Passenger live in Canberra

Fans have snapped up tickets to see Passenger live in Canberra at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Thursday, January 22 – in fact, the concert is a sell-out.

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) is the voice of one of 2013’s most successful songs world-wide, “Let Her Go”, and he is touring Australia following the release of his recent album Whispers. The album is the Brighton-born singer/songwriter Passenger’s sixth studio album and even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Capetown to Canberra.

This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” says the 29 year old. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”

Thousands, rather than hundreds, now come to his shows and know all of the words to most of his songs. Despite playing the big arenas these days he still continues to busk, as he has since he went solo in 2009. While the troubadour is playing to a large audience in Canberra, fans will still be rewarded with an intimate concert experience.

If you are visiting Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

Here’s the You Tube video of Let Her Go (over 480 million views!)…

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.Canberra is a Funny Place

People have long known that Canberra is a funny place and home to some of the country’s finest stand-up comedians… but Parliament aside, it is a good breeding ground for the serious business of comedy. The Doug Anthony Allstars being just one fine example. RAW Comedy is Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition and the ACT Final is on Thursday, March 19 at the ANU Arts Centre as part of the 2015 Canberra Comedy Festival .

Raw ComedyContestants need to come up with five minutes of original comedy and impress the professional comedian compere. The aim/hope is to make the National Grand Final in Melbourne on Sunday, April 12 as a feature of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (broadcast by ABC 2).

The winner of that final jets off to the world’s most famous and awesome gathering of comedians – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As they say, “You may have climbed Everest, swam with sharks or even parachuted from a plane – but do you have the guts to perform comedy in front of a live audience?”

Past contestants include Tim Minchin, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby and Peter Hellier. For more info and registration, here is the official link. If you are visiting Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Nitro Circus Live in Canberra

Nitro Circus LiveYou can catch the amazing Nitro Circus Live in Canberra on Saturday, February 21 at GIO Stadium (4:30pm).

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live is simply the world’s most exciting, adrenalin charged sports show. 40 of the world best action sports athletes perform death-defying feats. There will be BMX, FMX and all-types of weird and wonderful contraptions that combine wheels with wild imagination, twists, turns, speed, ramps and choreographed chaos with stunts that are literally breath-taking for the audience.

The 2015 show will feature an all-new, ‘Retro’ Circus theme, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s, Barnum & Bailey type circus.

Nitro Circus LiveThis tour boasts a multi-million dollar set with unbelievable new features and a show filled with all new incredible elements, such as synchronized Quad bike and snowmobile riding, a 4-person back flip, a ‘launch and splat’ as well as a host of mind-bending tricks on a cavalcade of ridiculous, never-before-seen contraptions off the jacked-up 60 foot Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. Fans will be treated to a spectacle filled with the biggest tricks in action sports today.

Stars set to perform include the newly crowned X Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, the original Nitro Circus crew members – Jeremy Rawle, Steetbike Tommy, Jolene, Dusty Wygle, Erik Roner, plus Adam Jones, Wheelz and many more.

If you are visiting Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

Here is a Nitro Circus teaser:

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Passenger at the Qantas Credit Union

You can catch Passenger at the Qantas Credit Union Arena on January 23, just a stroll from Rydges Sydney Central and Rydges World Square for all your accommodation needs.

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) is the voice of one of 2013’s most successful songs world-wide, “Let Her Go”, and he is touring Australia following the release of his recent album Whispers. The album is the Brighton-born singer/songwriter Passenger’s sixth studio album and even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Dublin to Darwin.

This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” says the 29 year old. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”

Thousands, rather than hundreds, now come to his shows and know all of the words to most of his songs. Despite playing the big arenas these days he still continues to busk, as he has since he went solo in 2009. While the troubadour is playing to a big audience in Sydney, still expect an intimate concert experience.

Here’s the You Tube video of Let Her Go (over 480 million views!)…

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Sydney is a Funny Place

People have long known that Sydney is a funny place, especially at the Comedy Store in Moore Park. RAW Comedy is Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition and registrations are open to perform in one of the seven heats at the Store in Sydney (Building 207/122 Lang Road, Moore Park).

