Sydney Rolling Stones 14 On Fire

The upcoming Sydney Rolling Stones 14 On Fire concert must be close to the most anticipated rock event in the city’s music memory. It made headlines when first announced, it made headlines when cancelled earlier in the year, it made headlines when the new dates were announced, it has been making headlines since the good ol’ rockers touched down on Australian soil, the first sell-out concert in Adelaide got fantastic reviews (as did Perth)… and the rockers roll into Sydney for their Allphones Arena concert on Wednesday, November 12.

Only the Stones know what will go into their power-packed two hour show and much of the light and shade on the actual night is determined by the way the audience reacts – whatever happens it will be huge and it will be memorable!

According to the trivia buffs, the Stones have performed some 1703 gigs since they first took to the stage in 1962 and it must be hard to come up with a set-list when you consider the amazing numbers of tracks they have produced. In all those concerts, only four songs have made the cut more than 1000 times – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice and Honky Tonk Women… and two others have been on the playlist more than 800 times – Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (which closed the Adelaide and Perth shows).

That’s not to say the concert will be predictable – in Adelaide they even did a cover of Like a Rolling Stone with Mick quipping, “Thank you Bob Dylan for writing that for us… he’s such a sweetheart when you get to know him.”

If you are flying into Sydney for the concert at Allphones Arena, Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel is perfect for all your accommodation needs.

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Rod Laver Arena Rolling Stones

The upcoming Rod Laver Arena Rolling Stones (and Hanging Rock, Macedon) 14 On Fire concerts must be close to the most anticipated rock event in the city’s music memory. The tour made headlines when first announced, it made headlines when cancelled earlier in the year, it made headlines when the new dates were announced, it has been making headlines since the good ol’ rockers touched down on Australian soil, the first sell-out concert in Adelaide got fantastic reviews as did the Perth gigs…and the rockers roll into Melbourne for the Rod Laver Arena concert on Wednesday, November 5 then to Hanging Rock on Saturday, November 8.

Only the Stones know what will go into their power-packed two hour show and much of the light and shade on the actual night is determined by the way the audience reacts – whatever happens it will be huge and it will be memorable!

According to the trivia buffs, the Stones have performed some 1703 gigs since they first took to the stage in 1962 and it must be hard to come up with a set-list when you consider the amazing numbers of tracks they have produced. In all those concerts, only four songs have made the cut more than 1000 times – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice and Honky Tonk Women… and two others have been on the playlist more than 800 times – Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (it closed the Adelaide and Perth shows).

That’s not to say the concert will be predictable – in Adelaide they even did a cover of Like a Rolling Stone with Mick quipping, “Thank you Bob Dylan for writing that for us… he’s such a sweetheart when you get to know him.”

If you are travelling to Melbourne for the Rod Laver Arena concert, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston are handy for all your accommodation needs.

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John Wick in Cinemas

First up, most people going to see the movie John Wick in cinemas know what to expect. Violence in spades and Keanu Reeves dealing it up a treat. Having said that, if a naïve moviegoers stumble in to see the sequel to Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit, they may be pleasantly seduced by this beautifully crafted, hi-action, frenzied and bloody genre. It is somewhat predictable, but we feel comfortable in the manipulation. Keanu takes us on a ride that we really want to go on with him, especially because of the circumstances that drive him to make the journey…

No spoiler alert because the plot isn’t the driving force, it is the reason for the force. In a nutshell, John Wick was once a notorious hitman. He ‘retired’ for a quiet life with the love of his life… who, sadly, dies. She knows the depth of John’s love and arranges for a puppy to be delivered after her death to help with his grief, which indeed it does. The only other ‘love’ in his life is his 1969 Ford Mustang. So when the nasty buggers take the only two good things that remain in his life, it is time for revenge. In spades.

There’s a lovely rhythm to the movie – the violence is strong but delightfully choreographed and there’s charming black humour to give the film some light, shade and depth. One reviewer said that Reeves was a 21st century Errol Flynn and that’s pretty accurate – it is a modern swashbuckler with the buckles swashed in blood. While Reeves steals the movie, the rest of the casting is also excellent. A quick mention of one of the minor characters, the Russian, Victor. He is played by Aussie actor Toby Leonard Moore who learnt (fluent) Russian for the role! Expect to see a lot more of him.

John Wick is now showing in cinemas. It is rated MA15+ and runs for 101 well-paced minutes. Here is the official trailer:

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Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is back in Sydney at the Entertainment Quarter until January 4, 2015. As we have become accustomed with Cirque du Soleil, this is another spectacular production under the Big Top. This show is called Totem and it traces the awe-inspiring journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly.

