The AU is turning 8 TONIGHT and you’re invited to celebrate with Hedge Fund and Allan Smithy

  • Larry Heath
  • August 18, 2016
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Tonight we’re celebrating our 8th Birthday (#au8thbday) in Sydney! We’ll be returning to the Oxford Art Factory Gallery Bar with Hedge Fund and Allan Smithy scheduled to perform live. The event is totally free! You’ll just need to RSVP while tickets last at THIS LINK. Please note that the venue is subject to capacity so even if you have a free ticket, we recommend you get there early.

Doors 6.30pm – Alex Hoax DJ Set
7.30pm – Hedge Fund (LIVE)
8pm – Rock DJ Set
8.30pm – Allan Smithy (LIVE)
9pm – Commandeur DJ Set

There’ll be drinks flowing thanks to Murray’s Brewing Co. and DJs including Commandeur and Alex Hoax will be performing through the night too. While you get excited for tonight, learn a bit more about the live acts set to play:



To support their latest single, What You’re Hiding, Bondi band Hedge Fund are hitting the road to bring their blisteringly weird live-show to the rest of the cities on the East Coast, with dates in Weribee, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and Bellingen.

It’s hard to put the band into a single genre. With a sound that walks a line between dreamy prog-pop and muscular post-punk grooves, the band takes cues from new-wave influences such as The Cure, Talking Heads and New Order.

The result is a sound that is as haunting as it is energetic, and uniquely their own.

Born in Sydney but raised in London, singer William Colvin’s songwriting is thoroughly inspired by the personalities of both cities. While the five members of Hedge Fund firmly identify as a ‘Bondi Band’, an unmistakably British sound seeps into the band’s music.

Hedge Fund has had a successful recent career; their latest single, thumping yet dreamy synth-pop anthem Summer’s Getting Shorter has clocked up more than 17,000 listens on Soundcloud, Look Who’s Back charted at #2 in the AMRAP Metro Charts, and Object of My Affection has over 280,000 listens on Spotify.

They’ve been played on Triple J and have received great support from local and international online outfits as well as local and regional stations, they’ve toured the entire Australian east coast, played all over NSW, and have supported bands like British India and Dappled Cities.

But Hedge Fund still see themselves as just five kids from Bondi.

“We’re musicians,” Will maintains, “and in this industry it’s really important to remember where you came from. And we come from Bondi. All of us. Bondi. We really want to stress that. Bondi.”

– By Edgar Fund, band biographer

Follow Hedge Fund on Facebook HERE.



Allan Smithy hails from the Inner West of Sydney. He plays self-described Australiana- Nostalgia rock, likes crosswords and coffees, and is an avid believer in the aural benefits of listening to home grown 80’s bands. He has a sense of pride in Australian music and proudly wears his influences (The Go-betweens, The Triffids and The Church) on his sleeve.

The man behind Allan Smithy, Matt Amery is the former front man of Sydney outfit Tin Sparrow. Over the past four years the band has toured nation wide with the likes of Boy & Bear, Matt Corby and Husky, played festival slots at Festival of the Sun, Peats Ridge and Secret Garden festival, and headlined several east coast tours.

With 33 649 digital downloads sold and over 2.8 Million Spotify plays, Tin Sparrow’s front man has embarked on a new direction in creating Allan Smithy. Under this moniker, Matt Amery draws on the sweet indie tunes of Tin Sparrow but yet now delivers more guitar driven pop melodies.

Working with the likes of Melbourne musician Tom Iansek whom is better known as #1 Dads and Big Scary, mixer Liam Judson (Cloud Control, The Lovetones) and producer/engineer and musician Wayne Connolly, whom has worked with the likes of Silverchair, Preatures, You Am I, Josh Pyke, Death Cab for Cutie and The Pernice Brothers, Allan Smithy’s new material shows maturity in musicianship and brings smart and crafty pop gems.

Follow Allan Smithy on Facebook HERE.


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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.