The DoubleTree by Hilton on Darwin's Esplanade offers excellent views of the ocean, is located brilliantly behind the city's main drag of Mitchell Street and offers travellers a great stay, regardless of whether you're in Darwin on holiday or business. Offering a range of guest rooms and suites to suit the trip, the hotel was once the old Holiday Inn (for those of you who know Darwin) and as the DoubleTree brand continues to expand within the Hilton's already well-established reputation, their move into the Northern Territory has proven to be a clever one indeed.
Like the preverbal Aussie BBQ - a delectable smorgasbord of Territory talent was served up by The Chippo Darwin at the Territory Rock Festival on the Australia Day long weekend. It was the lineup you wanted to be apart of, with some bands travelling 988km for the gig. Two stages, nine acts and meat pies for sale at the bar… yep it was perfect.
For the lucky Darwinians that got a ticket to see The Smith Street Band at the Railway Club, Wil Wagner and Co delivered nothing short of a politcally-charged, ferocious and emotionally tuned energetic punch to the rib cage. Tickets to the sell out show were the hot item in the NT (tears were shed) and The Smith Street Band delivered. Supported by locals Pole Top Rescue, Amy Hetherington brings some photos from the night.
As if the people weren't sweaty enough in Darwin, Amity Affliction, In Hearts Wake, Confession and locals I, The Burden, brought a flood of moshing bodies to Discovery for an epic night of live music. Amy Hetherington shares some photos.
Violent Soho kicked off their 'No Sleep til Mansfield' tour in the sweaty, tropical goodness of Darwin. Top End fans (mostly tattooed, bearded and singlet-wearing) swamped Discovery Nightclub to see the Brisbane rockers pump out tracks from Hungry Ghost.
Darwin Festival was treated to grungey indie-pop of the wittiest variety when Courtney Barnett took to the Lighthouse stage. The first time in Darwin with the 'full band', Courtney was pleasantly surprised by the number of Territorians out on a school night. Obviously word of her cult status and brilliant combination of folk, psychedelia and 90s rock had reached the Top End. A truly awesome night. Check out the photos of the gig from Amy Hetherington.
Darwin Festival was treated to an intimate glimpse into the stories behind some of Joelistics and Sietta's most popular tracks in the aptly titled - In Between Sounds at Darwin Festival. Chinese-Australian MC and spoken word artist Joelistics (aka Joel Ma of TZU) and Filipino-Dutch-Australian producer/songwriter James Mangohig of Sietta combined with powerhouse vocalist Caiti Baker (Sietta) and the smooth-as DJ Soup for an epic show at The Lighthouse.
Darwin local David Spry collected together the rootsiest and grooviest of the Top End music scene to create The Roots Ensemble. David Spry and his band, The Moral High Ground, joined forces with the three-part vocal honey of The Harmony Birds, a brass section led by Matthew Holt, a world percussionist and guest spots by Ward Hancock (Rambutan Jam Band) and the beautiful Serina Pech. A night filled with good music, cheeky mid song banter and all the tropical goodness that Darwin Festival is known for. Amy Hetherington brings us these photos from the night!
Feelings and facial hair, stubbies and singing, charred meat and choral melodies. The Choir of Man was the perfect contrast. Based on the music of Darwin singer songwriter, David Garnham, the musical featured an impressive lineup of some of the NT's favourite male vocalists. Directed by Australian director and producer Wayne Harrison, with musical direction by Chong Lim, Choir of Man was a brilliant bloke-filled musical spectacle and one of the highlights of the Darwin Festival program. Amy Hetherington brings us these photos from the night:
With the NT Song of the Year wrapping promptly, the Happy Yess venue situated within Brown's Mart on Smith Street was preparing to host the official after party, which had also been dubbed an 'Alice Attack' - a night of kicking back and enjoying some live performances courtesy of three Alice Springs acts in Gareth Dawkins, Dave Crowe and Broadwing, plus SkankMC, who brought the night to a close.