Urban edge meets bohemian chic at The Motley Hotel – Richmond’s new artful retreat 


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Urban edge meets bohemian chic at The Motley Hotel – Richmond’s new artful retreat 

Step into the vibrant heart of Richmond and uncover the eclectic charm of The Motley Hotel, a bohemian haven that seamlessly marries history with modern flair.

Our Friday night escape promised an unforgettable experience in Melbourne’s latest boutique gem. Nestled on Bridge Road, The Motley Hotel welcomed us with its promise to ‘Stay Different’ and from the moment we crossed the threshold, it delivered on that pledge.

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At first glance, The Motley Hotel’s entrance on Bridge Road appears deceptively simple blending seamlessly with the eclectic streetscape of Richmond. Unlike ostentatious displays, this boutique gem plays its cards close to the chest, and from the street, while modern and elegant, the narrow, glass-fronted building hints gives away only the smallest hint of the captivating world inside – all perfectly executed by visionary Jackson Clements Burrows architects.

Once we stepped into the double-height entrance of The Motley, the atmosphere transformed into a captivating wonderland of patterns, metallic flourishes, and modern artwork that paid homage to Melbourne’s chic and current personality. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the display of captivating fashion portraits lining the wall, courtesy of renowned fine-art photographer Mohammadreza Rezania.

This is merely the beginning though, as the entire property is a small art gallery within a hotel, boasting murals, artwork, and textiles that reflect Melbourne’s diverse and artistic community. Even the elevator was a work of art!


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With 80 rooms across eight levels, The Motley caters to every preference. Choose from Standard, Deluxe, Courtyard, or City View options, all featuring King beds. For those seeking an extra touch of luxury, the spacious one-bedroom suite offers a separate living area and bedroom. The views, whether of the bustling urban streets or Melbourne’s CBD skyline, are a treat for the eyes.

Because The Motley is all about being bold and beautiful, there’s also The Motley’s Heritage Rooms, each a unique symphony of art and luxury. The Tiger Room invites you to unleash your wild side amidst intricate tiger-themed artwork and untamed elegance, while Mary’s Room pays homage to Ms. Mary Parker, exuding timeless sophistication with captivating artworks and bone inlay furniture. Lastly, there’s the Texture Room, a realm of tactile bliss celebrating strong women through art, whimsical fabrics, and contemporary design.


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Our choice for the night, the Motley Balcony Suite, unfolded as a romantic retreat with a unique blend of luxury and artistic expression. The room, adorned with modern amenities (hello smart TV and rain shower head!) and thoughtful details, adorned with Mr. Smith handwash and moisturiser, echoed the Motley’s commitment to diversity. The panoramic views from our window, overlooking the bustling Bridge Road, set the stage for a night filled with the energy of Richmond’s vibrant streets. So chic!

Before settling into our room, we ventured into Threads, the rooftop bar with spectacular views across Richmond, Melbourne’s city skyline, and the Dandenong Ranges. Expert mixologists crafted cocktails and refreshing summer drinks graced the menu, setting the scene for an intimate afternoon basking in the sun. The vibrant energy of the city below, combined with the eclectic and absolutely stunning decor, made Threads a fitting beginning to our Friday night escapade.


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Once the sun set, we ventured into Ms. Parker, the on-site cafe, wine bar, and restaurant. Led by Chef Paul Millist, the restaurant showcases the best of local produce with a medley of Middle Eastern, Asian, and modern Australian influences. The menu is divided into smaller plates for sharing and more substantial meals. We devoured the Coal Roasted Wild Barramundi fillet, Southern farms Lamb shank and thick cut steakhouse chips for our mains, before indulging in the Pina Colada panna cotta and the mouth watering hot Valrhona molten chocolate pudding. Sensational.

Alongside the incredible food and the brilliant and attentive staff, the vibrant atmosphere, lined with quirky modern art and a chill-out dance soundtrack, provided the perfect setting and is a nod to tradition, a wink at creativity, and a celebration of The Motley’s fabric and style. The colourful, comfy cushions lining the booths were also welcomed touch, allowing you to really sink into the indulgence of the evening.

What we really loved was the commitment to a separate identity for Ms. Parker, ensuring that it remains a vibrant space for guests and non-guests alike. The eclectic dining destination can be entered directly from the street, beckoning passers-by in with bright neons and patterned with diverse textures and flavours. It’s also a wine bar too, with some incredible labels available for purchase.

Armed with a bottle of wine, complimentary bathrobes and the lingering echoes of a delectable evening, our stay at The Motley on a Friday night was nothing short of enchanting. The seamless blend of artistic expression, culinary delights, and the bohemian spirit of Richmond made it a unique and memorable experience. As we retired to our Motley Suite, we felt the heartbeat of Melbourne’s past and present, wrapped in the luxurious embrace of very romantic and very artistic The Motley Hotel.

The verdict? The perfect night of artistic romance for those wanting to stay different.


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The Motley Hotel earns its stripes, not just for its vibrant design and artistic homage but for the adventurous dining experience it offers. The clash of canvas and modern art, friendly staff, and a commitment to locally sourced produce make it a luxurious haven. With the Heritage Rooms now open, The Motley is poised to become a sought-after destination for tourists and locals seeking a special night or weekend treat. Conveniently located (especially if attending an event at the MCG, Rod Laver or AAMI Park), boldly designed, and boasting a fantastic on-site dining experience, The Motley Hotel is indeed where Melbourne’s past meets present in bohemian splendour.

Experience the Bohemian Romance of The Motley Hotel. Book your stay here

Paul Van Dyk, Blastoyz, Cosmic Gate lead Melbourne’s Transmission Festival lineup

Transmission is bringing a brand new show, Elysium, featuring the famous mix of unmatched production of lasers, lights and graphics. Before Melbourne, it’s coming to Arnhem in the Netherlands, bringing the likes of Above&Beyond, Christina Novelli, Vini Vici and more.

Transmission Festival

  • Transmission: Elysium
  • March 10, 2024
  • Flemington Showgrounds Melbourne

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Transmission Festival lineup

  • Blastoyz
  • Cosmic Gate
  • Daxson
  • Markus Schulz
  • Paul Van Dyk

“Transmission is an unparalleled electronic music event unlike anything you’ve ever experienced,” the organisers say. “Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular show that combines cutting-edge technology, mind-blowing special effects, captivating live acts, and a meticulously designed scenography that will leave you breathless and craving for more.

“Each edition Transmission unveils an exclusive theme that sets the stage for a captivating storyline and immersive journey through the night. You’ll be entranced by an awe-inspiring display of lights and lasers meticulously choreographed, and a booming sound-system that will reverberate through your entire being ensuring an immersive and electrifying sonic experience. Each artist is introduced with custom intros, adding an extra layer of anticipation and excitement as they weave their sonic tapestry with the transcendent sounds of trance, progressive trance, tech-trance, and psytrance.”

Pre-book here.

Geelong installs a vibrant and permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing

Geelong, our great regional city known for its vibrant culture, has proudly revealed a striking permanent rainbow pedestrian crossing beneath the Westfield flyover on Yarra Street.

Alongside being bright and beautiful, the move is a heartfelt expression of the region’s commitment to diversity and a joyful celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Inspired by Valentino Vecchietti’s Progress Pride Flag, the chosen design is the most current and inclusive representation of LGBTQIA+ pride. It integrates not only the traditional rainbow colours but also incorporates elements of the transgender and intersex flags, as well as brown and black lines to symbolise all people of colour, including Australia’s First Nations communities.

The demand for a rainbow crossing in Geelong has echoed through the community for the past four years. Initial steps were taken in 2020 with a temporary mini crossing in Little Malop Street during the launch of the Geelong Rainbow Festival. However, the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily halted plans for a permanent installation until 2022.


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Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken emphasised that the rainbow crossing is a tangible demonstration of the City’s dedication to supporting the diverse rainbow community. The crossing not only adds vibrancy to the streets but is a visual commitment to inclusivity.

Jen Walsh, a member of the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee, expressed gratitude for the City’s investment in the rainbow crossing.

“It is a powerful symbol of hope for all LGBTIQA+ people and their loved ones across the region.

“The colours represented by the Progress Flag indicate that all City of Greater Geelong residents have the right to live as our authentic selves, and that our LGBTIQA+ identities deserve to be celebrated.

“At a time when a lot of LGBTIQA+ people are doing it tough, this rainbow crossing is a strong sign of solidarity and strength.”

You can read more about the crossing here

A massive indoor Christmas Market is coming to Geelong with 100+ local makers

Christmas is coming and with it comes along a lengthy list of presents and Kris Kringle gifts, festive treats and glistening Xmas decorations.

Enter, the Christmas Market. As well as being the perfect place to tick off your entire shopping list, a lot of the time these specially curated markets offer one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to put you in a festive spirit.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

Consistently serving as our final nudge to get into gear for the past few years, the annual Piccadilly Christmas Market is returning to Geelong once again, going ahead on Saturday, December 16 2023 at the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in Belmont from 10am to 3pm.

Simply described as a design market, the Piccadilly Market is perfect for those wanting to support local businesses all under one roof, giving shoppers the opportunity to talk to the makers and get a feel for bespoke handmade products.

Boasting more than 100 stalls this December, the Christmas edition of the market will be one of its biggest yet, featuring Geelong’s most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists, local alcohol producers, food producers, and makers, all there to provide you with artsy gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list.

Alongside all the products up for grabs, this year’s market will also see the return of food trucks, outdoor seating, a fun farm for kids at just $5, free face painting, and roaming and live entertainment, making this quite the outing for all.


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And let’s be real: this market is also great for maybe picking up a little something for yourself (after you’ve gotten your Christmas list all sorted, of course).

Guided by the ethos of filling your heart and not the land, be sure to pack a carry or tote bag because all these gorgeous stalls will be selling handmade goodies that are too cute to resist.

There is a gold coin donation fee for adults to enter, and parking is free.

Find out more here

Here Comes The Sun festival is bringing Ocean Alley, Ball Park Music to Torquay in 2024

Get ready to ride the wave of music, sun, and sea as Here Comes The Sun, WA’s beloved coastal festival, makes its debut in Victoria alongside its flagship Margaret River 3 Oceans event.

Here Comes The Sun is taking its festival vibes to Torquay Common (VIC) on Saturday, March 30, before making its way to the picturesque 3 Oceans Winery (WA) on Saturday, April 13. The 2024 festival line-up is set to blow minds with a stellar cast including Ocean Alley, Ball Park Music, Ruby Fields, Jack Botts, South Summit, Clews, and more to be announced!

Here Comes The Sun 2024

  • Saturday, March 30, at Torquay Common, Torquay, VIC, and Saturday, April 13, at 3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River, WA
  • Lineup features Ocean Alley, Ball Park Music, Ruby Fields, Jack Botts, South Summit, Clews, and more
  • Tickets for Here Comes The Sun Festival 2024 go on sale on Friday, December 8, at 10 am

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

As Here Comes The Sun gears up for its fifth year, the festival has become a fixture in WA’s cultural landscape with seven successful events under its belt. The 2024 expansion into Torquay is a testament to the festival’s laid-back coastal charm that has captured the hearts of music lovers.

Both festival dates are strategically aligned with two of Australia’s premier surfing competitions: the World Surf League Margaret River Pro and the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Torquay.

Macro Music, the creative force behind events like Out Of The Woods, Good Day Sunshine, and Sugarloaf Rock, as well as a decade of artist management, proudly presents Here Comes The Sun. Born out of the need for a world-class event in the Margaret River region, the festival has delivered top-tier artists, including Tame Impala, Amy Shark, Crooked Colours, ShockOne, and many more, to the southwest.


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Leading the charge for Here Comes The Sun 2024 is Australia’s psychedelic-surf-rock sensation, Ocean Alley. With a decade of sold-out shows across the globe, including spots at Splendour In The Grass, Reading & Leeds (UK), and BottleRock (USA), Ocean Alley is set to bring their mesmerizing sounds to the festival. Their fourth album, “Low Altitude Living,” released last year, further solidifies their status as musical trailblazers.

Melancholic maestros, Ball Park Music, are set to serenade the crowds with their chart-topping hits. Ruby Fields, the silky-voiced singer-songwriter, will bring her unique blend of haunting solo performances and cyclonic full-band attacks. Jack Botts, with his genre-bending masterpiece “Sucker For Sunsets,” promises a musical journey through the highs and lows of real life.

South Summit, WA’s indie reggae marvels, will provide the perfect soundtrack to a coastal summer, while Clews, the sibling powerhouse, channels ’90s anthems with grungy melodic power. With nominations for Triple J Unearthed ‘Artist Of The Year’ and impressive performances at Groovin The Moo, Falls, and Rolling Sets, South Summit is a band on the rise.

Tickets for the festival go on sale on Friday, December 8, at 10 am local time, and can be snagged from www.hctsfest.com

James Taylor announces 2024 Australian tour

In a major musical treat for Australian fans, the legendary GRAMMY Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, James Taylor, has officially declared his 2024 Australian tour – and it’s set to be nothing short of epic.

The tour will kick off the musical festivities on April 12 at the enchanting Kings Park & Botanic Garden in Perth. The groove will then make its way to Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on April 16, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on April 19, and conclude with a grand finale at Sydney’s Aware Super Theatre on April 23.

Fans will also be able to see “An Evening with James Taylor and His All-Star Band” at A DAY ON THE GREEN on April 21 at Sirromet Wines Mount Cotton, followed by performances at Bimbadgen Hunter Valley on April 27 and Centennial Vineyards Bowral on April 28.


  • Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth: Friday, April 12
  • Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne: Tuesday, April 16
  • Entertainment Centre, Adelaide: Friday, April 19
  • Aware Super Theatre, Sydney: Tuesday, April 23

Also appearing at A DAY ON THE GREEN:

  • Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton: Sunday, April 21
  • Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley: Saturday, April 27
  • Centennial Vineyards, Bowral: Sunday, April 28

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.


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For over five decades, James Taylor has left an indelible mark with his warm baritone voice and unparalleled guitar-playing style. Hits like “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Sweet Baby James,” and the timeless “You’ve Got A Friend” have resonated across generations, earning him a well-deserved GRAMMY Award for Best Male Pop Vocal.

Taylor’s illustrious career boasts over 100 million albums sold, a collection of gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, and the distinction of having the first-ever #1 album of his career with “Before This World” in 2015. Accolades continue to pour in, including multiple GRAMMY Awards, inductions into the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Halls of Fame, and prestigious honours such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In addition to his extensive discography, Taylor recently treated fans to “Break Shot,” a raw and authentic audio memoir covering his formative years. His 19th studio album, “American Standard,” secured him the 2021 GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, making him the first artist with a Billboard Top 10 album in each of the past six decades.

Don’t miss your chance to witness this living legend live in action! Secure your tickets during the Live Nation pre-sale or grab them when they hit the general market on Friday, December 8. This is a musical rendezvous you won’t want to miss!

Live Nation pre-sale Wednesday, December 6, 9 am – Friday, December 8, 9 am. General public tickets on sale: Friday, December 8, 10 am (local time). Find out more here

Denis Walter’s Carols By The Bay has been cancelled

In a sad start to the festive season, Denis Walter’s legendary Carols by the Bay has been cancelled due to weather.

“Due to safety reasons caused by today’s rain, the team at Denis Walter Carols by the Bay are unable to proceed with tonight’s event,” a post from City of Greater Geelong said today.

“While this will be disappointing for many, safety is our first consideration.”

The free event – one that has become synonymous with the city’s Christmas celebrations since its inception in 1997 – was slated to take place at Eastern Beach Reserve in Geelong on 2 December.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here

Hailed as one of Victoria’s most iconic voices, Denis Walter, with his incredible baritone, has been a Christmas staple, giving Australians spine-tingles every Christmas Eve at the annual Carols by Candlelight concert. The 2022 edition featured special guests including Santa, OzBoys, Rhonda Burchmore, Michael Cristiano, and Team Dream.

Find out more at Carols by the Bay Geelong

‘I’m really sorry’: Jimmy Barnes pulls out of By The C festival in Torquay

In a shattering turn of events, the legendary Jimmy Barnes has pulled out of the highly anticipated By The C event in Torquay this Saturday, December 2.

Barnes is currently receiving treatment for bacterial pneumonia, a setback that also forced him to miss the Rock the Boat music cruise earlier in the week. Replacing the Aussie legend is a stellar lineup featuring Jon Stevens, Ian Moss, Daryl Braithwaite, and surprise appearances, ensuring the show goes on.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

The By The C team confirmed the unfortunate news via social media, assuring fans that Barnes’ band would still grace the stage, joined by the incredible vocal talents of Stevens, Moss, Braithwaite, and even Barnes’ own offspring, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell. Together, they’ll deliver an unforgettable performance, rocking out to Cold Chisel classics and Barnes’ solo hits.

Barnes’ replacement band will feature alongside The Living End, Birds of Tokyo, Pete Murray and Kasey Chambers at Torquay’s By The C tomorrow, Saturday December 2.

“I know a lot of people travel a long way for this gig so I’m really sorry that I won’t be able to see you in Torquay as I’d hoped”, said Jimmy Barnes.

“This infection has knocked me for six so there’s no chance that the Doctors will let me out of bed for the next few days. I’d like to thank my dear friends Mossy, Jon and Daryl, plus my wonderful kids Mahalia and David for putting together this unique show with my live band. It’s never been done before so I wish I could be there to see it myself! Again, I’d like to apologise to everyone – if I could be there I would be there – but it’s still going to be a helluva show.”


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The lineup adjustment follows Barnes’ recent announcement of his health challenges, revealing he’s been “receiving intravenous antibiotics over the last 36 hours to treat bacterial pneumonia.”

As the iconic Jimmy Barnes takes time to recover, Torquay Common will still echo with music, ensuring a memorable experience for all attendees.

Tickets are on sale here. 

The Australian Tattoo Expo returns to Melbourne this weekend with over 400 global tattoo artists

Melbourne is gearing up for an ink-splosive (oh yes we did) return of the Australian Tattoo Expo, the Southern Hemisphere’s grandest celebration of body art, boasting over 400 world-class tattoo artists.

From Friday, December 1, to Sunday, December 3 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the vibrant event promises an immersive experience for ink enthusiasts and curious souls alike.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

This iconic weekend-long expo delves into the diverse realm of tattoo and body art culture, offering a canvas for attendees to meet skilled artists and explore various genres, histories, trends, and techniques within the complex industry. Whether you’re a seasoned tattoo pro, an aspiring artist, or just someone with a deep appreciation for inked masterpieces, the Australian Tattoo Expo is designed to be a welcoming space for all.

The expo’s highlights include the CTAA Tattoo Competition Series, where artists from around the world compete for the prestigious “Tattoo of the Show” title. Unveiling the ugly underbelly of the tattoo world, the expo introduces the ‘Shittest Tattoo Competition,’ inviting participants to showcase their ink regrets for gasps and big laughs.


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An international panel of judges, including Brazilian scar tattooing specialist Karlla Mendes, Italian black abstract artist Peste, and New York-based Khan Tattoo, adds a global touch to the celebration of body art. Attendees can even secure on-the-spot appointments with over 400 international and local artists, hailing from countries such as Japan, Taiwan, China, South Korea, USA, Indonesia, Sweden, and Australia.

For those feeling adventurous, the Dr Pickles Tattoo Glory Hole offers a spontaneous tattoo experience. Celebrity tattoo artist Lauren Winzer, renowned for inking Hollywood’s biggest names, will also be providing free walk-up flash tattoos throughout the weekend.

Beyond tattoos, the expo features exclusively curated exhibitors and entertainment. The Cheshire’s Grin crafts real gold grills and teeth, while professional body piercers enhance body art on-site. Entertainment includes Flux Entertainment’s breathtaking fire shows, local DJs on the main stage, and a dedicated kids’ corner for family fun.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the Australian Tattoo Expo from December 1-3, 2023, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Get your tickets here.

Body Type, Southern Sons and more announced for 2024 Festival of Sails free live music lineup

While Geelong’s iconic Festival of Sails has long been known for its exciting action on the water, it’s also become a favourite entertainment destination over the January long weekend.

Off the back of a huge festival featuring more than 30 incredible acts across three stages, the 2024 Festival of Sails is gearing up to bring some of Australia’s hottest musical acts to Geelong.

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

Leading the charge is the explosive rock band ‘Body Type,’ hailed as one of the country’s best live acts and showered with global acclaim for their hit record ‘Everything is Dangerous But Nothing’s Surprising.’ The Sydney-based quartet, shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, will headline the festival on Saturday, January 27. Described as “a tightly coiled collection of post-punk tracks that tackled industry chauvinists, sexual power, and rage,” Body Type promises a raw and punchy performance in their first-ever appearance in Geelong.

Sharing the stage on Friday, January 26, are Aria winners and Australian favourites, Southern Sons. Renowned for chart-toppers like ‘Heart in Danger,’ ‘Hold Me In Your Arms,’ and ‘You Were There,’ this Aussie rock sensation is set to get the crowd moving.

Bringing the festival to a rocking close on Saturday, January 27, is Australia’s premier INXS cover band, ‘The Australian INXS Show.’ Known for their sell-out performances, they guarantee to keep the party pumping well into the night.


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Festival of Sails Chairman, Paul Buchholz says this year’s entertainment lineup for the Festival is one of the best they’ve seen for years. “We have three days of fabulous entertainment with dozens of performers entertaining the crowds, from well-known favourites right through to our Emerging Artists competition.”

The festival caters to all tastes, including family-friendly acts like the Royal Australian Navy Band and the Mik Maks. Buchholz adds, “The Festival has a reputation as a great fun party destination, and given the musical lineup we have, I am sure that this year – yet again – we’ll see the crowds up, dancing, singing, and having a seriously great time!”

More information about artists heading up the stages will be announced soon.

Find out more here

You can now book taxis through the Uber app in Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne

Now you have the option to request a taxi using your Uber app, with the service slated to cost more than Uber X and no specific changes to surge pricing, just the assurance it will cost the upfront amount.

The service will offer fully licensed taxi drivers are ready to take you where you want to go, although 13Cabs has already expressed concerns that the app won’t ensure safe driver working hour limits among other protocols.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.


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Uber Taxi’s three-step process

1. Request

Open the app and enter your destination in the “Where to?” box. Once you confirm your pickup and destination addresses are correct, select Uber Taxi at the bottom of your screen. Then tap Confirm Uber Taxi. Once you’ve been matched, you’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details and can track their arrival on the map.

2. Ride

Hop in when your driver arrives. Your driver has your destination and directions on the fastest route to get there, but you can always request a specific route. You can also share your whereabouts and trip status with friends and family, all right from the app. If you are riding with friends, you can also split the fares through the app. It’s easy and stress-free.

3. Hop out

You’ll be automatically charged through your payment method on file, so you can exit your Uber Taxi as soon as you arrive. Remember to rate your driver at the end of the ride.

For more info, head here.

Cog announce Australian tour with Yomi Ship and Kodiak Empire

Primed to tour across the east coast next March, Cog will also be joined by special guests Yomi Ship and Kodiak Empire.

Heading to Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Canberra and Sydney next year, Cog’s The Vinyl Tour 2024 will officially launch on Thursday 28 February 2024 with an extra special appearance at Rare Records in Melbourne/Naarm to celebrate the long-awaited release of their seminal albums The New Normal (2005) and Sharing Space (2008) on vinyl for the first time ever, alongside an extremely rare first pressing of their 2008 compilation album Just Visiting.

Cog The Vinyl Tour 2024

With Special Guests
Yomi Ship + Kodiak Empire

Friday 1 March
Northcote Theatre, Naarm Vic

Saturday 2 March
Hindley St Music Hall, Tarndanya Sa

Friday 8 March
Princess Theatre, Meanjin Qld

Saturday 9 March
King Street, Mulubinba Nsw

Friday 15 March
The Basement, Ngunnawal Act

Saturday 16 March
Manning Bar, Gadigal Nsw

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Emerging in the late 90s, Cog’s enduring legacy on the heavy music landscape has traversed decades, global touring and a jubilant reunion back in 2016. Via their early EPs, 2000’s Pseudo and part one and part two of 2002’s Just Visiting, the behemoth reputation of the Sydney-hailing trio would firmly cement in 2005 in the form of their debut full-length The New Normal. From here, Cog took the world by storm, relentlessly touring Australia, embarking on overseas runs, igniting stages at Big Day Out, Falls Festival and Homebake, alongside adding a stellar second album release to their repertoire in the form of the certified Gold 2008 opus Sharing Space.

Never ones to rest on their laurels, Cog emerged from a five year hiatus in 2016, with an entirely sold out comeback tour across Australia that same year – and some new music soon followed in 2018 via the band’s first new material in a decade: The Middle. From here, Cog have continued to expand their creative spirit, releasing two additional singles, Altered States and Drawn Together, while also remaining extremely active on the touring circuit, most recently headlining Thrashville 2023.

With 2023 drawing to a close, Cog are now turning their gazes to a brand new year; and 2024 is one which will also include an east coast Australian tour to celebrate the long-awaited release of both The New Normal and Sharing Space on vinyl for the first time.

“Earlier this year we reached a milestone of sorts,” shares Cog’s Flynn Gower. “In 2008 we delivered our album Sharing Space to our label. Unfortunately, our relationship deteriorated during this period and for the next 15 years we’ve been locked into a contract and waiting for resolution.

We can finally say that we now own the rights to all our music. In celebration of this and after many years of inquiries from our fans we can announce that both The New Normal and Sharing Space are available on vinyl and an East Coast tour is booked.”

Available exclusively through Rare Records, these albums will be pressed on 3 x 180g vinyl, housed in deluxe triple gatefold sleeves, with a range of variants on offer, while the Just Visiting first pressing is a rare promo-only copy that features the word “RARE” written in gold paint, a 420g gatefold jacket and two transparent red and green (one of each) 190g virgin vinyl records.

