The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza’ lands at The Pearl Dec. 20‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:09 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Tickets On Sale – Friday, September 19 at noon

To purchase tickets, please visit the Pearl Box Office, call 702-944-3200, visit any Ticketmaster location, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit

TWEET: The Brian Setzer Orchestra brings annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza to #VEGAS @pearlatpalms Dec. 20. Tix on sale 9/19 #happyholidays

LAS VEGAS – September 8, 2014 – The Brian Setzer Orchestra brings the 11th annual Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza to The Pearl Concert Theater inside Palms Casino Resort on Dec. 20, 2014 at 8 p.m. The tour features music from the group’s three best-selling holiday albums, as well as original material from Brian Setzer, and has become one of the most exciting annual rockin’ Christmas events on the planet. Tickets start at $43, plus any additional service fees.

“The Christmas Tour has become an annual tradition for many people, says Setzer. “It’s so enjoyable for me because not only do I get to play my own versions of holiday music, but also songs I recorded with my orchestra and the Stray Cats. I love breaking down the set in the middle and just play rockabilly music with a three-piece, which is where I started. I get to change up the set every year and it’s also my favorite time of year.”

Three-time GRAMMY Award-winner Setzer is a “musician’s musician,” credited with consistently taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music – rockabilly in the ’80s and swing in the ’90s. Along the way he has scored chart-topping hits throughout his decorated career as founder and leader of the Stray Cats, his 18-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist.

If that wasn’t enough, Setzer found tremendous success in redefining Christmas music for a generation desperately desiring something new and exciting around the holidays: The result, three best-selling holiday albums Boogie Woogie Christmas, Dig That Crazy Christmas and Christmas Rocks!: The Best Of Collection.

Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m., show time is 8 p.m. The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. Follow The Pearl on Twitter at @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.

About Brian Setzer:

Revitalizing 1950’s Rockabilly in the 1980s with the Stray Cats, along with resurrecting swing and jump blues music with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Brian Setzer is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, a musician’s musician and has a best-selling extensive line of elite Gretsch signature model guitars bearing his name. Outside of the studio, Setzer made a cameo in the 1987 film, “La Bamba” (the biographical film written following the life and career of Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens), portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Setzer earned the distinct honor of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons,” an episode which also featured rock ‘n’ roll legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In the same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Pearl Concert Theater

The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the farthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, the Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to Studio at the Palms, the Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue set-up. For more information, please visit


September 12 – Pepe Aguilar; Tickets start at $63

September 19 – The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson; Tickets start at $50

September 26 – The Australian Pink Floyd Show; Tickets start at $40

September 27 – Crosby Stills & Nash; Tickets start at $60

October 10-11 – Bill Maher; Tickets start at $50

October 17 – John Fogerty; Tickets start at $63

October 19 – Laura Pausini; Tickets start at $43

October 31 – Erasure; Tickets start at $39

November 8 – Diana Krall; Tickets start at $60

November 14 – Judas Priest; Tickets start at $69

November 22 – Culture Club; Tickets start at $63

November 26 – Alice Cooper; Tickets start at $50

November 28 – Chrissie Hynde; Tickets start at $43

December 6 – John Prine; Tickets start at $39

December 20 – The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza; Tickets start at $43

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Music is Awesome!‏

September 9, 2014 on 3:06 pm | In Southwest, Webbandstand | Comments Off


NOVEMBER 25 at 3pm & 6pm

Tickets On Sale This Monday, September 8th at 10am at

· TV’s Hippest Kids’ Show Takes the Stage from Tuesday, October 14 to Sunday, December 7 with

DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, Toodee, Leslie Hall, Biz Markie and More

· Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Music Is Awesome! Marks the 5th Anniversary of the Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Tour

· $1 from Every Ticket Sold will Support Environmental Efforts and Education Towards a Sustainable Future through 501-3c Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE Music Is Awesome! Tour Partner REVERB

· Presale Tickets Available Exclusively Through Beginning Wednesday, September 3

· Public On-Sale is Monday, September 8

· Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Invites Personalities and Musical Artists in Each City to Perform LIVE with the Gabba Gang

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The Newport Beach Restaurant Association Dine Newport Beach

September 8, 2014 on 6:10 pm | In Beachbooker, California, Dine Drink, Festivals, Los Angeles, San Diego, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowIn an effort to enhance and better promote its extensive dining community, the Newport Beach Restaurant Association is launching its new Dine Newport Beach brand, a program to expand awareness and create a more consumer friendly way to search all restaurants in Newport Beach and discover the unique dining neighborhoods around town.

