Having been to many a festival in the past, but never a Homebake, I was excited about my first time experience, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. What a fabulously different festival experience!
The fabulously stylish Cullen is one of three boutique hotels in the Art Series Group, which dedicates hotels to individual artists. Australian greats Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman are the first three to be honoured in this way.
There is no subtle way of saying this: I have never been to Homebake. Ever. It has never really appealed to me. Yes, I love Triple J. Ye,s I love local music. But Homebake was always just a little too grungy. Then I saw this year’s line up. Yes, after cancelling in 2010, Australian music festival Homebake is back in full force for 2011.
As our taxi made its way up Claudio Coello in Salamanca, an upmarket district in the heart of Madrid, I turned to my travel companion and smiled. If the quiet elegance of the tree lined street, home to boutique shopping and trendy cafes, was anything to go by we knew we were going to be in for a treat with Hotel Unico.
Ibiza has long been known as being the island that never sleeps and this years biggest hotel launch, Playa d’en Bossa’s five-star Ushuaia Hotel defines this to a tee, offering the ultimate playground for grown-up party people.
We all love a new pair of kicks but when they’re ethically produced and the proceeds go to a well deserving charity, not only do your feet get a present but your conscience does as well. Brothers Matt and Rupert Noffs are the grandchildren of the much loved and respected Rev Ted Noffs, who started the Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross in 1964: an open door drop in centre for down and outs who needed a friendly shoulder to lean on.