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Let The Joy Rise with DJ Grind and Abigail

When we heard that these icons of the dance music world were collaborating, we couldn't contain our excitement. Joining forces to remake the classic "Let The Joy Rise" DJ Grind, Toy Armada and Abigail have struck dance music gold with this brilliant offering.
Guidetogay.com caught up with DJ Grind and Abigail to chat about the project.grindabigail
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Guidetogay.com's Best Of 2014 List

Forget about the Logies. Guidetogay.com have compiled our list of the most fabulous moments from the past year in entertainment. Let us know your thoughts!
Best Film: Pride
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In a year full of insincere box office grabs, one film stood out for its undeniable heart and soul. ‘Pride’ tells the true story of UK gay activists who worked to help miners during their lengthy union strike in the summer of ‘84.

Equally heart-warming & inspiring, ‘Pride’ reminded you just how emotionally rewarding a great film could be.



Best TV: Carlotta
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2014 was a big year for TV movies, with HBO’s production of ‘The Normal Heart’ winning acclaim internationally. But to us, the highlight of the year was ABC Australia’s superb biopic, ‘Carlotta’.

While some questioned the decision to cast a female in the role of the trailblazing transgender showgirl, Jessica Marais silenced critics with her undeniably masterful performance. Adding to the fun was some of the campest dialogue ever heard on Australian TV! 

"So does it work?"
"Every bloody night. Just ask the neighbours!"

Best Concert: Queen & Adam Lambert
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Freddie Mercury left some mighty big shoes to fill, and Adam Lambert proved he's one of the only acts in the world today with the vocal chops and charisma to pull it off.

Sydney audiences were thrilled when Lady Gaga (whose stage name was inspired by the Queen hit ‘Radio Gaga’) took to the stage to perform a duet. Legendary!

Best Breakthrough Act: Troye Sivan
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This openly-gay Perth teenager cultivated a huge following on YouTube, posting vlogs and videos of his music to his 3 million + subscribers.

Before long, he’d caught the attention of the music industry and with the release of his emotional 5 track EP, ‘TRXYE’ scored a Top 5 debut on the US Billboard chart and clocked up Gold sales in Australia. Game changing!

Best Album: Sam Smith
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Sam Smith was quite simply the toast of 2014. His debut album, ‘In The Lonely Hour’ topped the charts and unleashed a string of hit singles – most notably the gorgeous ‘Stay With Me’.

"Just a quick one - I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys." 

Best Song: Rise Like A Phoenix
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‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ was Austria’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, but became much more than that. 


Check back for more winners!
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Mardi Gras Party: Set Times and Performers

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It's going to be a massive party, and whilst the parade winds its way up Sydney's golden mile, the party will be gearing up to deliver one of the biggest and best in years.
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Meet Your Mardi Gras DJs: David Morales

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NAME: David Morales 
PARTY: "I'll be playing the Hordern at the Mardi Gras Party." 
SOUND: "Fun, Sexy, Energetic." 

davidmoralesThis year's Mardi Gras theme is "Passion." Tell us something you're passionate about that might surprise us.
I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT COOKING AND MOVIES. ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TRAVELLING IS EATING DIFFERENT KINDS OF FOOD.

Tell us about your first Mardi Gras experience.
MY FIRST MARDI GRAS EXPERIENCE WAS 2 YEARS AGO ON THE HARBOUR. IT WAS AMAZING, EVEN IN THE RAIN.

How do you prepare a set?
I NEVER PREPARE FOR A SET. I JUST GO WITH THE MOMENT. I'M NOT A LIVE ACT PER SE.

What track can't you get enough of right now?
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF MY REWORK OF SADE'S "SHELTER ME" IT'S SO SEXY AND EMOTIONAL.What artist would we be most shocked to find on your iPod?
HMMM WHAT ARTIST.... KISS "I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU"

What's your wildest onstage memory?
MY WILDEST ON STAGE EXPERIENCE WAS HAVING A TRANSEXUAL LIFT UP HER DRESS AND TOUCH HERSELF.

Mardi Gras is a celebration of diversity and pride. What should the gay community be most proud of?
THEY SHOULD BE PROUD OF HOW FAR THE STRUGGLE HAS COME AND EVEN THOUGH MORE DOORS ARE OPENING AS FAR AS ACCEPTANCE GOES WITH LEGAL MARRIAGES AND ALL THINGS CAN BE BETTER.

Your industry has experienced such an evolution the last few years. What are both the best and worst changes you've witnessed?
FOR ONE, THE TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY FOR POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE REASONS. THE WORST IS THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A DJ AND A PRODUCER. SO WE HAVE ALOT OF BOTH UNFORTUNATELY. TECHNOLOGY HAS MADE IT WHERE A "DUMMY" CAN PRESS A BUTTON AND PLAY.

Punters always have requests for DJs. What special requests do you have for your Mardi Gras audience?
COME WITH A MUSICAL OPEN MIND. LEAVE YOUR TROUBLES BEHIND.

David is playing a special Mardi Gras Party set in tribute to his friend and Def Mix collaborator, the late Frankie Knuckles. Frankie was a regular visitor to Australia, having headlined Mardi Gras in the past and even releasing a Mardi Gras compilation CD. This will be a fitting tribute from one legendary DJ to another. Take a listen to this preview.
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