Thursday, 9 February 2012

Madame Tussauds Sydney unveils first ever side-by-side wax figure with Dannii Minogue


Madame Tussauds Sydney unveils first ever side-by-side wax figure with Dannii Minogue
Melbourne, Thursday, 9 February 2012: Today, Australia’s much loved TV personality, author and fashion designer, Dannii Minogue was introduced to her double in Australia’s first ever side-by-side wax figure reveal. Dannii is most recently known for her judging and mentoring roles on Australia’s number one show, Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor UK.

Dannii said “I am so appreciative of the many hours of hand-crafted work that has gone into my figure. This is real artistry. I’m just astounded by the accuracy, fine detail and remarkable likeness. This is such an incredible experience for me as it was a moment in time that holds such special memories when Kris and I had just announced my pregnancy. I can’t wait for my family, friends and everyone to come to the Sydney attraction and see ‘me’ up close. Be careful what you wish for – I think back to all the times I’ve been busy and needed to be in two places at once – wow, now it’s true!”

It took over 800 hours and 60 of Madame Tussauds’ most talented sculptors and artists to handcraft Dannii’s wax figure. Using techniques perfected over the 250 year tradition of Madame Tussauds, quite literally hundreds of Dannii’s measurements were meticulously taken, including the width of her eyes, the length of her fingers and breadth of her face, with each individual hair – including the eyebrows – inserted strand-by-strand.

Adorning the same outfit Dannii wore when she had momentously just announced her pregnancy at the National Television Awards in the UK in 2010; Dannii’s wax figure is dressed in a full skirted vintage black and white prom dress with towering scarlet red shoes.

“To see Dannii’s reaction as she saw herself in wax for the first time was absolutely priceless and now I just can’t wait for the reaction of her fans” said Kristy Enright, Madame Tussauds Sydney spokesperson. “It really goes to show the value of investment from Dannii herself to the painstaking hours invested by our sculptors. We’re thrilled to be able to announce that such a renowned and iconic personality will be joining our star studded line up at Madame Tussauds Sydney.”

Opening in May 2012 in Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour, Madame Tussauds Sydney is the first of its kind to arrive on Australian shores. The attraction will feature an all-star cast of over 70 figures, including some of Australia’s home-grown legends and, the world’s best known A-list celebrities, as well as sports heroes, rock legends, world leaders and many more. . Dannii Minogue will be joining Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Ray Meagher and Amanda Keller as well as rubbing shoulders with the likes of Lady Gaga and Johnny Depp.

Madame Tussauds Sydney is the 13th Madame Tussauds in the world and the fifth in Asia Pacific - joining its highly successful sister attractions in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangkok.
Making-of footage and images of the making-of Dannii’s wax figure are also available upon request.
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Costing $14 million and featuring 1,800sqm of space, the new Madame Tussauds Sydney in Darling Harbour is the latest addition to Merlin Entertainment’s Sydney attractions – Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney and Oceanworld Manly.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen the most successful and dynamic growth of any company in the sector over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 75 attractions, six hotels/two holiday villages in 17 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 43.6 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 16,000 employees. Merlin Entertainments operates the following attractions - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, The EDF Energy London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park, Earth Explorer, Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter Underwater World, Oceanworld Manly and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS have made hard rock sexy again!

THE PRETTY RECKLESS have made hard rock sexy again!

Fronted by the multi-talented Tyler Momsen, THE PRETTY RECKLESS are blazing a trail throughout the rock world that is hard to ignore…“She is physically and vocally everything that a frontwoman could wish to be” – Kerrang!

THE PRETTY RECKLESS’ debut album ‘Light Me Up’ runs the gamut of emotions alternating at times between seething rage and a bruised vulnerability. It brims with a lust for life that grabs you by the balls and “not since Saint Joan of Jett first grabbed a guitar has hard rock sounded this sexy” – New York post

HEROES FOR HIRE have been taking over the airwaves with their infectious anthems ‘All Messed Up’ and ‘Secrets, Lies And Sins’ taken from their sophomore album ‘Take One For The Team’.   

Armed with an air-tight live show and irresistibly catchy sing-alongs HEROES FOR HIRE are firmly at the forefront of the Australian pop punk realm with Blunt Magazine declaring we’ve all been hopelessly trying to fill the void that Fall Out Boy left in our collections. Enter Heroes For Hire.”

Coldplay arrive in Australia for promotional tour

Coldplay arrive in Australia for promotional tour

Multi award-winning British alternative rock act Coldplay will arrive in Australia for a two-day promotional tour today to spread the word about their new album, 'Mylo Xyloto'.
Coldplay arrive in Australia for promotional tour
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012 to Friday, February 17, 2012
Fresh from performing at the 54th Grammy Awards and just over eight months since they were here for the 2011 Splendour in the Grass Festival, Coldplay will arrive in Australia today for a two day tour to promote their fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.

