Sydney’s new one-of-a-kind entertainment venue, The Star, celebrated its opening in style this evening with Stevie Wonder performing an electrifying set to 800 VIP guests. In a once in a lifetime moment, Stevie was welcomed on stage by A-list actor and long-time fan Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio, who revealed that Stevie Wonder is his favourite performer of all time, introduced the music icon at the party and said how much he has always admired and looked up to him. Held in the lobby of The Star’s new five-star hotel The Darling, the party was a star studded affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Russell Crowe, Entourage actor Adrian Grenier, Elle McPherson, Joel Edgerton and Sacha Baron Cohen attending.
This is the first official appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in Sydney, since arriving to film Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. Other VIP guests who attended the event included Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall, Glenn McGrath and Sarah Leonardi, Erika Heynatz, Sophie Falkiner, Laura Csortan and Chris Joannou, Lachlan and Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale and Kate Ritchie.
Four DJ’s and 30 performance artists danced in stylised spontaneous acts through-out the night entertaining guests, while 500 bottles of champagne and 8,000 crystal glasses kept the crowd celebrating the opening of The Star, until the small hours of Wednesday morning. Stevie played a collection of his greatest hits, including I just called to say I love you, Superstition and Signed Sealed Delivered.
The exclusive party was held at The Darling Hotel and Spa, The Star’s new five-star boutique lifestyle hotel and guests were the first to view the new hotel’s lobby. The Star’s gleaming $870 million refurbishment and expansion now boasts 20 new restaurants and bars, including the new Japanese restaurant Sokyo, which is located in The Darling and set to open next week.
The Star is also home to David Chang’s Momfuku Seiobo, Teage Ezard’s BLACK by ezard, Stefano Manfredi’s Balla as well as Adriano Zumbo’s new patisserie, Flying Fish & Chips and coming soon, Golden Century.
It also includes a retail collection featuring leading brands such as G Star Raw, Calvin Klein Jeans, IM lingerie, Chanel Fragrance and Beauty Boutique, Salvatore Ferragamo , LK Jewellery, Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Moda Emporio.
Here enjoy some postcards of this amazing venue below: