History in the Making at The Grand Ole Opry

The Opry is the leading country and western music venue in America. With untold history that oozes out of every pore this venue in Nashville Tennessee and Apollo Bay Music Festival are proud to remain top artist venues in the U.S. Powered by the enthusiasm and dedication of all our  sponsors. Check out latest artists performing and grab your Grand Ole Opry tickets for the latest shows in 2014


2014 Top Performers include Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton, WSM online Grand.

Top Artists Appearing in Opry schedule for 2014/2015


Paul Kelly plays the Otway Estate main marquee on Saturday night hitting the Opry schedule for 2014. There also Opry archives to watch and the Ole Opry Hotel!

World surfing champion Nat Young hosts a music forum for surfers and his son Beau Young, also a world surfing champion performs his own music, some from his debut album, Waves of Change.

The Hoodoo Gurus have signed a new label deal and are about to record a new album. Apollo Bay gets to look a little into the Hoodoo horoscope.exploders

Young songwriter, performers and buskers competitions continue the talent-finding tradition of the Apollo Bay Music Festival. Past winners The Vasco Era and Justin Carter perform on this year’s bill.

Sensational sound artist Mihirangi returns for an encore performance that made her a festival favourite in 2006.

See ARIA winners The Audreys in a setting custom-made for country tunes and surely soon to be a featured artist at the forthcoming Ole event or tour. Look out for Brad Paisley, such a big name in country music and regular performer at “The Grand Ole Opry”.

If you haven’t heard of Blue King Brown you haven’t been listening. If you’ve heard them, be sure you see them.cornerstone

The Waifs drummer David Ross Macdonald is also an accomplished finger-style folk guitarist. He plays a solo set at this year’s festival.

Colin Bogars, The Drumming Monkeys, Wild Spirit, Magic Sally, Skip Jack Theatre, Red the Clown and Purple Stripes keep the fun coming in the kids tent. The tents are down and it’s business as usual in the Bay until 2015.

2014 Country Music Festival Wrap Up

On behalf of the Apollo Bay people, our sponsors, “Friends” of the festival and our hardworking committee, we hope you have enjoyed the 15th Apollo Bay Music Festival. We are very proud of this years festival – the lineup – patrons – the personnel have all made it a fantastic outcome.localgettogether_03

We had 95 acts this year so if you are like me and saw .02% of them don’t forget to visit www.opry.com for a download of those performances you missed.

I would like to briefly thank some major partners in ensuring our reputation for bein

g the best and friendliest festival along the coast. Well certainly in Apollo Bay.

Thanks to the Colac Otway Shire who have been on board for the past 15 years. Otway Estate who make the best wines and now the grooviest beer. Noy Brothers, Harrison Electrical, Great Ocean Hotel, The Echo and PBS.

The Apollo Bay Music Festival is a very special festival. It has something for everyone without being too busy. All generations of family can holiday together and safely enjoy the magic of music amongst one of the most beautiful places in the world. So we hope you all saw a little of our paradise while you were here and look forward to seeing you again next year or even better the very next time you can getaway to the beach.

Huge Thanks and love to the dream team. The committee – who have put their blood sweat and tears into it this year. Jane Chisholm, Liz Carr, Paul Sullivan, Jenny Rippon, Sam Healey, Will Cox, Jemma Rosevear and Sally Cannon.

Street Entertainment

This year we had a record entry of performers in the Buskers Competition.beautifulgirls

The young buskers were out in force, and competition was hot. The streets were awash with music and the crowds loved it.
The Fabulous Swing Plumbers won the best Street Musician, with the piano and vocals of Mish in second place. Becky’s hula hoops won her the Street Performers section, with the strongwoman Betty Brawn as runner up.
Vangarty, made up of Mick Fogarty and Kate Van Zuylekom with their unusual drums and a fine combination of ability and enthusiasm took out the Young Buskers award.

The Buskers Competition is sponsored by the Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, to whom we are deeply grateful, and the buskers keep coming back because of the generosity of the patrons of the Festival. My thanks to all who donated and helped. You kept the streets alive!

Street Entertainment Coordinator.

Best Stall Competition was won by the Otway Hinterland Events from Beech Forestbertie

Opry Songwriters Competition

Rapidly cementing its reputation as one of the ‘must sees’ of the Apollo Bay Music Festival, this year’s Young Performers and Songwriters Competition took the standard of performances to a new level. Twelve knockout performances in front of a full COSY marquee were highlighted by heavy rock acts, acoustic guitarists, and roots and blues maestros in the making.

The West Coast of Victoria with its surf culture/ lifestyle is producing many fine young acts which continue to dominate this competition. Crowd favourites and winners of the Young Songwriters Competition was The Rusty’s, a band of Grommets from Ocean Grove. Whilst the ‘killer’ performer and winner of the Young Performers Competition with his foot stomping roots/ blues/ harmonica/ stomp box special was Tom Richardson. Watch out for both of these acts on next year’s main line-up.

Apollo Bay was well represented by Fern Heland, Counterfit and Skrypture – all taking home an award. Given the calibre of these acts all bodes well for our next home grown star to take their own brand of music to the world, remembering it wasn’t all too long ago that Apollo Bay’s The Vasco Era were winners of this competition.

Apollo Bay Music Festival is proud to support up and coming musicians in this fantastic event. Thanks to all our sponsors, in particular Fender who provided Tom Richardson with a brand new guitar valued at over $ 700, A and B Music in Geelong and to Howlin’ Wind and Magnetic Heaven Studio’s who provided The Rusty’s with a day of recording in their studio.

Bring on 2015….make sure you get your entries in early.

Snapshot for 2014 Grand Ole Opry

The Hoodoo Gurus, The Audries,  Vika & Linda Bull, Cornerstone Roots Soul Revolution, Blue King Brown, Ash Grunwald, The Vasco Era, The Exploders, Bertie Blackman all appeared live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennessee 2014.


