Pawsome!

We’re excited to reveal our plans for the month of May.

You’re invited to join us as we help out at a local animal shelter.

We’ll be walking dogs, patting cats, making toys, helping with cleaning. To sign up load up the link below:

A morning at the animal shelter @ Socares Central Coast Animal Shelter, Erina: Sunday 22 May

Please note, activities depend on what animals are there at the time, the weather and what Socares staff need on the day.

 

May Movements

As for our friends based in Sydney, they’re inviting their Coastie counterparts to join them at the following:

In addition to our birthday event, taking place at the city’s Shark Bar on Thursday 26 May, you’ll find us at the following events:


Star Wars trivia @ Edinburgh Castle Hotel, Sydney CBD: Wednesday 4 May


Gig Buddies 7th birthday @ Shark Bar, Sydney CBD: Thursday 26 May


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


If you have any questions or would like more information about our May events, send us an email: info@gigbuddiessydney.org, get in touch on Facebook Messenger or contact us via text or on the phone on 0411252228.

 

Introducing Xena

We’re excited to welcome Xena, our newly appointed Hub Manager, to the team.

Xena is the newly appointed Gig Buddies Hub Manager, and is tasked with assisting hub coordinators in establishing, developing and growing hubs.



Here’s more from Xena:


“I feel privileged and excited to be joining the Gig Buddies team! I’ll be creating community awareness of Gig Buddies, welcoming new participants into the program and pairing them with their perfect buddy. As the newly appointed Hub Manager, I will also be working with Hub Coordinators to build on and develop new and existing regions for the Gig buddies project.

Like many of our participants I love going out to the movies, food festivals and really love seeing live music. I listen to a wide variety of artists with my favourite genres in metal especially bands from Scandinavia and Iceland.

My work background has been in health and community services most of my adult life, I have also worked in events management.

I love working with people to live their life their way and enabling them to do things that excite them. Thanks to the Gig Buddies Sydney community for the warm welcome!”


Welcome to the team, Xena - we’re delighted to have you on board.

 

 

Viva Vivid Sydney

This is your last chance to buy discounted Vivid Sydney tickets. The world famous event is set to return - and we’re delighted to offer Gig Buddies’ participants discounted tickets to a number of top-notch events.

Thanks to the generosity of event organisers and Sydney Opera House we’ve been provided with discounted entry to these RnB, soul, dance, electro, punk and house music events:


HTRK - (Australian band - indie, atmospheric, electronic, experimental)

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). Click here for more info


RVG - (Australian band - indie rock)

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). Click here for more info


Skeleten - (Electronic, indie)

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). Click here for more info


Astral People - (Outdoor Party! - eclectic, deep house vibes)

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). Click here for more info


Miiesha - (Australian singer-songwriter)

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). Click here for more info


TEEKS - (Māori soul singer)

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). Click here for more info


Our Vivid offer is available for signed up buddies and volunteers only. However, if your buddy is not around during the times of the events listed above and you’d like to attend with someone else, get in touch.


Email the team with the name of the event you’d like to attend and we will give you the secret code to get the cheap tickets.


We can be reached at: info@gigbuddiessydney.org. We’ll then forward a unique ticket link.


Please note, this offer ends on Sunday 8 May

 

“It’s nice to have a friend that you don’t always have to do something huge with…”

Gig buddy and Soul Fly Band member, Jack, has shared his views on being part of the project.


Socialisation is tough for someone with a learning disability at the best of times, but lockdown adds a whole new level of challenge.


Myself and my buddy Brendan kept in touch throughout the lockdown by FaceTiming each other. In the past three months (since lockdown ended) I have gone to see Uncharted in 4DX as well as getting lunch and a beer at my local pub with Brendan, both for different reasons.


In the case of Uncharted, I’d gone through something challenging in my personal life and the movies are my personal safe haven - and I was glad I got to share that with Brendan. The highlight of 4DX is easily watching people’s reaction to the sudden and intense motion of the experience.


In the case of the pub, It was to celebrate getting my first proper job - and Brendan was more than ready to share in that success. It’s nice to have a friend that you don’t always have to do something huge with, just someone you can have a beer and a laugh with.


What these occasions both demonstrate is your buddy is someone that can always make time for you through the good and the bad. My life wouldn’t be half as enjoyable as it is without Brendan and Gig Buddies in it.

Jack

Soul Fly Band

 

And lastly...

Did we mention our birthday is coming up?

That’s right - we’ll be blowing the candles out on our 7th birthday on Thursday 26 May.


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.


For more information about the event, including how to buy your ticket, load up the following link.

Click Here to buy 7th Birthday tickets