The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-08-19T03:59:28Z Explore Australia Expo, the ultimate adventure paradise this Fathers Day weekend 2016-08-19T03:59:28Z explore-australia-expo-the-ultimate-adventure-paradise-this-fathers-day-weekend Explore Australia Expo, the ultimate adventure paradise this Fathers Day weekend The Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane is set to transform into the ultimate adventure paradise when Explore Australia Expo moves in this Fathers-Day weekend, 2 – 4 September 2016. Explore Australia Expo Director and Event Manager Paul Morgan says he promises to really shake things up this year, with undoubtedly the highest standard of products and displays for every adventure lover, all in one place. “We are really excited to confirm that TJM 4x4 Megastore and Adventure Offroad will be at the Expo again in 2016. Not only are they among the elite of the outdoor industries, but they are genuinely good at what they do, and visitors to the expo will be delighted in their displays and offers available across the weekend.” Wayne Hammond from Adventure Offroad says when he was invited to exhibit at Explore Australia Expo again in 2016, the decision was a ‘no-brainer’. “Explore Australia Expo is not like other Expo’s. It gives customers the chance to talk to professionals in the industry about products for their vehicle, new products, new technologies, it’s not just a sales fest,” he said. Adventure Offroad will be offering a number of package deals as part of the Expo including Ironman 4x4 bull bar, winch and lights; Ironman 4x4 fridges, fridge bags, thermometers, stands; and Ironman 4x4 suspension package deals. They will also have their tried and trusted roof top tens and single and double swags as well as many cash and carry camping products available for fathers day presents including battery operated tent fans with LED light and dual speed fan; battery operated LED camping lanterns; LED head torches; Ironman 4x4s range of collapsible buckets and kettles and Ironman 4x4s led light strips which are a must for every camp-site. Kris Humphrys from TJM 4x4 Megastore is also offering visitors to the Expo some awesome deals and even introducing a few new unique products to the QLD market. “We are offering visitors to the Expo Australia’s cheapest price on Hema HN7 Navigators as well as access to the full range of Lightforce products, Rhino Racks and Brown Davis. We also have Australia’s best set-up touring vehicle, a 79 series dual cab on display for visitors to check out,” said Kris. “We will also be introducing two new products, Rhinohide – a removable and reusable paintwork protection system that is fitted to the exterior of 4x4 vehicles and RV Storage – leading recreational vehicle storage solutions and accessories,” he added. Tickets to the Expo are on sale now and every visitor through the gate will have the chance to enter major prize draws including a TJM Explorers Pack, valued at $6,000 thanks to TJM 4x4 Megastore and an Ironman Deluxe Bullbar valued at $1,295 thanks to Adventure Offroad. Further information on the Explore Australia Expo, Brisbane can be found at Explore Australia Expo Brisbane or by following us on Explore Australia Expo Facebook or Explore Australia Expo YouTube For exhibitor enquiries call the Explore Australia Expo Sales Team on 03 5255 1517 or e-mail info@exploreaustraliaexpo.com.au Tickets can be purchased from Tickets for Explore Australia Expo Brisbane 2-4 September 2016 <ENDS> Media Enquiries: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN Communications, 0438 197 559 Northside Festival accessible for all 2016-08-17T22:51:22Z northside-festival-accessible-for-all Multicap CEO, Joanne Jessop says, “The location of the festival is ideal for everyone as we have wheelchair accessible viewing areas for the entertainment, accessible drop off and pick up zones, toilet facilities and a giant inflatable attraction.” “We are also delighted to include a performance by our talented music therapy students showcasing their singing talents”, said Ms Jessop. The Multicap Northside Festival will be held at 487 Ellison Road, Aspley on Saturday 27 August from 10am. Festival goers will be in for a culinary treat with a great variety of stalls this year including a barbecue, cake stall, fairy floss and our brand new coffee cart. No one will leave the Northside festival hungry. Entry is free and attractions are available for a gold coin donation. This year’s Northside Festival is shaping up to be the perfect day out for every family. Multicap Northside Festival Saturday 27 August 2016 10am – 2pm 487 Ellison Road, Aspley About Multicap Multicap is a not-for-profit organisation supporting individuals with disability. Operating for over 50 years, Multicap is one of the top disability service providers in Queensland offering individual and group day programs, supported employment, respite, social support and much more. Our passion is for every individual’s right to connect and realise the possibilities available to them and this drives us to always believe there is a way.  