This month it’s the turn of Andy (below left), who tells us more about his time with Will (below right).
- How long have you been volunteering with Gig Buddies?
1 year and 9 months.
- Is Gig Buddies your first volunteering role?
Yes, in a more ongoing role. I have volunteered in the past for various charities but only for one off activities.
- Why do you volunteer with Gig Buddies?
I was looking for ways to support people in my local community. And I love live music, so this was a great excuse to attend more concerts!
- How would you describe your volunteering experience with Gig Buddies?
Will and I first met over a Zoom meeting during lockdown in 2021. We get along really well and like chatting about almost anything. We also like a broad range of musical styles and like experiencing new things.
Will and I have attended a wide range of events; including musicals, heavy metal concerts, indie bands, dance DJs, comedy nights, various clubs, movies and numerous Gig Buddies’ hosted events. It’s been lots of fun getting to know Will while exploring countless live music and entertainment venues around Sydney. We also love having a good meal beforehand, often a tasty stir-fried noodle or spicy laksa.
- Tell us about some of the highlights from your time volunteering with Gig Buddies?
Some of our concert highlights over the past couple of years include Benee at the Big Top Luna Park, George Alice at Mary’s Underground, the Wombats and Architects at the Hordern, Lisa Mitchell at the Factory Theatre, Amity Affliction and Sofi Tukker at the Roundhouse, Flume and Tiesto at the Dome, Vera Blue at the Enmore, Lime Cordiale at Dee Why RSL and just yesterday.. Becca Hatch and Kimbra at the Sydney Opera House.
I think we’ve been to more gigs in two years than we have in our entire lives!
- What would you say to someone reading this who is thinking about volunteering with Gig Buddies?
If you have a passion for helping others and need an excuse to get out of the house and explore what your local city has to offer… you have nothing to lose! The joy that comes from experiencing live music should be for everyone and I think our need for human connection through live events has only increased since the pandemic.
Gig Buddies is a great way for us to reconnect with each other, our local neighbourhood and the wider community.
“….our need for human connection through live events has only increased since the pandemic”
We hope Andy’s words resonate with our existing volunteers - and with those who are also thinking about signing up. We’re always looking for more!
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