📸: Michael Woods

Victorians: we see you, and we are here for you. Life isn’t particularly easy for many of us right now, and we know being trapped inside your home can get old real quick. We miss live music, we miss live events, we miss being with our friends and family and we even miss that wonderfully annoying, right in the middle concrete pole inside The Corner Hotel’s bandroom…

To help keep yourself entertained for the next couple of weeks, we’ve pulled together a list of goodies, activities and a few handy skills to learn along the way.

And, to sprinkle a little bit of joy, we’re running a Secret Sounds Golden Ticket comp, which grants you and a mate entry into every Secret Sounds show in 2021! To enter, nominate your friend who has helped you and made life a little easier during this lockdown period. Tell us why they are absolute legends. Enter below:

View competition T&C's here.

HERE’S A FEW FUN ACTIVITIES TO DO DURING LOCKDOWN

Melbourne’s Best Off-Leash Dog Parks

Lucky enough to have a four-legged iso buddy? Take them down to explore one of these off-leash dog parks for your 2-hour daily dose of fresh air, and a stretch of the legs. Just because you have to socially isolate, doesn’t mean your furry friend does too!

Online Exercise Classes That You Can Do In Your Living Room

If your 1 hour of daily outdoor exercise is not quite enough, look no further – these online classes can be done right from the comfort of your own home, and, what’s even more, is you can go all day long if you so desire.

Fancy Learning a Language? Check out these helpful apps

Parlez-vous Français? If not, check out one these language learning apps and get your French on! Or if French isn’t your thing, choose from one of the many other languages on offer. Bellissimo!

Get New Skills For a Digital World

Update your business skill set with Google Digital Garage. Take an online course and go at your own pace, and by the time the lockdown is lifted, you’ll be a digital whizz.

Calling all techno fans! Berghain online…

Been to Berghain and got in? Us neither. Check out this website where you can try and pass the (virtual) Berghain bouncer, Sven and rave from your couch. P.s wearing all black and answering in German does not help.


ALBUMS & PLAYLISTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON REPEAT

Orville Peck – Pony

Grab your nearest cowboy hat and get your croon on with Orville Peck’s Pony. We dare you not to fall in love with that voice. P.s make sure to check out the track ‘Legends Never Die’ featuring the one, the only Shania Twain

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Dominic Fike – What Could Possibly Go Wrong

This super fresh release from Dominic Fike would make a perfect soundtrack to your work/study/chill from home day. Pop it on, and enter the zone of What Could Possibly Go Wrong.

Playlist: Played by Jamie xx

Whilst we can’t be at the club right now, this Played by Jamie xx playlist will at least let us pretend we are.

Wallows – Nothing Happens

Wallows’ debut album, Nothing Happens, is the perfect cure to your lockdown blues. It’ll get those feel-good hormones pumping, and might even catch you dancing in your room when you think no ones watching.

Michael Kinawuka – Home Again

Kick back, and let all your worries melt away with Michael Kinawuka’s Home Again. It’s an oldie, but a goodie.

The Beths – Jump Rope Gazers

From our good mates across the pond in New Zealand, Jump Rope Gazers by The Beths makes for the perfect accompaniment to your hourly walk! It clocks in at 38 minutes in length, so there’s even time to squeeze in a few tracks from their debut album too.

DMA’s – The Glow

If you caught their recent acoustic set from the Splendour in the Grass site and were left wanting more, check out The Glow by DMA’s.

 


OUR CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF PODCASTS

Desert Island Discs

Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.

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Grounded with Louis Theroux

Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s longing to talk to – from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic

▷ LISTEN

She’s On The Money

Why not get money-savvy this lockdown 2.0 – Millennial money expert Victoria Devine shares her foolproof tips for financial freedom.

▷ LISTEN

Just The Gist

Rosie Waterland gives ‘the gist’ on a topic of her choosing. From the McDonald’s Monopoly fraud to the Loch ness Monster, and even the more recent battle of paint shades between two established artists.

▷ LISTEN

Ted Talk: The Power of Vulnerability with Brené Brown

Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”

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ALSO, MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUR WIRED.COM 40 BEST PODCAST FOR CURIOUS MINDS COVERING MUSIC, TECH, CULTURE, SCIENCE, POLITICS & MORE!