Raw ComedyContestants need to come up with five minutes of original comedy and impress the professional comedian compere. Heat winners go on to finals with the aim/hope of making the National Grand Final in Melbourne on Sunday, April 12 as a feature of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (broadcast by ABC 2).

The winner of that final jets off to the world’s most famous and awesome gathering of comedians – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As they say, “You may have climbed Everest, swam with sharks or even parachuted from a plane – but do you have the guts to perform comedy in front of a live audience?”

The Sydney heats are on January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17 and 24. Doors open each night at 7:30pm for the 8:00pm show. There are two Semi Finals (March 3 and 10), and the State Final is on Tuesday, March 17. For more info and registration, here is the official link. And for all your accommodation needs Rydges Sydney Central and Rydges World Square in the city will make you welcome.

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Celebrity Deaths in 2014

Every year we can look back at deaths that in some way affected us, even though we may not have actually ‘known’ the person who died. Naturally there were a number of celebrity deaths in 2014. These people usually entered our existence through cinema, television, music, news, sport or politics. Some may have lived to a ripe old age but were frozen in a particular time in our lives when they were much younger and influential. Others, sadly, left us far too young with unreached potential.

Celebrity Deaths in 2014Two who fit in the latter category are comedian and disability activist, Stella Young, and cricketer Phillip Hughes. They touched us for the quality of their character as well as their achievements. There were others with sparkle that also left us wondering what the future may have held for them like Mick Jagger’s other half, L’Ren Scott, media personality, Charlotte Dawson, Peaches Geldof, actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman and comic genius, Robin Williams.

From the world of cinema and television, some giants left us like actress Lauren Bacall, comedian and TV personality Joan Rivers, actors Eli Wallach, James Garner, Sid Caesar, Maximilian Schell, Bob Hoskins and the enduring Mickey Rooney.  Harold Ramis and Richard Attenborough contributed to cinema on both sides of the camera and director Mike Nicholls was one of the greats. Child actor and Ambassador, Shirley Temple, also died in 2014, as did the enigmatic and funny Rik Mayall.

Celebrity Deaths in 2014Some actors who came into our lounge rooms via the small screen were better known for their character names than their real life names. Ralph Waite died – he was the father in The Waltons… Bob Hastings, who was best known as the grovelling Lt Elroy Carpenter in McHales Navy… Ken Weatherwax , who was Pugsley in The Addams Family and Ann B. Davis whose best-known role was Alice in the Brady Bunch.

In the world of music those who passed away in 2014 included Pete Seeger, Phil Everly, Acker Bilk, Cream’s Jack Bruce and the unique master of soul, Joe Cocker. Others who may have been part of our lives, depending on geography and interests included newsreader, Ian Ross… American radio icon, Casey Kasem… designer, Oscar de la Renta… model at the centre of the Profumo affair, Mandy Rice Davies… former Queensland Premier, Wayne Goss… former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former Australian Labor Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam.

Vale.

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Nitro Circus Live in Christchurch

Nitro Circus LiveYou can catch the amazing Nitro Circus Live in Christchurch on Sunday, February 8 at AMI Stadium (5:30pm).

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live is simply the world’s most exciting, adrenalin charged sports show. 40 of the world best action sports athletes perform death-defying feats.

There will be BMX, FMX and all-types of weird and wonderful contraptions that combine wheels with wild imagination, twists, turns, speed, ramps and choreographed chaos with stunts that are literally breath-taking for the audience.

The 2015 show will feature an all-new, ‘Retro’ Circus theme, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s, Barnum & Bailey type circus.

Nitro Circus LiveThis tour boasts a multi-million dollar set with unbelievable new features and a show filled with all new incredible elements, such as synchronized Quad bike and snowmobile riding, a 4-person back flip, a ‘launch and splat’ as well as a host of mind-bending tricks on a cavalcade of ridiculous, never-before-seen contraptions off the jacked-up 60 foot Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. Fans will be treated to a spectacle filled with the biggest tricks in action sports today.

