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After a huge summer season, Darkbeat have gone from strength to strength and are now stronger than ever. Continuing their dedication to bringing you the best that dance music has to offer, we are very proud to announce the return of one of our favourite and most loved guests James Zabiela & friends to Darkbeat. It’s been nearly a year to the day that Melbourne’s favourite adopted son has graced us with his presence and we are excited to have him back! What: James Zabiela When: Friday 4 May 2012 Where: Billboard The Venue, Melbourne Price: $33 + BF For more info visit


The multi award nominated band have made a name for themselves from their powerful live performances, relentless touring and masterful song writing. Be sure to catch Bonjah on their ‘Fall Together’ East Coast tour before they disappear for the rest of the year. What: Bonjah When: Friday 4 May – Friday 8 June 2012 Where: Various venues around the country Price: $18 + BF For full tour details log on to


Kicking off from 2pm at King Street Wharf, Chinese Laundry’s very first Boat Party ‘Mayday’ is headlined by Laundry favourite and Hearing Aid head honcho – James Zabiela. The man who Sasha refers to as “The Gov’ner”, his mind-blowing mixing abilities are guaranteed to stir boat goers into a frenzy of Titanic proportions. What: Boat Party Ft. James Zabiela When: Saturday 5 May 2012 Where: King Street Wharf, Sydney Price: $55 - $85 For more details visit


Nonsensory Overload is Noble back fresh from his travels doing what he does best; spinning forth hilarious nonsense for your amusement. Now is your chance to see one of the best live comics working internationally today at the Enmore Theatre as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival. What: Ross Noble – Nonsensory Overload When: Monday 7 May – Friday 11 May Where: The Enmore Theatre, Sydney Price: Full $44.90, Conc $39.90 For full details log on to www.sydneycomedyfest.


S.A.S.H cordially invite you all down to come celebrate the last year of music & parties in what has transformed Sundays forever. Shit Fancy Dress is the theme so raid your parents wardrobes & steal the shittest things you can find, hit up St Vinnes for the crapest floral garment on offer, stupid hats, idiot sunglasses, you be the judge, but just make sure it’s completely shit. DJs on the day will be Robbie Lowe, Claire Morgan, Gabby, Matt Weir & Kerry Wallace. What: S.A.S.H’s 1st Birthday When: Sunday 13 May 2012 2pm-11pm Where: The Abercrombie Price: Free For more info visit



Split Seconds are taking their new single ‘Top Floor’ around the East Coast this May. A quirky, handclap heavy pop gem taken from their upcoming debut album, ‘Top Floor’ is soaked with the Splits’ trademark harmonies, a whistling chorus and an X-rated sub plot. Supported by Sydney psych-pop dreamers Underlights, this will be Split Seconds’ first tour since completing the recording of their untitled debut album. What: SPLIT SECONDS and Underlights co-headline SECOND LIGHT Tour When and Where: Thursday 10 May - Northcote, VIC Saturday 12 May - Ballarat, VIC Friday 18 May - Fortitude Valley, QLD Saturday 19 May - Maroochydore, QLD Thursday 24 May - Sydney, NSW Friday 25 May - Surry Hills, NSW For more information visit


Having pioneered the electro-punk and indie dance movement, making rapturous appearances at festivals such as Parklife, Coachella and venues worldwide, the German electro duo otherwise known as Digitalism will be throwing down their distorted baselines and thumping rhythms at the Hi-Fi Sydney. Witness first hand Digitalism sound crossing the limits between Electro, Rock and Indie. What: Digitalism When: Friday 11 May 2012 Where: The Hi-Fi, Sydney Price: $49 + BF For more info visit


Florence and The Machine is back to tour Australia in May 2012 , after a short visit in November for the Debit Master card gig at the Seymour Centre. Fans who missed out on securing tickets last time are given another chance to see Flo. What: Florence And The Machine When: Thursday 17 – Saturday 26 May 2012 Where: Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane Price: $89 For more information visit


Taking a short break between writing songs for her debut album, Owl Eyes is set to launch ‘Crystalised’ on a short run tour of small, intimate venues on the East Coast and Adelaide. This will be the first chance that Owl Eyes fans will have had to hear some of the new songs, and possibly the last chance to catch the wonder of Owl Eyes in smaller, up-close-and-personal venues. What: OWL EYES - The ‘Crystalised’ Tour When and Where: Friday 18 May - JIVE BAR Adelaide Sunday 20 May - THE TOFF IN TOWN - Melbourne Thursday 24 May - OXFORD ART FACTORY - Sydney Friday 25 May - OH HELLO - Brisbane Saturday 26 May - SOL BAR – Maroochydore Price: $17 + BF For more info log on to

Booking Ahead

May 12 CATCALL The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $15.20 18 CATCALL Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, $12 12 KERSER The Metro, Sydney, $20 12 dEUS The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $46.40 + BF 12 T-REK ALBUM LAUNCH Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne , TBC 12 ATMOSPHERE The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $60 + BF 12 KIM CHURCHILL, MICROWAVE JENNY & BENJALU Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, $15 + BF 12 PAUL COLLINS BEAT – OZ TOUR The Tote Hotel, Melbourne, TBC 14 CITY & COLOUR The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, $68.90 15 KAISER CHIEFS The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $82.50 + BF 15 MUSICOZ AWARDS Sydney Opera House, Sydney, $60 15 MUTEMATH The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $48 + BF 16 MUTEMATH The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $48 + BF 17 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Burswood Dome, Perth, $89 20 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, $89 22 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, $89 24 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, $89 26 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Riverstage, Brisbane, $89 17 BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE + THE RAVENONETTES The Metro, Sydney, $73.70 17 KIMBRA The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, $49.92 18 MICKEY AVALON The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $45 + BF 18 MADRE MONTE Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, $12 19 TONIGHT ALIVE The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $25 + BF 19 BONJAH The Lair, Sydney, $18 + BF 19 LEADER CHEETAH Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, $18 19 BUCKLEY WARD ‘SO PRETEND’ ALBUM LAUNCH The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $12 + BF 20 OWL EYES The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $17 + BF 24 OWL EYES Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, $17 + BF 23 BARRY ADAMSON The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $45 + BF 23 SIOBHAN ALBUM LAUNCH The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $10 24 HARRY MANX The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $42 + BF 25 DEAD LETTER CIRCUS The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $27 + BF 25 BRITISH INDIA The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $25 + BF 25 LOVE CONNECTION Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, $10 + BF 25-26 TUMBLEWEED The Tote Hotel, Melbourne, $23.50 26-28 LANIE LANE The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $23 26 EMPRA Revolver Upstairs, Melbourne, $15 26 TIM RIPPER OWENS The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $40 + BF 27 BLANCHE DUBOIS The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $15 + BF 28 MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, $41 + BF 30 ZOE KEATING The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $20 + BF 31 DAPPLED CITIES Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, $18 + BF 31 SHARAYA The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $15 + BF 31 YOUNG GUNS The Hi-Fi, Sydney, $33 + BF 31 ELIZA HULL EP LAUNCH The Toff In Town, Melbourne, $15 + BF June 1 LANIE LANE The Metro, Sydney, $22 1 TZU The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $20 + BF 2 DEF FX WITH INSURGE The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, $38

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CHECK THIS OUT - SYDNEY Where To Catch Up With The Girls Girls just can’t help the fact that they are made of sugar and spice and all things nice. This is why they have to come together to celebrate this fact (and just hangout) a lot of the time. Life sometimes makes it difficult to give ample time to these girly catch-ups. Thankfully, Sydney helps to make planning these times easy and to make the most of having some one-on-one girl time we’ve selected our favourite places to have a natter.

Botanical Gardens

Call us fancy free, but who needs to spend wads of cash to enjoy your girlfriend’s company? Laughter and smiles don’t cost a thing and neither does natural beauty, sunshine and memories. Make some properly packed British butties and grab a bottle of sparkles (remember it has to be fizzy pop!) and take a wander to the Botanical Gardens. Forget you’re in the middle of the city; all that matters is you and your girls. Art Gallery Road, Sydney (02)9231 8111

This venue is perfectly built for a girly hang out. Every Saturday and Sunday, grab a pal, some real girly goss and giggles and head to the ‘girls picnic.’ Polka dots and straw hats are more than fitting for this daytime affair. For $40 per lady, spoil yourselves and catch up on every last detail. The Gazebo even has Lobster Tuesdays from 6pm. Girls are made to be spoiled! 2 Elizabeth Bay Road Elizabeth Bay (02) 9357 5333 A sister venue to the Gazebo, giving that girl time that little added glitter. The Winery also creates a Sunday roast revelation or a burger special for you and your homies (and a giant game of chess to follow) - the perfect ending to the week with your girls. 285A Crown Street, Surry Hills (02) 9331 0833

Sydney Harbor Boat Hire

For $395 for four hours, grab your iPod and your besties and head to the harbour for the escape of a lifetime. What better than the water, the sights of Sydney, your girls, the freshest of air and your favourite tunes playing out into the harbour for a hangout to remember? 594 New South Head Road Rose Bay (02) 9328 4748


Slide Bar

Steki Taverna

The Winery

Each pedal car is built for four; all you need it eight legs (or less) to make it go round. You can take the bike around the park to the perfect picnic spot around Centennial Parklands and beyond. If you fancy a bike each then you can rent them for the day and the world is your oyster. Good for the body and soul, a bit of exercise and a heart to heart with your girlfriends amongst the flora and fauna. 50 Clovelly Road, Randwick (02) 9398 5027

If you fancy something a little more high brow from your standard sushi restaurant, then Jazushi is the place for you. At the weekends this place is a very classy establishment serving the perfect portions of Sushi and Jazz. There is never an excuse not to dine at Jazushi as there is live Jazz every single night of the week. 145 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills (02) 9699 8977 Checking Slide Bar out is a definite, massive, fat yes- as their website statesthe Slide Bar presents “Part circus, part cabaret, part burlesque and entirely original, El’ Circo is a truly magical experience that captivates, the moment you enter the room.” From their two-course meal to their nine-course extravaganza, this really has to be the most exciting way to eat and watch. Tickets do sell out fairly early on so make sure you book well in advance. 41 Oxford Street, Sydney (02) 8915 1899

The Gazebo

Centennial Park Bike Rides


Meals & Music Meals and music don’t have to be two separate entities. We all know how much we enjoy good food, and good music, so make your evening doubly as enjoyable by combining the two. Meals on wheels meets meats on beats, creating an experience that should be enjoyed all more often. Screw TV dinners, throw yourself into the live end of things and take in the atmosphere and the taste sensations.

The Basement

The Basement has it all. Over the last 30 years, this musical meal venue has grown two fold and showcased some of the finest music such as James Morrison. They have a great members card here for 2-4-1 offers with your nearest and dearest and from lunch through to dinner they serve up some amazing talents both for the ears and the taste buds. 29 Reiby Place, Sydney (CBD) (02) 9251 2797

Don’t sit there wishing you were part of the action, get up on your feet and dance the night away. ‘Steki’ means to meet frequently, and this restaurant is the perfect place to meet for any occasion. With a traditional Greek menu and a traditional Greek atmosphere, Steki Taverna takes you out of Sydney and into the world of dancing the night away. There are entrees, mains and banquet meals throughout the week to meet all budgets- dancing is a must in this joint so make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes on! 2 O’Connell Street, Newtown (02) 9516 2191

The Art House Hotel

The Art House Hotel in central Sydney is a haven of arts, events, music and creative cuisine. Four nights a week, the hotel turns into an alternative nightclub after dark. Whilst within the hotel, art exhibitions, live music and other events are hosted every night of the week. From life drawing, to live jazz and a meal every Friday, the Art House Hotel has something for everyone. The only downside is that there are different rooms for different functions and that the food is not always combined with the entertainment, but there is usually an event which mixes divine dishes with live music and arts. There is also a great acoustic night of music on a Wednesday evening for post dinner drinks, so it’s well worth heading down and checking out what’s on 275 Pitt St, Sydney (CBD) (02) 9284 1200

By Frankie Salt




CHECK CHECK THIS THIS OUT OUT -- SYDNEY SYDNEY Best BYO Restaurants When you’re heading out for some grub with food with mates, the worst thing you can do is to let the price of the booze dissuade from you from your favourite restaurant. This is why BYO restaurants are probably better than sliced bread. Sydney has more than a few decent Bring Your Own’s… here are some of our favourite eats, so check them out for yourself.

Vamps Bistro

In the heart of Paddington, this bistro screams class and quality from the minute you enter. For $52, inclusive of GST and corkage, you can devour the most delicious three-course meal from the fixed menu. Or choose whatever you want from the extensive bistro menu. The two owners have been here since day one and make you feel like part of the family as soon as you arrive. 227 Glenmore Road Paddington NSW 2021 (02) 9331 1032

Uchi Lounge

Japanese cuisine at its finest. The ambience in this place is overwhelming and the menu is perfect for that first date or that big birthday bash. With corkage at only $3 per person, and opening hours covering both lunch and dinner dates, this BYO is a top for Sydney-siders. The presentation of the food here is exquisite and the staff just can’t seem to do enough for you. 15 Brisbane Street Darlinghurst NSW 2011 (02) 9261 3524

Le Lerd Thai Restaurant

This place is no secret. Nor is it shy when it comes to spice. Sometimes you just fancy a good traditional Thai meal that isn’t going to break the bank, add a couple of Tiger beers or the usual Thai Chang, and ta-da, a bang tidy evening with your mates and a good plate of grub. The curries here are full of flavour, if you like it really hot remember to tell the staff you like it ‘thai-spicy.’ Cnr Renwick St & Parramatta Rd NSW 02 9560 1133

Marina Lunga

Mamma Mia! The pizzas here are to die for and the seafood is cooked to perfection. A good bottle of white, red, or rose, makes for a perfect evening at Marina Lunga. In the beautiful suburb of Balmain, this Italian restaurant is hidden away on Darling Street and always packed full with happy customers, so why not try out the Veal Limone or the Chicken Boscaiola? 367 Darling St, Balmain NSW (02) 9810 0292


Himalayan Char Grill

Himalayan cuisine is not something that everyone is familiar with. This is what makes this place that little bit more intriguing, interesting, and insanely tasty. With corkage at only $2 per person and a menu of banquets to choose from to suit the size of your party, it makes choosing your first Himalayan dish an unforgettable evening. From Sekuwa Chicken that is marinated over night, to the Kaju Beef curry, it makes our mouths water just thinking about it. 41 Glebe Point Rd Glebe NSW 2037 (02) 9552 1220

The Standard

Coming up at The Standard is the finest pick ‘n’ mix of entertainment evenings. Reminiscent of a traditional Cadbury’s selection box you just have to eat weeks before Christmas, just in the next week or so; Yacht Club DJ’s are sailing into The Standard to bring you the biggest in mash-up electro anthems. Other line-ups include ‘Not Just Another 90s Party’, where everyone can conquer the world with the biggest Indie Spice Girls tribute band. Looking into the next month or so, the collection of Indie bands such as ‘San Cisco’ and ‘The Getaway Plan’ are priceless. If Blues is more your colour, check out Kim Churchill and his crew amongst many others. Burlesque is set to hit The Standard in July too with the ‘Harry Potter and the curse of the tassel twirl’ on stage for a night to remember. Whether you want a night of chilled ambience from your favourite blues band, or a mad night of dance music where you can get wonky until 3am; The Standard serves all purpose. The Standard has opened its ‘third floor’ after being locked away for 15 years and is back with a fresh new vibe with that old school feel that will take you back to London, Manchester, Leeds or the brick basement of your local pub. Class.

Grab a couple of mates, guzzle some beers and open your ears; The Standard is Sydney’s brand spanker of a bar - fueled for a top night of tunes. If live music is your flavour, The Standard is the perfect place to be any night of the week. It’s got the feeling of home and being a ‘local’ when you walk into the place with a sense of déjà vu even when you know you’ve never been here before. The sound system is built to impress and there’s even a mezzanine and some staggered bleacher seating for those who simply want to kick-back and relax with a schooner and indulge in some top earsex. Whether you want to rave or behave, The Standard is by far a favourite around the Surry Hills area. Every major city in Britain has this type of venue, the dark and deep rooms designed for bands to strut their stuff to fans of all ages. Sadly, Sydney isn’t teeming with these venues, so that’s why it’s a bloody good job The Standard is around, and here to stay. This venue has been a legendary hang out for years. Since the 1980s it has been home to bands such as The Beastie Boys and The Lemonheads to name but a few. It has been on the map as a live music venue since it was called Kinsela’s, which is why you can tell it isn’t a place which can be used as a music venue ‘if need be’ this is a ‘live music venue’ from the heart and soul and a constant on the music map of the city. The Standard is accessible from all sides of central Sydney and the drinks aren’t too heavily priced which makes it just that bit better for your wallet. Everyone knows that live music and beers go together like a fine lamb shank and a dab of mint sauce. The Standard makes life that little bit easier when deciding what to do with your night, creating a hang out that truly does set ‘The Standard.’ For a midsize space, this place can accommodate up to 500 fun-loving partygoers who are in it to win it; enjoying everything from live music and scratch-nights, stand-up comedy and theatre through to cabaret and the odd gallery exhibition. This joint really is an all-purpose performance space, and a clear winner for Sydney’s scene.

By Frankie Salt



Frames café is the don when it comes to eggs Benedict, also supporting a fine lunch menu with some funky tunes in the backdrop - it seems there is just too much choice around the Surry Hills suburb when it comes to finding a good cup of coffee and a brunch to match.

Sydney doesn’t have to be all about the beaches and the busy-bee CBD. There are some amazing areas within the city, which are easily accessible from the CBD without the ridiculous prices and lack of community vibe. If café culture has your name written all over it, then Surry Hills is your new best friend. You can live the inner-city life without feeling crazy inside with all the hustle and bustle. The streets are lined with vibrant trees and beautiful Victorian architecture, making you feel at home the minute you step foot into Surry Hills.

Getting Into town... With everything on your doorstep it’s difficult to think of a reason why you would want to leave the leafy suburbs and head to the big city lights. However, some of you do have to earn a living ‘city-style’ and also, it is always a refreshing change to get into the city of Sydney, the sights, sounds and bustling vibe is always so different to that of other Australian cities. To get out of Surry Hills and into the CBD, the easiest mode of transport if you don’t fancy a casual wander or a short ride on the pushbike, is the bus or the train. At every bus stop around Surry Hills you can get to the city centre on one bus route alone such as the M50 or the 440, check the simple Sydney route planner online. A short walk to Central Station opens your eyes to the city with every CBD train stop only minutes away. A cab shouldn’t be more than $15 either so is quite reasonable if there’s yourself and a few mates.

The flavours of Surry Hills… Surry Hills is bursting with restaurants to suit every mood. Porteno restaurant brings Argentinian soul to the streets of Surry Hills. Best mates Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz show some true brotherly love for the food and their customers. This place is not just about the food and the open grills and fires - it’s about having fun and letting loose after work or just kicking back for a great meal out. The people of Surry Hills really know how to wine and dine whatever night of the week it is and restaurants such as Trinity Bar make meetings with your mates easier too. With $10 steaks, and $9 jugs of beer on the menu, it’s smiles all around in this joint. Spice I Am is an award winning Surry Hills establishment, where the word ‘flavour’ is the understatement of the century. The chefs here know exactly how to cook a curry to your liking and their entrees are the perfect way to start the meal with your mates and a tipple.

Cocktails on every corner, Schooners on every street… With the never ending lists of restaurants which guarantee a top trip for the taste buds; there is of course a place to drink, dance and chill to match. Surry Hills may not be the cheapest of areas, but having a drink and a catchup with your work colleagues, friends, or friendly strangers, doesn’t have to break the bank. The Shakespeare Hotel doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t. Genuine people and down to earth prices. It also goes down swimmingly with a good group of mates and some stories to be told. This place is run by two friends who have many a story to tell, and have gone on to call their establishment ‘Tio’s’ which in Spanish slang means ‘dude’. What a place. Shady Pines is a joint with a difference which has to be mentioned. This saloon-style bar is the word on everyone’s lips. Crown Street comes alive at night, thankfully not to the sound of horses or gunfire. But with the sound of laughter, whisky being poured to the masses and just a top night being had by all. Surry Hills definitely isn’t a place for tumbleweed either.

Boutique Life… When you walk around the Surry Hills establishments, it’s rather obvious to the eye to see that everyone here looks pretty damn cool a lot of the time. Not to say that this suburb is the most “sceney” in Sydney, however, the ample collection of unique boutiques lining the streets helps make your wardrobe that little bit quirkier. Areas like Surry Hills and Newtown are renowned for their vintage expressions when it comes to stores. Grandma Takes A Trip is full to the brim with excellent little finds which will look amazing in your new Surry Hills wardrobe! Mr. Stinky’s on Cleveland Street will provide you with hours of pure eye euphoria as you step inside this little haven of goodies for both men and women and everything in between!

Accommodation... Surry Hills accommodation starts at the standard $25 a night for the hostels. For a one-bed studio you will be looking at around $280 per week, then moving up the ladder to a two-bed apartment for around $600 per week, making it slightly cheaper than Bondi and Manly suburbs. If you want the vibrancy and that feeling of being ‘home’ without being trapped inside the crazy city corners, Surry Hills makes life in Sydney that little more endearing. The shops and cafes ooze character, and the boutique culture and ‘spoil yourself’ lifestyle is so very appealing. Surry Hills provides so many opportunities to meet people, feel part of a community and has a very upcoming and exciting scene. Just have a wander down the quaint streets to feel the love its inhabitants share for the Hills.

Café Culture…

When your belly screams for a deli, Surry Hills isn’t afraid to shout back. Formaggi Ocello answers all of your cheese and wine prayers. Recently awarded ‘The Best Cheese Store’ in Sydney, this delicatessen is stocked full with five star collections of breads, ham, jam, and cheeses - you name it, they’ve got it. Bourke St Bakery - this is in no way a Surry Hills secret, however, there is a good reason for it being so widely known and sought after. The queue is usually around the corner at all eating hours, but hey, good things come to those who wait. The Book Store is exactly what you need as the sun rises and you head to work or pop out in your pyjamas to pick up something for a weekend session of breakfast in bed. Kitsch and quirky, this place is organically conscious and morphs into a buzzing restaurant at night.

