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Review: Hop on Brewery Tours, Gold Coast and Brisbane

We were invited by Hop on Brewery Tours to join theirThe Quickie on the Coast Tour . The opportunity to explore venues on the Gold Coast and sample a range of beers with expert guides was too good to pass up. Here’s a little more about our Director Emma Lovell’s experience on the tour.

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Three venues, an afternoon of beers and touring around the Gold Coast in an air conditioned bus with excellent hosts.  Picked up by our hosts Jos and Matt, the tour operators and owners, at Broadbeach along with another couple, and then we were off.

First stop – The Bine Beer Bar

This cute little bar is tucked in amongst other restaurants and bars in this popular social area of Nobby’s Beach. It has a great atmosphere and a chilled vibe. There’s a wide range of craft beers on tap and this stop provided a great intro for the tour. Jos and Matt explain some of the ways beer is made, key ingredients and tested our knowledge.

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My favourite beer here was the sour. I like “light beers”. Not light in alcohol, but light in flavour and colour. This one resembled a cider/ beer and is a great entry to the beer realm for those who are not “beer drinkers”. It’s actually called a sour and having tried a similar variety before, it was right up my alley.

Back on the bus and we were provided with the perfect snacks for thirsty tourists, pretzels and popcorn. And being the responsible tourism company that they are, water! It was nice to chat along the way and Jos provided more of her extensive knowledge of the beer industry telling us about the first brewers, women! I’m not going to go into it at length here – so google it – or go on the tour, it’s very interesting! Hearing how the predominantly women founded industry has now become so male dominated.

Second stop – Burleigh Brewing Co.

Hands down my favourite stop. I loved everything about this awesome location. Great beers, amazing beer hall, food trucks out front, live music and an awesome atmosphere. I can picture many more Sunday chill sessions at this place. We got to try six beers here and the best part was that based on our sampling at the first one, Jos carefully selected the beers for each of us. How cool is that. She did really well with mine. By far my favourite flavour was The Hef – I love a cloudy and rich beer, it actually tastes like banana. Plus, the label was super cute. I also loved “My Wife’s Bitter” because who doesn’t love a pun!

After enjoying our samples, we were invited to a tour of the brewery from the knowledgeable staff. Amazing how this little local brewery has grown. Great range of flavours and a company who seem to tailor the tastes to their customer’s needs. Definitely a venue that I’ll be visiting again and again.


Third and final stop – Balter Brewing Company

The outside of the building, and the interior, get a big mention here. Clearly labeled what their primary business is: BEER, and a smiley face. Inside there are murals, funky design of a warehouse and fun names for their products. This brand has grown exponentially since opening only a few years ago.

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Another round of generous samples. It was definitely worth the value of the tour for all the great samples you get. This was a lovely stop where we able to reflect upon what we had tasted along the way and really just felt like chilling with mates. After a number of hours, the group has bonded and it felt like a regular Sunday session. Balter Beer is another cool venue with great beers that you can while away an afternoon at. We got another couple of souvenir takeaways from this stop – keep the good vibes going. Also, fun fact! Australian Pro Surfer Mick Fanning is one of the founders of the brewery!

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Delivered back safely to our original pick up, I was so happy that I had joined this tour. It was my first ever beer tour and it really opened my eyes to the wide range of varieties of beer and breweries on The Coast. Jos and Matt were made for this job and offer such a friendly, relaxed and professional experience.

 

Note: The tours locations often change so depending on the day and the tour you choose, you could get a completely different variety of stops. Meaning you can do the tour a number of times and experience something new!

To learn more about Hop on Brewery tours and book your outing, click here.

You can re-write the story

Sometimes you have a bad day. A rough phone call. A nasty email. You question your very ability to do your work. You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But there is one, and another day, things are better. Now, how do you choose to tell that story?

 

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Photo by Fleur Navarro

I’ve had a few low blows recently. In my business and in my working life. Situations that have come out of left field and dealing with characters that have been rather unsavoury. It’s left me furious at times, in tears at others, and ultimately unsure of what action to take. I find myself clutching out for answers and reaching out to friends and colleagues – telling the story of what’s happened, trying to make sense of it, but often when there’s so much that has occurred in a relationship, how can you even know where to begin?

Quickly, I turn on myself. Instead of TO myself. Questioning and doubting, these thoughts run through my mind:
“Did I not set boundaries?”
“Am I upholding my end of the contract?”
“Am I putting in enough effort?”
“Did I fulfil the brief?”
“Am I putting out a negative energy?”
“Is it me making this task so very difficult?”

