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.
Photo: Amy Hetherington
My first impression of the Darwin Railway Club upon arriving on this warm night was that it was larger than I had been expecting. I had a veritable sweat box in my head (apparently it still reaches peak sauna levels in the wet season), but from the beautiful wooden bar set up right through to the extremely relaxed outdoor setting, I instantly get why the 'Rails' has become the Darwin venue du jour for touring bands of late.
Photo: Amy Hetherington
In interviewing the amount of musicians I have this week and in general, having had chats with some music lovers up in Darwin, you ask them who they're digging on locally and among other acts, they've all said David Spry and the Moral High Ground. Performing at Nirvana, the five piece jammed out two and a bit sets of some great, rich roots music and before the night was out, I got what everyone had been talking about.
Photo: Amy Hetherington
I haven't been able to be in Darwin at the right time of year to hit up the famous Mindil Beach Markets for some years now, so when I knew I'd be up during June, I'll be honest when I say that this was one of the big parts of my itinerary I was looking forward to. With some juice, Chinese food and the sun setting in spectacular fashion behind me, I was happy to camp out in front of the outdoor stage for some chilled tunes act as the perfect soundtrack.
New Darwin venue "The Chippo" had its industry night, first look through tonight out in its new digs in Stuart Park. Previously a tiny shed-like music venue out on Dick Ward Drive, internal property developments and issues saw the original Chippo's closure but in a twist of events, this new venue the owners have secured for themselves may turn into one of the best venues Darwin will have to offer.
Right, well, it may as well be laid out now that this is a rave review. I’m throwing in the introductory paragraph towel, I’m afraid. No introductory paragraph towel could really do any kind of adequate mopping of the sweat on the superior brow of this gig, so I’m casting it aside as the useless bit of literary scaffolding it is and replacing it with a premature conclusion: Steve Smyth is fucking terrific. Go see him. Go. Go. Go.
Right, well, it may as well be laid out now that this is a rave review. I’m throwing in the introductory paragraph towel, I’m afraid. No introductory paragraph towel could really do any kind of adequate mopping of the sweat on the superior brow of this gig, so I’m casting it aside as the useless bit of literary scaffolding it is and replacing it with a premature conclusion: Steve Smyth is fucking terrific. Go see him. Go. Go. Go. But if you can’t drop everything and go right now I guess we can rewind this ole VHS of a rave review for Steve Smyth and accompanying drummer Brock Fitzgerald (of Wolf and Cub repute) – rewind back…