By Frankie Salt



CHECK THIS OUT - SYDNEY Inside Manly The best thing about Manly is that even the trip there will blow your mind. A fifteen-minute ferry ride north from Circular Quay will take you through what is arguably one of the most spectacular harbours in the world and into a hip-n-happening place surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Once you get your breath back and step onto the wharf, you’ll be hit by a gourmet selection of visual sensations. Get ready, because between you and the ocean lies a plethora of boutiques, bars and beach-related activities, perfect for any season and every palette. What better place to start than where you land. If you need to fuel up for a busy afternoon of fun, you can’t go past Hugo’s. A name that is synonymous with a good time in Sydney, this place sure knows how to deliver a wicked pizza and cocktail combination. Authentic Italian cuisine coupled with jugs of Sangria will certainly get your day off to a good start. If “Vorspiel” (or “foreplay”) with a beer is more your thing, you can head next door to the Bavarian Bier Café, for authentic German brews and bratwurst. But before you shy away from the cooler weather and settle in for too many cosy pints, start making your way east – you won’t regret it. Walking through the “Corso” towards the beach, you’ll quickly pick up the relaxed coastal vibe that Manly is famous for putting down. The walkway is big enough for bike riders, pavement surfers and families alike, so you can make your way from high-fashion boutique to multi-story surf shop, all the while enjoying your very special personal space – a true treat in a city as closely packed in as Sydney. If shopping is your thing, you must – and we mean must – check out at least one of these all-class boutiques – Mint, Karabu and Mr & Mrs Smith. These guys know their style, stocking high-end local and international brands through to funky designer fashion. Just don’t expect to get a bargain unless it’s around sale time. Manly is also the home to the highest concentration of surf shops in the world, with 15 speciality stores offering everything from clothing and equipment through to surfing tips and perfect-ten pervs (for both guys and gals!). Once you’re loaded up with card-board-and-string shopping bags, it’s time to get back to basics and take in some of the world-class scenery that makes Manly so special. Sure, your feet will get you there, but why not re-live your childhood memories and hire yourself a pair of in-line skates. Yep, we’re talking about rollerblades. Skater HQ on the beachfront offers rollerblade hire for $20 per hour or $30 a day; as well as skateboards and bikes. You can head north to Queenscliff (or “Queenies” to the locals) or south to Shelly Beach. Whichever way you go, you’ll bare witness to some of the best views on the Northern beaches. On a good weather day, you might even consider jumping in the water for some of the stand-up-paddle-board action that has taken this place by storm. Manly Kayak Centre on the Esplanade will do you sweet deal on the equipment, and they’ll even show you how to do it without falling off. By now you should have worked up quite the appetite, so it’s time to find somewhere to eat. This is not a hard task in Manly, although you might have trouble making a decision! Hemmingway’s is the place for classy cocktails among unique 1920s-inspired décor. Even the staff take their inspiration from the great writer, sporting beautifully manicured moustaches and oozing with charm. If you’re looking to wine and dine, head to the Manly Wine Bar, for tastings and tapas surrounded by old-world charm (keep an eye out for the peacock!). A warning though, it’s a little expensive. If you’re in the mood for some live music with your meal, you could head back into the Corso and check in at InSitu. Famous for its cool staff and killer live sets, this is the perfect destination if you want to turn your late afternoon drinks into something to remember. But if you haven’t had enough of the water, head to Murray’s Brewery, right on the beachfront. Order yourself a locally brewed beer and a plate of the garlic muscles, sit yourself down on the balcony and enjoy – this place is worth every cent in inflated property tax because the views are amazing. No matter where you end up, Manly will show you a good night. Just remember that being wasted and catching waves don’t mix!

Quick Facts About Manly

Must Do’s In Manly

The price of a single journey on the Circular Quay to Manly ferry is $7 for an adult. Manly has a total of 18 pristine beaches for you to choose from - no need for towel turf wars here. Manly was named after the confidence and ‘manly behaviour’ shown by a group of local Aborigines spotted in Manly Cove by Australia’s first Governor, Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. The average temperature during summer is between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius. Manly has more than 30 attractions and activities, 100 restaurants and cafes and 200 boutiques and specialty shops.

Swim with the sharks at Oceanworld. Go wave jumping with Sydney Ocean Adventures. Jog the white sands of Manly Beach. Arrive by famous Sydney Harbour ferry. Take a ghost tour at Q Station. Discover the natural beauty of North Head Sanctuary. Dine at one of the many ocean front restaurants, bars and cafes. Take the Manly to Spit scenic bushwalk through national park. Enjoy Sydney’s best fish n chips on The Corso Learn to surf. Take the Sculpture Walk on Marine Parade. Go back to the beginning at Manly Art Gallery.

By Beth McMullen


CHECK THIS OUT - SYDNEY Top Bars In Manly Upon visiting Manly you’d be hard pushed to not find a bevvy of entertainment, but if you’re in a shadow of doubt as where best to sink a few schooners, BBM is here to help. Here we talk you through a couple of good venues to get your drink on. Walking down The Corso you can feel somewhat spoilt for choice yet Ivanhoe Hotel Manly has more to it than meets the eye. The open spaced bar looks essential enough with its classic behind bar selection and several television sets dotted around. Here though they pride themselves on the food and during the week their menu offers real value with real variety. Whilst most bars would have $10 steak as a special occasionally during the week, here it is a bestselling fixture. Meat lovers can also rejoice at the Flame Grilled Baby Back Pork Ribs, which are lovingly braised for a full 90 minutes. They even grill the seafood with the equally finger licking good BBQ Sweet Sticky Prawns served Asian style tucked amidst the likes of Tasmanian Salmon, Fish and Chips and Barramundi.

The bar also has it sorted for entertainment. As one of few bars on the beachfront that can offer live music at the weekend, it also showcases acts for free in The Lobby. Start Friday night with the latest pick in tiptop, untapped local talent while Saturday nights are all about the old school Pub Rock covers. That is the weekend ticked off but school nights are not forgotten either; from free Trivia on Tuesday night, free Pool on Wednesdays from 5.30 to free Karaoke on Thursday. For sports fans there is the iSports Bar which boasts the biggest full HD television in the Southern Hemisphere as well as several other, lesser gargantuan screens and a TAB as standard. Upstairs, however, it can get a bit livelier. The top floor is the main draw; the i2 Lounge, an elegant club, lit by lines of elaborate lanterns with a secluded rooftop courtyard overlooking The Corso. Up here the vibe feels more relaxed and so it should with an extensive wine list and cocktails galore including extravagant martinis and fruity daiquiris.

Take your time and consider your surroundings for where the bar excels is in its variety and use of space. Whether you want to have a quiet chat taking in the view, hide in a booth with a siginificant other or let your hair down, simply pick your spot. Mind the dancefloor though, as at the weekend you can present yourself at the whims of the DJ in the i2 Rooftop Terrace. With its Eastern vibe, the lounge feels a few thousand miles away from the beach that lies below and with the intimate dining booths you can enjoy that welcome sense of seclusion from the hoi polloi. Even better, fancy the space to you and your bezzies? Simple. The lounge or even the individual booths can be hired out to suit any size or style of function and catered for with canapes and rates set out for 30 to 200 people. The room is amply spaced yet there are plans afoot in the coming months for expansion into the building next door for even more than meets the eye than there is now.

Where The Corso meets the beach is the Hotel Styne; a local’s local and one that is returning to its roots, back to the community. The building dominates a corner and has been a staple fixture in Manly’s bar scene for decades, yet times change. In order to remain in demand the venue now offers something different, something more. A new direction from new ownership two years ago with the operative of restoring a classic, a revamping will take place to transform this landmark site into five different venues in one. Of course, there are those who fear change and prefer their local as it was and forever will be. Indeed, part of the restoration has involved stripping down rather than ripping up and starting over. Through the side entrance is the Round Bar where familiarity is key for the Resches drinking regulars. Even the walls look as they did decades ago as layer upon layer of wallpaper has been stripped right down to the original tiles.

Around the corner in the Seaside Food & Craft Beer Bar the walls are adorned with local scenes snapped by local photographers giving the room a homely atmosphere. Here is where the heart lies, where you can grab counter to gourmet food; from nachos to Scotch fillet. Take a look at the bar too, a long look as you can dip your toe into one of 18 craft and international beers. The bar does not merely serve food and drink but the local community too, as morning groups can settle down in the morning, but by night the bar staff themselves swap serving schooners for spinning choons ranging from Blues to Old School Hip Hop via Soul, Funk and Indie Pop. Upstairs is Moonshine, a Cider and Rum bar. That’s right, a bar that exclusively sells 16 ciders on tap and 100 different rums. But that is not all, while the room looks fit for the Pirates of The Caribbean set, pop your head round on a Thursday night and along with your freshly filled glass you will find guitars with live acts performing either Indie Rock or Folk and Blues to kick off your weekend. With Monday morning poking around the corner, sometimes

we all need a respite on Sunday night too and in the same room you will find Roots Reggae and Dub Hip Hop for those back to work blues. The restoration is not finished there as building continues on a Chinese restaurant with the emphasis on the sociable with a banqueting table and an adjacent cocktail bar. You could spend days in The Hotel Steyne, literally. For those willing to miss the ferry back and wanting to stay a little past the 1am lockout on weekends and public holidays the hotel has a range of rates to suit. Yet even if you want to pop in and breeze past there is the cafe for a quick coffee and snack. Fancy a flutter? There’s even the Magic Millions Bar, a sports bar with live coverage on 11 different TVs and, handily, a TAB. From locals to revelers, Rock ‘n’ Rollers to early birds, there’s something for everyone. By Omar Soliman




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Join us for a three hour walk through Melbourne’s beautiful lanes and arcades, and though they may be well known, not all their wonders are easy to find. Discover local designers and specialty retailers, which often are only found in the city. A little history, and attention to amazing architecture will inspire locals and visitors alike. See over 30 stores and return to those you like best in the afternoon, make a day of it in Marvelous Melbourne! COST: $115.00 per person WITH lunch 
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Cafe Culture Walk - NEW

Indulge in the amazing foodie scene as we walk through a different set of laneways - the new, or less frequented have been given a lighter touch on the fashion side, but now are a breeding ground for cafes, and tiny coffee stops. Melbourne is certainly known for its coffee buzz, with pour over, syphon, third wave and more, but we are not out to fuss over these new techniques, but rather hear of or meet the people who are making Melbourne abuzz, in the CAFE CULTURE of the city. Join us as we share some of the adventures of the early adopters of the dark bean, and taste some fabulous bites of food along the way - perfect for any social caffeine fiend, or those looking for some taste sensations in small bites. This is a something for every one experience - and see some of Marvelous Melbourne along the way! COST: $95.00 per person

The labyrinth of lanes and arcades hide some of the best of Melbourne, and that’s where Hidden Secrets savvy local guides come to the rescue! They offer half day tours for first time and repeat visitors, to see the real life of the city that’s often missed. Meet the designers, the independent store owners or local characters, indulge in the cafe culture, enjoy the diversity of cuisine and find the best designer shopping solutions that only Melbourne can provide! Choose from a selection of scheduled tours, or take advantage of a private option. Hidden Secrets Tours is purposely a walking tour enterprise, and as such itineraries are generally confined to Melbourne city centre or inner suburban destinations, where local design is the highlight and service is paramount. The tour group sizes are generally kept
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Sommelier’s City Walk

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CHECK THIS OUT - MELBOURNE the collectables dotted along the wall and be sure to look up and see the old tin aeroplane on the ceiling, the place just has a cool groove. But the best thing about this place has to be the $4 gourmet pizzas available all day, every day. Seriously delicious and even more importantly; seriously good value for money! If you’re up for a cheap and satisfying lunch with the girlies whilst you divulge all, there really is no better place. 179 Chapel St Windsor, Melbourne

1000 £ Bend

1000 £ Bend has fast established itself as the place to be for Melbourne’s creative posse: step inside and you will see why. Furnished with miss match vintage decor (so hot right now) the place just oozes coolness. Local artists can get their work up on the walls and the café hosts continuous art exhibitions throughout the year. They also have a fully air-conditioned cinema - cool or what? So if you and the girlies need a space to catch up and fancy soaking up some of Melbourne’s famous culture then this is the place to be seen. 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Best BYO’s Places To Catch Up With The Girls

Melbourne is jam-packed with some fantastic BYO restaurants, so you can enjoy fantastic cuisine without the lofty bottle prices on top. Here we shed light on a few of our favourite BYO’s in and around the city. So pop to the bottle-o and head to some of Melbourne’s best eats.

Desperate for a catch up with the girls to talk about boys and clothes and all the other gossip that has accumulated over the week? We know how important it is to have girl time, but we also know that the best conversations happen in the most comfortable environments. Here are a few of our favourite hang-outs in and around Melbourne to catch up with the girls.

In the beating heart of Melbourne’s China Town, down one of the city’s most popular laneways lies the best dumpling joint in the whole city. Head down to this gem and tuck into some delicious Chinese dumplings whilst sipping on your own store bought poison – winner. Expect to have a wait in the queue to get into the place as it is a firm favourite with Melbourne students. Select your choice of dumplings from the vast and cheap menu whilst catching up with friends and enjoying the alcohol you brought in your jam-packed esky/ice box (for you Brits). The busy atmosphere gives the place a cosy yet happening mood to de-brief from the days antics. The service can be a little bit shirty - only because the joint is so busy. It certainly creates that deep city Shanghai vibe, allowing you an authentic oriental experience without the airmiles. 112 Little Bourke St, Melbourne (CBD)

Madame Brussels

Hidden away on the 4th floor of a 2012 Melbourne city main road lies the rare and exquisite diamond that is Madame Brussels. Take a lift up from the modern day world and step foot into a 1940’s tennis club. Decked out with vintage furniture, astro-turf and wait staff dressed head to toe in the most darling Fred Perry tennis gear- Madame Brussels is the perfect spot for a girly lunch with a twist. Munch on homemade sausage rolls, finger sandwiches and drink many a jug of Pimms! With hand parasols for those sunny Melbourne days and fluffy blankets for the chilly afternoons this hidden roof top time machine hits all the spots for getting it right, and makes for a fun afternoon with the girls. 63 Bourke Street, Melbourne (CBD)

Lucky Coq

If you have spent a long hard day hitting the shops of Chapel Street with the girls and pennies are running low- there is no better place than Lucky Coq to fill your hungry tums. Here you will find a two-storey building full of quirky, vintage couches to rest your weary shopped out legs. Take note of

Inside Fitzroy The word that appears to follow the destination of Fitzroy, Victoria around like an obedient dog in most reviews is; bohemian. By definition ‘bohemian’, is ‘a person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behaviour.’ Arguably, there are rather civilised establishments littered throughout the area of Fitzroy, and rather well-mannered individuals in suits filling them, but even they boast unconventional, quirky qualities. Fitzroy emanates a true hippy attitude, attracting the laid-back and the free-spirited. We have spent time wandering through the charming, eccentric streets to give you an insight into a lifestyle in Fitzroy. Situated only 2km from Melbourne’s centre, it is a creative hub offering an individual selection of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment.

Fantastic Food in Fitzroy… For sustenance during long, working days, there are a multitude of eateries influenced by different cultures across the globe available in Fitzroy. An area not lacking in diversity in the food sector, if it’s 9am and the sleepy haze still has your brain hostage, free it by popping into Sonido! on the way to work. The South African café, found on Gertrude Street, is known for its “extreme coffee” - a beautiful, smooth, frothy blessing to wake you up in a much more pleasant manner than your enemy of an alarm clock did this morning. Hungover on a Saturday morning? Revive your poor body, fragile from the alcohol abuse it received the night before, with an ultimate breakfast. Arcadia Café on Gertrude street is a favoured destination - mushrooms on sourdough toast with spinach and goats cheese is their most popular offering – the eggs and bread plated up with a variety of different ingredients are also brilliant cures, but if your stomach is feeling a little weak, the soothing plates of fresh fruit and honey will do the trick. For a healthy lunch, Soulsoup, is the urban kitchen for hearty, honest homemade soups, and tasty salads, perfect if you want something light to keep you going. Occasionally the hot weather crosses soup off the lunch menu, and so we’ve found you The Vegie bar on Brunswick Street. It is just so chilled out, and here you can enjoy the cheery atmosphere amongst the hippies whilst enjoying a plate of nachos, or a gourmet pizza with an insane variety of toppings. If it’s a refreshing hit you need on a hot day; well, they can whizz up fruit and veg into super-healthy revitalising smoothies for you to take away! For a great dinner, delve into Fitzroy’s Spanish quarter by indulging in Añadas, which can be found in the middle of buzzing Gertrude Street. They plate up a vast selection of tapas, inspired by the peasant food of Andalusian’s, and infused with the flavours of the Muslim Mediterranean. A truly unique dining experience, it would be rude not to ring up five friends, and book a table to experience their tasting menu along with some bottles of Spanish wine. Have faith, we guarantee you’ll introduce your palate to a world of new flavours. After a hard day at work, it’s understandable that socialising may not be on your agenda every night. Or maybe cooking or leaving the house is a painful thought in general, whatever the reason, surrendering to take out should not be accompanied by a feeling of guilt here. Healthy Thai

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Victoria Street

Victoria Street in the suburb of Richmond is home to a whole street of BYO Vietnamese restaurants. Perfectly suited for the backpacker on a budget - or people who just appreciate a tasty cheap feed, you can take your pick of where you want to pull up a seat and open a bottle of shelf bought booze. The street itself looks a little shady compared to the high-end city laneways - but trust us it’s safe as houses. The street is bustling and full of appealing Vietnamese eateries for you and your mates to decide between. Some of BBM’s personal favourites are Minh Minh, Thy Thy and Pho 2. There are a few more upmarket places dotted along the street but mainly it is cheap

food can be delivered from Absolute Thai, a take out that cooks up a much more diverse, fresh selection of food to arrive at your door. Make your selection between the likes of noodles, rice, Thai soups and salad; or between their meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes for a satisfactory meal that beats your typical pizza or Chinese options any day.

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Fitzroy has much more to offer than great grub though. The creativity blossoming in hidden crevices of the streets is an integral factor contributing to the buzzing atmosphere of the place. The Rose Street Artist Market – is ‘for lovers of all things handmade’ – selling the best of art, fashion, photography, jewellery, homewares, and vintage. Industria is an innovative retail shop for contemporary furniture, as well as vintage pieces and jewellery found on Gertrude Street. Each establishment has its own identity. All you need to do is pop into Dr Follicles, Fitzroy’s pride and joy of a barbershop, to realise no business settles for a bland first impression. Retro items litter the walls, and classic songs play on vinyl, while cheery hairdressers snip your locks off. Apparently free beer was originally part of the haircut package, but licensing laws stopped the beer, and now the substitute offered to enjoy during your haircut is dim sum…obviously.

Drinking in the midst of music… The Old Bar on Johnstone Street stages gigs seven nights a week, and is a cheerful place, boasting a romantic fire and Coopers on tap. A variety of genres throughout the new music scene are supported in here, so if you’d rather be pleasantly entertained by acoustic strings rather than the thrashing of an electric guitar, just check up on the listings beforehand. The Old Bar certainly offers something sweet for everyone’s ears, although variations of blues and folk are the favoured genres here.

and cheerful. Plus the fact there is a range of places to BYO means you can shake things up next time you go. Victoria Street, Richmond

Lentil As Anything

Whether you’re a fulltime vegetarian or just up for something easy on the wallet ‘Lentil As Anything’ is definitely worth checking out. Taking place in a convent of all places – you sure as hell can B.Y.O! This place truly is something special – a buffet full of delicious flavoursome vegetarian food. The best thing about it is you pay whatever you feel the food deserves. That’s right we take a break from overpriced city good menus and are welcomed with our cask of goon or box of beer to eat some wholesome grub and pay what we wish. But be fair on the legends that organise and cook this for us – people work hard just as we do, and as the saying goes there is no such thing as a free lunch! But it will sure as hell be a damn sight cheaper than city centre restaurants. Packed to the rafters with students, backpackers and business men alike – Lentil As Anything satisfies the taste buds and the bank balance in equal measure. 41 Blessington Street, St Kilda

Music and Meals Combining two of the greatest pleasures that life has to offer, we’ve picked out our favourite places to watch live music whilst you chow down on some quality munch. From juxtaposing acoustic with vegetarian cuisine or BBQ’s with DJ’s spinning dance tracks, check out our selection of our favourite places to eat whilst getting tuned in.

Grumpys Green

If it’s an acoustic set or some local talent you’re after then Grumpy’s Green is a great little spot. The menu is strictly vegetarian so it’s great for your health as well as your ears. Offering a slice of local talent, be that a chilled acoustic set or a cool underground indie band, you can tuck into your food whilst having your ears pleased by some sweet new sounds. The menu is very reasonably priced and the vibe is chilled making it the perfect place to wind down and soak up the talent. It’s also ecofriendly with the motto “Eat, drink and save the world” so your conscious can take a break from whatever antics you get up to on other nights. 125 Smith St, Collingwood

Section 8

Who can turn down a good old-fashioned barbeque? Certainly not the Aussies. As we all know they love their ‘barbies’ and Section 8 Bar hosts the coolest BBQ in town. The venue itself is one of our favourites to go to, built from a large shipping container it is the cool grunge of Melbourne at its best. The outside area is something different with seating areas raised on wooden stacks and a DJ playing some sick beats throughout. Street art lines the walls surrounding and the grub on offer isn’t your average BBQ handouts. Expect foot-long hotdogs with all the trimmings on crisp fresh baguettes. The BBQ session takes place when the sun is shining and it is the only place to be if you’re into your dance music. And what better way to listen to it than munching on your extra-large $7 sausage. Larvely. 29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne (CBD)

Bimbo Deluxe

Slap bang in the middle of the uber trendy Brunswick Street lies Bimbo’s- the loving sister of Lucky Coq down on Chapel Street. Bimbo’s plays host to local and international DJ’s week in week out. Also it hosts the famous $4 gourmet pizza’s which can be consumed amongst mates throughout the week whilst listening to some quality tunes pump form the DJ booth. A mention has to go out in particularly to Friday and Saturday night when Bimbo’s really gets loose. Pizza’s do double in price but you pay for the atmosphere as the tunes get lifted, and more feet step through the door to get down to some top tunes at the weekend. 376 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Red Bennies

So if you want some entertainment with your evening feed, Red Benny’s offers a different flare and flavour altogether. Here you’ll find a different kind of music experience, as this place takes a meal and music to a whole new level. If you’re wanting a more swanky evening this venue will not disappoint. The décor is fabulous - think 1920’s cabaret club in downtown Paris. With tasteful furniture, red velvet a plenty and a huge stage it’s a sure winner for a cracking evening meals entertainment. Cabaret is the theme here and it is done in the most stylish, sexy and sassy manner. Step back in time and dine on some fine tasting food whilst watching an award worthy cabaret, circus and brass band performance. Level 1, 373 Chapel St, South Yarra For more information visit

Staying and travelling… Fitzroy has a fair few accommodation options, with hostels charging around $30+ per night, so finding somewhere to crash for the night shouldn’t be an issue if you’re on a tight budget. If you’re planning on staying a bit longer and settling down in Fitzroy for the longer haul, house share prices start from around $250 per week, so again, if you’ve got some regular work, this shouldn’t break the bank, and of course if you don’t want shared accommodation then you’ll be looking at around anything from $300-$400 per week. Getting around in between places is just as fuss-free, the 402 bus route will take you from North Melbourne to Fitzroy in a speedy 10 minute journey, or taxi’s will shuttle you about from a flagfall rate of $3.20. There is no doubt you will find your place within the innovative and inspiring community. We wanted avoid it, but denying the truth is foolish; so if you are free-spirited, creative, literate individual, we can’t stress just how much you’ll feel at home in Fitzroy, the truly bohemian quarter of Melbourne. For more information on bars, restaurants and accommodation in Fitzroy visit

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GIPPSLAND - VICTORIA Gippsland - The Unknown Aussie Road Trip Chances are if you’ve done a road trip in Australia or are planning one it is going to have been on the East Coast, The Great Ocean Road or, at a push, the West Coast if you were feeling particularly ‘out there’. Us backpackers like to know that at no stage will we be more than 50m from a grotty bar selling schooners of VB. We’re a sucker for following the well-trodden trails of past generations because it’s tried and tested and we know we wont fail to have a good time. Well my friends, there is a new kid on the road trip scene that is going to knock the socks off the beaches of NSW, ridicule the rainforests of Queensland and trump everything the usual resorts offer by providing backpackers with a place to ski. Where we hear you ask? Gippsland. Heard of it? We didn’t think so.

