Jimmy Barnes in Canberra

Despite Barnsey’s little medical hiccup with complications following back surgery, the legendary rocker is pressing ahead with his 30:30 Hindsight Tour. You can catch Jimmy Barnes in Canberra the Canberra Theatre Centre on Friday, October 3. There are only a few tickets left.

The 30:30 Hindsight shot to number one soon after release and the album celebrates 30 years at the top of the Australian music scene. This is his 14th album to top the charts (10 solo and 4 with Cold Chisel), which puts him one behind The Beatles!

As Jimmy said about the latest album, “I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary…  There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a much better idea – I’ll get all my favourite artists and sing with them!” That explains why the likes of Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, The Living End and Jon Stevens have collaborated on the project.

Many of the concert dates have already sold out around the country including the one where is support act for the sell-out Rolling Stones concert in Adelaide.

If you are coming from out of town to see Jimmy Barnes in Canberra, Rydges Capital Hill can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Jimmy Barnes 30:30 Hindsight Tour

Despite Barnsey’s little medical hiccup with complications following back surgery the rocker is still pressing ahead with his Jimmy Barnes 30:30 Hindsight Tour and will take to the stage at Jupiters Townsville Poolside Lawns on Sunday, October 12. The show kicks off at 6:00pm.

The 30:30 Hindsight shot to number one soon after release and the album celebrates 30 years at the top of the Australian music scene. This is his 14th album to top the charts (10 solo and 4 with Cold Chisel), which puts him one behind The Beatles!

As Jimmy said about the latest album, “I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary…  There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a much better idea – I’ll get all my favourite artists and sing with them!” That explains why the likes of Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, The Living End and Jon Stevens have collaborated on the project.

Many of the concert dates have already sold out around the country including the one where is support act for the sell-out Rolling Stones concert in Adelaide.

If you are coming from out of town to see Jimmy Barnes in Townsville, Rydges Southbank can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Brian Cox Making Sense

He’s a rock star, a TV presenter, an author, a physicist and a brilliant communicator. Brian Cox Making Sense of the Cosmos is guaranteed to be a sell-out tour that wows audiences around the country. Who would have thought that ‘average’ Australians would have any interest at all in science when many of us have only had a brush with physics thanks to Harry Messel’s big blue text book or the eccentric Julius Sumner Miller trying to explain “Why is it so?”

The 2013 tour, Brian Cox – A Scientific Phenomena was a complete sellout. This all-new show, Brian Cox – Making Sense of the Cosmos takes audiences on a dazzling journey of space and time. Always captivating and surprising, the handsome and charismatic professor pushes the boundaries and takes science to another dimension.

Cox has an extraordinary ability to take the most complex concepts and facts and not only make them understandable, but also entertaining. Harry Messel only pulled that off in Chapter 29 (for those of another generation, that was the one on reproduction). And neither Harry or Julius had a number one record on the charts (Cox was a member of the band D:Ream who had a 1994 hit with Things Can Only Get Better. Which, indeed, they did…

Brian Cox OBE is a British particle physicist, a Royal University Research Fellow, Professor at the University of Manchester and he works on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. That’s when he isn’t touring the world engaging and amazing audiences.

The October tour dates are:

Adelaide – AEC Theatre on Tuesday, October 14

Perth – Riverside Theatre, PCEC on Thursday October 16

Melbourne – The Plenary, MCEC on Saturday October 18

Sydney – State Theatre on Tuesday October 21 and Wednesday, October 22

Canberra – Royal Theatre, NCCC on Friday October 24

If you are travelling to see Brian Cox – Making Sense of the Cosmos Rydges can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Anh Do in The Happiest Refugee

You can catch Anh Do in The Happiest Refugee live in Gladstone at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre on Friday, October 24 at 8:00pm.

Anh Do is a complex, multi-talented package who defies a pigeon hole – he’s a stand-up comedian, a TV presenter, an author and an artist who was an Archibald Prize finalist in 2014. He is also a brilliant communicator and a happy refugee.

Anh’s bestselling book, The Happiest Refugee made readers laugh and cry, and was described by Russell Crowe as “the most surprising and inspiring read I have had in years.”

The way Do approaches his story, performance and life is witty, charming, and heart-warming. The book has everything: war, escape, pirates, love, courage, racism, alcoholism, comedy, tragedy and, above all, hope.