Self reflection is great! Check in with yourself and understand the situation. But stopping believing in yourself and doubting your ability, your judgement and your integrity … and you’re on a dangerous path.

Sometimes, we are dealt a low blow to teach us a lesson. To take something from it.

One of the best things I choose to do at this time is to call on my network, speak to my tribe. The people who know me, believe in me and who will also speak the truth to me.

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A walk and some sun on your face can also be super beneficial to clear the mind.

A dear confidant I reached out to gave me some sage advice. She listened, she acknowledged my challenges and empathised that I had been hurt. After going over all my trials and tribulations, and ultimately revealing I’d come out into the light at the other end of the tunnel, she asked me this: “Now, how will you tell this story?”

It was such a crucial point in the whole experience. I am the master of my own story. I can write it however I want. Shall I go on re-telling the victim story. How I was SO hurt and SO hard done by. Or do I tell the parts where I was acknowledged for the work that was done, recognised for my efforts and share the valuable lessons I can now take in to future client relationships. The story is mine and mine only to tell. Including when I re-tell it to myself.

The other great tip was to instead of questioning and doubting, leading to the negative, do a check-in with yourself. Ask yourself questions such as:
“Have I done what I said?”
“Am I comfortable with how I’ve acted in this time?”
“Do I stand by my actions?”
“Have I fulfilled my end of the contract?”

Instead of judging yourself and accusing yourself first of all fault, perhaps check in and give yourself the credit. If you find that you are at fault, then own it! However, if this situation is more to do with their “stuff”, then move on from there. Proceed with the necessary steps to resolve a conflict and take the lessons that you need.

Whatever happens in our business, or personal lives, we can take as an experience. The past is the past, it has happened. But our future is filled with blank pages ready to be written on. We can choose to steer that story in a hopeful and optimistic way, or keep turning back to dwell over the lines. Reading them over and over again. Playing the sad old story on loop in our minds.

I choose to re-write my story. For myself and for my future clients benefit. I’m grateful for this lesson.

When have you had a time where you’ve managed to review a situation and re-tell the story in a positive way for you?

Business Profile: Sam Lippiatt from Health and Fitness Travel

We like to profile businesses and people that we think are doing great things. Health and Fitness Travel is right up there. Combining the love of travel with the importance of health and well being. As soon as we heard about it from one of the founders, Sam Lippiatt, we had to know more. Read here about how Sam started the business and why she’s passionate about running the company!

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Name: Samantha Lippiatt

Business: Health and Fitness Travel

Position: Co-Founder and Managing Director

Country of Residence: Australia

Website: www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au

Business Phone: 1300 551 353

Facebook: facebook.com/HFTravelAU

Instagram: instagram.com/HealthandFitnessTravelAU

Give us your elevator pitch. What does your business do?

Health and Fitness Travel is a luxury wellness travel company specialising in creating exceptional healthy holidays around the world. We are Australia’s only dedicated health and wellness travel agency.

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Komune Bali Group Yoga

Why did you start your business?

To combine my passion for travel with my personal interest in well-being, initially I planned to run my own retreats after a healthy life overhaul. However during my research phase I identified a gap in the market for a specialist travel business in the Australian market and I knew there was an opportunity to connect wellness focused travellers with their perfect holidays worldwide.

What’s your passion?

Travel is my number one passion and I believe that our health is the most undervalued wealth, we take it for granted far too often.

What do you love most about running your business?

Positive customer feedback, there is nothing more rewarding than hearing a guest say “Thank you, your business helped me have the perfect holiday experience”.

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SHA Sun Bathing

What are three difficulties you face in running your business?

  1. Time – There is never enough hours in a day
  2. Boundaries – When you work for yourself it can be hard to separate days from nights. Especially in the initial growth phase when you are wearing many hats.
  3. Patience – Learning to have patience and plan accordingly has been a big lesson for me in the past few years.

What are three pieces of advice you would give to someone starting their own business?

  1. Begin, don’t be afraid to fail fast and know there are very, very few overnight successes. The success comes from the long haul, so get prepared for that.
  2. Ask for help, there are plenty of people who have experience they are very open to sharing.
  3. Make your health and relationships a priority, it will keep you in a better place mentally and physically.
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Chiva Som Aloe Body Mask

Tell us, with an anecdote, why your business has changed your life?

My business allows me the opportunity to visit many of our beautiful partners, the laptop is always packed and I am working on the go but on retreat my days might include a heavenly massage in Thailand, hiking the sub-alpine Alps in New Zealand or a dive in aquamarine water in the Maldives.

How do you manage a work/life balance?

