You’ve hard it a million times before – self-isolation is a great time to catch up on movies you wish you saw, books you wish you read etc. etc.

However, if you’ve never been a huge listener of podcasts, or simply aren’t sure if they’re for you or not, there’s really no excuse to not give at least one episode a listen over the next few weeks.

You can put it on while you go for a run, while you do your carefully prepared home work out plan or while you get onto those home projects that you can’t bear to kick off.

Here are 5 podcasts that you might not have heard of, and are perfect to delve into on some government-mandated down-time this easter.

1) Inside The Big Day Out

Inside the Big Day Out

This 5-part docu-series, hosted by Triple j’s Gemma Pike, looks at the rise and fall of Australia’s most infamous music festival. The festival that everyone from Metallica to Kanye West, to Nirvana headlined. The festival where a 15-year-old was tragically crushed to death in 2001. The festival that fell right off the cliff in 2015 and never returned. With interviews from artists and organisers alike, this is essential listening for any festival fan.

2) Fear At The Top

Fear At The Top | Great Australian Pods – Podcast Directory

Run by our very own CEO Luke Girgis, this podcast features interviews with the big dogs of the music industry, as well as exploring how they got there and what mistakes they made along the way. Hear from the likes of Roger Field (Live Nation), Damian Costin (123 Agency) and more about navigating the industry and working alongside some of the biggest names in the world.

3) The Howie Games

The Howie Games | PodcastOne Australia

Chances are you’re already all over this one, but if not, The Howie Games is the authoritative podcast on sports, with a collection of long-form interviews with the best in the business. Commentator Mark Howard is infectious with his enthusiasm, and it’s the perfect ingredients for his chats with the likes of Shane Warne, Grant Hackett, Elyse Perry, Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Nathan Buckley and more about ascending to the peak of sporting prowess, the challenges along the way and all the crazy anecdotes that come with it.

4) Potterless

Potterless | Podcast on Spotify

No matter if you’re a Harry Potter fan, a Harry Potter hater, have never read the books before or have read them a thousand times, you’ll get hours of joy from this podcast. The show follows Mike Schubert, a 24-year-old who has never read the Harry Potter books, and tracks his journey of reading them for the first time, section-by-section, with input from a host of Potter stans as guests. A funny, insightful and genuinely wholesome way to relieve one of the greatest stories ever told, with all its infuriating inconsistencies.



If at the end of the day you just want to hear some good ol’ shit-talking, then Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen’s confusing yet strangely addicting, quasi absurdist podcast TOFOP is for you. Drawing its name from Russel Crowe’s own band Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunt (TOFOG) and with content ranging from multi-episode odysseys about missing bins in the eastern suburbs of Sydney (believe me, it’s worth the listen), to reading C-grade articles about the greatest time-travel movies of all time (with ample debate over each honourable mention) TOFOP is equal parts bizarre and hilarious. Prepare to be amused and confused.

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