The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-03T22:53:07Z THE WIGGLES - LIVE FROM HOT POTATO STUDIOS! 2020-05-03T22:53:07Z the-wiggles-live-from-hot-potato-studios MISSED OUT ON SEEING THE WIGGLES LIVE IN CONCERT THIS YEAR?   PARENTS PREPARE TO REJOICE AS THE WIGGLES ARE BRINGING THEIR CONCERTS TO YOUR HOME!   PRESENTING…   THE WIGGLES - LIVE FROM HOT POTATO STUDIOS! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/MENqGMxXyX8     The Wiggles perform on average over 500 live concerts every year, making them one the most prolific touring acts, of any genre, in the world. But with The Wiggles, like most of the world, practicing social distancing, they haven’t performed a live concert since early March -- until now! The Wiggles are bringing their live show back to millions of fans around the world with The Wiggles - Live from Hot Potato Studios! An intimate series of mini concerts that gives every fan of The Wiggles what they’ve always wanted -- A FRONT ROW SEAT -- Live from Hot Potato Studios will feature six separate live Wiggles concerts. The first show hits the stage beginning Tuesday, May 5th, with a new concert experience releasing approximately every two weeks. Each concert will be available on iTunes, GooglePlay, Fetch and Foxtel (Australia).   Experience Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony as you’ve never seen them before, all from the comfort of your own home.. Each concert has been filmed live in Hot Potato Studios and aims to enrich, educate and entertain with Wiggly songs, dances and fun.   Join in for unscripted fun, impromptu moments of hilarity as the group navigate bringing their shows to life in the studio whilst social distancing and memorable live moments in beautiful primary colours...you will truly feel that you have the best seats in the house as you enjoy Wiggling to The Wiggles - Live from Hot Potato Studios!     Episode 1 – Let There Be Rock-a-Bye Your Bear   “Let there be Rock-a-Bye Your Bear” indeed! The first of the “Live from Hot Potato Studios” series, this live to camera concert is a beauty! Shot in magnificent primary colours, Simon, Lachy, Emma and Anthony, shimmy shake and wiggle through 20 Wiggly children’s music classics!   Dress up, dance and sing along to a wonderful intimate concert, made just for you! To access an advance viewing copy of the first episode of Live At Wiggles HQ or for further information/interview requests, please contact:Kylie Martinkylie@martini-media.com.au   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 29 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame). THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE MORE 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES INCLUDING SA AND ACT SHOWS! 2020-02-19T22:45:13Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates-1 The Wiggles have added more tour dates to their Fun and Games Tour! This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around the country with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to 'Do the Propeller' or 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”   This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes, just like they have in Sydney where tickets went on sale this week and multiple shows sold out within the first couple of hours of going on sale!   Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon! Tickets for these select shows go on sale February 2Oth at 10:00am local time. Head to www.thewiggles.com/tours for all the details Wednesday 22nd April – STARplex, Evanston Park Thursday 23rd April – Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga Centre Friday 24th April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Sunday 26th April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Monday 27th April – Chaffey Theatre, Renmark  Tickets for these select shows go on sale February 24th at 10:00am local time. Head to www.thewiggles.com/tours for all the details Tuesday 28th April – Mildura Arts Centre, Mildura Wednesday 29th April – Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith Friday 1st May - Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Wagga Wagga Saturday 2nd May – Playhouse, Canberra Theatre, Canberra     QLD Media Alert: The Wiggles announce Queensland 'Fun and Games Tour!' dates  2020-02-02T23:01:28Z qld-media-alert-the-wiggles-announce-queensland-fun-and-games-tour-dates THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE QUEENSLAND 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR' DATES Queensland, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour! This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony signing and dancing their way around Queensland with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and newest Wiggly Friend, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!   2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.    Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to 'Do the Propeller' or 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and 'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.    Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”    This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes, just like they have in Sydney where tickets went on sale this week and multiple shows sold out within the first couple of hours of going on sale!   Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon! Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am (AEDT) on Thursday, February 6 from www.thewiggles.com/tours   Sunday 5th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Monday 6th April – Southport RSL, Southport   Tuesday 7th April – Venue 114, Bokarina   Wednesday 8th April - Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, Redcliffe    Thursday 9th April – Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland   Tuesday 14th April - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba Wednesday 15th April - Ipswich Civic Centre, Ipswich    Thursday 16th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Friday 17th April - Concert Hall – QPAC, Brisbane   Saturday 18th April - Eatons Hill Hotel, Eatons Hill    Sunday 19th April – Logan Entertainment Centre, Logan About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   For media enquiries and tickets for competitions/reviews, please contact Kylie Martin  0418 314 088 | kylie@martini-media.com.au THE WIGGLES ANNOUNCE NSW 'FUN AND GAMES TOUR! DATES 2020-01-22T22:58:30Z the-wiggles-announce-nsw-fun-and-games-tour-dates New South Wales, get ready! The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Fun and Games Tour!  This never seen before show will see Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony singing and dancing their way around New South Wales with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and their newest Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn! 2019 was a big year for The Wiggles who toured all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show is available on Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group.   Get your tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! as quick as you can! During last year’s tour, The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Fun and Games Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you won't want to miss your chance to 'Do the Propeller' or sing-a-long to 'E-M-M-A', say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play 'Simon Says' as well as doing the 'Hot Potato' and performing  'Rock a Bye Your Bear'.   Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “The Fun and Games Tour! is a truly wonderful show and I can’t wait for our fans to experience it! You’ll hear all the classic songs you love plus new ones! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. We hope to see you there!”  This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Fun and Games Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Fun and Games Tour! will sell like hot potatoes! Stay tuned as more Fun and Games Tour! dates around the country will be announced soon!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Tuesday, January 28 from www.thewiggles.com/tours 13th March – Mounties, Mount Pritchard 14th March – Club Marconi, Bossley Park 15th March – Revesby Workers Club, Revesby 17th March – The Cube, Campbelltown 18th March – Hornsby RSL, Hornsby 19th March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre – Sutherland 21st March - Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 22nd March – Penrith Panthers Club, Penrith 24th March - North Sydney Leagues Club, North Sydney 25th March – Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Hurstville 26th March – Riverside Theatres, Parramatta 28th March – Pittwater RSL, Mona Vale 29th March – Castle Hill RSL, Castle Hill 30th March – Enmore Theatre, Newtown 31st March – The Concourse, Chatswood   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame). Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles & Unicef Australia release a 'Handwashing Song' & video to celebrate #GlobalHandwashingDay ! 2019-10-14T22:01:25Z wash-your-hands-the-wiggles-amp-unicef-australia-release-a-handwashing-song-amp-video-to-celebrate-globalhandwashingday   Wash Your Hands! The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia release a ‘Handwashing Song’ and video to help children stay healthy   SYDNEY, 15 October 2019: The Wiggles and UNICEF Australia have released a new song, ‘Handwashing Song’, and accompanying video to teach children how to wash their hands – view it here: https://youtu.be/DJD9zPv2NmM   Written and sung by The Wiggles, the song seeks to motivate millions of children around the world to make washing their hands with soap a simple and enjoyable habit before eating food and after touching animals or going to the toilet. The new song is being released for Global Handwashing Day, today, for which the theme is “Clean Hands for All”.   As Ambassadors for UNICEF Australia, The Wiggles want to help raise awareness that handwashing with soap is an easy, effective and affordable way to prevent illness and diseases, and save lives.   Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins said, "Music can make early life lessons enjoyable whilst being educational at the same time. We hope our ‘Handwashing Song’ will help to make handwashing fun for children and those caring for them and stop germs spreading to keep everyone healthy.”   