Hughster’s Gig Guide

Wednesday 12th October: Ghostwood – Beach Road Hotel Bondi – Free

Wednesday nights at Beach Road are becoming a regular occurrence on my gig schedule. The Bondi hotspot has built up a reputation of attracting some of Sydney’s best bands, and this week will continue this tradition. Ghostwood have been around the Sydney scene for some time now but have yet to receive the accolades their talent deserves. Their shoegaze style has often been compared with Nirvana, not a bad band to be likened to at all. They will be joined by two brand-new Sydney bands, Pineapple Head and Bachelor Pad.

Thursday 13th October: Dune Rats + Betty Airs: FBi Social, King’s Cross Hotel – $10

The surf rock movement is in full swing just in time for Summer. Brisbane’s gnarly Dune Rats and local lads Betty Airs are just two new bands reviving this genre and will conveniently be joining forces at FBi Social club on Thursday evening. If you like your sounds fresh and punky you can’t miss this one. For just a tenner at the door, you’ll also get a chance to see two other bands, melodic and bluesy the Reubens and another surfer band, the Villainares.

Friday 14th October: Big Scary – Paddington Uniting Church – $15

This is one event I’m very excited about. After seeing Big Scary at Changing Lanes, they’ve been on heavy rotation on my playlist. They’re not actually very big (just the two members) and they’re not scary at all, but they’re still pretty freakin’ awesome. Having already released a number of records, they’re setting off on a national tour to present their latest offering, Vacation. Apparently a moodier style to their earlier music, this album has been highly anticipated by those in the music community. Their first stop sees them visiting Paddington Uniting Church which will perfectly showcase their sometimes ambient, sometimes powerful style.

For the diary:

Monday 2nd/Tuesday 3rd January: Fleet Foxes – Sydney Opera House – $69-$94

Fleet Foxes are one of those groups who countless bands try to copy, but none get anywhere near. The Seattle folk-popsters will be gracing the Opera House concert hall for two shows in early January, an event which no music lover should miss. These tickets will sell out quick smart, so make sure your computer is switched on at 9am on Tuesday 11th October to secure your seat at what will undoubtedly be one of the gigs of 2012.


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