Menangle band The Rubens throwing livestreamed 'Informal Formal' for Year 12 students

The Rubens. Picture: Giulia McGauran
The Rubens. Picture: Giulia McGauran

Year 12 students across NSW are preparing for their formals to go ahead unlike any other year before.

While students anxiously wait for their subdued formals, Menangle band The Rubens want to help liven things up a little.

The celebrated local musos are throwing a live - virtual - gig to help the soon-to-be graduates let their hair down and party from their own homes.

The event, The Informal Formal, will be run in partnership with KFC and mental health service ReachOut.

Year 12-ers - or those looking to reminisce their own formals - are encouraged to dress to the nines and tune into the 'epic gig' next Friday, September 25, via the KFC Facebook page.

The Rubens said they were proud to give Year 12 students a good time.

"We're stoked to be working with KFC and ReachOut to put on The Informal Formal gig," the band said in a statement.

"Looking back at our own formals, it was a moment to enjoy yourself and mark the end of an era at school, and while so many Aussies can't have their celebrations during this time, we hope this gives them a little bit of a moment to enjoy despite the circumstances.

"We'll be playing some oldies as well as our newest release Time of My Life. Tune in and we'll tune-up."

ReachOut chief executive Ashley de Silva said The Informal Formal was a great chance for youths to have a think about their own mental wellbeing.

"By partnering with KFC and The Rubens we hope The Informal Formal will give young people across Australia a moment to celebrate but also to check in with themselves and others during a time that can be tough even in non-Covid-19 circumstances," he said.

"Whatever life throws at you - from exams to isolation - free mental health support is available 24/7 at ReachOut.com."

In addition to the virtual gig, KFC is also hosting a special competition that will see one lucky Year 12 class chowing down on free chooks.

"With most year 12s unable to attend the special moment that is their end of year school formal, we are excited to be working with The Rubens and ReachOut to put on The Informal Formal," KFC chief marketing officer Kristi Woolrych said.

"While nothing can replace attending the formal in person, hopefully this brings some light relief to Australians across the country during these unusual times.

"We know that live music is a fantastic way to raise spirits and give a bit of a boost and we hope that The Informal Formal can provide a bit of fun to those who are doing it tough - especially the Year 12 students heading into exams."

Students can enter the competition here between 9am Monday, September 21 and 9pm Wednesday, September 23.

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