costumes. Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon have declared the Rock n’ Roll Preschool is open now and the lesson for today is to have some fun!

If you are visiting Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Beatles 50 Years On

You can see The Beatles 50 Years On at the Cairns Civic Centre on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00pm. It is a two hour show with one interval of 20 minutes.

Beatles 50 Years On RectangleThis music tribute to the Beatles recreates a concert from those heady Beatlemania days of 1964. Direct from a sensational sell-out tour of Australia & New Zealand, the world’s premier ‘Beatles’ band, The Fabulous Beatle Boys are bringing their highly acclaimed recreation of the Beatles one and only tour to Cairns.

50 Years On is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience an unforgettable piece of Australian music history, (twice if you were there in ’64!). It changed social and cultural attitudes in this country overnight creating a whole new pop culture. It changed fashion and it changed us. Boys started to wear their hair longer and girls their skirts shorter. We changed and we never looked back.

Audiences will see the original ’64 tour show as it was performed all those years ago in Australia. The identical song set, the outfits, the instruments and atmosphere will be faithfully recreated. To increase the duration of the concert to today’s acceptable standards of length, the Fabulous Beatle Boys will also add the Beatles’ biggest and most loved hits but the original concert will be performed intact and as it was all those years ago. It will be a night to remember and, for some, a memorable night relived.

If you are visiting Cairns, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs at Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds and Rydges Plaza Cairns.

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Mary Wilson at the Civic Theatre

You can see the supreme Mary Wilson at the Civic Theatre in Cairns on Friday, June 12 at 7:30pm. It is a 90 minute show with no interval and a special concert that invites the audience to get up close and person with an iconic entertainer who is part of Motown royalty. Mary will share stories from across her celebrated career as well as perform pop classics and standards.

Mary Wilson at the Civic TheatreThe Supremes were the most successful vocal group in American history, with 12 #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, countless international tours, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

In Mary Wilson: Up Close you’ll hear hits such as ‘My World Is Empty Without You’ as well as Wilson’s own impeccable versions of standards such as ‘New York State of Mind’, ‘I Am Changing’ and ‘Both Sides Now’.

“If Wilson’s command of stage and song surprises people, then they just haven’t really been listening for the past 30 years or so.”

“One singer brought the house down…glory be to the heavens Mary Wilson’s luxuriously exquisite voice rang ‘like a bell’ as they say, and peeled through the cavernous Festival Theatre auditorium so clearly, so beautifully, it brought tears to the eyes.” Australian Stage

Presented by Cairns Civic Theatre and Queensland Cabaret Festival.

If you are visiting Cairns, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs at Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds and Rydges Plaza Cairns.

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Kelly in Gladstone

You can see Kelly in Gladstone at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on July 18 (7:30pm with doors open at 6:30pm). Kelly is a new Australian play that was first produced by the Queensland Theatre Company for their 2012 main stage season. Intimate and compact in design it is a theatrically ambitious drama that wrestles with themes surrounding one of our country’s greatest historic icons.

KellyWithout walls and raked, the award-winning set by Simone Romaniuk is a simple minimalist metal gaol cell that seemingly floats in space – beautifully lit by Ben Hughes with a haunting and powerful sound design and composition by Guy Webster.

Ned Kelly sits in his prison cell. Tomorrow he is going to hang. A wounded beast in a cage, defiant till the end. A priest enters to give him his last rites and it is revealed to be Dan Kelly – Ned’s younger brother believed burnt to death at Glenrowan. Dan is desperate and needs one last thing from his older brother and Ned stands firmly against him.

History tells us that Dan and Ned never saw eye to eye and there is also myth that Dan escaped the fire and disappeared to Queensland. This makes for a brilliantly charged premise, explored beautifully on stage, weaving Kelly fact, theory and myth while exploring masculinity, brotherhood and the dangerous dynamic of mateship.

Kelly was written by young Queensland playwright, Matthew Ryan and boasts a brilliant cast of three of Brisbane’s finest actors – led by the Matilda Award winning Steven Rooke who plays Ned Kelly in a powerhouse performance with humour, heart and depth.

“This provocative, engaging play may become our next Australian classic.” Stage Whispers

The play runs 80 minutes with no interval and is recommended for ages 15+ because of strong coarse language, sexual references and simulated violence.

If you are visiting Gladstone, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.


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Calliope River Historical Village

Calliope River Historical VillageThe Calliope River Historical Village is 26km west of Gladstone on the Bruce Highway and it is well worth a visit to check out the village buildings and displays or to enjoy the markets that happen periodically (follow the markets link below for dates).

The village is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Good Friday) and entry is $5 for adults and $2 for school children. The village is run by volunteers so your entry goes towards looking after the place. Have a wander with a self-guided tour to see some of the early buildings from the area. Spend some time looking at the interesting displays including the Calliope River Railway Display. Take a trip down memory lane in the Raglan Dance Hall and much more.

