Festival season rocks

Simon Wooldridge | Bendigo Weekly | 07-Dec-2017

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LIVE music-wise, there isn’t much time to pause for breath in the lead-up to Christmas. 


The festive season kicks off in style tonight – Friday, December 8, with Anglo-Welsh-Australian outfit, Iffy Pop, putting Ashes squabbles aside to deliver an eclectic mix of covers – Stray Cat Strut, Love Shack, and Yazoo’s Only You hint at the band’s diverse interests – at the Golden Square Hotel. 


Another uber-popular local covers band, the rarely-understated John Grossman Project, will be taking their dance-around-your-handbags-party-groove-thing to the Golden Vine on Friday, December 22. 


On New Year’s Eve they set-up camp at the All Seasons Hotel for a mega boogie-along-a-thin. 


The JGP – specialists at getting people away from their chicken Parmas and onto the dancefloor since 2012 – recently played their 100th gig. 


If progressive heavy rock is more your bag, tomorrow night, Saturday, December 9, sees Die In A Dream take to the MusicMan stage to promote new single, Salvati-ne. 


Originally formed as  Artillah in 2009, the five-piece is fronted by vocalist Tim Grey. They’re joined on the bill by SENTIA, FORMILES, and Nibira. 


Doors at 8pm.



The Goldmines Hotel this coming Sunday afternoon, December 10, sees a collective 100 years plus of experience don the courtyard stage in the form of The Old Buzzard Medicine Show. 


The Buzzards are joined by David Smythe. Their shows are renowned for a certain let’s-see-what-happens fluidity. 


The following Sunday, December 17, the Goldmines welcomes back regular sparring partners, Harlem and Birdhouse. 


It’s a particularly busy month for Harlem, who look to be conducting a mini-tour of Bendigo throughout December. 


The Golden Vine’s December music calendar features many different genres. 


This Way North (indie-dance-roots-world-pop and more) are joined by Castlemaine’s Luke Watt next Friday, December 15.


The following night, December 16, sees Black Aces back on a Bendigo stage after their recent trip to the UK – where they won over fans in hard-nosed outposts like Bolton, Doncaster, and Swansea during a 12-date tour. 


They’ve just released second album, Anywhere But Here. Which was recorded with high-profile producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, INXS, Cold Chisel, Kiss) and Colin Wynn (Bad//Dreems). 


The Bendigo boys will be joined on the night by Melbourne rockers Fluff, and legendary Bendigo instrumental rock outfit Tyson Hodges Trio (TH3).


If Black Aces are a bit on the heavy side, check-out Soul Contact that night instead. 


 The local four-piece features David Turpie, Trevor Daly, Dale Smith, and Faye van der Paal. 


They’ve been playing soul and pop covers for over 10 years, and throw in a few David Turpie originals as well. 


Soul Contact play the Manchester Arms in Eaglehawk Road on Saturday, December 16.


Lively rockabilly outfit Knock Knock Rattle return to the Vine on December 23. They’ll have audiences on their feet as they run through favourites like Mambo Rock, Runaway Boys, and Tequila.


Christmas Eve at the Golden Vine sees rising blues star Bill Barber host his “X-mas X-travaganza” show. This writer anticipates a cast of many.

– Simon Wooldridge

Twitter: @spwooldridge

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