The first organization of its kind in Orange County, this new venture is designed to build a unified dining brand and execute strategic marketing programs to drive awareness of, and boost the economic vitality to the culinary community.

The Newport Beach culinary community can expect a thoughtful and holistic program through a variety of marketing channels year-round, as the Dine Newport Beach program will support all local foodservice establishments. Newport Beach & Company, the destination marketing organization of Newport Beach, has partnered with the Newport Beach Restaurant Association in the creation of Dine Newport Beach.

This strategic marketing initiative cooperatively created and managed by these two groups, will enhance the economic vitality of the community by showcasing and promoting Newport Beach, California as a dining destination offering innovative cuisine, fresh fare, diverse experiences and exceptional restaurants.

“The Newport Beach Restaurant Association is thrilled with this new partnership,” says NBRA President Jim Walker of The Bungalow Restaurant, “we are looking forward to a showcasing our strong and united culinary brand and will continue as a restaurant community leader in Orange County.”

Dine Newport Beach makes its debut with a new website at which not only showcases all Newport Beach restaurants, but also includes the latest food and restaurant news, culinary trends, dining hot spots, neighborhood gems and more. The source for the latest on a fresh mix of offerings and seasonal menus around town, and its Tasting Notes blog, provides insider tips and personal experiences curated for all food enthusiasts and feature a blog.

In addition to a variety of restaurant promotions, sweepstakes and special offers from Dine Newport Beach, diners can also look forward to new and renewed local culinary events, including a refreshed Dine Newport Beach Restaurant Week in 2015.

“This program is designed to elevate the restaurant marketing effort and create more desirability for our outstanding dining community,” said Gary Sherwin, president and chief executive officer of Newport Beach & Company.

Newport Beach & Company appointed seasoned marketing and communications professional Polly Peak, a Newport Beach resident, to head up Dine Newport Beach. Specializing in hospitality and restaurant industry marketing, Peak has over 30 years of expertise in strategic planning and innovative program development, and successfully spearheaded the dineLA program and Los Angeles Restaurant Week. In addition to heading up marketing and business development for the California Restaurant Association, Peak has also worked with several marquee hotel brands including Ritz-Carlton Hotels & Resorts and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Newport Beach offers a variety of unique dining experiences and cuisines ranging from American favorites to authentic ethnic fare and formal fine dining to hip and sandy-feet-casual. Best of all, breathtaking coastal views, mild breezes and al fresco dining options are just a few of the added benefits when enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails in Newport Beach. For more information on Dine Newport Beach, please visit

About Newport Beach & Company
Founded in January 2013, Newport Beach & Co. is a non-profit organization established to serve as the official marketing agency for the city of Newport Beach. The agency seeks to bring together all of the marketing entities connected to the Newport Beach brand, and is designed to oversee separate business units that include Visit Newport Beach, Dine Newport Beach, Celebrate Newport Beach, Enterprise Newport Beach and Newport Beach TV. Additionally, Newport Beach & Co. includes the Newport Beach Foundation focused on creative charitable endeavors that support the business community.

About The Newport Beach Restaurant Association
The Newport Beach Restaurant Association (NBRA) is a non-partisan, non-profit cooperative marketing association that brands Newport Beach dining and promotes the commercial welfare of restaurants and the food service industry in the City of Newport Beach, California. Comprised of over (400) restaurants and foodservice operators, NBRA was founded in 1996 and is an official Business Improvement District (BID) of the City of Newport Beach.