This show includes Kiwi riders Levi Sherwood, Nick Franklin and Jed Mildon, and promises to be the most colossal one that New Zealand has seen yet. This will also be the first time Pastrana has ridden in New Zealand since 2011. Other stars set to perform include the newly crowned X Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, the original Nitro Circus crew members – Jolene, Dusty Wygle, Erik Roner, plus Adam Jones, Wheelz, Jackson Strong and many more.

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

Here is a Nitro Circus teaser:

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Nitro Circus Live in Auckland

You can catch the amazing Nitro Circus Live in Auckland on Sunday, February 1 at QBE Stadium (5:30pm).

Nitro Circus LiveTravis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live is simply the world’s most exciting, adrenalin charged sports show. 40 of the world best action sports athletes perform death-defying feats. There will be BMX, FMX and all-types of weird and wonderful contraptions that combine wheels with wild imagination, twists, turns, speed, ramps and choreographed chaos with stunts that are literally breath-taking for the audience.

This show includes Kiwi riders Levi Sherwood, Nick Franklin and Jed Mildon, and promises to be the most colossal one that New Zealand has seen yet. This will also be the first time Pastrana has ridden in New Zealand since 2011. Other stars set to perform include the newly crowned X Fighters champion Josh Sheehan, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, the original Nitro Circus crew members – Jolene, Dusty Wygle, Erik Roner, plus Adam Jones, Wheelz, Jackson Strong and many more.

Nitro Circus LiveThe 2015 show will feature an all-new, ‘Retro’ Circus theme, with the entire performance choreographed and styled as a 1920’s, Barnum & Bailey type circus.

This tour boasts a multi-million dollar set with unbelievable new features and a show filled with all new incredible elements, such as synchronized Quad bike and snowmobile riding, a 4-person back flip, a ‘launch and splat’ as well as a host of mind-bending tricks on a cavalcade of ridiculous, never-before-seen contraptions off the jacked-up 60 foot Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp. Fans will be treated to a spectacle filled with the biggest tricks in action sports today.

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

Here is a Nitro Circus teaser:

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Passenger plays the Palais Theatre

Passenger plays the Palais Theatre St Kilda on January 17 and 18 (the Jan 17 show has already sold out).

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) is the voice of one of 2013’s most successful songs world-wide, “Let Her Go”, and he is touring Australia following the release of his recent album Whispers. The album is the Brighton-born singer/songwriter Passenger’s sixth studio album and even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Berlin to Budapest.

This is easily the most ‘up’ album I’ve ever made,” says the 29 year old. “It’s quite cinematic. There are lots of big stories and big ideas. There are also some sombre moments about loneliness and death but, hey, it wouldn’t be a Passenger album without those. Mostly though, it’s a really positive album.”

Thousands, rather than hundreds, now come to his shows and know all of the words to most of his songs. Despite playing the big arenas these days he still continues to busk, as he has since he went solo in 2009. While the troubadour is playing to a big audience in Melbourne, still expect an intimate concert experience.

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

Here’s the You Tube video of Let Her Go (over 480 million views!)…

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Melbourne is a Funny Place

People have long known that Melbourne is a funny place – it is as well-known for being Australia’s home of comedy as it is for trams, hook turns and laneways. RAW Comedy is our biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition. Registrations are open all around Australia to perform in one of the heats and there are eight heats in Melbourne.

Raw ComedyContestants need to come up with five minutes of original comedy and impress the professional comedian compere. Heat winners go on to finals with the aim/hope of making the National Grand Final in Melbourne on Sunday, April 12 as a feature of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (broadcast by ABC 2).

The winner of that final jets off to the world’s most famous and awesome gathering of comedians – the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As they say, “You may have climbed Everest, swam with sharks or even parachuted from a plane – but do you have the guts to perform comedy in front of a live audience?”

The Melbourne heats are in a few venues (St Kilda, Brunswick and Fitzroy) on January 10, 17, 31, February 7, 8, 14, 15 and 21. There are four Preliminary Finals, ending in the State Final on Monday, March 23 at The Evelyn Hotel (351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy). For more info and registration, here is the official link. And for all your accommodation needs in Melbourne, Rydges Melbourne in the CBD and Rydges on Swanston on the city fringe will make you welcome.

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