The Totem cast features 47 performing artists from 15 countries specialising in many breathtaking acrobatic acts. Totem marks Cirque du Soleil’s second collaboration with acclaimed theatre and film director Robert Lepage following KÁ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Somewhere between science and legend, Totem explores the ties that bind mankind to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Cirque du Soleil has an extremely successful ‘formula’ and there are currently 18 themed shows performing on various spots around the planet. Naturally music and circus cut across all language barriers but these shows give much more than musical acrobats and feats of strengths – it is the human, dramatic, personal theatrical subtext that engages audiences and provides such a rewarding experience. It is not the re-hashing of a successful product, but extending in idea creatively to challenge both performers and the fans.

If you are travelling to Sydney to see Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, Rydges Sydney Central or Rydges World Square can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Wil Anderson: Wiluminati

Fans will be thrilled to see Wil Anderson: Wiluminati appearing at The Playhouse in the Darwin Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, November 19 (7:30pm).

Wil Anderson is without a doubt the biggest name in Australian comedy.

Wil Anderson: WiluminatiAlmost 50,000 punters ventured out to see Wil live in 2013 – a combination of new converts and devoted fans who have followed him through his almost twenty years as a stand-up comedian.

Each year Wil only gets better, sharpened by constant global touring, a sparkling intellect and an eagle eye for the hypocrisies, absurdities and the plain truths of modern life.

Wil was voted the People’s Choice Award WINNER at the Melbourne Comedy Festival three years in a row and again this year. His TV show, the many incarnations of Gruen, is the ABC’s most successful – topping ratings and scooping up awards.

Don’t miss the chance to see him when he hits Darwin for the one night only – and if you are travelling to Darwin to catch the show, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

“a masterclass in comedy…he may be one of our biggest comedy exports, with a national profile on radio and television, but flying solo on stage is where Anderson truly shines…the man is on fire” ★★★★★ Herald Sun, 2013

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Allphones Arena Rolling Stones

The upcoming Allphones Arena Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Tour must be close to the most anticipated rock event in Sydney’s music memory. It made headlines when first announced, it made headlines when cancelled earlier in the year, it made headlines when the new dates were announced, it has been making headlines since the good ol’ rockers touched down on Australian soil, the first sell-out concert in Adelaide got fantastic reviews…and the rockers roll into Sydney for their Allphones Arena concert on Wednesday, November 12.

Only the Stones know what will go into their power-packed two hour show and much of the light and shade on the actual night is determined by the way the audience reacts – whatever happens it will be huge and it will be memorable!

According to the trivia buffs, the Stones have performed some 1703 gigs since they first took to the stage in 1962 and it must be hard to come up with a set-list when you consider the amazing numbers of tracks they have produced. In all those concerts, only four songs have made the cut more than 1000 times – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice and Honkey Tonk Women… and two others have been on the playlist more than 800 times – Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

That’s not to say the concert will be predictable – in Adelaide they even did a cover of Like a Rolling Stone with Mick quipping, “Thank you Bob Dylan for writing that for us… he’s such a sweetheart when you get to know him.”

If you are travelling to Sydney for the concert, Rydges Bankstown is handy to Allphones Arena for all your accommodation needs.

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Spooky Trivia Night

The recent Spooky Trivia night at Rydges South Bank Brisbane was an absolute hoot – lots of fun, lots of prizes and lots of funds raised for the Children’s Hospital Foundation…

Spooky Trivia Night

Highlights included our terrific MCs, Assistant Banquet Manager Josh and Operations Manager Steven (aka Frankenstein and Executioner), who kept everyone entertained with their witty jokes, outrageous costumes and their rendition of “Royals” by Lorde… thank you, gentlemen…

Thanks also to…Everyone who attended for the atmosphere, fun & laughs PLUS buying all those raffle tickets… all the staff who worked so their fellow team members could attend… Business Development Manager Jodie for lending her Halloween theming to decorate the rooms (Podium Rooms 3 & 4)… Banquets Operations Supervisor Dylan who was our scorer, AV technician, waiter, bartender and runner – he was amazing being there whenever needed and nothing was too much trouble… Rooms Divisions Manager Scott for his bar tending skills (a man of many talents!)… Our chefs for creating the best trivia snacks ever (mini hamburgers, mini hotdogs, sausage rolls, party pies, hot chips& wedges!) and our raffle ticket sellers, Events Cinemas Area General Manager John and Wedding & Events Sales Executive Kelsie, who sold over $1200 in tickets!

