Are the Sharks Circling?

A quick NRL question… are the Sharks circling? The Cronulla Sharks are currently sitting in 10th spot on the competition ladder – that’s knocking on the door of the Top Eight (there are four teams on 16 points and four teams on 12 points). This Sunday’s match in the local derby against the St George-Illawarra Dragons is very important. While the Dragons are up there on 16 points it is time to get in amongst those teams just below them. It should be a good, tough encounter.

Both teams had a rest last weekend with the halved round courtesy of State of Origin and both teams had wins the week before. The Dragons had a pretty comfortable home-win over the Canberra raiders 32 to 18 and the Sharks had a nail-biting one point win over the Gold Coast Titans 23 to 22.

For this spectator, the Sharks win showed more promising form. It was an away game, which should have given the Titans home ground and home crowd advantage… there was a poor refereeing decision that denied the Sharks a try but, rather than let it get to them mentally, they stayed cool and calm, right into the second minute of Golden Point time. Golden Point is a test of nerves as well as football skill and it was 19yo winger Valentine Holmes who snapped the decisive field goal, adding to his two try total for the match.

If you are visiting Sharks territory, Rydges Cronulla can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Event Cinemas Campbelltown

There’s pretty much something for everyone showing this weekend at Event Cinemas Campbelltown…

Just released is the PG-rated sci-fi flick, Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and there’s action a-plenty in San Andreas (M)…

Avengers Age of UltronPitch Perfect 2 is exactly what fans of the first Pitch Perfect want to see – more of the same with the Barden Bellas providing lots of laughs and Mad Max: Fury Road is a brilliant post-apocalyptic action masterpiece that takes audiences on the ride of their lives…

A Royal Night Out is a charming little film set on the night of Victory in Europe Day (1945) when the young future Queen Elizabeth and her sister Margaret leave Buckingham Palace to celebrate with ‘ordinary’ people and Avengers: Age of Ultron is a predictable super-hero story… Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance…

Woman in GoldPoltergeist gets a re-boot and it will please the horror genre fans and Woman in Gold is one of those delightful movie experiences that can be summed up in two words… Helen Mirren…

And the surprise package is the Melissa McCarthy spoof-comedy, Spy. It has a nice little plot, a good script with lots of laugh-out-loud moments and is one of those very rare movies that gets a ‘tomatometer’ rating of 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes site. It is a feel-good movie that provides 120 minutes of excellent diversion.

If you visit our region, Rydges Campbelltown can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Adam Harvey in Port Macquarie

You can catch Adam Harvey in Port Macquarie on Thursday, June 25 at the Glasshouse Theatre (8:00pm). Adam is touring his Family Life show with special guests the Sunny Cowgirls and Luke O’Shea.

Adam is one of Australia’s most popular and enduring country music artists. His career now spans nearly 20 years and he has notched up half a million album sales with Gold and Platinum albums and he has eight Golden Guitar Awards on the mantelpiece at home. As Adam says, “It’s my larger than life travelling country show – good friends, great songs and a lot of laughs. It’s a great night out!”

The Sunny Cowgirls are tractor drivers, dog trainers, rouseabouts and celebrated country singers… and they love a good time, which is why they agreed in a heartbeat to join their mate Adam on the road. And Adam’s other special guest is also a super-talented storyteller, musician and performer. Luke has won six Golden Guitar Awards and is the current CMAA Male Artist of the Year.

If you are visiting to see Adam Harvey in Port Macquarie, Rydges has all your accommodation needs covered at Rydges Port Macquarie in the CBD and Sails Resort by Rydges at the marina.

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June at the Glasshouse

It’s a packed and varied program this June at The Glasshouse Theatre in Port Macquarie.

