The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2016-07-25T13:30:10Z 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      Shala Sangha & Songs Free Community Gathering 2016-07-01T06:38:08Z shala-sangha-amp-songs-free-community-gathering Dharma Shala the Original Yoga School in North Bondi is hosting a free community gathering this weekend with Shala Sangha & Songs. With opportunities to connect and embrace in a night filled with music, films, flavours and conversations, this get-together is perfectly arranged with the school holidays to ensure all are able to relish in the evenings activities. With nearly 15 years in the Bondi community the Dharma Shala really knows how to throw a party for the people and Saturday July 2nd is going to be no exception. With magical kirtan performances from musical geniuses like Nadav, Edo and more to be a plenty, films on show to enhance the senses and conversations over chai not to be missed, it is guaranteed to be a night of endless possibilities. As part of their extraordinary service to Bondi and surrounding communities, Dharma Shala holds quarterly free events allowing everyone, young and old, to experience different features and journeys provided through the school, with all being led by the eight limbs of yoga. For your chance to partake in this memorable evening send an email to the Dharma Shala (yoga@dharmashala.com.au) to reserve a spot or three. OPEN LETTER TO EMMA QUAYLE AT THE AGE AND NEIL MITCHELL AT 3AW AND MICHAEL CARR GREGG 2016-07-01T06:10:38Z open-letter-to-emma-quayle-at-the-age-andneiol-mitchell-at-3aw-and-michael-carr-gregg AN OPEN LETTER TO THE AGE, 3AW, EMMA QUAYLE, NEIL MITCHELL AND MICHAEL CARR GREGG FROM ULTRATUNE RUBBER GIRLS LAURA LYDALL AND PARNIA PORSCHE   Dear Emma, Neil, Michael and the Editor at The Age,   Thank you for your comments on our appearances in the UltraTune tv commercials. You are of course entitled to voice your displeasure and give your opinions on what you think should and shouldn’t be screened on television and on our appearances and performance.   Whereas Emma you think we are “helpless, screeching women doing idiotic things” in the adverts and Michael you believe the adverts are “sexist and disgraceful”. Well we are disappointed and horrified.     We feel upset that you are publicly bullying and vilifying us on the basis of our appearance. It's just plain wrong and unfair, Emma and Michael. Surely as independent strong women, we are allowed to choose without fear of prejudice or hurtful judgements about what we wear, how we look and the form of work we choose?   We think you are being too politically correct, taking cheap shots and missing the whole point of the commercials. Don't you have a sense of humour? Don’t you see the point of the adverts? Can’t you see the funny side? The adverts are meant to be funny. They are meant to have cut through so that people notice them and believe it or not but we both really enjoyed making them, love having fun and love the fact that we are able to promote an amazing company like UltraTune that provides employment all around Australia and provides a positive service to the public.   It really is unbelievable that you both are causing such a fuss about a couple of TV commercials as though they are the scourge of society and the end of the world as you know it. The adverts are not works of art that you may see in the National Gallery in Canberra. They are fun TV commercials .Where is this going to end? This is political correctness gone wild!   We feel disappointed that you view our work as a “complete and utter abomination” when we had so much fun working with UltraTune. The ads we have done for UltraTune are certainly out of the box and are meant to grab the attention of the audience to make them talk, and make them laugh!We are proud of all our work with UltraTune. The story told in the ads is about two girls on an adventure who end up in some unexpected situations – not two helpless idiots.   Moving forward may we suggest that in the future both of you think about your judgemental words carefully, because we believe a lot of men like the commercials and a lot of women can relate to us – and we don’t consider ourselves helpless or “idiots”. Using us a punching bag for a cheap headline does not do either of you justice in our opinion.    Best wishes, Laura and Parnia.           