Where Is Gippsland? Gippsland is an enormous rural area in Victoria that begins immediately east of the suburbs of Melbourne and stretches all the way along the coast to the borders of NSW. Between the Great Dividing Range in the north and the Bass Strait in the south, the region is home to snowfields, wilderness, rainforest, beaches, farmland and more. On top of all of these treats it is located on Australia’s Number 1 highway making it incredibly accessible and just screaming out for you to fire up that ‘Power Rock’ playlist and hit the open road.

What To Do?

There is no better feeling than discovering a corner of such a hugely popular country that is still relatively undiscovered. Gippsland is conveniently located between two of the most vital cities on the typical tourist trail so rather than lazily hopping on a Jet Star flight and missing it all, hire a van or car and take some time to really enjoy it for yourself. When you next find yourself sat around regaling tales of your adventures with your fellow travellers over a beaker or two of goon, you can pitch in with wise advice to visit this hidden gem that offers a real glimpse into all that is great and good about this awesome country! By Amy Baker

Quick Facts About Gippsland Gippsland was named in 1840 by Polish explorer, Paul Strzelecki, after Sir George Gipps, governor of New South Wales (1838–46). In 2006 Gippsland was reported to have a population of 239,647. A short journey away from Gippsland is Phillip Island – home to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade. At sunset, wild little penguins emerge from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows. Phillip Island is home to one of the largest little penguin colonies in the world. Around 1,699 Gippsland dairy farmers produce 1.9 billion litres of milk a year. Gippsland is usually split up into four or five main regions – West Gippsland, South Gippsland, the Latrobe Valley, East Gippsland and sometimes Central Gippsland.

Now this is where the fun starts. The sheer size of the region means that the scale of things you can experience is pretty dramatic. One day you can be skiing fresh powder on the Baw Baw Plateau, the next you can be scuba diving with sharks down in Wilsons Promontory. Take a few days to enjoy the delights of Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes before hopping back in your vehicle and making your way to Phillip Island.

Whilst In Gippsland... Who would have thought that you could ski in the country synonymous with barbeques, boardies and beaches? Every postcard, video or picture you see of Australia depicts bronzed beauties wearing very little lying around doing not much at all. However in the winter (July – September), 120km east of Melbourne, you can don your ski gear and hit the slopes at Mount Baw Baw Ski Resort. It might be relatively small compared to what you are used to back home but there are still 30 hectares of ski fields, six runs and a fantastic variety of cross-country trails to explore. There is camping available on the banks of the Aberfeldy River but seeing as you will be visiting in winter either ensure you have numerous Arctic-ready sleeping bags or take the hit and book into a cosy B&B close to the resort. 90 Mile Beach is exactly as it sounds only four miles longer, which makes it the third longest uninterrupted beach in the world. The 94-mile stretch of beach runs north-eastward from Port Albert all the way to the man-made channel at the resort of Lakes Entrance. The feisty waves of the Tasman Sea crash onto the shore close to the sandy dunes that separate numerous lakes and lagoons from the ocean. There are three main lakes that you must visit; Lake King, Lake Wellington and Lake Victoria. These all make up the astonishing areas of the Lakes National Park and the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park. The area is a nature lover’s idea of heaven with 300 native fauna species, 400 indigenous flora species and 20,000 water birds all calling it home. The area is also home to pods of Burrunan Dolphins. Days here can be filled with activities on land or water. Boating and fishing tend to be the major draws and even if you aren’t a fan of spending hours trying to ensnare an unsuspecting mullet, skipjack or bream, simply being on the water is experience enough. If you are looking for something a tad more energetic you can hire a canoe or kayak and give that upper body a work-out as you explore the tranquil waters. The park is a great spot for a walk and if you want to brave the cool water temperatures we recommend sticking to the sheltered lake shores. There are plenty of spots to park up your wheels and rest for the night situated between Paradise Beach and The Honeysuckles. All of which have great facilities and charge around $20 per night for an unpowered site or $27 if you want to give your van some juice. Not all the great scuba diving spots in Australia are located on the Great Barrier or the Ningaloo Reefs, in fact the waters of Victoria are considered one of the best kept secrets on the continent. The ocean surrounding Wilsons Promontory is protected by a national marine park and offers some truly outstanding diving, albeit in fairly bracing temperatures! There are dives sites that suit those who rival Jacques Cousteau in the adventurous stakes and then there are those more suited to beginners. Some of the best sites include Horn Point, Bareback Cove, Waterloo Bay, Forty Food Rocks and West Moncoeur Island. Waiting just below the surface are sheer walls, mysterious caves and spectacular sponge gardens all teeming with marine wildlife ranging from clown and angel fish to the slightly more intimidating sea snakes, eels, seals and sharks. There have been whales spotted in the area as well so keep your fingers crossed you are one of the lucky ones who gets to meet one face to face. There are a number of dive schools in the area all offering day trips or liveaboard experiences if you have a bit more time on your hands. Prices for these depend on the number of dives involved and the number of days that you spend aboard the boat so shop about to find something to suit you. If you wish, you can complete the Open Water Padi course here for around $600 (a little less pocket-friendly than in Queensland) for the two or three day course. Wilsons Promontory is one of Victoria’s most loved places and even above the water the scenery is awe-inspiring. Against a backdrop of imposing granite mountains lies open forest, sweeping beaches and dramatic coastline – all that fresh air will do wonders for those clogged up lungs thick with fumes from the city and its bars that you found so hard to leave.


SAINT KILDA Win A Weekend In Melbourne!

An interesting area of Melbourne, St Kilda’s temperate conditions make it the perfect spot for late night beach walks. The fact it is positioned perfectly aside the glorious Albert Park and Acland Street, home to Melbourne’s finest continental cakes, makes St Kilda a real haven. Rarely too busy, St Kilda is a relaxing retreat. That is of course unless you visit the famous Luna Park, a fab old school theme park. A visit to The Esplanade Hotel (or the Espy) is essential, never has there been a finer music venue. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, why not try a little kiteboarding?

The Esplanade Hotel

This no frills grunge style themed bar is always loud and kicking. Adoringly known as the “Espy”, the bar is a milestone of Melbourne’s music and drinking scene. The grungy style attracts a mixed crowd of fanatics- hip young things, drinkers, and yes, even the elders who just enjoy being in the cool atmosphere. No fancy junk or pinky fingers up here- the Espy is all about sticky carpets, sweaty live music, playing pool or drinking in the front bar and enjoying the remarkable views of Port Phillip Bay. After a hard night at the Espy you will want to return to the scene of the crime for the best hangover breakfast.

Kite Republic

Victoria may have many beautiful attractions, but if you’re coming to visit Melbourne, you’ll have to do as Melbournians do and hit St.Kilda West Beach for a Kiteboarding session. Imagine a hot and sunny day and you being refreshed by those afternoon seabreezes as you discover why Kiteboarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world. Kiteboarding is a fast-paced activity that combines sailing and surfing to create a wonderful feeling of freedom as you glide on the water. The tricks you can perform and the manoeuvres you can master in a short amount of time are countless and amazing! Kiteboarding is an easy, accessible and fun sport to learn and Kite Republic is passionate about getting you up and riding in no time. Kite Republic is Victoria’s main IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) centre and our internationally experienced team of instructors prides itself on giving you the highest level of tuition available. Most students are able to get up on their board after two or three lessons from a Kite Republic instructor, and with a bit of practice you can do your first jump in just a few days!
Lessons start from $50 and we are open 7 days a week until sundown, so you have no excuse to pass on this opportunity to be a part of this thrilling experience.

Admission to the front bar is free; there may be a cover charge for bands and comedy performances in the Gershwin Room.

You don’t need to be strong, or have any previous experience in water sports, you don’t need to know how to surf or sail, all you need is a positive attitude and love for wind and water! There is no other way to describe the feeling of kiteboarding but: absolute freedom.

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Thanks to our friends at Habitat HQ, you the BBM readers have got an amazing opportunity to take part in the annual MAYhem event. MAYhem at the Habitat HQ is one whole month of prize give aways including event and gig tickets, meals, drinks, products, holidays and at the end of the month we have the ultimate prize which is of course 3 nights accommodation from Friday 26th to Sun 28th May in a double or twin private room PLUS tickets for you and your friend to see Naturally 7 at the Palais Theatre plus a trip down the Great Ocean Road. (see details below for full weekend event listing). For your chance to win this amazing weekend of prizes in Melbourne all you need to do is email your most iconic backpacking moment (visual or written) to the crew at Habitat HQ with the following details Your answer/picture: 
ICONIC in the subject matter: 
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Age: The winner will be notified on the 14th May by Habitat HQ via email &/or by phone so make sure you do all the above or you won’t find out if you won.

‘Palais 2012 MAYhem & Madness Weekend’ Competition 
Competition Running - April/May 2012
 Competition Close date - Thur 17 May 2012

Here’s what you could win…

• Habitat HQ - 3 night accommodation for Fri 26 May, Sat 27 May, Sun 28 May (dates not transferrable). Double or Twin room - Private Room with ensuite, LCD TV & Foxtel, free tea & coffee, free wi-fi & free secure car parking. 2 mornings of Big Breakfast vouchers for 2 at local café. 
 • Palais Theatre presents Naturally 7 tickets for 2 people to be redeemed Saturday 27 May, 2012
 • Veludo Bar offers dinner and drinks for 2 people to be redeemed Friday 26 May, 2012 
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PERTH MAP Perth, the capital of Western Australia, epitomizes the modern urban scene. It’s definitely isolated. But with its contemporary architecture, vibrant art scene, and countless restaurants capped off with funky bars and swish nightclubs, you won’t feel like you’ve staggered onto the scene of an old Western flick. And the locals here are a very nice complement with their friendliness, youthfulness and diversity. Perth’s CBD is all glass towers and wind tunnels, like any city. But graciously absent is the coldblooded corporate culture that so permeates Sydney and Melbourne. While you’re in Perth, check out the Perth Mint, on the corner of Hay and Hill Streets. It boasts the world’s largest collection of gold nuggets. Take a walk along the Swan River on Riverside Drive, head up to the Hay and Murray Street Malls, amble over to Northbridge for lunch and walk back down to Barrack St Jetty in time for one of the afternoon ferries from Barrack St Jetty to South Perth. On the south side of the Swan River you’ll find Perth Zoo. The Perth Zoo has over 1500 animals comprising 200 different species. Local animal celebrities to be found here include kangaroos, koalas, numbats, emus, and dingoes. Despite existing on the fringe of an already isolated continent, Perth and Western Australia are also abuzz with modern cultural activity. In fact WA’s isolation has resulted in cultural traditions that are truly unique and quite distinct from their urban Aussie counterparts to the east. Perth has more hours of sunshine then any other state capital in Australia. This has given rise to a prolific and rich outdoor culture. Entertaining, socializing and drinking outdoors, is simply the way life is lived over here. Western Australia is also the backdrop for such epics as Australia the movie, Rabbit Proof Fence and author Tim Winton’s multi award winning novel Dirt Music. The annual Perth Arts Festival is an arts fest of major international standing with a 55 year history with loads of free entertainment and gigs. For more information see and


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LANCELIN - W.A. Another thing which can be found in the waters of Lancelin are shipwrecks. There are 14 of them along the coastline for the experienced diver to explore. The wreck of the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon), a Dutch East India Company ship which sank in 1656 is just one of them. For those who can’t go that far down, the reefs a little closer to the surface are enough to please any snorkeler. To the east of Lancelin there are impressive, brilliant-white sand dunes, which are around 2km long and ideal for sandboarding, dune buggies and quad bikes. From the top of these dunes you get spectacular views of Lancelin and its surrounding sand hills, coastline, islands and ocean. Just 4km away from the beach is Pinncales Desert. Here limestone rock monuments have risen out of the sandy dessert, creating a spectacular natural scene. Part of Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles offer the best views at sunrise and sunset.

Now the weather is getting a bit cooler in Perth, it might be time to think about heading up north to Lancelin. Lancelin is a small town just 127km away, and is the well-kept secret of surfers and keen fishers alike which is often overlooked by others. With a permanent population of around 750 which jumps to 2500 in the peak season of Christmas and New Year, Lancelin is clearly more than just a small town in Western Australia. Situated close to the Pinnacles, Yanchep National Park and New Norcia, Lancelin makes for a great base from which to wander out from. Just a few kilometres from the Indian Ocean Drive, it is also easily accessible. Located on the edge of Turquoise Bay, Lancelin offers both water and land based action. Warm in the summer and cold in the winter, the town experiences afternoon sea breezes, providing ideal conditions for water and wind sports. Surfers escape the crowds and kick it with great rides on a reef break at ‘Eddies’ or the beach break at ‘Back Break.’ A new kite surf school has opened in Lancelin providing beginner through to advanced lessons, plus kite and paddleboard hire. This makes Lancelin a one stop place to learn windsurfing, kite surfing, surfing plus sandboarding. Other activities you can have a go at are quad biking, trail biking, snorkelling, scuba diving, dune tours and of course fishing. There are plenty of fish swimming around Lancelin if you know where to look. Herring, Whiting, Tailor, Flounder, Flathead and even large King George Whiting can all be found. Did you understand that? Good, us neither, but that’s what we’ve been told and we’ve stuck it in for the few who can make fin or tail of it….sorry. If you’re more interested in the bigger kind of marine wildlife, sea lions can be found on Lancelin Island and always take an interest on what’s happening in the bay. Dolphins are also regular visitors to the bay and are keen to show off their daily catch to surrounding spectators.

In the summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 35 degrees Celsius, making sunbathing another activity you might like to partake in while visiting Lancelin. The beach along the coastline offers some perfect spots to work on your tan. Over the last few years tourism in Lancelin has really allowed the town to grow, and there are a plethora of restaurants and cafes and two pubs which cater for the visitors. Accommodation options vary from hostels and caravan parks to hotels, motels and cottages available to rent. Hostel prices start at around $27-$30 per night per person in a shared dorm, and then $70-$75 per night for a twin private room. A hotel will obviously cost a little more, in the region of $120+ per room per night. Caravan Park sites start from around $30 per night and are often situated in close proximity to the beach. With Lancelin just an hours’ drive away from Perth, there really is no reason not to visit this small hidden gem on the coastline of Western Australia.

Other Things To Do In North Western Australia Clamber through the rugged gorges of the Kalbarri National Park. Feed the dolphins by the beach at Monkey Mia. See the oldest living things in the world – the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool in Shark Bay. Go on a turtle, dugong and dolphin spotting cruise at Monkey Mia. Dive with whale sharks off the coast of Exmouth. Snorkel and dive to your heart’s content on the Ningaloo Reef. Swim in Fortescue Falls, Karijini, where two waterfalls plunge spectacularly into the pool. Marvel at the deep red gorges of the Karijini National Park. See the world’s biggest monolith (rock). And, no, it’s not Uluru – it’s Mount Augustus in the Gascoyne region, just south of the Pilbara. See the staircase to the moon, as the full moon rises over tidal flats at Port Hedland or Broome. Take a camel ride across the world class Cable Beach at sunset. Discover thousands of rock carvings near Dampier (but be sure to pay respect and check with the local Indigenous communities - and never touch the paintings). See where the Outback meets the ocean with the red cliffs and white sand of Cape Leveque. Visit the Boab Prison Tree – 7km south of Derby. Go for a boat ride up Chamberlain Gorge in the million acre El Questro Wilderness Park. Take a scenic flight over the very stripey Bungle Bungles. See Australia’s biggest meteorite crater at Wolfe’s Creek. It’s nearly a kilometer wide and 50m deep. Hike to the stunning, multi-layered Mitchell Falls. Stay a safe distance from big teeth at the Wyndham Crocodile Farm. Walk through the narrow Tunnel Creek, surrounded by huge rock walls. Get on your walking boots, and take on Windjana Gorge. Spot wallabies, dingos, echidnas and snakes in Mirima National Park. Canoe down the Ord River from Kununurra. Check out the thousand islands and massive whirlpools of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Cruise on Lake Argyle, the picturesque man-made reservoir with 12 times the capacity of Sydney Harbour.

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Cape Tribulation - QLD

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation – sounds pretty dramatic doesn’t it? Well that’s because it is – but in a seriously good way. Cape Tribulation shows wildlife and nature in a manner you’ve never quite seen or experienced before. Rivers, rainforest’s and reefs are what make up this landscape, and if stunning natural views are what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed. Cape Tribulation is a headland in northern Queensland, just 110km north of Cairns. It was named by British navigator Lieutenant James Cook who in 1770, hit his ship on a reef at this point. Moving away from the coast to find deeper water, his ship The Endeavour hit another reef which almost sank the vessel. Cook therefore coined the name Cape Tribulation, ‘because here began all our troubles.’ Personally, we think it was just down to his crap sailing. However, Cook’s choice of name is ironic to say the least, as Cape Tribulation is probably one of the most relaxed and tranquil places in the world. Famed for its ancient rainforest, sandy shores and rugged mountains, this is a natural orgy for your senses.

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Even though the rainfall can be worse than an Irish summer at times, BBM was lucky enough to escape the tears from above when we went during the wet season (great planning, we know). Something we were told too late was that during wet season (February-May), you should never go swimming in the sea due to the sizeable population of non-cuddly animals and creepy crawlies - especially at night. Now, we have never professed to be geniuses, but we will offer a bit of advice for you. Attempting to carry a female into the sea for a night time skinny dipping session and some type of drunken mating ritual will result in regret. Be sure not to mistake the poor girl’s screams of warning for flirtatious squeals of delight.

CAIRNS It’s hard to imagine such a place if you haven’t seen it yourself, Cape Tribulation is truly beautiful - but there is so much more to it than its appearance. As extraordinary an experience as the Great Barrier Reef is, we had already spent our well-borrowed money on a dive in Cairns. But fear not, we were left with a host of other tantalizing choices - Guided night walks, 4-wheel drive tours, horse riding, kayaking, jungle surfing, and crocodile tours are all available.

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Some facts about Cape Tribulation: Cape Tribulation had a population of 101 following a census taken in 2006. Cape Tribulation covers 17,000 ha of the Daintree Nation Park. This region is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. Someone who calls this area home is the Cassowary – Australia’s heaviest flightless bird. They can cause serious injury or even death – don’t piss them off. Things you’ll regret if you don’t take: insect repellent, sun cream, sunglasses, water.

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Oh and there’s one last piece of advice we would like to share with you. Take insect repellent. And plenty of it. This is the rainforest after all.


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For those who want to stay a little longer in Cape Tribulation, there are several accommodation options available. There is no need to pitch up a tent, do your business outdoors and share with the spiders if you don’t want to. Hostels cost around $30 per night per person in a dorm, and around $50 per night per person if you’re looking for a private cabin. Bed & breakfasts usually start from around $180 a night for a double bed during the dry season. These are normally really comfortable and offer a good selection of facilities, and are also a great way to meet the locals of Cape Trib. There is even the option of renting private guest houses, but we’re guessing these won’t be on everyone’s budget at around $250 a night. But if camping really is what you want to do, pitches start at approximately $40 a night. There are powered and non-powered sites available, and you’ll have access to a camp kitchen, which means boiling water, gas cook-tops, cold drinks, ice creams and access to a public telephone should a crocodile come into your tent.



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The crazy array of wildlife, sea life and other life they have here are just one reason Cape Trib is part of the Daintree National Forest and a listed World Heritage area. With the Great Barrier Reef just 19 km in an easterly direction, this is the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas meet. It goes without saying that the Aussies are fiercely proud of this beautiful landscape and want to preserve it for as long as possible.

Daintree Rainforest is one of the most ancient in the world and there are guided tours and boardwalks which make it much easier to explore. If all that nature and outdoors has left you feeling a little inspired (and mad) you can climb Mt. Sorrow which is 850m high, or bathe in a freshwater swimming hole at Emmagen Creek, just north of Cape Trib. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll feel like you’re on location with ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.’ Just without all the Z-list ‘celebrities. And Bushtucker trials. And cameras. And Ant and Dec probably won’t be there either. Actually it won’t be anything like I’m A Celebrity, the only similarity is that you’ll be in Australian rainforest.

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But don’t be fooled, Cape Trib isn’t only an endless forest where you’ll be expected to shit outdoors and live off the land. It’s actually a very popular day trip destination and is easily accessible by road or via boat down the Daintree River.

Out of pure curiosity and the chance to do something completely original while taking in all that Mother Nature has to offer, BBM chose Jungle Surfing. The staff are all very friendly and professional so you don’t ever feel uncomfortable as you dangle from high above the rainforest floor. Zip lines allow you to move up and down the trees to see the forest life like few other humans have the opportunity to do. It really reminded us of when we were monkeys before evolution kicked in. It’s a great adventure activity for all ages and no experience is required, so even you simpletons can do it!

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WHITSUNDAYS - QLD T h e W h i t s u n day s

Amongst the islands there is one in particular which will strike you, the astonishing and perhaps most commonly known of all Whitsunday landmarks - Whitehaven Beach. The spectacular views offered here are the ones seen on postcards and in travel brochures. Whitehaven is an idyllic wonderland with over 7km of pristine, brilliant white, silica sand that is so fine you can polish your silver with it. On top of this, the warm aqua water that surrounds it is crystal clear and perfect for an afternoon bathe. Other activities you can get involved with include fishing, jet sking, golf, kayaking, safaris, skydives, plane rides, rainforest tours and between June and September, a spot of whale watching. Finally, as the evening draws in, most sailing boats have their own bar or allow customers to bring their own alcohol. So for those of you who like to party, the night is only just beginning. Where better else to do it with such stunning surroundings? Whatever you choose to do on your trip to the Whitsundays be sure to clean up behind you and respect the surrounding wildlife – this natural wonderland will only be around for future generations to see if it is looked after properly now. Listing each one of the magnificent islands of the Whitsundays would be near enough impossible, so our best tip is just to get searching and find the perfect trip for you. The type of trips offered will vary dramatically but the options are vast. If you’re pushed for time, there are day cruises that will take you in and amongst the islands and give you some sunbathing time on the beaches, as well as meals throughout the day starting from around the $100 mark. However, here at BBM we highly recommend taking a few nights to get the full experience.