June at The GlasshouseIt’s a big day for the littlies on Monday, June 1 with The Wiggles performing their Rock & Roll Pre-School Tour concert at 10:00am and 12:30pm…

On Sunday, June 14 (2:00pm) a cast of six fine voices will perform the Great Songs of The War Years to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC…

Wednesday, June 17 sees Songs in the Key of Motown return to Port Macquarie by popular demand (8:00pm)…

The following night, Thursday, June 18 (8:00pm) sees Psychic Sally On The Road on stage. Sally Morgan is Britain’s best-loved psychic and the show is recommended for those over 18 years…

On Saturday, June 20 (8:00pm) it is a two-hour non-stop hit factory with Back to Bacharach (in words and music) presented by Casey Donovan, Doug Williams, Darren Mapes and Hayley Jensen…

Glenn MillerThe Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform the unforgettable music of the 1940’s from the golden era of swing on Wednesday, June 24 (7:30pm) – a night of nostalgia and great music…

Adam Harvey brings his Family Life Tour to the Glasshouse with special guests The Sunny Cowgirls and Luke O’Shea on Thursday, June 25 (8:00pm)…

On Friday, June 26 (8:00pm) Damien Leith and The Black Velvet Band bring a show like no other – The Parting Glass: An Irish Journey…

Saturday, June 27 (6:00pm and 9:00pm) sees the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow come to town for a colossal night of mirth and mayhem…

On Sunday, June 28 (2:00pm) The Newcastle Youth Orchestra will present Kids Classics with an introduction to the instruments in an orchestra…

And, on Monday (10:30am) it is Octonauts Live with Operation Reef Shield – Captain Barnacles and the crew are on a  mission to save the Great Barrier Reef.

If you are visiting Port Macquarie, Rydges has all your accommodation needs covered at Rydges Port Macquarie in the CBD and Sails Resort by Rydges at the marina.

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Glenn Miller Orchestra in Canberra

You can catch the Glenn Miller Orchestra in Canberra on Saturday, June 27 at The Canberra Theatre with 25 musicians, singers and dancers on stage in a brand new show.

Glenn MillerThe Glenn Miller Orchestra returns by popular demand for this concert spectacular to honour the year of the ANZAC Centenary. Featuring America’s finest musicians together with the Moonlight Serenade Singers and The Broadway Swing Dancers, the concert will pay tribute to the spirit of ANZAC including a special feature of music and songs from the years of the Great War.

All the famous songs will be performed playing the original music arrangements for classics like Chattanooga Choo Choo, A String Of Pearls, Tuxedo Junction, Moonlight Serenade, Little Brown Jug and the greatest Miller hit of all time, In The Mood.

Major Glenn Miller served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942 until his untimely death in 1944 when he was travelling to entertain US troops in France and his aircraft
disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel. Glenn Miller recorded many memorable hits from the 1914 to 1918 period which the orchestra will perform in tribute to the ANZACS (My Buddy, Over There, Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag, If You Were The Only Girl In The World and more).

“An evening of nostalgia…unforgettable music; an absolutely brilliant concert”
- The Australian Stage

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

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Ballet Revolución in Canberra

You can catch Ballet Revolución in Canberra at the Canberra Theatre for a night of explosive, athletic, sensual dance, full of raw Cuban energy on Wednesday, June 24.

Ballet Revolución in CanberraBallet 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 infctious joy’. – The Daily Telegraph 

The 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 Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Elton John in Sydney

Fans can catch Elton John in Sydney for his ‘All the Hits Tour’ and general public tickets are now available (Ticketek).  He plays Qantas Credit Union Arena on Saturday, December 19. This will the final show for the old Entertainment Centre in Sydney – it is the last weekend before the bulldozers move in for the Darling Harbour refurbishments. Elton holds the record for the number of performances at the venue – 45!

Elton John in SydneyBorn Reginald Dwight, Sir Elton Hercules John has been visiting Australia on tour since 1971 (179 concerts!) and arguably his finest album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Joining Elton on this tour is drummer, Nigel Olsson, who was on that first tour in 1971. A bit of trivia – when he changed his name he didn’t choose ‘Hercules’ because he was a legendary brave and adventurous hero in Roman mythology – he took the name after the horse that pulled the cart in the sit-com Steptoe and Son.