We create opportunity. We are champions of possibility. We inspire partnerships of support. Our door is always open.  Daily Orders reaches new celebrity heights 2016-08-15T03:43:49Z daily-orders-reaches-new-celebrity-heights Having launched in September 2015, Australian Veteran-Owned family business Daily Orders has been going from strength to strength. Gaining Real Housewife of Melbourne, Janet Roach's endorsement earlier this year, Daily Orders now has children's television superstar Jimmy Rees as its latest celebrity customer.  Posting about the gloss acrylic planning board on Tuesday, Jimmy commented that his wife is now ridiculously organised and that he'd like "one order of Playstation on Sunday please".  Our boards allow busy families to communicate better, without the need for devices and receiving oh-so-impersonal calendar invitations to family events. Giving visual representations of plans, and keeping them front of mind in the centre of the home allows everyone to know what is going on, leading to calmer days and clearer brain-space.  Thanks to Jimmy Rees' endorsement, Daily Orders has a promotion until 30 August 16 with FREE SHIPPING and FREE MARKERS with any board purchase in Australia. Our small portrait boards have sold out due to popular demand and are due for restock at the beginning of September. Pre-order now, or get delivery within 5-7 business days on all other options. Visit www.dailyorders.com.au today and enter code JIMMY to claim your offer.  Rottnest Island native quokkas sprinkle positivity around the globe 2016-08-10T22:00:00Z rottnest-island-native-quokkas-sprinkle-positivity-around-the-globe Allan Dixon has one of the strongest selfie games in the world. Being dubbed “The real-life Dr Dolittle”, content maker Allan Dixon has become a social media sensation worldwide with his heart-warming yet hilarious animal selfies captured on his travels. Dixon has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to release a photo book about quokkas.   The 29-year-old Instagrammer has travelled around the world and mastered the art of taking animal selfies. His portrait mates varied from domesticated dogs, chickens, and horses to wild kangaroos, koalas, camels, and even a Diamond Python.   Three years ago, Dixon’s selfie with a quokka – a small and extremely cute marsupial from Rottnest Island, WA with a photogenic grin on its face has sparked a quokka selfie trend. Since then Dixon has been sharing adorable quokka images every Monday on his Instagram account @daxon and is now set to bring happiness to more people with his quokka images.   “Having taken so many photos of quokkas and never printed anything in my life, I only want to put something out that people will actually love and will affect their lives in a positive way. I hope The Quokka Book is both of those things,” says Dixon.   The adventurer and photographer further explains his quokka book initiative, “The core theme of this book is about sharing positivity. I want to remind people to smile, laugh and, most importantly, to think about doing what makes them happiest.”   The king of the animal kingdom is originally from Ireland, but he is now calling Australia home.   “The Quokka Book will be a 96-page full-colour hardcover book filled with quality photos of Australia’s cutest creature that I have taken over the last two years as well as some never before seen images. It will be printed 35kms from the quokkas’ home in Perth, making it a genuine high quality Aussie product.”   For more information on The Quokka Book or to support the crowdfund campaign please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/daxon/sending-happiness-worldwide-the-quokka-book    -ENDS-  MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Yvonne Kong or Laura Heslop P: +61 2 8354 0931 E amanda@holysmokeagency.com.au; yvonne@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com Your real Pet's secret life could win you Fur-Friendly Screening 2016-08-04T05:25:30Z your-real-pet-s-secret-life-could-win-you-fur-friendly-screening PetCloud are running a competition & will be giving away tickets to Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, & Melbourne Pet Owners to take their dog and a friend to go see the Advanced Screening of THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS movie at the Drive-In on 28th August!!  