The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 continental islands situated off the central coast of Queensland. Just 900 km north of Brisbane and right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, you’d be missing out if you don’t stop here when travelling the East Coast of Australia. The islands were discovered by British explorer Captain Cook on Whitsunday, which is how they were given their name. Fortunately, the islands avoided any major damage from Cyclone Yasi back in early 2011, meaning coastline dwellers could carry on as normal just two days after the worst had passed. Ocean Rafting, the first tour operator to venture out after the blow, reported no damage to coral and surprisingly good visibility in the water. The sand dunes in Hill Inlet at the very northern end of Whitehaven Beach were altered a little, but now look more beautiful than ever. It is this natural beauty that makes the Whitsunday Islands one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. You can reach the islands by boat from the mainland ports of Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island and Shute Harbour. If possible, try and make this an overnight trip as the experience of swimming in the calm waters of the

surrounding islands during the evening is not one you want to miss out on. We recommend organising this trip at least 48 hours before, as they can get booked up very quickly. Being on a boat, those who want to can sunbathe till their hearts and tans are content. But if you want to see the real wonders of the Whitsundays, you need to take the plunge and go scuba diving. There are around 60 companies who cater trips to the islands, and most of them offer 10m dives under the supervision of a trained and qualified diver. You will either start off on a small boat from which you are lowered from, or you will wade your way down from a bay. Once you reach the famous Great Barrier Reef any nerves or apprehension about breathing underwater will soon be forgotten. Here you can marvel at the eclectic selection of tropical fish, coral and other sea life, and experience underwater nature at its very best. If snorkelling is more your thing, you may not be able to dive as deep or for as long, but the sea life you spot will be just as compelling. Either way it will soon become apparent why the world’s largest living structure is World Heritage listed and popular with so many all around the globe.

Different companies will offer different accommodation options, so if you shop around you will certainly find something that suits your needs. While most of the Whitsunday Islands are deserted, eight of them offer accommodation. Some boat trips will drop you off at a resort while others allow you to sleep right on board - wobbly but exciting. You can travel on anything from a 70ft catamaran to an old-school sailboat, so there is something available for every price budget. These normally start off at around $300 per person for a three day trip, and usually include meals, accommodation and a scuba diving session.

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Lastly, it is recommended that you book your trip in the summer months (October – February) to miss out on the potential rain which is often experienced during the wet season - sitting on the deck in the midst of a storm and getting drenched is not really our idea of fun, but if it’s yours, then you go for it. Here at BBM we’re pretty confident that the Whitsunday Islands can offer you something you won’t have seen before. Whether it’s stunning coastal views or underwater marvels you’re after, you’ll find it here as you soak up the rays and the reef, just off the coast of Queensland.


JOKES: We know we go a little bit overboard at times, but that’s why you sick little buggers like BBM so much. Here’s this month’s jokes, courtesy of our depraved readers. I left a trail of rose petals from the front door, up the stairs, and to the bedroom. I sprinkled some more over the bed. I sat in the corner wearing nothing but her beautiful silk robe with a bottle of vintage wine on ice on the end table. I heard the door open and her walking up the stairs, I wanted this to be the most romantic evening ever. I was quite nervous... Now all I needed was the perfect way to introduce myself… Greg, Bondi There was an old lady in the bank the other day who asked me to help check her balance. So I pushed her over. Allan, Fitzroy What’s the best way to attract a bird with a pierced clit? Use a fanny magnet. Fred, Fremantle Jordan and her husband to be are worried about the language barrier. Providing neither of them ever learn English, they should be fine. Frankie, Balmoral One day, Little Suzy goes swimming in the lake with her grandmother. After they get out they go to shower.
“Grandma” Little Suzy asks, pointing between her grandmother’s legs. “What’s that?”
“Oh,” her grandmother replies. “That’s my beaver, dear.” The next day Little Suzy goes swimming with her mother, and they go showering afterwards too. “Mommy, is that your beaver?” asks the girl.
“Er, yes it is, Suzy. Where did you learn that?” her mother answers.
“From Grandma. But I think hers is dead because its tongue was sticking out.” Sarah, Surry Hills What’s the difference between acne and a paedophile?
Acne doesn’t come on your face until you’re twelve. Nick, Coogee How does an Arkansas mother know her daughter is having her period.
Her son’s dick tastes funny. Betty, Kings Cross What’s green and yellow and eats nuts?
 Gonorrhea. Phil, St Kilda

One guy says to the other, “Man, I sure wish I could do that”. The other guy says, “Don’t you think you ought to pet him first?” Jono, Greenwich There was a cruise ship that ended up sinking just off the coast of a small deserted island.There where only 3 survivors: 2 guys and a girl. They lived there for a couple of years doing what was natural for men and women. After several years of casual sex all the time, the girl felt really bad about what she had been doing. She felt having sex with both guys was so bad that she killed herself. It was very tragic but the two guys managed to get through it and after a while nature once more took it’s inevitable course. Well, a couple more years went by and the guys began to feel absolutely horrible about what they were doing. So... They buried her. Mick, Kings Cross I was watching TV when my girlfriend said, “I heard you wanking last night.” “Oh come on,” I said, “Don’t you ever, you know?” “Ever what?” She replied. “You know,” I said, “Don’t you ever, you know?” “Come on, say it, don’t I ever what?” She replied. I said, “Don’t you ever shut the fuck up?” Adam, Manly What did Frizl put in his daughter’s sandwiches? Daddies Sauce. Ross, Upminster How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Check for Fresh Prints. Mark, Surry Hills What’s brown and runny? Usain Bolt. Jamie, Richmond Why does Santa have a big sack? Because he only comes once a year. James, St Kilda What do you call a lion with toothache? Rory. Mike, Darlinghurst

While God is distracted Eve persuades Adam to eat the forbidden fruit. He does so, they both realise they are naked and fuck each other madly all day long. Later, God comes back from what he was doing, realises what has happened and takes Adam aside for a talking-to. At the end he asks Adam where Eve is.
“Oh, she’s in the sea washing herself off,” replies Adam.
“Crap!”, says God. “How am I ever going to get the smell out of the fish?” Rob, Cottesloe A mother is preparing dessert for after a family meal when her young son comes running in breathless.
“Mum! Mum! Quick! Granny is playing with her shrimp!”
The mother, confused, follows the boy back into the dining room and sees the kid’s grandmother furiously fingering herself.
“Ah!” said the mother. “Well, that’s not a shrimp. That’s actually called a ‘vagina’”
“Oh!” said the boy. “It certainly tasted like shrimp.” Nicky, Paddington A guy goes to the pub, and says to his friend “You won’t believe what happened. I was taking a short cut along the railway track, and I found a girl tied to it. I untied her, and then we had sex over and over again, all the positions, everything. His friend replies, “That’s great: did you get a blow job?” Oh, no: I never found her head. Paul, Mosman Park Where do you find a dog with no legs? Right where you left it. Keith, Perth Two guys are walking down the street and see a dog on the lawn, licking his balls.



Get Social Trending As summer fades, it’s time to chuck away the beach bag and the feathery festival fashion and lower the tone slightly. Yeah, we know… it’s not that easy. So we at BBM have come up with some autumn essentials, from accessories through to the ultimate boombox to keep that beach party sound alive as those summer nights begin to cool down. Motel Box Crop Tee Tie Dye Flower

For those girls who just aren’t ready to leave summer behind, Motel has the answer. This lose crop top is not too short, and perfect for anyone reluctant to start the transition into autumn and still wanting to show some skin. It’s never easy choosing what to wear between seasons, but this is the ultimate crossover top. Vibrant colours and a tiedye effect keep the summer feel alive, and teamed with shorts is a quick step to festival chic. But as the weather cools, don’t chuck this to the back of your wardrobe. Team with jeans and look gorgeous all year round. Price: $30 Buy online at

Topshop Arrow Top Collar Necklace This gorgeous geometric necklace is a great way to jazz up outfits now the festival season is over. Despite its chunkier autumn feel, this necklace keeps the summer’s tribal trend alive. Geometric jewellery is all over the high street at the moment, and heavy gold shapes are the perfect way to bring more simple ensembles to life. In the evening it can be worn to complete a sophisticated look with a classic LBD, or pair with jeans and a plain t-shirt to glam up a casual daytime outfit. What ever you decide, make sure this is a staple accessory in your autumn wardrobe. Price: $44 Buy online at

Supreme Hats As we step into autumn, heads are getting cooler and it’s finally possible to wear a hat without dying from the heat. Flat peaks and snap backs are all the rage with stars such as Tyler The Creator never stepping out without one. One particular make of hat has caught our eye, American brand ‘Supreme.’ Their hats have that extra little something that doesn’t just add a finishing touch to an outfit, but that also takes centre stage in the whole ensemble. Comfortable, stylish and can be worn with just about anything. What more could you ask for? Price: $40 Buy online at

iP4 - Portable FM Stereo Boombox In a world where technology seems to be getting smaller by the second, iHome have gone against conventions and reverted to a more classic style. Their latest design is a portable FM Stereo for an iPhone/iPod, in the style of an old school boombox. Not only is this the perfect novelty item, it’s also incredibly practical and stylish! For those technology lovers it has a Class ‘D’ amplifier coupled to 4” carbon composite woofers and 1” dome tweeters – which sounds very high spec. Modern technology with a vintage and stylish twist, which will make you stand out from any crowd. And for the girls, it’s available in pink! Perfect. Price: $200-300 Buy online at,

5 Preview Bag Online store ‘5 Preview’ are known for their signature monochrome designs and playful lettering, which take inspiration from high fashion favourites such as YSL and Chanel, and give them a cool, street style edge. This PVC lunch bag is ideal as an over night holdall, or even as an every day handbag to give a casual daytime outfit that oversized celebrity look. Pair with a contrasting 5 Preview black and white printed t-shirt and some huge sunnies and you’ll be sure to turn heads whether you’re at the beach, a bar, or just hitting the high street. Price: $51.30 Buy online at By Ella White & Hannah Biggs

BBM's Apps Of The Month From keeping you moderately amused on journeys or just killing a bit of downtime, or helping you organise your travels, here’s our selection of this month’s best apps to have on your smart phone. Angry Birds Space - Basically it’s Angry Birds. In Space. Whilst previous updates of the bird slinging

modern classic saw only the humorous addition of themed backgrounds to differentiate it from the original, Angry Birds Space is an entirely new proposition. With a different game engine that takes into account planets gravitational pull, (easier than it sounds) and some welcome additions to the league of aggressive avians, the game is an absolute triumph. Already the biggest game download of all time, with a toy line and even an upcoming movie, it’s great to see that the developers haven’t rested on their laurels and have instead pushed the boat out once again to produce what is their best game to date. Price: $1 available on iOS/Android.

Vouchercloud – Just a little something to make life that bit easier, Vouchercloud launches its app hoping to better connect its users to a wide variety of discounts. The premise is simple, keep your phone on you, search what’s around you and get discounts off places, food etc. Whilst the app won’t magically pay for that last round of Jaeger-bombs you accidentally ordered, it does offer a wide variety of surprising discounts. Although it can be a little fiddly to use, the app is free and may just come in handy one cash-strapped day. Price: FREE, available on iOS/Android Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT– Time for another bit of social networking with a twist. Despite the fact there

are already 14,700 different ways to interact socially (figures based upon our exaggeration), the kind people at Voxer have reunited users with the classic Walkie-Talkie experience via a clever quick fire voicemail system. If you are using the app at the time, a friends voice will come straight through otherwise you’ll phone will politely inform you that you have a ‘walkie talkie message’. Perfect for just annoying your mates and recreating cop drama style ‘Roger, Roger’ and ‘Over n’ Out’ scenarios, or those last minute alterations to your drink order, it also allows for picture messaging, and connects to Facebook to allow easy access to your nearest and dearest. Price: FREE, available on iOS and Android.

Watch UK TV In Australia As the colder months begin to draw in down under, sometimes all you need is some good old English telly and a cup of tea. While the latter is your own responsibility, we know exactly how to sort you out with the former. Luckily for us, Pommy TV is here to solve these problems and save our lives. For a monthly subscription of just $9.95 AUD a month, Pommy TV use a VPN (Visual Private Network) to create a tunnel, which diverts the signal via one of Pommy TV’s servers. This makes the TV website services think you’re in the UK or US when in fact you can actually be anywhere in the world. Cheeky. This service can not only be used by UK telly lovers, but also by travellers in countries when internet censorship is an issue - such as Thailand and China, meaning sites like Facebook, Twitter and Skype can easily be used. With the VPN you are guaranteed a secure connection which won’t lead to you being blocked or having your identity stolen. There is no need to be nervous when using online banking whilst connected to a public WIFI network. And the best thing? It’s all perfectly legal to purchase an account with Pommy TV, so no need to expect the Australian popo on your doorstep. So what are you waiting for? British live and catch-up TV is just a few clicks away. With Saturday night programmes showing on Sunday morning Aus time, you can watch Match Of The Day live in Australia. It’s the perfect accompaniment to that hangover from the antics of the night before. - The popular website has gone through a revamp and further optimized its extensive search en-

gine for the smart phone, to provide a one stop shop on over 140,000 properties worldwide. Users can search via a variety of variables – location, guest reviews, amenities; it’s all there. Also included are a series of daily deals to insure you aren’t spending the last of your hard-earned pennies trying to negotiate a last minute bed for the night. Price: FREE, available iOS and Android. By James Stapleton


Europe Summer Highlights Thinking of coming back for the summer? There’s a spectacular line up of events going on throughout Europe. From festivals in Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and the UK, to partying the days away in Ibiza we’ve got it covered. Here are a few of our top events to watch out for if you’re touching down in Europe in the summer months. Log on to to see what else if going on for summer 2012.

Exit Festival - Serbia

This years electronic antics steps up another notch announcing one of the biggest Djs on the planet right now Avicii in the famous Dance Arena on Thursday 12th July. The lad needs little introduction as Avicii is THE rising star of the electronic music scene making the top 10 in the 2011 DJ Top 100 poll at only 21 years of age and scoring millions of fans with his ‘Levels’ track which reached the top 10 in 14 European countries. Making a welcome return to the EXIT Dance Arena is the cheekiest cat in dance, Felix Da Housecat, a name as synonymous with house music as it is with being the moniker of one of the greatest innovators of the current Electro sound. Performing live on the same night is the unusually named Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) moniker Orlando Higginbottom, swinging between an overt musicality and scarily on-point dancefloor sensibility, ripping up clubs around the globe with his live show of bizarre instruments, glitter cannons and of course... dancing dinosaurs. Line up:
Guns N’ Roses, New Order, Plan B, Avicci, Richie Hawtin, Gossip, Wolfmother, Luciano, Laurent Garnier LBS, Miss Kittin, Felix Da Housecat, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Azari & III live, Buraka Som Sistema, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Reboot live, Brodinksi, Kenny Larkin, Robert Dietz, When Saints Go Machine, Maayan Nidam.... with much much more to be announced!

What: EXIT Festival 2012
 When: 12 - 15 July 2012
 Where: Novi Sad Serbia 
Price: £89 - £220 + BF
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Outlook Festival 2012 - Croatia

The success of last years Outlook paid off when the UK Festival Awards crowned us “BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL”. Now in its fifth year, Outlook presents the most diverse and interesting line up you will find in Europe this summer!
Last year’s performers The Moat, The Dockside and The Harbour will all return. Amongst those already confirmed are names synonymous with Outlook that have seen it grow over the years. Dubstep heavy-weights such as Hatcha, Loefah, Mala & Coki see their residency renewed on the Outlook lineup.

Joining forces on the Dub and Reggae bill we find other greats such as Jah Shaka, Outlook family friends Iration Steppas and the sought after sound of Mungos HiFi. With their roots deep in soundsystem cluture, expect to see performances from Gentleman’s Dub Club who have never failed to impress with high-energy performances.
The Jungle pioneer Congo Natty will return to Outlook in 2012. As always the enigmatic performer will be accompanied on stage with many of the talented MC’s he is known for working with. 

There will be an excellent blend of big names and up-and-coming artists. With a Rocktronic theme the festival will be mixing rock legends and the hottest electronic artists to create something never seen before.

Line up: Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jah Shaka, Phife (A Tribe Called Quest), Digital Mystikz - Mala & Coki, Scuba, The Beatnuts, Gold Panda, Congo Natty & Family, Goldie, Kode 9, Joker, Hatcha, N-type, Pearson Sound, Loefah, The Bug, Flowdan & Daddy Freddy, Iration Steppas, Mungos Hifi, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Zion Train, Souls of Mischief, Dbridge, Calibre, Youngsta, True Tiger - Sukh Knight, Stanza, Blue Bear, Zed Bias, Boddika, Addison Groove, Teebee, Calyx, Distance, Ben UFO, Appleblim, Blawan, Icicle, Marcus Intalex, Klute, Jack Sparrow, Phaeleh, Onra (live), The Heatwave, Channel One, The Disciples ft. Jonah Dan, Conscious Sounds + King General, Remarc, Girl Unit, Gussie P, Soom T, Disrupt and many more.

Line up: Sting (Live), Labrinth (Live), David Guetta, Fatboy Slim, Tiesto, Japanese Popstars (Live), DJ Pippi, Elton John vs Pnau (Live), Tinie Tempah (Live), Axwell, Steve Angello, 2ManyDJs, Pete Tong, Rob Da Bank, Heritage Project – Alredo & Jaime Fiorito, Lenny Kravitz vs Luciano (Live), M83 (Live), Luciano, Azari & 111 (Live), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Live), Mr Blake, Troublemakers…and more to follow.

What: Outlook Festival 2012
 When: 30 August – 3rd September 2012
 Where: Fort Punta Christo, Pula 
Price: £135+ BF
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What: Ibiza 123 Festival 2012
 Where: Sunset Strip near Café Mambo After Parties:
Pacha, Amnesia, Space and Ushuaia When: 1st – 3rd Juley 2012 Price: €65 a day, €150 for 3 days More Info:

Lovebox - London

Lovebox festival has quickly realised itself as a London institution, a festival and unarguably the UK’s best and most innovative urban showpiece. From it’s humble inception seven years ago Lovebox still applies the same ethos and winning formula: great music, conceptually-driven experiences and choreographed entertainments that engage the audience in spectacular, lifeaffirming forms. Musically, Lovebox offers a mix of DJ’s and bands spread across the main stage and 9 smaller stages. Line up: B Traits / Ben UFO / Benji B / Blondes / Boy Better Know / Brackles / Breakage / Brenmar / Club Popozuda / Crystal / Castles / Dauwd / Devlin / Disclosure / Dismantle / FactMag.Com stage / Greco-Roman Soundsystem / Hessle Audio / Hot Chip / Jaguar Skills / Lapalux / Amirali Live / Art Department / Azealia Banks / Bev Lee Harling / Bobby Womack / Booka Shade / Camo & Krooked / Crazy P / Damian Lazarus / Danny Byrd / David Rodigan / Delilah / Dixon / Dot Rotten / Dynamite MC / Emeli Sande/ Alexander Parade / Andrew Weatherall / Azari & III / Chic ft. Nile Rogers / Crystal Fighters / Dalston Superstore live / Dev / DJ Hell / Felix Da Housecat / Go Sees / Grace - She’s Back! …and many, many more.

What: Lovebox Festival 2012
 Where: Victoria Park, London
 When: Friday 15th - Sunday 17th June 2012 
Price: £108.90 inc BF for 3 day ticket. Individual day tickets are also available. ON SALE NOW. More Info:

Ibiza 123 Festival - Ibiza

Ibiza will be the home of a new festival on the 1st – 3rd July 2012. The brand new event is still in early stages and has only just been officially confirmed, however it’s currently the talk of Ibiza and everyone is expecting big things.

B’estfest Summer Camp 2012 – Romania

B’estfest Summer Camp is the newest, alternative European festival taking place in a beautiful park on the shores of Pasarea Lake, close to the capital city of Bucharest in Romania. The 3 day event running from 6 to 8 July boasts a variety of artists and activities with tickets from only 60 EUROS making it great value for money too. The Dance Arena combines both live acts and DJ sets serving up the best of breakbeat, drum’n’bass, dubstep, electro and house. Taking to the decks will be Drum’n’bass, pioneer Andy C, breakbeat duo Stanton Warriors and the dubstep revelation Modestep. The Aftershock, stage is dedicated to the rock, punk, hardcore and metal fans featuring acts such as Kreator, one of Europe’s best thrash metal acts, Moonspell - the Portuguese finest when it comes to gothic fusioned with death, doom or black metal elements, the death metal kings of Obituary, Meshuggah - extreme metal at it’s best, or Tristania, Norway’s proud messengers of gothic metal. Line up: Andy C, Caro Emerald, Dope D.O.D, Garbage, Kreator, Mala Vita, Meshuggah, Milow, Modestep (Live), Moonspell, Obituary, Pulp, Shelah Sue, Skindred, Stanton Warriors, The Qemists and Tristina with more to be announced.

What: B’estfest
 When: Friday 6 July - Sunday 8 July 2012
 Where: Pasarea Lake, Romania Price: 3 day festival pass: 215 RON (60 EURO)
I day festival pass: 125 RON (28 EURO)
camping voucher: 10 RON (£3.50 EURO)
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The festival is taking place on the sunset strip, near Cafe Mambo and will have a capacity for 20,000 people each day.



EP Reviews Haim Forever Having toured with their parents for the last ten years, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana have finally decided to go it alone. After performing Motown and classic rock at various charity gigs and street fairs across California, they’ve now taken to writing their own material away from mum and dad under the name of Haim. Their debut EP Forever is the first glimpse of what to expect from the band, and after a critically acclaimed live performance at this years SXSW Festival in the US, they’ve already started turning heads.

into Detroit techno territory, fusing chopped piano figures to stuttering beats. The second is a far darker mix courtesy of Barfod’s FoF labelmate Shlohmo. Its skewed vocals, heavy bass weight and murky, smoke-riddled production giving ‘Broken Glass’ a sound not far removed from the witch house school of thought. Neither remix, however, can compare to Barfod’s delicate original, and that’s high praise in itself. If Barfod can match the excitement of this preceding single across a full-length record, we could be in for something very special indeed. By Alex Cull

Opening track ‘Better Off’ introduces the audience to the sisters singing in beautiful harmony and reflects a similar tone to the sounds of First Aid Kit’s latest album The Lion’s Roar. However, it soon becomes apparent that Haim are much more than another clichéd, all girl folk band. The punching drums that follow bring about a whole different feel to the track, and suddenly the listener is presented with a variety of smooth grooves that would normally be found filed under the R&B section.

Jubei Featuring Flowdan ‘Say Nothin’ One of the rising stars of Drum & Bass, Jubei has been churning out singles for the pioneering D&B label Metalheadz since 2010, and continuing with his productive streak he has teamed up with Roll Deep’s Flowdan for a brand new track entitled ‘Say Nothin.’ Jubei lays down a grimy, minimalistic dubstep beat scattered with eerie sound effects that emerge from the distance as Flowdan raps in his distinctive monotone about youth gang troubles and suicide.