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Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV Opens Season with “My Children! My Africa!” Sept. 19

September 8, 2014 on 3:00 pm | In Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Conservatory Theatre at UNLV opens its season Sept. 19 with Athol Fugard’s “My Children! My Africa!” in the Black Box Theatre. Clarence Gilyard directs.

The great South African playwright confronts the tragedy of apartheid in his native land in this compelling tale about the efforts of a humble and humane black teacher in a segregated township to persuade just one young person that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa’s problems.

The cast includes Theresa Moriarty as Isabel; Maurice Palmer as Thami; and Stephon Pettway as Mr. M.

The production and design team includes scenic designer Roxy Mojica, lighting designer Elizabeth Kline, sound designer David Kolar, costume designer Cheyenne Hamburg, technical director Brian Smallwood, and production stage manager Adrienne Miranda.

Clarence Gilyard earned his BA in theater arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills and his MFA from Southern Methodist University. As an actor, director, and producer, Gilyard has worked in television and film for more than 25 years. After working 13 years straight as the costar of two successful television series, Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger, he took a professional sabbatical and earned his MFA in theater performance. He now teaches acting and works professionally in television, film, and theater.

Show times are at 8 p.m. on September 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 28. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $13.50 for those under 18. For tickets or additional information, visit or call 895-ARTS (2787).

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The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2016 Lineup for Two Caribbean Voyages‏

September 8, 2014 on 2:57 pm | In Cruise Boats, Festivals, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowJANUARY 10-17 AND FEBRUARY 21-28, 2016

Superstar Randy Crawford Aboard For the First Time,
Joining Joe Sample and The Crusaders, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn,

Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer and Many Others

Performing Exclusively For The Smooth Jazz Cruise Guests

Ft Lauderdale, FL (September 4, 2014) — The Smooth Jazz Cruise (, a global leader in jazz luxury cruise experiences, announces its lineup and dates for their 2016 Caribbean voyages. The first sailing will take place from January 10-17 and the second will run from February 21-28 on Holland America’s elegant m/s Eurodam, beginning in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and visiting ports of call including the private island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West. Randy Crawford will join the Smooth Jazz Cruise for the first time ever, leading an unparalleled lineup that features the greatest musicians in the genre including Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Jonathan Butler, Peabo Bryson, DW3 and more along with award-winning comedian Alonzo Bodden.

“We have wanted Randy Crawford to be a part of The Smooth Jazz Cruise family for years and are thrilled that she will be with us for both of the 2016 sailings,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. “She will deliver a new, exciting experience to our guests and the fact that she will be joined by Joe Sample and The Crusaders onstage is so much more than we could have ever imagined.”

The Smooth Jazz Cruise has been sailing for more than a decade, delivering a vacation experience that thousands of guests call The Greatest Party at Sea and boasting a higher rate of brand loyalty than any other full ship charter cruise. The 2015 sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’15.1 (January 11-18) sold out a year in advance and The Smooth Jazz Cruise ’15.2 (March 1-8) has already filled 90% of its cabins. For additional information on the cruises, the artists performing onboard and the special events planned throughout the journeys, visit  or call 888.852.9987.

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC:
ECP is the world’s leader in full ship charter music cruises. Beginning more than a decade ago, ECP, through its various cruise programs, has produced more than 30 full ship charters featuring music themes as diverse as Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis and Jazz. ECP’s formula for success remains constant among our various programs. ECP is dedicated to provide the finest music and entertainment cruise experience in the world.

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‘Concert King of the Philippines’ Martin Nievera Returns to the Suncoast Showroom October 18-19‏

September 8, 2014 on 2:52 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Las Vegas—Filipino singer, songwriter and actor Martin Nievera brings his 32 years of gold and platinum hits to the Suncoast Showroom on October 18 and 19.

Nievera has dazzled crowds in stadiums and casino showrooms around the world with his diverse repertoire. Nievera performs his own hits, including his signature song “On the Right Track,” movie and soap opera theme songs, and his own adaptations from Broadway to Bublé.

Nievera has released several albums, including “Martin…Take One,” “The Best Gift,” “Forever,” “Chasing Time,” “Unforgettable” and “Milestones.” Throughout his career, Nievera has produced top-selling albums, with 18 platinum, five double platinum, three triple platinum and one quadruple platinum.

