Justin Timberlake Concerts

If you are lucky enough to have scored tickets to one of the Justin Timberlake concerts – well done. It looks like a sell-out at Vector Arena on October 12 and 13 with some tickets still available for the October 15 gig.

Seven years on from his stunning run of shows in 2007, Justin Timberlake returns to top off some amazing achievements. After dominating the global charts in 2013 with the year’s best selling album, The 20/20 Experience, and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, Timberlake has mounted some electrifying live shows on his global tour.

In addition to gracing the cover of GQ’s 2013 Man of The Year issue, Timberlake recently took home three Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Song (Pusher Love Girl), and three American Music Awards, including Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artist.  The 20/20 Experience has been well received critically, and is the year’s best selling album with over 4 million sold to date worldwide. The album marks Timberlake with the biggest male debut in five years as well as the biggest digital debut in U.S. history by a male artist.  The 20/20 Experience held the #1 spot in both the Top 200 (3 weeks) and R&B album chart (10 weeks).  In just its first week of release, all 10 tracks charted on the digital songs chart and have sold over 7 million tracks in the US.  The album has reached platinum status in three other countries as well as gold status in nine other countries.

“With his hair slicked back, wearing Tom Ford clothes — Mr. Timberlake was every bit the 21st-century entertainer, a song-and-dance man with subwoofers.”
-  New York Times

“His showmanship, class, and impeccable ease in which he can deliver an over two-hour set of music that barely allows for any time to sit, breathe or falter all boiled to those final moments as he let the fans sing back to him a song that, within its barely developed young life, has already budded into its own kind of icon, just like its creator.”
-  The Village Voice

If you are coming from out of town for the Justin Timberlake concerts, Rydges Auckland can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Auckland Heritage Festival

The Auckland Heritage Festival runs from September 27 to October 12 with a packed program of walks, talks, displays, exhibitions, performances, films, demonstrations and workshops where you can learn a variety of things from Morris Dancing to Tombstone Rubbing.

Auckland Hertage FestivalThe festival opens with a public day at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf on Saturday 27 September. The festival is an opportunity locals and visitors to Auckland to celebrate and remember the past and discover our heritage.

This year’s theme, ‘courage has many resting places’, honours the centenary of the start of First World War and the brave men who went to the other side of the world to fight for ‘King and Country’. Heritage walks, talks and tours, special First World War events and exhibitions make up more than 200 events across the Auckland region. There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained these school holidays.

The Auckland Heritage Festival 2014 reminds us that we are collectively the best kaitiaki (guardians) and advocates of our own history. It is up to us to protect and conserve our heritage for future generations and help make Auckland continue to be the world’s most livable city. Auckland Council is proud to bring the Auckland Heritage Festival to our communities and play a part in protecting Auckland’s heritage.

Here is a link to the Auckland Heritage Festival official website and Rydges Auckland can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Cinderella in Cairns

Following a sold-out Brisbane season, you can catch Queensland Ballet’s beautiful Cinderella in Cairns at the Civic Theatre on Friday, September 26 at 7:30pm and on Saturday, September 27 at 1:30pm and 7:30pm.

The story is well-known so it is all in the telling… Given a glittering gown by her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella travels to the royal ball in a miraculous pumpkin coach. Making a dazzling entrance, she captures the attention of all and the heart of the Prince. Yet her beautiful dream must end at midnight, and in her haste to depart, she leaves one jewelled slipper behind…

Queensland Ballet’s new production of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella is charming, humorous and blissfully romantic. Set to Prokofiev’s expressive music, this fairy-tale ballet has been danced by some of the world’s most famous ballerinas.

From the antics of the Ugly Stepsisters to the beauty of the wedding pas de deux, this classic production Cinderella will entertain and charm adults and children alike. Embrace the magic, and believe that dreams really do come true!

“Pretty as a picture book” Deborah Jones, The Australian

“Serves up the ideal balance to enchant children and adults alike” Olivia Stewart, The Courier-Mail

If you are travelling to see Cinderella in Cairns, Rydges has all your accommodation needs covers at Rydges Esplanade Resort, Rydges Tradewinds and Rydges Plaza Hotel.

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The Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading art festivals and it runs from Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 26.