Considering Forever only has three tracks on it, it’s an impressive selection that will keep you listening over and over. At times sounding like an 80s movie soundtrack, you’ll instantly be pleased by the groups ability to write catchy hooks that lodge themselves firmly in your head and keep your foot tapping for hours. Third track ‘Go Slow’ builds to a Cyndi Lauper sounding chorus that is sickly sweet, but leaves you with a guilty craving for more. It’s incredibly infectious. Haim are easily one of the most unique acts around at the moment thanks to their skillful ability to blend two genres that would normally be a million miles apart and with this release, the sisters from America have already shown us that they are more than capably of paving their own way. Expect to hear a lot more from the three-piece after what is set to be a fantastic UK performance at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in May, as well as a handful of gigs in the capital. By Robert Bramhill

Album Reviews Norah Jones – ‘Little Broken Hearts’

The track features a rather silly black and white video that is unfortunately not nearly as profound as it hopes to be. The video though, replete with shots of ugly tower blocks and hooded youths chasing down an ill-fated youngster, mirrors the lyrical message and general vibe of the song, and there are probably few choruses more unconventional and hard-hitting than ‘Suicide, suicide. There’s your alibi, suicide.’

The serenely soulful, multi-Grammy award winning American songstress Norah Jones is back with her 5th studio album - ‘Little Broken Hearts.’ Fresh from her work on the critically acclaimed superstar collaboration ‘ROME,’ Norah has acquired the services of one Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton, one half of the genius that is ‘Gnarls Barkley,’ for production duties on what is one of her most accomplished albums to date.

Some kudos must go to Jubei and Flowdan for attempting to tackle the problem of youth gang violence and bullying, and the track holds together pretty well as a piece of Drum & Bass music, with its moody, bass heavy sonics and stirring message. ‘Say Nothin’ will no doubt go down well with the D&B underground, and of course for those with a particular fondness for Jubei or Flowdan. Don’t expect it to make much of a ripple on the popular charts however.

Norah surprises many with a breakaway from her traditional roots to deliver her first heavy rock album, full of anger, frustration and primal rage...haha nah, although it’s a development from her traditional sound, with a strong theme of resentment, it’s still Norah Jones- a sweet, voluptuously soul jazz sound that whisks you away to a more tranquil setting, albeit this time with dark undertones on a record that is clearly titled for a reason.

‘Say Nothin’ is the first single from Jubei’s upcoming new album and is out on April 30th.

Opening track ‘Good Morning’ is fantastic, a mellifluous masterpiece that’s swaying groove carries the sensation of waking up and watching the sunrise on a boat on far away ocean. Very Morcheeba, very good, but with a bittersweet lyric. ‘Say Goodbye’ has the heavy hand of Danger Mouse, the distinct sound his production duties brought to ‘ROME’ ‘Gorillaz’ and his other act ‘ Broken Bells’ are clearly apparent on this hook laden, radio friendly summer drenched track.

By William David Wilson

Tomas Barfod – Broken Glass Tomas Barfod - drummer and producer for Danish electronic groups WhoMadeWho and Filur – has certainly worked in a diverse array of styles. Across the last ten years, he’s produced everything from J-pop to ambient techno, while also remixing established acts from Shakira to Franz Ferdinand and being released on tastemaker dance labels Kitsuné and Kompakt. His is a portfolio as eclectic as it is exciting. It’s unsurprising then that Broken Glass – the first single from his upcoming solo album Salton Sea – catches you off guard stylistically as soon its ethereal guitar lines come serenely dribbling across the ether. Slowly building to a lovingly crafted climax of warm synths, pulsating beats and emotive, sampled vocals, it’s an affecting listen that’s a promising sign of things to come.

Alex Clare ‘Too Close’

A slow-burning techno number perfectly suited to dancing the night away, B-side ‘Beach Party’ couldn’t be more aptly named. It’s a rousing enough tune, even if it can’t quite compare to the more impactful ‘Broken Glass’.

Twenty-five year-old Londoner Alex Clare is the latest heavily touted name in the seemingly endless line of singers that come out of England’s capital city looking to make a big splash in the music industry.

The EP is nicely rounded out by two remixes of its title track. The first, by German house/techno producer Jacob Korn (who’s of no affiliation to the nu-metal juggernauts), is a pleasant enough reworking; it takes the original

‘Happy Pills,’ her latest single, is a highlight, a subtle slice of infectious jazzpop, showing a mainstream side of Norah we’ve never heard before. With a great video to match (in which she kills her lover, alright we get it Norah), there is no hiding the rich vein of angst and betrayal that runs through the core of the album’s twelve tracks. Penultimate song ‘Miriam’ is a masterpiece, elements of Kate Bush intertwined with a Del Rey drawl that’s light and fluffy one moment before revealing its ‘bottom of a bottle’ underside. It’s a great example of the album as a whole, yes it has everything you know, love and expect from Norah Jones but with a dark twist, beautifully realized by Danger Mouse’s expertly subtle production. It is well documented that Adele’s mega selling ‘21’ was written as a result of a breakup, producing some of the biggest songs of the last ten years. It seems these days that is a formula for success, as Norah’s unlikely turn on ‘Little Broken Hearts’ sees her produce arguably her best work to date, an album that should see her open up to an even wider audience. Lana Del Rey and co, watch your back, the master of the beautifully broken ballad is back to reclaim her throne. By James Stapleton

‘Too Close’ is the latest offering from the man who once reportedly dated the late Amy Winehouse and like she was, is signed to Island Records. The song has already seen considerable chart success in both the UK and in the States, not hindered by its use in a Microsoft Internet Explorer commercial. However, taken on purely artistic and not commercial viability the song is a still major success and has won the approval of many, despite their previous genre preferences. Clare has an impressive, soulful voice that could even remain captivating in a different setting. The thick, dubstep style beats and modern production techniques on ‘Too Close’ don’t conventionally marry up however blending his soulful voice over this bass heavy track, we’re presented by a dramatic track that screams emotion and club vibes coherently. After the success and the breath of fresh air that Alex Clare has brought to the table, we’re excited to see if this is just a one hit wonder situation or whether he’ll be able to pull it out of the bag in releases to come. ‘Too Close’ is available now and Clare is due to release a full-length album in summer 2012. By William David Wilson


MUSIC NEWS that make it an enjoyable listen from start to finish, and for that we have Ricky Fabulous and the wonderfully monikered ‘DJ Modest.’ The lead single is ‘Stormbird,’ a driving, head bopping indie-dance number that will give you an indication of if this band is for you, but we’re fairly confident that there will be enough in there for you to want to listen more. ‘Reach for the Bottle’ is reminiscent of Moloko, while ‘Wasted Time’ has a Nine Inch Nails (thanks to its moody synth) feeling to it; ‘Cloverleaf’ brings you elements of ‘Portishead.’ It’s a dark album with beams of sunlight hidden beneath its wonderfully rich exterior and we cannot recommend it enough. By Robin Lewis

Santigold - Master of My Make Believe

‘Master of My Make Believe’ is bigger, louder, ‘beatier’ and full of the swagger that made people sit up and take notice back in 2008. As before, there are obvious comparisons with ‘M.I.A’ in terms of musical style - it’s loud, distinctive and has the potential to grab your eardrums and shake them about a bit. Navigating the waters between shouty riff-based tracks, delicate tunes and some great pop melodies is a trick which does take some practice, but having had a few years to do this, and working with such musical luminaries as The Beastie Boys, Basement Jaxx and comedy geniuses ‘The Lonely Island,’ means she’s certainly refined her sound. Mixing the best elements of funk, pop, dub and rock, the whole album leads you from start to finish with the effortless panache of an excitable child who’s got something great to show off and is actually very good at it. Every track has a part of it that makes it a worthwhile listen, whether it’s the groove-laden (‘Go!’, ‘Disparate Youth’, ‘Big Mouth’), the softer (‘This Isn’t Our Parade’, ‘The Riots Gone’), or the rockier (God From The Machine, The Keepers’). Having been four years in the making, you almost want it to be more, but that would be harsh on what are undoubtedly 11 fantastic tracks that will help us into summer with consummate ease. By Robin Lewis

New Releases...

Belleruche - Rollerchain London’s Belleruche add themselves further into the realms of minimalist electro-pop.


Damon Albarn - Dr Dee Mystery Jets - Radlands Marina & The ---Diamonds - Elektra Heart

First appearing on the scene with 2010’s ‘The Liberty EP’ and the LP ‘270 Stories, Belleruche have been slowly garnering critical acclaim for their minimalist electro sound. Musically, they’re cousins of the Dum Dum girls: defined sounds with their own sense of production.


New album ‘Rollerchain’ is a small departure from the previous sounds, a case of evolution in action. The production values have definitely increased, but this means you feel the absence of sounds much more keenly, and it’s enabled them to showcase a wider range of styles. Kathrin deBoer’s soul-style vocals vary between Moloko, Lou Rhodes (Lamb) and Beth Gibbons with a hint of Stevie Nicks; it’s a versatile mix, and she’s got total control of what she’s singing and uses her voice to greater effect than on their initial releases. Of course, without the backing we have nothing, and throughout ‘Rollerchain’ we have strong evidence that it’s not just deBoer that has been diligently evolving her sound. Although there is a strong sense of identity throughout the album thanks to great production, it’s the ido-syncracies in each song

One of the Mistresses of Musical Mastery returns with her first material since 2008’s (near) eponymous debut. It’s fair to say that when she first hit the scene, Santigold turned more than a few heads. Her vibrant, funk-filled songs were inescapable, turning up on various adverts around the place; always followed by a ‘who was that?’ and a rush to try and find out.

Beach Boys - That’s Why God Made The Radio Rita Ora - How We Do (Party) Usher - Scream Professor Green Featuring Ruth Anne - Remedy Graham Coxon - Ooh, Yeh, Yeh Marylin Manson - Born Villain Sam Sparro - I Wish I Never Met You DC Breaks - Firez

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Following on from Deetron’s brilliantly executed Balance 020 project, Balance Music presents Balance 021 mixed by Nic Fanciulli. The Saved Records boss delivers a stunningly intricate mix that highlights his ethos as DJ and label owner. CD1, entitled simply ‘Balance’ is a subtle and expertly crafted mix that balances a plethora of diverse tracks, often three at a time, to create an expansive but well focused journey. Infused with a true timeless quality, the mix was approached in a way that will enable it to sound as good in ten years time as it does today. Individual records were meticulously edited one by one to provide the album with a fluid and natural flow, displaying a more heightened sense of musicality than we are often used to in dance music. Its intelligent arrangement really paves the way for an overriding sense of permanence that is so often missing in many of today’s compilations. On CD2: ‘Saved’, Nic showcases the sound and ethos of his own Saved Records with a collection of records exclusive to the imprint. Whilst keeping the focus on quality house music, the mix highlights the diversity within the label with a discernable collection of tracks that straddle various styles, atmospheres and tempos - many of which will be available exclusively through ‘Balance 021’. From deep and melodic grooves to stripped back bounce, rolling basslines, jacking beats and everything in between, the second disc truly emphasises the dedication to quality that has made Saved one of the most respected labels in the UK and around the globe. To win a physical copy of Balance 021 by Nic Fanciulli simply send us an email stating the name of the competition, your name and address to



This is Reef’s first time touring in Australia for 12 years – are you excited to get back there? Any shows that you are particularly excited about playing? I’m pretty excited about going to Perth actually – I have really good memories of that from the last time. I met a really nice guy one day when I was out in the water, we got chatting, he came to a gig and we decided to hire a car and go surfing down in Margaret River, a place called Lefties? It was brilliant mate. So amazing. I saw a whale while I was surfing – that was lush. We were only down there a couple of days but the surfing was awesome. I hope I get to do some surfing when we’re over there...we’ll see. I’ve been surfing here a bit recently so I’ve got it in my blood. As a band we spent quite a lot of time in Australia; Avalon Beach, the northern beaches in Sydney, Bells Beach on the Great Ocean Road. Australia is just the perfect place to tour if you’re a surfer and you’ve got time off. Frazer Island was great too. A mate and I blagged a Land Rover and camped on the beach in bivvy bags, I remember popping my head out and being surrounded by dingoes. Last time you were here you famously offended ‘national treasure’ Daryl Somers on his show “Hey, Hey it’s Saturday” – can you tell us a little about that? Ha ha – I forgot about that, it was so good! The show is like the equivalent of Noel Edmonds’ House Party. This dude was so cheesy. There was a guy on the show called Red Spider or something like that and it turned out that his job was just to be nasty to people. There were these two twin girls who were dancing on the show and he was being really mean to them – calling them ‘freaks of nature’. We were watching it backstage and not digging it at all. It was unnecessary, a bit much you know.

West Country boys Reef, dominated the charts and the brains of a whole generation with their rock music and in particular their smash hit track ‘Place Your Hands’ which still has fists pumping to this day. The laid back lads are commemorating ten years of music-making with an incredible box set compiling all of their albums, photographs and a DVD. They are currently preparing to embark on their first tour of Australia in 12 years, playing throughout June in Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. BBM’s Amy Baker chatted with bass player, Jack Bessant about his memories of Australia from his last visit and what he looking forward to most about being back on the road with the boys... What’s up? What are you up to at the moment? I’m just at home in Cheddar in the West Country of England. Been chilling out and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I was down at the skate park today, which was sweet. I’ve been playing a lot as well, I’m just loving playing music at the moment.

of us that are all in there. There are 9 albums, a DVD and a picture book. It’s all in a nice box the same shape as our logo. It’s good to have a collection of everything that we’ve done all in one place rather than just loads of VHS tapes piled up everywhere! In a slow, progressive way, we’ve all individually grown, moved on. I’ve had the chance to travel. When I see the dates that we were together, it’s crazy that it was so long ago – where has that time gone? You and Gary have a project StringerBessant – will you be playing any of your stuff at the Reef gigs or playing any of your own when you’re over here? It’d be great to play a few gigs when we’re over there this time but I’m not sure we’ll have the chance. I really enjoy StringerBessant. ‘Yard’ our album sounds lovely and we’re in the process of writing another album at the moment. We’d love to go to Australia and tour as StringerBessant so hopefully that might happen. We’ve been playing a few gigs in the UK. Gary has a VW Camper van so we just put our gear and our surfboards in that and go and play nice low key gigs to chilled out crowds - I like those kind of gigs. We’re playing at Surf Experience Festival in Portugal in May, that’ll be cool What can people coming along to the Reef shows expect? A really heavy rock band, moody blues, lovely heavy sounds. An hour and a half of that rattling around in your head has got to be fun right? People should enjoy it. What’s next for Reef after you finish the tour? At the moment there are no plans to record an album. We used to all live together and that made it easy to jam and write. It’s harder to do that when you’re not in the same place. We’re all a bit older now, we have families, it’s a shame but it’s harder to get together to jam. Maybe when we’re away we’ll have some time.


The show is live and we’d sound checked a sweet ballad but we decided we’d do a proper heavy punk rock song instead and we ended up smashing the set up a bit. It was funny, the cameramen were laughing and loving it and so were the audience. Daryl Somers was shouting at the audience to stop cheering and telling them all to boo us! I don’t think any act was allowed to perform live again after that. Ha ha. When we played that show, hardly anyone knew us in Australia, after that people were stopping us in the street and telling us they had seen us on the show.

Reef were together for 10 years – is there a secret to staying mates and staying together so long? Nah. Not at all. We’re just mates who work well together. Everyone’s good at their individual instruments and we’re all different characters. We’ve written some good stuff that people seem to enjoy, if they weren’t enjoying it we’d back off but whilst people like it and we enjoy it, we’ll keep doing it. Tell us a little about the box set that you are releasing... It’s really well put together. We’ve worked with the designer, Richard Bull before; he’s done quite a lot of our artwork. He’s got so many good pictures

We’ve all got our own side projects as well. We’re playing the Godney Gathering in the West Country this summer. We’ve got a nice little summer ahead of us, touring, a few cool gigs, it’s going to be a good one. By Amy Baker

Reef Tour Dates 1st – Metropolis, Fremantle [18+] 7th – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane [18+] 8th – Billboard The Venue, Melbourne [18+] 9th – The Metro, Sydney [18+] Tickets available from,,,,, &

The Darkness means three words in the language of BBMBRITISH. GLAM. ROCK. This band has been through it all over the past

decade, with over a million ‘quadruple platinum’ album sales, rehab and a reformation. Having scooped up Brit Awards, Kerrang! Awards and winning the VH1 ‘The 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs’ with ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love,’ it seemed impossible for the band to not return to the world of longhaired glitter rock with a vengeance. BBM’s Frankie Salt caught up with lead singer Justin Hawkins ahead of their Australian tour.. Good evening or should I say Good morning to you Justin, how are you doing? Not bad, not bad at all thanks for asking. And yourself? Yeah real good thanks. How are things back in the UK? Yeah I’m in my house in Norfolk, East Anglia and of course it’s pissing it down with rain! So you lot over in Australia definitely are not missing out! Where are you from then? Manchester is that? (Laughing) More Derbyshire way but not too far. So how have things been for you guys since New Year? Things have been great, been awesome. Really successful tour of the U.S, which was completely sold out. Great things happened throughout the tour. We did the whole Superbowl thing and it was just amazing to see and feel such a buzz about the band after such a long time. America just accepted us again, which was great after the split, maybe they just didn’t realize we had split ha-ha. We just fell straight back into the whole thing and it felt right. You’ve had such a great reception coming back. How long did you guys actually split for? About six years actually. My brother and I had a massive falling out and I think becoming a dad played a part in that also. But then we became friends again, then we became brothers again which was cool and it evolved naturally from there. As soon as we started getting on with each other again, it became obvious we should meet up with the other guys and see if they feel the same. It felt right. We would never do this for the sake of it now. At the end of the original second album campaign, the fun element had gone and that was the main thing of what we do. There was no way of getting that back and we had to give the band up which was gutting. So now it’s so important that we are back and having fun, making the audience feel good too which is the main aim for us. Well, I remember seeing you play when I was a wee teen back at Leeds Festival. The fun element was striking on stage and your show was talked about for days after, just for being such a different act there at the festival. You guys were obviously having the best time in the world, how do you think the band has changed since then? Obviously the band and your music has evolved… Well I actually believe that we are a lot better now. We were just sat having a drink in the Hard Rock Café when we were in America and they started playing old rock videos of bands. They were playing videos from 2004, so we were watching ourselves and we looked static. At the time you think you’re going for it, but then when you watch back you realize that you probably weren’t giving it your all. Nowadays, we mean serious business, we’re not battling with absolutely raging hangovers and we are just generally a lot fitter (laughing). We used to call our gigs “medical miracles”. And they were. We used to spend the first two songs sweating out the hangovers and then it was all about just getting through it. It’s just not like that nowadays. Ha-ha, so you lot are much better behaved now? (Laughing) yeah, in some ways!

The Darkness So if you weren’t making music nowadays, what do you think you would be doing? What have you been up to for the last six years? Were you still playing and producing music? Yeah, I was part of a band in the Darkness gap. My passion has always been and will always be to make music. We made three albums during that time and then I coproduced the new Darkness album. The band will always come first.

grew up there until I was 3. Then we moved into the real countryside. We were real country bumpkins. We lived in a caravan until we could afford to move into the house that was being built. It was a six-mile bus ride to primary school, we were real country folk and then we got to a point where the rural upbringing wasn’t really working as we were getting bullied. Social skills were difficult as we were so far from other kids. So we moved more into the town and we started playing music.

Yeah, that’s what shines through on the stage for your fans. So you’re coming over to Australia soon? Yeah very soon, I’ve just had my first tanning session. Bring it on. (laughing)

What’s coming up for you guys then? Australia is quickly closing in…. We come over in May and we are only doing a short tour. I genuinely wish we were coming over for much longer, it seems so rushed. We are missing out

So what music influenced you the most when you were younger? My parents were always big music fans. I can pretty much say that the basics of my music collection was theirs. From Pink Floyd to everything that was cool throughout that era. They had guitars, which was enough to be around when we were younger. They were also big party animals. I can always remember them having parties and playing music really loud so we couldn’t get sleep. I think that influenced more than they ever thought it would!

By Frankie Salt

So where abouts did you grow up in the UK? We basically grew up…oh oh my one-year-old is tapping me ha-ha! (So that’s what you have been up to since the band split). We were born in Surrey and

on going to Perth and I love that place. We will be back again as soon as we can though. Australia has always been so good to us.

The Darkness Tour Dates

May 5th 2012- Panthers, Newcastle, NSW May 6th 2012- University of NSW, Roundhouse, Kensington, NSW May 8th 2012- Palace Theatre, Melbourne For more information visit




Sui Zhen

As far as DIY artists go, Becky Freeman a.k.a ‘Sui Zhen’, has been tinkering and tailoring her debut album for a couple of years now. She’s ready and determined to get her heart into swing and her teeth dug straight into the behind of the notorious music industry indefinite. While waiting patiently and biding her time among the ranks of the Red Bull Academy, Becky has curated and honed her skills as a musician and a performer. With her debut album ‘Two Seas’ just on the horizon only time will tell how her vessel will hold out. So you were born in Sydney and moved to Melbourne? Yeah I mean I’ve lived in Sydney for most of my life and then I moved to Melbourne just last year. And Sui Zhen is your Chinese name? Yeah It’s my middle name and basically my cousins and my siblings each have a name that have the Sui prefix. And mine is Sui Zhen and my sister is Sui Ann and so on. I decided to use mine for my music and art because otherwise, I don’t know what I’d use it for, it would just be sitting there in my passport unused.

Sydney four-piece The Jezabels have moved to London as things heat up for them in the northern hemisphere. Fresh off from winning the 7th Australian Music Prize, their debut album ‘Prisoner’ released in 2011 won the Album of the Year at the Rolling Stone Awards and has since gone gold. Having just toured around Europe, they now have the USA and Canada in their eye-line, followed by an array of summer festivals in Europe and the USA, as well as Hop Farm Festival in Kent and Kinross’ T In The Park this July in the UK. BBM’s Hannah Kurzawski talks to guitarist Samuel Lockwood about leaving Australia, crazy music videos, Boris bikes and which festivals The Jezabels are getting excited about. How are you today and where are you right now? I’m quite well and I am in Aldgate in London. For the people out there who don’t know The Jezabels, what three words do you think best describe the band? It’s always hard talking about yourself but I think: Intense, loud, musical. And what about your music? How would you describe that? Some people have said it’s quite hard to pin down and put into a genre. It’s hard to say, I don’t know. We’ve coined the word ‘Intense Indie’ which is something that we like to say. But because all four of us in the band are from different backgrounds we sort of came together and create music that doesn’t really sound like anything. It’s just like pop, post-rock pop I think, with a female vocalist who is very theatrical and it’s sort of weird, it’s like a hybrid I guess. It’s hard to explain it. How did the name The Jezabels come about? Is there any meaning behind it or is it just a name? Hayley I think wanted to be called The Jezabels, and we we’re like ‘yeah that’s pretty cool but we’ll try something else,’ because we thought it was a bit weird. But then we sort of came back to it and we thought it was really cool. You need a weird name to stick out so I think it’s actually done us really well.

