As the summer months get into full swing, it’s clear that we’re into the part of the year where some of the most beloved and unique memories will be formed and looked back on for years. The longer days, the warm evenings, and the lazy weekends spent with friends in the sun, sand, and surf – together, they combine to serve the backdrop against which we have some of the best times of the year.
But if you’re to ask any music-lover about one of the best parts of the warmer months, it will undoubtedly be the annual summer festival season. It’s the time when music festivals are in abundance, live music is on tap, and shows are absolutely everywhere you look. Needless to say, it’s a veritable embarrassment of riches when it comes to being a lover of live music.
To celebrate the current summer festival season, McCafé have teamed up with Rolling Stone Australia to craft the ultimate summer festival guide, powered by their McCafé Iced Coffee range, which – like the music festivals that accompany summer – are crafted for those who live life to the fullest.
Though McCafé might not always be the first thought that lovers of the brew have when they think of their beloved coffee, the ubiquitous chain has become one to rival even the most talented and respected of baristas when it comes to the enduring cuppa.
Having first launched 30 years ago, McCafé have since managed to craft a foothold as one of the most consistent and respected when it comes to good coffee, and as they’ve expanded their range over the years, they’ve more than deserved to be considered the first word when it comes to the drink. Though it might be hard to convince some of the rusted-on coffee connoisseurs, there’s even a growing consensus that McCafé coffee is even better than many of the local independent cafés.
In case you needed any more persuasion, we only need to take a glance over towards Budjerah, who pairs his appearance as part of McCafé summer festival guide with a stop at the drive through to pick up a McCafé Iced Coffee.
Budjerah, a Coodjinburra man from the Bundjalung nation, has been on the local music scene for just a few years now, and in that time he’s managed to craft a career that most veteran musos could only dream of. With a run of singles arriving throughout 2020, he released his self-titled debut EP in 2021, before the Conversations EP arrived earlier this year. Since then, it’s been a year of highlights.
“I was in London [recently],” he begins. “I did a world tour with Vance Joy and I did a few of my own shows.
“I didn’t know that that many people liked me,” he adds with a laugh. “There was a good chunk of people that showed up and I was like, ‘Wow, this is pretty neat’.”
With a McCafé Caramel Iced Latte in hand on his way to Tea Tree Lookout on the Central Coast, he reflects on some of the big events coming up in his life, including his high-profile support slot for none other than Ed Sheeran. But before that, he’ll be appearing alongside the likes of Charli XCX at For The Love, and SG Lewis and Vera Blue at Beyond The Valley.
With so many huge highlights on the way, there’s no denying the next 12 months are going to be some of the biggest of Budjerah’s career so far. But what sort of energy and vibes does he want to bring with him into 2023?
“All the positive energy from all the touring this year,” he explains. “And keep that same energy next year.
“I just had to have much fun this year performing and that’s what I want [from] next year too.”
As one of the fastest-rising musicians on the local scene today, Budjerah is well aware of what it takes to tackle the big tasks and lofty goals with the trusty brew on his side. Now, as we’ve seen, with the summer months well underway, festival season in full swing, and a need for an energy boost with a refreshing twist, Budjerah is surely set to be picking up the handy McCafé Iced Coffee to ensure he gets it all done, coffee in hand.
Whether you’re on your way to musical stardom, heading to a summer festival, or simply in need of the morning coffee to get you through the day, be sure to head along to McCafé to grab their refreshing McCafé Iced Coffee.
McDonald’s McCafé range, including their McCafé Iced Coffee, is available now from all McDonalds outlets, including via the drive through and in the My Macca’s App.