Nada Kita, a new Indonesian music app, launched by Tuned Global and the largest local labels 2016-06-30T01:48:58Z nada-kita-a-new-indonesian-music-app-launched-by-tuned-global-and-the-largest-local-labels Tuned Global, an Australian music mobile engagement company with offices in Jakarta, partners with some of the biggest independent music labels in Indonesia, Aquarius Musikindo, Musica Studio’s, MyMusic, Nagaswara, Trinity and VMC, to launch Nada Kita, the first completely free music app in that market. Firstly, Nada Kita is 100% free legal music. The music app gives users unlimited free access to the sounds of their favorite local music artists without consuming a lot of mobile data. “Tuned Global and the Labels have listened to the concerns of Indonesian people regarding music streaming, to design a music app that is fast and attractive for users,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Nada Kita is relevant and simple to use, offering a variety of stations pre-curated by local music editors, because most people are not music experts and are time poor. The user doesn’t have to create a playlist, they just pick a station and play. “Musik, Ga Pake Ribet” (Hassle free music) is the tagline of Nada Kita. "All we want is that Nada Kita becomes the soundtrack of your life and supports local music", explains Andreas Wullur, Managing Director of the VMC. Nada Kita is also offering the opportunity to the artists to directly engage with their fans. The users receive exclusive and instant video messages from their favorite artists in between tracks. The app will soon provide dates of upcoming concerts near you, broadcast live performances of local artists, and will release each month a number of tracks exclusively on Nada Kita.  "Nada Kita provides a tremendous advantage for the Music Labels and the local music artists. It has allowed us to stream our Indonesian music catalog more broadly, whilst helping the musicians to directly connect with their fans in a way that is more personal" explains Gumilang Ramadan, Director of Musica Studios The CEO of Nagaswara, Mr. Rahayu Kertawiguna has expressed a similar point of view "Nada Kita is innovative for the Indonesian market. It facilitates access to music lovers’ favorite songs, easily and legally, and for free of course. Absolutely every Indonesian can use it!" But free doesn’t mean that the music app won’t generate revenue – it would be detrimental to the musicians and Labels who take part in the application. First Nada Kita helps to fight against the piracy of artists’ content. Also the musicians and labels get a share of the royalties which are fair and open, this is via advertising and sponsorship. For its launch, Nada Kita is partnering with SPC Mobile, an Indonesian mobile phone manufacturer. "Nada Kita positioning is in line with the vision of SPC Mobile to strengthen local content in Indonesia. We believe that the Nada Kita music app will drive a great demand from Indonesian consumers, especially SPC Mobile users "explains Raymond Tedjokusumo, Chief Operating Officer of SPC Mobile. The Nada Kita first release is already pre-loaded in all new SPC Mobile smartphones and can also be downloaded on Google Play and the Apple App Store, if you are in Indonesia. New features will be added in the next few weeks along with a rapidly expanding catalogue. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global is a mobile engagement company that helps brands engage their customers through something that everyone loves - music. The company offer a unique, low-risk music business model that leverages partnerships with brands and music labels to create a high value, monetised channel. Their turnkey and branded music streaming apps, supercharge the music experience with unique user engagement features and deep business intelligence to allow brands and labels grow their business. McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung and L’Oréal have already trusted them. For more information, please see: tunedglobal.com or to view the YouTube video about Nada Kita, see here and to download images of the press launch and screen shots/images related to the app, please see our DropBox here. About SPC Mobile SPC Mobile is a brand of mobile phone locally owned by PT Supertone, an electronics manufacturing industry pioneer with over 25 years of experience. Establishing strategic partnerships with superior manufacturing in China and Taiwan, SPC Mobile maximizes its potential as a local mobile phone manufacturer by emphasizing on quality and after-sales service to make its customer satisfaction a priority. SPC Mobile has already a broad distribution network from Sumatra to Papua, allowing its products to meet the needs of communication in accordance with the needs of Indonesian society. For more information on SPC Mobile, please see: www.spc-mobile.com. RETURN TO RIO LINE-UP ANNOUNCED: 2016-06-30T00:02:50Z return-to-rio-line-up-announced Today, Return to Rio, one of Australia’s most secretive shindigs released its mammoth musical line-up. This November 11 – 13, the ultimate weekend away returns to Wisemans Ferry for plenty of singing, dancing and fancy dress capers. Headlining the fantastical festivities is one of the worlds biggest, best loved and most respected DJs - Carl Cox. Joined by his esteemed partner in crime Eric Powell, the dynamic duo’s Mobile Disco will be dominating Del Rio for 10-strong-hours.  