Live and MORE live!

Our friends at Tone Deaf have done it again, and put together a marvellous list of new live music venues that you should most definitely check out.

Venues in Adelaide and Brisbane got a bit of coverage, which is awesome to see.

Here’s a few in Sydney that you should take a gander at and #livethegig!

  • The Factory Floor –  105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

Below the Factory Theatre, there lies a new 250-capacity theatre and has become a bustling space for live music. It also sells delicious beer for wonderfully cheap prices and has an outdoor courtyard. Yum.

  • The Roller Den – 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville

Located in the basement of the Imperial Hotel, this little groovy hotspot opened up in March, and has hosted many of Australia’s newest young musical talent of a huge range.

  • The Standard Bowl – Level 3, 383 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Booze, bands and bowling, all in one location. You can’t go wrong with that. The venue has always been a cool set up for intimate and funky gigs, hosting a wide range of acts from City and Colour to Childish Gambino and Australia’s Glass Towers.

  •  The Lewisham – 794 Parramatta Rd, Lewisham

Named by Time Out as one of the top 5 best pubs for live music in the city, The Lewisham has got you covered with constant live and local music action throughout the week. You can expect a different genre any day of the week!

  • Newtown Social Club – 387 King St, Newtown

Established by Corner Presents, Newtown Social is a hip little venue catering to the weird and wonderful musical hub of Newtown. Quality live music of diverse genres, great sound and cool vibes.

YEAH SYDNEY.

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“National Tour” – Wait, what?

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This image went viral earlier this week – why?

Luke Penman from Adelaide posted this image onto Reddit Australia to make a point about the definition of a “National Tour” in Australia. The image got more than half a million views and over 300 comments, and FasterLouder gave the “music person guy” a bit of coverage.

Apparently Penman posted it up as a joke he thought a few of his mates could have a chuckle about, being from Adelaide where the music scene doesn’t seem to flourish so much.

For people that live in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney – we are not all that hindered by the way a ‘National Tour’ of a band, even those from Australia, rarely venture further than the East Coast stretch, possibly stopping at a few larger towns in between – namely Newcastle, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.

It’s a terrible shame; everyone should have access to live music and have the opportunity to see their favourite bands. But in Australia, these National Tours inevitably reflect the density of the population – more than 50% of our country’s population live in the east.

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So what can be done? Keep living the gig and spreading the love and need for live music, and hopefully the bands will catch on.

When live music loses, everybody loses

The live music scene has fluctuated up and down over the years, and once again it has been struck.

Australia is soon to lose three iconic live music venues, reports Tone Deaf.

Fans of FBi Social, a long-term pop-up stage situated on Level 2 of the Kings Cross Hotel, will be disheartened as the team will be closing after one last show on Saturday 1 November.

In addition, renowned dinner and show teams will be closing their venues in Dee Why, Sydney and Kincumber, Central Coast in 2015.

These venues may seem insignificant, but these closures signify something more worrying about the Australian music scene.

After the lock-out laws imposed in Sydney in February this year, there have been fears that the live music scene may disappear. Of 220 hotels, pubs and clubs effected by these laws, 143 are classified as live music venues. As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, while larger music venues such as the Metro Theatre won’t be affected due to their 12pm finishing times, it is smaller venues that provide space and exposure for up-and-coming musicians that will cop massive change. This applies to bands, as well as dance music venues, such as Good God Small Club, where international DJ’s often play sets well after 1am.

We have a massive amount of talent in this country, especially Sydney, and the closure of venues and a limitation on artist’s ability to spread their music is an extremely negative tactic… particularly when the City of Sydney council has launched efforts to revive our live music culture.

Bit hypocritical, I’d say.

So what can we do about it? Keep on supporting live music – LIVE THE GIG. Be there, experience it and spread the word about how lucky we are to have access to it. Just don’t be a dickhead while you’re doing it.