Anh’s new stage show takes it a step further, combining stand-up comedy with real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell his amazing story.

When one of Australia’s most talented comedians delves deep into his own life’s joys and sorrows, the result is an unforgettable night at the theatre that leaves an audience uplifted and quite simply experiencing… happiness.

“Irrepressible good humour, infectious energy and bright optimism”…The Sydney Morning Herald

“The happiest audience experience I have ever had”…Arts Hub

“Two thumbs, five stars, show of the season” …TheMusic.com.au

If you are travelling to see Anh Do in The Happiest Refugee at the GECC, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Cinderella in Gladstone

Following a sold-out Brisbane season, you can catch Queensland Ballet’s beautiful Cinderella in Gladstone at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00pm.

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 Gladstone, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Marcia Hines at North Sydney Leagues

You can catch Marcia Hines at North Sydney Leagues Club on Saturday, October 25 as part of her ‘Amazing’ national tour. And, combining with accommodation at Rydges North Sydney, it could make for a very special weekend.

Marcia HinesOne of Australia’s most loved entertainers, Marcia has returned to touring with a cracking, brand new, six-piece band, led by her producer and song-writing partner Tom Diesel. Each performance will showcase Marcia’s eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic, gold plated hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Marcia as a recording artist, performer, songwriter and television star, has left a unique imprint on Australian popular music.

Commencing in 1974 with a top 5 single ‘Fire And Rain’, a cover of the James Taylor classic, Marcia has released 18 albums, 29 singles, sold over 2.6 million albums and had seven top 10 singles, spent seven years as the female judge of the television phenomena ‘Australian Idol’, starred in some of Australia’s most successful stage productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jerry’s Girls, Big River) and created an outstanding career through constant invention and musical excellence.

Rydges North Sydney can look after all your accommodation needs and is also a great place for a drink, snack or meal.

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Marcia Hines at Sharkies

You can catch Marcia Hines at Sharkies Leagues Club in Cronulla on Saturday, October 18 as part of her ‘Amazing’ national tour. And, combining with accommodation at Rydges Cronulla, it could make for a very special weekend.

Marcia HinesOne of Australia’s most loved entertainers, Marcia has returned to touring with a cracking, brand new, six-piece band, led by her producer and song-writing partner Tom Diesel. Each performance will showcase Marcia’s eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic, gold plated hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Marcia as a recording artist, performer, songwriter and television star, has left a unique imprint on Australian popular music.

Commencing in 1974 with a top 5 single ‘Fire And Rain’, a cover of the James Taylor classic, Marcia has released 18 albums, 29 singles, sold over 2.6 million albums and had seven top 10 singles, spent seven years as the female judge of the television phenomena ‘Australian Idol’, starred in some of Australia’s most successful stage productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jerry’s Girls, Big River) and created an outstanding career through constant invention and musical excellence.

Rydges Cronulla can look after all your accommodation needs and is also a great place for a drink, snack or meal.

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Marcia Hines at The Cube

You can catch Marcia Hines at The Cube in Campbelltown this weekend and with a Rydges accommodation and show package you can make it a very special night.

Marcia HinesOne of Australia’s most loved entertainers, Marcia has returned to touring with a cracking, brand new, six-piece band, led by her producer and song-writing partner Tom Diesel. Each performance will showcase Marcia’s eternally youthful voice and the repertoire of melodic, gold plated hits that cover every facet of her remarkable career.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Marcia as a recording artist, performer, songwriter and television star, has left a unique imprint on Australian popular music.

Commencing in 1974 with a top 5 single ‘Fire And Rain’, a cover of the James Taylor classic, Marcia has released 18 albums, 29 singles, sold over 2.6 million albums and had seven top 10 singles, spent seven years as the female judge of the television phenomena ‘Australian Idol’, starred in some of Australia’s most successful stage productions (Jesus Christ Superstar, Jerry’s Girls, Big River) and created an outstanding career through constant invention and musical excellence.

Doors open at 7:15pm for 8pm start and for a Rydges Campbelltown show and accommodation package, phone 4645 0500 to book. The package costs $261 and includes the accommodation for two, two tickets to the show, sparkling wine on arrival and full buffet breakfast.

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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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