The marathon DJ set will see the boys digging deep in their record crates to spin old and new disco, jazz-funk, soul and classic house tunes, along with anything else that tickles their fancy. Fresh from his final season at Space Ibiza, following a 20-year residency, Coxy will be rested, recuperated and ready to roll, as he makes his Return to Rio debut.   Carl Cox comments: “12 hours - oh yes, oh yes! I can’t wait to hit the Hawkesbury for Return to Rio as I’ve heard lots of great things about this very special event. It’s about time I experienced some of the Rio magic myself…” Joining Carl and Eric for an unmissable live performance is De La Soul.  The Grammy Award Winning American hip-hop group who have a new album on the horizon, will be belting out timeless hits including ‘All Good’, ‘Me, Myself & I’ and ‘Ring, Ring, Ring’ alongside their latest tracks. DJ EZ will be bringing the old skool garage vibes as he takes to the wheels of steel for a set quite unlike any other.  Recognised as the best garage DJ of all time, it’s quite the coup to have this Londoner on the bill as garage well and truly makes its comeback. Rio resident, international DJ and Shamen front-man, MR C Superfreq is also returning to Rio once again. Responsible for dance floor sensations including ‘Move Any Mountain’ and ‘Ebeneezer Goode’, the familiar face will be frequenting the main stage as well as leading the charge on the after-party antics. Other international heavyweights coming back for more include drum and bass pioneer LTJ Bukem and Robot Heart regular Atish whilst German beat purveyors Super Flu and Lee Burridge’s right hand man - YokoO of All Day I Dream, complete the bill of top notch talent. Promoter Ricky Cooper comments: “We’re pulling out all the stops this November as this will be our one and only three-day spectacular for the next 12 months.  I’m off to get hitched to my beautiful fiancé in March and need to plough all my time and creative juices in to our celebration of love!” On top of an impressive array of artists and yet more impressive names still to be announced, the exhilarating extravaganza promises an all-new layout for this annual edition.  Riopians will be able to experience the Funktion1 sound system, epic light installations and impromptu performances including some seriously weird stuff you’ve never seen or heard before on the banks of the Hawkesbury.  The absolute waterside location, promises to be the most picturesque set-up Australia-wide. The weekend has the basics nailed too – a queue-free-bar stocked with delicious drinks, tasty morsels to eat, clean, flushing, toilets and hot showers. On the accommodation front, Del Rio Riverside Resort has riverside air-conditioned cabins to rest those laurels along with drive-up camping spots amongst the friendly kangaroos and a range of luxurious accommodation and glamping options are also available from the resort for an additional cost. Also you can BYO alcohol to consume within your camping area. Just a mere 90 minutes drive from Sydney, the site also features a range of wholesome activities for one to partake in, including tennis, crazy golf, basketball, volleyball and water skiing. As always, golden tickets are available on the musical grapevine, so you’re going to have to ask around - seek and you shall find, with any remaining going on general sale on August 1st. https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/ReturnToRio/ Before then, come down and get amongst it at the Return to Rio launch party on August 20 at Manning Bar.  Naturally, only the very best are coming to play and with a five-hour set from M.A.N.D.Y. taking center stage, expect all the bells and whistles of Rio as we get the fiesta started in suitable style.   You. Don’t. Want. To. Miss. This. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToRio Video – http://bit.ly/29edsMc       - END - #ReturnToRio   Notes to Editors For more information, accreditation, images and interview requests contact:  Celia Cochran - The Sound Campaign Celia.cochran@thesoundcampaign.com - 0428 229 455   Listings Information Event: Return to Rio Date: 11th – 13th November 2016 Address: Del Rio, Riverside Resort, Wisemans Ferry, NSW Artists: Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco (10 hour set), De La Soul (Live), DJ EZ, Super Flu, Mr C, LTJ Bukem, Atish, YokoO & more TBA Tickets: $220 Camping: $60 (total for three nights) & other accommodation options available – call Del Rio Riverside Resort for details Info: facebook.com/ReturnToRio            MEDIA CALL: BONDI RESCUE LIFEGUARD’S BURGER EATING CONTEST 2016-06-29T03:37:26Z media-call-bondi-rescue-lifeguard-s-burger-eating-contest MEDIA CALL: BONDI RESCUE LIFEGUARD’S BURGER EATING CONTEST AT BASTE'D The official launch and opening of Baste’d Pop-Up store is tomorrow, Thursday the 30th of June at 11.30am, corner of Crown Street & Oxford Street, Darlinghurst with Bondi Rescue