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Top places to see your new favourite band play (for the first time in their lives)

Did you know that every single weekend, there is an opportunity for you to see your new favourite band play their first show? Yeah I know, right? It’s pretty bloody insane but it’s also a really cool thing. Confused? That’s ok, let me break it down for you.

A few years ago I rocked up to the Hamilton Station Hotel (or was it the Lass?) to see Camp Cope. They were supporting Jen Buxton and their Newcastle show was the same day they released the single Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams. There were maybe six people in the audience? Maybe a few more by the time they finished their set. A few months later, they sold out their album launch in Melbourne, and fast forward a year or so, and they’re selling out the Opera House. I am still forever grateful at the opportunity to see one of my favourite bands play, when they were really cutting their teeth on the tour circuit.

When was the last time you saw a band for the first time? Do you remember what that first show was like? Do you look back now after seeing Gang of Youths play to seven people in a dingy Sydney Pub and go, “heck what a dream?”

If you’re looking for venues that will showcase such a show here are a few. The Lass O’Gowrie (whilst it’s still alive and kicking of course, RIP the OG) has always been a home for new bands cutting their teeth. The Uni has also been pretty great, particularly in the band comp side of things, and the TAFE as well are often putting on giggos for the new kids. Little known in the wider community, but beloved amongst the friends and fans, Tiny Boat at Softys (in Islington) are also doing their bit to give your new favourite band the floor.

Speaking of the floor, did you know that you can get the best floor spot at any giggo if you show up early? I mean, since you’re there you could also see the awesome, red hot local act that’s opening the proceedings. It’s a win win win for everyone!

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.

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