Every day, around 800 children under the age of five die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and lack of sanitation and hygiene. Washing hands with soap before eating and after using the toilet can help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases, which are a major killer of children in developing countries, by almost 50 per cent.   CEO of UNICEF Australia Tony Stuart said, “Teaching children the importance of handwashing is a critical building block in good hygiene practice that can not only create healthier futures, it can save lives.   “We love that children have participated in the ‘Handwashing Song’ video to demonstrate how to wash your hands and know that they will inspire other children to do the same.”    UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) team works in over 100 countries worldwide to improve water and sanitation, and to ensure that children practice basic hygiene including handwashing. Last year, UNICEF’s programmes helped provide 18.6 million people with access to safe drinking water and 10.8 million people with access to basic sanitation.     #####   Note to editors: To watch the ‘Handwashing Song’ video, please visit: https://youtu.be/DJD9zPv2NmM   You can listen to the ‘Handwashing Song’ online, wherever you get your music: https://abcmusic.lnk.to/handwashing   A printable copy of the lyrics is available via the following link: http://thewiggles.com.au/parents/112/hygiene/62/global-hand-washing-day-song-with-unicef-australia     For more information, please contact: Kylie Martin, The Wiggles, 0418 314 088, kylie@martini-media.com.au Nicole Lawrence, UNICEF Australia, 0419 748 324, nlawrence@unicef.org.au   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 1,098,300 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 13 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   About UNICEF UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund and works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.   For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.au   Follow UNICEF on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook     Get ready to party! The Wiggles announce their 'Party Time! Big Show!' Tour Dates! 2019-07-21T21:43:01Z get-ready-to-party-the-wiggles-announce-their-party-time-big-show-national-tour-dates GET READY TO PARTY! PERFORMING A RECORD 345 SHOWS IN AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR, THE WIGGLES ARE CELEBRATING BY TAKING THEIR ‘PARTY TIME! BIG SHOW!’ ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER, DECEMBER AND FEBRUARY!   The Wiggles will explode onto stages all around Australia, when they bring their brand-new ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ around the country this November, December and February! The ‘Party Time! Big Show’ will feature all your favourite Wiggles songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!’, ‘E-M-M-A’, ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear’, as well as some hits from their dazzling new ‘Party Time!’ album and more Wiggly classics! Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog as well as their brand-new Wiggly Friend; Shirley Shawn the Unicorn. You’ll also see the Wiggly Dancers, Santa Claus, dancing reindeers and much more!   Last year The Wiggles hit the headlines when a record 90,000 Big Show tickets were sold in the first 24 hours on sale! Seeing The Wiggles Big Show is an annual event for families across Australia. Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and carers don’t want to miss out on sharing this experience with their children. This year, The Wiggles have toured all around Australia as well as the US, Canada and New Zealand! The ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ celebrations will be coming to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane!   In an exciting year, The Wiggles continue to soar to new heights with their TV shows broadcast in over 190 countries, including Series 2 of the Emma TV series and there are so many more exciting video specials and albums to look forward to in the New Year! The Wiggles new ‘Party Time!’ album and video features so many varied styles of music perfect for any party! It features songs such as ‘Rattlin’ Bog’, ‘Simon Says’ (starring Simon Burke) and classic party songs like ‘Pass the Parcel’ and ‘Happy Birthday’. The Wiggles have been entertaining children around the world for over 28 years. Blue Wiggle Anthony says, “It’s wonderful to see children who once saw The Wiggles are now bringing their children to see us perform!” Last year The Wiggles performed 330 shows in 150 locations to over 330,000 fans, making The Wiggles the world’s most successful children’s entertainment group. The ‘Party Time! Big Show!’ will get your tinsel-toes tapping, so come along and see Emma, Lachy, Simon, Anthony, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus, Captain Feathersword, Shirley Shawn the Unicorn, Santa and his reindeers in their BIGGEST show yet! Buy your tickets from 10:00am on Thursday, July 25 as they’ll sell like… Hot Potatoes!   Tickets go on-sale from 10:00am on Thursday, July 25 from www.thewiggles.com/tours     16th November          Wollongong – WIN Entertainment Centre 23rd November          Perth – RAC Arena 24th November          Perth – RAC Arena 30th November          Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 1st December             Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre 3rd December            Darwin - Darwin Entertainment Centre 7th December            Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena 8th December            Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena 12th December          Newcastle – Newcastle Entertainment Centre 14th December          Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre 15th December          Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre 17th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 18th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 19th December          Canberra - Canberra Theatre Centre 21st December          Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena 22nd December         Sydney – Qudos Bank Arena 1st February              Hobart - Derwent Entertainment Centre 2nd February             Launceston - Silverdome   Families can continue the party with the ‘Party Time’ DVD and album on sale from October in Dymocks, JB Hi-Fi, Sanity, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music and Spotify.   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).       NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2019 TELSTRA ARIA MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD DEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF RICHARD GILL AO 2019-06-02T20:34:46Z nominations-open-for-the-2019-telstra-aria-music-teacher-of-the-year-award-dedicated-in-loving-memory-of-richard-gill-ao Subscribe Past Issues RSS Translate NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE2019 TELSTRA ARIA MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDDEDICATED IN LOVING MEMORY OF RICHARD GILL AO   ARIA (the Australian Recording Industry Association) and The Song Room, a national arts education organisation, are excited to announce that nominations for the 2019 Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award are now open. This year’s Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award will be dedicated in loving memory of Richard Gill AO, the much admired music educator who sadly passed away last year. Richard was an accomplished conductor, but it was his passion for inspiring others to learn and love music that will live on. Gill believed music should be integral to a child’s education and said, “We teach music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways.” This Award is open to any teacher working on a music program in a school, kindergarten, early childhood centre, youth centre or private tuition music school in Australia. Anyone from around the country - from students, school administrators, to friends, neighbours and family - can nominate their music teacher for consideration to win an ARIA.At last year’s ARIA Awards, ARIA Award winning band, Sheppard announced Scott Maxwell from Grant High School in Mount Gambier, South Australia the winner of the 2018 Music Teacher of the Year Award sponsored by Telstra. Scott was one of four finalist music teachers from four different states of Australia who were visited by ARIA Artist Ambassadors Guy Sebastian, Justine Clarke, Sheppard and Thelma Plum.2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Scott Maxwell said:“Music is so important, it’s life changing, it connects us with the world, it connects us with each other, it connects us to ourselves and it brings our consciousness into the present. This Award is validating music education in our country and it is supporting music education in our country, which is so important. There are so many amazing educators out there doing wonderful things in music and it is such an honour to be recognised as a leader in transforming lives and inspiring others through music.” 2018 ARIA Music Teacher of the Year, Scott Maxwell shares what winning the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award means to him & why teaching music matters. Scott became the second South Australian music teacher to win the prestigious Award, with the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award going to Renee McCarthy from Woodcroft College in South Australia. The Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award was introduced to recognise music teachers for their passion and hard work in providing Australian children with a better education and the chance to play and enjoy music. There is growing recognition worldwide of the value of creativity and the arts to improve education standards and build a better connection for students to their school life in general. The Song Room is helping to close the education equity gap in many communities in regional, remote and metro areas through its arts education programs that are run in partnership with schools. "ARIA is thrilled to announce the return of the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher of the Year Award as part of the 2019 ARIA Awards and we are proud to welcome back Telstra as our major sponsor for the award’’ said Dan Rosen, Chief Executive ARIA. “For every performer who makes it to the ARIA stage, there was a mentor who played a critical role in getting them there. Research continues to prove that children involved in music at school achieve better grades, ­attend school more often, have increased self-esteem and confidence, and experience less depression and loneliness. This year we look forward to working with The Song Room and Telstra again to celebrate our awe-inspiring music teachers with the Award this year being dedicated in loving memory to one of the staunchest advocates for music education, Richard Gill.”