‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Hussy Hicks from Gold Coast, Queensland

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of the hardest hit areas, so The AU Review has kickstarted a Q&A series “looking past the pandemic”, encouraging creatives from around the world to share their travel hopes, dreams, and the thoughts or things that are getting them through 2020, while also highlighting essential experiences in their own country.

Hussy Hicks (Gold Coast, Queensland)

Blues & Roots duo Hussy Hicks are celebrating togetherness on their latest album Gather Up The People, a project that sharply expresses the hope, honesty and warmth that’s completely necessary in a year like 2020. The songs, all delicate and comforting, speak to a penchant for a stylistically diverse sound, running the range of folk with calm but still throwing in plenty of sharper textures to lift songs like the brilliant title track and “Wilson River Blues”.

We caught up with Hussy Hicks’ Julz Parker to look past the pandemic.

When travel opens up completely, the first place in Australia I’m going is…

Smiggins at the NSW snowfields if it’s winter, or Ballina if it’s summer.

Katherine Gorge is an essential visit in the Northern Territory.

Three spots in Australia I think everyone should visit at least once in their life…

Katherine Gorge, NT; Great Barrier Reef, QLD; The Kimberley, WA.

Whenever I have a visitor and I want to show them a good night out, the first place I take them is…

Osteria Del Mare, Burleigh.

We’d end the night at…

Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Burleigh, for some live music at the end of the night.

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Alabama’s best food experience is a classic Crawfish Boil.

Most memorable thing I’ve eaten on the road…

Crawfish Boils in Alabama are one of my all time favourite meals.

The one international venue I’ve always wanted to play…

Royal Albert Hall, London UK.

The one international destination I’m yet to visit but have always admired…

I’d still really like to visit Moscow.

The three things or thoughts that are getting me through this pandemic…

Gardening, writing, recording music and family.

Hussy Hicks’ new album ‘Gather Up The People’, is out now. For more on the duo head on over to their Facebook page here.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy-Editor-At-Large of the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.