Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Giveaway! Irish Celtic!

Irish Celtic is coming to Australia in July/August and we’ve got tickets to give away to a Melbourne show! Read on to find out how.

A thrilling Irish dance show is set to get feet tapping in Melbourne and Sydney, when Irish Celtic makes its debut in July and August. So come on down to the Irish Celtic Pub, meet the people of Ireland, and discover the songs, legends, traditions and dances of a culture with heritage is as rich as it is old.

Direct from a highly successful tour of France and Germany, Irish Celtic features the finest performers from the top Irish dance companies, who show their incredible talent and their infectious love for dance in a thrilling evening of high energy dance and explosive rhythms.

Set in a traditional pub in southern Ireland, Irish Celtic brings the warmth and conviviality for which Ireland is famed, onto the theatre stage.  The audience is welcomed by genial landlord and owner Paddy to share an unforgettable night of music, storytelling and dance.

The five-piece on-stage band get the evening going with infectious rhythms and passionate music, including romantic theme tunes from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans, while the 12 exceptional dancers recreate scenes from throughout Celtic history; from the days of the Druids, the great migrations, to the voyage of the Titanic, through spectacular choreography, scorching tap dancing and nail-biting precision. 

At the heart of Irish Celtic is the love of dance which has permeated Irish culture through the centuries, and through dance the story of Ireland’s history is vividly illustrated - and where better to appreciate it than in an Irish pub with traditional musicians, swirling skirts and flagon-loads of friendliness.

All the dates, times, and ticket details are available on the Irish Celtic website. Click here!

But... We've got a double pass (valued at $199.80) to give away to one clever Chicken and Bees reader. Just fill out the form below for your chance to enter.

Entries close 26th June at 6pm and the winner will be notified by email.

Good Luck!

(If the form won't load copy this link into your browser: https://goo.gl/forms/bchJm4Wx6KBcb8w83 )

Tickets on sale NOW

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Giveaway! STOMP!

In case you didn't know, I'm married to a percussionist. He's pretty darn good at hitting things and making a big noise. A few years ago he introduced me to STOMP and I fell in love!

Unfortunately we ran out of time to see it when we were in London last year, but that's OK because they are about to tour Australia! We've got tickets to give away, read on to find out how!

The Broadway, West End and international sensation STOMP is back, and it’s better than
ever! Following a sell-out visit in 2013, STOMP returns to Australia with its unstoppable
energy and ‘pure stage magic’. 

The show will tour to Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Sydney from May to August this year.

Wordless, witty and fun, STOMP has become a global phenomenon over the last 26 years.
Its universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance has resonated with audiences throughout the world, setting feet stamping, fingers drumming and adrenalin rushing for over 12 million people in 55 countries across six continents.

Eight performers use an array of ordinarily mundane objects, from which they create musical magic; an exhilarating soundtrack inspired by the commotion of everyday life. Everything from Zippo lighters, bin lids, and even the kitchen sink are used to hammer out an explosively feel-good rhythm enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

“Trolleys” plays on the everyday experience of negotiating a busy shopping aisle with a fully-laden supermarket trolley, with the piece building to STOMP’s first ever fully-fledged drumcorps march: certainly an eye-catching spectacle. “Frogs” explores the bizarre sonic
possibilities of a variety of plumbing fixtures: it has to be heard to be believed!

In another spectacular routine, paint cans are tossed between the performers, as they
simultaneously build an astonishingly complex rhythm over every surface of the airborne

With the emphasis very much on ‘spectacular’, the Stompers are also joined by
inflated monster truck inner tubes strapped around their waists to create both a dance of
bobbing, whirling rubber skirts and pounding, portable drum kits – the ultimate redefinition of ‘surround sound’.

We have a double pass to give away to STOMP in Melbourne on Tuesday May 1st at 7pm. Jut fill out the form below for your chance to win!

If the form doesn't load, copy and paste this into your browser... https://goo.gl/forms/wR2VpnNUIl7N9wDt1

Tickets for all the shows across the country can be purchased here from the STOMP website.

There's also more info about STOMP there and some videos to whet your appetite!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Giveaway! Legends In Concert!

Tribute to the Stars
Tom Jones, Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston,
Michael Jackson, Cher, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton
Acclaimed Las Vegas show returns to Crown Melbourne and we’ve got a double pass to give away, read on for your chance to win!

The original, largest and widely regarded as the world’s greatest live celebrity tribute show, Legends in Concert, returns by popular demand to The Palms at Crown Melbourne in January 2018 for a two week-long encore anniversary engagement celebrating summer during the Australian Open Tournament.

Direct from Las Vegas, this internationally acclaimed production takes audiences on an electrifying journey through the songbooks of some of music’s most legendary singers with world-renowned tribute artists, a live band, talented singers and dancers, lavish multimedia theatrical sets and authentic costumes.

