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Helpmann Award-winning, Olivier Award-nominated singer, dancer and actress CAROLINE O’CONNOR has just been announced as the newest artist to join the star-studded line-up ready to perform from 24 February to 27 March at Sydney’s newest outdoor music venue, The Barracks, North Head, Manly.

Caroline will perform My Musical Life, a look back through her career as Australia’s leading female triple-threat performer.  The show will take you on a journey through songs from Music Theatre shows in which Caroline has starred in Australia, West End, Paris and on Broadway including Chicago, West Side Story, Anything Goes, and the international hit film Moulin Rouge.

Audiences are already enthusiastically booking for the artistry of Australia’s biggest names in music, theatre, ballet, dance, rock, opera and jazz including Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell, James Morrison, David Hobson, Lucy Durack, John Foreman and the Aussie Pops Orchestra, Tim Campbell and Bonnie Anderson, The Tap Pack, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Rock Collective. Continue reading NIGHT AT THE BARRACKS NORTH HEAD MANLY


The 2019 Aria awards saw the quartet ‘Human Nature’ being inducted into the Arias Hall Of Fame.

The Red Carpet that preceded the induction ceremony and the presentation of awards saw the majority of women opting for glamour and style whilst some of the men opted for the punk rocker style, often associated with contemporary popular music.

Jessica Mauboy stepped out onto the Carpet with her partner, the Veronicas-Lisa and Jessica Origliaso– made a welcome return to the Media Wall snd there was a surprise appearance by the television puppet Aggro carried by his producer Jamie Dunn whilst Matt Okine and Alex Dyson carried on their annual tradition of wearing silly costumes.

Guy Sebastian hosted the Arias and won two awards himself. Other winners included the Teskey Brothers, Morgan Evans, with a special award going to veteran music entrepreneur, Michael Chugg, who won the Aria Icon award, for his promotion of Australian music.

Paul Kelly added the ARIA for Best Adult Contemporary Album to his Fine Art ARIA for Best Classical Album which he shares with James Ledger.

Other Aria winners included Dean Lewis who won Aria’s Album Of The Year for his album ‘A Place We Knew’

The big winner, however, was ‘Tones and I ‘who won four Aria awards.

Toni Watson was busking in Byron bay a year ago when she decided to put a few of her tunes including ‘Dance Monkey’ on . the internet.

‘Dance Monkey’ went viral and hundreds of thousands downloads worldwide made her an instant star.

Special guests included Dua Lipa and Halsey.

Who knows who will be the big stars of next year and who will be inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame?!

Featured image: Human Nature. All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.














The 30th Anniversary of the Arias was held at the Star in Pyrmont on 23 November. A rainy and thundery afternoon could not dampen the glitz and sparkle of the red carpet and the joy and enthusiasm of emerging performers.

As was the case with last years Arias which was dominated by Tame Impala, this year 5 awards were taken out by Flume, a soundscape DJ who reminded me of David Guetta.

The Arias often have a major international pop star and this yeat it was Robbie Williams.

In addition Kylie Minogue made a surprise appearance with her fiance Joshua Sasse to advocate for marriage equality in Australia. Another welcome appearance from an ex patriate was Ben Lee who is now based with his family in Los Angeles.

Thirty years ago CROWDED HOUSE captured the inaugural award for Best Young Talent and this year, as if to fulfill that promise, they were inducted into the Aria Hall Of Fame.

All images by Ben Apfelbaum (c).