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Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen is the Junior Editor at Concrete Playground. Ben is Sydney's biggest advocate — a passionate supporter of the city's hospitality and art scenes. You can catch him sipping a negroni at your local bar, barracking for the Eels at CommBank Stadium or on your radio as host of FBi Radio's Mornings every Wednesday.

Favourite restaurant in Sydney: Baba's Place. Minimal-intervention wines, inventive eats, great tunes, friendly staff and a love for all things suburban, all hidden in a Marrickville warehouse. What more could you want?

  • Joji Is Returning to Australia and New Zealand This Spring for His First-Ever Headline Tour

    Joji's 'Pandemonium' tour will hit arenas across Australia's east cost and Auckland in November.

  • SXSW Sydney's Music Festival Will Give You Access to 300-Plus Performances Across 25 Venues

    SXSW Sydney is creating a bustling live music precinct for four days in October — with sets stretching from the Hollywood Hotel to Tumbalong Park.

  • Demonic Teddy Bears, 36-Hour Raves and Mulled Negronis: Seven Standouts From Week One of Dark Mofo 2023

    Couldn't make it to week one of Hobart's boundary-pushing winter festival? Here's what you missed.

  • Cat Power Talks Her Love of Bob Dylan, Making Thurston Moore Cry and New Music on the Horizon

    "Thurston Moore was in town and he said — he's gonna kill me — but he said 'Mr Tambourine Man' made him cry. Isn't that sweet?"

  • Wintjiri Wiru Is the Stunning Nightly Light Show with 1000-Plus Drones That's Arrived Above Uluru

    If you need another excuse to head to the Red Centre, this nightly cultural storytelling experience featuring more than 1000 drones is it.

  • Two of SXSW Austin's Biggest Yearly Parties Are Coming to Sydney for the Inaugural Australian Festival

    Dr Martens and Vans are bringing their annual music showcases Down Under — plus the first dose of local musicians have been added to the debut SXSW Sydney lineup.

  • Matt Moran Is Bringing His Farm-to-Table Cooking to Fiji and Taking Over the Kitchen at Two Luxury Island Resorts

    The acclaimed celebrity chef is bringing some of the Aria magic to Fiji.

  • Ten Sydney WorldPride Events Worth a Trip to the Harbour City That You Can Still Nab Tickets To

    From multi-day party programs to appearances by Kylie Minogue and Kelly Rowland, these events will have you booking last-minute flights to Sydney.

  • The Art Gallery of NSW's Sydney Modern Project Has Arrived with Immersive Installations and Water Views

    This new Sydney art gallery spans four floors, boasts works from Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami, and has been called New South Wales' "most significant cultural build since the Opera House".

  • The Best Advice Ever: TLC's Chilli on Career Longevity, Cruisy Hits, and Staying Cute and Comfortable

    We chatted with Chilli from iconic 90s favourites TLC about staying timeless in both music and fashion — and the best advice MC Hammer ever gave her.

  • Afends and Female-Led Weed-Loving Mag Broccoli Have Released This Eco-Friendly Summer Collection

    This trippy new collab is made from hemp and recycled nylon.

  • Sydney Favourite Firedoor Just Came in Third in the World's 101 Best Steak Restaurants for 2022

    Firedoor was one of seven Australian spots to make the list — and one New Zealand eatery made the cut, too.

  • Stormzy Is Finally Bringing His Latest World Tour to Australia and New Zealand Later This Year

    The biggest name in UK grime is heading south in November and December to finally tour his pre-pandemic album 'Heavy Is The Head'.

  • Splendour in the Grass Has Announced Sideshows for More Than 20 International Artists

    Get ready for headline shows from Liam Gallagher, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jack Harlow, Jungle and Orville Peck.

  • Lorde's Huge Australian and New Zealand Tour Has Been Postponed Until 2023

    "Touring internationally through a COVID outbreak has a ton of unforeseen moving parts, and I’d much rather play for you when we’re all confident it will go smoothly."

  • You Can Now Make Your Own Bubble Tea at Home with DIY Boba Kits from Boba Barista

    Enjoy bubble tea without leaving your home — and get $10 off your first order.

  • South Island Moon Festival

    Thursday 30th September - Sunday 3rd October
    @ City Promenade

  • Tyler, The Creator Is Coming to Australia and New Zealand for an Arena Tour Next Winter

    Catch the genre-bending rapper on his first Australian headline tour in over eight years.

  • Twenty Secluded Stays You Can Escape to in Regional Victoria

    Escape the city and head to the wilderness for a holiday in these private getaways.

  • Lorde Will Return to the Stage with a Huge Australian and New Zealand Tour Next Year

    And her new album is less than two months away.

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