How Boy & Bear Stay Inspired While Touring the World

The band will play an intimate gig for Wild Turkey this month.

Over the past couple of weeks, adventurous spirits have been on a journey of discovery following a trail of clues put together by none other than Hollywood icon, and Wild Turkey creative director, Matthew McConaughey. The series of cryptic poems and elaborate hints were all headed towards one goal, gaining tickets to an exclusive intimate gig by Boy & Bear.

The winners of the double passes have now been announced, with those winning gaining access to the gig with Boy & Bear, all while tearing into Wild Turkey’s new Discovery Series, two new Wild Turkey products that have been created specifically for Australians.

Thrillist caught up with Boy & Bear to talk about the upcoming gig.

Thrillist: How did the band initially get involved in this Wild Turkey Discovery Series gig?

Boy & Bear: Wild Turkey approached us, and they threw a pretty good carrot at us to be honest—working with Matthew McConaughey. The idea of discovery and putting on this adventurous acoustic show, from our perspective, sounded like something we’d like to be a part of cause it’s probably something that we’d all like to go to. It felt like a bit of a no-brainer from the onset.

What excited you most about the acoustic gig and the journey that Matthew McConaughey put together?

It’ll be fun for us just to do the acoustic gig, and to do in that sort of setting will be really beautiful. It’s nice being able to do these sorts of shows because they’re different from the usual full band set up and I think having that beautiful setting and us being able to do our stripped-back thing will just be really fun and a little bit different for us.

With what Wild Turkey and Matthew McConaughey have put together with this concept of people having to solve things and go on a bit of a journey to get there, I dunno, it’s fun for us to be involved in something like that, because most of the shows that we do you’re on a show and someone buys the ticket to the show, it’s more of a transactional thing, which is cool, that’s got its place. But this is a chance to be in a different world for us, and we’ve all gotten a bit of a kick out of that, to be honest.

What do you think that people will take away from the whole journey, and the gig?

I feel like people love intimate events, like when people talk about “hey, I got to see this amazing band in this tiny room on the other side of the world” or something like that, it’s such an ongoing thing you hear in our industry. So, I think the limited amount of tickets available for the event, having it be a really small, intimate thing, and having that connection, there’ll no doubt be fans that want to have a chat with us. And having that opportunity to do it, and for us to be able to spend that time in a cool place to have that happen is a pretty interesting opportunity. It’s not something you get all the time, often there’s such a disconnect between the band at the show, and where the audience are. Having some sort of event where you get to marry those two in a unique way. It’s special for everyone involved.

What keeps you all going, and what inspires you all the most?

We’re really lucky that we get to tour the world and see lots of different cities. Even though it’s usually a fleeting visit, I feel like we always discover new places to go, and new things to see. Whether it’s new cafes, or restaurants, or places of cultural significance. It’s a really important part of living in general, you’ve got to keep exploring and discovering whether it’s new locations or new music. Anything on that front is a really nice part of life.

The Wild Turkey Discovery Series, when do you guys think is the best time to crack one open?

Well, Jon smuggled a few of those overseas on tour. I think not early afternoon, perhaps late afternoon. Doesn’t feel like you could go early afternoon with it, because you’re going to have to keep a lot of momentum going, otherwise you’ll be asleep before dinner. But if you play your cards right, I think late afternoon will lead to a pretty good evening.

The Wild Turkey Discovery Series is available now, and comes in two distinct flavours:

  • Signature Bourbon with Dry Ginger Ale & Lime
  • Signature Bourbon with Sparklin Lemon Soda

Pick up a pack of the new Discovery Series at Dan Murphy’s, or a bottle shop near you.

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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.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

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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