Entertainment

Matthew McConaughey and Wild Turkey Team Up For an Exclusive Gig, But Finding It’ll Be a Challenge

You'll need to tap into your sense of discovery.

When you get the opportunity to speak to Matthew McConaughey himself, you jump at the chance. McConaughey, obviously known for his acting career, has spent the past few years as creative director of famed Kentucky bourbon, Wild Turkey, a role where last year we saw him work with Homecamp on a custom bell tent that came complete with fireside stories as told by the man himself.

With the launch of Wild Turkey’s new Discovery Series, McConaughey has devised a series of cryptic poems and hints that will send intrepid fans on a journey to find an exclusive gig by Boy & Bear.

“The fact that now, even though a lot of people won’t know each other personally when they get there, they’re already going to have a common story. About how they got there,” McConaughey told Thrillist.

“You already have a shared experience with everyone there. So that kicks off meeting somebody a hell of a lot quicker, and then you’re going to be able to sit there and jam to Boy & Bear and have a great night, maybe put on a buzz, and see what happens.”

The clues are designed to make you tap into your sense of discovery. Something that McConaughey feels is important.

“More often than not, myself included, we hesitate to take risks to go discover because we think we’re gonna get let down or we think we’re gonna lose, or it’s gonna hurt. And usually, we aren’t let down or it doesn’t hurt near as bad as we thought it would. And look, that can happen in between the ears, you know, taking on new ideas, learning things. What we’re promoting here, which I think is of value for people is to get outdoors, listen to some good music, meet some new friends, drink some Wild Turkey, have a good time, oh yeah and by the way we’re not going to tell you where the location is, you gotta follow this little bread trail, and follow some hints to get there,” McConaughey says.

“Sometimes, as I said, it’s literally like ‘hey, what’s on the other side of that mountain, let’s go hike it and find out’. Sometimes, it can be a very introverted idea, sometimes it can be like ‘I’m going away on my own, to work out what’s going on between my ears’ and get to know myself better, or what’s naggin’ me, or what I want to do. To get some quiet so I can let my memory catch up. Quiet time alone can be extremely loud for us sometimes, me included. When it’s too loud for me, that’s usually a hint that I need to take some more quiet time until it doesn’t get so damn loud, you know, to work whatever it is I need to work out. So it can be, you know, metaphorical between the ears, or it can be literal, physical, go hike, see what’s on the other side of that mountain, come back and tell me.”

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The Wild Turkey Discovery Series has been created in Australia, by Australians. The series features two ready-to-drink products. The Signature Bourbon with Dry & Lime, and the Signature Bourbon with Sparkling Lemon Soda.

“This is one is specifically Australian, the Discovery Series that we’re doing. Made by Australians with the Wild Turkey Australian team for Australians. It was about finding the right band, finding the right location, and coming up with an idea about how we say ‘hey, how do we make it some fun to find it’. And let’s have enough Wild Turkey on premises when people get there so everyone can have a good time and a story to tell when they leave,” McConaughey says.

McConaughey spent a bit of time in Australia when he was younger, and travelled up and down the east coast.

“I enjoyed Narrandera. I worked on a pea farm out there for a while. Geez, it was hot, I sure did look forward to smoko. That’s when I got turned onto cricket, during smoko. You’d run to the rooms, to just get under a fan, and have a cup of tea or whatever, and it was the Aussie V West Indies 5-day matches were on, that’s where I got into cricket. I’ve been up and down that east coast, obviously. My son’s going to introduce me to some new places (in Australia) because he’s into surfing, so he wants to get out to Western Australia. I enjoyed Adelaide, I enjoyed Canberra, and I quite enjoyed Sydney. I spent most of my time in rural areas along the east coast. Port Douglas was a great spot, I actually had a job there, and I really enjoyed Port Douglas,” he says.

To win a double pass to the Wild Turkey Discovery Series Acoustic Session all you have to do is keep your eyes on the @wildturkeyau Instagram, and work out where the acoustic session will happen based on Matthew McConaughey’s clues. New clues will be revealed every couple of days. Submissions need to be entered via wildturkeymusic.com.au by Sunday 13 November.

A portion of proceeds from sales of the Discovery Series will be donated to Wild Turkey’s ongoing charity partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

“What we’re doing with y’all in Australia now with the Discovery Series, and also what we’re doing back here in North America, is giving some funds to help keep the infrastructure strong with the wildlife. The world’s growing, and these spaces are becoming more and more scarce, you know, we’re working in Austin, Texas, my hometown, to preserve these walking parks that go through the city. Buildings are going up all around them, those things are getting shadowed by big concrete buildings, we need to make sure we keep ’em. People need it. People have got to get outside, gotta get back on the clock of nature, so, whether it’s a wildlife preserve, or if it’s National Park preservation, or whether it’s taking care of some trails. It’s a cool, fun way to give back to something that’s needed and not always on the top of the list of what we think we need to preserve,” McConaughey says.

Find out more about the Wild Turkey Discovery Series Acoustic Gig with Boy & Bear, and keep your eyes out for clues in the coming days.

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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.

Victoria

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.

Queensland

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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