Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 20/09/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
Spring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer. And if you play it right, you’ll die of diabetes or liver failure before you have to face 2021.
10) The Gag: Queerantine Party
What: Looking for something fun to do? Can’t get out and party because of quarantine? Need Queer folks and allies to vibe with? Then get your tickets for The Gag. This is a Queer dance party where you can light up, open your brews at home and just chill with your favourite tunes. Enjoy the party atmosphere from the comfort of your own home with your DJ Kimmy Katarja!
Why: Nothing alleviates the feeling of utter loneliness like blasting club music from your s****y computer speaker in your small, empty apartment.
9) Greensky Bluegrass: Live
What: A live force of nature renowned for bringing rock ‘n’ roll showmanship to high-energy bluegrass, this group has sold out hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the legendary Ryman Auditorium in addition to igniting stages everywhere from Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz Festival to Austin City Limits and Outside Lands. Experience their palpable energy in a livestreamed concert.
Why: There’s nothing like the wild, chaotic energy of a live rock ‘n’ roll show as broadcast through a quarantine-approved thirteen inch screen.
8) Wallows: Live at the Roxy
What: As of mid-May, the last time Dylan Minnette, Braeden Lemasters, and Cole Preston — known together as pastel pop-rock band Wallows — had seen each other in person was when they filmed a music video in March. The visual, which brings their jaunty tune “OK” to vibrant life, doubles as a showcase for the trio’s fellowship. The COVID-19 pandemic led performing artists en masse to cancel festivals and tours worldwide, including Wallows, who had to ditch a run of headlining shows. At the same time, amid all the uncertainty, the optimistic refrain of “OK” took on an entirely new significance. “The lyric ‘Can we get up and try to feel OK again?’ [was] trying to spin a positive message,” Lemasters told MTV News. They will be performing live in a unique livestreamed concert.
Why: If something referred to as “pastel pop-rock” appeals to you…we’re sorry for the future we’ve created for you, but consider it time served for spewing out bands like this.
7) José González: The Life You Can Save
What: José González is an indie folk singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist out of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is known for his soft, pensive vocals and gentle acoustic melodies played on Alhambra, Esteve, and Córdoba classical guitars. He is also a member of the two-piece, Junip, alongside Tobias Winterkorn on organ and synthesisers. Experience him live.
Why: It turns out Tobias Winterkorn is not a Wodehouse character, but the real name of a real person. That’s reason enough to at least give this a look-in.
6) Hip-Hop 4 Peace
What: The Hip-Hop 4 Peace livestream is commemorating the U.N.’s International Day of Peace. Chuck D, KRS One, Rakim and more hip-hop artists from around the world will participate.
Why: It would be petty to point out the inherent contradiction within an event advocating for peace serenaded by the cacophony of rap music…wouldn’t it?
5) Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me
What: K-pop star Wonho is performing his first live solo show for his solo debut album Love Synonym #1 : Right for Me. The global livestream will feature songs from the mini album, as well as new tunes, cover songs, behind-the-scenes footage and more.
Why: Catch him quick before he dies of anorexia, kills himself or is ‘disappeared’ by his record label for a projected drop in marketability.
4) Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake
What: Lamb of God (sometimes abbreviated as LoG) is an American heavy metal band from Richmond, Virginia. Formed in 1994 as Burn the Priest, the group consists of bassist John Campbell, vocalist Randy Blythe, guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, and drummer Art Cruz. They are considered a significant member of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement and will be performing, for the first time, the entirety of their album Ashes of the Wake live, from their hometown Richmond, Virginia. The pre-show kicks off an hour earlier featuring a Q&A with the band.
Why: Your lapsed catholicism-cum-mild agnosticism could use some spice.
3) The Monterey Jazz Festival
What: The Monterey Jazz Festival is going virtual for its 63rd annual event. The incredible lineup features exclusive new and previously unreleased archival performances from the Monterey Jazz Festival, featuring Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Kenny Barron Trio, Jamie Callum, Anat Cohen Tentet and many more!
Why: Raw jazz, processed.
2) Virtual Roo-Ality
What: If you missed partying at Bonnaroo this year, the festival is offering up a chance to enjoy some live music at home instead. Bonnaroo has announced its Virtual Roo-Ality festival! The free, three-day streaming event will feature Charli XCX on a panel, a new performance from Action Bronson, and many other appearances and sets. The festival will also be showcasing some of the most memorable performances in its archives, including sets by Metallica, My Morning Jacket, the White Stripes, and more.
Why: Revisit the glory days of Metallica and the White Stripes…in real time with 2020’s pop tart #352 and the fat white guy with a YouTube food channel.
1) Farm Aid
What: Farm Aid will mark its 35th anniversary with a festival livestream experience that will include performances from more than 20 artists. The lineup features Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson and The Boys, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, as well as Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell with Charlie Sexton, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jon Batiste, Kelsey Waldon, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Particle Kid, The Record Company, Valerie June, and The War And Treaty.
Why: The lineup speaks for itself. Also it turns out John Mellencamp wasn’t just an invention of 70s admen.