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OMFG! Has to be the defining statement of the Sydney stadium show on the Reputation Tour from Taylor Swift.

Held at the still VERY functional ANZ Stadium (why are they want'ing to rebuild it???) We rocked up early to the event to take in the full FESTIVAL style environment that was around the venue... hundreds of food vendors, drinks stands, massive merchandise stores and tens of thousands of fans dressed up in their Friday best, donning costumes blazoned with song lyrics and motivational quotes from the singer.

The fans were the highlight of this pre-show must do. Especially seeing everyone SLAY the outfit departments and giving props to others how took up the challenge.

There were lots of signs from troupes of fans who have flown from all over the world to see Taylor in Sydney - we clocked fans from Ireland, France, America, and South Africa.

We didn't really know if we were sitting in the nosebleed section or in the carpark - but we didn't care - this pre-show visual fan fest was well worth the trip out to Homebush on its own.

After grabbing our bags of merchandise - we decided to head back and pop it in the car so we didn't have to carry it around the massive stadium the whole night - and thank f**k we did! (more on that later!)

Getting back to the stadium, we entered to find that our amazing friends at Live Nation and #TaylorNation had given us kick ass seats... gobsmacking in fact. Front n' center! I was Instagramming from the moment we got inside (see @poprepublic on insta!)

As older pop fans it was great to have seating near a mosh pit - but those seats weren't required for most of the night cos we were up dancing - taking in the incredible views and having one of the best concert experiences ever! (and that's saying something - after all, we have been around for 20 years doing this stuff!)

Opening act - The Broods - were such a surprise - not cos we thought they were bad - but because they were KICK ASS!

Where have they been???

This New Zealand band is a fresh take on what I could say is a mash-up between Australia's FRENTE (remember them?) and Transvision Vamp! Is NZ worried we are going to claim them for our own again??? nah - we LOVE all things NZ at the mo - you guys are doing so much better than we are politically! 

We won't Russell Crowe you! hehehe :) but love the sounds... well done!

The lead singer had an instant presence and the whole band was flawless. The songs were hot and we wanted to get the album right away - only to be told by lead singer Georgia Nott that it will be released in 2019... but we have to give a shout out to Caleb Nott who brought the muso sexy to the stage. #hubbahubba

The kiwi duo and band mates delivered a kick-ass set that made us want to stay in our seats and not go and get a hotdog or chips... that's a real task at a stadium... so #welldone!

Can't wait for the new album!

Second up was the funky and mammoth stage presence that is CHARLIE XCX... the first thing we have to say is that Charlie is a bitch to find on social media (!) when you are standing in the stadium trying to tag her in posts and saying how AMAZING she is!!! This gal is the consummate performer... she is like the A-list graduate from Young Talent Time (aussies will get that reference) and she NAILED every performance.

There were songs in her set that she delivered that we didn't event know were her's... (insert Gwen Stefani reference here) - she was a powerhouse.. a kick ass lady who loves her BOYS BOYS BOYS - as we all do!

It was a pre storm revelation... even knowing that this night was like a sleep over and girls night out rolled into one... thank god we were the gay friends invited cos we had fierce pajamas. ($5  pop - thanks ANZ Stadium!)

You could have cut the air with a knife when the voice over came on to announce there would be a delay on the show due to the storm coming overhead... and don't worry - it was a 38-degree day!

So hot

Lots of people staying undercover under the fierce Aussie sun until show time - but to no avail. Sunburn or getting drenched - those were our two options - we took both! lol

We went to line up in the merchandise line - the ONLY place to get ponchos (at $5 a pop!!!) but we made out own fun with a funny Irish lad and a couple of girls who all wanted ponchos... whilst the 14 uncles with their nieces and nephews tried on every size and variant of t-shirt in the stand - whilst 30-40 years olds behind them wanted to kill them... but we made it fun... so much fun, in fact, it was a great part of the evening - it made the crappy chips from the concessions stand (at $6.50 a punch, not to mention the 600ml coke at 6.50 ) a distant memory -- come on ANZ Stadium... faster lines and cheaper food!

We missed the opening thanks to the voiceover and standing in line for $5 ponchos. Running back to our seats was well worth it...

We got the full pop-tactic Taylor in Stadium view... this girl knows how to deliver a slick product... she has come through the Sydney "gods" baptism of Rain - ala Madonna "Girlie Show" and has claimed her righteous place on the stage of ICONS.

This show was not only a killer set of Tay-tay classics and an introduction to the fandom that she deserves... she really looks after her fans - from the wristbands and lights that light up the stadium... she made it personal and ticked all the boxes.

She has earned the status of global icon.

