New this week: SummerSalt, Tri Nations Tournament, Magic Mike, and more

Our weekly round up of this week's biggest news in music, sport, theatre, and comedy from around the globe.

News this week; SummerSalt add two new dates to their national run of gigs, Hot Dub Time Machine joins NSW’s 1000-strong COVID-Safe gig calendar, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand will face-off in the 2020 Tri Nations Tournament, Magic Mike Live is on its way – and that’s only scratching the surface.

Here’s the latest, biggest news in live entertainment.

Music News this week

SummerSalt is the gift that just keeps on giving, adding dates in Canberra, and Northern Territory to the shows already announced in Hobart and Adelaide. Taking over Canberra’s Stage 88 on Saturday 27 February and George Brown Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre, NT on Friday 2 April is The Teskey Brothers, The Cat Empire, Boy & Bear, John Butler, and Emily Wurramara. As an extra bonus, Canberra fans also get to see Montaigne live. [Find tickets here].

Due to popular demand rockers Birds of Tokyo have added a second show at Fremantle Prison this January. Tickets for their show on Friday 8 January 2021 are on sale now [Find tickets here].

Birds of Tokyo – Lanterns (Official Video)

Live music is making a strong return around the country, and NSW’s treasure trove of gigs wrapped up in a bundle called ‘Great Southern Nights’ is exactly the news we need right now. 1000 gigs will take place across the state, featuring some of your favourite acts at some of your favourite venues. Time-travelling, party-starter Hot Dub Time Machine will host a special Black Tie event at Sydney’s State Theatre on Saturday 21 November [Find tickets here].

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards wrapped up for another year, with Post Malone walking away as the night’s biggest winner. He walked away with nine awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist. Other winners included Billie Eilish (Top New Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album), Harry Styles (Billboard Chart Achievement Award), BTS (Top Social Artist), and Jonas Brothers (Top Duo/Group, Top Radio Song).

Closer to home, this year’s National Live Music Awards also crowned their winners. The theme of this year’s NLMAs was “Saying Thanks”, with five special achievement awards in recognition of organisations and individuals who made a difference during the pandemic. Isol-AidSupport Act, Stephen Wade, Listen Up Music and Melbourne Digital Concert Hall were all recognised. Sampa The Great took home Best Live Act – becoming the first solo artist and female musician in the event’s history. The inaugural Musicians Making a Difference Live Award went to Guy Sebastian, while Best Live Act awards went to Ceres (VIC), My Chérie (SA), Jaguar Jonze (QLD), Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys (NSW), Witchskull (ACT), Slag Queens (TAS), Sly Withers (WA), and Mambali (NT).

Sport News this week

The countdown to the 2020 Tri Nations tournament is on. Argentina’s Los Pumas and the world-famous All Blacks will take on the Qantas Wallabies for the Tri Nations crown for the first time since 2011, when Australia took home the trophy. Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium will host two of the big clashes when Argentina take on Australia on Saturday 21 November before Argentina and New Zealand face-off on Saturday 28 November [Find tickets].

We have made it – the 2020 AFL Grand Final is here. This Saturday 24 October, two Victorian teams will meet for the first time since 2011, when Geelong and Richmond face off in what is set to be a history-making clash at The Gabba. It all comes down to this, but who will prevail? We can’t split the Victorian giants – Dustin Martin (Richmond) and Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) will go head-to-head, while rival spearheads Tom Lynch and Tom Hawkins will lead their team’s attacks. The Tigers are chasing a whopping third premiership in just four years, while at the Cats, champion Gary Ablett is looking to finish his career with a third flag of his own [Check out the All-Australian live music lineup].  

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Speaking of Grand Finals, Melbourne Vixens have taken out their first-ever Super Netball Championship and their first premiership since 2014, defeating the West Coast Fever 66-64 in what has been described as “the tightest grand final of the new domestic league“. It proved to be the perfect send-off for Caitlyn Thwaites and Tegan Philip, survived a thrilling finish to clinch their crown at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena.

AFL‘s night of nights looked a little different this year. Capping off an outstanding individual season, Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale took home his first-ever Brownlow Medal. He blitzed the field in a record-breaking count, Neale polled 31 votes from 17 games to finish comfortably clear of Port Adelaide‘s Travis Boak (21 votes) in second and Melbourne‘s Christian Petracca and St Kilda‘s Jack Steele (20 votes each) in joint-third.

Canberra Raiders five-eighth Jack Wighton has won the NRL‘s prestigious Dally M Medal. Wighton became just the third Raider to win the award, and the first since Laurie Daley in 1995. In a remarkable finish going down to the final round, Wighton (26 votes) topped polling over Parramatta Eels fullback Clint Gutherson (25 votes) and Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary (24 votes).

Theatre News this week

In theatre news this week, we’ve been counting down the days since we first hung out with Channing Tatum (yep, that’s a not-so-humble brag) and now we are just eight weeks away from Magic Mike Live‘s opening at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. The season kicks off Thursday 17 December 2020, with Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr ready to go from Tuesday 8 June 2021. Check out a preview of what you can expect below – we promise you’re in for a good night [Find tickets].


Pippin has just announced their incredible, star-studded cast that will bring their Australian season to life including Ainsley Melham as Pippin, Gabrielle McClinton as Leading Player, Kerri-Anne Kennerley as Berthe, Simon Burke as Charles, and a stack more. New seats are now on sale for performances at Sydney Lyric Theatre from Thursday 17 December – Sunday 3 January [Find Tickets].

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Jagged Little Pill, Slave Play and Moulin Rouge! The Musical lead the nominations for the 74th annual Tony Awards, celebrating the best in Broadway in an unusual year for theatre. Moulin Rouge! picked up an astounding 14 nominations overall – including Best Musical and Best Lead Actor and Actress in a Musical. The show – based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film and produced by Global Creatures – is the first Australian-produced musical to originate on Broadway. The best news is, Moulin Rouge! The Musical has announces it is heading to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in 2021 [Join the Waitlist].

Aaron Tveit, center right, and Karen Olivo, center left, during a performance of Moulin Rouge! The Musical Photograph: Matthew Murphy/AP

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