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Top 10 Things to See in Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain is a unique city and at an altitude of 2100 feet it could be a single of Europe’s highest capital cities. Madrid is not only the money of Spain, but it is also the world’s capital of bullfighting. Learning Spanish does not have to be hard you can experience more out of Madrid if you use software like Rocket Spanish Review. Shop at some of Europe’s finest outlets, watch entire world class artwork galleries, get together all night or watch a classic Flamenco dance. You can’t go wrong when you journey to Madrid.


1. Puerta Del Sol

Commence your trip to Madrid here. The Puerta Del Sol is the center of it all. This is exactly where all of the radial highways start. In the central location of Puerta Del Sol you will come across the well-known statue of a bear standing against a tree which is centered on Madrid’s coat of arms.

2. Bullfights

You cannot go to Spain devoid of seeing a bullfight. Madrid is the residence of bullfighting so if you have never noticed a bullfight and want to, this is the put to see it. Some of the greatest Spanish bullfights are in Madrid. The bullfighting season generally goes from March to October.

3. Palacio Real

The Royal Palace is a beautiful and a very essential location in Madrid. Unless of course there is official organization taking location, the Royal Palace is open to the public. You will have to shell out an entrance charge, but it is effectively value it. Make positive to check out the beautiful formal gardens while you’re there.

4. Prado Museum

The Prado Museum is one particular of the most crucial museums in the planet and with out a doubt the delight of Madrid. In this museum you will come across the world’s best collection of Spanish paintings. If you are engaged in artwork this is a must to see.

5. Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor is a marvelous historical site to see. In the middle of the square stands the statue of Philip III on horseback. Entry to the square is via one particular of nine arches and only foot targeted traffic is permitted in the square.

6. Parque Del Buen Retiro

This huge park has a central lake, statues, many fountains, and nice walkways. It is a relaxing location to get away from the city throughout the week and meditate or take it easy for a while. Go to the lake and hire oneself a boat and float on the lake or take pleasure in some of the road entertainers that regular the park.

7. The Gran By way of

A should see street if you adore architecture. Quite a few various designs of buildings are seen on this road and are quite well preserved.

8. Puerta De Alcala

This is the most critical and longest street in Madrid. It is identified in the middle of the Plaza de la Independencia on Calle de Alcala.

9. Estacion De Atocha

A single of two major railways in Madrid, the Estacion de Atocha has gorgeous tropical garden that grace the main hall. You will come here to catch all of the nationwide, high-velocity trains.

10. Plaza Colon

Many monuments of Columbus and his guys dating back again to 1885 are found right here. In the center of the square are The Gardens of Discovery. Underneath the square is the Cultural Middle. In the center is a theater, concert hall and exhibition rooms. The center is hidden from view by a wall of water.

There are quite a few other amazing issues to see in Madrid, but these are some of my favorites.
Have a Wonderful Trip!

Dubai Extends ‘Biggest Ever’ Eid Celebrations To Two Weeks


Malls will open for 24 hours and a wide spectrum of events will celebrate the religious festival that attracts visitors from all over the world

Dubai has extended this year’s Eid celebrations from last year’s four-day festival into a two-week bonanza of shopping and world-class entertainment.

The annual ‘Eid in Dubai’ festival, which will run between November 18 to December 2, is a major part of Dubai’s efforts to attract more tourists to the region. Visitors pour in from across the Middle East, as well as Europe, India and Africa.

For two weeks, Dubai will hold a wide spectrum of events and celebrations that embody the values of Eid Al Adha. The initiatives reflect the spirit of togetherness among the emirate’s residents. Dubai contains more than 200 different nationalities and they will all be encouraged to join in under the campaign slogan “Eid in Dubai… United in Celebration”.

Festivities are being organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE) as the city joins millions of Muslims around the world in celebrating this holy time of the year.

Open 24/7

For the duration of the festival, malls across Dubai will open to holidaymakers 24 hours a day. Dubai is world-famous for its vast selection of retail stores. There are 70 malls in all, including the world’s largest, Dubai Mall, which also houses the children’s adventure venue, Kidzania.

Laila Mohd Suhail, DEPE CEO, said: “This year’s celebrations cover a longer period in line with the directions of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed. The events will attract audiences from across the country and the malls will open for 24 hours on Thursdays and Fridays during the celebrations where the participating malls will open on Thursday 10am and close on Saturday evening. More than 60 hours of consecutive shopping,” Suhail added.

Special Deals On Flights

Emirates are offering special deals on flights to visitors to the festival from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East.

Ibrahim Saleh, Festivals Coordinator-General at the DEPE, said: “On this special occasion, the DEPE is working closely with its partners from the public and private sectors to ensure that Dubai continues its tradition of celebrating holidays and social and spiritual occasions. Eid Al Adha is a prominent event on the Islamic calendar, as it coincides with the conclusion of Haj season and the return of pilgrims to their homes.

“Eid in Dubai nurtures the joy of this occasion through a varied and rich programme which appeals to the tastes of families and individuals of all nationalities. The festivities will help to promote the diversity of the emirate’s social fabric, encourage community interaction and create a peaceful and welcoming environment.”

Good News From Businesses And Property Investors

Many public and private organisations and businesses will participate in the celebrations in their own way, in addition to major attractions, tourist destinations, malls and shopping centres.

The dynamism of Dubai both culturally and economically is a great sign for property investors. Clearly, the emirate has recovered from the global slump and is going places fast. Property developers who are in the luxury sector are especially well-places to do well the recovering market.

Developments like The First Group’s two hotel apartment projects in Tecom, Metro Central and Grand Central, are proving attractive to overseas investors and businesses.