The Melbourne FestivalThere will be mesmerising theatre, a celebration of circus and wonderful ideas and passions expressed in the most creative ways. It is hard to sum up all on offer in a sentence or two but a flick down the navigation list on the Melbourne Festival’s official website gives an insight into the breadth and depth of the various genres – Circus, Free, Classical Music, Music, Dance, Theatre, Talks, Visual Arts, Film, Families and Masterclass. It all happens at a variety of venues across the city and suburbs.

A signature show at this year’s Melbourne Festival is the award-winning Cirkopolis. From Montreal’s masters of the circus arts this performance delivers a wonderland of jaw-dropping acrobatics, juggling, contortion, spectacle and circus skills framed within a narrative.

Another highlight will undoubtedly be Heiner Goebbels’ When the Mountain Changed its Clothing. Goebbels’is a living legend of the European artistic landscape with his inventive works crossing the borders between artistic disciplines, spanning music theatre and the visual arts.

If you are travelling to Melbourne during the festival, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Melbourne Festival

The Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading art festivals and it runs from Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 26.

There will be mesmerising theatre, a celebration of circus and wonderful ideas and passions expressed in the most creative ways. It is hard to sum up all on offer in a sentence or two but a flick down the navigation list on the Melbourne Festival’s official website gives an insight into the breadth and depth of the various genres – Circus, Free, Classical Music, Music, Dance, Theatre, Talks, Visual Arts, Film, Families and Masterclass. It all happens at a variety of venues across the city and suburbs.

A signature show at this year’s Melbourne Festival is the award-winning Cirkopolis. From Montreal’s masters of the circus arts this performance delivers a wonderland of jaw-dropping acrobatics, juggling, contortion, spectacle and circus skills framed within a narrative.

Another highlight will undoubtedly be Heiner Goebbels’ When the Mountain Changed its Clothing. Goebbels’is a living legend of the European artistic landscape with his inventive works crossing the borders between artistic disciplines, spanning music theatre and the visual arts.

If you are travelling to Melbourne for the festival, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston can look after all your accommodation needs.

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2014 Royal Melbourne Show

The 2014 Royal Melbourne Show runs from Saturday, September 20 to Wednesday, October 1 and is an action-packed event for the whole family to enjoy.

It’s the stuff fond childhood memories are made of and is always fun for the young at heart. There are lots of attractions from the livestock, animal shows, produce, cookery and handicrafts to sideshow alley, the carnival rides and, of course, the nightly fireworks.

There is a Kids Carnival area for the littlies and myriad thrilling rides in the main Carnival area with rides including Hard Rock, Sky Flyer, Giant Zipper, Hollywood Horrors, Carnevil, Cliff Hanger, Bungee Trampolines, Extreme, Freestyle and the always popular Dodgems. There’s also Disney, Masterchef, woodchopping, cake decorating, sheep shearing, cow milking and thousands of animals including 600 heavyweight cattle, 100 Years of Clydesdales and 3500 dogs!

2014 sees the Royal Melbourne Show’s 159th year and many things will be very familiar like the smell of the cattle pavilion, the sugary tang of the fairly floss and the challenge of limiting the kids to only one showbag.

Here is a link to the Royal Melbourne Show’s official website to help you plan your show day at the Melbourne Showgrounds and if you are travelling to Melbourne for the show, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Jason Byrne at the Concourse

Jason Byrne at the Concourse If you would like to catch the very funny Jason Byrne at the Concourse in Chatswood, he is currently touring Australia with his brand new show that goes by the working title, You Name the Show.  Jason will be performing on Friday, September 26 and you can win $1000 cash by naming the show.

To win the cash prize, look for the Jason Byrne postcards and posters around Chatswood/North Sydney, write your show name suggestion in the blank space, upload your photo at www.facebook.com/LiveNationComedy and you could win! The winner will be announced onstage at the final show of the tour.

The “outright king of live comedy”, Comedy Gala and Great Debate favourite, Jason Byrne is one of Australia’s best loved comedians and he comes with a raft of rave reviews.