“When we think about those teachers who made a positive difference in our lives as learners, so many of us remember our music teachers who inspired us and connected us to a world beyond school! Congratulations to ARIA and Telstra for helping us to celebrate the enormous contribution made by music teachers in shaping so many young lives." said Simon Gipson, CEO of The Song Room.Genelle Sharples, General Manager Media and Sponsorships at Telstra, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with ARIA again in 2019 with the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award. It was so joyous to watch Scott Maxwell honoured as the ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year in 2018.   We are so proud to join ARIA as we recognise the music teachers who enrich our kids’ lives and create an enduring legacy through their work at school and in their communities.” “Our continued partnership with the ARIAs and the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year award is important to Telstra and we look forward to celebrating more teachers from across the country who use their talents to inspire the next generation of Aussie musicians.” Entries are now open and a shortlist of nominees will be announced at the ARIA Nominations Event in October. Each shortlisted ARIA nominated teacher will be partnered with one of the Artist Ambassadors who will visit the school, help celebrate their success and tell their story. Previous ambassadors for the Telstra ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award include Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Josh Pyke, Justine Clarke, Lior, Missy Higgins, Sheppard and Thelma Plum. A public voting process will then be conducted culminating in the presentation of the winner at the 2019 ARIA Awards in November. To view guidelines and/or to nominate your favourite music educator, visit www.ariamusicteacheraward.com.au ARIA and The Song Room gave fans the chance to vote for their favourite nominee to help decide who takes home the inaugural ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year Award. Scott Maxwell, from Grant High in Mt Gambier South Australia, won the 2018 ARIA Music Teacher Of The Year for 2018! Watch his incredible night here. This award was presented in conjunction with The Song Room and sponsored by Telstra. Media enquiriesKylie Martin | Martini Media | kylie@martini-media.com.au | 0418 314 088 Parent's Rejoice! The wait is finally over... The Wiggles release 'The Toilet Song' and video + announce NSW dates for the Wiggle Fun Tour! 2019-01-17T23:33:50Z parent-s-rejoice-the-wait-is-finally-over-the-wiggles-release-the-toilet-song-and-video-announce-nsw-dates-for-the-wiggle-fun-tour The Wiggles have finally released their long-awaited toilet training song, 'The Toilet Song' accompanied by a super cute animated video - view it here: https://youtu.be/WrziuyiLAK4 It’s the song that all parents have been clamouring for – a giggly ode to getting your business done – “The Toilet Song”! This brand new song, written and sung by The Wiggles and animated by the Skyship Entertainment creative team, is available to view on YouTube (https://youtu.be/WrziuyiLAK4) and to purchase from ABC Music (https://abcmusic.lnk.to/TheToiletSong). Speaking about 'The Toilet Song', the Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, said: “Parents have been asking The Wiggles for decades now to write a song about toilet training, as this is such a big issue in early childhood. We know this song will make toilet training fun for children and be a help to those caring for them.” The Wiggles will be introducing ’The Toilet Song’ into their upcoming shows including the Wiggle Fun Tour in New South Wales with tickets going on sale on Monday, January 21. THE WIGGLES – WIGGLE FUN TOUR NEW SOUTH WALES March 2019 Tickets on sale 10:30am this Monday January 21st 2019! Proudly presented by Infasecure   Friday 18th January 2019 - The Wiggles are coming to perform for you as part of their Wiggle Fun Tour! This brand-new show will see Emma, Lachy, Anthony and Simon singing and dancing their way around Australia with all their Wiggly Friends; Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!  Over the last year The Wiggles toured all around the world including Australia, The United States of America and Canada! The Wiggles TV show was snapped up by Netflix, taking it into over 190 countries around the world as well as Hulu, Treehouse, Universal Kids in North America and of course the ABC here in Australia. A lot of our fans also see us for the first time on YouTube with over a billion minutes viewed making The Wiggles the most successful children’s entertainment group. Get your tickets to the Wiggle Fun Tour! as quick as you can, during last year’s tour The Wiggles sold out 200+ shows! The Wiggle Fun Tour! will run from March right through to the end of the year and you might like to “Do the Propeller" or “E-M-M-A” say g'day to Lachy's friend Ponso the Pony or play "Simon Says" as well as doing the "Hot Potato” or “Rock a Bye Your Bear”. Creator of The Wiggles & Blue Wiggle Anthony says “I can’t wait for our fans to experience The Wiggle Fun Tour! You’ll hear all the songs you love! The show will highlight different styles of dance that go with different styles of music. Children will see and hear drums, keyboards, banjo, guitars, bagpipes and singing. This will be our most fun show yet!” This is your chance to experience all the fun of The Wiggles show in person. Join us and be a part of the Wiggle Fun Tour! With so many sold out shows last year, you better get a wiggle on and get your tickets now as tickets to the Wiggle Fun Tour will sell like hot potatoes!   THE WIGGLES – WIGGLE FUN TOUR   Tickets on sale 10:30am this Monday January 21st, visit www.thewiggles.com for more details. NSW TOUR DATES   DATE VENUE LOCATION Friday 8th March 2019 Wenty Leagues Wentworthville Saturday 9th March 2019 Pittwater RSL Club Monavale Sunday 10th March 2019 Club Marconi Bossley Park Tuesday 12th March 2019 Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club Hurlstone Park Wednesday 13th March 2019 Sharks League Club Woolooware Thursday 14th March 2019 Hornsby RSL Club Hornsby Saturday 16th March 2019 Leichhardt Town Hall Leichhardt Sunday 17th March 2019 Revesby Workers Club Revesby Monday 18th March 2019 Enmore Theatre Newtown Tuesday 19th March 2019 The Concourse Chatswood Wednesday 20th March 2019 South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club  Kingsford Friday 22nd March 2019 Hurstville Entertainment Centre Hurstville Saturday 23rd March 2019 Panthers Penrith Leagues Club Penrith Sunday 24th March 2019 Panthers Penrith Leagues Club Penrith Tuesday 26th March 2019 North Sydney Leagues Club Cammeray Wednesday 27th March 2019 The Cube – Campbelltown Catholic Club Campbelltown Thursday 28th March 2019 Castle Hill RSL Club Castle Hill   *Panthers Penrith Leagues Club on sale time may be on a later date.   About The Wiggles: The Wiggles have recently celebrated 28 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).   ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 2016-10-02T19:13:09Z aria-announces-the-fine-arts-artisan-and-best-comedy-release-nominees-for-2016-1 ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 Flume and The Avalanches albums nominated across all three Artisan Award categories Commemorative artwork by 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, unveiled Download Commemorative Poster  The first ARIA Awards for 2016 will proudly be presented at the ARIA Nominations Event on Wednesday, October 5 at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, Sydney. At last year's event the #ARIAs hashtag trended at #1 on Twitter nationally, and continued to trend the following day reaching almost three million people. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand, and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees in the Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Awards. To be nominated for an ARIA is a wonderful achievement and is a credit to their talent, dedication and passion to their craft.” The ARIA Nominations Event honours our impressive 2016 ARIA Nominees for the Fine Arts and Artisan Award categories: Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Best World Music Album along with Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of the Year and Best Cover Art. The category of Best Comedy Release will also be presented at this year's Nominations Event. ARIA #1 albums from Flume 'Skin' and The Avalanches 'Wildflower' are nominated across all three Artisan Awards categories, closely followed by Illy, Bernard Fanning and Troye Sivan who are nominated in two Artisan categories. Genre-defying Kate Miller-Heidke has received nominations in both the Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album and Best Comedy Release categories. The ARIA Nominations Event heralds the beginning of the 2016 ARIA celebrations leading up to ARIA Week festivities from November 18, and the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra on Wednesday, November 23 at The Star, Sydney to be broadcast on Ten. ARIA is thrilled to continue the tradition of unveiling commemorative artwork to celebrate the ARIAs, and we are honoured to announce that 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, has designed this year's artwork to celebrate the 30th Annual ARIA Awards.  ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen added:  “We are very excited to be launching The 30th ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra celebrations by recognising the incredible nominees for the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy Awards.” “We are also thrilled to have Nick Seymour, founding member of 2016 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Crowded House, design this year’s commemorative artwork. The captivating design features the instantly recognisable Nick Seymour style that has been showcased across each of the Crowded House album covers.” This is the fourth year an Australian artist has created unique artwork to celebrate the ARIAs. The inaugural ARIAs commemorative artwork was revealed in 2013, designed by much-loved Australian artist and ARIA Hall Of Fame recipient, Reg Mombassa. In 2014, Australian icon, Ken Done (AM) perfectly captured the spirit of the Awards with his colourful and bold take. Last year, 2015 Archibald Prize finalist, Koori visual artist, Blak Douglas created a striking and thought-provoking design.  The ARIA Awards and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. ARTISAN AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Producer Of The Year Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Buchen for Montaigne - Glorious Heights (Wonderlick Recording Company) Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Engineer Of The Year Nick DiDia for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Eric J Dubowsky and Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - 'Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Espie and Robbie Chater for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Best Cover Art Karen Lynch for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Kristen Doyle for Delta Goodrem - Wings of the Wild (Sony Music Australia) Jonathan Zawada for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) Jack Vanzet for RÜFÜS - Bloom (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Australia) Robbie Chater for Lost Art for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) FINE ARTS AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Best Classical Album Flight Facilities - Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Future Classic) Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black - The New Goldberg Variations (AlFi Records / Planet) Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet - With Love And Fury (Kin Music/Universal Music) Nicole Car - The Kiss (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Richard Tognetti | Australian Chamber Orchestra - Mozart's Last Symphonies (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Best Jazz Album Don Burrows & James Morrison - In Good Company (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Emma Pask - Cosita Divina (Independent/Emma Pask Music) Stu Hunter - The Migration (The Habitat Productions) The Idea of North - Ballads (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky - Provenance (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album Josh Pyke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Live at the Sydney Opera House (ABC Music/Universal Music) Kate Miller-Heidke - The Rabbits (Original Live Cast Recording) (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Gallipoli Symphony (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Various Artists - The Divorce (Original Cast Recording) (Universal Music Australia) Various Artists - Velvet : The Original Cast Recording (Social Family Records/Universal Music Australia) Best World Music Album Gawurra - Ratja Yaliyali (CAAMA Music/Rocket) Joseph Tawadros - World Music (Independent / Planet) Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Sierra Kilo Alpha (FOUR FOUR/Universal Music) Paul Grabowsky | Monash Art Ensemble | David Ngukurr Boy Wilfred | David Yipininy Wilfred - Nyilipidgi (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Seaman Dan - An Old Man Of The Sea (Hot Records) BEST COMEDY RELEASE | NOMINATED ARTISTS Kate Miller-Heidke - I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas (feat. The Beards) (Cooking Vinyl Australia) Luke Heggie - You're Not Special/Anythink is Possible (Century Entertainment) Matt & Alex - Play It Out (ABC Music/Universal Music) Roy & HG - This Sporting Life (ABC Music/Universal Music) #ARIAs  www.ariaawards.com.au  www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial CROWDED HOUSE Return to Sydney to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame 2016-09-04T18:57:53Z crowded-house-return-to-sydney-to-be-inducted-into-the-aria-hall-of-fame   CROWDED HOUSE Return to Sydney to be inducted into the  ARIA HALL OF FAME  as part of the ARIA Awards 30th celebrations 30 years ago, Crowded House released their self-titled  debut album and have since...  🎶 Sold over 30x Platinum Albums (over 2 million sales)    🎶 Achieved 5 #1 Albums and 17 Top Fifty Singles in Australia 🎶 Won 13 ARIA Awards and have secured 36 Nominations 🎶 Performed to well over 100,000 fans in 1996 at their    ‘Farewell To The World’ concert on the steps of the  Sydney Opera House   Click here for high res images On November 23, 2016, ARIA will warmly welcome one of Australia's greatest and most-loved bands into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. We will celebrate Crowded House's extraordinary career spanning 30 years and 6 studio albums.  It was back in early 1987 when Crowded House won the first ever ARIA Award for Best Video for 'Don't Dream It's Over'. They went on to win a further two ARIAs for Best New Talent and Song Of The Year for 'Don't Dream It's Over' at the inaugural ARIA Awards.  13x ARIA Award winners, Crowded House founding members, Neil Finn and Nick Seymour said: "Since our formation in Melbourne and our first album release in 1986 we have enjoyed a special relationship with Australia, one that has strengthened and endured over the years. We feel truly blessed that our songs have become a valued part of peoples lives across generations. As a result, our affinity with fans and the music community here is unique and one we hold very close. We are delighted and honoured to accept the invitation to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame.”  'Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House' topped the Australian (8 weeks), New Zealand (8 weeks) and UK (2 weeks) album charts and achieved 13x Platinum accreditation in Australia making it the highest selling Australian album of all time by a group.  Dan Rosen, ARIA Chief Executive Officer said: “On behalf of the ARIA Board, it is a great honour to announce that Crowded House will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra. Since the inaugural ARIA Awards in 1987, the Melbourne-formed band have been nominated for 36 ARIA Awards and have come the full circle since receiving the first ARIA Award ever presented for Best Video. What a thrill that our first ever ARIA Award winner will now be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as part of our 30-year celebrations." Crowded House continue to be an inspiration to their contemporaries and generations of Australian artists. ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, Jimmy Barnes said: “Crowded House make music that instantly sounds classic. They make complex things sound simple and that's really hard to do. Neil’s songs are like Phar Lap - big hearted winners that Kiwis and Aussies are both proud to call their own." Multiple ARIA Award winner, Missy Higgins said: "I grew up singing Crowded House songs, learning 'Better Be Home Soon' was how my brother and sister and I learnt to harmonise with each other. Their songs are so deeply embedded in my memories of childhood, and learning how to be a songwriter. They were like The Beatles to me, with such deceptively brave chord progressions and lyrics that just seemed to sing themselves. I still aspire to write a song half as good as 'Fall At Your Feet'." Crowded House's incredible legacy and perfect tunes continue to win devoted fans spanning all generations across the world, including Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande who recently delivered their glorious take of the Crowded House classic, 'Don't Dream It's Over' that has subsequently been viewed over 40 million times on YouTube. NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said Sydney is looking forward to celebrating 30 years of hosting the ARIA Awards. “The ARIA Awards celebrate local music and local artists, and I can’t wait to see Crowded House receive this well-deserved recognition in Sydney this November.” As well as watching the broadcast on Network Ten, music fans can join in the festivities watching their favourite artists arrive at The Star, Sydney on Wednesday, November 23 where Crowded House will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra.   Crowded House - Weather With You     Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande perform 'Don't Dream It's Over'    The 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra and proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is destined to be the biggest ceremony yet and a milestone to remember. #ARIAs Stay tuned to www.ariaawards.com.au for all the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial   SAVE THE DATE | ARIA launches 30 Year Celebrations 2016-08-16T21:08:23Z save-the-date-aria-launches-30-year-celebrations   ARIA LAUNCHES 30 YEAR CELEBRATIONS The 30th Annual ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra returns to The Star, Sydney and will be broadcast on TEN on Wednesday, November 23       Australia’s biggest and best music acts will come together at The Star, Sydney to celebrate 30 glorious years of the ARIA Awards on Wednesday, November 23. The 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra and proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is destined to be the biggest ceremony yet and a milestone to remember. It was back in early 1987 Sir Elton John hosted the very first ARIA Awards at the Sheraton Wentworth Hotel in Sydney, and was joined by the inaugural ARIA winners including John Farnham, INXS, and Crowded House. Over the next three decades the ARIA Awards has become the pinnacle event on the Australian music calendar, forging careers, creating icons, and playing host to countless magic moments and performances. The ARIAs will celebrate its 30-year history with a show that will feature star-studded performances from current and iconic artists, with very special guest appearances from around Australia and the world.  ARIA is thrilled to continue its partnership with Network Ten, who will broadcast this year’s show around Australia. The 2015 ARIA Awards delivered increased ratings, was the #1 show for 16-39 year olds, and achieved the most social #ARIAs ever, generating 109 million Twitter impressions around the world.  