Nievera was one of four celebrity judges during the first season of “The X Factor Philippines,” and is the host of “A.S.A.P,” a musical variety show in the Philippines. He has appeared in numerous films and television series and specials, including “Penthouse Live!,” “Martin and Pops Twogether” and “Martin After Dark.”

Between frequent Las Vegas appearances, Nievera tours the United States and Canada with his so-called archrival Gary Valenciano, known as “Mr. Pure Energy.” Despite the hype surrounding their rivalry, concerts featuring the two stars are focused on their extremely popular music and are typically sold-out performances.

Showtime each evening is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from $15.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.636.7075, or visiting

About Suncoast Hotel and Casino
Suncoast Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Located at the corner of Alta Drive and South Rampart Boulevard, Suncoast Hotel and Casino features eight restaurants, a 16-screen movie theater, a 600-seat bingo room, a 500-seat state-of-the-art showroom and a newly renovated 80,000-square foot casino. For further information, visit, on Facebook ( ), and Twitter (@suncoastcasino). Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 22 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

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Fantasy Fest’s Glamorous Headdress Ball Set for Oct. 21 in Key West‏

September 8, 2014 on 2:50 pm | In Beachbooker, Festivals, Florida, Miami, The Keys, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowKEY WEST, Florida Keys — Revelers hoping to make “headlines” at Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration can take center stage Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the 32nd annual Headdress Ball.

Billed as the premier gay and lesbian event of the Oct. 17-26 festival, the ball takes place under a gigantic tent at Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South St.

The glamorous gala is themed “Animelistic Head Trip,” complementing Fantasy Fest’s “Animeted Dreams & Adventures” theme. Both were inspired by traditional Japanese anime and other forms of creative animation, ranging from classic comic books to blockbuster animated films.

Entrants wearing elaborate masks, cowls, bonnets and other headgear — many decorated with feathers, sequins and unexpected or bizarre accessories — are to vie for cash prizes at the head-turning event. The first-place winner takes home $1,500.

Spectators at the “heady” competition can expect to see Keys celebrity judges, dazzling entertainment and a liberal dose of the outrageous. Between headdress presentations, organizers plan a talent revue featuring top local performers and female impersonators.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show, emceed by Key West’s “Queen Mother XXX” J.B. McLendon, begins at 8 p.m.

The Headdress Ball is presented by the Key West Business Guild and raises funds for the organization’s programs. To purchase tickets for general admission and reserved tables, visit

Headdress Ball information:,

Key West visitor information: or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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Los Cabos Goes Cinamatic with #Ticket2Cabo Instagram Video Contest‏

September 7, 2014 on 3:12 pm | In Beachbooker, Cabo, Festivals, Mexico, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Los Cabos partners with top-rated Apple App, Cinamatic, to promote Los Cabos International Film Festival November 12 – 16

Los Cabos, Mexico (September 5, 2014) – Today, the Los Cabos Tourism Board announced they have joined efforts with Cinamatic, the Apple iPhone application developed by leading technology innovator, Hipstamatic LLC, that enables users to create beautiful short films in seconds. The resulting campaign, #Ticket2Cabo, was created to launch Los Cabos International Film Festival, formerly known as the Baja International Film Festival, taking place in the destination November 12 – 16, 2014.

As part of the promotional campaign, the first for Cinamatic since the app’s debut in May 2014, consumers in the US & Canada will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Los Cabos during the upcoming film festival including VIP passes to Los Cabos International Film Festival, a 5-day / 4-night stay at Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort & Spa, and round-trip airfare. In order to enter, consumers should download the Cinamatic application to their iPhone, which can be found free of charge in the Apple App Store, and shoot a short (15 seconds or less) video relating to the theme “travel”. Once a filter is selected and the video is processed users can enter the contest via Instagram by clicking on the “contest trophy” on the sharing page and following the prompts. All entries must include the hashtag #Ticket2Cabo as well as both the @cinamaticapp and @LosCabosTourism handles on instagram. Participants are encouraged to spread the word and ask friends & followers to “LIKE” their submission, as the winner will be selected based on the most votes.