Lifeguards, Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins, Troy “Gonzo” Quinlan, and Jesse Polock competing in a Black Tie Burger Eating Contest at 11.30am. This will be followed by another burger eating competition open to the public immediately after. Baste’d burgers and bowls comes from the founder of Oporto, who is bringing back the iconic original Grilled-Chilli Chicken Burger, called the Chilli Lifeguard and introducing the delicious 12 hour slow cooked and sauce grilled wagyu beef Jo'Burger. Media and guests will be treated to juicy flavoursome burgers and bowls followed by delicious ice cream sliders at the Baste’d pop up store – while the first 100 members of the public to arrive from 12 noon will be treated to a free lunch. TO INTERVIEW BRUCE “HOPPO” HOPKINS email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601 On the menu you’ll find:  The Chilli Lifeguard, aka the ORIGINAL original chilli chicken burger by Oporto founder Gary Linz. Delicious marinated chicken tenderloin, crumbed, with mayo, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce and tomato on a semi- brioche sesame seed bun drizzled with Baste’d’s famous chilli sauce. The Jo'Burger aka the South African sauce baste'd beef brisket burger, with 12 hour slow cooked wagyu beef brisket with slaw, shallots, caremelised onion, dill pickles, and cheddar cheese on a semi-brioche bun. The Funguy vegetarian burger with oven roasted field mushrooms basted in homemade pesto mayo with shredded cheddar and house slaw, drizzled in balsamic reduction on a toasted semi-brioche bun. The Porkin Gewd burger is packed with tender slow cooked pork shoulder, sauce-grilled in a homemade Louisiana sauce, with caramelised pineapple slaw, crispy onions, mayo, polski-pickles on a toasted semi-brioche bun. Beef loaded fries, fries topped with basted slow cooked wagyu brisket with American Kraft cheese and secret chilli sauce,  AND a range of fabulous meat & rice (or cauli-rice) bowls - slow cooked & sauce grilled beef or pork, marinated & grilled chicken, and grilled pesto-sauced mushrooms, and last but not least the marinated & grilled chicken salad bowl. For desert, the Little Bombers - mouth-watering ice cream sliders! A mini toasted semi-brioche bun filled with melted chocolate, icecream and crushed Oreos. Yum! TO INTERVIEW BRUCE “HOPPO” HOPKINS email max@marksonsparks.com or call Max Markson 0412501601   CES 2016 Honoree TCL Introduces New QUHD TV Series 2016-06-27T04:14:48Z ces-2016-honoree-tcl-introduces-new-quhd-tv-series TCL Multimedia, one of the world’s fastest growing TV brands and winner of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Award 2016, has launched the world’s first QUHD TV Series demonstrating its leading position in the area of display technology. Equipped with advanced display technologies and innovative design, the QUHD TV series is a high-end product category that far exceeds UHD TVs in terms of display effects, definition and colour purity. Offering the highest end picture processing technology and smart TV capabilities, the QUHD range is the next generation in TV reproducing in stunning detail all shades of light and natural colours for outstanding picture quality. TCL’s innovative new range brings a truly immersive entertainment experience into the home with selected models offering features including Black Crystal Display to dramatically reduce glare, Wide Colour Enhancer Plus to create vibrant colours and intensified shades, Quad Core CPU & GPU, Netflix, GOLIVE TV and HBBTV. Combine this with the high-end sound quality and stylish Nordic design for TCL’s most advanced TVs ever. “To pursue an innovation-driven growth, TCL has been dedicated to the research and development of advanced display technologies, and the QUHD TV series are the latest achievement of these ongoing efforts,” said Bill Jiang, General Manager of TCL Australia. “We believe that the QUHD product line will make good on TCL’s promise to build a more complete industry chain and help increase its market value in global expansion. In the future, we plan to expand our QUHD TV line to include more consumer-oriented products and create the strongest high-end portfolio across the market.” As a leader in display technology, TCL has gained attention worldwide with its achievements in massive smart applications and robust content in QUHD TVs. Aimed at bringing the cinematic experience into the home for its QUHD users, TCL will continue to offer more functional and interactive features in the products. TCL is introducing the C1 series as the flagship products of the QUHD TV series. The C1 is available in both flat and curved, with sizes ranging from 55’’ to 65’’combining stunning image quality, elegant design, powerful hardware and entertainment content to create a captivating upscale viewing experience. The C1 is equipped with multiple advanced technologies to deliver immersive picture quality