Stuck somewhere where a proper NYE party is a no-go? No worries. Me too.
But don’t sweat it – I’ve got your entertainment part covered. You can still spend the last day of 2020 with your fave Aussie music artists in more than one way. And it’s not necessarily watching the Sydney fireworks online this time.
PART 62 OF “AM I EVER GONNA SEE YOUR FACE AGAIN?” A RANDOM COLLECTION OF UNKNOWINGLY OBVIOUS FACTS ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC SCENE
The Hallmark of 2020: spending nearly every night in. Regardless of the date or the occasion. Trust me – I know the feeling. So if you’re stuck in for the last day and night of this shit show everyone wants to forget about, here are a few ways you can still make it a House Party.
Play a video game
But not just any game. Choose League of Legends and go for one of the new champions, Rell: The Iron Maiden. I’m not a big gamer, so I can’t really judge it. But it does look like a kick-ass character – the type you’d want to sort out 2021 for everyone.
And it’s got a pretty cool connection to Aussie music, too.
Ecca Vandal has been quiet for the better part of 2020. But at the beginning of December, she dropped the news on her socials about a collaboration with the League of Legends developers, Riot Games. She co-wrote the theme song for Rell’s induction to the game. And I gotta say: Ecca Vandal chose her time wisely, even though it might have been one of the very few things she shared with the world this year.
Watch online TV
Sounds pretty obvious? But it’s not what you’re thinking.
Ruel invented a 2020 painkiller. The song, yes. But I mean the remedy for all the boring nights in, too. It’s called RuelVision, and it’s a 24-hour, on-demand TV network. But you won’t find a typical music channel there with mixed up video clips played in a sequence. It’s entertainment at its best with the Man Himself starring in many different roles and characters.
It’s hands-down one of the best things I’ve seen this year in the biz in general. It goes way beyond music, by providing both a bit of nostalgia (the programs are staged as if it was in the fifties) and real-time TV feel. There are all sorts of programs on it that you can choose from: quizzes, news, exercise, cooking demonstrations or karaoke. Apparently, there are over 70 different pieces of content available to view. And they’re funny, too.
I underestimated Ruel and his team for a very long time. But this is exactly the creativity I like to see and learn from. So even if you’re not a fan of the young Australian’s music, you should definitely check out RuelVision as an example of a darn well-executed marketing campaign of 2020.
VENTURE THROUGH A VIRTUAL MUSIC VAULT
Some artists decided to take their art up a notch in 2020 and offered their fans something extra to accompany their music. Like Gordi who released a pretty good album, Our Two Skins, at the beginning of the year. But instead of the usual ways of promoting it, the muso also went for a 3D live experience.
Buried City is pretty much a virtual realm you can freely roam around, choosing the rooms you want to visit, and discovering the muso’s new record at the same time. It’s like a virtual escape room, really. Except that you want to stay there instead of leaving. The cool part about it is that you’ll hear stories about how the songs came to be and some of Gordi’s thoughts on an artist’s life in quarantine.
I gotta say the idea is pretty elaborate. It’s also cool that it’s free for anyone to enter. So instead of falling into the internet Rabbit Hole, go get lost in Gordi’s Buried City for a change.
MAKE IT a movie NIGHT
I know, I know… You’ve probs seen everything on Netflix, HBO, Stan, Disney+, Prime, Hulu and the rest of them movie streaming platforms already. But the night is long, so you might as well kill the time until midnight with this suggestion.
“Dirt Music” is not new – it was already released in 2019 in the US. Also, beware – it’s a romance and novel adaptation on top of that. For some very weird reason, in an Aussie picture, the two main characters are not played by local actors, either. And, to be perfectly honest, it received rather mixed reviews. So why do I even bother mentioning it here?
For two reasons. Because of Western Australia’s landscape which is my beloved place in Oz nature-wise. If you’ve never been there, you’ll see what I mean when you watch it. Plus, there’s an Aussie music element to it, too. The soundtrack was partially written by Julia Stone. And those two things are enough for me to save “Dirt Music”. So give it a chance as well.
Before anything else, I’m issuing a coarse language warning here. But if your ears are not so sensitive to the expletives, prep yourself for getting cooked… I mean amused. Although this show is very loosely related to music, it’ll have you in stitches in no time. And that’s kind of the idea here, right?
Nat’s What I Reckon is an Aussie comedian and a drummer who’s saved 2020 for heaps of people around the world with his outrageously funny cooking vids on YouTube. In all fairness, he’s also convinced many sceptics (including myself) that cooking ain’t that hard after all. And, unless he fakes it, he seems like a pretty darn good cook at the same time, trying to encourage viewers to make their own foods instead of buying the canned “shit”.
In this Chrissy episode, Nat’s showing you how to make a very festive drink. And for this special occasion, he’s recruited one of Australia’s favourite rappers, Briggs, to help him. I’ll bet you AUD 100 that you’ll be making eggnog right after watching it.
PRESS PLAY ON A PLAYLIST WITH BANGERS
Finally, if you’re not feeling very adventurous about the whole thing and just wanna listen to a few straight-up Aussie bangers, I’ve got a playlist for you (but of course!). It’s nearly two hours long and is filled with all my favs 2020 bangers made Down Under.
And no matter what you’ll end up doing, I really hope that we’ll all wake up to a better 2021. So:
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