Sydney indie-folk rockers Boy & Bear delighted fans last week with an epic performance set among the serenity of Central Coast’s Glenworth Valley thanks to a partnership with Wild Turkey and its creative director, Matthew McConaughey.
The intimate off-grid Discovery Series acoustic gig was attended by fans who won tickets following a competition led by the Dallas Buyers Club star, who has been the Creative Director for the brand since 2016, which included a series of cryptic poems and elaborate hints posted on @WildTurkeyAu that encouraged fans to tap into their sense of discovery to guess the location of the secret show.
The location of the gig was later revealed to be in Glenworth Valley, NSW, with McConaughey streaming virtually into the buses full of competition winners during which he toasted the attendees who had “trusted their spirit” to get there, with a Discovery Series in hand.
After being taken by bus from North Sydney to the tranquil landscape of Glenworth Valley, guests were greeted by waiters serving delicious Wild Turkey’s Discovery Series. Once settled into the rustic space, all were treated to delectable smoked meats from the popular Black Bear BBQ accompanied by homemade Wild Turkey bourbon BBQ and Chilli BBQ sauces.
As guests finished dinner next to the giant campfire, McConaughey appeared virtually once again for a final message before handing the reigns over to Boy & Bear.
In what made the perfect surroundings for the Southern Sun hitmakers, Boy & Bear members David Hosking, Killian Gavin, Tim Hart, Jonathan Hart and David Symes serenaded the crowd with iconic tunes from their early career and their latest single ‘Just to be Kind’, along with a heartfelt rendition of Chriss Isaak’s 1989 hit Wicked Game, which had the crowd singing along as the location’s magical acoustics had voices ringing throughout the valley.
The event also served as an unofficial launch party of Boy & Bear’s latest release, a stunning acoustic version of the hit single ‘Just To Be Kind’, which is out today across all platforms.
Speaking of the unique event in partnership with Wild Turkey, Boy & Bear said, “[The gig] was the embodiment of why we love music; it brings people together and what better way to celebrate the artistry of acoustic music than a gig amid the rolling hills of Glenworth Valley. Between the sounds of the wilderness and the music, the crowd checked out of everyday life and tuned into that moment – it was incredibly special.”
It comes following the news that the boys revealed their plans to release their fifth album sometime in 2023. In the meantime, however, they’re focused on giving their live shows everything they’ve got and appreciating the unique bond they share with each other and their audiences.
“Through all of this, Boy & Bear have become closer,” drummer Tim Hart previously told Rolling Stone Australia.
Those who have a passion for discovery and, most of all, music can support the initiative by purchasing Wild Turkey’s new ready-to-drink Discovery Series refreshing flavours, Signature Bourbon with Dry & Lime and Signature Bourbon with Sparkling Lemon Soda.
A portion of proceeds from sales from these two products in November will be donated to Wild Turkey’s ongoing charity partner, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
Check out highlights from the epic event below.
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