Oh Darwin Festival thank you! Thank you for programming one of the best live rock bands in the country. And thank you for having a venue that lets us get close enough to appreciate the magic and the mess, the despair and the desire, the songs and the spit of The Drones. It was a savage, charismatic performance and one that will stick with Darwin music lovers for a long time. Check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
Tomorrow evening, The Drones will be celebrating 10 years of their acclaimed album, Wait Long By The River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By, up in Darwin as part of this year's Darwin Festival. It's the beginning of the band's anniversary tour around the country in support of the album that started it all and it holds an added dimension of gravitas, as it sees Wait Long By The River...'s original drummer Christian Strybosch return to the fold.
The sound of Tjupi Band epitomises Central Australia desert reggae – sparse, upbeat with a driving kick and snare - and they brought it to Darwin Festival's Lighthouse! A glorious display of the energetic, joyous sounds of desert reggae, Tjupi Band delighted the crowd, especially when they brought local favourite Shellie Morris on stage to sing 'My Island Home'. A gorgeous night of live Territory music, check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
In what could very well be their last ever gig, #1 Dads brought their blissful pop to The Lighthouse for a very special Darwin Festival performance. Featuring guests Ainslie Wills and Tom Snowden, it was a delightfully chilled out set, perfect for the tropical Top End. Check out the photos from The AU Review #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
SAFIA proved why they're one of the most in demand bands in Australia with a massive sold out show at Darwin Festival. The Canberra trio filled The Lighthouse to the brim and had everyone entranced with their hauntingly beautiful, smooth as hell tunes. The perfect blend of upbeat buzzing dance vibes and stunning intimacy. Check out the photos from the AU Review's #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
Damn sweaty, damn pumped up, damn Darwin loves Remi! His first visit to the Top End and Remi was greeted with a mass of sweaty, hip hop, beat loving Territorians who filled The Lighthouse for the special Darwin Festival show. Remi absolutely smashed it... like Tyson. Check out the photos from The AU Review's #dfest15 photographer Amy Hetherington.
Holy Holy enchanted the Darwin Festival with a gorgeous, blissful set at the Lighthouse. On point sonically and with an infectious energy and joy, the boys really deserved a much larger crowd. Nevertheless, they smashed the gig and converted the masses with their delightful Holy tunes. Aptly described by one punter as a sexy modern day Eagles - Darwin hearts Holy Holy. Check out the photos from AU Review's #dfest15 photography Amy Hetherington.
Xavier Rudd and his incredibly talented band, The United Nations, treated Darwin Festival to an upbeat and dynamic celebration of global sound. The Darwin show is at the beginning of 'The Flag Australia Tour', which sees Xavier Rudd & The United Nations (supported by the smooth hammock music genius Bobby Alu) travel the country. Check out the photos by Amy Hetherington.
Tonight, Caitlin Park begins her tour around Australia, set to showcase a new live show, a band she's formed a tight dynamic with and of course, a solid bunch of material to bring to the live stage. Kicking off with a special show at the Darwin Festival this evening, the Sydney artist has tells us of her excitement around returning north for some sunshine and good music.
The 2015 Darwin Festival kicked off with a huge night of gorgeous Australian female singer/songwriters at the Darwin Amphitheatre! Music lovers rejoice the ladies are on point for live music, exceptional songwriting and cheeky mid-song banter. Performances from Thelma Plum, Clare Bowditch, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks and a special performance from Caiti Baker from Sietta. The Darwin crowd enjoyed a glorious evening of music under the stars in perfect Top End weather (sorry, not sorry Southerners in winter time). Check out the photos from Amy Hetherington.
The Darwin Festival has revealed its first six acts set to hit the tropics this August and already, we're excited about what shows punters in the Top End will have on offer in the ways of music, comedy and live performance. The festival, running from August 6th through until August 23rd, now sees former Northern Territory Chief Minister and Arts Minister Clare Martin named as the new Chair of the Darwin Festival, with the event's General Manager Mark Crees noting that Martin is going to be a valued member of the team given her support of the arts in the NT over the years, bringing years of experience to the table.
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: