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Australian Museum renews Jurassic Lounge for second season

  • Written by Robert Manser
  • Category: The Plug

The Australian Museum has today announced the reincarnation of the wildly successful Jurassic Lounge. A second eight-week season will kick off on August 2 with all new artists, DJs, musicians, exhibitions, talks and screenings bringing the galleries to life after hours.

“Jurassic Lounge is back by popular demand, with new rooms, new bands, new acts, new exhibitions and some very unusual surprises, a little like the second level of a rather unique video game,” said Matt Ravier, Jurassic Lounge artistic director. “Sydney's newest artists and Australia's first museum are all set to bring a little warmth and wonder to your winter weeknights.”

Drink in hand, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the building at their leisure, come face to face with Australian wildlife, learn about the important scientific research done by Australian Museum scientists and connect with collections and specimen items not normally available to the public.

In season 1, visitors had a chance to discover the Museum’s collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. Also included with the price of admission was a free drink from the pop-up bar and a different line-up of specially curated performances every week: a silent disco, live bands, VJs, stand-up comedy, slam poetry, live art, magicians, body painting, cabaret, light jugglers, contemporary dance, live tattooing, snake handling, poetry readings, expert talks, tarot readings, photo booths, drag performance, film projections, torchlight tours, specimen tables, face painting and interactive video installations.

Frank Howarth, director of The Australian Museum said “Jurassic Lounge has exceeded our expectations at the Museum, with over 12,000 people walking through the doors in the first 12 weeks. We aim to build on these successes by adding new experiences and continuing to showcase all that the Museum has to offer as part of a diverse and re-invigorated Sydney nightlife.”

The next season offers a chance to catch a new Museum exhibition on the work of young 19th century scientific pioneers Harriet & Helena Scott, attend night talks led by visiting experts and even take in a movie from the ‘Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival’, which showcases documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of our planet’s peoples and cultures.

DATES: Tuesday nights, August 2 – September 20, 2011

TIME: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

TICKETS: $15 at the door (includes a drink on arrival)

LOCATION: The Australian Museum, 6 College Street, Sydney

Calling All DJ's - want to win a gig in Singapore?

  • Written by Robert Manser
  • Category: The Plug

To celebrate a decade of ZoukOut, Asia’s premier dance music festival, the Singapore Tourism Board is searching for an Australian DJ to head over and continue the epic beachside festivities on Sentosa Island. With David Guetta, Tiesto, Booka Shade, Laidback Luke, Dubfire and Lindstrom all flocking to Singapore to play ZoukOut on December 11, the local DJ will be playing alongside the dream line-up.

ZoukOut 2010 celebrates a decade of the festival bringing the best dance music to the shores of Sentosa Beach, and 2010 is set to attract thousands of Aussie festival-goers.  To keep the party going, the winning Australian DJ will score the chance play after the festival at leading nightspot, WaveHouse. Located right on Sentosa Beach, WaveHouse pairs world class DJ’s with adrenalin pumping artificial waves (FlowBarrel ® and FlowRider ® sheet wave attractions) and is known for its awesome all-night parties. On the 12th December, the winning DJ will have the unique opportunity to step up to the decks to play their own 30 minute set to continue the electric festival vibe.

Long time dance floor-fillers and Singapore favourites, Bang Gang Deejays, Jamie Doom and Gus Da Hoodrat, are fronting the search and have been charged with the task of selecting the winning DJ.

“ Any self respecting DJ should have Singapore at the top of their list of places they want to play. We’ve played Singapore three times now and it’s just awesome – their venues rival any club in New York, London or Paris, the crowds know how to have a good time and the vibe of the place is just electric ,” says Gus.

“ZoukOut is one of the festivals when the best of music, dance and art combine and the setting is simply unrivalled. We are looking for a DJ that is on par with the high calibre of DJ’s they are used to and have an understanding of the tracks that are going to fill a  dancefloor- you’re playing to a crowd that likes to party.”

To enter, local DJs have to submit a five minute original mix and answer the question ‘Why do you want to party at ZoukOut 2010?’ in 25 words or less to enter.  The Zoukout DJ Search is open now and closes December 3.  For all details and to submit an entry visit

For those not lucky to win the search, has some great deals for those keen to head over to ZoukOut 2010. Visit for more details.

Cloud Control Gets Busy On The Awards Front

  • Written by Rob Manser
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Ivy League Records would like to give a very enthusiastic congratulatory cheer to Cloud Control for their triumphant win at the 2010 AIR AWARDS, the competition was fierce, but the band was crowned with the awards ‘Best Independent Album’ as well as ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’.

If that isn’t enough, the band is still buzzing after recently being nominated for two ARIA Awards - ‘Best Rock Album’ and also ‘Breakthrough Artist’.

Cloud Control’s debut album ‘Bliss Release’ has also been recently nominated by triple j for the sought after and highly influential ‘J Award Album Of The Year’

The band is currently amidst a sold out national tour, already selling out two shows at the Corner in Melbourne as well as a sold out Metro in Sydney.

However, there will be no room for R&R when the tour ends. The next day, they will be jumping on a plane to join their label mates The Temper Trap (both now signed to Infectious Records in the UK) on a run of dates throughout Ireland as well as a sprint of headline shows throughout the UK. All this before heading home to jump on the summer festival circuit.

Catch them playing at these festivals: Meredith (VIC), Falls Festival (TAS + VIC), Peats Ridge (NSW), Southbound (WA). More festival dates to be announced soon.

Smashing Pumpkins Touring Australia Next Month

  • Written by Robert Manser
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The Frontier Touring Company are thrilled to announce the return of the Smashing Pumpkins to Australia this October for shows in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will be joined on stage by drummer Mike Byrne, bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Shroeder – currently touted by the media as the best Smashing Pumpkins reincarnation yet.

‘The Pumpkins's new lineup showed it may be the best since the original version in the '90s made the band icons of the alternative scene. The musical interaction between the four was excellent, breathing new energy…’-

‘By and large, Smashing Pumpkins are what they were: Mr. Corgan’s platform for tormented thoughts and invincible guitar…The new Smashing Pumpkins share Mr. Corgan’s sense of dynamics.’ – The New York Times

The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums.  Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore.  

The pivotal group’s many hits, such as “Disarm,” ‘’Cherub Rock,”  “Tonight Tonight” and ‘Tarantula,” defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.  

Their most recent work is Teargarden by Kaleidyscope—an in-progress 44-song work, with songs being issued online one at a time for free (4-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released).

Come spend the night with The Smashing Pumpkins; it is sure to be the concert all true rock fans live for.

Frontier Members will have access to a pre-sale from 12 noon AEST, Tuesday 14 September to 12 noon AEST, Wednesday 15 September. Tickets will then be available to the general public from 12 noon local time, Thursday 16 September.

Tuesday 12 October             PCEC Riverside Theatre, Perth                 All Ages
Wednesday 13 October       AEC The Theatre, Adelaide                        All Ages
Friday 15 October                 Festival Hall, Melbourne                             Licensed & Unlicensed Areas
Saturday 16 October            Big Top, Sydney                                           All Ages
Sunday 17 October               The Tivoli, Brisbane                                    18+