The Beths' new single is making us happy this weekend. Photo / Supplied

A Cool Competition For Musicians & More Fun Things To Do At Home

Plus how to become a viral Tik Tok dancer from your living room

Enter This: Holiday Records Vinyl Competition
Calling all up-and-coming musicians and bands: Holiday Records is launching a competition to have your music pressed on 7-inch vinyl. Even better, your new record will be New Zealand’s first 7-inch record since 1987. The competition from the record retail store and pressing plant (in collaboration with Roundhead Studios, Munki Studios, Sunday Best and NZ Music Month) is open to any New Zealand-based artists (solo or group) of all genres to enter. Entries open 9am on Wednesday 8 April 8 2020 and close midnight Wednesday 13 May 2020 (the closing date may be extended if the lockdown is still enforced). Best to start Zoom band practice asap. To enter, visit — Sarah Downs, writer

Watch This: The Beths' New Single
Auckland indie band The Beths are blessing us with a brand new track, and it's exactly what we need right now. The upbeat 'Dying To Believe' is off their forthcoming record Jump Rope Gazers out July 10. Transport yourself away from quarantine and into their buzzy, power pop choruses. You can reserve yourself a copy of the first batch of Jump Rope Gazers on vinyl via Flying Out's online store. — Sarah Downs, writer

Do This: The Best TikTok Dances To Learn During Lockdown
During this time of global lockdown, people are finding fun ways to connect while apart from friends and family through TikTok, and one of the most appealing elements is the myriad video dance challenges. Scroll through the app and discover viral dance videos that have already garnered millions of fans. Part of its successful formula boils down to the fact there’s no real rhyme or reason to how successful a video is — TikTok's organic, lo-fi usability is what makes it fun for everyone — even celebrities like Lizzo, Justin and Hailey Bieber and J.Lo partake in TikTok dance-offs. Here's a round-up of TikToks to try at home. — Dan Ahwa, creative director

Eat This: Spaghetti Carbonara
In times of high stress, who better to turn to than Jamie Oliver and his 'go on, give it a bosh' attitude and delicious recipes? Jamie's new show 'Keep Cooking and Carry On' was quickly put through production to make it onto screens worldwide during the quarantine, offering easy and comforting recipes that use up items from the pantry and things we already have in the fridge. The first five episodes were shot in as little as 48 hours in the lead-up to the lockdown in the UK, with the rest of the series reportedly shot on an iPhone. Love you, Jamie. I highly recommend his spaghetti carbonara — ideal for a long weekend dinner accompanied by a (massive) glass of chardonnay, and requiring only garlic, pasta, egg, parmesan and bacon or pancetta. Watch the series here— Johanna Thornton, deputy editor

Download Sweet Louise's e-cookbook to donate to a worthy charity and get your hands on delicious baking recipes. Photo / Supplied

Eat This: Cadbury Luxury Flake
Whenever I head out for the weekly grocery shop at the supermarket or at the local dairy, I include a treat. This week I've bought two Cadbury Luxury Flake chocolates. These are currently sitting in the pantry waiting for me to devour while I scroll mindlessly through Netflix trying to find something good to watch. Even better when plunged inside a tub of Duck Island ice-cream. Now that's luxury. — Dan Ahwa, creative director

Watch This: Dua Lipa's Quarantine Performance 
Dua Lipa's new album Future Nostalgia is my self-isolation dance party soundtrack right now. The pop superstar has just appeared on The Tonight Show: At Home Edition performing her new song 'Break My Heart' live from her London flat. It's a brilliant idea for a home-made video amidst the current health crisis and Lipa is pure perfection.  — Sarah Downs, writer

Suport This: Sweet Relief Sweet Louise 
Sweet Relief Sweet Louise provides support for those living with incurable breast cancer, made even more challenging at a time like this. Due to the cancellation of fundraising events, the vital foundation has launched a campaign to raise money for its members who might be feeling more isolated than usual. Donations are welcome through the website, and Sweet Louise is inviting people to download its e-cookbook from its website, filled to the brim with creative recipes from both members and familiar names like Al Brown, Jesse Mulligan, The Caker’s Jordan Rondel and Sweet Louise ambassador Hannah Barrett. $31. Visit to donate and download

A must-make Spaghetti Carbonara; Jamie Oliver 'Keep Cooking and Carry On' realities. Photo / David Loftus

Laugh At This: Funny Memes For A Dark, Dark Time
The upside of all this doom and gloom of constant Covid-19 updates is that, out of necessity really, the internet has also become a place for sharing some of the most hilarious content we've seen in some time. Here's all the darkly hilarious things that are making team Viva smile — from videos of dancing toddlers to timely memes. — Rosie Herdman, assistant fashion editor


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