5 Ways To Successfully Pretend You're Not Back At Work By Keeping The Holiday Spirit Alive
As you're reading this you might be, dare we say, feeling the slump of post-Christmas Holidays blues. And we'd just like to say: we hear you, we feel you, we see you. Because SAME.
Like clockwork, every year hoards of people head back to work following their break and it's safe to say the gloomy mood heading back into the 9-to-5 is felt around the world. But the dread of ~silly season~ being over doesn't have to consume you. What if, we all just kept the spirit alive and by pretending it's the holidays still?! Imagine.
Thanks to our mates at Visit Victoria we've pulled together a list of ways you can successfully avoid your responsibilities by getting out and about in Melbourne. Being back at work doesn't mean your social life is over. No no, it's quite the opposite, friends. 2020 is just getting started.
Down To Earth
Over the past few months Australia has suffered through a catastrophic bushfire season with devastating loss of life, animals, homes and communities. As a result many have banded together to put on epic events with proceeds going to charities and relief. On Wednesday February 26th Down To Earth: A Fire and Climate Relief Concert will take place in Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl with an incredible lineup of artists taking the stage including: Angus & Julia Stone, Briggs, Gang Of Youths, Jack River, Ruby Fields, Tash Sultana and Thelma Plum. You won't want to miss out on your chance at helping to give back. Tickets can be purchased here.
Australia, we have just announced Down To Earth - A Fire and Climate Relief Concert. Down To Earth will benefit immediate fire relief, communities in need, First Nation’s voices and knowledge and climate action. Tickets go on sale Thursday 10am AEDT via Ticketek.com.au. Please only buy tickets via ticketek.com.au and avoid any secondary ticketing websites. 100% OF PROFIT WILL BE DONATED.
NGV Friday Nights
Ring in the new decade by celebrating another decade: the 80s. Until the 10th of April every Friday you can make your way to the National Gallery of Victoria for a throwback of the best kind. Marvel at the Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines exhibition while DJs play you the best tracks from the post-punk, disco, hip hop, new wave movements. New York City-inspired street food, cocktails and a dancefloor will all be on hand for you to truly immerse yourself in the glow of the 1980s. Here's a lil sneak peek on what you can expect. Book your tickets online here.
This Friday Night DJ Sullivan revives the iconic punk scene of 1980s New York, while Fei Pao goes deep into the 80s with a set inspired by NYC’s iconic dance party: The Loft. Enjoy music, multiple drag performances, NYC street food and exhibition access to Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Tickets via link in bio. Thanks to our partners @mercedesbenzau @amexau @bombaysapphire @asahibeer_au @yeringstation #NGVFridayNights • A special thanks to @bentleighgroup for building and installing our summer NGV sign.
Australian Open Live Stage
This years iconic international tennis tournament will kick off with the Australian Open Live Stage concert, albeit on a more sombre tone. Musicians Montaigne, Lily Papas and Jessica Mauboy will all perform for punters with proceeds going to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Never has there been a better time for you to donate your time and money to support the community. The event will take place on Sunday 19th January starting at 6:30pm - tickets are Adults $20 and Kids $5 sold here.
Is there anything more pure than becoming one with nature? If you're an animal AND music lover, then Zoo Twilights will be the perfect escape for you to forget you still haven't made a New Years resolution list yet. It can wait! Running through until March, this summer music series will see your fave artists like Confidence Man, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and Julia Jacklin performing within the grounds of the Melbourne Zoo. And the good news is you'll be able to party on with your conscience still in tact, as all proceeds from tickets go towards helping save the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum. Get your tickets here.
Now more than ever it's important to get out and support our regional communities who have been doing it tough throughout this bushfire season. So fill up your calendar with social events that will help pump some much needed funds back into these affected towns. The good news is there are some awesome things happening over the summer including the Port Fairy Jazz Festival (7-9th February), Macedon Ranges Music Festival (14th March), and the Gellibrand Blues and Blueberry Festival (29th February - 1st March).
St Kilda Festival
LIVE MUSIC!!! BEACH!!! SUMMER!!! Going to a festival in the summertime is a classic Aussie pastime. This year St Kilda Fest celebrates its 40th anniversary and honestly, they've never looked better. On Sunday 9th February head along to the seaside and catch live acts from Hot Dub Time Machine, Remi and The Kite String Tangle. For more info on lineup, tickets and event details head here.
The good news is, even if you can't get along to one of these events, there is something on for everyone any night of the week. Monday to Sunday Melbourne is bustling with live gigs, immersive music exhibitions and more. Get amongst it!
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