I have an incredible husband who is a great support and has been from day 1. Keeping active is important for me, I like to get outdoors every day, I have recently started stand up paddle boarding and love being on the water. I also love traveling which is often blended with work now.

What movie most inspires you in running your business?

I am not sure which movie but I love this Youtube video – First Follower: Leadership Lessons from Dancing Guy

The best book to read before starting a business or when running a business?

Tim Ferris – 4 hour work week. I love this, it really resonates with me.

I believe automation and outsourcing are two key steps to business success and happiness. And I want to run my business from wherever I am, not have my business run my life. Last year I was abroad for more than 100 days of the year.

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Your favourite inspiration/ motivation/ business quote?

“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”

The four words which best describe your business?

Specialist, Professional, Friendly, Influential.

Review: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

We were invited to the Opening Night of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls in Melbourne on 19th May 2017. Genuinely I can say, this is not a show you want to miss.

Not knowing what to expect, I can honestly say this is an exceptional piece of independent theatre, one of the best I’ve seen in a while. Well produced, brilliantly acted and totally engaging.


The storyline is:

Once upon a time, in 2005, 20-year-old Annie is sent by her mother back to her native Russia to brush up on the language, and lose her American accent. Underneath an opulent, neon-lit, post-Soviet Moscow she discovers an enchanted motherland – teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears.

The dynamic nature of the play means there is never a dull moment. The fairytale stories have been intertwined and you keep guessing throughout, what will happen next. I loved the tailoring of the stories to the Russian setting and the actors captured that grim side to the fairytale’s well, as did the set.

I don’t want to give too much away but I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how the story would unfold. You can get a feel for the show here in trailers and imagery for the show here at Boutique Theatre’s website. : https://boutiquetheatre.com.au/season-2017/russiangirls/ 

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The actors are all brilliant and perfect for their parts, however I must point out that Felicity Steel is a stand out. Her stage presence and physicality is spectacular and her delivery of the character will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Some of the players performed multiple roles which added a great dimension, and made the cast seem much larger than it was. A great diversity amongst the players too.

The Irene Mitchell Theatre is a lovely little venue tucked away in the backstreets of South Yarra. There’s a bar at the show – but make sure to eat before you arrive as there aren’t so many food outlets close by. What they’ve done with the set is incredible and it was the perfect space for this back streets fairytale play.

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So trust us. Don’t miss this show. The details are:

19 – 27 May, 2017
Tues – Sat, 8pm
Tickets: $32 Full, $28 Concession, $25 Grps 6+
Bookings: online only at www.boutiquetheatre.com.au
Enquiries: 0403 937 529 or boxoffice@boutiquetheatre.com.au
Venue: St Martins Youth Arts Centre (Irene Mitchell Studio) – 28 St Martins Ln, South Yarra
www.boutiquetheatre.com.au 

Thank you to Boutique Theatre for having us!

Review written by Lovelly Communications Director, Emma Lovell

Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours: Taste of Burleigh Heads tour

We were recently invited by Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours to experience one of their walking tours on the Gold Coast. Our Director Emma Lovell loves food, and wine, so it was an easy yes! Here is a review from Emma about her experience on the Taste of Burleigh Heads tour. Enjoy, and we hope your mouth doesn’t water too much while reading about all these delicious delicacies.

Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours: Taste of Burleigh Heads tour began in a lovely park on a bright Saturday afternoon. A great way to start a walking tour.

We met business owner and tour operator Karen near the bowling club and quickly I started chatting with the group. An important part of these tours is the group dynamic and Karen does a wonderful job of fostering a warm and friendly space for her guests. After a quick intro about what we would experience, a little get to know you and a brief history of the area, we set off!

 

Our first stop: Stones Throw Café.

This little café is new to the area but doing very well and quickly gaining a name for itself. Seemingly plain from the outside, the inside has a rustic styling which makes it feel more like it could be a friend’s house for a gathering rather than a café. We settled into the charming front room and were quickly offered a lovely glass of Amadio wine by Karen.

 

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Lovelly Communications Director Emma Lovell with Tour Operator Karen Inglis-Turner.

The chef put together a great tasting plate of seasonal offerings and interesting flavours. Hummus, sweet potato chips and a salad. All the ingredients were super fresh and it seemed the café would cater to all dietary requirements. A great start to the tour.

 

 

Second stop: Golosi Food Emporium.

Whenever something has emporium in the title, you know you’re in for a treat. This was only a short walk to the well-known James Street. The beauty of this tour is that it’s all within comfortable walking distance and does it’s best to showcase a variety of cuisines in the area. We were greeted by the most spectacular cheese platter and our delightful host Selena, the shop’s passionate owner.

