Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 10/05/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)

Let’s test your capacity.


10) Fearless At Home Festival

10th May

What: Iconic US label Fearless Records is hosting a virtual global event, Fearless At Home. The live stream music festival will take place this Monday and the label has the lineup of international artists that will perform across the five-hour concert. Leading the way will be acoustic sets from the likes of As It Is, Plain White T’s, Ice Nine Kills, Locket, Set It Off, The Almost, The Plot In You, Wage War + The Pretty Reckless. In addition, All The Remains, iDKHOW, I Prevail, Underoath, and Volumes will also perform, while home-grown Aussies Eat Your Heart Out are also on the lineup.

Why: A grating reminder that it’s the whitest most right-wing conservatives who are technically rebelling these days. You can wage war against the machine as long as you do so responsibly at home with respect to the restrictions.


9) She’s A Woman: Miz Cracker Does Makeup 

16th May

What: A live 90 minute makeup tutorial by Miz Cracker painting her signature Miz Cracker look. Watch the incredible transformation process so you can be your own Miz Cracker at home, as she takes you through the process and offers tips & tricks along the way to her becoming a WOMAN.

Why: Who says profound appearance-based insecurities are just for days spent outside the home?


8) Metallica Mondays

12th May

What: While we’re all doing our part and staying home, Metallica is diving back into a few of their favorite shows at a socially responsible distance. Virtually visit a few of Metallica’s favourite places in the world with them as they bring a series of live Metallica shows right to your couch! Don’t worry if you can’t catch it “live,” the show will be available on demand for an entire week.

Why: Never has the lyric, “take a look to the sky just before you die”, been so apt for a government social guidance film.


7) EDC Virtual Rave-A-Thon

16th-18th May

What: Insomniac has revealed an event to tide fans over during self-isolation: a virtual rave-a-thon built around the spirit of the infamous Las Vegas electro dance festival, EDC. The EDC virtual rave-a-thon will be hosted by Pasquale Rotella and will be available to fans on a global scale.

Why: And here we thought months of isolation would starve the rave infection out of society. But it appears that it’s come back in a mutated, much more insidious, form.


6) Ed Helms ‘Whisky Sour Happy Hour’

14th May

What: “Whiskey Sour Happy Hour,” Helms’ newly launched limited web series benefiting MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct Relief, invites some of the leading and emerging artists from the wider American roots community to perform intimate shows directly from their homes. The first two episodes featured big-name artists like Lee Ann Womack, Ben Harper, Yola and Billy Strings, among others, while future guests include Rosanne Cash, Langhorne Slim, Mandy Moore, Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi, Valerie June and more. Hosted each week by Helms, a vocal advocate of bluegrass and American roots music and culture and a master banjo player, “Whiskey Sour Happy Hour” is his way of bringing a smile to fellow fans and newcomers during these troubling times.

Why: Experience another string to the bow of a multi-talented person in the only way you will ever be able to – voyeurism.


5) Awesome Soundwave Live

12th May

What: After the success of the first edition, Carl Cox’s Awesome Soundwave label (in partnership with Beatport) has announced a second online festival! Presented by Carl, the event will feature the likes of Christopher Coe + Ehsan Gelsi, Digital Afrika, Mat Playford, Giorgia Angiuli, An On Bast and Satoshi Tomiie, who will all play live from their lockdown locations around the world. Self-isolate. Rave together.

Why: EDM without MDMA. Good luck with that.


4) Can’t Be There Today

11th May

What: Billy Bragg released a song “Can’t Be There Today” back in March, in honour of the UK’s Mother’s Day, which fell on the first weekend of lockdown. Inspired by that, City Winery has put together a livestream special for Mother’s Day this Sunday which will be headlined by Bragg and also includes Rosanne Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Loudon Wainwright, The Mountain Goats, The Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, Shovels & Rope, Jorma Kaukonen, Joan Osborne, Joseph Arthur, Stella Donnelly and more. Tickets benefit The United Nations Foundation fund addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why: Remind her of the multi-millionaire musical heartthrob you could have been.


3) Celebrate the Class of 2020

16th May

What: To honour the class of 2020, Oprah Winfrey, Miley Cyrus, and more stars are teaming up with Facebook and Instagram to host a virtual graduation ceremony. Winfrey will deliver the commencement address (a job she’s already well-versed in doing). Miley Cyrus will perform her hit single “The Climb.” Stars like Lil Nas X, Jennifer Garner, Simone Biles, and Awkwafina will address the class of 2020.

Why: Looking towards the future and seeing the toothy grin of Miley Cyrus should give graduates the most honest image of the horrific tomorrow we’ve left them with.


2) Bandwidth 

15th May

What: Experience a social distancing party in your own home with a special live stream event through Facebook Live with the team behind Blues on Broadbeach! Featuring live performances by some of your favourites from the 2020 Blues on Broadbeach lineup, you won’t want to miss it! Featuring: Karen Lee Andrews, Karise Eden, Li’l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, Shaun Kirk, Tami Neilson, The Black Sorrows, The Soul Movers, The Turner Brown Band and Tommy Emmanuel.

Why: Blues on Broadbeach without the beach and the heroin. At the very least, it’ll be a new experience.


1) Recharge Festival

17th May

What: Tones And I, Missy Higgins, Pierce Brothers and The Jezabels are among the artists lined up for the inaugural Recharge 2020 Festival. A partnership of streaming event specialist Delivered Live and Victorian Government, the virtual concert is said to represent “the best of Victoria, from its farms to its pubs, from its estuaries to its kitchens,” and will beam out on YouTube to a live audience. Also performing will be The Black Sorrows, Archie Roach, Ainslie Wills, Dallas Frasca, Fanny Lumsden, Hannah Blackburn, Thando and Wagons.

Why: Nothing will make your heart ache like a classic estuary-based opus.

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