Brisbane/GoldCoast: Yatala Drive In - Activities from 5:30pm, film commences 7pm. FREE activities include the zoo petting corner with all types of animals, kids activity corner, face painting and loads of prize giveaways!  Sydney: Blacktown Skyline Drive In - 5.30pm Melbourne: Coburg Drive In - There will be a petting zoo and horse rides! Gates open at 5pm, film commences 6.30pm. Dogs & Kids 11 and under are always free at the Coburg Drive-In!   Winners will be drawn Thursday night 25th August. To enter the draw, email PetCloud with: Your Name &  Your Mobile Number  Photo evidence of what your pet gets up to while you're at work!!!   Send your emails to: competitions@petcloud.com.au Aussie Businessman Sofa Giveaway For Trump Escapees Down Under 2016-08-03T03:43:58Z aussie-businessman-giving-away-sofas-if-us-is-trumped-1 Jason Tan owns a Brisbane based furniture business. He normally keeps out of politics but he has been gobsmacked by the media around Donald Trump. He knows many Americans will not be happy if Trump wins.  So he has started a campaign to share with people from the States about how awesome Australia is. "If Donald Trump become the US’s 45th president many people will be upset. If they want to make a quick giveaway to avoid US Trumpification, my furniture company Jason Agustina will make life a little easier by giving you a sofa if they move to Australia," he said. "I think people are scared of Trump because as a country, especially being the most powerful country in the world, it should be run a statesman who has integrity and sanity that can govern with the best interest of her country at heart.  “The result of the US presidential election will not only impact US but the rest of the world but more importantly our children and grandchildren in coming future." Jason knows Australian politics is not flawless. "We have Pauline Hanson. We shall leave it to the public and history to decide if our politics is any better." He wants them to know Australia is an option for them if Trump wins and they do not want to live in a country governed by him.   "Australia is the best country in the world - we have the best beaches, best lifestyle, best food and the sexiest accent," Jason said. "Let's not forget our cultural diversity - how very un-trumpian. More than 26% of Aussies were born overseas and another 20% have a foreign-born parent. That’s 46% who are first or second generation citizens." So ... he is giving away 50 sofas to anyone who moves here from the States. Each sofa is worth up to $1,599. They do have to spend $500 and lodged a valid application for Australian citizenship with the Australian Department of Immigration, and produce proof of application. "Giving away a soft is not enough for someone to come to Australia but we want people to know Australia as a country has a similar culture and background. At  Jason Agustina, we are just trying to help settling into a new home," Jason said. Here's the link to the campaign http://beinspired.jasonagustina.com.au/escape-trump-get-a-free-sofa/ Free community festival is a social experience for all abilities 2016-08-01T22:57:57Z free-community-festival-is-a-social-experience-for-all-abilities Multicap, a leading disability service provider, encourages everyone to support the event by attending the day and joining in the family fun.  Festival goers will be amazed by the variety of stalls this year, with food stalls, face painting and a petting zoo there is truly something for everyone. The fun kicks off at 10am with an assortment of family-friendly activities on offer including live music and dance and a jumping castle. This year promises to be bigger than ever with a large variety of local performers volunteering their talents on stage. Multicap music therapy students will perform along with Samoan dancers, students from Undurba State School and an upcoming Brisbane band! Multicap CEO, Joanne Jessop says, “The Northside Festival is a community celebration that allows members of the public to take a glimpse into the variety of services Multicap provides while offering an opportunity for family fun!” “We hope to raise awareness about people with disability within the local community in a entertaining and inviting way. Representatives from Multicap will be present at the event to answer any questions members of the community have about our services,” said Ms Jessop. With free entry, rides for a gold coin donation, a great variety of activities, delicious food and a stellar line-up of entertainment, this year’s festival is shaping up to be the perfect day out for any family. Multicap Northside Festival Saturday 27 August 2016 10am – 2pm 487 Ellison Road, Aspley About Multicap Multicap is a not-for-profit organisation supporting individuals with disability. Operating for over 50 years, Multicap is one of the top disability service providers in Queensland offering individual, respite, day services, supported employment, social support and much more. Our passion is for every individual’s right to connect and realise the possibilities available to them and this drives us to always believe there is a way.  