The ARIAs will also continue to be broadcast throughout Asia with STAR World taking Australia’s best artists into the homes of millions of people across the region. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “On behalf of the ARIA Board, we are thrilled to be celebrating The 30th Annual ARIA Awards at The Star, Sydney – a night which will highlight three decades of brilliant performances and incredible artists across all genres of Australian music. “We are delighted to once again be working with our valued presenting partner Telstra to recognise those artists that have captured the nation’s imagination both in the past and in the present.  “We are also very pleased to continue our partnership with the NSW Government, which is supporting the 30th ARIAs celebrations as well as the exciting schedule of events for ARIA Week 2016.” ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Dan Rosen, said:  “The 30th ARIA Awards provides an opportunity for ARIA and the music industry to celebrate its incredible history, amazing artists and moments that have captured the nation’s imagination. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Telstra to offer Australian music fans a truly unique and memorable experience as we celebrate 30 years of the ARIA Awards.  “2016 has delivered an extraordinary year in Australian music - not only have Australian artists achieved success locally, but they are making their mark globally. We look forward to celebrating these accomplishments, along with memorable moments from yesteryear on the ARIA Stage with stellar live performances, unforgettable collaborations and special guest appearances.”  Australian artists including Flume, Sia, Troye Sivan, The Avalanches and Keith Urban have featured strongly on charts around the world. Locally there have been a phenomenal 19 #1 Australian albums since September 2015. 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ Boy & Bear – ‘Limit Of Love’ Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’ Flume – ‘Skin’ Hillsong Worship – ‘Open Heaven/River Wild’ Hilltop Hoods – ‘Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars – Restrung’ Human Nature – ‘Gimme Some Lovin': Jukebox Vol. II’ Jimmy Barnes – ‘Soul Searchin’ Keith Urban – ‘Ripcord’ Matt Corby – ‘Telluric’ Parkway Drive – ‘Ire’ Rüfüs – ‘Bloom’ Sia – ‘This Is Acting’ The Avalanches – ‘Wildflower’ The Cat Empire – ‘Rising With The Sun’ The Temper Trap – ‘Thick As Thieves’ triple j – ‘Like A Version – Volume 11’ Troye Sivan – ‘Wild’ mini-album Violent Soho – ‘Waco’ During this period, two Australian singles - Flume feat. Kai – ‘Never Be Like You’ and The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’ (2 weeks) - have claimed the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart.  It was also the first time since August 2004 that Australian female artists have simultaneously been at the top of both the ARIA Singles (The Veronicas – ‘In My Blood’) and Albums Charts (Delta Goodrem – ‘Wings Of The Wild’).  ARIA and the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, are also pleased to announce the return of ARIA Week for its fifth consecutive year in 2016.  NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said, “Sydney is the proud home of the ARIA Awards and in keeping with this year’s 30th celebrations, ARIA Week will host 30 unique performances across NSW. The program will feature a broad and eclectic range of showcases, curated performances, and conferences, including the popular ARIA Masterclass. ARIA Week brings the music industry together and offers the community unprecedented access to Australian music in the lead-up to the ARIA Awards.” The full ARIA Week schedule will be released in the coming months. As well as watching the broadcast on Network Ten, music fans can join in the festivities watching their favourite artists arrive at The Star, Sydney on Wednesday, November 23. Greg Hawkins, Managing Director for The Star said:  "The Star is delighted to be celebrating this milestone of 30 years of musical brilliance with the Australian music industry. The Star Event Centre will be home to the ARIA Awards for the fourth year running, offering the very best in technical and audio visual facilities along with The Star’s range of world class facilities, accommodation, restaurants and after party venues.” Over the coming months ARIA will be making a number of exciting announcements as part of the 30 year Anniversary celebrations. #ARIAs Stay tuned to www.ariaawards.com.au for all the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial For further information, please contact Kylie Martin at Martini Media  kylie@martini-media.com.au | 0418 314 088    MASTERCARD PRICELESS CITIES PRESENTS: AN APPETITE FOR PARADISE CURATED BY NEIL PERRY 2016-05-17T23:45:50Z mastercard-priceless-cities-presents-an-appetite-for-paradise-curated-by-neil-perry   MASTERCARD PRICELESS CITIES PRESENTS: AN APPETITE FOR PARADISE CURATED BY NEIL PERRY    ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND & EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY     MEDIA RELEASE: Sydney, May 9 2016: As part of MasterCard’s ongoing commitment to connect cardholders to Priceless experiences, MasterCard have today announced, Priceless Cities presents ‘An Appetite for Paradise Curated by Neil Perry’.    Launching this July at the iconic private island sanctuary of One&Only Hayman Island is the first of two VIP culinary escapes to extraordinary locations. Surrounded by astonishing natural beauty, One&Only Hayman Island is a place of restorative peace, indulgence and adventure. Guests will be able to swim, dive, sail and marvel at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most complex ecosystems in the world, with over 33,000 species found off the coastline. Numerous exotic inhabitants from flying foxes to cockatoos and kookaburras who also call the tropical island home can be spotted from the shorelines.   Venturing on from the Whitsunday’s to a relaxing retreat in the NSW Greater Blue Mountains, the second exquisite event will take place at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley this November. Voted TripAdvisor’s Top Hotel in Australia for 2016 in the recent Traveller’s Choice Awards and set on its own private 7,000-acre carbon-neutral wildlife reserve, the resort combines One&Only ultra-luxury style with a quintessentially Australian bush experience. Guests looking to wind down can simply kick back and take in the incredible surroundings and for those looking for a little adventure, opportunity abounds. Nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks, the magnificent wildlife reserve is just 2.5 hours drive from Sydney.    At each world-class destination, Neil Perry AM, Australia’s most awarded chef behind Rockpool Est. 1989, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple and Rosetta Ristorante, is set to host an exclusive five-course degustation dinner.  Joined by his award-winning team of executive chefs and sommeliers from the Rockpool Group restaurants, the gastronomic experience will be lovingly handcrafted using the finest locally sourced ingredients.   Neil Perry comments: “I’m looking forward to creating some spectacular dishes and I’ll be working with my team to design a special degustation experience with food lovers in mind. Naturally given the locations there will be an abundance of fresh seafood on the menu in Hayman Island whilst the native ingredients of the Blue Mountains will inspire the dinner in Wolgan Valley.”   The all-inclusive travel packages will also see guests sipping cocktails and sampling canapés prepared by Neil, in one-of-a-kind settings. Unwind in style with a sunset sail around Hayman Island, whilst in Wolgan Valley the ultimate Australian safari awaits.   The announcement of the gourmet getaways marks the launch of MasterCard Priceless Cities in Australia. Encouraging people to travel boldly and live every day to the fullest, cardholders can enjoy privileged access to unique experiences and attractive offers to over 40 priceless destinations globally.  In addition to ‘An Appetite for Paradise with Neil Perry’, just one of the exciting offers available is a complimentary wine cellar tour and priority-seating for up to four people at the world renowned Rockpool Bar & Grill in Sydney.   Whether you eat, shop, play or stay, detour the everyday with the epic and extraordinary, courtesy of MasterCard.    For more information on MasterCard Priceless Cities and to book ‘An Appetite for Paradise curated by Neil Perry’ visit: https://www.priceless.com/en-au.html   Video – https://youtu.be/bOW4asLZnCg. #AppetiteforParadise   - END -   Notes to Editors: MasterCard Priceless Cities Presents: An Appetite for Paradise with Neil Perry at One&Only Hayman Island (15th July – 18th July 2016)   Package inclusive of: ·       Three nights luxurious twin-share accommodation  ·       MasterCard Priceless Dinner hosted by Neil Perry (inclusive of drinks) ·       Daily breakfast at Pacific overlooking the Coral Sea ·       Return luxury yacht transfers from Great Barrier Reef for two ·       Return porterage ·       Three lunches valued at $60 per person to include one meal and one glass of wine/beer in Aquazure or On the Rocks.  ·       Two dinners valued at $126 per person to include three course Al a Carte meal & two glasses of wine/beer in Aquazure, Amici or Bamboo. ·       Island Escapade snorkelling excursion to Blue Pearl Bay II or Langford Island  ·       Use of the One&Only Fitness Centre, non-motorised watersports and selected resort activities   Hayman Ocean View and Hayman Premium Ocean View Rooms - $4,710 for two guests One Bedroom Pool Suite - $5,340 for two guests One Bedroom Direct Pool Access Suite - $6,060 for two guests   http://www.priceless.com/hayman-paradise   MasterCard Priceless Cities Presents: An Appetite for Paradise with Neil Perry at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley (11th November – 13th November 2016)   Package inclusive of: ·       Two night twin-share villa accommodation with private pool ·       MasterCard Priceless Dinner hosted by Neil Perry (inclusive of drinks) ·       Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily  ·       Non-alcoholic beverages with meals  ·       Select range of local wine and beer with meals  ·       Two on-site nature based activities per day from the scheduled inclusions ·       Signature Wildlife and Sundowners Tour  ·       Use of the resort’s health and fitness facilities  ·       Complimentary in-villa mini bar ·       Porterage service   Heritage Villa - $5,454 for two guests   Booking page coming soon: https://www.priceless.com/en-au.html   About MasterCard MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry.  