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Leo Sayer's favourite place

Thursday, July 3, 2008
Since his first visit in 1974, Leo Sayer has had an affinity with Australia — particularly Sydney. He made a secret pact with himself that he would one day make it home, and three years ago, he left his home country of England and has now comfortably settled Down Under in Sydney.

The singer's career has spanned four decades, spawning 15 albums, a string of international chart-toppers and classic songs. To coincide with his 60th birthday, Universal Music Australia is releasing his new, locally-recorded album — Don't Wait Until Tomorrow. It was recorded at Sydney's Studio 301 with Aussie music legend, Garth Porter.

On the album, Leo, the man with one of modern music's most distinctive and celebrated voices, revisits a selection of milestone songs from his career. Not just the hits, but songs that are important to him. A couple of favourites — 'Orchard Road' and 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing' — have been reinterpreted and reborn.

The Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont is not far from Leo's home and he makes the most of it. There, you can find every delicacy from the sea to take home and cook or to enjoy at one of the restaurants.

If you are entertaining, it's a one-stop shop: once you've chosen the seafood, you can visit the wonderful deli and greengrocer for the rest of your needs.

Leo really enjoys Sydney's inner-city suburbs, with the village atmosphere perhaps reminding him of home. Double Bay is a place he frequents and Dee Bee's Café is like a second home. Among all the chic boutiques and fancy eateries of Double Bay, Dee Bee's has a touch of old-fashioned care about it. It is modestly furnished and tables always have fresh flowers. The menu has regular cafe offerings, but the specials board offers some surprises.

Leo loves to catch up with friends in the cafe and the owner is one of his closest friends. It's a place celebrities visit — the walls are full of pictures of well-known people, including one of Leo, of course.

When he fancies a stroll by the harbour, Leo heads to Circular Quay to mingle with the crowds and enjoy the many buskers. One of his favourites is Norm, a didgeridoo player.

After enjoying the entertainment, he likes to stroll to Observatory Hill, sit in the rotunda and play his harmonica. He says it's the perfect place to unwind and play a few tunes, and maybe find inspiration for new songs.

Observatory Hill's rotunda is about 2m off the ground and has wonderful views of the harbour and bridge. It is far enough away from roads for noise to not be an issue, and at sunset it has a romantic mood.

For a totally different mood, you could find Leo at K Square Karaoke. He loves to end a night with a few friends and a bit of a sing-along. If you happen to be there, don't even think about getting up to sing 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing'. He'll sing you under the table!

There are 18 private rooms and more than 80,000 songs to choose from.

Location

Around the city of Sydney.

Cost

K Square Karaoke is open every day from midnight to 4am. VIP rooms are $15 per person for two hours. Two soft drinks are included. Standard rooms are $12 per person for two hours with one soft drink included.

For further information

Sydney Fish Market
Bank Street and Pyrmont Bridge Road
Pyrmont 2009
Ph: (02) 9004 1100
Fax: (02) 9004 1177
www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au
fishline@sydneyfishmarket.com.au

Dee Bee's Café
27 Knox Street
Double Bay 2028
Ph: (02) 9327 6696

Sydney Observatory
Watson Road
Observatory Hill
Millers Point 2000
Ph: (02) 9921 3485
www.sydneyobservatory.com.au

K Square Karaoke
G4 Capitol Square
730-742 George Street
Sydney 2000
Ph: (02) 9281 8833
Fax: (02) 9281 8866
www.ksquare.com.au
enquiry@ksquare.com.au

Leo Sayer's tour dates
Sydney
September 5 and 6, 2008
The State Theatre
To book contact Ticketmaster 136 100
Or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

Melbourne
October 18, 2008
The Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
To book contact Ticketmaster 136 100
Or visit www.ticketmaster.com.au

Adelaide
November 22, 2008
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
To book call Theatre Mode 132 849
Or visit ticketek.com.au

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