including Black Crystal Display* and Wide Colour Enhancer Plus. It also has a state-of-the-art 9.9mm slim screen, metallic body and bezel design. In addition to the Quad core CPU and GPU, it offers user experiences including UHD video playing and applications including Netflix, HBBTV, YouTube and GOLIVE which delivers TV channels from all over the world. The QUHD TV series including the C1 Curved and C1 Flat will be available from May of 2016. Other models available in 2016 include the P1 Series, E5900, S4800, H9510 and D2700. TCL Australia will enter into its 12th consecutive year as the official television supplier to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and is committed to this iconic Australian event. TCL will also be offering a $90 cash back voucher on all QUHD sales for a limited time upon release, to allow users to purchase a 6 month subscription to their favourite online content streaming service.   For more information, please call (03) 8541 4666 or visit http://www.tclelectronics.com.au / https://www.facebook.com/AustraliaTCL   Notes to editors * Available on C1 flat 55’’ and 65’’   About TCL Multimedia Headquartered in China, TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited (HKSE stock code: 01070) is one of the leading players in the global TV industry, engaged in the research and development, manufacturing and distribution of consumer electronic products. Through a new product-and-user-oriented business model that focuses primarily on a “double +” strategy which includes “intelligence + Internet” and “products + services” as the main direction, striving to become a “global entertainment technology enterprise” that provides integrated entertainment solutions to customers. The Cataclysm ‪‎crowdfunding‬ project is on ‎pozilble‬ 2016-06-24T05:11:26Z the-cataclysm-crowdfunding-project-is-on-pozilble The Cataclysm ‪‎crowdfunding‬ project is on ‎pozilble‬ Alien's unknowingly release an evil entity from it's confinement, leads to Earth's destruction. Team of ex-solders onboard an experimental starship battle enter an old cube in orbit around a small gas giant orbiting dual red dwarf stars. The entity ends up destroying Earth and its solar system. However, it’s not a where there is a time agent trapped in the outer reaches of the new nebular... BONDI RESCUE LIFEGUARDS TO MAKE A SPLASH AT THE BASTE’D BURGER POP-UP STORE OPENING 2016-06-24T03:36:36Z bondi-rescue-lifeguards-to-make-a-splash-at-the-baste-d-burger-pop-up-store-opening BONDI RESCUE LIFEGUARDS TO MAKE A SPLASH AT THE BASTE’D BURGER POP-UP STORE OPENING AND BLACK TIE BURGER EATING CONTEST! The founder of Oporto is bringing a new burger & bowl pop-up store to Sydney called Baste’d, and with it he brings back the iconic original, yes the original Grilled-Chilli Chicken Burger, called the Chilli Lifeguard! Baste’d launches officially on the corner of Crown and Oxford street on Thursday the 30th of June at 11.30am where guests will be treated to juicy flavoursome burgers and bowls followed by delicious ice cream sliders (delete desert burgers), and the Bondi Rescue team will take part in a Black Tie burger eating contest, chowing down on the legendary Chilli Lifeguard and the delicious 12 hour slow cooked and sauce grilled wagyu beef Jo'Burger. “Being a life guard means facing tough challenges every day, thankfully this burger eating competition will not just be tough, but also delicious.” Says Bondi Rescue's head lifeguard Bruce “Hoppo” Hopkins. On the menu you’ll find:  The Chilli Lifeguard, aka the ORIGINAL original chilli chicken burger by Oporto founder Gary Linz. Delicious marinated chicken tenderloin, crumbed, with mayo, cheddar cheese, cos lettuce and tomato on a semi- brioche sesame seed bun drizzled with Baste’d’s famous chilli sauce. The Jo'Burger aka the South African sauce baste'd beef brisket burger, with 12 hour slow cooked wagyu beef brisket with slaw, shallots, caremelised onion, dill pickles, and cheddar cheese on a semi-brioche bun. The Fun Guy vegetarian burger with oven roasted field mushrooms basted in homemade pesto mayo with shredded cheddar and house slaw, drizzled in balsamic reduction on a toasted semi-brioche bun. The Porkin Gewd burger is packed with tender slow cooked pork shoulder, sauce-grilled in a homemade Louisiana sauce, with caramelised pineapple slaw, crispy onions, mayo, polski-pickles on a toasted semi-brioche bun. Beef loaded fries, fries topped with basted slow cooked wagyu brisket with American Kraft cheese and secret chilli sauce,  AND a range of fabulous meat & rice (or cauli-rice) bowls - slow cooked & sauce grilled beef or pork, marinated & grilled chicken, and grilled pesto-sauced mushrooms, and last but not least the marinated & grilled chicken salad bowl. For desert, the Little Bombers - mouth-watering ice cream sliders! A mini toasted semi-brioche bun filled with melted chocolate, icecream and crushed Oreos. Yum!