★★★★★ “quite simply full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious” – Chortle, UK 

★★★★★ “Jason Byrne is so good it hurts“ – Metro, UK

★★★★★  “Jaw achingly funny“ - Sunday Herald Sun  

★★★★★  “The King of live comedy“ – The Times, UK

★★★★★  “genius” – Wales Online 

★★★★★   “If ever a show deserved more than 5 stars, it’s this one. Not only is it the funniest show on the fringe, it’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen”- Radio 1 Scotland 

If you are travelling to see Jason Byrne at the Concourse in whatever the show may end up being called, Rydges North Sydney can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Jason Byrne in Perth

If you would like to catch the very funny Jason Byrne in Perth, he is currently touring Australia with his brand new show that goes by the working title, You Name the Show.  Jason will perform at the Regal Theatre on Wednesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 25 and you can win $1000 cash by naming the show.

To win the cash prize, look for the Jason Byrne postcards and posters around Perth, write your show name suggestion in the blank space, upload your photo at www.facebook.com/LiveNationComedy and you could win! The winner will be announced onstage at the final show of the tour.

The “outright king of live comedy”, Comedy Gala and Great Debate favourite, Jason Byrne is one of Australia’s best loved comedians and he comes with a raft of rave reviews.

★★★★★ “quite simply full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious” – Chortle, UK 

★★★★★ “Jason Byrne is so good it hurts“ – Metro, UK

★★★★★  “Jaw achingly funny“ - Sunday Herald Sun  

★★★★★  “The King of live comedy“ – The Times, UK

★★★★★  “genius” – Wales Online 

★★★★★   “If ever a show deserved more than 5 stars, it’s this one. Not only is it the funniest show on the fringe, it’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen”- Radio 1 Scotland 

If you are travelling to Perth to see Jason Byrne in whatever the show may end up being called, Rydges Perth can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Jason Byrne in Adelaide

Jason ByrneIf you would like to catch the very funny Jason Byrne in Adelaide, he is currently touring Australia with his brand new show that goes by the working title, You Name the Show.  Jason will perform at the Dunstan Playhouse on Tuesday, September 23 and you can win $1000 cash by naming the show.

To win the cash prize, look for the Jason Byrne postcards and posters around Adelaide, write your show name suggestion in the blank space, upload your photo at www.facebook.com/LiveNationComedy and you could win! The winner will be announced onstage at the final show of the tour.

The “outright king of live comedy”, Comedy Gala and Great Debate favourite, Jason Byrne is one of Australia’s best loved comedians and he comes with a raft of rave reviews.

★★★★★ “quite simply full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious” – Chortle, UK 

★★★★★ “Jason Byrne is so good it hurts“ – Metro, UK

★★★★★  “Jaw achingly funny“ - Sunday Herald Sun  

★★★★★  “The King of live comedy“ – The Times, UK

★★★★★  “genius” – Wales Online 

★★★★★   “If ever a show deserved more than 5 stars, it’s this one. Not only is it the funniest show on the fringe, it’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen”- Radio 1 Scotland 

If you are travelling to Jason Byrne in Adelaide in whatever the show may end up being called, Rydges South Park can look after all your accommodation needs.

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You Name the Show

...You Name the ShowThe very funny Jason Byrne is currently touring Australia with his brand new show that goes by the working title, You Name the Show. The show happens on Thursday, September 18 at the Darwin Entertainment Centre and you can win $1000 cash by naming the show.

To win the cash prize, look for the Jason Byrne postcards and posters around Darwin, write your show name suggestion in the blank space, upload your photo at www.facebook.com/LiveNationComedy and you could win! The winner will be announced onstage at the final show of the tour.

The “outright king of live comedy”, Comedy Gala and Great Debate favourite, Jason Byrne is one of Australia’s best loved comedians and he comes with a raft of rave reviews.

★★★★★ “quite simply full-on, doubled-up, gasping-for-oxygen hilarious” – Chortle, UK 

★★★★★ “Jason Byrne is so good it hurts“ – Metro, UK

★★★★★  “Jaw achingly funny“ - Sunday Herald Sun  

★★★★★  “The King of live comedy“ – The Times, UK

★★★★★  “genius” – Wales Online 

★★★★★   “If ever a show deserved more than 5 stars, it’s this one. Not only is it the funniest show on the fringe, it’s the funniest show I’ve ever seen”- Radio 1 Scotland 

If you are travelling to Darwin to see Jason Byrne in whatever the show may end up being called, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

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