 

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From 100-year-old Italian balsamic vinegars, to locally baked treats, this shop had it all. I’m meant to give an unbiased review of all stops but this was hands down my favourite. I can see myself visiting many times and especially taking guests back there. I did have a quick browse around the store but my focus was on the lush cheese’s, fruit pastes and caramel sauce available for tasting. Oh and of course, a glass of bubbly in hand!

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Third stop: Dolce Follia Gelateria

 

After thoroughly indulging in the delicacies of Golosi, it was time to stretch our legs and walk to our next location. We stopped a number of times at different restaurants and shop fronts which Karen helpfully pointed out as new to the area or other great dining options. We then stopped in front of a tiny little hole in the wall gelato store that was bursting at the seams with customers.

A few tastes of their gelato, including coconut and honeycomb crunch, and you can understand why! We were all invited to try as many as we pleased and then chose our favourite for an entire scoop. I went for the palate cleansing mint. I’m a big fan of having ice cream in the afternoon as opposed to after a meal. It was the perfect break up in the tour and got us ready for the next savoury treat!

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Fourth stop: The Pocket 

The name is intriguing isn’t it! The Pocket. It could be many things, a corner bar, a clothes store, or microwave pizza pockets (maybe that’s just my weird mind.) but no! IT’s the middle eastern style cuisine of pita bread pockets stuffed with dips, pickled vegetables and the most incredible falafels. Our table was lavished with these gorgeous platters and it didn’t take us long to dive in. Coupled with a glass of wine and some home made rose water infused lemonade, perfection.

 

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I must also point out the beautiful ambience at the back of the restaurant. These paintings were done by a staff member only a few weeks before our arrival. They perfectly reflect the Burleigh vibe and make for a relaxing meal setting. Exceptional!

 

 

Fifth and final stop: Finders Keepers Bar

Sadly, the tour must come to an end. But, it sure did end on a high. Drinks and a show as we were treated to a theatrical guide of how to make an espresso martini. As this is my absolute favourite drink, I was invited to assist in the mixing and shaking of the cocktail. I shook it like a polaroid picture! Shake, shake, shake!

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Paired with our incredible martini was a decadent chocolate mousse dessert with a secret ingredient. I would tell you… but where’s the fun in that! It’s delicious and works perfectly, that’s all I’ll see. It was the perfect end to the tour as it allowed the group to relax and chat together and if desired, kick on and keep the good vibes going. It was a wonderful chance to not only learn about amazing venues in Burleigh, but also make some new friends.

 

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In short, I highly recommend these tours. The value for money is exceptional. What you would pay for an indulgent meal at one restaurant, you get to sample five different eateries. The mix of the stores and restaurants was perfect and I feel much more comfortable in the Burleigh area when selecting a place to eat.

 

The best part is – the stops on the tour are always evolving and changing. You could do the tour three times and always get to try something new and different, whilst also going back to your favourites. It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get! You can also try the Taste of Surfers Paradise and Taste of Broadbeach tours.

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This is a great idea for tourists visiting the area and for locals who are looking to know their own backyard better. Thank you for having me Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours!

We can also offer friends of Lovelly Communications a special price on Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours which will give you a $30 discount off the tour price! Send us an email or post a comment below for more details!

Help us Launch Raspberry Ripple Productions

Raspberry Ripple Productions, a disability led theatre company, is calling on the Australian public to help them create an accessible website and officially launch. The Pozible campaign launched on 05 May, 2017, aiming to raise $9,500 or more to help the organisation achieve its mission.

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As a new entrant to the theatre scene, the organization relies on community and government funding. The Pozible campaign will help Raspberry Ripple build an accessible website to host information about its events, workshops and advocacy work. The website will be accessible to all people, no matter their disability. An important aspect that many websites overlook.

 

The funds will also be used for marketing and promotional services to get the word out there and advocate for disability in the arts. Finally, they will launch Raspberry Ripple Productions officially to the world, with a party and event to be hosted at Footscray Community Arts Centre on Saturday 3 June, 2017.

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Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to create compelling theatre of a professional standard, using disabled and mainstream performers, writers and technical artists to tell stories of living in the world together.

 

Critical acclaim and opportunities followed the new disability led theatre company’s first official performance, ‘Enunciations’, at Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2016. Raspberry Ripple Productions is coming into its stride as a theatre company making a difference in the arts.