We operate the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories.  MasterCard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities - such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances - easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardAP and @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.   About One&Only Hayman Island Set in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One&Only Hayman Island is surrounded by astonishing natural beauty, and is a place of restorative peace, indulgence and adventure. Australia’s iconic private island resort has established a new level of ultra-luxury in Australia, offering an unsurpassed level of style, choice and personalised exploration.  One&Only resorts are globally renowned for genuine hospitality, a vivid energy that is unrivalled, and creating memorable experiences through a distinctive style and personality borne of each local culture. With direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach, One&Only Hayman Island offers a range of exhilarating activities specially tailored for the adventurous guest. Thrilling helicopter and seaplane tours, diving, snorkelling and fishing adventures are the gateway to the natural riches of the reef. Diverse dining, extraordinary local produce and the sheer enjoyment of food are at the heart of the One&Only Hayman Island experience. With five different restaurants and bars, Australia’s finest on-island cellar and One&Only bespoke dining experiences, guests are spoilt for choice during their stay. One&Only Hayman Island is also the perfect location for guests to rejuvenate and unwind. One&Only Spa offers a range of services to rest, rebalance and renew the body, with signature treatments that capture the island’s restorative surrounds. One&Only Hayman Island was recently awarded Best Australian Family Property in Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2016 Gold List which acknowledges the ultimate luxury travel experiences in Australia and abroad.   About Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Nestled in a private valley and protected by soaring bush escarpments, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is a unique, ultra-luxury conservation-based resort. A scenic 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, the resort is located between the Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks, within the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region. Set on its own private 7,000-acre carbon-neutral wildlife reserve, the resort combines One&Only ultra-luxury style with a quintessentially Australian bush experience. Guests looking to wind down can simply kick back and take in the incredible surroundings, however for those looking for a little adventure, opportunity abounds. Conservation is at the heart of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley and in addition to being built according to Ecologically Sustainable Design principles - including rainwater collection, domestic water recycling, heat exchange technology and solar panels - Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley undertakes extensive and wide-ranging conservation at the property. The focus of these programmes is the protection of regional biodiversity and the restoration of habitat and the resort’s extensive conservation work helps to re-establish and secure a future for many of the region’s 1,500 native and endangered species. Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley was recently named TripAdvisor’s Top Hotel in Australia for 2016 and was awarded a Banksia Award in the recent Traveller’s Choice Awards for an ongoing commitment to a cleaner environment. Introducing the host, performers and presenters at the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra 2015-11-21T23:26:17Z introducing-the-host-performers-and-presenters-at-the-2015-aria-awards-connected-by-telstra Introducing the host, performers and presenters at the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra Add a little colour to your #ARIAs Tweets with the first Australian awards show Twitter emoji + Alli Simpson confirmed as the Telstra official Twitter Tweejay on the red carpet Experience #greataussiemusic Outback at the ARIAs and behind the scenes action online at telstra.com/arias  2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | 
Thursday, November 26, 2015
 The Star, Sydney | Broadcast on TEN Red Carpet Presented By David Jones - Hosts

Angela Bishop Joel Creasey Olivia Phyland Scott Tweedie Red Carpet Presented By David Jones - Performance from 1.50pm

Nathaniel 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra - Host
Osher Günsberg Telstra Presents #greataussiemusic Backstage At The ARIAs - Host
Ella Hooper Performances
Conrad SewellFlight Facilities featuring Owl EyesHermitude featuring Mataya and Young TapzJarryd JamesJessica MauboyPeking Duk featuring SAFIAThe VeronicasVance JoyVery special Hall Of Fame performance with Tina Arena International Performer
Ed Sheeran PresentersAdam BrandAlli SimpsonCatherine BrittDanny Clayton and Carissa WalfordEd Sheeran (UK)Ian MossIva DaviesFitzy and WippaGuy SebastianJames BluntJames KerleyJasmine RaeJoel CreaseyKrit and Mimi ElashiryKylie MinogueMatt and Alex Phil JamiesonRove McManusRudimental (UK)Samantha JadeScott Tweedie and Olivia PhylandSheppardVeronica and Lewis Music fans around the world can join the conversation around the #ARIAs and add a little Twitter colour to their Tweets while showing their support for their favourite Aussie acts by using the hashtag #ARIAs to generate a cute custom Twitter emoji version of the ARIA award itself. The #ARIAs are the first Australian awards show to have a Twitter emoji created for it, and this is only the second time a Twitter emoji has been made for a music event in Australia. See all the backstage action and red carpet looks live on November 26 by following @ARIA_Official, @ChannelTen and #greataussiemusic.   Alli Simpson has been confirmed as the Telstra official Twitter Tweejay, hosting all the action from the Twitter GIF Booth on the Red Carpet Presented By David Jones. The Australian born beauty commands a social media audience of over 4 million followers. Most recently, Simpson has joined the team at Radio Disney to host her own radio show "The Alli Simpson Show" with over 20 million listeners a week. This past year, Alli has had some of industries biggest names on the show including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Gwen Stefani, Bella Thorne and many more. Alli Simpson appeared at the ARIAs in 2013 with her brother Cody Simpson. The ARIAs is an occasion to honour great music and Telstra is bringing fans closer to the music they love by collaborating with a group of renowned Aussie Artists and fans to celebrate great Aussie music from the past, present and future with the #greataussiemusic series and behind the scenes action online at telstra.com/arias.  A series of videos have been produced featuring artists talking about great Aussie artists and songs. New videos have been released weekly from the ARIA Nominations Event right through to post ARIAs.  On ARIA night, Telstra will be going Outback at the ARIAS, giving fans a unique ARIA Awards experience with exclusive behind the scenes entertainment and red carpet moments at telstra.com/arias. · Red Carpet Interviews with Artists hosted by former Killing Heidi front woman and ARIA Award winner, Ella Hooper. · Telstra Tweejay and social media superstar, Alli Simpson and Ella Hooper will be bringing roaming updates of all the action from the red carpet. · Outback with Great Aussie Music - The green room backstage will capture celebratory chats with the winners, presenters and performers of this years ARIAS, hosted by Ella Hooper.   Tickets to the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra have SOLD OUT, but fans can view all the action on the Red Carpet presented by David Jones from 2.00pm. Watch the Red Carpet special from 7.30pm exclusively on Channel TEN with the ARIAs from 8.00pm on Thursday, November 26.  #ARIAS The 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.   2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | 
Thursday, November 26, 2015
 The Star, Sydney | Broadcast on TEN GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS : SOLD OUT      ARIA Award winners, 5 Seconds Of Summer will join the ARIA Awards live from LA! 2015-11-19T11:53:53Z aria-award-winners-5-seconds-of-summer-will-join-the-aria-awards-live-from-la   ARIA Award winners, 5 Seconds Of Summer will join the ARIA Awards live from LA!     ARIA is thrilled to announce that ARIA Award winners, 5 Seconds Of Summer will join the ARIA Awards broadcast on TEN from 7.30pm live from LA. After winning their first ARIA Award last year in the Song Of The Year category for their #1 single, ‘She Looks So Perfect’, the band who are currently in LA promoting their #1 album and performing at the American Music Awards on November 22, didn't want to miss out on this year's ARIA Awards, so they will be crossing live from their mate's home in LA throughout the show.   5 Seconds Of Summer’s latest album, ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ recently debuted at #1 on the album charts in Australia, US, UK and 6 other charts around the world. On November 20 they release their first ever DVD, ‘How Did We End Up Here : Live At Wembley Arena’. 5 Seconds Of Summer are one of the biggest breakthrough stories of the last two years; six multi-million selling singles, a self-titled debut album that not only topped the US Album Chart (going to #1 globally on iTunes in 76 countries) but also became the third biggest pre-order in iTunes history and the biggest US debut by an Australian artist ever - now to add to that, a second album that has topped the charts around the world.   5 Seconds Of Summer are nominated for two ARIA Awards in the Best Group and Best Australian Live Act categories. In an Australian Awards show first, Twitter Australia will be giving fans the opportunity to vote exclusively in the Best Australian Live Act category. Fans can vote for their favourite Australian Live Act throughout the ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra TV broadcast on TEN by heading to Twitter using the following hashtags: #ARIAS5SOS, #ARIASCOURTNEYBARNETT, #ARIASGANGOFYOUTHS, #ARIASHERMITUDE, #ARIASHILLTOPHOODS, #ARIASNICKCAVE, #ARIASPAULKELLY, #ARIASSHEPPARD, #ARIASTHEPREATURES, #ARIASVANCEJOY   As well as viewers being entertained by 5 Seconds Of Summer crossing live throughout the show, the performances on the night from Conrad Sewell, Flight Facilities, Hermitude, Jarryd James, Jessica Mauboy, Nathaniel, Peking Duk, The Veronicas, Tina Arena, Vance Joy and very special International performer, Ed Sheeran are guaranteed to enthrall music fans around the country.   Tickets to the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra have SOLD OUT, but fans can view all the action on the Red Carpet presented by David Jones from 2.00pm. Watch the Red Carpet special from 7.30pm exclusively on Channel TEN with the ARIAs from 8.00pm on Thursday, November 26.   #ARIAS   2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | 
