24 June

Canadian clothing retailer Kit and Ace announces Sydney location, opening date

kit-and-aceJust one year after Shannon and JJ Wilson began bringing ‘technical luxury apparel’ to Canadian customers with their first store in Vancouver (and oversaw seven subsequent openings across North America), they’re coming to Sydney.

This August, Kit and Ace will swing open the doors on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, with a 150-square metre shop that encourages locals to engage with the brand via innovative initiatives. The shop will feature sourced elements that are inspired by the surrounding neighbourhood and created by local artists and contractors.

Among the store’s highlights will be a Supper Club table (used to host monthly dinners with local creatives), a feature light and feature well, and a so-called ‘iconic piece’ in the fitting area. The clothes, meanwhile, will mesh technical elements with luxury fibres and are meant to carry the wearer from day to night – think machine-washable cashmere, for starters.… Read more

22 June

Madonna confirms first Australian tour dates in 23 years

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The drought is over. After a notorious string of cancellations and broken promises, Madonna is making a long-awaited return to Australia as part of her globe-spanning Rebel Heart tour. Her concerts are legendary spectacles that incorporate cutting-edge videos, dizzying choreography, controversial imagery and a panoply of social messages – and they’ve turned the pop diva into one of the most successful touring artists of all time.

But she hasn’t played Australia since wayyyy back in 1993, when she lit up the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of her Girlie Show tour. Fans here have awaited her return for more than two decades – and they’ll get what they’ve been wishing for when she plays Allphones Arena on Sat Mar 19 and Sun Mar 20, 2016. For now, those are the only two dates she’s playing at the venue; she’s also slated to hit Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sat Mar 12 and Sun Mar 13, along with Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sat Mar 26 and Sun Mar 27.… Read more

19 June

Marrickville’s Young Henrys Small World Street Festival returns for round two

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There hasn’t been a lot by way of good news lately – corruption, surveillance and violence have been getting us all down. So if you, like us, dream of a simpler time when a sunny afternoon could be spent sipping boutique gin and craft beers while watching awesome rock’n’roll, there is light on the horizon. Young Henrys Small World Street Festival is back for 2015. A date will be revealed soon – but for now, let the promise of a springtime laneway party featuring all the good things in life get you through the winter.

Will Mary’s be back to fry up a burger storm once again? We sure hope so. Will your little ones be able to run amok, getting their faces painted and grooving to a line-up that last year featured Bloods, Little Bastard (pictured above), Tumbleweed, True Vibe Nation, the Snowdroppers, Delta Riggs, Steve Smyth, Richard in Your Mind, the Upskirts, Pat Capocci and Royal Tennyson?… Read more

5 June

Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel reveals plans for August relaunch

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Plans for the relaunch and renovation of Chippendale’s historic Old Clare Hotel as part of the new Kensington Street Precinct became just a little bit clearer this morning. Hospitality group Unlisted Collection shared images of plans for the historic building’s interiors, which are being modified to become a 62-room boutique hotel that will also have a bar and lounge space in its reception area.

The Old Clare will also be merged with the Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Administration Building to create a semi-industrial space. Its rooftop is being redeveloped into an open-air deck with a pool; the space is expected to be used for dining, drinking and swimming – there’s talk of “sunrise poolside yoga sessions” and “cultural programs” taking place. The hotel itself will also house a day spa, private gym and meeting space.

old-clare4The bar and lounge space will sit within the original pub area of the Old Clare

old-clare2A rooftop escape area is in the works for the Carlton United Brewery (CUB) Administration Building, complete with pool, chaise longues and expansive views

old-clare3Ever wanted to take a bath right in your hotel room?Read more

28 May

The new Flume video is basically Sydney Opera House porn

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Cheeky, Flume, cheeky. A day before his gig at the Sydney Opera House as part of the 10 Years of Future Classic celebration for Vivid Sydney, the acclaimed Aussie producer has released a video for a new song called ‘Some Minds’. And oh… if you’ve ever wandered through the halls of the Opera House or sat in the Concert Hall, gazed upward and thought, “Gee, this place is sick and I am so lucky to be here right now,” you will love what he’s got to show you.

‘Some Minds’ is a collaboration between Flume and Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, who lends vocals on the track. It opens with a Fincher-like overhead shot of the Opera House that wouldn’t look out of place in the House of Cards opening credits. But the clip belongs to Flume, whom we see floating inches above the ground as he glides through the bowels and back hallways of the House.… Read more