Also joining Cog for their east coast run next March will be none other than Perth’s Yomi Ship and Brisbane’s Kodiak Empire.

An instrumental psychedelic-meets-progessive rock trio from Perth, Yomi Ship deliver soundscapes filled with unorthodox structures and rhythms alongside anchoring basslines and dreamy melodies. Having previously toured alongside the likes of Karnivool, CHON, Animals as Leaders, I Built The Sky and Plini, Yomi Ship will enamour you with a beautiful amalgamation of The Mars Volta, Pink Floyd and their own captivating charm.

Brisbane-based five piece Kodiak Empire balance peace and chaos in unforgettable fashion. Releasing their debut full lenth album The Great Acceleration in 2023, Kodiak Empire fused their adoration for The Mars Volta, Silverchair and Circa Survive into an incomparable display; one that is equal parts elegant, melodic and modern, and also one that has snagged them supports with Mono, We Lost the Sea and many more.

Tickets for The Vinyl Tour 2024 are on-sale this Friday 1 December at 9:00am AEDT, while Brisbane’s event pre-sale is live now via Ticketmaster. Do not miss this incredible run of shows from one of Australia’s finest. In Cog we trust.

For general tickets, visit here.

An augmented reality go karting experience is coming to Melbourne

BattleKart has made its way to Melbourne, offering a go-karting experience like never before.

It’s kind of like Mario Kart in real life. An indoor electric karting track combined with augmented reality technology creates the perfect video game environment. You can completely immerse yourself in a variety of different game modes such as Battle Virus, Battle Snake and many more.

BattleKart Melbourne

  • Augmented reality go-karting experience
  • 50 McArthur Street, West Footscray
  • Opening February 2024

Keep up with the latest in local news and entertainment here.

Most of these games are similar to your favourite video games, making it easier to understand how to play.

Battle Snake is a similar concept to the nostalgic ’80s arcade game Snake. In this version, your goal is to be the longest snake when the final gong hits.


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The objective is to drive around the track and gather the coloured fruits that appear randomly. But you can’t touch the edges or run into other snakes, otherwise, it’s game over.

For a more team-friendly game mode, you can jump into Battle Virus, a completely cooperative game where you and your team battle a deadly virus. To win, you’ll have to put your decision-making skills to the test.

You’ll be given two options: your team can either shoot missiles at the virus or collect medic kits to heal players infected with the virus. At the end, you will be presented with a cohesive score and other statistics detailing your outcome.

BattleKart was founded in Belgium in 2019, and after the success of the first tracks, they’ve expanded to four European countries and in the Middle East.

Australia is the next country to be introduced to this new go-karting experience and it won’t be the last with BattleKart having more endeavours to expand. Around the world, it’s been praised as the ultimate way to have fun for people with and without driving experience.

Whether you’re a go-karting veteran or have never karted before, BattleKart is sure to offer a fun, whacky experience you won’t soon forget.

 BattleKart is set to open in February 2024 at 50 McArthur Street, West FootscrayFor more information, head here.

Proving the region unstoppable, Geelong and Bellarine businesses shine at the Victorian Tourism Awards

In a dazzling display of local talent, Geelong and The Bellarine’s tourism hotshots strutted their stuff at the 2023 Victorian Tourism Awards, and boy, did they bring home the gold – literally!

The who’s who of Geelong’s tourism scene descended upon The Crown Palladium in Melbourne for a night of glitz, glamour, and gongs. Hosted by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), this black-tie bonanza celebrated our region’s best and brightest, proving once again that we’re not just great, we’re gold medal great!

Keep up with the latest Victorian travel destinations, news and tips here

Leading the charge were the fabulous folks at Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine’s Visitor Information Services, snagging the top spot in the ‘Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers’ category.

“We are so proud of both the winners and the finalists for their remarkable contributions to growing Geelong and The Bellarine’s visitor economy,” said Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Executive Director Tracy Carter. “While we’ve always known just how special our local industry is, it’s incredibly satisfying to see our members recognised on a state level.”

The Geelong and Bellarine Visitor Information Services, powered by a whopping 63 passionate volunteers, scooped up the gold for their outstanding dedication to growing our local visitor economy. Some of these legends have been at it for 30 whole years – talk about commitment!

But the gold rush didn’t stop there! Geelong Gallery strutted its stuff and clinched gold in the Cultural Tourism category, while Searoad Ferries sailed away with top honours in the Major Tour and Transport Operators league.

And the winners’ circle extended further:

  • The Woods Ocean Grove – Self Contained Accommodation
  • Hop It – Tour and Transport Operators
  • Accessible Accommodation – Excellence in Accessible Tourism
  • Accommodation at Curlewis – 4 – 4.5 star Deluxe Accommodation
  • Kerry Williams – Outstanding contribution by an individual

This stunning Ocean Grove retreat has been named the best self-contained accommodation in the entire country


The Avalon 2023 Australian International Airshow also claimed silver in the Major Festivals & Events category, while Higher Mark – Geelong Cats and Adventure Park – Winter Glow Festival claimed bronze in the Business Events Venues and Festivals & Events categories, respectively.