Spooky Trivia Night

The prize winners were…

1st – Event Cinemas Carindale: They won the Gold Class tickets but swapped with third place getters…

2nd – Event Cinemas Chermside: They picked up a bottle of wine each, donated by Pernod Ricard…

3rd – Fine friends of Rydges who also went by the name ‘Chicken in a Biscuit’: They won the Hamper donated by Bidvest, which amicably became the first prize…

And Best Dressed prizes were won by Houseman Jason (zombie), Reservations Agent Corina (witch) and Commis Chef Ashleigh (witch) who were so unrecognisable they needed to produce ID – they won a magnum of wine from De Bortoli and a gift voucher for a fruit and veg basket worth $75 from ‘In Fruit Providores’…

Spooky Trivia Night

In total, the evening raised $3600 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and a huge thanks to Nick from the foundation for making a speech with just five minutes notice.

Children’s Hospitals’ partnership encompasses ALL of the dedicated paediatric hospitals from around the country, and was established to address the gap in fostering strong national partnerships with Australian companies like AHL (Rydges).

The hospitals are champions for child health, safety, education and happiness – in hospital, at home and in the community. They are ensuring the highest standard of care and ongoing improvements in paediatric health-care outcomes for all Australian children. 

Over the past three years of partnership with AHL, $1 million has been raised.

The funds raised have directly impacted each of the partner children’s hospitals, ensuring that they are able to fund vital and often life-saving equipment, research and allied services, and in doing so not only helping children today but also enabling AHL to create a legacy, that will see that support go on to help other children into the future. 

Spooky Trivia Night

Thanks again to all involved and we look forward to seeing you soon at Rydges South Bank!

Spooky Trivia Night

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Sydney Rolling Stones 14 On Fire

The upcoming Sydney Rolling Stones 14 On Fire Tour must be close to the most anticipated rock event in the city’s memory. It made headlines when first announced, it made headlines when cancelled earlier in the year, it made headlines when the new dates were announced, it has been making headlines since the good ol’ rockers touched down on Australian soil, the first sell-out concert in Adelaide got fantastic reviews…and the rockers roll into Sydney for their Allphones Arena concert on Wednesday, November 12.

Only the Stones know what will go into their power-packed two hour show and much of the light and shade on the actual night is determined by the way the audience reacts – whatever happens it will be huge and it will be memorable!

According to the trivia buffs, the Stones have performed some 1703 gigs since they first took to the stage in 1962 and it must be hard to come up with a set-list when you consider the amazing numbers of tracks they have produced. In all those concerts, only four songs have made the cut more than 1000 times – Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice and Honky Tonk Women… and two others have been on the playlist more than 800 times – Start Me Up and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.

That’s not to say the concert will be predictable – in Adelaide they even did a cover of Like a Rolling Stone with Mick quipping, “Thank you Bob Dylan for writing that for us… he’s such a sweetheart when you get to know him.”

If you are travelling to Sydney for the concert, Rydges Parramatta is just minutes from Allphones Arena for all your accommodation needs and there is a return shuttle to the concert as part of a special accommodation & breakfast package as well as a dinner special that also includes the return shuttle.

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Summer in the City

Wet 'N' Wild 1As the Lovin’ Spoonful sang, “Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck getting dirty and gritty…walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head…” Okay, it may not be quite that hot yet, but you know that you can start celebrating summer in the city when Wet’n’ Wild opens its gates to the Sydney public.

The aquatic theme park is now open (until April 19) with 409 awesome rides, including the world’s tallest, world’s best and other world firsts including a combination four-loop eight-lane racer and double Sky Coaster. There is also the sandy beach and the biggest wave pool ever that includes the famous surfable wave.

Here is a link to help you plan your day – the park is open all weekends and some Friday evenings and on December 1 it kicks into all-day sun, fun and thrills from 10:00am to 10:00pm. Whether it is adventure, adrenaline of just good old family fun you are looking for, Wet’n’Wild has it all.

Rydges Parramatta has a fantastic accommodation & theme park package that includes overnight accommodation, fuill buffet breakfast in Stock Café plus tickets to Wet’n’Wild. Rydges Parramatta is only 10 minutes away for all your accommodation needs.

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Disobedient Objects

As well as being a wonderful museum (the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design), London’s Victoria and Albert Museum hosts an amazing number of interesting temporary exhibitions. Here is a link to current and coming exhibitions – http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/e/exhibitions/, one of which is Disobedient Objects (runs until February 1, 2015).

Disobedient Objects focuses on the period from the late 1970s to the present, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

On display are arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.

John ConstableAnother terrific current exhibition is Constable: The Making of a Master (until January 11, 2015). It tells the hidden stories of how John Constable created some of his most-loved and best-known paintings.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is an easy stroll from Rydges Kensington for all your accommodation needs.

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Top photo: Inflatable cobblestone, action of Eclectic Electric Collective in cooperation with Enmedio collective during the General Strike in Barcelona 2012. © Oriana Eliçabe/Enmedio.info

Photo right: Self-portrait, John Constable, c. 1799-1804, pencil and black chalk heightened with white and red chalk. © National Portrait Gallery, London.

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