April Fools Day is one of those days that always tends to creep up on you. Before you know it you’re waking up to a stream of news stories and tour announcements that could, potentially, possibly, on any other day be true. But of course it’s too early for you to process that it’s indeed April 1st and whoops, you’ve shared one of the many pranks going around and you’ll be getting slagged by your mates for weeks for being a gullible fool.
Some of the jokes and pranks going around are absolutely ridiculous, but when they successfully walk that thin tightrope between sensationalism and believability they can be insanely hilarious. We’ve rounded up the best of the best (some music related, some not) that you may have found yourself looking at today thinking, ‘hang on a sec…’.
The Interns Spotted The “2016 Splendour Lineup”
Always on the lookout for new music and breaking music news, a representative for music blog The Interns spotted a ‘leaked’ poster for Splendour In The Grass‘ 2016 lineup.
Although there was an aspect of believability to the lineup, punters started to get wise to the rouse when they spotted names like Natalie Imbruglia, Hilltop Hoods X John Farnham, DJ Khaled, Rove & Sam (DJ Set), Reece Mastin and Redfoo.
The plot thickened though, when Mastin himself shared the post, declaring that he was ‘excited’ to be playing the event.
We can only hope that Zayn and The Mike Baird Time Band do indeed get added to this year’s lineup when it drops for real.
Tom Tilley Runs For The Senate
Co-host of triple j‘s Hack program Tom Tilley held a ‘press conference’ this morning stating his intentions to run for the Australian senate at the next election.
The video itself may have looked a tad on the budget side, but Tilley’s words themselves were stirring. “I’ve heard your views, I’ve heard your stories and i’ve heard your struggles,” he says. “I’m launching the Let’s Talk party and running for the senate”. If only…
Surry Hill’s famous gelato store posted a letter stating that due to reasons associated with the lockout laws that they would be forced to cease trading after 7pm.
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, and for reasons associated with recent changes in the NSW State Government ‘Lock Out Laws’, we regret to inform customers that our Darlinghurst and Surry Hills stores are now unable to trade past 7pm.
The current lock-out laws imposed on Sydney’s licensed venues has resulted in a marked increase in foot traffic at both our Darlinghurst and Surry Hills stores, as consumers seek alternative late night entertainment venues outside of clubs/pubs.
An unforeseen consequence of this has been an increase in what police have described as ‘frequent antisocial behaviour and overly loud, repetitive music in close proximity to Messina stores’. This increased foot traffic, combined with our existing store queues has made the situation untenable and we have been threatened with fines and potential legal action by council. We have attempted to engage in meaningful discussion with council, licensing police and all relevant stake holders but have failed to find common ground. As such, we are being forced to comply with new trading restrictions until further notice.”
Fortunately for Robert Brownie Jnr lovers everywhere, the post turned out to be false.
— Gelato Messina (@GelatoMessina) March 31, 2016
In Heart’s Wake Drop New Album ‘Seaskimmer’
Aussie hard-rockers In Heart’s Wake announced this morning via Twitter that they had been working on a brand new album in secret called ‘Seaskimmer’.
— IN HEARTS WAKE (@inheartswake) March 31, 2016
The official announcement was even followed up with some pretty real-looking Seaskimmer merchandise to go with the album, including a t-shirt, a surfboard design and some customised vinyl LPs.
— IN HEARTS WAKE (@inheartswake) March 31, 2016
After midday the band revealed that the whole thing was a scam, and that the album artwork was really just a picture of Josh Smith from Northlane, worked into a seascape.
— IN HEARTS WAKE (@inheartswake) April 1, 2016
Frontier Touring Announce Springsteen & Ryan Adams Concert
Frontier Touring announced this morning that Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide would be playing host to one of the biggest gigs of all time. According to a Tweet, Bruce Springsteen was set to play a gig with Ryan Adams for one night only uniting “two legends of rock… on the one stage”.
It didn’t seem completely out of the question until one looked closely and saw the gig was scheduled to take place on April 1st, 2061.
TOUR NEWS | We're thrilled to confirm that for one night only, two legends of rock will be united on the one stage. pic.twitter.com/PTBDgEPYUX
— Frontier Touring (@frontiertouring) April 1, 2016
Andrew W.K Forms A New Political Party, The ‘Party’ Party
American singer-songwriter Andrew W.K. announced that he is forming a new political party, even launching a website and making a promotional video. The video takes a serious tone, stating truthfully that “The majority of Americans are concerned with the current state of the nation.”
The singer calls for the support of the American people to trust in his ability as a partier and entertainer. What makes it such a compelling prank is that despite the semi-outrageous premise, there are some serious points made about how the American political system has recently “mountain of overwhelming national anxieties” and that the American people need to come together at this time of political uncertainty.
Uber Is Delivering Babies To Your Office
Concrete Playground announced this morning that following on from Uber’s hugely successful campaigns delivering Messina and then kittens to offices around Sydney, the latest venture from the ride-sharing service would be taking things to a new level.
According to the article, today marked the launch of UberBUBS, a service to deliver babies to you, but the waiting list was “expected to be huge”.
They even included a ‘quote’ from Uber CEO Pieter Rank. “If there’s one thing you hear time and time again from successful, white collar types in the CBD,” he allegedly said, “it’s the regret of having put career ahead of family. Today at least, even if only for 15 minutes, we’re giving them the chance to have both — no strings attached.”
Unfortunately, with nothing on Uber’s website to back up the claims, we had to dismiss this as another prank.
Contiki Are Offering Virtual Holidays
Travel and tour company Contiki dropped a bombshell this morning with the ‘official’ launch of Virtually Unlimited, a virtual reality travel holiday experience.
Advertised as ‘A New Way To Travel – Without The Investment’, Contiki even shared a promotional video. Its website states that customers can choose from five virtual experiences; climb Peru’s Machu Picchu, para-glide in Sweden, Cycle through Vietnam, party in Oktoberfest or explore the incredible Iguassu waterfalls in Argentina.
Unfortunately when you click ‘Book Now’, this is all you get.
Until next year…