19 March

Spice Cellar is on the move to Erskineville… and the Imperial’s getting a makeover, too

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The Imperial has long been many things: a local Erskineville watering hole, an important gathering spot for Sydney’s LGBTQI community and, of course, world-famous since its centre-stage spotlight in the 1994 cult classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Now it’s set to add a few new chapters to its illustrious history from late April, when new management from Spice Group International (SGI) – the folks behind Spice Cellar in the CBD – take it over. So far, the biggest kick-up is the relocation of nightclub nirvana Spice Cellar into the Imperial’s famed basement club, to bring noises from Spice Cellar founder DJ Murat Kilic and his team, Rebecca Alder and Jonny Seymour.

The inside rooms will also go under the nip and tuck to give themselves a more distinct look, though all efforts will be made to preserve the historic venue’s Art Deco trappings. The main bar –which, to our eyes, looks a bit too much like a faded cinema lobby in need of some serious decorative love – will remain an informal affair, and will be helmed by Black Penny’s Mike McGrath, an Erskineville local.… Read more

18 March

Merivale buys the Newport Arms

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Is the Arms about to get an extreme makeover?

Merivale, the hospitality giant behind a slew of Sydney nightlife institutions including The ivy, Manly’s Papi Chulo, and the newly revamped (and impossibly busy) Coogee Pavilion are expanding their empire even further north with the announcement that they are taking over the Newport Arms Hotel.

It’s the first time in over 100 years that the pub’s been up for sale and what with the Arms being an essential part of the Northern Beaches social fabric, we expect people will have some strong feelings about the future of this waterfront mega-pub. There’s no word on whether we can expect business as usual, a gentle reno or the fully-fledged Merivale treatment when they take over in May, so we’ll keep our ears to the ground and report on any bulk purchases of Edison bulbs or enormous neon sea mammals as they come to light.… Read more

5 March

Cashmere Cat and Ariana Grande’s new track is here

Here at the Time Out Towers, we love a good house banger. But we are well-rounded individuals, which means we will also quite happily attend a sold-out arena pop concert starring a pint-sized pop diva from time to time. So when we heard that slinky Scandinavian beatmaker Cashmere Cat had recruited sassy Ariana Grande to work with him, we were equal parts curious and excited. The results are a little lacklustre, but like most pop songs, there’s a pretty good chance it will get stuck in our head and grow on us anyway. Until that time, though, we thought it’d be fun to come up with three more pop/EDMc collaborations we’d like happen.

Taylor Swift and Touch Sensitive

Tay Tay’s ‘Style‘ channels some decent disco vibes, but we reckon she could benefit from an injection of Touch Sensitive’s Italian-funk sensibilities.

Madonna and Flume

Dance music’s new golden boy with pop music’s old golden girl would be everything.… Read more

26 February

Powerhouse Museum could be on the move to Parramatta

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Earlier today, Parramatta Cr Lord Mayor Scott Lloyd announced plans for the Powerhouse Museum, an Ultimo landmark and former power station that first opened its doors in 1988, to relocate as part of a $30 million arts and cultural sector being planned for Western Sydney. Along with the Powerhouse’s arrival in Parramatta, Cr Lloyd said Riverside Theatres will be modernised and expanded “so it can host big attractions such as major musical productions and concerts by international artists” and added that “it makes sense to locate key cultural facilities in the geographic centre of Sydney, close to where most Sydneysiders live.”

Over the years, the Powerhouse has hosted temporary exhibitions on everything from Kylie Minogue’s extensive performance wardrobe to relics from the ’80s and an extensive tribute to ABBA. The museum is currently hosting shows such as Circus Factory, A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity and Recollect: Shoes and will, at the end of March, welcome Undressed, an exhibition on loan from London’s V&A Museum that unpacks 350 years of intimates, underwear, lingerie and more.… Read more

18 February

Spice Cellar out, Barrio Chino moving in

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Sydney underground clubbing brand Spice is set to say farewell to its Elizabeth St digs this coming April. But fear not, late-night partygoers, there are still a few more gigs before they are out, and they’re finding a new home (with a location yet to be confirmed). Before it all finishes up, you can get your final spicy kicks every Saturday with the likes of David Mayer, Audiojack and Delano Smith hopping behind the decks, or join the party crew’s Sunset Cruise with Acid Pauli, and get your last fix at the Spice Closing Weekend Fiesta.

The move comes with the announcement that the team behind Barrio Chino will be stepping in to helm a new project in the Elizabeth St space, set to be called Barrio Cellar. Stay tuned on further announcements from the Spice team on their next party venture.

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