It’s a tricky time of year, isn’t it? Just as most of us head back to work, the Australian Open kicks off, sapping all of our motivation to attack the ‘grind life’. With this in mind, we’ve decided that the official start of the work year is as soon as the men’s final is decided. So don’t stress over catching up on emails on a Friday afternoon. Instead, slip into your comfy sweatpants, and get ready to witness some of the most intense athletic battles on the court this weekend. While you’re at it, check out all the other fist-pumping vibes in our latest edition of Feel-Good Friday.
Serve Socially at Sydney’s Best Australian Open Party
If you love tennis (or just a wild summer party), then you’ve got to head to Social Serve for their Australian open event on Saturday 28 January. Taking place from 3.30pm-9.30pm in Sydney’s Rose Bay, you’ll enjoy a rockstar line-up of killer cocktails, wicked DJ beats, party vibes and a giant serving of social tennis. Don’t worry if you’ve never played or been out of the sport for years – Social Serve is all about having fun, meeting new people and providing an easy entry point to the game. And remember to smash a few cheeky bevs, not tennis racquets.
Google Australia launches Sydney Ferries on Street View
Google Australia has announced that people from across the globe can now experience Sydney through its iconic Ferry routes and services, via Google Street View. In partnership with Transport for NSW and Transdev, this new offering gives people access to a virtual tour of Sydney Ferries docked at Circular Quay and allows them to take a trip across Sydney Harbour on the Manly and Taronga Zoo services. Transport for NSW, Transdev and Google combined their nautical and engineering expertise to produce this unique collection, navigating tumultuous weather conditions and sea motion. Google first announced the partnership in May 2022. Since 2007, Street View has offered a virtual window to the world. In Australia, this has included a glimpse into the whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, a migration of the crabs on Christmas Island, the marvels of Kakadu National Park, a tour of Sydney Opera House and more.
Jameson Announces First ‘House of Rounds’ Celebration
A returning series in 2023, Jameson House of Rounds, is bringing a newfound sanctuary to Laneway Festival in Sydney and Melbourne for an immersive light, music, Irish whiskey and community spirit experience on Sunday, February 5 and Saturday, February 11. For the first time in Australia, the Jameson Dome will be launching, an illuminated world of curated light projections and music that will feature DJ sets from Tasman Keith, Daws, Shantan Wantan Ichiban and Sam Alfred to level up your Laneway Festival outing.
Dylan Alcott Reveals ‘Ability Fest’ Lineup
Ability Fest have just revealed their 2023 lineup featuring Hilltop Hoods, Sampa the Great, Meg Mac, BROODS, SHOUSE, DZ Deathrays, Telenova, Alex Lahey and more. Joining them on the Dance Stage will be Mashd N Kutcher, PARIS, dameeeela, Linda Marigliano, Tyson O’Brien, Juno Mamba, Latifa Tee, Mulalo and Tiff Cornish.
Taking place on the 25th of March, Ability Fest is proudly Australia’s first all accessible music festival and one of the leading inclusive events in the country. A music festival first and foremost, but with the added perk of incorporating more accessibility features so that everyone can enjoy the universal love of live music. Ability Fest is located at Naarm/Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr, an urban space embracing civic life and community involvement with sweeping city skyline views and lush greenery.
A non-for-profit event, Ability Fest has hosted some of the biggest names in music and raised just shy of $500,000 for the Dylan Alcott Foundation. These funds have helped young Australians living with a disability fulfil their potential through their grant program. Ability Fest was created by 2022 Australian Of The Year Dylan Alcott in conjunction with Untitled Group – Australia’s largest independent music promoter and the masterminds behind Beyond The Valley, Grapevine Gathering, Wildlands, Pitch Music & Arts and more. The festival is supported by triple j.
Pre-Sale Ticket registration closes at 4pm AEST on 23 January with tickets on sale from 6pm AEDT on 23 January. General Tickets on sale at 12pm AEST on 24 January, starting from $89.
Sydneysiders Invited to Enjoy Free Summer Yoga and Iced Coffee Sessions
To celebrate the launch of their new Barista Creations for Ice coffee capsule collection, Nespresso is teaming up with Virgin Active to host free harbourside yoga classes in Sydney, welcoming locals to kickstart their 2023 wellness routines while sipping on the latest iced coffee blends and recipes, inspired by the taste of a Brazilian summer. Early risers are invited to find their focus and take respite from the everyday with the best view in Sydney, under the shade of a pop-up studio in the picturesque Open Air Cinema at Royal Botanic Gardens. A full rundown of the sessions can be found on the official website here, where Sydneysiders can reserve their spot. Bookings for each session will open 14 days in advance and spaces are strictly limited, so get in quick.
4 Pines Turn Thumbs Green in the Aussie Cricket Team for Another Summer
Aussie beer legends, 4 Pines Brewing Co., have signed up for another innings with Cricket Australia and Landcare Australia to make an environmental impact via the bat this summer through the ‘4 Pines 4’ – an initiative which will see four native trees, shrubs, and grasses planted for every four hit by the Australian Men’s Cricket Team – up to 44,444.
In July of last year, we saw the powerful outcome of last year’s summer of cricket planting commitment at Cape Jervis, South Australia. Close to 100 acres were seeded with carefully selected species native to the Cape area enhancing landscape connectivity, improving biodiversity & providing long-term habitat for threatened species including the Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Since the planting, a South Australian Glossy Black Cockatoo has been spotted at Deep Creek on South Australia’s mainland, this is the first sighting of the species on the mainland in about 50 years. The SA Glossy Black Cockatoo population had previously been confined to Kangaroo Island due to the clearing of its primary food source, the she-oak tree, on the South Australian coastal fringe.
Uber Eats Delivers Ultimate Home VIP Cocktail Experience
Uber Eats is extending the summer session with the ultimate at-home VIP cocktail experience by launching the Bar in a Car. The travelling tavern will be taking to the streets of selected suburbs in Sydney and Melbourne this January with award-winning bartender Stefano Catino on board. Stefano, whose Maybe Sammy venue was listed in the Top 50 Bars in the World, will be hosting a cocktail masterclass in the car and after the experience, people will be able to take away and enjoy the unique kits at home.
The Bar in a Car experience is available to book for $40 via the Uber Eats app by searching Bar in a
Car. It includes a 30-minute cocktail experience, delicious nibbles, limited edition goodies and a cocktail kit of your choice to make at home. The driveway dropoff will be available in selected suburbs in Sydney from January 20th for six afternoons, while Melburnians can order their experience between the weekend of January 28th and 29th.
Snow Machine Returns to Queenstown for 5 Days of Music, Snow and Adventure
Last year, Snow Machine descended upon the breathtaking adventure capital of the world Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. This year it’s back with 5 days of adventure, shredding, après, parties and of course an absolutely monster line up. Imagine seeing your favourite artists at the top of the mountain of two world class ski resorts? Ever thought about partying on a bungy bridge over a crystal clear glacial gorge? Snow Machine can make your wildest holiday adventure dreams come true – a real trip of a lifetime.
Snow Machine takes place across The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and a main festival arena in Queenstown along with a stack of additional parties and adrenaline-fuelled offerings across the South Island. It’s an adventure holiday and music festival all rolled into one and like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Attendees can hit the slopes all day, tabletop dancing en-piste with artists spinning DJ sets at four custom built mountain après stages, before continuing the party through the night at the main festival arena in the heart of Queenstown.