We create opportunity. We are champions of possibility. We inspire partnerships of support. Our door is always open. MICHAEL HILL UNVEILS SPARKLING NEW COLLECTIONS IN MELBOURNE’S CBD 2016-07-28T01:10:03Z michael-hill-unveils-sparkling-new-collections-in-melbourne-s-cbd MICHAEL HILL UNVEILS  SPARKLING NEW COLLECTIONS IN MELBOURNE’S CBD Sir Michael Hill and Lady Christine Hill will unveil two jewelry collections and  their new flagship store on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets in Melbourne on Thursday the 11th of August with a performance from the 2015 winner of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, Australian violinist Suyeon Kang. She will be playing on Sir Michael Hill’s own 260 year old violin, a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini made in 1755 and valued at a noteworthy  $2,000,000. At the opening, The Michael Hill Designer Bridal Collection which is a salute to Sir Michael’s  love of music and diamonds and the Spirits Bay collection, designed by  Lady Christine Hill will be shown for the first time in Australia. Spirits Bay is an exquisite collection of jewelry inspired by a trip that Christine and Michael took over 50 years ago to Spirits Bay, at the top of the North Island of New Zealand. During a walk in the bay, Michael picked up a smooth-worn Totorere shell and slipped it on Christine’s finger. The Spirits Bay collection is a masterpiece of nature shaped by the elements, brought to life in precious metal.                   “Whether worn as a symbol of achievement, a celebration of your own inner strength, or given as a gift in recognition of remarkable grace under pressure, I believe the purity and simplicity of the design speaks to the spirit of strong women everywhere. Women who have pursued their dreams wholeheartedly, who have persevered and never given up,” says Lady Christine, about her Spirits Bay collection. Guests will be treated to a champagne and caviar tasting with imported caviar from Gourmet Life’s Josh Rea, and Laurent Perrier champagne at the intimate showings to be held over brunch at 10.30am, lunch at 12.30pm and in the evening at 6.30pm. TO INTERVIEW SIR MICHAEL HILL AND HAVE SUYEON KANG PLAY THE GUADIGNINI ON YOUR  SHOW email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601 ABOUT MICHAEL HILL Sir Michael’s incredibly inspirational story of starting his business began after his house burnt down in 1979. He was 42, married with two young children and had lost nearly everything in the fire. This was the moment in Michael’s life where he gained clarity on what was important to his wife Christine and himself, and provided the catalyst for the beginnings of the first Michael Hill store. He proceeded to open his first jewellery store in Whangarei on New Zealand’s North Island against all of the best advice.  He wrote on a piece of paper “7 stores in 7 years”, which he achieved. Then in 1987 he floated the company on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, opened his first store in Australia and also set the vision of "70 stores in 7 years”, which he achieved. The company now has over 300 stores, employing over 3,000 full and part time staff across New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States generating revenue of over half a billion Australian dollars a year.  