She is now in the arena of must-see acts!!!!! You have to sell everything to get a good seat to see Tay offer up a show like this! But it is well worth it.

There was a moment we thought the crew would bail - but they didn't - they lived out their fantasies in a huge 70,000 PACKED arena (don't believe what the gutter trash media says - Daily Terror!!!) It was PACKED... we only found TWO other media folks in our massive area on the list - so it was a packed house!!!

They shortened the heels, jumped in puddles from the rain and gave up to the storm and brought out bigger snakes, activated all the flying moments and B & C stage pop-ups that were just fantastic... It was a massive show - and 90% of it was under a massive lightning storm.

Even under wet foot - the crowd which was at capacity and the crew pulled off one of the most produced and well thought out shows of the last decade... she has truly cemented herself amongst the icons of pop like Janet and Madonna. Taylor totally delivered. the screens were incredible and totally blew my mind.

Taylor and her crew - from the ground staff to that awesome on stage cast were just phenomenal... let's just hope next time she starts her world tour in Australia (In Sydney to be precise) and we can then shout it to the world!!!

#REPUTATIONWOLDTOUR #TAYLORSWIFT @CHARLIEXCX @THEBROODS

10/5

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Carrie Underwood to headline Deni Ute Muster

Organisers have confirmed thatCarrie Underwood’sonly full concert appearance in Australiathis year will be at theDeni Ute MusteronSaturday 29 Septemberto close the Muster’s 20th birthday celebrations.

Tickets to the 20th birthday celebration have been selling like proverbial hotcakes with our Muster Adorer ticket allocation selling out within 2 hours of going on sale. Early Bird ticket allocations have also sold out and General Admission tickets are on sale now.

Reserved camping in theEdward River Flat, Wheat Fields, Rice Paddy and Peppin Paddock, Redgum, Stockyards, Oat CentralandSheep Runcampsites have all sold out and only general camping is available.

TheDeni Ute Musteris one of the top ‘bucket list’ events in Australia and annually attracts close to 20,000 people of all ages to celebrate all things laconically Australian and, of course, the iconic ‘ute’. 

Playing times for the 2018Deni Ute Musterare available now fromhere. This year’s spectacular line-up includes International Superstar,Carrie Underwoodas well as homegrown favesKasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley, Thirsty Merc, Gord Bamford, Travis Collins, Fanny Lumsden, The Pigs, Amber Lawrence, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, Kirsty Lee Akers and many more.

TheDeni Ute Musteris excited to haveIron JackambassadorNick ‘Honey Badger’ Cumminsattending the event and giving patrons the opportunity to spend an afternoon having a beer and a yarn in theIron Jack Bar.

Between the music and theAFL Grand Finalon the big screen, there is wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, theWorld Record Blue Singlet Count, Ute Count, Show N Shine, theBull Ride Spectacular, Brophy Bros Circus, Bob the Butcher, Peter Hodge Camel Ridesand the Circlework, Barrel Race and Go to Wo competitions.

World Champion Sand Sculptor,Dennis Massoud, theAustralian Ride on Lawn Mower Racing Association’s Lawn Mower Races, theShimano Fishing Tank Showand, for the first time,Laser Tagwill also keep our Musterers busy over the weekend.

And the fun and games don’t stop there. TheDecentralised Demountables Family Centrewill be open from 9am each day with free children’s activities including face painting, bubble blowing, stilt walking, hookey and much more. 

In its first year (1999), theDeni Ute Musterhad approximately 5,000 patrons and set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of legally paraded utes at 2,839 – a record which still stands today. Since 1999 theDeni Ute Musterhas become the region’s biggest tourist drawcard and a celebration of all things Australian.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said theDeni Ute Musteris proudly supported by theNSW Government, via its tourism and major events agency,Destination NSW
 
“As one of the country’s premier regional events, the Deni Ute Muster encapsulates the uniqueness and vibrancy of Australia’s rural culture and to have international superstar Carrie Underwood perform exclusively in regional NSW, is a major coup,”Mr Marshall said. 

“With a sensational program scheduled across two days, I encourage visitors to start planning their trip to Deniliquin for the chance to experience this standout regional event.”

TheDeni Ute Musterhas amazing community support with more than 1,000 volunteers mobilising each year to help put on the event which donates close to $100,000 back to community groups.

Deni Ute MusterGeneral Manager, Vicky Lowry, said today, “We are on the countdown as the excitement is starting to build and the Deni Ute Muster Site is busy in preparation for all our patrons to come and help celebrate our 20th year and enjoy Carrie Underwood’s only Australian Show”.

