On 23rd February 2010, the SLAM rally saw 20,000 people march through Melbourne to the tune of AC/DC’s definitive ‘Long Way to the Top’, in protest against the Victorian Government’s misguided policy link between live music and violence. Out on the streets of our city, we showed our support and love for a truly great live music community. The SLAM rally was the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history. Now all of Australia has the opportunity to participate in a national event that celebrates our local musicians in our small venues.
Thursday 23rd February 2012, is National SLAM Day and a huge number of gigs are being held around the country to support local artists and venues. You can see a ful gig guide here of the day here. To celebrate our friends at SLAM have got together some of Australia's best musicians and asked them through a series of speech bubble photos what live music in small venues means to them.
Check out their answers on the following pages, and on Thursday help support the industry by getting out and experiencing the spontaneous excitement and intimacy you only get at a small venue.
Peter Luscombe - Rockwiz
James Black - Rockwiz & The Black Sorrows
Brian Nankervis - Rockwiz
Henry Wagons - Wagons
Rebecca Barnard - Rebecca's Empire
Patience Hodgson - The Grates
Dan Luscombe - The Drones
Tim Rogers - You Am I
Northeast Party House
Jess Cornelius - Teeth & Tongue
Dugald McAndrew - Rockwiz
Davey Lane (You Am I) & Wit (Spiderbait)
Adalita - Magic Dirt & Adalita
Alex Gow - Oh Mercy
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