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Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:10

Premiere Thursdays Passes

Premiere Thursdays is a new event happening once a month at Palace Centro that’ll be themed towards the film being ‘premiered’.

For a special price of $15, audiences will receive the full star treatment including red carpet entrance, prizes, a photo booth with all the diva trimmings and a glass of Brown Brothers Prosecco.

This month the film is the highly anticipated music industry documentary, ‘20 Feet From Stardom’.

To win one of ten double passes to the November 21 7pm screening at Palace Centro This competition has closed.
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1. Winners will be drawn at random at 11am Monday 18th November at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winners drawn]
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3. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:50

Mullum Music Festival Three Day Double Pass

It’s beard meets bongo, banjo meets burlesque, flannelette meets flamenco and above all it's a boots ‘n’ all banquet of quality music and experiences at the Mullum Music Festival, November 21-24.

With a rep as one of the best boutique festival experiences around, the sixth annual Mullum Music Festival has a typically eclectic and colourful line-up of international, national and local acts for music lovers to enjoy in the quaint halls, pubs, clubs and streets of the funky little northern NSW town of Mullumbimby.

The bill is headlined by: Raul Midon, The Basics, The Barefoot Divas, Blue Grassy Knoll, Pieta Brown, Swamp Thing, Robert Ellis and many, many more.

To win a three-day double pass (Nov 22-24) This competition has closed.
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1. Winner will be drawn at random at 5pm Friday 15th November at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winner drawn]
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Thursday, 14 November 2013 15:16

Arctic Tees & Muse Pack

Thanks to our friends at Arctic Tees here’s your opportunity to get decked out in some sweet new t-shirts before enjoying a night out with Muse.

Main prize: 2 x Muse tickets to Bris Entertainment Centre Tuesday December, $50 prepaid visa to go towards taxi fare, accommodation, drinks or really whatever you want, plus a $50 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees to buy some great t-shirts to wear to the gig.

Second prize: a $50 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees.

Third prize: A $25 E-voucher to spend at Arctic Tees.

For your chance to score to win, click here

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:21

Choon Goonz: Top Five Non-Human Things To Be

1. Household object. Smashka: Tough one. I do like the beanbag ‘coz it always gets to hang around doing cool stuff with peeps, but I think I'll go with the stove-top kettle; it gets plenty of love multiple times a day and to sing its heart out on a regular basis!

2. The natural world. Smashka: The wind. All colours yet no colour. Gets to go everywhere and experience everything. Connected to every living thing through breath. Loopert: Coconut — tough as a mofo, yet tender and nutritious on the inside.

3. The animal kingdom. Loopert: A bird of some sort — maybe an ancient bird like a terradactyl. Smashka: Maybe a monkey... have fun all day swinging from trees and get to eat bananas (my favourite!), but still curious enough to explore.

4. Fiction. Loopert: Gandalf. The ultimate wizard... No question there. Smashka: Hmm... maybe something lame and magical like Captain Planet.  If I could have any superpower it'd probably be the ability to dispel negativity and create love. Instant perfect situation drug. Loopert: Side note — Captain Planet is not lame. He is a legend :)

5. Music hardware. Smashka: Music keyboard with every knob and button possible for all the wackiest, bendiest, fattest sounds possible! Loopert: Turntable. The classical piece of hardware that stands the test of time, spawned the creation of a whole genre of music and is loved the world over.

Choon Goonz play the Beanstalk Birthday Bonanza at The Joynt Saturday November 23.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:26

J Balvin: Brand Power

Jose Alvaro Osorio Balvin - better known as J Balvin - is taking over the mainstream with his distinctly Colombian brand of reggaeton.

Balvin recently told Billboard that he's “going to conquer the world”, and it's hard not to take him at his word. Since his breakthrough single, 'No Strings Attached', catapulted him to fame, he's racked up over 100 million views on YouTube.

In the US, Balvin's song 'Yo Te lo Dije' spent 14 weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard Latin Rhythm Airplay chart.

On the day his latest single, 'Sola', hit the iTunes store, it rocketed straight past Daft Punk and P!nk to the number one spot. And when Robin Thicke wanted to add some Latin flavour to the South American release of 'Blurred Lines', he called Balvin in to spit a verse.

Beyond sheer numbers, Balvin believes that what sets him apart from other reggaeton artists in Colombia is his “corporate vision”. He watched the likes of Jay-Z from afar and learned the value of cultivating himself as “a brand” that goes beyond Billboard hits and gaudy download figures.

He's all about that paper, and he's not ashamed of it — he's quick to paraphrase his idol, Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee, who has said that money cannot buy happiness but it can lengthen your smile.

Balvin attaches a value and importance to money that can only truly be understood by those who grew up without it.

He was raised in Bethlehem, Medellin, and while his family was not always poor (his dad “had a lot of power at some point in life”), they were broke by the time Balvin was 12. After “love”, he says, the word heard most often in his house was “overdraft”.

He remembers a terrible helplessness, a feeling of dread that motivated him to find his talent and take it forward. Eventually, he visited the US as part of an exchange program; he claims he was placed in the care of a mad woman, and walked through a forest filled with wolves and bears to escape her (at just 28, Balvin has already built something of a mythology around himself).

