Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 12/04/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Let us rattle your cage.
What: Kicking-off on Sunday, LIVIT, a curated live streaming mobile app where entertainers, performers, artists, influencers, and rising stars broadcast their own live shows, will be hosting an exclusive, live streamed indie performance series with proceeds going to the WHO and United Nations Foundation. The event will be headlined by Shalom Dubas and Emani 22 and will also feature sets by Chriscendo, Ariellejoy, Keelinkat, Kira, SylviaBoscoMusic, Scott Mulligan, Charissellick, MelodyAlanna, JenaLynn, BlairWood, Maddiesings, Koratheartist, LenaChancel, Officialyelly, Maidrilon and Thenana.
Why: You read right. We’re living in an era in which the WHO will soon have to rely entirely on crowdfunding.
9) Noisey Night In
What: As people around the world are stuck at home due to COVID-19, music has been a salve to cope with the changes of daily life. With tours postponed or cancelled, album releases delayed, and devastating financial losses crippling the industry, artists and workers who rely on live music to make a living need more help than ever. That’s why Noisey and VICE are hosting Noisey Night In, a livestream to benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Some of the acts who’ll be performing include Margo Price, Brian Fallon, Nothing, Balming Tiger, Beabadoobee, Open Mike Eagle, Miserable, Diet Cig, Overcoats, Anna Burch, and Twin Peaks. All proceeds from the livestream will go to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
Why: The poets behind the refrain, “Blow your nose, take a s***, just make sure the door’s open, I am sweating, and I am betting you are too” desperately need a portion of your rent money to maintain the quality of their creative output.
8) At Home With Farm Aid
What: Willie Nelson will be hosting the 2020 digital version of At Home with Farm Aid! The streaming concert, which will available on the Farm Aid website, will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Nelson himself, along with his sons Lukas and Micah. They will all be performing from their homes.
Why: If ever there were a way to get your oldest, most curmudgeonly relative to finally acquaint themselves with the internet, it’s dangling Willie Nelson and Neil Young in front of them like a pimp whose territory is comprised of nursing homes.
7) Sure Sure ‘Home Home’ Tour
13th, 15th, 17th & 18th April
What: Los Angeles band Sure Sure is as confident in their frisky art-pop melodies as their name suggests—and they’ve come a long way since their college days playing campus parties. Sure Sure’s feel-good melodies and sweet harmonies are often pierced with evocative, sometimes heartbreaking lyrics. As a result of their in-person upcoming tour being cancelled, they’re inviting people inside their shared abode for their Home Home Tour.
Why: A frisky feel-good LA art pop band bred from campus parties? Well they’ve got to do something when they’re not providing the soundtrack for every American coming-of-age “consent is just an abstract concept” film since the 90s.
6) Black Violin: Songs of Hope
What: American hip hop duo and classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, will be hosting a special at home concert live entitled Songs of Hope. Their special blend of classical and hip-hop will offer a different kind of experience and will, in their words, “uplift your spirits and allow [them] to connect with you from afar”.
Why: Either the perfect equilibrium between two seemingly disparate styles or a grating, chaotic mistake. Either way, like Vegemite chocolate, a sign that society might have reached its creative zenith in the 90s.
5) At Home With Blue October: Foiled
What: The eclectic, creatively restless American alt rock band from Houston, Texas, Blue October, will be hosting a live at-home performance of their album ‘Foiled’, a moody atmospheric exploration of mental anguish. They will be interacting with fans in this intimate and unique set.
Why: Turns out the complete works of Gloria Estefan isn’t the only appropriate soundtrack to the echoing abyss of madness.
4) Human to Human
What: Experience a Facebook Live Streaming music festival to raise proceeds for Plus One Foundation, MusicCares, and Sweet Relief – to support those in the music industry who are struggling to make ends meet during this time. The festival will feature Matt Nathanson, WALK THE MOON, Richard Marx, Jewel, Lauren Daigle, Tori Kelly, Rick Springfield and many, many more.
Why: Remember Jewel? Well it turns out she wasn’t the most insidious infection to hit the world in your lifetime. But that doesn’t mean she completely died out in the 90s.
3) NYX Professional Makeup #EPICtogether Virtual Music Festival
12th & 13th April
What: NYX Professional Makeup is bringing the summer festival experience to your living room with its new Epic Together event. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the beauty brand is opting to connect its audience with their favorite musicians with the virtual music festival. Kim Petras, Jessie Reyez and Princess Nokia will headline the event, which will be live-streamed on NYX Cosmetics’ Instagram. Petras, as well as the other two artists will be sporting full NYX makeup looks that’ll circle around the Epic Wear liquid liner. The brand also wants viewers to join in on the fun, with a contest that’ll give them a chance to introduce each artist’s performance. Experience an innovative, digital experience and come together in a unique and exciting way.
Why: Thought a few months in quarantine would ease that sick knot of self-hatred that forces you to cake your face with cosmetics in a desperate attempt to compensate for your aesthetic and character-based insecurities? You thought wrong.
2) Sound Mind: Closer in Crisis
What: Sound Mind, in partnership with Relix, Mental Health America, and National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City is presenting “Closer in Crisis”, a one-of-a-kind, interactive, virtual benefit concert to support mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The event brings together artists passionate about mental health issues to build a community around mental health and raise awareness and funding for critical remote mental health resources. The lineup will feature Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Foy Vance, Jade Bird, Langhorne Slim, Ballroom Thieves and Alex The Astronaut. Proceeds raised during the event will support Backline, the music industry’s hub for mental health resources, and their COVID-19 response programs providing mental health support to musicians and the music community.
Why: A contemplative dissection of the intricacies of mental health with Chad from Boston. He had a band in the 90s.
1) One World: Together At Home
What: International advocacy organization Global Citizen and the World Health Organization have announced One World: Together At Home — a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Jimmy Kimmel of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’. Friends from Sesame Street will also be on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world to take meaningful actions that increase support for the global COVID-19 response. Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, the concert will also include Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.
Why: A television moment that will go down in history, forever encapsulating the creative zenith of 2020. Years into the future you may be telling your grandchildren about the iconic moment when Jimmy Fallon laughed at nothing, Jimmy Kimmel read a YouTube comment aloud, Billie Eilish glared into a camera and Lizzo called herself “the baddest bitch” for the fiftieth time.