“We are thrilled to be Cinamatic’s first brand partner,” said Eduardo Segura, Los Cabos Tourism Board Managing Director, “Los Cabos International Film Festival is a very important event in the destination and we are thrilled to have a partner of this caliber on-board to support the event and help spread the work to consumers in the US & Canada.”

“Los Cabos International Film Festival manifests exactly what we appreciate about the moving image – beautifully crafted stories told by the creative class – The collaboration seemed fitting for our first partner and the prize couldn’t be better for our talented community,” said Lucas Buick Co-Founder & CEO of Hipstamatic.

Contest submissions are being accepted now through September 29. Following the submission period Instagram users will be able to continue voting until October 5th. The top 5 video with the most “likes” will be considered finalists and voted on by Tourism Board representative. The winner will be announced on October 6th via the Los Cabos Tourism Board Instagram page. For specific contest instructions and official terms and conditions please visit:

Fore more information on Los Cabos please visit

About Los Cabos:

Los Cabos, located at the tip of the 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, is one of the world’s most diverse tourism destinations. Boasting a dramatic desert backdrop nestled by coastlines of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments, and state of the art convention facilities add to the destination’s unmatched appeal. For more information, images and videos from Los Cabos, please visit , follow us on Twitter @LOSCABOSTOURISM and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.

About Cinamatic:

Cinamatic is a popular video application for the iPhone that creates beautiful short films and has been featured by Apple as the App of the Week. Characterized by its effortlessly, beautiful transitions, Cinamatic transforms short clips into amazing short motion pictures that share easily to Instagram, Vine and Facebook. For more information, please visit

About Los Cabos International Film Festival

Los Cabos International Film Festival, launched in 2011, is an event dedicated to the shared vision of the multicultural and vibrant region of Los Cabos that brings international audiences inspiring films every year. During the Festival, strategic partners from Mexico, USA, Canada and nations around the world join to build a platform of cultural and business exchange in the film industry.

For more information and to connect with Los Cabos International Film Festival visit their website at , like their Facebook and follow them on Twitter @CaboFilmFest.

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See Van Morrison In Ireland This October‏

September 7, 2014 on 2:47 pm | In Ireland, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Special Package Pricing of $2,199 Includes Airfare, 6 Nights Hotel, Rail Pass, Concert Tickets, Champagne Reception, Four-Course Dinner, and Much More!

Van Morrison is at it again — appearing this time in Belfast — and GreatValueVacations has the package for fans to see Ireland’s native son performing there live this October.

Van Morrison fans will enjoy this unique opportunity to see one of Northern Ireland’s most prolific musical talents perform “up close and personal” in his hometown! The concert setting of the Europa Hotel is very intimate and has an ambiance of the jazz clubs of yesteryear.

The Van Morrison: Live in Belfast! package includes a champagne reception and sumptuous four-course dinner the night of the concert at the Europa Hotel — where participants will also be staying. In addition to the concert — which is reason enough to travel to Ireland — vacationers will also have time to explore Ireland’s vibrant northern and southern capitals, Belfast and Dublin, with Hop on/Hop off passes as well as Irish Rail transportation between the cities.

The 6-night Van Morrison: Live in Belfast! vacation includes:

Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
Round-trip rail tickets from Dublin to Belfast (standard class)
3 nights in Belfast at the Europa Hotel, in an Executive room
Ticket to see Van Morrison perform at the Europa Hotel on October 26th
Pre-concert Champagne reception and four-course dinner at the Europa Hotel
Belfast City Sightseeing 48-hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour
3 nights in Dublin at the Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane or North Star Hotel
Dublin City Sightseeing 48-hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour
Full Irish breakfast daily

This package is priced from $2,199 from New York, $2,249 from Boston, $2,299 from Chicago, $2,499 from Los Angeles, and $2,299 from Orlando, based on travel on a select date in October, 2014. Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on 7-day advance purchase.

Note: In order to secure the above pricing, consumers must first purchase the deal through LivingSocial and then make a booking with GreatValueVacations. By simply clicking on the link below, consumers will arrive at the GreatValueVacations’ page featuring the deal and will then be directed via live link to purchase the deal from LivingSocial and then book.

Rates include round-trip economy class airfare including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees including the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees.

Click the link for additional information on GreatValueVacations’ Van Morrison: Live in Belfast! vacation package or call 800-896-4600.

About GreatValueVacations
GreatValueVacations is changing the way consumers travel by creating expertly designed, high-quality, air-inclusive vacations to compelling destinations at affordable prices. With so many online resources to find air, hotels, transportation, and more, consumers can spend many hours doing research trying to put it all together. GreatValueVacations takes the guesswork out of planning the perfect vacation by doing all of the legwork and packaging upscale travel products that have been vetted by destination experts. GreatValueVacations also offers advice and recommendations on what to see and do in each locale, and provides customer support every step of the way. Additionally, GreatValueVacations’ state-of-the-art technology offers the ability to book complicated vacations in just a few clicks.

For additional information, visit  or call 800-896-4600.

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City Meets Country As The Best In Australian Music Heads Inland‏

September 7, 2014 on 2:41 pm | In Australia, Festivals, New South Wales, Sydney, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Taking over the Forbes Showgrounds for the first time this December, VANFEST is set to deliver the biggest party ever seen in Central West NSW, with the first artists – including Sydney’s dance icons Bag Raiders and Van She – announced today, to coincide with the Festival’s first release of tickets.

VANFEST has been made possible thanks to a father and his son: Grant Clifton, a Forbes local who owns and runs The Vandenberg Hotel and Matt Clifton, a city dweller who owns and runs Donny’s Bar in Manly.

The first VANFEST was held in May earlier this year, taking over Grant’s hotel on a spectacular evening, bringing live music and DJs to the region for the first time. It was such a huge success that what started as a one night only event has paved the way for a massive outdoor festival set to be held on Saturday, December 6th.

Matt Clifton says, “There’s never been anything like this in Forbes. Dad and I would never have been able to do what we’re doing if we hadn’t have partnered up with our networks from the city and the country. This is a party for the country; something that we hope will benefit everyone in the region.”

“We’ll be delivering an all Australian, extremely diverse line-up, featuring some heavy hitting acts never before seen in regional New South Wales and local talent as well. There should be a little something for everyone, and hopefully room to discover something new along the way.” says Clifton.

The first bands announced keep Matt true to his word. VANFEST will bring to the Central West a phenomenal lineup ranging through from indie folk to rock and pop, with a splash of house classics thrown in for good measure.

First up are Sydney party starters Bag Raiders, a house duo well known for their incredible live performances and unmissable remixes. Forged in the fires of the Sydney house scene, signed to Modular (Cut Copy, The Presets) and attributing Bill Murray as one of their biggest influences, the Bag Raiders have an emphasis on fun that will be sure to thrill audiences this December.

Next up is another iconic Sydney outfit off the Modular label, with an emphasis on music that will keep you dancing. Trio Van She will ensure everyone who comes to the festival parties well into the night off the back of their hit singles “Sex City”, “Strangers”, “Kelly”, “Idea of Happiness” and “Jamaica” – not to mention their killer remixes.

With dozens more acts to be announced, including some big ticket items, the announcements for VANFEST are just getting ramped up. Whether you’re a local, a cityslicker looking for a weekend away, or a fellow Central West dweller looking for a way to catch the best from the city, without having to travel the distance, VANFEST is sure to have something for you.

The all-day event – running from 2.30pm until 11.30pm – will feature all the trimmings you would expect to see on the big city stages.

With VIP tents, wet bars, meet and greets, preferred parking and more, VANFEST will support the local community and bring everyone along to raise their hands for a hell of a party.

First release tickets are on sale now for just $80 and can be purchased from

For accommodation options please contact:

Forbes Visitor Information Centre

P: 02 6852 4155 W:

Parkes Shire Council Visitor Information Centre


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