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Sunbeam Sound Machine announces CMJ fundraiser show and Pozible campaign


Photo Credit: Lochlan Funston

Founded by Melbourne musician, Nick Sowerby, Sunbeam Sound Machine, now a full-fledged five piece band, and in the light of their musical successes, have been invited to play in front of a world-wide audience at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City. To raise some funds to fly over to the States, the band will be holding a CMJ Fundraiser Show at The Shadow Electric in Melbourne on Friday October 2nd with a few other local bands like Good Morning, Ciggie Witch, Romeo Moon and Sporting.

New Zealand Dining: The epic burger adventure that is Burger Wellington


"Cheese, Beets, and Meat" from Egmont St Eatery

Though Visa Wellington on a Plate (VWOP) has come and gone for another year, Wellington's dining scene, and all involved, is still being celebrated for a strong performance at this year's festival. The annual Welly on a Plate event, a 17 day food and drink extravaganza (17th August - 30th August) that gets the whole city on it's side, is a series of exclusive events, menus, and flavorsome experiments that push the limits of what locals have come to expect from their famously comprehensive collection of restaurants, bars, and cafes. While there are now many sides to the festival, perhaps one of the most memorable aspects is the Burger Wellington concept, which is a public-voted challenge put to some of the city's best restaurants, tasking them with creating an exclusive burger (often paired with a festival-exclusive craft beer) to be offered throughout the festival. It's become so wildly popular for regulars of VWOP that the pressure to create the very best pushes the overall standard up and results in a pretty incredible burger trail.

NSW Dining: Splash Restaurant & Bar opens at Port Stephens' Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

Picturesque Port Stephens now has a brand new restaurant to explore, located right by the largest swimming pool in Australia. On the grounds of Oaks Pacific Blue Resort you'll now find an all-day dining option in Splash Restaurant which lies on the edge of the resorts sparkling 500 metre lagoon-style pool offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the heart of Salamander Bay. Head Chef Ray Baxter, making the move from the nearby Hunter Valley, heads up the kitchen, promising a flair for fine dining and focus on local seasonal produce to help spruce up the resort experience.

Travel News: Two of Los Cabos' most popular properties re-open to the public (Los Cabos, Mexico)


One of the oceanfront guest rooms at Casa del Mar

Los Cabos in Mexico suffered considerably from Hurricane Odile in September of last year, with two of the city's most beloved properties, Cada del Mar Golf Resort & Spa and Hotel El Ganzo, sustaining significant damage. You can't keep a good property down for long though, because just over a year later both popular properties will re-open to the public better than ever, revitalising their respective features to push back to the forefront of Mexico's hospitality scene.

Hotel Review: Kensington Riverside Inn - Calgary, Alberta (Canada)

Boasting excellent service and a great location for those visiting Calgary, the Kensington Riverside Inn is a high level, contemporary boutique hotel. Situated in the trendy area of Kensington, this hotel is just across the road from the beautiful Bow River, an easy walk to the beautiful Prince’s Island Park and just around the block from the incredible cafes, bars and stores of Kensington.

We Experience The Hotel Collaboration: Art Series Hotel Group and St Jeromes - The Hotel in Melbourne's CBD

St Jerome’s - The Hotel has caused quite the hype in Melbourne recently, and when they mentioned that they were partnering with the ‘Art Series Hotel Group’ to create an ‘art inspired fresh air affair’, I was sincerely intrigued. For those of you not ‘in the know’, the top of Melbourne central has been decked out with twenty marvellously embellished tents, perfect for those that just love ‘glamping’.

P&O Cruises prepare big Five Ship Spectacular for Sydney Harbour; reveal The Conspicuous Awakening of Owen Wilson

Don't be surprised if you see five big P&O Cruise Ships rocking Sydney Harbour on the day of November 25th; the juggernaut cruise line are set to throw a massive party to mark the arrival of their two latest ships, the Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden, bringing their landmark celebration to Sydney for a day of live music across each of the ships for an unprecedented spectacle. And all this is happening while Owen Wilson has been brought on board to help promote the company.

Photo Gallery and Live Review: A Weekend in Auckland (Part One) - Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival


Pictured: Aldous Harding

Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out's inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling out the event. I was only able to capture a fraction of the performances, but here they are in the order they performed:

Hotel News: Surry Hills' latest boutique hotel is now open for business (Sydney)

Surry Hills' Hotel Harry is now ready to start accepting guests following an extensive refurbishment which saw the entire building undergo a massive change. The street level restaurant and bar, better known as Harpoon Harry, was first to open up, quickly establishing itself with unique Latin BBQ fare. Next were the lounge and outdoor areas on the second floor, and now the boutique hotel is open, offering 20 contemporary suites in one Sydney's most desired locations.

Travel News: Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence winners for 2015

During a ceremony held at Jupiter's Casino in Broadbeach, the 2015 champions of the annual Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence were crowned, celebrating a fine year for the hospitality industry across Australia.