Anyone who has ever set foot in the Spiegeltent will know that an evening at this historic venue will deliver a performance that is as decadently fabulous as the hand crafted mirror tent in which it is hosted. A night spent at the Speigeltent is a night spent in another world, under a sumptuous velvet canopy, surrounded by stained glass windows and beveled mirror columns, dancing the night away on the teak dancefloor.Read More
The sweet melody of Melbourne’s music mania’ took hold last Saturday night and Melburnian Guide caught some scintillating Australian talent as The Squeeze delivered performances ranging from ‘a cocktail of hip-hop, face-melting guitar and endlessly catchy rhythms’ to pure ‘addictive indie rock.Read More
Australians are renowned for a few things - a passion for sports, an abundance of natural wonders and an inability to take anything seriously. But right now, we are making an international name for ourselves for nurturing extraordinary talents of screen and stage. Amongst the flourishing Australian grass roots music scene two swanky brothers from Sydney’s Northern Beaches are showing us just how good we can be.Read More
What could be a more fitting performance during October to inhabit the Circus Oz Melba Spiegeltent than a wicked, tragic tale of lost loves and conflicting desires against the backdrop of a 19th century circus? A dramatic combination of music, dance, and circus performance, The Carnival of Lost Souls succeeds in capturing the audience in an eerie atmosphere and inspiring awe at the mastery of its cast. There could be no other venue than the Melba Spiegeltent, its mirrored walls reflecting the spectacles before us and magnifying their impact.Read More
Melbourne’s infamous Fringe Festival is notoriously left of centre, frequenters know to expect the unexpected. Willem Richards’ one-man comedy outing Full Metal Jacket and other impractical fashions, opened with a simple piece of comedic lip-syncing to Calvin Harris’ My Way; now a song I will never hear again without seeing his bouncing grin and explosively emotive face.Read More
How does walking into total darkness sound? Being in a space where you can’t really tell the difference between having your eyes open or closed? Having to rely on your guide’s voice, and your other senses, to make your way?Read More
The royalty of immersive experiences, Secret Squirrel Productions, staged one of their twice-yearly productions of Underground Cinema over 20th - 30th July, with the thrilling medieval theme 'kingdom'. This was our first encounter with Underground Cinema and we dove into the opportunity to dress up and rove through the grounds of Eltham's Montsalvat, Jameson Whiskey night warmer in hand. Our night was full of fun, frivolity, intrigue, adventure and cinematic delight The Princess Bride at the end! Underground Cinema, we are hooked, when's the next one?Read More
July 14: La Fête Nationale française; the perfect excuse for a day of immersion in French food. To commemorate Bastille Day this year the Hotel Sofitel charged their Executive Pastry Chef, David Hann, with producing Éclairs with Flair!
We began our day in Sofi's Lounge with Chef Hann's pastry magic, feeling like 24 carat gold after indulging in some divine food art. All the eclairs were delicious and we had one or two stand out favourites, namely the lemon meringue and nutella fillings, the most beautifully decorated however was the violet.
We'll certainly be on the lookout for another fine dining dessert event from Chef Hann and the Sofitel!Read More
Anyone paying attention over the last 20 years I don't believe would be able to resist Harry Potter Mania, so it comes as no surprise that we were keen to grab a table for Jaws Events' Harry Potter Trivia Night! We were modestly confident in the skills of our group and rightly so, emerging with 100%. Alas, having been sorted into Slytherin House at the beginning, victory was not to be ours, there were some last minute points awarded to some other House...Read More
We were invited along last month to see Melbourne improv comedy extraordinaires The Big HOO-HAA! in action at eclectic haven The Butterfly Club. In this review Jackson Millwood takes us through his experience. The Big HOO-HAA! are in residence at the Butterfly until Dec but given how fast this year is going add it to the top of your list of date ideas immediately.Read More
Melbourne is mad for outdoor cinema in the summer and it has reached its zenith over the 2016/17 season with no fewer than 9 at last count. I have to say I'm mad for them too, I love spending an evening under the stars watching old and new favourites. The Common Man is hosting a pop-up cinema at South Wharf, paired with a glass of Lillet to ward off the Yarra chill.Read More