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Welcome to Singapore, where the government helps pay for your Taylor Swift tickets

Singapore has awarded Taylor Swift a grant to perform in the city-state, government authorities say, acknowledging efforts to persuade the pop star to perform on the island – her only stop in Southeast Asia – and the potential boon to the economy from her concerts.

Pop superstar Taylor Swift is set to perform the first of her Australian Eras Tour concerts in front of what’s expected to be the biggest audiences of her entire career.

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Melbourne turns on the charm as Taylor prepares for biggest concert of her career

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Divine intervention creating exquisite musical works of art

Southern Cross Soloists are known for their interesting concert programs and for never forgetting that beautiful music is a big attraction.

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Food & Wine

Burleigh Heads institution Justin Lane is opening a Brisbane base in The Valley

A once-buzzing corner of Fortitude Valley’s entertainment precinct is set to come alive again later this year. The old Alfred & Constance site will soon be reborn as the Brisbane outpost of popular Burleigh pizza, pasta and party palace, Justin Lane. It’ll boast a 200-person dining space, an underground cocktail spot, a coffee slinger and a brand-new rooftop bar. Here’s what we know so far …

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At Chapel Hill's Chalong, every meal is a cause for celebration

Today, over in a cosy Chapel Hill shopping strip, two Thai expats are opening a restaurant dedicated to showcasing a modern interpretation of Thai and Southeast Asian delights. At Chalong, serves of fried turmeric cuttlefish, grilled marinated chicken skewers and Phuket-style soy-braised pork belly fill tables, while the bar dispenses ambrosial cocktails infused with Thai rum and aromatic ingredients. Take a peek inside …

Real Estate

Pasta Club makes way for Gum Bistro, a neighbourhood eatery coming to West End

West End’s evolution into Brisbane’s go-to hub for casual dining continues to start 2024, with the news that the recently closed Pasta Club space will soon be home to new neighbourhood nosh spot, Gum Bistro. Here, Queensland produce will shine alongside a wine list stocked from top to bottom with absolute belters. Read on to find out what we know …


Glutton for punishment: Clerici kicks off QSO season with Mahler epic

Umberto Clerici could have eased himself into 2024 but instead Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s chief conductor chose an epic work, Mahler’s Symphony No.7, to get things moving


Dive deep into love - on film and by the book

We love spine-tingling reads about romance and watching films that sometimes break your heart, so why not have a festival that celebrates love?

Food & Wine

Tradition meets modern Korean cuisine at ATTO in Chirn Park

While Korean barbecue (or KBBQ as it is also known) seems to be having a moment in foodie circles, Chirn Park’s newest resident ATTO Korean Cuisine delivers a delightfully modern Korean dining experience. The unassuming new nosh spot quietly opened its doors late last year and has been building a cult following of folks who can’t get enough of the venue’s flavourful fare. Prawn burgers, the crispiest, stickiest Korean fried chicken and delicate sashimi are just some of the edible gifts that await at ATTO. Here’s everything you need to know …


No need to get all bent out of shape, but Queensland researchers have reinvented the banana

A Queensland university has been approved to commercially release a genetically modified variety of the Cavendish banana for human consumption in a world first.

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Rosalie’s Lulu Ramen is a new contender for Brisbane’s best broth merchant

Aside from being incredibly satisfying from first sip to last slurp, the best thing about ramen is its versatility. Between broth style, toppings and noodle texture, a pitch-perfect bowl is usually merely up to preference. That said, when it comes to ramen, some tastes are more widely catered for. Lulu Ramen, Rosalie’s brand-new soup spot is specialising in chicken-based ramen, ladling out bowl after bowl of rich and nourishing broth alongside sides and drinks.

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So nice they named it twice: Charcoal Charcoal Yakitori brings wagyu, whisky and flame-cooked fare

Yakitori is one of the few foods that are equally at home at street-side stalls as they are gracing the menus of fine-dining establishments. Cooked over binchotan charcoal – which is regarded by many chefs as the best in the world – yakitori is in a culinary class of its own. Mouthwateringly tender with a hint of smokey flavour, yakitori, when paired with a crisp, cold lager, is a gift for your taste buds. If you too possess an appreciation for the edible art form, take a seat at Robina’s Charcoal Charcoal Yakitori.

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Two acclaimed chefs head for Scenic Rim to guide The Paddock into a new era

Award-winning Scenic Rim dining spot, The Paddock at Beechmont Estate, is being ushered into an exciting new era by lauded culinary duo Chris and Alex Norman, who were recently appointed to helm the hatted hinterland restaurant. The husband-and-wife team honed their skills at Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels across the world, and bring a fresh new vision to Beechmont Estate’s coveted fine diner, which, as its name suggests, is all about hyperlocal paddock-to-plate gastronomy.

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Flash new gastropub from Portside Social crew adds momentum to Wharf's next wave of openings

After a huge 2023, Hamilton’s resurgent riverside lifestyle hub Portside Wharf is set to carry momentum into 2024 with a brand-new retailer incentive program bringing more fresh blood to the precinct. In June, the team behind Newstead Social will open another pub-style concept at Portside Wharf, one serving schnitties, steaks, burgers, ice-cold beers and colourful cocktails. Here’s what we know …

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Bar Rocco rolls into Coorparoo - first look at osteria-style concept from the Ramona Trattoria crew

In the final weeks of 2023, just before Brisbane hunkered down for the festive weekend, the team behind cherished Italian restaurant Ramona Trattoria gave Coorparoo locals a sneak peek at Bar Rocco – the team’s brand-new next-door wine bar and eatery that’s giving die-hard diners a chance to devour a sensational selection of snacks, hand-shaped pizzetta and woodfire-grilled mains. We scored the first look at the new nosh spot – here’s what we saw …