Sir Michael is the company’s Founder President and his daughter, Emma Hill, is the Chairperson of the board. In addition to 297 Michael Hill branded stores across the world the company has opened 16 Emma & Roe branded stores in Australia and New Zealand since 2014 and has recently announced another 12 to open in the next year. TO INTERVIEW SIR MICHAEL HILL, LADY CHRISTINE OR EMMA HILL OR HAVE SUYEON KANG PLAY THE GUADIGNINI ON YOUR  SHOW email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson on 0412501601   IBD Shop officially launches in China – provides Chinese access to high-quality, authentic goods 2016-07-25T13:30:10Z ibd-shop-officially-launches-in-china-provides-chinese-access-to-high-quality-authentic-goods SHANGHAI (August, 2016) International Brands Direct Limited announced the launch of IBD Shop (IBDSHOP.COM), a Chinese online brand and sales platform that allows global brands to sell directly to Chinese consumers in China on a simple and cost-effective basis. The launch follows the launch of International Brands Direct successful Shop Abroad platform in late 2015. Provides brands an opportunity to effectively reach Chinese consumers Approximately 60% of luxury purchases are still bought offshore by Chinese consumers, either online or during shopping trips abroad. Fake products are still a rampant problem in China – both online as well as in bricks and mortar stores. IBD was conceived based upon these desires and trends, as well as the fact that Chinese consumers are starting to look for unique brands that are either not available in China or available only in the main cities. International brands are looking for a trustworthy platform that connects, communicates and can transact with consumers in cities all over China. IBD allows Chinese consumers to buy genuine products directly via a legal, established cross border sales platform. IBD Shop brings luxury brands – from well-known brands to unique, niche brands – the opportunity to build brand awareness and new customers through a turnkey platform that includes: marketing promotions, Chinese social media, media tie-ups, and data marketing. IBD converts brand awareness into sales by driving the consumers to the Shop Online platform to directly purchase and safely transact online. IBD Chairman Andrew Waters emphasized: “Both retailers and Chinese consumers want to connect and are hesitant to sell and buy on the major portals in China due to concerns over brand destruction and product authenticity." Easy transactions for Chinese customers IBD Shop makes it easy for both the merchant and the Chinese consumer, bridging that gap to facilitate a seamless sales transaction. IBD is a Chinese-only language platform as it is targeted directly to the Chinese market, allowing them to navigate the site easily. IBD provides full translation and brand messaging to ensure relevance to the target audience. Moreover, consumers can pay in Chinese RMB currency via the most popular local payment platform, capturing a large segment of customers who may not have a credit card enabled for online transactions. For brands this means more customers, and more sales. IBD handles all logistics, including the shipping of the product directly to the end consumer, working with China customs as well as providing local customer service support to ensure continuous customer satisfaction. Building awareness directly with Chinese fashion fans IBD Shop attracts and communicates with Chinese fashion followers through popular social media channels, focusing on fashion and related beauty and lifestyle brands. Until now, quality fashion brands have not had access to a dedicated fashion-driven platform to connect, communicate and transact directly with Chinese fashion followers. Chinese fashion consumers much prefer to buy directly from a trusted dedicated platform like IBD Shop, which gives them the comfort of purchasing genuine and authentic brand products in their own language, and in their own currency. International retailers now have the option to go directly to Chinese consumers, avoid large discounting sales platforms, and to control their brand positioning and counterfeit goods through a direct communications and sales platform. # # # For more information: Contacts China: Lisa Chai (lisa.chai@ibdshop.com) UK: Wing-Yun Wong (wy.wong@firstcp.com) AUSTRALIA: Monique Haylen (monique.haylen@ibdshop.com) VOCALOID DJ HACHIOJI P AND NEKONATION’S DJ CATALYSTIC TO PERFORM AT SMASH!’S 10th ANNIVERSARY EVENT 2016-07-25T11:27:52Z vocaloid-dj-hachioji-p-and-nekonation-s-dj-catalystic-to-perform-at-smash-s-10th-anniversary-event Sydney, NSW, July 25th, 2016 — In celebration of its tenth birthday, SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show is pleased to announce that Vocaloid DJ HACHIOJI P will be performing at SMASH!’s 10th anniversary event alongside local star, DJ CATALYSTIC. For one night only on August 20th (7:00pm - 10:30pm), both Hachioji P and DJ Catalystic will participate in the evening’s festivities, spinning the decks in recognition of SMASH!'s ten years. Crowned as the ‘Prince of Vocaloid’, Hachioji P is an internationally recognised Vocaloid artist. With a view count of over 8 million, his most famous works include ‘Sweet Devil’ and ‘Electric Love’ which were collaborations done with MMD (Miku Miku Dance) and producer Wakamura P. DJ Catalystic is one of Western Australia’s local DJs who has played a major role in shaping the Japanese music scene within Australia. In 2011, DJ Catalystic pioneered the NekoNation events in Perth (WA) before taking his music to other Australian capital cities. Over the last few years, SMASH! has hosted unique concert events including Vocaloid Night Party (2013) and the SMASH! X I LOVE ANISONG concert (2015). SMASH! President Andrew Qiu believes this year’s anniversary night event will be “a special night to remember”. “For many Australian fans of Japanese pop-culture, fans have been attending SMASH! almost every year since its debut in 2007,” Qiu said. “This special anniversary event is the perfect opportunity for fans to get together, and reflect on SMASH!’s incredible journey as a convention. It has been ten wonderful years of SMASH!, and we cannot wait to usher in the new decade.” In addition to live performances by Hachioji P and DJ Catalystic, fans will have the chance to participate in other special events and activities such as cosplay, gaming, and performances. SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2016 is a two-day convention to be held at Rosehill Gardens on August 20th and 21st. For more information about SMASH!’s special anniversary night event, visit https://smash.org.au/anniversary. SMASH!  Media Contact:  SUSAN MA Public Relations Coordinator E: pr@smash.org.au MediaHub Implements Disaster Recovery for Imparja Television 2016-07-18T01:35:13Z mediahub-implements-disaster-recovery-for-imparja-television Despite what many might think it does actually rain in the red centre and when it does the results can often be devastating. This was the case recently when Alice Springs-based broadcaster Imparja TV was flooded. Such was the damage that Imparja’s broadcast playout partner, MediaHub Australia, had to step in with a disaster recovery initiative to keep the broadcaster on air. MediaHub CEO Alan Sweeney explained, “Imparja’s sensitive television scheduling systems were extensively damaged by localised flooding in Alice Springs causing an inability to provide the programming schedules to us, their broadcast playout facility partner, based in Sydney. Fortunately we are prepared for any such event and stepped in to keep things running.” The extreme weather event caused extensive flooding which in turn affected network connectivity and had a knock-on effect on the File Transfer Protocol systems that provide the vital link for the provision of data between Imparja and MediaHub. Sweeney continued, “The team at Imparja really stepped up but due to the flooding were unable to provide the programming schedules that, once processed at MediaHub, enable the transmission of their signal to over one million resident viewers via an extensive broadcast footprint of over 3.6 million square kilometres spanning six states and territories. To rectify this MediaHub Australia utilised existing past programming schedules and reformatted and recreated them for playout for the duration of Imparja’s technical emergency. This meant no loss of broadcast or air time.” As a result of MediaHub’s intervention what is normally a highly automated system was turned into a manually managed project with a finite window in which the scheduling operation could be completed successfully. Processes were put in place to build the required schedules, incorporating both automated and human data entry. Alan Sweeney concluded, “This was a real rescue and recovery mission. Staff at MediaHub Australia and at Imparja worked extremely well together to ensure the continuous transmission of the Imparja Television service and as a result of MediaHub staff’s technical proficiency and agility, Imparja TV’s transmission to its viewership was seamless and unaffected even with their facilities being largely inoperative due to extensive flooding. This meant that during a time of hardship for many people affected by the severe weather, important and vital regional news was broadcast as per normal.” RON CREEVEY’S STRATEGY FOR KINGS CROSS PROVED RIGHT AS X STUDIO SEES 400% GROWTH 2016-07-10T23:25:43Z ron-creevey-s-strategy-for-kings-cross-proved-right-as-x-studio-sees-400-growth RON CREEVEY’S STRATEGY FOR KINGS CROSS PROVED RIGHT AS X STUDIO SEES 400% GROWTH Ron Creevey, the tech entrepreneur who brought the internet to Australia, spent 7 million dollars on a venue in Kings Cross at the start of the lockout laws. A seemingly crazy decision that has paid off – and will see his company expand to the