 
All Early Bird and Muster Adorer tickets are SOLD OUT. General Admission tickets are available atwww.deniutemuster.com.au.
 
TheDeni Ute Musteris supported by theNSW Governmentvia its tourism and major events agency,Destination NSW

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Rebel Wilson heads to High Court over defamation case

Rebel Wilson will continue her legal battle with Bauer Media, taking the long-running case to the High Court of Appeal.

News Corp is reporting that Rebel has applied for special leave to fight the Victorian Court of Appeal's recent decision, which ordered the actress to pay back $4.1 million of the $4.5 million damages awarded to her in September 2017.

The High Court is the last legal option for Wilson and leaves Bauer with three weeks to provide evidence as to why the Court shouldn't consider her appeal.

If the Court refuses to hear the case, she will be required to pay back the full amount and will be unable to pursue Bauer any further.

Wilson’s landmark defamation payout was slashed to $600,000 as a result of the most recent ruling, but Bauer had already paid out the larger sum.

The actress was originally awarded the full amount – the largest defamation payment ever awarded by an Australian court – for a run of stories across Bauer titles Woman's Day, NW and Australian Women's Weekly in 2015.

Wilson – who had previously not disputed returning the money, which she said was earmarked for charity – has argued about the timing and calculation of the interest payments.

The interest – totalling $60,316 – was charged at 2% from 3 October 2017 until 27 June 2018.

Speaking on behalf of Bauer Media, general counsel, Adrian Goss said:

“We are considering the issues raised by Ms Wilson and our position in relation to them.”

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Kylie craziness takes over Sydney

Fans have been entering in droves to win tickets to Kylie's upcoming gig for Sydney radio station NOVA 96.9 Red Room.

From online via facebook to calling in to the station, no other fan has gone to the lengths that NYC native, Geordan has gone too.

Here he is pictured in the reception at the radio station where he got the following poster presented to the crew at the station.

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Do you know any other fans who have gone to great lengths to meet their idols? Let us know!

Kylie will appear at the Beresford Hotel on March 29 for the NOVA Red Room.

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Celebrities shine at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Some of the worlds biggest pop culture icons joined the tens of thousands of marchers, floats and party goers at the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The parade had a stellar line up of celebs in, on and around the floats as they celebrated Marriage equality up Oxford Street -  the traditional home of the Mardi Gras Parade.

Spotted by the POPrepublic.tv crews were:

1. Maxi Shield (Drag Superstar)

Maxi was leading the BERESFORD / ABSOLUTE float - surrounded by amazing marchers and a very sexy side kick.

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Maxi was also spotted with SBS TV Parade host, Ursula Carlson! 

 

2. Dannii Minogue

Dannii held court atop the NETFLIX float - along side stars from Orange Is The New Black, looking stunning in a glittery silver outfit...  she was so amazing, interacting with parade goers in the marshaling area and hanging with as many people as possible! Pictured below with the gorgeous and very sweet Heath Keating (SYTYCDA)! (What a gal!)

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3. Casey Donovan

Casey was a part of the mental health organisation, R U OK float. Along side RUOK ambassador, Craig Mack and a bevvie of body positive, diverse boys and girls - all glittering in yellow black and gold.

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4. Ian Roberts

The spunky footballer and marriage equality and LGBTQI rights advocate was part of the NRL float - along with other supporters from the Rugby League.

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5. Kyle and Jackie O

Spotted, of course, on the KIIS FM float - the radio duo interviewed Cher and spread some kisses up and down the parade route along side DIVA co-chair TINA TURNON.

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6. CHER

Headliner of the party, the one and only CHER was spotted here with Drag icons Minnie Cooper and Charisma Belle.

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THE PARTY

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43 Drag Icons from Sydney's history and Bob Downe Perform in the midnight community show.

 

CHER! yes - CHER! comes in and does the 2am show... if you couldn't get into the hall, there were screens all over to see the show - or you can watch it here.

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Britney Spears to receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award

The global pop icon has influenced millions of people in the LGBTQ community, and she'll personally attend GLAAD's event on April 12 to receive an accolade recognizing so.

Previous GLAAD Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.

"She has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying," it reads. "In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers."

"In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on GLAAD's song “Hands,” released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop, benefited Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD."

"In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating ‘We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram."

britney glaadGLAAD also mentions her letter to a young gay man who considered suicide, and credited not going through with it to her music and lyrics – it gave him the courage to continue fighting. She wrote to him: “I was very happy to hear how courageous you’ve been about being openly gay. I’ve always been told as long as you know in your heart that’s what matters most.”

Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, Queen B penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community published in Billboard Pride, telling the community that their unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

And here's something you may not know. After a gay couple who met at the opening of Piece of Me married, Brit surprised them with a touching video to send congratulations and show her support for marriage equality.

"Honored to be receiving the Vanguard Award at the @GLAAD Media Awards this year!," Britney wrote on Instagram. "The LGBTQ community means the absolute world to me and inspires me every day. I am proud to be an ally and I will continue to support equality and acceptance for all!!"

Britney will receive her honor at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12.

Britney is also booked to appear in the UK at Brighton Pride as the headliner this year, with the event selling out in seconds.

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Spice Girls: "The time feels right for a reunion"

The Spice Girls have confirmed the group's get together on Friday (02Feb18) was all business, insisting the "time now feels right" for a reunion.

The Wannabe hitmakers stunned fans by posting a group photo of them all back together, almost six years after their final show at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics in 2012.

The shot came hours after press reports suggested the group's manager Simon Fuller had organised a summit for the bandmates, so they could discuss opportunities.

And now publicist Jo Milloy has shed a little more light on the top secret meeting in a statement from the girls that reads: "We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we have spent together. We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.

"We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations."

Sources tell The Sun newspaper there are plans for appearances and performances on television projects in China, a TV talent show, and a compilation album of their greatest hits.

"This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again," an insider told the newspaper.

The Spice Girls first found fame when they released their debut single Wannabe in 1996. They split in 2000 but reunited for a tour in 2007/2008, which was cut short because of personal commitments.

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Courtney Act wins Celebrity Big Brother UK

Tears were not in short supply earlier today as our mate Courtney Act / Shane Janek took out the crown as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother UK!

After a rigourous month of antics, trials and heart warming chats (plus her bromance with another housemate) - Court's took the win over conservative politician Anne Widdecome.

And it was clear from the start of the finale that Courtney had it in the bag - the audience went wild for her every time her name was read out.

Looking stunning in one of her "Wigs By Vanity" wigs and unicorn-esque outfits, she rocked the stage, without a costume malfunction this time :)

Boyzone star Shane Lynch finished in third, reality TV personality Jess Impiazzi came in fourth and choreographer Wayne Sleep came in fifth.

Celebrity Big Brother is a whopping 21 seasons into its run - so finding strong characters to show on air has sometimes been hit and miss - but this year was a great line up of folks who really made the show a joy to watch.

Condragulations Courtney! We are soooo proud of you! May this opportunity bring your music and shows to the UK audience in a way never been seen before! You rock.

 

via our sister site www.guidetogay.com

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You can now get Harry Potter style beverages at Starbucks!

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.

Fans of “Harry Potter” will be thrilled to know that Starbucks offers a “secret menu” with drinks inspired by the films and books.

Those drinks, the Butterbeer Latte and the Butterbeer Frappuccino, are available at your local coffee shop, and the company itself has provided instructions on how to order the delicious concoctions.

“If a customer would like to order a beverage that is not on our menu, we recommend they know the recipe,” the retailer suggests.

For a Butterbeer Latte, the company instructs customers to ask for a Latte with whole milk, caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. To top the drink off, you can add whipped cream and salted caramel bits.

For the Butterbeer Frappuccino, customers can ask for a Crème Frappuccino with caramel and toffee nut syrups, with caramel drizzle over the top.

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Review: Tina Arena Tivoli September 6 2017.

To celebrate the release of her new Greatest Hits and Interpretations album whichmarks her storied 40-year career, The Innocence to Understanding Tour kicked off in Brisbane on Wednesday, 6 September at The Tivoli.

With the first show of the tour already being a sell out, there was a special feeling this was going to be a great night.

With the opening song showing visions of Tina as a young girl the crowd were in for a treat.

Tina looked as stunning as ever as she appeared in a beautiful white suit to open the show, with many outfit changes during.

Performing all the hits, including Burn, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, I Need Your Body, The Machine’s Breaking Down, I Want To Know What Love Is, Wasn’t It Good, Chains, Only Lonely.

In between songs Tina shared a few jokes and talked about being happy where she is in life.

After a short break the band and Tina came back on stage to perform a few more Hits including: “If I Didn’t Love You” which is performed by a young up and coming country singer called Morgan Evans on the album.

Tina then continued to say how much fun she was having and to enjoy life.

The band played while Tina had a change of outfits, then looking as stunning as ever performed “Now I Can Dance”

Tina thanked her band and got the crowd on their feet for one last song.

It was an amazing night and an amazing show for an artist who has been doing this for the last 40 years...

For those who have tickets for all the up and coming shows, you are in for a great night of music and laughs.

Tina you are amazing.

 

For pictures from this show  - visit the gallery.

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