Music and collaborative arts collective WE DON’T DANCE have announced their first event. Taking place at The Dungeon in Adamstown on Saturday, July 21. The mini-fest will be aiming to raise funds to help create a We Don’t Dance Festival for This Is Not Art this year.
We Don’t Dance aims to celebrate and promote local musicians and artists, especially female, trans & non-binary folks & people of colour. Their first event is an all day event presented by The [Y] Project and supported by Adamstown Arts. The first lineup features Lonelyspeck, Moonsign, King Single, and Bitchcraft.
Lonelyspeck is an Adelaide singer, producer, and visual artist that has been winning hearts all over the country with emotional and spacious songwriting and a killer live show; supporting everyone from Japanese Wallpaper to The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Rounding out the rest of the lineup is three excellent Newcastle-based acts. Moonsign are a Queer Synth Pop duo, King Single is a solo Guitar Pop artist, and Bitchcraft are loud and in your face four-piece Punk band.
Of course, what makes We Don’t Dance so special is that it isn’t just limited to music; throughout the day there will also be workshops, poetry readings, art auctions, and food and drink available.
Janette Hoppe, Kait Fenwick, and David Graham have all been announced as Poets performing on the day.
Bastian Fox Phelan will be presenting a zine making workshop; teaching you how to create your own handmade, small-circulation print magazines. Meanwhile, Play Anything Music Theory are presenting an Electronic Music Workshop; covering how to write a beat, compose melodies, and write songs.
We Don’t Dance is an All Ages event. Tickets to see just the bands, or just attend the workshops is $10; or you can make a day of it and do both for only $15.
The organizers have also introduced a safer spaces policy; working towards zero incidences of sexual assault, gender-based harassment and racism and live gigs. This also includes a no tolerance policy of unwanted touching, discrimination, or aggressive behaviour.