London market. Creevey stated pre lock outs Kings Cross will become the Times Square and Soho of Sydney and that is exactly what is happening. “It has been a tough 24 months for venues in Sydney, and with the unfair lock out laws I have been fighting a battle that is not on equal playing levels,” Says Ron Creevey. “It's not in me to give up. I see the future of live music in Sydney very clearly right now.” Ron Creevey has always been marching ahead of the pack when it comes to monetising technology trends. He was a co-founder of Australia’s first internet company, and in his early 20s he built the website for the Sydney Morning Herald, one of the first websites in Australia. He went on to sell his first business NTT for more than $100 Million dollars. He also created Yuuzoo which floated on the Singapore Stock Exchange in 2013 for $400 million dollars. TO INTERVIEW RON CREEVEY email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 He now runs Moment Media, a company he founded in 2013 which recently announced plans to list in London. The company owns the rights for many digital media assets such as TheXCast.com, The X Studio, Heath Ledgers’ The Masses in LA and a new record label named Helipad with over 40 artists already signed. The X Studio is his Australian investment that is about to pay off and go global. The X Studio in Kings Cross is billed as a social broadcasting studio, and it’s clients are the most powerful companies in the world: Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, Sony, Universal, MTV, Redbull, iHeartRadio and Disney to name a few. The X Studio gets used to broadcast live performances by big name recording stars, record audio books and podcasts as well as music videos and TV shows such as The Voice and The Bachelor. The space also doubles as a private live music venue and event space with multiple extravagant green rooms and plush bars. It is the last live music venue standing in Kings Cross. The studio space is available to anyone and everyone, and uses XCast, an innovative broadcasting platform invented by Creevey that allows brands and users to create channels to broadcast either live television or live radio content. XCast also allows users to stream the content globally or have it accessed as video-on-demand or pay-per-view. The X Studio employs 100 casual and part-time staff which makes the X Studio the largest employer in Kings Cross, even before the lock out laws squashed other local bars and clubs like so many limes into vodka sodas. The X Studio bucks Sydney’s trend of closed doors and is heading towards a 400% growth in 2016. The X Studio is ready to become a global venture. Ron Creevey is now finalising contracts for two more studios in London and one in LA and is connecting a powerful distribution platform behind it called XCast that he has designed with his team that will create the world’s first global social broadcasting platform with social broadcast studios. Creevey hopes to float in London by the last quarter of 2016. Ron Creevey is now is in a joint venture that will see the release of Michael Hutchence’s unreleased music under his music label, Helipad. Creevey is globally expanding the label with new artists signing on monthly under the guidance of veteran music producer Danny Saber, who has worked with Madonna, David Bowie, U2 and The Rolling Stones – as well as Michael Hutchence who spent the last weeks of his life in Los Angeles with Danny, writing and performing for his last time at the Viper room.   AN EVENING WITH JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME SYDNEY AUGUST 24 & MELBOURNE AUGUST 28 www.jcvd.com.au   Markson Sparks! Suite 411 4th Floor 410 Elizabeth St Surry Hills Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA 2010   E: max@marksonsparks.com Stop the kids getting bored these School Holidays 2016-07-09T00:23:19Z stop-the-kids-getting-bored-these-school-holidays Buggybuddys the no.1 online family guide to Perth has launched an online guide for the Winter School Holidays.  The top 100 school holiday activities & events list features many free local activities as well as the big events happening in and around Perth. Top events include the Kids Wonderland Big Top fun fair, Ice Skating Rinks in Fremantle and Hillarys Harbour and plenty of fun and free activities at local shopping centres around Perth. You can check out the guide here: School Holiday Activities Perth CONTROVERSIAL AWARD WINNING ANTI SMOKING MOVIE HATED BY BIG TOBACCO! 