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Parklife Dates Announced, Internships Due

A few days ago the 2009 dates for the music festival tour Parklife were released by Sydney events company Fuzzy. Hurrah!  So the dates for this winning festival are:

  • Saturday 26th September – Brisbane
  • Sunday 27th September – Perth
  • Saturday 3rd October – Melbourne
  • Sunday 4th October – Sydney
  • Monday 5th October – Adelaide

You can find more info on each on and their retrospective Facebook event pages (of course) here. As far as the acts are concerned; there has been some comment around the place that Canadian electro duo MSTRKRFT and the UK's Lady Sovereign will be touring. I'll report back with an official list when it arises.

Also, if you're a Sydney student looking to get some hours up on your degree, why not apply for a Parklife Internship? There are roles available in event management, PR, marketing, touring, HR and production. I would apply immediately, but I'm neither in Sydney or a student. Shame! You'd best hurry along though; applications are due this coming Monday, 25th of May.

Naughty nurses at CeBIT. Urgh.

Naughty nurses draw fire at CeBIT Australia. I'm taking time out from the Twitter for n00bs series to laugh at a particular event exhibitor at the IT industry trade show CeBIT which I know many of my Twitter mates attended, journalist Ben Grubb included.

So it appears that promotional models at the event caused a stir, particularly among the marginalised female IT crowd, after they wore novelty doctor and nurses uniforms, plugging into a stereotypical porn fantasy. They were part of a marketing ploy by web hosting company NetRegistry playing on those cheesy sexual impotence ads and accompanied by posters baring the slogan "Want longer lasting server up-time?"

Not only deemed demeaning to female geeks, the outfits were sort of innappropriate for a professional trade show. Playing on sexual fantasies? Um.. nice way to show that you couldn't go above the cliched 'sex sells.' At least it wasn't as bad as Nando's latest though, I'll give NetRegistry that credit.

NetRegistry said the gag was directed by "women and a gay guy," but what on earth does this have to do with anything? Does this for some unknown reason make it okay? I don't think so. They offended people and it shouldn't make it any different who gave the all-clear.

Grubb writes something which amuses me:

Mr Bloch [NetRegistry cheif] admitted the IT industry was challenging for women, but offered no apology for his marketing department's strategy.

"I think IT is a challenging industry for women... clearly that is a problem," he said.

But the executive was hesitant to draw conclusions when asked if his company's actions would deter women from joining the industry.

I'm not hesitant at all to make to those conclusions, Mr Bloch. I am offended, not only by the blantant sexism in yet another marketing campaign, but your serious lack of imagination when marketing at an event. It might have been a bit of lighthearted fun to many, but you might have just kicked a lot of intelligent "chicks" out of the IT industry and back into the kitchen. And no, I am not collecting your latte!

Splendour in the Grass 2009 Line up

Well, well.. it's that time of year again and I'm hearing through the Intertubes that many people aren't so happy about the final line up just announced: Bloc Party - The Flaming Lips - Jane's Addiction - MGMT - Hilltop Hoods - Grinspoon - Mignight Juggernauts - The Specials - Augie March - Sarah Blasko - Friendly Fires - White Lies - Little Birdy - Josh Pyke - The Gutter Twins - Birds of Tokyo - Manchester Orchestra - Decoder Ring - Lost Valentinos - Bob Evans - Yuksek - Kram - Yves Klein Blue - Leader Cheetah - Jack Ladder - The Middle East - Polaroid Fame - Glass Towers

I'm not going mainly because I'm poor, but I'm not too disappointed; a few goodies there. What do you reckon?

Cloudland Liquor Licence Investigation

Cloudland, Brisbane

Brisbane's biggest and hottest new nightclub, Cloudland, is being investigated for breach of liquor licencing laws after apparently opening more than a week before being granted full capabilities to sell alcohol.

March 18, the Brisbane Lions AFL season launch was held at the $10 million-plus venue, yet the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing did not give Cloudland a full liquor licence until just last Tuesday, only a day before the official opening of the club. Cloudland did reportedly have permission in some parts of the venue, having permission under the owners' (the Bickle family) existing licence, but did now yet have full service allowances.

Cloudland is owned by the Bickle family, also owners of the Empire Hotel and numerous other Brisbane glamour-spots, and the opening of the venue was reportedly twenty months behind schedule.

The only comment from Cloudland on the matter is that "the Lions event was a private function, invite only and not open to the public" and the Brisbane Lions has refused to comment to media. 

Breaches of liquour licencing means a fine of $2500 for each offence.

New Year's Crime Crackdown in Victoria

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has told the working class of Australia to "bogan it up at home" if they intend on causing problems for the city's New Year's Eve plans.

Compared to Sydney's $5 million fireworks show, the $1 million Melbourne show will have two firework displays and various entertainment for the 500,000 expected attendees. Sniffer dogs will accompany 600 uniformed and plain-clothed police officers intent on keeping party-goers safe.

Ambulance Victoria operations manager Paul Holman assures of the 40 paramedics on duty for the event. "We have just one message. Look after yourselves, party hard, party safe, but look after your mates," Mr Holman said.

While Melbourne is enjoying the additional resources, coastal towns in the Mornington Peninsula and Bass Coast shires have had to make do with tightened liquor laws, expanding no-alcohol zones, increased fines for public drinking and police with rights to confiscate booze.

Oh, snap! Party safe, Victoria. I'm sick of seeing those terrible anti-binge drinking TV advertisements up here in Queensland.

And don't forget not to drink and drive; you're bad enough drivers sober.