The Lockdown: Things to do this weekend

31 July 2020

Written by: Ellenie Case

Things to listen, watch and read from home this weekend.

Not sure what to do this weekend while venues and establishments remain closed to Victorians? We’re here to help. Check out our guided list of entertaining things to do this weekend, all from the comfort of your own home.



Check out these new music releases:

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Billie Eilish’s new song and music video, My Future.

American singer and songwriter, Billie Eilish dropped her latest single, My Future, this Thursday.

In an email to her fans she wrote, “It’s a song that’s really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at – hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self reflection and self growth. But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world right now.”

You can check out the beautiful personal video here.


Sam Smith’s new single, My Oasis.

After taking some time off during quarantine, British soul singer, Sam Smith is back with a new single taken from his upcoming album.

The song, My Oasis, dropped only hours ago in collaboration with Burna Boy. You can check it out here.

Podcast of the week: Hamish and Andy.

Are you in the need of some laughs? Well, Hamish and Andy’s podcast streaming on their app and Spotify is the perfect fix. With over 100 episodes to choose from it will cure your boredom instantly.

Check it out here.


This weekend there will be a range of shows, AFL games and movies streaming on your TV and on-demand.

Umbrella Academy season 2, out now.

After a long-anticipated wait, season two of the American superhero Netflix show is now available to stream.

Based on the book series by Gerald Way, the TV show follows seven supernaturals on a quest to save their world. Only this time around they’re going back in time.

Check out the trailer here or start streaming now on Netflix.

Beyonce’s Black Is King, Disney Plus.

This unique visual album was directed, written and produced by beloved singer, Beyonce.

The film includes visual songs from 2019 remake, The Lion King which highlights African history and heritage.

Black Is King, is being streamed exclusively to Disney Plus right now.

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Essendon Bombers vs Brisbane Lions, Friday 31st of July.

Need a footy fix? The AFL festival of football has you covered, with 20 consecutive days of games.

Tonight the Bombers go head to head with the Lions at Metricon Stadium. Will it be a slam dunk for premiership contenders, the Lions or will the underdog Bombers prove they deserve a place in the top 8?

Find out tonight at 8pm on Channel 7.


The Incredible Hulk, Friday 31st of July.

Wants from Friday night action? The 2008 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics directed by Louis Leterrier is sure to satisfy.

It starts at 8:20pm on 9Go.

Geelong Cats vs West Coast Eagles, Saturday 1st of August.

Start off the month well with another night of Aussie rules football.

After their thrashing of Collingwood last week, will we see the Eagles triumph over the mighty Cats who are missing some star players?

Kick-off is at 8pm on Channel 7.

The Game Plan, Saturday 1st of August.

In need of a family movie night? Well, don’t worry 7Flix has you sorted with the comedy film, The Game Plan.

It follows a professional quarterback (Dwayne Johnson), who suddenly finds out he has an 8-year-old daughter.

Check it out at 6:30pm on 7Flix.

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 Friends, Saturday 1st of August – Sunday 2nd of August

Who doesn’t love a bit of the classic comedy TV show, Friends? Back to back episodes of the 90’s sitcom will be playing from 6pm-8:30pm this Saturday and Sunday night on 10Peach.



Die Hard, Sunday 2nd of August.

Still not sick of movies? The classic action thriller film, Die Hard can help you there.

The film follows detective John McClane who learns of a hostage situation in an office building and finds out his estranged wife is one of the hostages.

It starts at 8:30pm on 7Mate.

Australia’s Ninja Warrior, Sunday 2nd of August.

In a new era of the much-loved show, ninjas will be faced with new, mind-blowing obstacles as ninja vs ninja.

Be sure to check it out on Channel 9 at 7pm.

Find the full list of shows and movies on TV this weekend here.


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The Grownup – Gillian Flynn.

Don’t have a lot of time to read this weekend? Well this book’s for you. Consisting of only 64 pages, this New York Times best-seller is a gripping quick read.

Gillian Flynn who also wrote the thriller, Gone Girl, is at it again with a classic ghost story based of George R.R. Martin’s rogue anthology, “What do you do?”

The short story follows a young woman who struggles to survive on mostly harmless fraud. But it’s the ending of the book that will leave you shocked beyond words.


Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.

Looking for something a bit longer to read this weekend?

Meet Queenie Jackson (the protagonist). A 25 year old Jamaican woman and journalist living in Britain, who struggles to fit in.

This awarding winning book by Candice Carty-Williams addresses a range of issues such as racism, feminism, black lives matter, workplace inequality and mental health.

It is a timely work of art that offers a rare insight into black womanhood and the struggles they face as margins.




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