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Jack Daniels teams up with G-Flip for Support Act | Image: Jack Daniels

Feel-Good Friday: 7 June 2024 – Big Tunes and Environmental Boons

There is nothing quite look a good Friday afternoon. Once the morning emails are done and the clock strikes midday, you can officially take your hands off the wheel and let the weekend roll on ahead. While some of us may have even clocked off already (looking at you, real estate agents) we’re still putting the finishing touches on a week well spent. The first order of business is another injection of Feel-Good Friday vibes. Let’s get into it.

Jack Daniels teams up with G-Flip for Support Act | Image: Jack Daniels
Jack Daniels teams up with G Flip for Support Act | Image: Jack Daniels

Jack Daniel’s and G Flip to Take Over Oxford Art Factory

Aussie musician G Flip is pretty much our shining light on the global stage right now, but the international superstar has not forgotten where they came from. Teaming with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, G-Flip is set to play an exclusive concert at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory with a limited run of merchandise to raise money for local musicians.

The concert will be held for one night only on Saturday, July 13th, with all proceeds from the exclusive event going directly to the national music industry charity Support Act. Dubbed ‘The Support Tee,’ the merchandise will feature G Flip’s artistic update of Jack Daniel’s iconic logo—marking the very first time an Aussie artist has been given the opportunity to reimagine their own Jack Daniel’s label. Only 500 tees will be made, making this a serious collectors’ item.

“It’s a massive honour to be the first artist in Australia to redesign the Jack Daniel’s label. I collaborated with Olivia Boryczewski, a designer who I work with a lot, and with Jack Daniel’s to create the cute t-shirt. I think the design is sick and I hope the fans like it too,” G-Flip said. “My first show at Oxford Art Factory was back in 2018. It’s such an iconic venue and is so special to me and many other artists. I’m stoked to be partnering with a brand that stands for good times and good music.”

Tickets to G Flip’s concert at Oxford Art Factory will be available from 9:00am on Wednesday 12 June. Visit the website for more information.

Blancpain Reaffirms its Ocean Commitment | Image: Blancpain
Blancpain Reaffirms its Ocean Commitment | Image: Blancpain

Blancpain Reaffirms its Ocean Commitment

While some corporate endeavours may seem a little contrived, Blancpain’s connection to the ocean is anything but. The watchmaker is globally renowned for its incredible collection of dive watches, so protecting the ocean just fits the bill. From helping to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) at Mexico’s Bajos del Norte National Park to extending its partnership with PADI, 2024 has already proven to be a big year for Blancpain’s ocean conservation efforts, and it’s not over yet.

More recently, Blancpain supported UNSEEN Expeditions in its Deep Reefs of the Far East Expedition in the Maluku Archipelago, Indonesia. The organisation worked alongside local universities and research institutions to explore the area for the very first time at such depths. As a result, participants were able to document species unknown to science and pinpoint potential habitats of the enigmatic dinosaur fish known as the coelacanth.

Uber's Rider Emissions Savings in action | Image: Uber
Uber’s Rider Emissions Savings in action | Image: Uber

Uber Launches Emission Savings

Aussie Uber riders are set to gain increased visibility regarding their environmental impact, courtesy of a new in-app feature called ‘Rider Emission Savings’. With this addition, riders can now see an estimation of the CO₂ emissions they avoided when riding with Uber Green or Comfort Electric.

According to Uber, the estimated CO₂ emissions savings are calculated based on Uber Green and Uber Comfort Electric rides and the amount of tailpipe emissions avoided compared to UberX or Uber Comfort trips of the same distance in your city. Considering Australians took 1.86 million EV trips in the first quarter of the year alone, it’s a monumental step forward for transparency in the industry.

“We know Aussies love nothing more than a friendly rivalry, and with competition in the air this week we are calling on our riders, including blues and maroons fans, to back a different colour: green,” Anna Brito, head of sustainability, strategy and planning for Uber Australia and New Zealand said. “We want to make it effortless for our riders to embrace a lower-emissions lifestyle, and we hope this new feature encourages Aussies to reconsider their habits when it comes to greener ways of travelling.”

Angus and Julia Stone are lead mentors for Wild Turkey Bourbon's Music 101 | Image: Wild Turkey Bourbon
Angus and Julia Stone are lead mentors for Wild Turkey Bourbon’s Music 101 | Image: Wild Turkey Bourbon

Wild Turkey’s Music 101 Mentorship Program Returns

Wild Turkey Bourbon’s Music 101 Mentorship Program has returned for another year, offering emerging Aussie artists an opportunity to learn from the biggest names in the business. For 2024, the bourbon brand has gone all out, announcing global superstars Angus and Julia Stone as lead mentors.

“It takes courage to take that first step in your music career – and it takes even more conviction to keep pursuing it,” Angus said. “Looking back on our journey so far, I’m lucky to have Julia by my side. We understand each other, allowing for creative freedom but also working collaboratively.”

As part of the program, emerging artists will participate in six tailored sessions held over two days in Sydney this July. The first day will be held by Studios 301, the largest recording company in the Southern Hemisphere, with day two at Wild Turkey’s House of Music 101. Here, music lovers will be treated to live music and more than a few Wild Turkey Bourbons. Aspiring artists are encouraged to apply for the program, with applications open until 14 June 2024.