World Bar Closure – Iconic Sydney Venue to Shut

World Bar Closure – Iconic Sydney Music and Nightlife Closes

Iconic Sydney Music venue and nightclub The World Bar in Kings Cross is suddenly shutting down.

The owners and management are blaming Sydney’s much disliked lockout laws and declining patronage for the decision.

The World Bar is famous the world over, a haunt for Sydney locals and visiting backpackers and youth travellers alike over the years. Open for 18-years, the venue has hosted some of Australia’s best music acts.

Heres’ what the World Bar shared on Facebook today:

Hi Friends,

We are sad to tell you that we will be closing the doors of the The World Bar Sydney this Thursday 29 November 2018. Our final show on Wednesday is set to be a cracker, so come and join us for one last night to say goodbye at The Wall.

Over the last 18 years, this Kings Cross stalwart has thrown some of Sydney’s most renowned club nights and live music events. The venue’s rich history includes infamous sets featuring Australia’s highly-regarded electronic artists from Ajax to Flume, Alison Wonderland and Nina Las Vegas, plus unforgettable live performances including DZ Deathrays, Gang of Youths and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, who helped pave the way for a seminal period in Sydney’s live music and nightlife timeline.

Here’s the statement from owner Steve Ward:

“This is obviously heartbreaking stuff, after being part of the Sydney music scene for more than 18 years it’s tough to close the doors on a venue that really is like a big family. We’re very proud of the role we’ve played in fostering young music talent and creating a safe space for all.

“The obvious connection that people will make on our closure is the effect of the lockout laws. It’s undeniable that they have had a huge impact on us, as well as Sydney’s live music scene.

“However, we believe there is a solution here, we have hope. We need the authorities to show true leadership and to make positive decisions for the music and creative communities and for everyone who likes to be social at night!

“Public opinion and pressure are mounting and now we need our elected officials to be brave and make positive changes to the legislation. Safety and entertainment ARE achievable, we have seen this put into practice in global cities around the world.

“Our parting words to anyone who loves Sydney’s nightlife are these – the best way to rebel is to go out.

There are great venues and incredible music alive in the Cross and surrounding areas, so please get out there and support all our incredible friends – promoters, venue owners, artists – still battling away for their love of live music.

Sydney storms : Severe Weather Heading for Sydney

A very fast moving weather system heading for Sydney as bad weather forecast for the period ahead.

“Detailed Thunderstorm Warning for Large Hailstones issued for the Illawarra,” BOM of NSW tweeted

The thunderstorm system comes ahead of warnings of severe weather on Wednesday, with authorities preparing for flooding events.

Intense rain and winds are forecast for this Wednesday. Assess your personal flood risk.

Here’s the Sydney Storms weather forecast:
Weather Situation: A low pressure system over central parts of Australia is moving east. This system is expected to enter the northwest of New South Wales today and then track southeast, rapidly intensifying as it crosses the coast about the Greater Sydney area during Wednesday. Intense rainfall and vigorous winds are expected to impact parts of the Illawarra and Greater Sydney area on Wednesday before the low quickly moves east further away from the New South Wales coast.
HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is likely for some parts of the Illawarra, Sydney Metropolitan, Central Coast and Blue Mountains during Wednesday. Widespread moderate to heavy rainfall rainfall is expected in these areas, but the most intense rainfall is likely to be more localised during Wednesday morning and afternoon.
Rainfall is expected to ease late Wednesday and early Thursday as the low pressure system moves further offshore.
DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely along the coastal Illawarra and Sydney fringe from late Wednesday morning, and extending to the Central Coast and the Hunter coastal fringe during Wednesday evening.
Winds are expected to ease later Thursday as the low moves further away from the coast.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra and Katoomba.
Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Southern Tablelands district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill.
* Don’t drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

Sydney Dust Storm Hits : Australia’s Largest City in Red Dust Storm

Sydney Dust Storm – Giant Outback Storm Slams City

A huge Sydney Dust Storm is slamming down.

A huge cloud of outback dust has reached Sydney and is creating chaos across Sydney and NSW major towns.

With draught stricken New South Wales towns already under a cloud of dust and soot right now, the big red dust storm has reached the Sydney suburbs.

The Sydney dust storm is now hitting with very strong winds sweeping across regional areas of the state, including towns like Broken Hill enveloped in an apocolyptic haze.

The storm is hitting major NSW and ACT towns and cities.

“The winds are strong and the conditions are favourable so we can’t rule it out,” she said. “But it might not happen. We might see a little pinkish glow in the sky, it might be an annoying haze, or it could be a full-on dust storm.”

Damaging winds averaging 40 to 50 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible for parts of NSW tomorrow.