I watched the stop motion of the new single little frog. I thought it was well made. So music isn’t your only interest, what other creative processes do you dabble in? Filmmaking is a big interest of mine. I work as a creative producer part time for a channel that does documentaries on creative processes of other artists and designers. I’m really interested in documentary and filmmaking; so far I’m just doing that as a kind of a part time job, which is pretty tough, also, its quite an involved type of work. So the new album Two Seas is out on the 4th of May, how has the production of the album progressed? It has progressed a lot. I wrote the songs in 2009, I was tracking my own demos at home, I had a really nice mic and I was like - recording lots of guitar parts and different parts and then toward the end of the year I was sending those tracks to a producer who is from Australia, but he was based in Berlin at the time so we had this online collaboration where I was sending him all these tracks. They were kind of like ingredients, he was basically taking them and arranging them into like a… basically the traditional idea of what an arranger would be. As well as production parts and he was performing a bit on it too; his name is Tony Dupe. Then in 2010 I had the Red Bull Music Academy, followed by a whole load of travelling, which gave me a bit of perspective on certain songs and what I wanted the album to overall sound like. So I ended up re-tracking some vocals that year. By that time Tony had returned to Australia and rented out this really nice church in the south coast, New South Wales, where I was able to just sing, really nice with the natural reverb, just redo some of the vocals there and by the end of that year, 2011 that’s when it kind of finished up and that’s when I felt like it was a finished product, ready to start packaging up I guess. Is it a concept album? Is there an overarching story, because Two Seas sounds like there’s something underneath… It was a literal translation of Bahrain, which is where I spent some time in 2010 because my stepmother, my father’s second wife actually, is living there and working there, and I just spent two months with her. She’s family and she’s quite isolated out there and I was also isolating myself being there. I thought it was an appropriate name for the album because a lot of it came together with me moving to different spaces and relationships. And a lot of it was about the movement between home and a new place, just that travelling aspect between somewhere that was familiar and somewhere that’s really far which is kind of a big thing for a lot of the songs. Yeah I think that is the over arching theme, leaving familiar places or wanting to leave familiar places to experience something new or the adverse. You know being in a new foreign situation and wanting to be back home erm its that kind of feeling. I set out to write it as an album that was full of songs that could be performed solo or with a band. I really set out to write out strong songs that id borrowed from classic song structures or techniques that I’d noticed singers from the sixties and seventies folky kind of scene that I liked. Kind of trying to just focus on writing a strong songs before performing them. And also the same time that Two Seas is coming out you also have the E.P with your friend, Fox and Sui? That was meant to come out before this album, it was meant to be out already in March, but basically we kind of got it vinyl pressed and the vinyl

Are there any home comforts that you miss being over here, any Australian things that we don’t have? London is such a beautiful city and as it comes into summer there is nothing better. We were riding on those Boris bikes around London yesterday and they are just so great. I think there are enough good things to make you not think about home, at least at the start. I think maybe what people travel to Australia for is how clean the air is. We toured around Europe and it was just so hazy, I don’t know, you couldn’t really see the horizon. I just miss in Australia how beautifully clear the air is and how there’s not much litter anywhere and it’s just clean. I miss that, I miss the natural side of Australia.

Do you think that working with collaborations and collectives furthers your knowledge and broadens your sound as a musician? Yeah definitely I think before you can work in collectives and collaborations you really need to be comfortable in yourself. Because if your not, it can be just a little weird, if your not ready for it. If your ready to let someone else take the lead and just follow them or vice versa, be the one leading other people and collaborations, you compromise control but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise the quality. What you’re working on becomes the product of two or three or how ever many people who are involved rather than just one. I think there’s some people that go into those situations, forget that its about what happens to the chemistry between the collective rather than… they try and lead too much. I learned lot of that, collaborating at the Redbull academy. I went through that and then afterwards if felt really comfortable. I had my own style, but I knew how it might fit in with other people. I was also, after I came back, much better at leading my band. Previously, as a singer song writer, you put a band together for some shows and you have that whole thing of feeling bad for telling them what to play or not giving them creative freedom, but that’s kind of what their there for, to play for your songs so you have to be clear about what they want. There are different situations, where collaboration… there is room for it and there’s other situations you really need one strong voice leading; I definitely run a lot in both situations. How do you create and curate your sound? Its quite intuitive; In the last few years I’ve become more refined in my music taste or I’ve become a lot more critical. I’ve tried hard to pick things that are going to influence me in the right way or really consider the music I’m listening to around the time I’m writing and make sure its what I want to be influenced by. So that means when I go to write music, I’m just pulling together these things that I’ve absorbed, throughout the music that I’ve been listening to as well as being inventive. I think its because I listen to different types of music across all genres, in my mind, I don’t break it up into different genres. I just think that’s a good songwriter or has an interesting voice. Do you think that the line between different mediums has blurred, do you consider your self a musician or an artists? Yeah it has blurred, I think it’s important to focus and not spread yourself to thin amongst too many different avenues, which I might have done previously and still do from time to time. I think I’d call myself a musician, but then sometimes I’m like ‘artist’ because I do visual art and film. Its coming from the same place, and the process is similar, but the industry around those mediums is different. Sometimes you don’t even have enough energy to really work on being a musician in the industry; that can be enough. By Ash Moore

You’ve just said that you’ve just been touring around Europe. Was there one city that you felt you really connected best with or any place that stood out for you? I think anywhere in Germany. Hamburg is a beautiful city, I think that is somewhere I could spend a lot more time. I really like Hamburg. Copenhagen is pretty cool. They actually are quite close to each other so maybe that’s a little area to live. It would be Berlin, Hamburg or Copenhagen I think. They’re the best places we’ve been to. From going to all these cities and experiencing all these different cultures, do you future music from The Jezabels will be influenced by that at all or do you think you’ll stick to what you’re doing now? I think everyone’s a sponge, they soak up whatever they see, whenever they need to get a kick out of them they do. We’re being supported by cool bands and we’ve met some really nice people, and we’re seeing things that we wouldn’t have seen if we were in Australia, so maybe hopefully our music grows a bit. I think that’s the main thing, I think it’s more subtle, the differences. You might hear something this cool band does and try and do that, or hear a band that you wouldn’t have heard in Australia, who sound a lot less restrained and are doing weird things. So I think that will be the main effect on what we’re doing. Some of your tracks have music videos to go along with them. What’s the best location that you’ve filmed a music video in? We filmed a lot of them in my house in Sydney. ‘Easy to Love’ we filmed in my friend’s bedroom on the top level of our house in Sydney. I forgot to ask my flatmate, it’s my good friend Alex. We got there and were like ‘Oh man sorry we didn’t ask you, but can we use your room?’ And luckily he’s one of those people who lives without many objects. He had a bed and a bookshelf; he lives lightly so we could move it out pretty easily. I think that is actually my favourite film clip of ours because it’s so simple. It’s cool.

The Darkness We’ve heard that you’re now officially based in London for a bit, what was the main reason for choosing London and for swapping it with the sunny east coast of Australia? Basically we’ve played in Australia for the last three or four years just nonstop, show after show, everywhere. We’re at the stage now where we can’t really keep doing that otherwise people will get quite sick of us. We had the alternative of northern hemisphere touring, so to America, Europe and the UK, and instead of flying from Australia repeatedly we thought it makes more sense to temporarily set up somewhere. So for the last six months we’ve just been coming back to an apartment in Aldgate, which is where we are now in between tours, and then we head out on the road again, but I think for the second half of the year we might actually find a house somewhere. We’re going to be doing festivals and long touring later in the year so that’s why. It’s a lot cheaper than flying from Australia, flying is so expensive these days.

is getting pressed in the US and the guy that we are pressing it with has just gone AWOL. And we’ve been waiting for ages and we’ve just got the test pressing just recently after not hearing from him for a while and the whole kind of release was based around the vinyl E.P. We just really wanted to release it on vinyl and we’ve just been waiting for the actual product before we can now release it but its just been delayed so I guess that will come out after Two Seas now, so that’s just another fun project.

If you could film anywhere in the world, where would it be? In your friend’s bedroom again? Yeah probably. It means I could hang out with him again. Anywhere. I think a film clip with the Northern Lights behind you would be pretty cool, I don’t think that’s ever been done before. So don’t tell anyone that idea, maybe we’ll do it next film clip. Something like really expensive, like on top of a cliff. Some people have done it skydiving, that’s pretty cool. Some people have some pretty crazy ideas, but they’re the ones that get remembered. Exactly. In space - that would be cool. And obviously you won the 7th Australian Music Prize, how did that feel? Great. I didn’t expect it obviously. We were going up against people like Gotye, who had a really successful and well received album. We we’re over here when we got the message in the middle of the night, I woke up to it. I think it’s probably the most important thing you can win in Australia so I can probably say we’re stoked. It means so much, you can’t really say much about it, it’s just really good. You’ve played a lot of festivals both in Australia and abroad. Are there any that stand out above the rest or any that are your particular favourites? We’ve done Electric Picnic in Ireland, that was amazing. In Australia there’s a small festival called Peats Ridge, which is really cool because it’s sustainable and has a really good ideology behind it. I like Falls Festival a lot, one of the ones we did in Australia, that was really nice.

The Jezeb e l s And of the festivals that you’re playing this summer, which ones are you most looking forward to? The Hop Farm Festival in Kent because that line up is pretty amazing. I actually posted that on Facebook because people don’t really know what I’m doing over here, back in Australia. I posted a photo of the line up and they just couldn’t believe it. We’re like quite high up as well, so that’s pretty cool. It’s just amazing. Whilst you’re over here do you get a chance to keep up with the music from back home? Are there any bands we should look for? A band called Sparkadia is really cool, but they are established. There is this band called Sleepy Hands that’s really cool. That’s a good recommendation. What is next for The Jezables? Just touring. We’re going to be touring forever. We’re back recording sometime next year so we’re just sorting that out at the moment actually. By Hannah Kurzawski


INTERVIEWS: Recently releasing his third solo studio album, Kasper Bjorke has been around for the duration creating the sounds of Disco to New Wave, Techno to House tracks. After circling the world on tour numerous times, Kasper is taking a back seat when it comes to playing live, but is in the driving seat to find new hot musical talent. Recently stumbling across Reptile Youth and watching them grow as producers, Bjorke is also channeling his focus and drive as manager of Trentemoller. The Danish producer, influential figure throughout the European music scene and DJ, chats with BBM’s Frankie Salt about his new album, what makes his musical heart beat and how he still remembers the first time he heard the tracks which gave him goose bumps. Hello Kasper, how are you today? I’m very good thank you, I’m still waking up a little. It’s 11am. I’m heading to Paris tomorrow. Where are you in the world right now? I’m over in Copenhagen this morning. What has been your favourite moment of 2012 so far? Definitely finishing the album. When you finally finish a project after all the work and the arguments and it finally comes together, there is no better feeling. So it has been worth all of the blood sweat and tears in the end then Kasper? Yes for sure. I’m very proud to have created the album. Well previously you have created four albums, which won you awards as part of Filir, and you did some great tour dates too - why did you want to do solo stuff? I think it was important at the time when we started to want to do music differently. We had done so much together for so long that it was important to also stand on our own two legs. It was a natural development. What inspired you at first to make music? I grew up in a very small town in the countryside, only 50,000 people. I was heading into Copenhagen to buy vinyl. I was very much into hip-hop, but then I discovered electronic nightclubs and festivals as they were very accessible, and it inspired me. We started to play around with music, none of my friends had done it before but we quickly got into it.. Do you remember the first ever track that gave you goose bumps? This is a very hard question. I remember Public Enemy’s first album. I think it just sounded so new and different. There were so many crazy lyrics and that kind of freaked me out and got me very excited. Public Enemy definitely did something to my perception of music. Do you remember the sound of your first ever track you made yourself? Yeah it was like an electro trashy house track back in 2004. It was about these two kids in Copenhagen. I was really scared of them in a way. They were just out of high school. They were icons over there in the nightclub scene. They looked like a pair of twins and they did a lot of drugs in the night

scene, but were much younger than us. I called the track ‘The Kids Are Going Down’ and [it] was released on Fine Records, a UK based label. I was very proud of that when it happened. So your track told a story, do you ever hear about the two kids now? (Laughing) Yeah (laughing) they are totally grown up and stuff now. If you could collaborate with any producer who would it be and why? On an international level I think that James Murphy is still one of my favourite producers. Superpitcher and Rebolledo, otherwise known as ‘The Pachanga Boys’ also is a great project. You manage Trentemoller who is a pioneer in the electronica world, how does it feel to see an artist grow? His remix of your track ‘Doesn’t Matter’ is insanely good… Well we have been friends for a long time. I followed his career from when it started as we signed him many years ago in 2002 onto our label. We knew we had gold on our hands but our label wasn’t big enough. So we signed him to a bigger label. Then five years ago we were travelling together to New York and he was getting big at that time with his first album. I have always been clued up with the management side of things and from then it grew. So yeah, we speak everyday and we work very well together. So your third solo album is being released, what journey can we expect to go on listening to the new album? Yes right now. Well it was released April 1st in Europe, but that obviously changes from country to country. The feeling of putting it on the shelf and knowing it will be there forever. Kind of like a legacy thing. I don’t listen to the album; I play some of the remixes when I play in the club. The feeling of creating and finishing something and feeling happy with that, and then looking at it and then catapulting into the next project. Hopefully the album will bring happiness to many people.

Australia in January and February and combine a tour in Japan on the way home. I have to really persuade myself to travel far too as I hate the flying part. Once I’m on my way I love it, but I’m not the biggest fan of the travelling part. It’s like a trip to the dentist, the waiting part is the worst but once it’s over it’s ok! I understand, so it’s going to be more about the quality of the show rather than the quantity. Well now I’m thirty-six, I have done the entire quantity thing and now I want to make it matter. Basically try to really pick out the clubs I really want to play; otherwise I will suffer from stress (laughing). That sounds great Kasper; I know Japan is always at the top of the list for many artists. Thank you so much for spending time to talk to me, good luck Kasper with your projects. Thanks so much Frankie, see you soon. By Frankie Salt

Kasper Bjorke

That must be an incredible feeling Kasper. You are an amazing talent scout; tell me more about the band Reptile Youth? They are so young. They remind me of myself when I started out. They are ready to take on the world and they are so amazing up on the stage. Please go see them if you get chance, they will blow your mind away. Their album is out in September and they have huge potential and there has been so much interest in them. It is very exciting to follow them from so early in the process. It is very different from Trentemoller as he was already established when I started working with him. But these guys are fresh and I can guide them and advise which is a great feeling. Well we’ll definitely trust your judgment on that. What’s the big plan for 2012? I am just going to play a few gigs in Paris and Berlin, Bucharest etc. However I do not want to play too much as I want to keep an eye on Reptile Youth. I have decided that I do not need to play as much as I used to in the past, I want to play less, but better gigs. I want to choose the venues and clubs I really like, in the countries that I like to go to. I also want to get a tour in

Who are you listening to at the moment? Erm I’ve been listening to a lot of Chaka Khan at the moment. I bought all of her albums for like £12 recently so… I’ve got to stop buying box sets! I’ve got a lot of music box sets now. Is there anyone in particular that is influencing you? Um… (long pause…) I don’t know really, I think I get most of my influences from Sevy and Luke and Jim. Have you got a tune in mind that’s going to be big for the summer season? I have a record that I really love playing at the moment. It’s not a new one, I’m not very kind of up so much on new music - Jim’s your man for that Have you got any plans to go out to Ibiza? God I hope so, I always like playing in Ibiza! But I’m not really sure what’s going on, there was some sort of possibility of us doing a party, and you know the very nature of what Ibiza’s like, but yeah I definitely hope to be out there, I always like playing out there. What’s on the Horse Meat Disco Schedule for the next few months? You’re going between Europe and America quite a bit… I think Sevy and Luke go to Tokyo… There are a lot of Pride events coming up in June in Canada and America plus the Jubilee’s going to be a really big weekend and the Olympics so you know, there’s a lot going on, festivals, new music we’re working on [and] hopefully a new single coming out soon. Inspired by the New York club scene during the ‘70s and ‘80s, acclaimed London DJ collective Horse Meat Disco have gained a reputation for their unrivalled parties. Forming in 2003, Horse Meat Disco have since stormed the globe, with appearances everywhere from Chanel’s fashion house to a world festival tour with DFA. Starting out in London’s Chinatown, they now have residencies worldwide, where they are celebrated for dropping floor fillers spanning every genre, from punk funk to italo, house to electric bangers. Fresh home from Australia’s Future Music Festival, Horse Meat Disco’s James Hillard talks to BBM’s Ella White about Lovebox, Ibiza and their summer plans. So what have you been up to this week? Last weekend I was in Moscow and Amsterdam so the rest of this week has been pretty relaxing really. You’ve got residencies at The Eagle in London, Lux in Lisbon, Tape in Berlin, you must be travelling a lot? We do every Sunday at the Eagle. Tape Club has closed down so we’re

waiting for a new venue and see what’s happening there and yeah we still do Lux in Portugal.

Are there any plans to go to Australia at any point? We were just in Australia back in March for Future Music Festival, we were there for a couple of weeks and yeah, it was fantastic.

What are the crowds like in Lisbon? Is it a good party scene? Yeah I think Lux has been one of the best clubs in Europe for quite a long time. I’m not sure how long it’s been running but I think it’s been more than like 15 years, and it’s a really beautiful club, really good sound system, everyone who works there is really cool and the crowds are really good fun. They’re a late crowd, they go out super late.

Are you looking forward to playing at Lovebox this summer? Yeah definitely! I love Lovebox. It’s really good that London has a really good kind of music festival. You know it’s not in the same league as Glastonbury and things like that, but you know, especially on the Sunday when we play if the weather’s good then nothing can quite match it in London I don’t think.

How did yourself, Jim Stanton, Severino and Filthy Luka all meet? We all met independently of each other and then all kind of all came together. I met Severino first when I was living in Italy I was working for a record label called Irma, then Sev came in and I kind of remember hitting it off with him straight away and he was living in London, and I was going back to London, so we arranged to meet up (in a pub/at a party) and Jim was there and that’s how I met Jim, and Luke knew Jim. Yeah we were all just out on different scenes, we were all music lovers and you know, became good friends.

Who are you looking forward to seeing there? Chic, I actually saw them in Australia but I think with any band from that sort of period you kind of wonder does their sound still stand up live today and they were amazing so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing them again, they were really fantastic. I’ve seen Grace Jones so many times but I never get bored of seeing her so I’ll probably go and watch a bit of Grace Jones, so yeah I think those are my two big ones. How does it differ between playing festivals and club nights? I think just because of the size of things you definitely play differently at a festival than at a club. By Ella White


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Egypt’s National Council for Women called on Parliament not to adopt this and other measures which they believe increasingly seek to roll back women’s rights. The NTC further charges that “marginalizing and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country’s human development.” BBM doesn’t know what all those big words mean but it sounds like the women in Egypt are a right bunch of dirty minxes. Phwoar!

For Fox Sake

Donald Duck. Daffy Duck. Count Duckula. The Mighty Ducks. Mankind’s love affair with quack-billed crumb guzzlers has been well documented over the years, so it was perhaps inevitable that one day our web-footed friends would challenge the duopoly of dogs and cats to mount a serious challenge for the title of man’s best friend. Plus their shit is a lot easier to clean up. And in the first recorded instance of a duck taking the first waddling steps towards full-blown domesticity, a bloke in Romsey has started taking his pet duck on holiday to Spain. “People sort of look gobsmacked when they see me and Boris walking around everywhere together and they can’t work it out,” said Wayne O’Donnell, who The Sun euphemistically describe as ‘a bachelor’ (when what they actually mean is sad bastard). “He doesn’t think he’s a duck at all, he is an unusual pet agreed - but ducks are very intelligent creatures. People say to me, ‘why have you got a duck?’ and I say, ‘why have you got a dog?’.” Presumably the next question people want to ask is ‘why don’t you have a girlfriend’ but by that stage it’s obvious. The bloody freak now takes Boris on his annual holidays to the Costa Brava. “I’ve got mates there and they didn’t believe I had a duck that walked around with me, so I thought, ‘right, I’ll prove it’,” he said. “It was brilliant in Spain because I could take Boris everywhere — the streets were narrow so he could walk around and he even came on the beach with me.” But bizarrely, the frigging duck doesn’t like water. “Unfortunately, I didn’t teach him how to swim,” said Wayne. “I used to take him out on canal boats and he stayed on the deck because he doesn’t like getting wet.” So not only does he have a crap pet, he has a crap useless pet. Well done Wayne.

Ever wanted to shag Cleopatra? And by Cleopatra we mean the ancient Egyptian queen who looked like a young Liz Taylor, not “Cleopatra” the shit and slightly chubby girl group from the 90s. Well now’s your chance with the news that Egypt’s Islamist-dominated parliament is trying to introduce a law allowing husbands to have sex with their dead wives up to six hours after death. Bloody freaks. It was weird enough when they used to wrap corpses in toilet paper and put them in pyramids – maybe after all that embalming they took the phrase ‘yummy mummy’ too literally. “This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner,” lamented prominent journalist and TV host Jaber al-Qarmouty on air. The “farewell Intercourse” bill was inspired by a Fatwa issued by a Moroccan cleric last year. Zamzami Abdul Bar said that since the two would meet in Heaven again anyway, death shouldn’t get in the way of one last postmortem marital romp. It certainly adds another dimension to the phrase “having a stiffy”. BBM has “farewell intercourse” on a regular basis – but only because the women we sleep with never want to see us again.

Ever since we saw the Wiley video for ‘Wearing my Rolex’ we’ve had a penchant for shagging women who dress up as foxes. For added eroticism we like to do it while scavenging through bins for scraps of food. Sadly, despite numerous requests, we’ve never met a woman who’s agreed to do this and, after several incidents involving the police, we’ve been banned from owning stuffed woodland animals and going within 10 feet of the large skips behind McDonalds. But now it seems some like-minded individuals have offered a half decent alternative for those of us with a fetish for fox costumes. Targeting snobs and poshos who have been banned from fox hunting, a paintballing company has launched a package, which involves competitors chasing after a ‘human fox.’ Groups of up to 10 people armed with paintball equipment have the chance to track down and chase the ‘human fox’ through dense woodlands. A spokesman for said he believes the experience is one that could be enjoyed equally by both pro and anti-hunt brigades.


FUNNY NEWS He said: “Whether you agree with fox hunting or not there’s no doubt that when the hunting ban was brought in many people lost a hobby they loved. “Now we’ve decided to recreate the experience as realistically as possible, with one main difference - we’re using a human fox, and no animal loses its life. “Participants will be able to hunt the “fox” - who will be dressed in a full-size outfit - and will be encouraged to take shots once within range.”

Gimme Some Sugar

Boring And Dull Places To Live

Despite extensive research, it is still unclear whether you’re allowed to shoot the human fox then take it round the back of a nearby fast-food outlet for a damn good seeing to.

Pirate’s Booty Call

Tired of the missus nagging about the dishes, the hoovering or the fact you’ve left cum-stains on the towels again? Usually we just glaze our eyes and go to fantasyland in our head, which usually involves Cheryl Cole, some lubricant and several bathroom towels to clean up the mess. Retired WH Smith manager Keith Brown doesn’t have quite the same perverse fantasyland as us – which is probably just as well because he’s turned his into a reality. Keith, of Selsdon in Surrey, has built a four-storey pirate-themed cave in his garden as a getaway from his wife and two daughters when they’re nagging. “They can strip paint with their tongues from 20ft away,” the 63-year-old said. “If there is too much arguing, I just raise the drawbridge, sit in the Caribbean drinking hut and listen to music.” Sounds awesome, Keith, we’ll see you there. We’ll bring our own towel.

