🎟️ Last chance to buy 🎟️

WARNING: Ticket sales to our 7th birthday end tomorrow!


For those of you not in the know, this Thursday we’ll be blowing out the candles on our birthday cake. Join us for a night of live music as we take over the top floor of Liverpool Street’s Shark Bar.

Our birthday bash is shaping up to be the biggest event we’ve ever hosted - surpassing last year’s gathering on Cockatoo Island.


Don’t miss out - get your ticket while you can!

 

Get your Gig Buddies merch


And if you’re after more reasons why you should attend, we can now reveal our exclusive merchandise designs.

On the night we’ll be - for the first time ever - selling Gig Buddies branded t-shirts and tea towels.


Priced at $30 each, our t-shirts are available in S, L and XL, while tea towels cost $20.


Attendees also have the chance to win one of three gift vouchers. And did we mention there will be cake?


It’s been a long time since we’ve had the opportunity to bring the entire Gig Buddies community together. Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, we invite you to join us as we celebrate turning 7.


Limited tickets are still available. To buy yours before tomorrow’s 3pm deadline (Tuesday 24/5), load up the following link.

 

Another June date for your diary


A late addition to our June social calendar, we’re delighted to offer buddies discounted tickets to FBi Radio’s annual SMACS Fest.


Taking place on Friday 10 June at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, attendees can snap up tickets for the bargain price of $25 (plus $1 booking fee).

On the night buddies will hear from Rainbow Chan, Tasman Keith, Shady Nasty - plus a number of other local and international artists.


A Gig Buddies staff member will also be in attendance, should your buddy be unavailable to attend. For more information about our appearance at FBi Radio’s SMACS Fest, including how to purchase your discounted ticket, load up the link below:


- Gig Buddies @ FBi SMACS Fest, Oxford Art Factory - Friday 10 June

 

June movements


On the subject of our June gatherings, tickets are still available for our catch up at The Juniors Kingsford for Harry Potter trivia (Wednesday 15 June), and our first ever visit to Supanova Comic Con & Gaming (Sunday 19 June).

To reserve your place (and to find out more information about each event), load up the links below:

- Harry Potter trivia @ The Juniors Kingsford, Kingsford: Wednesday 15 June

- Supanova Comic Con & Gaming @ Sydney Olympic Park: Sunday 19 June

 

Rugby under lights


And this forthcoming Saturday (28 May) we head to Leichhardt Oval for the Super Rugby Pacific clash between NSW Waratahs and Auckland Blues.

We’re down to the last two tickets. To join us load up the link below:


- Rugby union: NSW Waratahs vs. Auckland Blues @ Leichhardt Oval, 7:45pm kick off: Saturday 28 May


If you have any questions about any of our forthcoming events, get in touch: we can be reached via Facebook Messenger, email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or via text or phone call on 0411 252 228.

 

Viva Vivid Sydney


Vivid Sydney is set to make a welcome return this forthcoming Friday (27/5). For the proceeding 23 days “the festival will connect our city to light artists, music makers, brilliant thinkers and all creatives.”


Good news, thanks to the generosity of event organisers and the Sydney Opera House, discounted tickets are still available for the following gigs:


- HTRK: Friday 27 May @ Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre. 7pm start (duration of show yet to be confirmed). Reserve seating. Standard ticket price: $49.50. Gig Buddies price: $20 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/htrk.html

- RVG: Monday 30 May @ Sydney Opera House, Studio. 8pm start (duration of show yet to be confirmed). General admission, standing only. Standard ticket price: $34. Gig Buddies price: $20 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/rvg.html

- Skeleten: Wednesday 1 June @ Sydney Opera House, Studio. 8 - 10pm. General admission, standing only. Standard ticket: $34. Gig Buddies price: $20 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/skeleten-utopian-sound.html

- Astral People: Friday 3 June @ Sydney Opera House, Northern Broadwalk (outdoors). 5 - 10pm. General admission, standing only. Standard ticket: $89. Gig Buddies price: $30 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/astral-people-10-1-birthday.html

- Miiesha: Friday 3 June @ Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room. 7 - 8pm. Unreserved seating. Standard ticket price: $34. Gig Buddies price: $20 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/miiesha.html

- TEEKS: Monday 13 June @ Sydney Opera House, Joan Sutherland Theatre. 8 - 9:30pm. Reserve seating. Standard ticket price: $39. Gig Buddies price: $20 (plus $8.50 booking fee per transaction).

Event information: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/vivid-live/2022/teeks.html


To take advantage of the discounted prices, email the team with the name of the event you’d like to attend. We can be reached at: info@gigbuddiessydney.org. We’ll then forward a unique ticket link.

Please note, the reduced rate only applies for Gig Buddies’ participants. Whether you’re based in Sydney or on the Central Coast, all fully signed up buddies and volunteers are welcome to purchase discounted tickets.


Once again, we are indebted to the generosity of Vivid Sydney organisers and the Sydney Opera House. Thank you for your ongoing support and for providing participants with the opportunity to sample some of the best live music at this year’s event.

 

Microphones at the ready


In preparation for our 7th birthday, this week we invite you to join us online for group karaoke.

Taking place at the different time of 4-5pm on Wednesday (25/5), this is your chance to sing alongside your fellow buddies. We'll load up your song choices, ready for everyone to have a go.


For our 7th birthday party we’ll be spinning a selection of 70s and 80s remixes. To help get us in mood, we’re inviting buddies to select songs from the two decades.


In addition to Wednesday’s group karaoke, we also invite buddies to connect with us at 4pm today (Monday 23/5) for our weekly chat. To attend get in touch via text: 0422 061 990 or Facebook Messenger.


And to find out more about this week’s online offering (and to sign up), load up the link below:


Wednesday 25 May

- Gig Buddies 70s and 80s group karaoke @4pm


All online games will take place via Zoom. For information on how to use Zoom, load up the following easy read guide written by Learning Disability Wales. Alternatively, click here to check out our 'how to use Zoom' video.


If you have any questions or would like more information, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org or info@gigbuddiescentralcoast.org or call/SMS us on 0402 708 814.

 

Pawsome!


Thanks to those who joined us in Erina for yesterday’s catch up at Socares Central Coast Animal Shelter.


We spent time with many a furry friend, walking dogs and prepping treats. It was great to give back to such a worthwhile project!

To see more photos from yesterday’s gathering, click here.

 

Volunteer expo


We’re always looking for new volunteers - and this Wednesday (25/5) you’ll find us spruiking our services at the 2022 Central Coast Volunteer Expo.

Taking place at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair, we’ll be informing attendees all about who we are and what we do.


We’ll be there from 10am - 2pm. If you’re in the area feel free stop by and say hello, and if you know someone who might be interested in joining us, be sure to send them our way.