Calliope River Historical Village Regular country markets are held at the Calliope River Historical Village. The stalls are set up in an attractive setting on the banks of the Calliope River with its shady trees and birdlife. The Markets run from 8.00am to 1.00 pm and the Clyde Hotel is licensed on Market days. There’s a variety of food and drink stalls to cater for the needs of hungry and thirsty visitors. There is reserved parking for coaches and visitors with a disability. Dogs are not allowed in the village grounds. There is an Arts, Craft & Wood Festival and Markets on July 26 and the Rotary Car Boot Sale scheduled for August 8.

And if you are visiting Gladstone, and the region, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Ballet Revolución in Melbourne

Ballet RevoluciónYou can catch Ballet Revolución in Melbourne at the Arts Centre (State Theatre) for a night of explosive, athletic, sensual dance, full of raw Cuban energy from Wednesday, July 1 to Saturday, July 4.

Ballet Revolución is a dance spectacular featuring eighteen of the world’s finest classical and contemporary dancers on stage with an eight-strong live Cuban band performing the infectious rhythms of Latin-America, as well as hits by Sia, Lorde, Beyoncé, Jessie J, Bruno Mars, J Lo, Prince and Rihanna.

With breath-taking twists, daring jumps and sensual moves from ballet to street dance, Ballet Revolución has already thrilled audiences in sold-out shows from Singapore to Berlin, Vienna and London.

‘Their jumps are astounding, their control is as strong as steel and their free-spirited joy for dance is infectious’. – Sunday Herald Sun, Australia

‘Unbridled energy, passion, athleticism and infectious joy’. – The Daily Telegraph 

Ballet RevoluciónThe Ballet Revolución dancers were trained at one of the world’s most prestigious dance institutions in their home country, the Escuela Nacional de Arte, with its renowned faculty of modern dance, and at the famous Escuela Nacional de Ballet for classical dance. Dance training is strongly promoted in Cuba, as dance means more than art: on the Caribbean island, it means “life”.

Don’t miss this dance event that ‘delivers an endorphin high’ (The Guardian, UK) as the Ballet Revolución dancers switch effortlessly from ballet and contemporary dance to powerful street dance and hip hop.

If you are visiting Melbourne, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs at Rydges Melbourne in the CBD, Rydges on Swanston on the city fringe and Rydges St Kilda.

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Wicked in Perth

You can see the most awarded new musical and Broadway’s number one show Wicked in Perth at the Crown Theatre until June 28. Performance times are Wednesday 1:00pm and 8:00pm, Thursday and Friday 8:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm and 6:30pm.

Wicked in PerthAwe-inspiring and spectacular, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz and is recommended for audiences aged 8 and up. The New York Times called Wicked “the defining musical of the decade.”  The LA Times said, “Wicked is a phenomenon that keeps growing.” And USA Today said, “Remember the last time an original Broadway musical made you laugh, cry and think? Wicked is the most complete, and completely satisfying new musicals in a long time.”

Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the wicked witch of the west and Glinda the Good.

Here is a link to the official Wicked website for dates, times, best seats etc. If you are visiting the Western Australian capital, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Austen Tayshus and The Wiggles

It’s not often you will see Austen Tayshus and The Wiggles in the same sentence, but they are appearing at the Darwin Entertainment Centre on the same day in June. It would be nice to be a fly on the wall if they had to share a dressing room!

Wiggles RockThe Wiggles are in Darwin with their Rock n’ Roll Pre-School Tour for four packed one-hour shows. On Saturday, June 20 performances are at 10:00am and 12:30pm and on Sunday, June 21, same show times. Last year the Wiggles sold-out 137 shows across every state and territory in Australia. They are simply the country’s most successful children’s entertainment show.

On Sunday, June 21 (8:00pm) it is R-Rated comedy time (strictly an 18+ show) when Angry Messiah presents Austen Tayshus in his 30th anniversary national Australiana tour. The comedy superstar is unpredictable, uncomfortable, offensive, confronting, illuminating and, above all, funny.

Austen remarked once that he sees his role as being a social agitator, as the prickle in the paw that makes the public think. He doesn’t need you to like him. In fact he’d probably prefer that you didn’t. “My comedy is not to everyone’s taste,” says Tayshus. “Some people find it too scary and many others take offence. I often have to remind the audience that it’s just a show.”

If you are a visitor to the Top End, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Laughing Samoans in Kalgoorlie

Fans can catch The Laughing Samoans in Kalgoorlie on Tuesday, June 9 in their brand new show, Fink About It at the Goldfields Arts Centre.

Laughing SamoansThe Laughing Samoans is one of New Zealand most successful live comedy acts. For over ten years the comedy duo of Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai have been touring NZ, Australia, the Pacific islands, the UK and the US with their unique brand of humour.

The first professional show Ete and Tofiga did together was called “Laughing With Samoans” which premiered in February 2003 at the New Zealand Fringe Festival. It was a huge hit and people started referring to going to “the Laughing with the Samoans guys” so they abbreviated and adopted and The Laughing Samoans were born.

Over the last decade the duo have written, produced and toured a new show every twelve months. Shows to date include A Small Samoan Wedding, Old School, Off Work, Crack Me Up, Prettyful Woman and Fresh Off Da Blane. Their fan base is now in the hundreds of thousands and Fink About It is certain to be another hit the whole family can enjoy.

If you are visiting Kalgoorlie, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can look after all your accommodation needs.

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