GRAB THE POPCORN! ALL THINGS FILM & TV

Normal People

In this Stan adaptation of Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People follows the on-and-off love story of Marianne and Connell as they progress from high school to adulthood, with all life’s usual dramas woven in between.

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After Life (Season 1 & 2)

One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re crying. Ricky Gervais’ latest emotional rollercoaster explores the daily life of nonchalant Tony Johnson through his battle with loss & grief. Content warning: this series contains themes surrounding suicide.

▷ WATCH

Love On The Spectrum

In this four-part documentary series, explore the journey through dating & relationships through the eyes of seven young Australians on the Autism spectrum.

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Schitt’s Creek (ALL SEASONS!)

From rich to poor in the blink of an eye, the Rose family are forced to move to their last remaining asset: a small, outdated country town that they purchased years ago as a joke, by the name of Schitt’s Creek

Schitt's Creek' Season 6 isn't over, but fans are already mourning the cult hit. Here's why.

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In My Blood It Runs

An observational documentary that follows 10 year old Dujuan, who details the challenges and scrutinies that are faced growing up Aboriginal in Australia.

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The Sapphires

A bit of an oldie, but nonetheless a goodie: A young, talented group of singers are discovered by a has-been manager, who gets his act together and puts the group on the road to stardom.

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THIS ONE’S FOR ALL THE BOOKWORMS

Untamed – Glennon Doyle

“There is a voice of longing inside every woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good mothers, daughters, partners, employees, citizens, and friends. We believe all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives, relationships, and world, and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this?”

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor – Adam Kay

“Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.”

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia – Anita Heiss

“What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?
This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question. Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside those from newly discovered writers of all ages. All of the contributors speak from the heart sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect”

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia - Anita Heiss

Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens

“For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.”

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

“An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles in his path. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within.”

The Wife and the Widow – Christian White

“Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, The Wife and The Widow is an unsettling thriller told from two perspectives: Kate, a widow whose grief is compounded by what she learns about her dead husband’s secret life; and Abby, an island local whose world is turned upside when she’s forced to confront the evidence of her husband’s guilt.”

Killing Commendatore – Haruki Murakami

“A thirty-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a previously unseen painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances”

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

“After her family suffers a tragedy when she is nine years old, Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her estranged grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers, a way to say the things that are too hard to speak. But Alice also learns that there are secrets within secrets about her past.”


DID SOMEONE SAY SOURDOUGH?

Sourdough Bread 

Now, this one may seem daunting at first, but once you get stuck in, you’ll find yourself ready to open a bakery. We also can’t get enough of Patrick Ryan’s Irish accent. See here for a tutorial. 

Pork & Chive Dumplings

Missing those late night Chinatown dumpling sessions? Recreate the vibe at home with these Pork & Chive Dumplings, and, don’t forget your BYO!

Croissants 

Another potentially frightening one, but also possibly the most satisfying thing you’ll ever bake. If you want to impress the socks off your house mates, this one‘s for you.  

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Ramen 

Delicious! Easy! And vegan friendly! You could add really anything you like to this one, and, hot tip: the longer you simmer the broth, the tastier it gets. Get cooking here.

Delish Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet, chocolatey goodness with a lil’ hint of salt is just how we like it. These Chocolate Chip Cookies are super quick and easy to satisfy your choccie cravings.


HELPFUL RESOURCES

Make sure to check in with each other. It could make a real difference to someone…

R U OK?

Today is R U OK? day.  A conversation could change a life. You don’t need to be an expert to reach out – just a good friend and a great listener.

Resources: https://www.ruok.org.au/every-day-resources

BEYOND BLUE

Helpline: 1300 224 636

SUPPORT ACT

Helpline: 1800 959 500

LIFELINE

Helpline: 13 11 14

HEADSPACE

https://headspace.org.au/


Acknowledgment of Country

Our workplace is located on the land of the Wurundjeri to Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the East Kulin. We acknowledge the traditional custodians and elders past, present and future, of the lands on which we work and live. We further acknowledge, thank and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of the multitude of Indigenous Nations across Australia upon where our concerts and events take place. Always was, always will be.