National SLAM Day taking over 100+ Venues this Thursday, 23rd February.

More than 100 music venues from around the country will celebrate Australia’s thriving live music scene at National Slam Day on February 23rd 2012. The day comes exactly two years after 20,000 passionate music fans marched down Melbourne’s Swanston Street for the inaugural SLAM Day in response to crippling Victorian liquor licensing laws, creating the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history. History is made again in 2012, as it will be the first time so many venues have simultaneously supported a single cause.

You can view the full list of venues, with lineups, here:

But here are a couple of our picks around the country:

Northcote Social Club – Tinpan Orange, Jess Ribeiro and the Bone Collectors
The Tote – Primitive Calculators, Scrap Museum ’30th anniversay reunion show’, Beat Disease, BJ Morrizonkle and Teenage Libido
The Toff in Town – The UV Race, Bitch Prefect and Repairs

The Annandale Hotel – Papa Vs Pretty, Cabins and Palms (ex Red Riders)
The Vanguard – A Tribute To The Grand Ole Opry featuring: Kane Dyson (Spurs For Jesus), Dan Marando (The Maladies), Emma Swift (49 Goodbyes), Stu H and The Green Mohair Suits

Yours and Owls (95a Crown St) – Pear & The Awkward Orchestra, The Penny’s and Bec Sandridge.

The Basement – Knights of the Spatchcock, Pyrene, The Greeting Method and Critical Monkee

Darwin Railway Club – Busby Marou, Dave Spry and The Moral High Ground

Black Bear Lodge – Set Sail, Tin Can Radio, Fushia
Oh Hello! – Cub Scouts, Pluto Jonze, Argentina & Fairchild Republic
The Beetle Bar – Valley Floor (ex The Beautiful Girls/Angus & Julia Stone/Rogerthat), Los Huevos, Race Of The Harridan, Daves Pawn Shop

Rosemount Hotel – Stonefield, Sonpsilo Circus, Sugarpuss
Murdoch University – Bush Court – The Brow Horn Orchestra, Paker Avenue

Crown & Anchor – sleepmakeswaves, + Canidae
Fowlers Live – Lyla, Like Leaves, The Killgirls, Farenheit 43

Below we have a gallery of musicians holding speech bubbles with their answers to the question: “What does live music in small venues mean to you?” You can jump on the SLAM Facebook page and tell them your answer, too!

So get out there and support your local venues and musicians on February 23rd. For more information, or to register your venue for National SLAM Day, go to:

Larry Heath

Founding Editor and Publisher of the AU review. Currently based in Toronto, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter @larry_heath or on Instagram @larryheath.

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