Along with Elton’s amazing catalogue of hit singles and album classics he will undoubtedly be bringing sequins and sparkles with wit to match and maybe even the hubby and the kids. Tickets should sell out fast… and looking at the tour dates, the promoters are predicting that they will because there are enough gaps between the national concert dates to add extra shows. If there are no extra shows, the rock/pop legend won’t be too fussed – he seems to enjoy summers Down Under.

If you are travelling to see Elton John in Sydney, Rydges Sydney Central and Rydges World Square are a walk from the arena and Rydges Sydney Airport works well for anyone flying in.

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Robbie Williams in Sydney

Robbie Williams Tour DatesIf you want to see Robbie Williams in Sydney general public tickets now on sale for his Let Me Entertain in October. He will play Allphones Arena at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 28. If tickets continue to sell fast there could be a third concert because he has left a couple of days free either side. He has already added extra shows in Adelaide and Melbourne as well as Sydney and tickets only went on sale on May 25! This tour promises to be huge and possibly the concert of the year.

This world tour went on the road in March and there have been a few surprise song additions to the play lists. As well his own catalogue of hits he’s been belting out an eclectic mix including Lorde’s Royals, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

If you are travelling to see Robbie Williams in Sydney, Rydges can look after your accommodation needs near Allphones at Rydges Parramatta (there will be a shuttle and also a meal and shuttle package) and Rydges Bankstown and Rydges Sydney Airport is ideal for anyone flying in to see the show.

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First Day in Christchurch?

First day in Christchurch? We guess a lot of visitors to any new city wonder what they should do on the first day to acquaint themselves and we dropped in on the Christchurch & Canterbury tourism website for their suggestions/recommendations. Here you go…

  • Arrive in an ever-evolving Christchurch and take a tour of the city by bikebusSegway, or on foot. And hear Christchurch’s story from past, present and future, often straight from the mouths of long term locals.
  • First Day in Christchurch?Head to Re:START Mall for lunch and enjoy some delicious street food surrounded by the ambience of locals, visitors and entertaining buskers.
  • Spend the early afternoon taking a relaxing stroll around the Botanic Gardens or hop on a Caterpillar Tour to find out a little more about these beautiful gardens.
  • Let the afternoon float by as you glide down the Avon with an experienced Edwardian style punter, whilst snuggling under blankets with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc – or if you’d rather warm the inner self, get a delicious hot chocolate from one of the boat sheds.
  • Make your way to The Tannery for an evening at Gustav’s Kitchen where the Aga oven is used to create delicious and comforting treats.
  • Stay at one of the inner-city hotels or apartments and make the most out of your city experience.

Well! We couldn’t agree with the last suggestion more and recommend you stay with us at Rydges Latimer Christchurch!

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The Sleeping Beauty on Ice

You can see the Imperial Ice Stars production of The Sleeping Beauty on Ice in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington this June/July. Dates and venues are:

June 16 to 21 at the Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

June 24 to 28 at The Civic in Auckland

July 1 to 5 at the St James Theatre in Wellington

The Sleeping Beauty on IceThe award-winning Imperial Ice Stars are the world’s leading performers of theatrical ice dance and they have built a worldwide following over the last decade. They have an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated portrayals of classic works and for executing the most complex and daring manoeuvres on the ice. Their previous world tours have been greeted with nightly standing ovations and five-star reviews.

“If blood-stirring, bravura skating is what you’re after, look no further.” – The Times

Set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, The Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the classic fairytale love story with world-class skating, high-speed lifts and throws, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics and fire effects. This is a spectacular theatrical experience that will thrill and enchant all ages. The production features a 18-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship level skaters, with choreography by the award-winning Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice.

If you are travelling to see The Sleeping Beauty on Ice in any of the cities, Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs at Rydges Latimer Christchurch, Rydges Auckland and Rydges Wellington.

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