The official forecast for Sydney right now is slight (20%) chance of a shower.
Areas of raised dust.
Winds northerly 15 to 20 km/h turning westerly 25 to 30 km/h in the morning then increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the middle of the day.


Video: Dust storm at Broken Hill

More video of the dust storm, this video from Klondyke in northwestern New South Wales. An eerie and thick red dust covers the town.

2009 Sydney Dust Storm

Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009 a huge dust storm swept across Sydney, turning skies orange. Landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were enveloped in a weird orange dust glow People had to prevent breathing in dust particles.

“We’re going to just keep watching the dust cloud on the satellite imagery,” she said. “The winds are definitely ramping up into tomorrow afternoon and will be more likely as tomorrow progresses.”

The dust storm is linked to the poor weather for parts of the eastern seaboard, with dry conditions for months keeping top soil lose.

Children the elderly and those with heart disease and diabetes or respitory illness are vulnerable to the effects of a dust storm. People are advised to avoid outdoor activity, cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth and be aware of reduced visibility when driving, it was suggested.

People in Sydney wake up to a sky from Mars – Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009, Sydney Morning Herald Science editor suggested that so much dust fell on Sydney during the Sydney dust storm of that year, it would probably weigh something like 1000 tonnes if it was all swept into a pile.

Video: Sydney Dust Storm 2009

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Sydney Dust Storm 2018 – Fears Giant Outback Storm Could Hit City

Sydney Dust Storm – Fears Giant Outback Storm Could Hit City

There could be a huge Sydney Dust Storm tomorrow, with draught stricken New South Wales towns already under a cloud of dust and soot right now.

The Sydney dust storm could hit by Thursday afternoon, with very strong winds sweeping across regional areas of the state, including towns like Broken Hill enveloped in an apocolyptic haze.

Anita Pyne, a forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Anita Pyne told Sydney news media that a Sydney dust storm was a real possibility.

The storm is hitting western regional towns and cities, and could make it to Sydney Thursday afternoon or evening.

“The winds are strong and the conditions are favourable so we can’t rule it out,” she said. “But it might not happen. We might see a little pinkish glow in the sky, it might be an annoying haze, or it could be a full-on dust storm.”

Damaging winds averaging 40 to 50 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h are possible for parts of NSW tomorrow.

The official forecast for Sydney right now is slight (20%) chance of a shower.
Areas of raised dust.
Winds northerly 15 to 20 km/h turning westerly 25 to 30 km/h in the morning then increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the middle of the day.


Video: Dust storm at Broken Hill

More video of the dust storm, this video from Klondyke in northwestern New South Wales. An eerie and thick red dust covers the town.

2009 Sydney Dust Storm

Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009 a huge dust storm swept across Sydney, turning skies orange. Landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge were enveloped in a weird orange dust glow People had to prevent breathing in dust particles.

“We’re going to just keep watching the dust cloud on the satellite imagery,” she said. “The winds are definitely ramping up into tomorrow afternoon and will be more likely as tomorrow progresses.”

The dust storm is linked to the poor weather for parts of the eastern seaboard, with dry conditions for months keeping top soil lose.

Children the elderly and those with heart disease and diabetes or respitory illness are vulnerable to the effects of a dust storm. People are advised to avoid outdoor activity, cover your nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth and be aware of reduced visibility when driving, it was suggested.

People in Sydney wake up to a sky from Mars – Sydney Dust Storm 2018

In 2009, Sydney Morning Herald Science editor suggested that so much dust fell on Sydney during the Sydney dust storm of that year, it would probably weigh something like 1000 tonnes if it was all swept into a pile.

Video: Sydney Dust Storm 2009

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Shark Alarm at Bondi Beach

Shark alarm at Bondi beach

Morning swimmers and surfers were told the get out of the water at Bondi beach after a shark was reportedly spotted.

An alarm sounded at the beach, triggered by surf life saving teams.

Tourists and locals alike were told to leave the water around 10.15am today.

Large schools of fish could be seen just off the beach near Icebergs from the news chopper.


Large school of fish off shore may have triggered a false alarm, or possibly attracting larger fish predators.


Surfers in the water at Bondi this morning.

Despite the alarms some surfers remained in the water while dozens stood on the beach line looking out to sea.

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Live Video and Updates: Monster Sydney Storm Rolls In

Live Video: A Series of Monster Storms Incoming to Sydney

Breaking News: Monster Storms are rolling into Sydney causing high winds, flash flooding, hail and thousands of lightning strikes per hour.

People are told to stay indoors, secure lose items and avoid travel if possible.

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Nigella Lawson Sydney Event – Culinary Queen Comes to Town

Nigella Lawson Sydney Event – Culinary Queen Comes to Town

Nigella Lawson, the famous British culinary expert, is touring Australia in 2019.

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