The tour will encompass two intimate performances in Sydney, where the multi award-winning act will perform to 30 competition winners at 2Day FM (today, Thursday, February 16) and at Sunrise & Huawei Mobile Present Coldplay Live, which will take place on Friday, February 17 and will be streamed live from Huawei Mobile's Facebook page.

Coldplay have taken home 7 Grammy Awards and sold more than 50 million albums throughout their career. Their latest record, Mylo Xyloto topped the charts in 34 countries worldwide (including Australia) and features the singles Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, Paradise, Charlie Brown and Princess of China.

Seal Tour Postponed

Seal has postponed his upcoming Australian tour from February to April.
Seal explains: “I’m so excited to be going back and forth to Australia over the coming 5 months filming The Voice and touring. I’m really sorry we’ve had to move the dates, but hopefully it hasn’t put anyone out, and we’ll just make sure the shows are even better to make up for it!”

A spokesman for Seal continued: “Due to changes in the filming schedule for the TV show, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to move the tour dates. The good news is that the shows are only moving back a couple of months and all tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows.

Lenny Kravitz 'Black and White' Australian Tour - CANCELLED

Lenny Kravitz 'Black and White' Australian Tour - CANCELLED
Lenny Kravitz @ WA Athletics Stadium

Tour Name:
Lenny Kravitz 'Black and White' Australian Tour - CANCELLED
Lenny Kravitz
Supporting Artist(s):
The Cranberries, Wolfmother
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012
Performance Times: Venue: WA Athletics Stadium
Stephenson Ave
Mount Claremont, Perth WA 6010
Price: Platinum - $195/Gold - $155/Silver - $125

Under 18s:  Yes
Description: It is with much regret that McManus Entertainment announce that the scheduled concert of Lenny Kravitz, The Cranberries and Wolfmother at the WA Athletics Stadium on Wednesday 28th March will no longer take place.

For tickets booked online or by phone, tickets will automatically be refunded back to the account holder's credit card. Please allow up to 7 days to receive your refund. For all tickets booked at Ticketmaster outlets, please return to the outlet with your tickets to obtain a full refund.
Event Type:  Live, Concert
Styles: Pop and Rock


Madonna Confirms Australian Tour

Fresh from her record breaking Super Bowl performance, pop goddess Madonna has announced details of her 2012/2013 world tour, including dates in Australia. American music bible Billboard has quoted Live Nation Global Touring CEO Arthur Fogel as saying Madonna will play Australia at the start of 2013.

Fogel said, "We'll get to these markets where she's never been, some exciting new places, and get back to Australia after too long a time."

Stay tuned to Liveguide for more information on Madonna's Australian tour.

‘Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide’ Book Review

Last night many of Sydney's leading fashion folk celebrated the launch of Alana Wulff’s latest book ‘Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide’.

There's no shortage of fashion reading in the world, but Alana has shed some new light on the subject and made it virtually must read material for Australia's (if not the world's) young women.

Having worked at some of the most popular women's magazines such as TV Hits, Girlfriend and OK!, Alana has seen a lot of changes in fashion over the years.

Each chapter of the book offers up something different. You have profiles on style icons such as Zoe Kravitz, Blake Lively, Dakota Fanning and Emma Stone. Then you have interviews with some of Australia’s leading designers and fashion folks across media and retail. There's also a section that lists online stores, a "how-to" packing guide, "must-haves" and much more ladies.

Here's Alana's official description...

Written by Alana Wulff
Published by Random House

What do Blake Lively, Emma Stone and Dakota Fanning have in common (aside from beauty, fame and fortune obviously)? They are all featured in Alana Wulff’s latest book ‘Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide’.

Alana Wulff is an entertainment writer and celebrity interviewer and she uses her pulling power to bring together celebs to grill them on their style, inspirations and wardrobes. Plus she also interviews some of Australia’s leading designers and fashion insiders from PR, print and retail. There is also some cool info at the back of the book about online stores, a packing/travel guide and a list of wardrobe essentials.

The book is colourful, packed full of pictures and has loads of tips and tricks about fashion and styling, referenced through stylish celebs. It is well-researched, with interactive activities (who doesn’t love a good quiz?) and space to write your own notes throughout. Functional and frivolous at the same time - this book is fabulous for those girls who are just starting to become aware of their style or those who would love a sneaky peek inside the lives (and wardrobes) of their fav celebs.

AUD $24.99
224 pages


Random House Books Australia