The Jungle Giants Are Choosing 12 Emerging Artists to Feature in Their New Seltzer Campaign

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Thirsty for a return to live music and summer festivals, ARIA number one band The Jungle Giants and Smirnoff Seltzer are about to announce a new initiative, Ads For Artists, to drum up support for local musicians whose livelihoods have been extinguished from two years of lockdowns and a ban on live music.

Instead of promoting their new Mixed Berries flavour (launching this month) the traditional way, Smirnoff Seltzer will be giving away more than $1 million in advertising placements to emerging artists instead, selected by creative directors The Jungle Giants.

“These days a lot of people are self-producing in their bedrooms, in their garages, whatever” Sam Hales, frontman of The Jungle Giants tells Thrillist Australia.

“I’m really excited to hear what kind of production is going to be going on. I’m so interested in the way that these artists are recording themselves because its always going to be different so it’s going to be fun to dig in and see what people are doing!”

The Ads For Artists campaign will see placements given to a total of 12 new local artists, curated by The Jungle Giants.

“We’re looking for shredders, guitar shredders. Drums, bass, singing. Bands that we want to see live. That would be fun.” Guitarist Cisera Aitken added.

Covid has been super hard on the music industry and on our creativity in general. For those starting out in the industry right now, this could be such an incredible opportunity to get your name out there as an emerging artist.

“You need every opportunity to get yourself out there,” says Andrew Dooris, The Jungle Giants’ resident bassist.

“But also just keep at it you know. It is important. Music is important. Bringing people together through music is the most important thing, right now more than ever.

“Its okay if you can’t see a lot of people around the world doing what you’re doing. What you’re doing is still important. Keep going.”

It’s incredible to see huge Australian headlining bands like The Jungle Giants, jump on board and support emerging artists. It just goes to show that the sense of community within the music industry is super strong and alive.

“It’s been the ultimate tease” frontman Sam Hales said of the last few years of on and off lockdowns.

“We released the record, we were ready to play it, we were just about to step on stage and then we couldn’t. We’ve just been holding our breath the whole time. So we are really excited to perfrom!”

“It’s been a year in the making. We finally get to do the tour that’s been postponed a million times” added The Jungle Giants’ drummer, Keelan Bijker.

The Jungle Giants are set to go on their Love Signs tour kicking off in December 2021, and travelling all around Australia. You can buy tickets and find a show near you here.

As for how to get involved in Smirnoff x The Jungle Giants incredible initiative Ads for Artists; emerging artists just need to DM Smirnoff Australia on Facebook or Instagram with a link to their work on Soundcloud, Spotify or YouTube. Submissions close on December 12.

You can read more here and submit a your fresh track here.

And the seltzers themselves?

The Jungle Giants new Mixed Berries Smirnoff Seltzer is set to be the drink of Hot Vax Summer.

“It’s fizzy, it’s fruity, it’s fun!” says Andrew Dooris.

“Just like us!” adds Same Hales.

The seltzer flavour is set to launch in the coming weeks.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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