Now in its 37th year, the 2023 Victorian Tourism Awards were the talk of the town, with almost 1,000 guests soaking in the good vibes. A massive shoutout to VTIC, City of Melbourne, Visit Victoria, Melbourne Airport, and Crown for making this extravaganza possible.

Check out the full list of winners here

Tropical Fuck Storm announce Australian tour with C.O.F.F.I.N, Cool Sounds and Mod Con

A mini moving Festivus for the rest of us, Cellophane Honeymoon is the antithesis of the great corporate festival swindle, all killer, no filler, and with a ticket price that doesn’t force you to choose between rent, medication, power bills or future starvation! One sweet, juicy pineapple plus booking fees, Damn the man! Save the Empire!

Cellphone Honeymoon Tour Dates 2024

  • Friday 22 March                The Triffid                            Brisbane                   QLD
    With special guests C.O.F.F.I.N, Cool Sounds & Mod Con Tix $50 + bf from tropicalfuckstormrecords.com
  • Saturday 23rd March        The Metro Theatre               Sydney                     NSW
    With special guests C.O.F.F.I.N, Cool Sounds & Mod Con Tix $50 + bf from tropicalfuckstormrecords.com
  • Friday 12 April                    Northcote Theatre              Melbourne                VIC
    With special guests C.O.F.F.I.N, Cool Sounds & Mod Con Tix $50 + bf from tropicalfuckstormrecords.com

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Meet the inaugural line-up…

  • C.O.F.F.I.N is a four-piece, full-force, boogie rock and roll band with an infectious energy that makes a C.O.F.F.I.N show an eruption of sweat, compulsive groove and chaos.
  • Cool Sounds is the key project of Australian pop polymath Dainis Lacey, with a live band that rips into a slicked n’ slippery, dance-ready aura of disco and funk-flexed pop.
  • Mod Con are the essential drums, bass, and guitar triad turned Bermuda triangle portal to the minimal wave anti-punk dance party zone.

Ready your vowels and your bowels as you embark on a voyage to the Chapel of Love. Tix on sale 10am AEDT Thursday, Nov 30th from tropicalfuckstormrecords.com.

Music Victoria award-winning Archies Creek Hotel is up for sale

Voted Regional Victoria’s Best Venue (Music Victoria) in 2022 and again this year in 2023, The Archies Creek Hotel is firing on all cylinders. Excellent opportunity for more growth with this refurbished hotel and its new facilities.

It is also now home to the much loved and famous Caravan Music Club, renowned for presenting quality live music and other entertainment. The hotel boasts two unique stages, one indoors for smaller shows and one outdoors to allow for larger capacities.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.


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“Hello all you Caravanners and Creekers, Mary here, as I have bound and gagged “the boy who cried wolf” Peter who’s over in the corner,” owner Mary wrote on social media. “We just thought we should tell you that yes, the pub is now officially up for sale. As Pete has already informed you many times, we are approaching retirement age and sadly find that we’re simply too old to continue doing this. Our biggest wish is that it continues with some fresh young blood at the helm.

“We’ll definitely be around the ‘hood whatever the outcome for a happening summer with plenty of gigs lined up through until April. See you soon! Ps. I’ll now go and untie Peter.”

The hotel features a recently renovated kitchen plus a new outdoor wood-fired pizza oven and servery, a huge undercover area, a world-class outdoor stage and new timber deck dance floor, a green room and a separate two-bedroom dwelling.

The Hotel also has four comfortable hotel rooms plus a guest lounge and kitchen. Operating as a music venue, the hotel has a general license with the red line covering the entire site. Archies Creek is centred in the thriving Bass Coast and the hotel is only 20 minutes from Phillip Island and 20 minutes from Inverloch.

Check out the listing here.

Dear Seattle announces extensive regional tour across Australia

Sydney indie powerhouses Dear Seattle are gearing up for an unforgettable regional tour for winter 2024.

This tour, their most extensive to date, spans 23 dates across six states and territories, showcasing their signature heart-lashing sound and criminally catchy choruses primed for group singalongs.

Dear Seattle 2024 Tour

  • May 10 – Volta, Ballarat
  • May 11 – The Wool Exchange, Geelong
  • May 17 – The Espy, St Kilda
  • May 18 – the Westernport, San Remo
  • May 19 – Haba, Rye
  • May 25 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
  • May 26 – Uc Hub, Canberra
  • May 31 – the River, Margaret River
  • Jun 1 – Froth Craft Brewery, Bunbury
  • Jun 2 – Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough
  • Jun 7 – Miranda Hotel, Miranda
  • Jun 8 – Dee Why Rsl, Dee Why
  • Jun 9 – King Street Bandroom, Newcastle
  • Jun 13 – Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty
  • Jun 14 – Finnians, Port Macquarie
  • Jun 15 – the Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
  • Jun 21 – Vinnies Dive, Gold Coast
  • Jun 22 – Solbar, Maroochydore
  • Jun 27 – Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay
  • Jun 28 – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville
  • Jun 29 – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns
  • Jul 5 – Royal Oak, Launceston
  • Jul 6 – Republic Bar, Hobart

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Recently signing to Select Music,  Dear Seattle are not only bringing their emotive and propulsive music to fans but also shining a spotlight on exceptional young acts from the local music community. The tour’s supporting lineup includes rising rock favourites Deadshowws, Jet City Sports Club, LATE 90s, Spici Water, and The Tullamarines.