He went from Atoka to Oklahoma City and finally to New York, where he fell in love with hip hop. He was “hooked, hooked, absolutely” — in hip hop, he saw a reflection of the ambition, drugs, vices, power, and urban reality of life in Medellin, and he also saw a role model in Jay-Z.

Here was one of the most powerful men in the music industry, Balvin marvelled, selling clothes, video games and lotion, without losing his “street” appeal. “I saw the extent,” Balvin says, “that you can take the music as a business.”

Finally, Balvin had found his calling. “I fell in love not just with the music,” he told Billboard recently, “but the marketing. So I started doing hip hop, and then I was like, 'I have to do something that really represents us. I want to make a special kind of reggaeton that's more like hip hop; a Spanish version of American hip hop.”

He began his career with the CDM Crew, who released their first song, 'Pana', in 2004. His first solo album, 'Real', dropped in 2010. After years of honing his craft, Balvin's sensibilities seem to be perfectly in tune with the mainstream.

At this point, he says, he's not actively chasing crossover singles — he just does what he likes, and apparently, “it's very similar to what people want to hear”.

Balvin's latest LP, 'La Familia', sees him moving out of his reggaeton comfort zone. Incorporating R&B and jazz sounds, Balvin says it “works well in the disco, at breakfast, in the street… even at a wake, it sounds good.” It's an evolution, he says, a risk taken by an artist who can afford to take one.

Lyrically, though, Balvin's touch is as commercial as ever. He's crafting straight-up anthems for people who are looking for a good time.

“In reality, I'm not a saint,” he told Colombian newspaper El Espectador last year. “I am a young man like anyone else who falls in and out of love and wants to have fun. We're not going to discotecas to pray.”

Amen to that.

J Balvin plays The Arena on Friday November 15. To win tickets to the show, click here.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 15:09

Pussy Riot Tickets

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year, ‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ delves into the much-publicised trial of Nadia, Masha and Katie, members of Russian feminist art collective Pussy Riot.

Facing seven years imprisonment for performing a 40-second punk prayer (entreating the Virgin Mary to drive Putin away) in Moscow’s main cathedral, the girls soon became international symbols of youth resistance to Putin's authoritarian regime.

To win one of three double passes to an exclusive BIFF screening, Friday November 15 at 6.30pm at Palace Centro
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 14:09

Filth Preview Tickets

A bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop (James McAvoy) manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure a promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Jon. S. Baird, who wrote and directed ‘Cass’ in 2008, has now written and directed ’Filth’, based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh (who also wrote ‘Trainspotting’).

The film also features Jamie Bell (‘The Adventures Of Tintin’), Jim Broadbent (‘Another Year’, ‘The Iron Lady’) and Imogen Poots (‘Greetings From Tim Buckley’, ‘The Look Of Love’).



To win one of ten double passes to the preview screening of ‘Filth’ at Dendy Portside Monday November 18 at 6.30pm
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Friday, 08 November 2013 15:44

The Be Project: Support From Pez

The Be Project is a new national competition which asks young Aussies to produce an inspirational song or action sports film with the aim of forming a collective voice challenging Aussie binge drinking culture.

Hip hop artist Pez is encouraging young Aussies to get involved. Having seen the effects that alcohol can have on budding musicians, he's passionate about musos fulfilling their potential without succumbing to the pressures of binge drinking and ugliness that comes with it.



Footage of the amateur filmmaker’s category will have their clips mashed together and played over the soundtrack of the winning song to produce an inspirational music video – developed by young people for young people.

The ten best action sports clips will win a handheld action camera so they can continue to capture amazing action sports moments with their friends.

The winner of the music category (best track) will win a trip to Melbourne where they'll have their song professionally recorded by one of Australia's leading producers, a professional music industry mentorship and a Macbook Pro so that they can continue recording tracks at home.

The competition is now open and closes at midnight on Friday December 20.

To enter or find out more: tacklingbingedrinking.gov.au/thebeproject or facebook.com/nationalbingedrinkingcampaign

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:41

J Balvin Tickets

Colombian reggaeton, hip hop and R&B superstar J Balvin has racked up a casual 100 million views (at least) on YouTube with singles like ‘Yo Te Lo Dije’, ‘Tranquila’, ‘Sola’ and the Colombian version of ‘Blurred Lines’.

The South American megastar has a show at The Arena on Friday November 15 with DJ Andres Hernandez, DJ Julio Cardenas, DJ Busta and Chukale.

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1. Winners will be drawn at random at 1pm Wednesday 13th November at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winners drawn]
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3. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:30

The Look Of Love DVDs

Steve Coogan’s passion project reunites him with longtime collaborator Michael Winterbottom (‘The Trip’, ‘SFF 2011’; ‘24 Hour Party People’).

‘The Look Of Love’ is the true story of the 'King of Soho', Paul Raymond, who made a fortune ruling a huge nightclub, real-estate and porn empire in the latter half of the 20th century.

In the process of amassing a fortune of billions of pounds, Raymond, who quickly realised that sex sells and sells well, had a string of lovers, a taste for the high life and run-ins with the law.

‘The Look Of Love’ focuses on his relationships with three of the most important women in his life: his wife Jean (Anna Friel), his girlfriend Fiona (Tamsin Egerton) and his beloved daughter Debbie (Imogen Poots).

To win one of five DVD copies of ‘The Look Of Love’ This competition has closed.
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3. Winners must arrange to collect the prize from Scene Magazine's offices at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, during business hours.
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