Live the gig as a broke-ass student

I’m all about promoting watching live gigs and supporting bands by experiencing their wonder and talent live, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem affordable. As a university student – I get that. If you can’t find yourself some cheap or free gigs to see, there are plenty of methods for showing your love for bands. So rather than using your phone to take awful recordings or semi-focused shots of the band when you do get the chance to see them live, here’s a few ways to support artists when your broke, courtesy of The DIY Musician.

1. Leave a comment

Leaving a comment is one of the easiest ways to show support. Take the time out of your busy schedule and leave a comment for your favorite artists. You can leave comments on blogs, iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.

2. Video testimonial

Leaving a video testimonial is another way to show support. Recording a video testimonial or review is very simple given the technology that we possess. Record a video talking about the music. Keep it short and share it with the artist or your loved ones.

3. Like or Share

Like the artist’s web content. Actually I want to take it a step further and say share the content. Share, retweet, repost, etc. Get the content in front of people. It’s free.

4. Change your Avi

If the artist has a new album or single out you can show support by changing your avatar. Changing your Avi is a simple process. All you have to do is find the artwork (Google search), save it and upload it. Bam!

5. Promote

Promoting an artist is easier than you think. All you have to do is track down the link and share it via your social media platforms. Add a creative blurb to your link or it might look like spam.

6. Word of Mouth

Remember that your word is valuable. People make decisions based on what their friends and family have to say about a product, service, or — in this case — music. Share the music that you love with those that are close to you.

7. Post content on Reddit, Stumbleupon, etc.

You can post the content on Reddit or Stumbleupon and help the artist receive an uptick in views or plays. Make sure your follow the guidelines of the site though or risk getting banned.

8. Post content on message boards

Post the content on message boards and help spread the word. In order to do this you usually need to register with the site. If this is too much work, try looking for a Facebook group that you can contribute to.

9. Use a Hashtag

Use an established hashtag on Social Media. All you have to do is find the hashtag that the artist is using and use it whenever you talk about their music.

10. Blog About It

One of the best ways to share your thoughts about a single or album is to blog about it. This form of support is very beneficial. It has SEO benefits, Social Media benefits and personal benefits. Share your honest thoughts about the music, and then press Publish. When you are finished you can even contact the artist to notify them of your work.

What do you think? How do you support artists when you are financially limited?

Leave a comment below!

Living the gig in Sydney this week!

We all love CHEAP or FREE things right?!

Well with a little help from our friends at Tone Deaf and our own musical muster, here’s a list of very cheap, very fun gigs you can attend this week in Sydney.

WEDNESDAY 15th October:

  • WHAT: Lime Cordiale + Spenda C + Animaux @ Beach Road Hotel, Bondi 8PM
  • WHY: Lime Cordiale are an outrageously funky and enjoyable duo of dudes from the Northern Beaches. Support some locals who have just come back from touring the US over some cheap beverages and intimate gig feels.

THURSDAY 16th October:

  • WHAT: Jungle Giants + New Navy @ UNSW Roundhouse
  • WHY: You’ll have a good boogie to these boys, drinks are ridiculously cheap and it’ll cost you less than $22 + bf. Tickets here: http://www.eventopia.co/
  • WHAT: Thieves @ The Vanguard 6.30PM
  • WHY: Thieves are launching their new EP: A Way to Ease the Pain. It’s all ages and only $13.80!

FRIDAY 17th October:

  • WHAT: Oxford Art Factory 7th Birthday FROM 7PM
  • WHY:  Killer line-up: Kilter, Oscar Key Sung, Hatch, Kanyon., Meare, Phondupe, Le Fruit DJs, Geoffrey James, The Gooch Palms, Flyying Colours, The Upskirts, The Dandelion, Smaal Cats, Dr GODDARD, DJ Glenn Be Trippi. Keep your head together for a moment though, this one needs to be RSVP’d on the link below. Enjoy. Tickets & info: Free Event, www.moshtix.com.au
  • WHAT: Astral & Friends @ Good God Small Club, Liverpool St 9PM
  • WHY: Astral people are a Sydney artist management and touring crew, and always throw a good party, with the message of “get out and support your local!” – featuring tunes from killer acts from Melbourne & Sydney. Only $11.80, see www.facebook.com & www.moshtix.com.au

If you don’t mind paying a bit more buck for your bang – be sure to consider The Beautiful Girls @ Metro Theatre on Friday 17th October, or legends The Cat Empire @ The Hordern Pavilion on Saturday 18th October.