Anyone who’s been to Thailand will tell you that things in Bangkok aren’t always what they seem. The Adam’s apple is usually a giveaway. That’s all we’re saying. And in another case of misleading appearances, the face of Alan Sugar has been spotted in a cloud above the Thai capital. No really.

In a bid to live up to their names, the towns of Boring and Dull have come up with the wacky plan of being sister communities. Oh the hilarity.

The likeness to Lord Sugar’s famous ‘you’re fired’ pose on The Apprentice was spotted by British-born fan Alex Cliff. “I couldn’t believe it when I looked up to the sky and saw Lord Sugar pointing back down at me,” he said. “It looked so similar to his famous pose, pointing across the boardroom and shouting “You’re fired!”

Boring, in America, is a rural suburb of Portland while Dull is a bloody tiny village in Scotland, which has just 22 houses. “It might seem like a joke, but this could have real benefits for Dull,” community councillor Marjorie Keddie told Scotland’s Perthshire Advertiser newspaper. “It will be interesting to see where this goes … Everyone has been smiling at the prospect of the very eye-catching road sign this will inevitably require.”

“The clouds were so black and foreboding - they looked just like the atmosphere in the boardroom. I took a picture straight away, and I couldn’t wait to show all my friends back home. They thought it was hilarious.”

If the most exciting thing in your town is a road sign, why not just change the town’s name to ‘Scottish Shithole’ and be done with it.

Surely the bigger mystery is why a bloke would spend a holiday in Thailand taking photos of clouds. You sad bastard Alex.


SPORT No More Pep Talks If Ricky Ponting’s captaincy of Australia proved anything, it’s that if you’re in charge of a team filled with legends of the game you’ll still win most of your matches no matter how shit your leader is. Logic therefore dictates that managing Barcelona should be the easiest job in football. Clearly, Pep Guardiola disagrees. After four years in charge of a club that Aussie pundit Craig Foster frequently gives on-air blowjobs too whenever the chance appears, Guardiola has stepped down due to tiredness. To be fair, if we’d been beaten by a team of Chelsea pensioners we’d probably think about quitting as well. “Four years is an eternity for a coach of Barcelona,” Guardiola said as stony-faced first-team players including Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol looked on. “Four years wear you down and that’s the fundamental reason [for quitting].” The affect on Barca fans was as though Jesus himself had decided to call time on his career as saviour of mankind. But while the rest of the football world followed Foster in their public fellating of his “genius”, BBM had a question. Was he really that great? Sure, he always looked pretty dapper in his suits. No questions there. But he only really had two tactics. Plan A: Pass it around a lot. Plan B: Give it to Messi. Leo Messi decided not to attend Guardiola’s press conference, later tweeting that he did not want the media to see the grief etched in his face. Whatever Leo, we don’t like looking at that goblin face of yours at the best of times. As a joke, someone should tell him Mick McCarthy is a front runner to replace Guardiola. We’d love to see his expression then.

Kop On The Box Ever read Macbeth? Being BBM readers, probably not. Frankly, we’re surprised you lot even managed to fill in the visa to get to Australia in the first place. Well to sum it up, it’s all about a Scottish hero who is crowned king but, after a series of spectacularly bad decisions, his reign becomes more and more unpopular leading to his eventual disgrace and demise. Great plot right? Well the Yanks at Fox Soccer certainly think so, which is presumably why they’ve started filming a documentary about Liverpool under Kenny Dalglish. The channel will begin collecting footage this month to coincide with the FA Cup final. Filming will continue during the club’s North American tour in July and carry on for the first few games of the 2012-3 season – which should just be about the time Dalglish is sacked. Nice little ending. “This is going to be a truly remarkable series for every football fan on earth, watching the inner workings of one of the world’s truly great clubs, and seeing things no one outside the inner sanctum has seen or experienced before,” Fox Sports Media Group chairman and CEO David Hill said on the Liverpool website. “Liverpool FC is cherished by its community and hundreds of millions of fans worldwide. Working with a team so unique, and wrapped in so much history, is a natural fit for a project of this magnitude and uniqueness.” Sounds great in theory. But then again, so did the idea behind the show “Big Ron Manager”” which had Ron Atkinson coming in to help Peterborough manager Steve Bleasdale with the help of Barry Fry. Actually no, that always sounded like a shit idea. And so does thi

Commercial Breakdown The economy. The weather. The lifestyle. The freaking hot girls walking around in bikinis. There’s lots of things BBM loves about living in Australia (apart from the fact that it’s full of Australians). But one thing we do miss about home is watching football at a reasonable hour. That and dry-roasted peanuts. Thankfully, we got a brief reminder that maybe the football coverage back home wasn’t always as awesome as we remember thanks to ITV’s always ham-fisted coverage of the Champions League last month. During extra time of the nail-biting semi-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, ITV’s coverage inexplicably flicked to newsreader Mark Austin preparing for the News At Ten by playing with the buttons on his suit. An ITV spokesman said a ‘technical fault... resulted in a brief break in transmission... ‘We would like to apologise for this interruption to the game.’ Considering this is the channel that brought you Andy Townsend’s tactics bus (or whatever the bloody thing was called), this latest shocker shouldn’t really come as a major surprise. And of course, it’s not the first time the commercial station has bollocksed up a big event. Anyone remember when they switched to an advert during an England game at the 2010 World Cup and when they came back Steven Gerrard had scored? Or the time some viewers missed the winning goal in a 2009 FA Cup Merseyside derby. Or when they hired Ron Atkinson as a commentator. Bunch of fuckwits.

A Little Bit Successive We all know Sir Alex Purplenose goes into an apoplectic Scotch-mouthed rage when the FA even mention the idea of Manchester United not having at least three days break between games. He only does two games a week if they throw in a couple of spa treatments (and an aging hooker for Rooney of course). So spare a thought for poor Bacup Borough FC. The North West Counties Premier League side were told to play six games in six days last month due to a fixture pile-up caused by bad weather and cup runs. “The powers-that-be won’t challenge the FA on their guidelines for when the season ends,” said the team’s manager, Brent Peters. “Nobody can predict the weather … When the weather turns and teams are successful in cups, it impacts on their league programme. “It’s putting intolerable pressure on players and staff. We’ve got to wash the players’ kit, get the ground prepared, get the catering sorted and we’re asking supporters to come and watch us every night of the week. “All the emphasis in modern day football is all about warm-downs and getting the right rest before the next game. (And the FA are) asking lads to get up at 5am, do a day’s work, and then go and play a competitive game of football every night in the week.” It is thought to be the worst example of cramming things in since Katie Price discovered she could shoplift watermelons by shoving them up her fanny.

You Can Go Euro Way The UEFA money pit that is Euro 2012 is just a few short weeks away folks so we thought we’d do a quick review of England and Ireland’s chances. Come on England fans, admit it, you’re a teensy bit excited right? You think that England might actually do something this year right? Already The Sun are bigging up our chances, telling us that all those hungry young players coming into the side have got to be better than the overpaid stars who’ve been treading water with the national team for years. Could this be our tournament? Well let’s get one thing straight before the usual hype gets out of control. Are you ready? Here’s the truth. England don’t have a fucking chance. This is possibly the weakest England team since Graham ‘Turnip’ Taylor gave Carlton Palmer his first cap. Our best player, Wayne Rooney, is suspended for the first two games and for some mindboggling reason we didn’t appoint a manager until a few fucking weeks before the whole thing kicked off. In short, England’s preparation has been even more shambolic than usual. If we don’t finish bottom of the group it will be a bloody miracle. But chin up - it’s not all doom and gloom. We think Ireland might do all right. No really. Spain might win the group, but Italy are shit these days and Croatia are hardly world beaters. Plus there’s an outside chance Ireland will face France in the quarter-finals – and you can guarantee they’ll be up for that one. If you’re a betting man, we advise you go down to your nearest Tabsport and put your lifesavings on Ireland reaching the semi-finals. It’s a BBM guarantee!* *Does not constitute an actual guarantee.

Did Genoa Know About This? If you thought Millwall fans were bad, at least they generally reserve their knuckle-dragging violence to fight opposition fans. Or each other. Or police. Actually, scratch that, Millwall fans are really fucking bad – but at least they don’t try and fuck-up their own players. The same can’t be said for Genoa’s hardcore supporters, after a small section of the club’s Ultras leapt over the perspex fence during the team’s game against Siena and forced the players to take their shirts off. Sounds suspiciously like a hen party to us.

The mental fans said the players weren’t fit to wear the shirts after a 4-1 mauling left them in a desperate fight to avoid relegation. “These things must end quickly, putting up with this causes too much damage to Italian football,” said Paris St Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti, formerly at Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus. The referee stopped play as smoke bombs and firecrackers were hurled onto the pitch by a small contingent of Genoa’s fans. After climbing onto the pitch, the supporters, some of them hooded, confronted the players and started chanting. While Siena retired to their dressing room, most Genoa players handed their shirts to captain Marco Rossi although striker Giuseppe Sculli refused and tried to negotiate with the supporters. Genoa were forced to play their next two home games behind closed doors as punishment. As if that wasn’t enough, Genoa’s cock of an owner Enrico Preziosi, supposedly banned from football for previous misdemeanours, said in a radio interview that he was sacking coach Alberto Malesani and replacing him with Luigi De Canio. Malesani was only reappointed at the start of this month having been previously sacked in December. It is unclear if Preziosi thinks he’s running a football club or auditioning for the Italian version of The Apprentice. By Richard Gadsby



My crystal ball is being mysterious and vague. I’m g etting a cryptic message from the spirit world. It says your name is Leo and you dance upon the sand. Just like that river twisting through a dusty land. Mysterious.


“Girls, Girls, Girls!” once roared greasy rockers Motley Crue in their debauched heyday. Fun times, fun times. But if adverts about car insurance have taught us anything, it’s that the world is all about balance. So for those of us who don’t claim on our insurance, there’s someone out there who regularly claims. Like George Michael for example. And just as Motley Crue banged their way through the entire cast of Baywatch and generally bathed in a sea of fornication for the whole of the early 90s, the ancient law of yin yang says that someone must go on a record-breaking shag drought to make up for it. That person is you. No more sex for you pal. For life. Don’t like it? Take it up with the universe.

Our resident psychic, Crystal, tells you your fortune for the month...


Poor old Cancer. Later this month, you catch man flu and spend the week in your bedroom watching The Love Boat and crying out to your flat mates to bring you Lemsips. Unfortunately, a combination of hot lemon-based drinks and an inability to leave your bed means you spend the next few days soaked in urine. Ugh. On the plus side, even the cockroaches can’t stand the horrible reek of your room and migrate next door. Winning!


It is your birthday. Collect $10 from each player.


It’s time for your annual bath monkey boy. And make sure to wash your bell end, it smell’s like a cheesemonger’s old glove. And that could well be some kind of fungus on the end. You might need to see a doctor about that.


You are visited by the spirits of three ghosts this week. The ghost of Christmas past, the ghost of Jade Goody and the ghost of former Everton midfielder Pat Nevin. We’re not sure how he got in there as he’s not even dead, but he’s great crack nonetheless.


Your sordid love affair with Ken Barlow from Coronation Street comes crashing down this week when Dierdre walks in on the two of you in bed. She bursts into tears at the sight, throwing a piece of paper onto the duvet before running away in horror. As Ken chases after her, his cock flapping about all over the place, you read the note Dierdre has left. It’s a letter from social security. Turns out Ken is your real father! How will Sally and Kevin take the news? Find out next month!


You’ve been a bit boring in recent weeks Gemini and your character is at risk of going stale. As a result the executive producers of “The Zodiac” have decided to come up with a few juicy plotlines for you to keep people interested. Some of the phrases being thrown around include “bi-curious love triangle that ends in tragedy”, “affair with Pete Beale” and “secret hermaphrodite”. Watch this space!


After watching The Avengers you decide to form a team of super heroes to fight crime. Your super hero team - The Rainbow Brigade - is basically just you and your mate Dave dressing up in fancy hero costumes to try and impress girls. Unfortunately, walking around Oxford Street dressed in latex with the words ‘rainbow brigade’ etched onto your clothes makes you very popular with a very different kind of crowd. At least the latex makes the sperm easy to wipe off.


Sorry Aquarius, my crystal ball is getting a crap reception for you this week. On the plus side, I’m getting a cracking look at the FA Cup final. What a thriller!


Armed with only a roll of duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, super resourceful secret agent Angus Macgyver can get himself out of any sticky situation by using brains over brawn. Stars Richard Dean Anderson.


ASK CRYSTAL Dear Crystal,

I’ve been seeing my girlfriend for six years now and I’m starting to worry that maybe our relationship is going stale. I still love her more than anything but recently she’s been more and more distant. Last week, it was my 25th birthday and all she got me was a set of handkerchiefs with my initials embroidered. Is it wrong to think I should be getting something a bit better than some hankies? I don’t want to upset her, but I’m worried that we’re becoming a bit too staid and boring. Am I worrying over nothing? Yours, John

Dear John,

A set of handkerchiefs embroidered with your initials seems innocuous enough... but what does that monogram in the corner really signify? Letters on a handkerchief are an absolute giveaway that letters play a big part in your girlfriend’s life. It’s certain that she’s cheating on you right under your nose - with the postman! That’s right, while you’re hard at work, she’s getting a delivery of first class male every morning... on the kitchen table! Real meaning: I’m fucking the postie every day.

Dear Crystal,

I met the girl of my dreams just over a year ago and, on our anniversary, we went out for a gorgeous meal overlooking Sydney Harbour. That night we had the most sensational sex imaginable. In the morning, I gave her diamond earrings as an anniversary surprise but, little did I know, she’d hand-knitted me a gorgeous winter jumper. We laughed and laughed and laughed. I couldn’t be happier, but I’m just worried everything is too perfect and something is going to go wrong. Am I being silly? Yours, Frank

Dear Frank,

You’re bitten by a bat and turn into a dracula. Your wife is the bride of Frankenstein and your offspring will be skellingtons. Eep!

A smart new jumper always makes a smashing present. And when it’s knitted by your girlfriend, surely it must be a special token of her love. But you’d be wrong, because it actually represents a tangled web of deceit that she has been deftly weaving around you for 12 months. She is almost certainly a bigamist, with a second husband and family living in another house on the other side of town. Don’t let her pull the wool over your eyes any longer. Call the police immediately and let them know what she’s been up to. Real meaning: I’m married to someone else.

GET LATE Melbourne Yah Yah’s

Yah Yah’s host bands and DJs every night from Thursday though to Sunday, playing rock, soul, garage, surf, exotica, 60s and 70s, just to name a few. Open till 5am on Friday and Saturday nights, and 3am on Thursdays and Sundays, this relatively new venue is often packed to the brim. With the entrance situated down a dark, dingy alley, Yah Yah’s may not look like much at first, but don’t judge on first appearances. Once inside you’re met with a warm welcoming and an extremely red interior, where those around you are there simply to have a good night – no pretentious, showy-off types here. Probably not the place to go if you’re wanting extravagant cocktails, but if it’s cold beers, spirits and partying you’re after, Yah Yah’s is the ticket. 99 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 (03) 9419 4920

Gin Palace

Looking for somewhere just to relax after a hard day, with a strong drink in hand? Gin Palace does exactly what it says on the tin. With vintage, comfy chairs and lounges in plentiful supply, this place is never over-rammed to leave you standing. Dim lighting and quiet background music means this is somewhere you can chill and talk with those around you. An impressive drinks menu leaves you spoilt for choice, with an array of martinis, cocktails, spirits and wines. The staff take great pride when it comes to making drinks, and it’s the little touches which make the beverages here stand out from everywhere else. Although not the cheapest drinks in Melbourne, Gin Palace are pretty generous when it comes to alcoholic measures – just a few and you’ll be settling in nicely. 10 Russell Place, Melbourne, VIC 3000 (03) 9654 0533

Pony Club

Pony Club offers its stage to the alternative bands and artists of Melbourne on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and being open till either 5am or 7am most nights – they pack a lot in. Your typical grungy rock bar, this place has sticky floors and retro couches, but contrasted with deep red walls and hanging chandeliers. There are six beers available on tap, as well as many more in bottles, and a decent selection of wines too in the downstairs bar. On first appearances Pony may seem a little dingy and mysterious, but as the hour gets later and the bar gets busier, you realise that just isn’t an issue for all those who come here - they like their music deep, underground, and dirty. There is even a little one-eared pony by the bar who is often seen with a pint in hoof. 68 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 (03) 9662 1026

Late Night Cocktail Venue – Kitten Club

This venue’s website states that “When Tony Starr dreamt up The Kitten Club, he wanted Melbourne to have a venue reminiscent of nightspots from the 50s and 60s; combining great food, fabulous cocktails and excellent live entertainment 7 nights a week.” We think they’ve got that pretty spot on. Behind Kitten Club’s notorious bright green door you’re met by a lively yet relaxing ambience, a wide selection of classic cocktails and entertainment which varies from live jazz to comedy or cabaret. The food here is better than you would expect from a bar venue, and knowledgeable bar staff are able to whip up your cocktail of choice with ease. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the menu, they are happy to make something up for you based on your alcoholic preferences. 267 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 (03) 9650 2448

After Hours Kick On Club – Revolver Upstairs

No one goes to Melbourne without hearing about this place. Notorious for being open all night and all day on the weekends, Revolver Upstairs, or ‘Revs’ (as it’s known by the cool kids) is home to top DJs, live music, dance, film and other stuff you can’t even make up. Its eccentric furnishings only add to the all night crazy vibes, such as bold shades of orange in wall murals, upside-down lamp shades and the odd bit of chicken wire. The only problem with everyone knowing about it is that it’s always busy, so don’t be surprised to find yourself waiting to get in. There is always something going on here no matter what day of the week it is, meaning Rev goers are never bored. Oh and it’s also a pretty good Thai restaurant during the day. Find out what’s going on at the Revolver Upstairs on our website www. 229 Chapel Street Prahran, VIC 3181 (03)9521 5985

Sydney After Hours Indie Venue – Purple Sneakers

Unfortunately Indie venues are hard to come by in Australia, so when you find one you better grab it and hold on tight. Purple Sneakers is one of those, and is on every Friday night at Sydney’s Gladstone Hotel till late. A predominantly university-aged crowd is reflected by the cheap drink prices, as rock and indie tunes are blasted out into the large room. Purple Sneakers has been described as the closest you can get to a house party without actually being in someone’s house, not only with the atmosphere and loud music, but also complete with empty cups and bottles strewn about everywhere. This place doesn’t pride itself on its slickness or classiness as a venue – its clientele are there simply to dance and sing along with the music and have a good, inexpensive night. Be warned, it can get pretty stuffy in here, so maybe wear sweat-patch-proof clothing if you can. 115 Regent St, Chippendale, Sydney, NSW 2008 (02) 9699 3522

After Hours Kick On Club – Hunter Bar

For all you hardcore ravers in Sydney, there is the Hunter Bar. Open till 10am, this place has a 100% hard dance music policy – only trance, house and electro. As one of Sydney’s oldest day clubs, Hunter Bar has offered some pretty big nights in its history. Its décor is stylish yet comfortable, complete with sultry mood lighting and couches for when the all-nighters need a five minute sit down. There are a number of beers on tap, as well as an array of spirits and cocktails to choose from. If you go for lunch or dinner at Hunter Bar and you’ll find decent and reasonably priced food. And maybe give the ‘Cow Burger’ a try! 50 Hunter Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (02) 9223 6511


We’ve had a look at the cocktail menu at Melbourne’s Kitten Club and chosen our two favourite top drops – one for the guys, and one for the girls…

Guys Moscow Mule - $17

This drink came about in 1941 when John G Martin of Hublein, inc of East Coast Spirits acquired the rights to Smirnoff Vodka in the USA. He met Jack Morgan of the Cock and Bull tavern who had a surplus of Ginger Beer. They mixed the two and voila, the Moscow Mule was born. This drink began the massive vodka craze that swept America. Russian Standard Vodka, Lime, Sugar, Bitters and topped with Ginger Beer.

Girls Vanilla Kiss - $17

We just couldn’t let her go. Kitten Club’s very own apple martini, they have Russian Standard Vodka shaken with Licor 43, Elderflower cordial and Apple Juice.

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TAX & VISAS Australian Immigration Changes New Skilled Migration Selection Model Launches 1st July This coming July will see major changes to the Australian skilled migration application and selection process with the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) launching SkillSelect. From the 1st July, Expressions of Interest (EOI) will be required as part of the skilled migration process but what does this mean and what impact will this have on skilled migrants currently onshore in Australia? Uniquely, the Down Under Expo is Australian’s only onshore immigration exhibition and this June in Melbourne, the Australian Department of Immigration will be presenting seminars on SkillSelect.

The Down Under Expo, now in its third year, is Australia’s only dedicated Employment & Education Exhibition that exclusively targets the combined career and immigration needs of overseas nationals currently living in Australia. Following the overwhelming success of the Melbourne & Sydney Exhibitions in 2011, the exhibition is back in Melbourne & Sydney for 2012 with the addition of Perth. In addition to immigration, The Down Under Expo also combines employment and education opportunities for skilled migrants. For job seekers the opportunity to meeting with employers and recruiters, while for those seeking vocational, foundation and employment related courses, the exhibition offers a range of options including diplomas, degrees and of course IELTS preparation courses. The Down Under Expo takes place Saturday and Sunday, 2nd and 3rd June in the Melbourne’s Crown Conference Centre (10am and 3pm), Sydney’s Town Hall on 27th & 28th July (10am – 3pm) and Perth’s Conference & Exhibition Centre Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September (10am – 3pm). Register online for FREE ENTRY or Admission is $10 on the door.

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Things to do SKYDIVING Skydive Lake Wanaka Ltd 14, Mustang Lane Wanaka Airport State Highway 6 Wanaka, South Island NZ Tel: +64 3 443 7207 or FREEphone 0800 786 877 Nzone ‘The Ultimate Jump’ Queenstown & Rotorua Tel: 0800 376 796 New Zealand Skydiving School FREEPHONE: 0800 NZSKYDIVE Email:

RAFTING RANGITATA RAFTS Peel Forest RD20 South Canterbury, NZ Tel: + 64 3 696 3534 New Zealand Freephone: 0800 251 251

JET BOATING Shotover Jet

The World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride, and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.

Shotover Jet Beach, Gorge Road Arthurs Point, Queenstown, New Zealand Free Phone (NZ only): 0800 SHOTOVER Phone: +64 3 442 8570 Fax: +64 3 442 7467

Glacier Guiding Fox Glacier Guiding 44 Main Rd, Po Box 38, Fox Glacier, NZ Ph: +64 3 751 0825 Freephone (NZ only): 0800 111 600

Going to Fiji?

Take a breathtaking guided trip on the West Coast’s longest and less crowded glacier amidst fascinating ice formations with NZ’s most experienced glacier guiding company. Offering a full range of trips to suit all fitness levels.