2016-07-08T07:24:02Z controversial-award-winning-anti-smoking-movie-hated-by-big-tobacco CONTROVERSIAL AWARD WINNING ANTI SMOKING MOVIE HATED BY BIG TOBACCO! “A BILLION LIVES” THE AWARD-WINNING E-CIGARETTE CONSPIRACY MOVIE ARRIVES IN AUSTRALIA Imagine a quit-smoking tool with an unprecedented success rate that is described by public-health authorities and experts as “at least 95 percent safer than smoking.” Imagine if the government banned it. Imagine if people were now dying because of that decision. Imagine if it were happening here in Australia. A new conspiracy movie, A Billion Lives, will have its SOLD OUT premier at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival this Sunday 10th July at 9pm at the Howler Art Space, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick, Melbourne. It features an Australian medical doctor and business owner who had his house raided by authorities after starting a business that helped hundreds of Australians quit smoking. For press passes contact: info@mdff.org.au It's even more shocking because some governments, including the EU and UK, have approved e-cigarettes, and more than 15 million people worldwide have used them to stop smoking so far. Meanwhile, some governments, including in Australia, are imposing bans on 'vaping' (as the use of e-cigarettes is known). The makers of A Billion Lives smelled a conspiracy. “According to the World Health Organisation, we know a billion people are set to die this century from smoking and smoking-related illness,” said the film’s Director Aaron Biebert. “And the Royal College of Physicians in the UK has said e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking and smokers should be encouraged to use them. “So we have a cheap, effective mechanism to help people stop smoking – e-cigarettes - and yet that mechanism is being withheld in places including Australia. “Quitting smoking is hard, and it fails the common sense test that you would ban something now proven to be a major help in stopping. “If it doesn’t make sense, then there must be another explanation. As the film shows, you are being lied to.” Biebert says the best, most compelling conspiracies are the ones where you are asking reasonable questions and getting unreasonable answers, and this a movie about a situation that fits that bill. The World Premiere of A Billion Lives was in New Zealand in the DocEdge Festival on May 11, 2016 and premiered at the Palace of Culture in June.  Based on those screenings it already has a 9.9/10 rating on IMDB.   The  SOLD OUT Australian premiere will show as part of The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival at 21:00 on Sunday 9 July 2016 at Howler in Brunswick. For press passes contact:  info@mdff.org.au A Billion Lives info:   Website http://ABillionLives.com Facebook  http://facebook.com/ABillionLives   JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME COMING TO AUSTRALIA 2016-07-07T22:06:56Z jean-claude-van-damme-coming-to-australia JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME COMING TO AUSTRALIA Fast Track Events is proud to present legendary Hollywood film star, martial artist, bodybuilding champion, screenwriter, film producer and director Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will step on stage in Australia next month to star in AN EVENING WITH JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME – UNPLUGGED & UNSCRIPTED! The theatre shows are on Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and on Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC). JCVD is one of the most famous action movie stars of all time. At his shows he’ll reveal the untold stories of his incredible life, his movies, his career, the stars he’s worked with, health and fitness and also take part in an open question and answer session with the audience. He has starred in over 40 movies that have grossed over $1.5 billion including Kickboxer, Bloodsport, Timecop, Universal Soldier, Street Fighter and The Expendables 2.  “The Muscles from Brussels” has not been in Australia for over 18 years and is looking forward to his visit “I love Australia and Australians. It’s an amazing country and I can’t wait to come back in August to meet my fans and make some new friends too. I made Street Fighter on the Gold Coast and look forward to making more movies there“ says Jean-Claude. JCVD has over 19 million fans across his social media platforms and his visit will be great for Australian tourism worldwide. Tickets will be on sale from 10:00am on Tuesday 12th July 2016. Tickets from $49 @ www.jcvd.com.au  TO INTERVIEW JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson, Markson Sparks! on 0412501601 Limited sponsorship spaces available. For sponsorship enquires please contact max@marksonsparks.com