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Behind Sheppard

Local Bands | Meet Amy Sheppard

Behind Sheppard

You might already know them from their debut studio album, ‘Bombs Away’, peaking at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, or heard about their second single, "Geronimo", which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified 5× platinum. It's none other than our fave local band, Sheppard! The indie pop band was formed in 2009 from our very own city here in Brisbane, Australia, consisting of George Sheppard, Amy Sheppard, Emma Sheppard and Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.

In 2018, the band went back to their roots and made most of the second album ‘Watching The Sky’ at home in Brisbane. With their efforts paying off, they were rewarded with their second album landing at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The band has been busy refining their identity and defining what they represent in the Australian music scene aiming to leave a unique footprint on the Australian music industry while doing so. Get to know 27-year-old Amy Sheppard, the middle sibling of older brother George and younger sister Emma.

7 Events You Must Attend

A one-night-stand you won't regret in the morning.

7 Events You Must Attend

The year is sure flying by now that we're almost in August! Although we're more than halfway through the year the events definitely don't stop coming! We've curated the ultimate list of events for you that you NEED to attend this month. Not to mention that if you don't attend, it could cause serious FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). It's a one-night-stand you won't regret in the morning. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Sunday Funday Roast Sessions

We’re bringing Sunday back. Yeah!

Sunday Funday Roast Sessions

The Sunday roast is a timely tradition all about sitting down to a big meal of veggies, gravy and roast meat with your family to reconnect after a long week of hard work. The roast remains a dish that is treated with respect and care, something special. A meal that takes time and thought to prepare and should be celebrated with family and friends instead of something to be scoffed down in front of the television on your couch in your underwear. But with the many restaurants around Brisbane serving up delicious roasts any day of the week, makes it easy to keep this tradition alive. It might just be perfect the time to reinvigorate this age old tradition, disconnect from our gadgets and gizmos and reconnect with family over a delicious meal - whether it’s on a Sunday or not.

6 Reasons to Enjoy the Queensland Winter

Don’t just survive winter, ENJOY winter!

6 Reasons to Enjoy the Queensland Winter

Winter is upon us, and although the Queensland winter is notorious for still being summer, Queenslanders feel the chill in their bones. After 5 pm. Because that’s when it gets cold.

But if you can’t wait for the heat to return to your life, read on for inspiration to enjoy the cold season this year!

Word on the Street #118

New eats, beats, seats and treats.

Word on the Street #118

What a bountiful week of new eats, treats and meats. Brisbane you are truly stepping it up a notch with fine fare, creamy coffee and delicious dining with a conscience. Bring it on. You have NO excuses to stay in this Winter. What about listening to sultry jazz tunes whilst dining and drinking a full-bodied red (or perhaps a dirty martini is more your style?). Get out and support local Brisbane businesses, and fill your belly with warm food, and your mind with hot conversations and jazz-tactic tunes. #YAAASS

Brisbane's Best Sports Bars

Friday Night Lights & Drinks

Brisbane's Best Sports Bars

If there are three things that all Australians love with every fibre of their body, it’s live sport, beer, and good food. With the wide world of sports hitting our screens this season, be sure not to miss out on the FIFA World Cup, State of Origin, NRL, and AFL, the question of where to watch this year’s big games in Brisbane is a hard choice to make yet again. Before you commit yourself to another year on the couch with a bag of Doritos, you may want to venture out of your comfort zone and check out some of the coolest spots to catch up on some genuine sports entertainment.

Word On The Street #117

Feeling Worldly

Word On The Street #117

This week we're turning Greek, Pan-Asian, Mexican and everything else in between (including obese) with the wide range of upcoming festivals, openings and events that'll leave us cultured AF. Settle in to a traditional 3 course dinner or cruise the streets of South Bank in search of burgers dripping with flavour - whatever you're up for we promise it'll satisfy those taste buds.

Word On The Street #116

Bris-pressive

Word On The Street #116

And just like that, another month is gone (holy cow). Brisbane, you've put on quite a show for the first half of the year and we have no doubt you'll continue to #wow us over the next 6 months. Forget dry July, mid-year diets and winter hibernation, there are mouth-watering espresso martinis to drink, along with carb-loaded meals waiting to be eaten and inspiring exhibits to wander through!

Best 10 of Drag Race Season 10

Let's! Get! Sickening!

Best 10 of Drag Race Season 10

Sisters, to celebrate ten seasons of RuPaul we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best LEWKS, 10 most iconic moments, and our 10 favourite Queens. Gentlemen, start your engines and let the best woman win!

Cool Winter Cocktail Creations

Cocktails; Need we say more?

Cool Winter Cocktail Creations

Cocktail lovers rejoice! Post-work and sunny afternoon drinks just got a whole lot better with a number of Brisbane's favourite bars updating their cocktail menus. Yep, that's right - there are new, fresh AF beverages out there just waiting to tickle our taste buds, one sip at a time. So, whether you're a lover of dark rum or prefer your booze to taste like unicorns, we listed a few local watering holes who are sporting new cocktail menus this season. If you hadn't already guessed it, hibernation is a total no-go for us this Winter (and it should be for you too!).

30 Dance Floor Anthems of the 80s

Get Into The Groove!

30 Dance Floor Anthems of the 80s

Perm that hair, break out those shoulder pads, and pop on your dancing shoes because this Saturday (June 30), the 80's Nightclub Reunion the is taking us back to the 80’s!

Get ready to groove to all the electro-pop dance songs that we know and love. Click here to buy tickets online for only $22 or buy them at the door for $30 (if the party's not sold out by then!).

They just don't make 'em like they used to and that goes for music too! So we've made shortlist including - but definitely not limited to - the best hits of the 80s to get into the groove with!

Come on - it's time to go Dirty Dancing!

Word On The Street #115

New menu, who dis?

Word On The Street #115

Out with the old and in with the new (well, sort of). Staying on top of seasonal foodie trends and produce is something most Brisbane eateries take pride in #lucky. Menus are continually being updated and tweaked to suit, not only our wants and needs, but also, what's current, fresh and locally sourced. We've had the privilege of taste-testing a number of new breakfast, lunch, dinner and drink menus over the past few weeks, and we think you should try them too. Be quick though, time fly's when you're having fun and before you know it, it'll be spring and the menus will be different again!

Putting The FUN in FUNctions

Calling All The Party People

Putting The FUN in FUNctions

Stuck on thinking of what venue to hold your next big event at? Have no fear, The Good Guide is here! Throw all that stress out of the window as we’ve narrowed down all the FUN locations where you can hold your next 'Grammys party'. All you need to do is put on that killer outfit you know you've been saving for that special occasion, wear your best smile and boom! It's time to hit the town!

Introducing The Small Crop

The Small Crop produces the biggest yield!

Introducing The Small Crop

Brisbane-based and Brisbane-grown, The Small Crop is all about producing wholesome food for all - vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores alike - with only the best produce. Its loving owners and partners (in business and in life!) are Kate and Toby Birtwhistle and they are dedicated to showcasing local, gourmet, and fresh ingredients.