 

Kate Hood, Artistic Director and Founder of Raspberry Ripple Productions is the driving force behind the campaign. She’s passionate about making an inclusive and level playing field in the arts. Kate says:

 

“After being diagnosed with a neurological disease, I became a full time wheelchair user and struggled to keep my place as an actor in the mainstream performing arts.

Then I began to work with my new tribe of disabled artists – and realised that there is a rich seam of material that has never been explored in the mainstream. The dimension that could be created by performers with disability has been ignored for too long.  

That’s why I started Raspberry Ripple Productions. I want to see a pathway made for performers, writers, directors, and any disabled artist who has the talent and desire to work professionally in the performing arts.”

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The Pozible campaign will run for four weeks and offers rewards from as small as a thanks on Facebook to tickets to the company’s productions, or being a named sponsor on the website.

Visit the campaign here: https://pozible.com/project/launch-raspberry-ripple-productions

Hood adds “We want the mainstream industry to celebrate the deliciousness of diversity!”

 

To learn more, visit the Raspberry Ripple Productions Facebook page.  For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lovelly Communications at lovellycommunications.emma@gmail.com or 0413 955 970.

Don’t be afraid of sad.

What a wise man. YES! We are afraid of sad. As soon as someone is sad, we try to stop it in its tracks and stop those feelings.

Let yourself feel. Let someone else feel. Ride the wave. Really feel it. Experience emotions as they are meant to be. Not blocking it and putting it away for it to come back more powerfully and punch you later on.

If you’re sad be sad, move on. If you’re happy, feel it and enjoy it.

Ahhhh I loved his explanation of this!

Watch here: https://www.facebook.com/goalcast/videos/1106708176073038/

And enjoy this picture of a puppy I met in Bhutan

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This puppy is excellent company when you’re sad – after a little while, you won’t be!

Written by Emma Lovell, Director of Lovelly Communications

Dragon at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017

Natalie Harris had a stellar 2016, performing her solo show Good Grief to sold out crowds at MICF and Melbourne Fringe and being awarded Screen Australia Gender Matters funding to develop the show into a web series. Now, Nat returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her brand new solo stand up show Dragon.

‘Dragon’ is the nickname Nat proudly gave herself at the age of 19 and persisted with until even her own mother finally started calling her ‘Dragon’. Now 31, she’s got an RSA under her belt, body corporate on her tail and two online dating profiles to her name. Her third solo show is filled with honest, divergent and hilarious tales of what it is like to be a self-made ‘Dragon’ in a modern world.

Natalie Harris (The Vagina Diaries ABC2, Twentysomething ABC2, , Fancy Boy ABC2) was a RAW State Finalist in 2012 and made her solo stand up debut in Secrets (MICF 2014). She co-starred in CREEPS (Melbourne Fringe 2014), Marked to Clear (MICF 2015) and brought her second solo show Good Grief to MICF and Melbourne Fringe 2016.

“It’s safe to say that Natalie Harris’s secret is out — and a pleasure to share.” Herald Sun

“This girl is one to look out for, and this show is definitely one to see.” Yawp Magazine

Dragon!

 

Details:
Tickets: $18-22
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door (but pre-purchase advisable)
Dates: Mon-Tue &Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6.30pm
Venue: Trades Hall – The Evatt Room, Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton
Facebook event:
Comedy Festival link:  https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2017/shows/dragon 

See more of Nat Harris on social media!

Instagram: @natisdragon
Facebook: Natalie Harris 
Twitter: @natisdragon

Girls Night is back at MICF 2017

Expect witty. Expect wicked. Expect wonderful. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to giggle, Girls Night is back for Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) 2017! Shows will run from 29 March to 9 April 2017 at The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista in the center of Melbourne.

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Producer and MC Cath Styles

Cath Styles is bringing together the cream of the festival’s funny ladies in a night to celebrate all things female and funny. This festival favourite is big on value and even bigger on laughs.

Girls Night features an exciting mixed bag of stand-up, storytelling, sketch and musical comedy. The line-up changes every night and features: Mandy Nolan, Bev Killick, Nikki Britton, Alice Fraser, Diana Nguyen, Tessa Waters, Lauren Bok, Sally Kimpton, Georgie Carroll, MC Cath Styles and many more.

Always hilarious, Girls Night is hands down the ideal start to any night out at The Festival.

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Cath Styles

“Female skewed comedy with refreshing wit”
– Herald Sun

“This is a show you could easily see twice”
– Comedy Beast

“Some of the sharpest and best valued comedy around”
– Gagging for it

Venue: The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista, 240 Lt Collins St, Melbourne

When: 29 March – 9 April, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20, Group (6 or more) and Tightarse Tuesday $20
Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/254412

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