Dear Seattle first emerged onto the scene in 2013, and since then, they’ve left an indelible mark on the Australian music landscape. Their debut EP, Words Are Often Useless, was a powerful introduction to the band, leading up to their 2019 full-length album, Don’t Let Go, which secured a #10 spot on the ARIA Australian Album Charts.

From a memorable triple j Like A Version cover to launching their own beer, the band is not afraid to pave their own path. Their latest tour follows their participation in the Hockey Fields Tour and a successful headline run in August celebrating the release of their 2023 single, Nothing’s Stopping Me Now.

Dear Seattle are sure to bring the high energy, good times and communal spirit to town on their upcoming tour.

Tickets are on sale now. Grab yours here

Elevate your summer and wellbeing with the ultimate adrenaline-fuelled bucket list

As the summer sun begins to (finally) make its way back into our lives, Aussies are trading in the beach towels for a new trend with a dose of Skydive Therapy. In a bid to break free from the monotony of routine, adrenaline junkies and those seeking a mental health pick-me-up are turning to heart-pounding experiences.

Leading psychologist, Dr Eric Brymer, explains the science behind it, advocating for the transformative power of adventurous experiences. According to him, these activities propel individuals out of their comfort zones, fostering a sense of accomplishment and the freedom to truly live in the moment.

Check out the best Geelong spots for the adrenaline junkie in your life here

“For many people, adventure enables them to move past their comfort zones or fears and truly live in the moment, which can be psychologically freeing. As a result, Aussies who partake in adventure have reported feeling more capable than they’ve ever imagined, or believe they now see the world slightly differently,” he says.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve taken great interest in adventure through the lens of psychology, and this latest “skydive therapy” trend is testament to the fact that it’s important for us all to embrace a life with a little more adventure in it.”

And the statistics back it up! A recent survey from adventure marketplace Adrenaline shows that a whopping 77% of young Aussies are actively seeking adventure to enhance their mental well-being. The research highlights the profound impact of adventure, making participants feel happier (45%), more accomplished (43%), and more self-confident (33%).

With summer right around the corner and the end of the working year within reach, we’ve got the ultimate bucket list to boost your well-being.

Curated by Dr. Brymer, these experiences promise to inject excitement, accomplishment, and a touch of the extraordinary into your life. Get ready to break free from routine and embrace the thrill!

1. Skydiving: Dive into the Abyss of Positivity

Ready to defy gravity? Skydiving tops the list as the ultimate adventure to elevate your spirits. Plunging from dizzying heights not only challenges your fears but also unlocks a profound sense of accomplishment. Dr. Brymer attests to the psychological freedom that comes from soaring through the sky – it’s like therapy, but with an adrenaline kick.


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2. V8 Driving: Feel the Roar of Freedom

For those who prefer their thrills on the ground, V8 Driving offers a high-octane solution. Slip into the driver’s seat of a powerful machine, feel the engine’s roar, and navigate the twists and turns of the track. It’s not just a drive; it’s a journey into the heart of freedom and speed.

3. Swim with Dolphins and Seals: Dive into Nature’s Playground

Nature beckons in the form of a magical underwater encounter – swimming with dolphins and seals. Immerse yourself in the ocean alongside these playful beings, and let the joyous connection elevate your spirits. Dr. Brymer highlights the emotional engagement and natural immersion that make this experience a must-try for a mental health boost.

4. Canyoning: Nature’s Water Wonderland Adventure

Take your love for water to new heights with canyoning. Navigate through nature’s water wonderland, cascading down waterfalls and exploring hidden gorges. It’s not just a physical challenge; canyoning provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature, offering a refreshing escape from the everyday hustle.


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5. Learn to Surf: Ride the Waves of Self-Discovery

Surf’s up! Learning to ride the waves is more than a sport; it’s a journey of self-discovery. Dr. Brymer encourages embracing the surf culture as you conquer the ocean’s rhythmic challenges. It’s not just about standing on a board; it’s about riding the wave of personal growth and embracing the unpredictable.

6. Scenic Flights: Soar to New Heights of Perspective

For a panoramic dose of awe, embark on a scenic flight. Drift through the skies and witness the world from a breathtaking perspective. The emotional engagement triggered by the vast landscapes below can be a profound experience, expanding your horizons and fostering a sense of wonder.


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7. Swim with Sharks: Confront Fears Underwater

Ready for a face-to-face encounter with the ocean’s apex predators? Swimming with sharks is not just an adrenaline rush; it’s a chance to confront fears head-on. Dr. Brymer explains that facing such challenges can be psychologically freeing, leaving you with a sense of empowerment and accomplishment.

8. Jet Boats: Feel the Rush of Wind and Water

Hold onto your hats! Jet boating delivers an exhilarating combination of speed, turns, and splashes. The rush of wind and water against your face is an instant mood booster. Dr. Brymer recommends this experience for its ability to engage the senses and induce a thrill that lingers long after the ride.


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Despite the evident benefits, the research from Adrenaline shows that many Aussies face barriers to adventure. Concerns about affordability, not wanting to go alone, and not feeling adventurous enough top the list. But fear not! Dr. Brymer encourages everyone to embrace a life with a little more adventure in it.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the exhilarating world of Skydive Therapy, embrace the unknown, and make this summer unforgettable!

For more information and to kick-start your adventure journey, head here