ACCOMMODATION Beachcomber Island Resort Mamanuca Island Group Ph: + 679 6661500 Fax: + 679 6664496

river boarding Mad Dog RiverBoarding 37 Shotover Street Queenstown New Zealand Ph: +64 3442 7797

Accommodation Christchurch City Oasis 180 Peterborough Street, Christchurch, NZ Ph: + 64 3366 9531 Coker’s Backpackers 52 manchester Street, Christchurch, NZ Ph: + 64 3379 8580

BAY OF ISLANDS Bay Adventurer Backpackers & Apartments 28, Kings Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands, NZ Ph: +64 9 402 5162

Kaikoura Adelphi Lodge Main Street, Kaikoura, NZ Ph: + 64 3319 5141 Fax: + 64 3319 6786



Bungi Backpackers 15 Sydney Street, Queenstown, NZ Ph: + 64 3442 8725 Fax: + 64 3442 8729 Southern Laughter Lodge 4 Isle Street, Queenstown, NZ Ph: + 64 3441 8828 Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church Street, Queenstown, NZ Freecall: 0508 NOMADS Phone: +64 3 441 3922 Queenstown’s brand new flashpackers, now open with rave reviews.

Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort Street, Auckland, NZ Freecall: 0508 NOMADS Phone: +64 9 300 9999 $5 off first night (min 3 night stay) if you mention this ad

Franz Josef Glacier

Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield Street, Wellington, NZ Freecall: 0508 NOMADS Phone: +64 4 978 7800 Central city backpackers with FREE MEAL every night.

Chateau Franz 8 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ Ph: + 64 3752 0738 Glow Worm Cottages 7 Cron Street, Franz Josef Glacier, NZ Ph: + 64 3752 0172

Nomads Fat Camel 38 Fort Street, Auckland, NZ Freecall: 0508 NOMADS Phone: +64 9 307 0181 $5 off first night if you mention this ad.

The Beachouse Coral Coast, Fiji Islands Fiji phone: 679 6530500 Free call (within Fiji): 0800 6530530 Australia info line: 07 55320412 Smugglers Cove Beach Resort & Hotel P.O.Box 10409 Nadi Airport. Ph: (679) 672 6578 or 672 4578 Fax: (679) 672 0662, Skype name: Smugglers Cove HORIZON BEACH RESORT Wailoaloa Beach, Nadi Bay, Fiji Ph: +679 672 2832 or 4578 Fax: +679 672 0662


Robinson Crusoe Island Fiji budget accommodation Ph: (679) – 6281999 (679) – 6282901

The Uprising Beach Resort 679-345-2200 Beach RoadPacific Harbour P.O.Box 416 Pacific Habour Fiji Islands Nadi Bay Resort Hotel Wailoaloa Beach Road Private Mail Bag NAP 0359, Nadi Airport Ph: (679) 6723599 Fax: (679) 6720092 Nadi Bay Downtown Backpackers Nadi, Fiji Islands Ph: [679] 670 0600

MUST DO Skydiving

Skydive Fiji 11 Zahoor Road, Nadi, Fiji Isalnds Tel: +679-6728166 Fax: +679-6721415

‘Incredible views of Fiji’s Islands and Reefs; Beach or Resort landings’

Scuba Diving

Subsurface Fiji Adventure Diving and Watersports Beachcomber, Treasure, Malolo, Walu Beach, Funky Fish and Musket Cove Island Resorts, Fiji Tel: +679 6666 738

Fiji’s multi award winning Dive and Watersports Company. Enjoy HALF PRICE on all diving and PADI dive courses during February and March at Beachcomber and Treasure Island Resorts.


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1 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra Airport, Sunshine Coast, QLD Ph: 07 5437 0211 Mob: 04 18 776 775


Busselton Regional Airport, Bussleton, WA Free: 1300 449 669


P.O.Box 1615, Byron Bay, NSW, 2481 Hanger 1, Tyagarah Airfield, NSW, 2481 Ph: 1800 800 840 or 02 6684 1323 The ultimate skydive experience Australia has to offer!


1 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra, QLD, 4551 Ph: +61 7 5437 0211 Mob: +61 0418 776 775


P.O. Box 351 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 Ph: 0433 254 438 Beach landings in the heart of Coffs


51 Sheridan St, Cairns, QLD, 4870 Ph: 1800 800 840


36B Bashford St, Jurien Bay, WA, 6516 Ph: 0438 441 239


51 Sheridan St, Cairns, QLD, 4870 Ph: 1800 800 840 Free transfers from Mission Beach & Cairns. Australia’s Highest jump and Beach Landings

116 Spence Street, Cairns QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4031 5255


Surf Schools SURF & SUN AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURES Ph: 1800 786 386 08 8212 0211

Port Douglas-Cairns-Airlie Beach 230 Sugarloaf Rd. Whitsunday Ph: 07 4946 1067




Located inside reception at the Exmouth Cape Holiday Park: 3 Truscott Street, Exmouth, Western Australia Free: 1800 224 060

Adventure Tours GOIN SOUTH

Four days, two famous Aussie icons, one awesome tour Ph: 1800 009 858


Marina Pier, Holdfast Shores Marina Glenelg SA 5045 Ph: 0412 811 838


McGregor Road, Smithfield, QLD 4878 Tel: 07 4057 7188 Free: 1800 622 888

Adelaide, SA Ph: 08 8202 8678

L4, 362 Kent St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph:1800 646 478 Ph: 02 9262 2362

BRIDGE CLIMB SYDNEY Ph: 02 8274 7777



PO Box 229 Yarra Glen 3775 Ph: 03 9730 2422 Free: 1800 HOTAIR (1800 468 247)

Kite Surfing KITESURF 1770

The Jetty, Coral Sea Resort, Airlie Beach Ph: 07 4946 6848

IKO Certified Kiteboarding school/Centre 3 Graham Colyer Drive, Agnes Wate, QLD Ph: 07 4974 7874 / 07 4962 0210 Mob: 0422 806 235




3 Graham Colyer Drive, Agnes Water - QLD Ph: 07 4974 7874 / 07 4962 0210 Mob: 0422 806 235

10-18 Jacka Blvd. St.Kilda Sea Baths Complex, St.Kilda 3182, Melbourne, VIC Ph: 03 95370644 Mob: +61 418583233

GET WET SURF SCHOOL Ph: 1800 438 938


Ph: 1800 113 044


Ph: 03 5155 4933


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Ph: 07 5599 3800


Jetty ‘C’ Mariners Cove Marina, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach Qld 4217 Ph: 1300 JET BOAT (1300 538 262)

Bike Riding Tours ESCAPE GOAT

Adelaide, SA Ph: 08 8121 8112 Mob: 0422 916289

Zorb Balls OZ BALL GOLD COAST Go Zorbing with Oz Ball. Ph: 07 5547 6300

Marine Charters

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2 Jubilee Drive, Port Lincoln, SA, 5606 Ph: 04 8842 8862

9 Chapman Terrace, Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, SA Ph: 0427 315 286


7 Hastings Street, Glenelg South, SA Ph: 08 8295 8812


Birth 56, Jetty Sea, Mariners Cove, Waterways, QLD Ph: 07 5526 3111 Mob: 0409 754 538

Melrose Park, South Australia 5039 Ph: 1300 667 650

Ph: 03 9663 3358


Cnr Thompson & Nelson Streets, Abbotsford, VIC Ph:(03) 9420 6800

BIG NIGHT OUT IN SURFERS PARADISE Every Wednesday and Saturday Night


Every Wednesday and Friday Night Mob: 0418 184 646

MULGAS ADVENTURE 4 Traeger Avenue Alice Springs, NT, 0871 Ph: 08 9521 545


ACCOMMODATION AUSTRALIA New South Wales Sydney World Square Hostel 2/640 George St, Sydney NSW 2000 (02) 9267 5616 Sydney Backpackers 7 Wilmot St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9267 7772 1800 88 77 66 (Free Call) Clovelly Hotel 381 Clovelly Road Clovelly Ph: (02) 9665 1214 Criterion Hotel 260 Pitt Street Sydney (crn Pitt & Park Streets) Ph: (02) 9264 3093 Westend Backpackers 412 Pitt Street Sydney, NSW, 2000 Free: 1800 013 186 Ph: 02 9211 4588 See the CHURCH - Australia’s largest dorm! Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel 27 Orwell Street Kings Cross, NSW 2011 Free: 1800 805 870 Ph: 93586400 skype: jolly.swagman.backpackers Bondi Backpackers 110 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Free: 1800 304 660 Ph: (02) 9130 4660 Oxford Court Accommodation Bondi Junction Mobile 0412547840 Clean, affordable and friendly backpackers. Rooms for 1 to 4 people. Close to bus, train and shops. Rooms have TV, fridge, toaster, microwave, kitchenette, cutlery, crockery, sheets supplied. Laundry, internet and BBQ facilities. Prices range from $190 to $130 depending on the number of guests. The Globe Backpackers 40 Darlingurst Road Kings Cross, Sydney NSW 2011 Free: 1800 806 384 Ph: (02) 9326 9675 City Resort Hostel 103-105 Palmer St Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011 Ph: (02) 9357 3333 Skype: City Resort Hostel Show this ad for $5 off! (Valid for new guests only. Min. 3 nights stay.)

The George Street Hotel 700A George Street Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9211 1800 Fax: 02 9212 2884 Free: 1800 679 606 (Within Australia) Bounce Sydney 28 Chalmers Street, Sydney 2010 Free call 1800890897 Ph (02) 9281 2222 Lord Wolseley Hotel 265 Bulwara Rd Ultimo, Sydney 2007 Ph: (02) 9660 1731 Maze Backpackers 417 Pitt St Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: (02) 9211 5115 Free: 1800 813 522 Porterhouse Hotel 233 Riley St Surry Hills NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 9211 4454 Big Hostel Single and double & Dorm rooms available Max 4 bed dorms. 212 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills Sydney NSW 2010 Ph: (02) 92816030 Free: 1800 212 244 O’Malley’s Hotel 228 William Street, Kings Cross Sydney, NSW 2011 Ph: 02 9357 2211

Sydney Central Hostel 428 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Ph: (02) 9211 7323 The Royal Hotel 370 Abercrombie St, Darlington, NSW, 2008 Ph: (02) 9698 8557 Kanga House backpackers 141 Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney Ph: (02) 9357 7897

Sydney Northern Beaches Sydney Beachouse - YHA 4 Collaroy St, Collaroy, 2097 Ph: +61 2 9981 1177 Guaranteed jobs/work all year. Cheap weekly rates by the beach with free Surfboard, Bodyboard & Bike hire

Sydneys Southern Beaches Cronulla Beach YHA Level 1, 40 -42 Kingsway Cronulla Sydney, 2230 Ph: 02 9527 7772

PORT STEPHENS Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers 2 Koala Place, One Mile Beach, NSW 2316 Ph: (02) 4981 9422 Mobile: 0427 200 950 Hunter Valley Hunter Valley YHA 100 Wine Country Drive Nulkaba, Hunter Valley, NSW Ph: 02 4991 3278

Katoomba Katoomba Mountain Backpackers Lodge 31 Lurline st Katoomba, NSW Ph: 04782 3933 SPECIAL WINTER DEAL, STAY 2 NIGHTS GET THE 3RD NIGHT FREE!!!!!!

Byron Bay Aquarius Backpackers 16 Lawson Street Byron Bay NSW 2481 Ph: (02) 6685-7663 Free: 1800 028 909 Nomads Byron Bay 1 Lawson Lane, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 Ph: 02 6680 7966 Free: 1800 766 673 Arts Factory Lodge 1 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, NSW Ph: 02 6685 7709 An essential part of your journey

Nambucca Heads Nambucca Backpackers 2 Pacific Highway, Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448 Ph: (02) 6568-6360

Lake Tabourie Lake Tabourie Tourist Park Princes Hwy, Lake Tabourie, NSW 2539 Free call: 1300 559 966

Queensland Brisbane Tinbilly Travellers 466 George St, Brisbane City, Qld 4000 Ph: (07) 3238 5888 Free: 1800 44 66 46 Free Tinbilly Limited Edition T-shirt With presentation of this BBM Ad The Deck 117 Harcourt St, New Farm Brisbane QLD 4005 Ph: 0433 777 061 Designed with the working Traveler in Mind. Minimum 2 week stay Base QLD Backpackers 308 Edward st Brisbane QLD 4000 Ph: 07 3211 2433 BUNK 11-21 Gipps St, Fortitude Valley, Qld, 4006 Ph: +61 7 3257 3644 Free: 1800 682 865

Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma St, Brisbane QLD 4000 Ph: (07) 3236 1004

Goldcoast Trekkers Backpackers 22 White Street, Goldcoast, QLD, 4215 Ph: (07) 55915616 Free : 1800 100 004 BOOK 2 NIGHTS GET 2 NIGHTS FREE Valid May till Sep 2012. Min 2 nights. Conditions apply Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen Street Gold Coast, Queensland Ph: 07 5527 1300 Free:1800 229 955 Surfers Paradise YHA at Main Beach Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive Main Beach, Surfers Paradise 4217 Ph: (07) 5571 1776 Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsular Drive Central Surfers Paradise Queensland, 4217 Ph: (07) 5538 4344 Free: 1800 268 621 Surf N Sun Beachside Backpackers 3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, QLD 4217 Ph: (07) 5592 2363 Free: 1800 678 194 Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Drive Surfers Paradise QLD Ph: 07 5592 4455 Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffith & McLean Streets Coolangatta 4225 QLD Ph: 07 5536 7472 Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort,2837 Gold Coast Highway, Queensland 4217 Ph: 07 5592 4677 Free: 1800 282 800

Noosa Nomads Noosa 44 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD 4567 Phone: 07 5447 3355

Hervey Bay Nomads Hervey 408 The Esplanade, Torquay, Hervey Bay, QLD 4655 Phone: 07 4125 3601

TOWN OF 1770 (Between Bunderberg & Rockhampton) Cool Bananas 2 Spring Road, 1770, Queensland, 4677 Ph: (07) 4974 7660 Free: 1800 227 660 1770 Southern Cross (Backpackers) 2694 Round Hill Rd Agnes Water QLD 4677 Ph: 0749747225 1770 Beachside Backpackers 12 Captain Cook Drive PO Box 212, Agnes Water QLD 4677 Ph: 07 4974 7200 enquiries@1770beachsidebackpacker.

Cairns CAirns Share House 17 Scott Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 Ph: (+617) 4041 1875 Nomads Cairns 341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 Free: 1800 737 736 Stay 4 nights, pay only 3! Or $5 off 1st night with this ad. Cairns Central YHA 20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870 Ph: (+617) 4051 0772 Gilligans backpackers hotel & resort 57-59 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD Ph: (07) 4041 6566 Free: 1800 556 995

Nomads Esplanade 93 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD 4870 Ph: 07 4031 7477 Free: 1800 175 716 Dreamtime Travellers Rest 4 Terminus Street (corner of Bunda st.& Terminus st.) Cairns 4870 Queensland Ph: (07) 4031 6753 Globetrotters International 154-156 Lake st Cairns City QLD Free: 1800 22 55 87 Nomads Cairns Beach House 239 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD 4870 Tel: 1800 229 228 or (07) 4041 0431 Dorm from just $12 The Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street Cairns QLD 4000 Ph: 1800 000 541 JJ’s Backpackers 11-13 Charles Street Cairns QLD 4870 Ph - (07) 4051 7642 Free- 1800 666 336

Mission Beach Absolute Backpackers 28 Wongaling Beach Road Mission Beach Queensland 4852 Ph: 07 4068 8317 Free: 1800 688 316 Scotty’s Beach House 167 Reid Road, Mission Beach, QLD, 4852 Ph: 07 4068 8676

Whitsundays Barefoot Lodge Whitsunday Passage, Whitsundays, QLD Ph: +61 7 4946 9400 Free: 1800 075 125

Airlie Beach Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach QLD Phone: (07) 4946 6312 Free:1800 247 251 MAGNUMS/Whitsunday Village Travel 366 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, QLD Ph: (07) 4964 1199 or 07 4964 1188 Free: 1800 624 634

cape tribulation PK’s Jungle Village Cape Tribulation Road (PMB 7) Cape Tribulation QLD 4873 Tel: 07 4098 0040 Ferntree Rainforest Lodge Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, QLD Australia Freecall:1800 987 077 International Telephone: +61 7 4098 0033 Availability and Rates:

rainbow beach Pippies Beach House Cnr of Spectrum Street & Cypress Avenue, Rainbow Beach FREEPHONE: 1800425356 30mins FREE Internet on presentation of this ad PLUS FREE Breakfast & Eco WhaleWatching for all!

Western Australia scarborough western beach lodge 6 Westborough Street Scarborough, Western Australia, 6019 Ph. (08) 9245 1624

COTTESLOE ocean beach backpackers cnr Marine Parade & Eric St Cottesloe Beach Ph: 08 9384 5111

Perth Rainbow Lodge 150 Claisebrook Rd Perth, WA (Have just moved around the corner) Ph: (08) 9227-1818 or 0417 927 529

One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St Northbridge, PERTH WA Ph: (08) 9228 8206 Mountway Holiday Apartments 36 Mount St,West Perth WA 6005 Ph: (08) 9321 8307 Britannia on William 253 William Street, Northbridge 6003 Perth WA Ph: 08 9227 6000 Fax: 08 9227 6611 YMCA Accommodation Jewell House 180 Goderich St. Perth, WA 6000 tel: (08) 9325 8488 fax: (08) 9221 4694 email: Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle Street Northbridge WA 6003 Ph: (08) 9228 3755 Fax: (08) 9228 3744 EXCLUSIVE BACKPACKERS 158 Adelaide Tce, Perth 6000 Ph: (08) 9221 9991 Beatty Lodge 235 Vincent Street West Perth WA 6005 Ph: (08) 9227 1521 Billabong Resort 381 Beaufort Street, Perth Ph: 08 9328 7720 Globe Backpackers 561 Wellington Street, cnr. Queen St, Perth, WA Ph: 08 9321 4080 The Old Swan Barracks 2 - 8 Francis Street Perth (Northbridge)6000 Ph: 08 9428 0000

monkey mia Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Road, Shark Bay 3537 Ph: +61 8 9948 1320

Kununurra Kununurra Backpackers Adventure Centre 24 Nutwood Crescent, Kununurra WA 6743 Ph: (08) 9169 1998 or 1800 641 998

broome Beaches of Broome 4 Sanctuary Road, Cable Beach, Broome, WA, 6725 Ph : 1300 881 031

Victoria Mildura redcliffs hotel 25 Jacaranda St, Red Cliffs VIC 3496 (03) 5024 1704

Halls Gap Brambuk Backpackers Hostel 330 Grampians Road, Halls Gap, VictoriaPh: 03 5356 4250 Brambuk Backpackers offers travellers an affordable and comfortable range of accommodation, ideally situated within the stunning Grampians National Park.

Melbourne Easystay Motel and Studio Apartments Great accommodation at fantastic rates Rooms available for up to 4 people Book online and save $$$ Or call 1300 30 17 30 Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St Melbourne 3000 Ph: (+613) 9621 2523 Centrally located, close to public transport and major attractions. Free city circle tram on doorstep,24 hour reception, wifi and Skype available. Rooftop deck.

Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard Street North Melbourne 3051 Phone: (03) 9329 8599 Winner of the Victorian Tourism Award for Best Backpacker Accommodation three years running! 24 hour reception. Exford Hotel 199 Russell Street Melbourne Vic 3000 Ph: 03 9663 2697 Nomads Melbourne 196-198 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Freecall: 1800 44 77 62 Ph: 03 9328 4383 Funkiest backpackers in Melbourne! Back of Chapel 50 Green St, Windsor Prahran, Vic 3181 Ph: 03 9521 5338 Nomads All Nations 2 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Freecall: 1800 739 989 Phone: 03 9620 1022 $5 off first night (min 3 night stay) if you mention this ad Flinders Station Hotel Backpackers 35 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 Ph: 03 9620 5100 The Spencer Backpackers 475 Spencer Street, Melbourne Ph: (03) 9329 7755 1800 638 108 Bring this ad for 40 min FREE internet (new guests only). Melbourne International Backpackers 450 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Vic 3000 Ph: 03 9662 4066 The Greenhouse Backpackers 228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Ph: 1800 249 207 Hotel Discovery 167 Franklin Street, Melbourne VIC 300 Ph: 03 9329 7525. Freecall 1800 645 200 Independent & Budget Traveler Accommodation Provider Victoria Hall Accommodation 380 Russell Street Melbourne 3000 Ph: 03 9662 3888

St. Kilda Jackson Apartments 80 Ikerman St ,St Kilda Beach Ph:0433 118 334 0412 525 510 OSLO HOTEL 38 Grey St, St Kilda Melbourne Ph: 1800 501752 Free call or (03) 95254498 or mob: 0407115610 (any time) From $132 per week, 4 bed dorms Habitat HQ Freephone 1800 202 500 Award winning 4.5 star hostel with a homely & relaxed atmosphere Specials from $20!FREE pick up from Tullamarine (min 3 nt stay) * Conditions apply

Apollo Bay Apollo Bay Backpackers Lodge 23 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay Ph: 1800 157 280 +61 352 377850 Mob: 0413 504 402 Eco Beach YHA Eco-Hostel 5 Pascoe Street, Apollo Bay 3233 Ph: (+613) 5237 7899 Clean, quiet and relaxing Eco-Hostel. Cosy fire in winter. DVD’s available to borrow from reception.

Halls Gap Grampians YHA Eco-Hostel Corner Grampians and Buckler Roads Halls Gap 3381 Ph: (+613) 5356 4544 Eco accredited. Solar powered. Herb garden, free range chooks and friendly local kangaroos

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THE ISLAND ACCOMMODATION Phillip Island travel and accommodation packages

Ph: (+61 3) 5956 6123

The Big Wave Complex 10 - 12 Phillip Island Tourist Road Newhaven Phillip Island, Victoria

EXPERIENCE THE PENGUIN PARADE! Northern Territory Darwin Ashton lodge & Wisdom Bar 48 Mitchell St, Darwin, NT, 0800 Ph: 08 8941 4866 Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St, Darwin, NT, 0800 Ph: 08 8941 7900 Freecall: 1300 723 437

alice springs Annie’s Place 4 Traeger Avenue, Alice Springs , NT, 0871 Ph: 1800 359 089

South Australia Adelaide Adelaide Travellers Inn Backpackers 220 Hutt St Adelaide 5000 Free call 1800633747 Ph: +61 08 82240753 Majestic Minima Hotel 146 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide SA 5006 Ph:(08) 8334 7766 OUR HOUSE BACKPACKERS 33 Gilbert Place, Adelaide, SA, 5000 Ph: 08 8410 4788 Adelaide Shakespeare International 123 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA, 5000 Ph: +61 (0)8 8231-7655 (Oz Freecall) 1800-556-889 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


BBM May 2012 issue #657  

Free publication for British in Australia featuring Reef interview, festivals, events, pubs, clubs, bars, accommodation, tours, jobs, visa i...

BBM May 2012 issue #657  

Free publication for British in Australia featuring Reef interview, festivals, events, pubs, clubs, bars, accommodation, tours, jobs, visa i...