Forget about the weather and go have a good time. Live the gig.

How not to be a Gig Noob 101

We’ve been dancing around the issue of gig etiquette and commenting on how cool it is to live in a country that loves live music and produces quite a good bunch of it too…

 

But

WHAT IS GIG ETIQUETTE?

They are simple rules and social norms for how people should behave when they are watching and experiencing live music.

What are you if you don’t abide by them? A gig noob, aka, a dickhead, aka, everyone’s worst nightmare.

Faster Louder (2013) have surmised what to do pretty neatly in this comprehensive guide to gig etiquette – take a look here: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/features/36495/The-6-golden-rules-of-gig-etiquette

An entire website in the UK has been devoted to the cause too – if you don’t find it funny and true then you probably fit one of the descriptions. Time to sharpen up and enjoy yourself without annoying too many others.

Key gig etiquette rules they mention include:

⊗ Don’t be a chatty Kathy throughout the entire gig

⊗ Don’t heckle, unless the band want you to

⊗ Drink and have a hoot, but still be aware of those around you

⊗ Wear deodorant

⊗ Put your damn phone down

http://thegigetiquette.co.uk

 

The last of these points is particularly important. Research shows that there is an increased trend of concert-goers and live music attendees “experiencing” live music through their technological devices, rather than through their own eyes, ears and body.

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This frustrates other concert-goers who wish to watch, dance and enjoy the moment; as well as bands who are trying to captivate their audience. There’s no reason to stand there and film the whole thing, or to take endless photos with your mates to send to those less fortunate than you who are not present – it’s a little narcissistic and a little bit mean. Watch it live, experience it live, and keep that buzz you get with you. Don’t be a dickhead about it.

 

Finally, Tone Deaf (2013) have nailed it in this counter claim to the Guardian, who last year said it was ok to use phones at gigs.

Take a look:

http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/339860/top-10-reasons-its-still-not-ok-to-use-your-smartphone-at-concerts.htm

 

“Apart from anything else, how could I possibly truly experience the thing I’ve paid to see and hear, if I was fiddling with an iPhone, filming or tweeting or chatting or whatever?”

– Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, 2013

Amen brother.

 

Getting groovy with Sticky Fingers

Sydney is lucky enough to be blessed with the sounds of Sticky Fingers – home grown “melting pot of psych, rock, reggae and bourbon.” And this week they hit the stage at Metro Theatre, and as far as gigs go, this one was certainly lived.

The first of four consecutive live gigs opened on Wednesday night, beginning the set with title of their new album, Land of Pleasure – a truly pleasurable conglomeration of shirtless band members, synthetic symphonies and a mind-blowingly excited crowd.

With an outrageous level of energy, StiFi rocked the first of four sold out shows featuring epic beats and chiller tunes – a few favourites included Gold Snafu, These Girls, Caress Your Soul and to top it all off in an enthusiastic encore with Australia Street.

And I have to say, props to the crowd for some pretty pleasing gig etiquette. My view was only blocked three times due to someone’s iPhone screen bobbing away ahead of me… maybe this had something to do with the event being over 18s, and of the more ‘alternative’ style.

If you are one of the fortunate holders of a ticket to StiFi’s Friday or Saturday show, get keen – they’ll teach you how to fly.

And remember, don’t be a dickhead. Live the Gig.

StiFi at Metro over the weekend - Visit www.facebook.com/stickyfingersmusic or http://www.stickyfingerstheband.com for more info on these Sydney based legends.

StiFi at Metro over the weekend – Visit http://www.facebook.com/stickyfingersmusic or http://www.stickyfingerstheband.com for more info on these Sydney based legends.