Thursday, November 26, 2015
 The Star, Sydney | Broadcast on TEN GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS : SOLD OUT     5 SECONDS OF SUMMER – THE STATS   • BRIT Awards 2015 nomination – International Group • American Music Awards – New Artist of the Year • ARIA Music Awards – Song of the Year 2014 – She Looks So Perfect • Billboard Music Awards 2014 – Breakout Star • Kerrang Awards 2014 – Best International Newcomer • MTV Awards 2013 - Buzzworthy’s Favourite Breakthrough Band • MTV Awards 2014 – Best Lyric Video • MTV Europe Music Awards 2014   -         Best New Artist -          Artist on the Rise -          Best Push Act -          Best Australian & New Zealand Act -          Best Australian Act • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2014 – Aussie’s Fave Hot New Talent • People’s Choice Awards 2015 – Favourite Breakthrough Artist • Teen Choice Awards 2014 – Choice Music: Breakout Group • Teen Choice Awards 2014 – Choice Summer: Music Group • Rock Sound Reader’s Poll 2014 - Best International Newcomer and Best Rock Sound cover • MTV VMA’s - Song of the Summer (She’s Kinda Hot) and Best Lyric Video (Don’t Stop) • 2015 MTV EMA - Best Australian/New Zealand Act   www.5sos.com | facebook.com/5secondsofsummer | twitter.com/5SOS ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ – Out Now  ‘How Did We End Up Here? 5 Seconds Of Summer Live At Wembley Arena' DVD – Pre-order now    Check out the video for the single ‘Hey Everybody’, which has already had over 6.5 million views.       ARIA Week returns in 2015 celebrating its biggest line up ever 2015-11-13T09:49:39Z aria-week-returns-in-2015-celebrating-its-biggest-line-up-ever ARIA Week returns in 2015 celebrating its biggest line up ever Legendary music industry icon Lyor Cohen confirmed for a Q&A at ARIA Week Masterclass ARIA Week returns to Sydney for the fourth year from November 21 with its biggest and most dynamic and diverse lineup yet.  ARIA Week presents a program of special one-off gigs, showcases, conferences and events taking place in and around Sydney in celebration of Australian music coinciding with the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. Presented in partnership with the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, ARIA Week will once again see Sydney abuzz with the very best new artists and ground-breaking music industry conferences, showcasing the wealth of talent and opportunity the Australian music scene has to offer. ARIA is thrilled to confirm that Lyor Cohen, an American music industry icon executive and Founder of 300, is confirmed to be the keynote speaker at the invitation-only ARIA Masterclass on Tuesday, November 24. Lyor Cohen has been actively involved in the music industry at various top labels (Def Jam, Island Def Jam Music Group and Warner Music Group) for more than 30 years, and was a pioneer in bringing hip-hop music from the margins of pop culture to the mainstream. ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen said: “ARIA is delighted to welcome Lyor Cohen to Sydney as the keynote speaker for this year’s ARIA Masterclass. With more than 30 years in the business, Lyor has been at the forefront of the global music industry. As a founder of Def Jam records he worked with many hip hop greats including Public Enemy, Jay Z and Kanye West to name a few.  I look forward to him sharing some of the unique insights he has gathered from throughout his extensive career.” NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, said “ARIA Week continues to go from strength to strength and returns in 2015 with an expanded program showcasing Australian music. ARIA Week is also proving to be a strong launching ground for up and coming artists with acts featured in last year’s ARIA Week showcases going on to be nominated at the 2015 ARIA Awards.” The Electronic Music Conference (EMC) and EMC Play will also be a key part of ARIA Week 2015 this December 1-2. The Electronic Music Conference (EMC) for the Asia-Pacific region brings together aspiring artists and the world’s electronic music leaders for two days of panels, workshops and invaluable networking opportunities. This year’s conference will be centred around the theme ‘Connectivity’, with a particular focus on the role technology and collaboration plays in electronic music. EMC will take over Sydney’s ivy complex and feature keynote talks from pioneer DJ Carl Cox and BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson, the line-up also includes Tkay Maidza, Ta-Ku, Tigerlily and many more. By night, EMCPlay, Australia¹s biggest dance music extravaganza, will showcase the country’s most established talent alongside the hottest emerging artists. Nicole Millar, L D R U, Set Mo and Mashd N Kutcher are just a few of the names set to perform across multiple venues in Sydney’s CBD on December 2. Sydney venues can become an official part of the ARIA Week program by registering their shows on the ARIA Week website - www.ariaawards.com.au/aria-week/register-gig.  Registered shows will be added to the list of official gigs on the ARIA Week website. ARIA Week Program At A Glance Saturday, November 21MTV Beats & Eats @ Parramatta Park Sunday, November 22Loudfest 2015 @ The Lair, Metro APRA AMCOS presents In Conversation: Producing a #1 Hit Song @ Giant Dwarf Theatre, Redfern Monday, November 23Sony Music Australia 
@ The BeresfordStudios 301 Producers BBQ @ Studios 301One for The Road @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney Tuesday, November 24ARIA Masterclass @ The Attic at The Star Wednesday, November 25triple j Unearthed ARIA Week showcase @ Newtown Social Club Tuesday, December 1Telstra Road To Discovery @ Telstra Customer Insight Centre The 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. ariaawards.com.au/aria-week | #ARIAWEEK   2015 ARIA WEEK SCHEDULE     SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21 MTV Beats & Eats   Venue: Parramatta Park

 Havana Brown, Savage and Jesabel MTV is kicking off ARIA Week with the launch of a brand new over 18's food and music festival, MTV Beats & Eats, presented by Carlton Dry.  Not only will it showcase Sydney’s trendiest boutique foodies and the hottest music acts around the country, but the MTV Beats & Eats festival is also FREE at Parramatta Park on Saturday, 21st November. MTV Beats & Eats will host 7,500 festival goers, six performances on a giant main-stage, 15 different food outlets, licensed VIP bars and a whole bunch of crazy kit you would only expect from MTV, making history as MTV Australia’s biggest free event to date! All you need to do is register atwww.mtvbeatsandeats.com.au and let us know you’re coming, to enjoy an epic day of delicious food and free tunes on MTV. With more artists to be announced soon, confirmed in the line-up is Melbourne born, LA based DJ, singer and dancer, Havana Brown. With almost one million fans on Facebook, Havana has supported the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Famous for her quadruple-platinum hit ‘We Run the Night’ (feat.Pitbull) the sizzling supernova is set to hit the MTV Beats & Eats stage with a live vocal performance.  New Zealand rapper Savage is also scheduled to storm the stage with his fierce hybrid of bounce, trap and bigroom electronic dance music. Having already sold in excess of 2 million records as a hip hop artist, it was his five times platinum single ‘Freaks’ with Timmy Trumpet that amassed over 70 million views online and turned the Kiwi hero into a dominating success worldwide. Local Sydney stunner Jesabel will also hit the decks with her electro, house music beats.  The up and coming DJ has supported some of Australia’s top artists including Tigerlily, Uberjak’d and Will Sparks. Jesabel has also been involved in the Down N Up program, enabling underprivileged youth to stand up and shine in the electronic music industry with DJ competitions to motivate the masses.   SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 Loudfest
2015 Venue: The Lair, The Metro