I was lucky enough to see this last summer and it’s an action packed night, with hit after hit after hit. The Palms at Crown is also a great venue with lots of seating options available (but I highly recommend the booths!)

Tickets start at $69.90 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased here.
But…. We’ve got a double pass for Wednesday 17th January at 7pm to give away (that's next week!) 

This prize is valued at $179.80!   

Just fill out the form below and tell us about the first concert you ever went to. 

The answer that amuses or confuses our judge the most will win.

(If the form won't load, copy this link into your browser... https://goo.gl/forms/LGO4rCLjNeL9cz1p2 )

Entries are open now and close on Sunday January 14th at 6pm (Melbourne time), the winner will be contacted via email shortly after.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Giveaway! Australian Dancesport Championship 2017!

It's that time again. Time for the Australian Dancesport Championship! We've got two A Reserve double passes valued at $136 per double pass to give away. Read on to find out how!

The prestigious Australian DanceSport Championship will be held this year from the 8th to 10th December at Hisense Arena, Olympic Boulevard, and Melbourne.

Entering its 72nd year is a milestone achievement for the ‘Aussies’ as the event is affectionately labelled; a new era has begun for an event with an exceptional history which commenced in 1945 at Melbourne Town Hall.

The ‘Australian’ is not only the premier DanceSport event in Australia but remains one of the key events on the international circuit and within the Oceanic region. This year athletes from over 20 countries will travel to Australia to take part in this annual event. This provides Australian athletes with the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s best on home soil and for Australian audiences to witness the skill, glamour and athleticism of World class DanceSport.

This year’s stunning DanceSport Showcase will feature World Standard Champions Benedetto Ferruggia & Claudia Koehler. These two last wowed Australian audiences when they were successful in winning the WDSF World Championship in Standard at Hisense Arena, Melbourne in 2012.

The 2017 program will incorporate TWO feature nights with Benedetto & Claudia in demonstration both Saturday and Sunday evening. Other feature events include the Australian Closed Latin which selects Australia’s World representative and the World Class WDSF Open Standard and Latin.

Experience the Glitz and Glamour as the stars of DanceSport kick up their heels at the annual 72nd Australian DanceSport Championship, this year the legacy continues and ignites a new beginning with the champions of tomorrow amidst the champions of the past on a floor steeped with tradition. The competition will be fierce and the dancing HOT! As couples compete to take out the 2017 Australian titles & dance against the World’s best.

You can get your tickets for the Australian Dancesport Championships from Ticketek.

Or, you can try and win one of the double passes we have to give away just by filling out this form and telling us what your favourite dance style is and why. 

Entries close at 6pm on Sunday December 4th and the winners emailed shortly after. You'll have 24 hours to reply, otherwise another winner will be chosen.

Copy and paste this link into your browser if the form doesn't load. https://goo.gl/forms/m2rHb79Pl0vpGxw23

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Austrexit Trip 2017 - Volume Five

Alternative Title: Jo eats everything in Holland.

We are staying with Terry's cousin and were greeted with my favourite Dutch snack - Bugles! They're made from corn (I think) not unlike the texture of burger rings. You fill them with cheese from a tube and they are DELICIOUS!!!

The next day we headed to a place called Volendam. It's an old shopping village. We had a lovely lunch and the first of many poffertjes. 

Then, this happened. 


For dinner on Thursday night we went to a place called Barn 47. The only way I can explain it is that it is kind of like a fancy Sizzler. It's all you can eat, but they cook everything fresh right in front of you. And they have a dessert bar, with soft serve ice cream and eleventy billion kinds of things to out on it. It was fabulous! And THEN when they brought the bill out, it came with mints. Just like Sizzler. I was in heaven!

Friday we had a sleep in. (Who am I kidding? We've had a sleep in every day!)

I had haselslag for breakfast. It's basically chocolate on bread. Yet another reason to love The Netherlands. 

We headed into The Hague so Terry could have a herring. It's raw, comes with onions and while I didn't have any, I suspect it is every bit as revolting as it looks and smells. 

Had the second poffertjes of the visit. These ones weren't as good, but my motto is 'any poffertjes are good poffertjes', so I coped. 

Then we went to Madurodam. It's a 1:20 scale model of Holland. Well, not alllll of Holland, but lots of page buildings within it. Very tacky and touristy and we loved it! 

Ate a very delicious stroopwafel, then home for a lovely pasta dinner and a quiet night in. 

Today is Saturday and Terry's cousin to us to Rotterdam. We had a delightful lunch at the Hotel New York, then a cruise around the port. It's MASSIVE!

Another day, more poffertjes! I now know enough Dutch to order them unassisted! 

Yummmmmmmmmmm! Tonight we are doing some washing and having an early night. Tomorrow we are seeing a heap of family and watching a flower parade on the canal. Hopefully with more poffertjes!

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