 Hellions, Stories, Endless Heights, Void Of Vision, Bare Bones and Harbours LOUDFEST 2015 has been announced as a FREE ALL AGES show in Sydney on Sunday November 22 at The Lair. The event will include a host of Australia’s best upcoming heavy bands including Hellions, Stories, Endless Heights, Void Of Vision, Bare Bones and Harbours. LOUDFEST was launched in 2011, as a Sydney based All Ages event focused on lineups full of young and excited bands from the metal and hardcore world. It has become a main stay of the Sydney scene, and has helped launch the careers of artists like Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Buried In Verona, Dream On Dreamer, Confession, House Vs Hurricane, Saviour and many more. In 2013, LOUDFEST brought in over 1500 fans across Sydney and Melbourne. The 2015 incarnation of the event will see it return as a completely free, Sydney-based event, tied in to ARIA Week in support and celebration of the “Best Hard Rock” award at the ARIAs. The event is supported and run as a joint venture between The Virtue Agency, UNFD and Maniacs, with a focus on continuing the ever growing exposure of heavy music to mainstream audiences. Loud Fest 2015 is a FREE all ages event held at The Lair (Metro Theatre) in Sydney. The room has a limited capacity and people will gain entry in a first-come, first-served basis — there will be no tickets for sale. For more information on LOUDFEST 2015 click here. Sydney’s Hellions have had an impressive year. Their sophomore album, Indian Summer, debuted at #19 on the ARIA chart and the boys have been doing laps of Australia and the rest of the world ever since. Currently on tour in Europe, supporting label mates Northlane, LOUDFEST will be Hellion’s first show back in the country and it will be as crazy as the live show they've built their reputation on. Stories have had a stellar 2015 thus far. In August, the Sydney crew released their incredible album, The Youth To Become, via UNFD and earned themselves a top 50 ARIA chart debut and worldwide acclaim. Stories set out to rewrite the rules of heavy music and in turn have crafted a stunning album that has seen the young band conquer the heavy music world and cement their reputation as an incredible live band, as witnessed at Unify Gathering and the regional Badlands tour with In Hearts Wake.  Sydney post-hardcore act Endless Heights released their Teach You How To Leave EP during August in the midst of their virgin European tour with Australian punk stalwarts Break Even. It was the culmination of a long road of touring at home and abroad with artists like Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Superheaven and Basement with constant writing and rehearsal amid live engagements.  Formed in 2013, Melbourne's Void of Vision immediately got to work, releasing a bunch of ear-belting singles and heading out on multiple national tours with Buried in Verona, Hellions, Ocean Grove and Hand of Mercy just to name a few. Renowned for their high energy and erratic live shows, Void of Vision have become a major force in the Australian heavy music scene and LOUDFEST 15 is your chance to see why. Sydney’s Bare Bones are a name you’ve no doubt stumbled upon. With two EPs to their name, Bare Bones have warmed the stages for major acts like Northlane, Every Time I Die, Harms Way, Heights, Senses Fail, For Today as well as an opening slot on this year’s Soundwave Festival. Drawing influences from the likes of The Bronx, Pantera and everything in between, Bare Bones have crafted a unique punk-rock-hardcore hybrid that has established them as a band to watch in 2015. Harbours is a fresh alternative rock band hailing from Melbourne. Earning their stripes in the thriving hardcore/punk scene, Harbours new material sees the hand reach for a darker, more emotive direction – honing in on grunge, emo and shoegaze influences. In their short time together, Harbours have supported international heavyweights such as Neck Deep, State Champs and Silverstein and now the band with bring their unique take on modern rock to LOUDFEST 2015. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 22 APRA AMCOS presents In Conversation: Producing a #1 Hit Song Venue: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern 5.00pm - 7.00pm RSVP essential:  APRA AMCOS members RSVP (free) / Non-members RSVP ($10) Join a panel of International and Australian songwriters who have produced some of the most recognisable chart hits as they discuss the development of a song and their personal experience navigating the music industry. Panellists include: Jon Hume (Evermore), David Musumeci & Anthony Egizii (DNA Songs/Sony Music Australia) and international guests Audra Mae, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. Moderated by Chit Chat (MAX TV).   MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 Sony Music Australia Showcase Samantha Jade Tonight Alive Drapht Montaigne Venue: The Beresford INVITE ONLY Sony Music Australia in conjunction with ARIA Week are excited to showcase four brilliant Australian acts this year.  Kicking off the night will be Sydney based Singer/ Songwriter Montaigne, whose year has been highlighted with multiple tracks on Triple J and national touring. Next up, ARIA Award Winner Drapht will hit the stage offering up his highly energetic set of Aussie Hip Hop gems including his most recent single Dancin’ John Doe.  Following up will be Tonight Alive, fresh from recording a brand new album and touring the US & Europe across 2015. The band will be showcasing tracks from their forthcoming album titled LIMITLESS - out March 4 next year. Finally, the multi platinum selling and ARIA Award winning Samantha Jade will close the evening performing for the first time, tracks from her brilliant debut album - NINE, released November 20. MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 Studios 301 Producers BBQ… Venue: Studios 301 3.00pm-6.00pm Invite Only  The annual Studios 301 Producers BBQ is an opportunity for Australia's record-makers to catch up and celebrate the year in Australian Music. In a first this year, Studios 301 in partnership with ARIA and Audio Technology Magazine will present the Producer Lifetime Achievement Award, honouring an Australian Producer who has dedicated their life successfully to a career in music production. Also during the afternoon Mark Davie from Audio Technology Magazine will host a discussion with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 One for The Road Venue: Enmore Theatre, Sydney Last month the Australian music industry was devastated by the tragic death of well-known and much loved production manager, Shane Cooper, and the serious injury of drummer Mick Skelton, in a car accident while on their way to a gig in regional Victoria. Since the accident, hundreds of musicians and friends have put their hands up to help out in the best way they know how - with an all-star benefit concert featuring the who’s who of Aussie rock for Mick and Shane’s families. The One For The Road concert will be held at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Monday, 23 November 2015. Performers confirmed are (in alphabetical order): 1927, Baby Animals, Diesel with special guest Jimmy Barnes, Dragon, Doug Parkinson, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Hoodoo Gurus, Noiseworks, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Steve Kilbey (from The Church), Wendy Matthews, Russell Morris, Ian Moss with Andy Bickers, Angry Anderson, Alex Smith (Moving Pictures), The Superjesus, Swanee + Jagger Alexander-Erber, Thirsty Merc and Ziggy (the Bowie Show) featuring Steve Balbi, Brydon Stace + Jeff Duff Mick Skelton, who has now been released from hospital and is recuperating at home, has the following message: "I'm incredibly grateful to everyone for the love and support that's been shown since the tragic accident in September.  Of course, all our hearts and thoughts are, and will always be, with Shane's wife Olivia, their beautiful children and the entire Cooper family. Since being told of the benefit concert, not a day has gone by that I haven't felt overwhelmed and so very humbled. I am so proud to be surrounded by people with such love and support for Shane's family and for my family and myself. It says so much about everyone, from the people putting this together, to the absolutely stellar line up. It's just incredible and words can't describe what the night is going to be like. Even though there is still a long road of recovery left, my spirits remain high and I find comfort in the knowledge that I'll soon be back behind the drums again, playing the music I love, with the people I love. To everyone, thank you SO much, inspiration is what can get us thru anything, and I'm not only incredibly driven to get up and get back out there, but I'm so very, very inspired.  All my love, Mick xx” One for the Road’s promoter, Marc Christowski from Empire Touring, said, “Shane Cooper was an integral part of my organisation and Mick Skelton is my go-to drummer. It's not often this sort of tragedy strikes and I'm proud to say that we have been inundated with artists and crew offering their services to produce this extraordinary benefit concert. It’s going to be one hell of a show, packed with all the biggest hits, a huge production and some very special surprises.” One for the Road is proudly presented by Support Act and produced by Empire Touring. All concert proceeds will go to the Cooper and Skelton families. Donations can also be made via: www.supportact.org.au/donate Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast! www.ticketek.com.au and 132 849    WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25 triple j Unearthed ARIA Week showcase Venue: Newtown Social Club Time: 7.00pm Free Entry 18+ Vallis Alps Airling Gordi Luen (DJ set)  As part of Ausmusic Month, we're teaming up with ARIA Week to bring you another exciting triple j Unearthed showcase, flexing some of the best Unearthed talent in the lead-up to the ARIAs. triple j will be taking over the Newtown Social Club in Sydney and presenting a killer all-Unearthed line-up for you. Leading the jams will be lush duo Vallis Alps, who've had an incredible 2015 rising from home studio sensations to debuting on the Splendour stage. They'll be joined by Brisbane star Airling (here's hoping for a reprise of her Usher cover for Like A Version) and folk songsmith Gordi. Also laying out some sweet beats n' treats on the night will be Unearthed resident DJ Luen. Best of all, entry is totally free. So if you're over 18, come join the fun.  TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 Telstra Road To Discovery Venue: Telstra Customer Insight Centre Time: 6.00pm - 10.00pm Merpire Ciaram Granger Will Anderson Sydnee Carter Liv Cartledge Neighbour After a nationwide search to find Australia’s next generation of brilliant songwriters, Telstra is thrilled to be showcasing six talented artists at the Grand Final of their annual Road to Discovery program as part of ARIA Week 2015 – Merpire, Ciaram Granger, Will Anderson, Sydnee Carter, Liv Cartledge and Neighbour. Tickets for this showcase are not being sold to the public, however you can win your way in by heading to a ariaawards.com.au/aria-week for your chance to win one of 10 double passes.  Now in its 13th year, Telstra Road to Discovery is recognised as a well-established voice in the Australian music industry, providing insights and opportunities for aspiring singer songwriters and music lovers across the country. Telstra Road offers a talent development program that connects emerging singer songwriters with some of the most influential figures in the music industry. unsubscribe | update info | privacy policy | forward email