WEEKLY PREVIEW: 25 March – 1 May

FRIDAY: Pom Pom, Vanguard Party + special guest @ Dicey Rileys
8pm, FREE, 18+

Despite an amazing lineup of talent – local, national and even international – making this week a very exciting one for Wollongong music fans, a relatively small gig in a pub on Crown Street is the one that Radar is encouraging you support.

Dicey Rileys, possibly known to you as “that Irish pub near the train station,” will host the first of its ‘Live and Local’ gigs this Friday; a weekly, FREE band night focusing on local talent. The venture will be launched by ex-Wollongong (now Melbourne-based) electro artist Pom Pom, alongside Vanguard Party and Tommy M & The Mastersounds.

Although the prospect of seeing two leading local acts playing for free should be more than enough to get you through the door, this gig is also important in the scope of the wider music scene and community. With similar ventures like Night Eats Day, Soundbreak Thursdays and Midnight Kamikaze closing down in recent months – and, of course, the closure of the Oxford Tavern – there is little live music activity in the Wollongong CBD. Without looking to discount the great work done by the awesome Otis Bar, or the great gigs put on at the Harp lately, there is really nowhere for louder acts to regularly play in the centre of town; one has to trek out to Fairy Meadow to The Patch to see loud rock acts.
The establishment of this venue at Dicey Rileys is a chance for music to be regularly available in the middle of town, so don’t let it go to waste by not supporting it; so get out to the opening night, and show the organisers and owners of Diceys that live music CAN be a viable and profitable idea for local venues!

As well, make sure to check out Radar’s interview with pom pom from earlier this week.


TUESDAY: Oh Sleeper, The Chariot, Mary Jane Kelly, Totally Unicorn @ Harp Hotel
8pm, $28 presale (Tickets through OzTix), 18+

WEDNESDAY: Strange Talk, Pom Pom, Tainted Fist @ Harp Hotel
8pm, $10 presale (Tickets through Bigtix), 18+

THURSDAY: Steel City All Stars, The Kujo Kings, Rocksteady Dub Militia @ The Patch
8pm, $7, 18+

THURSDAY: King Tide, Tainted Fist @ Wollongong Unibar (Superheroes & Villains Party)
8pm, FREE for UOW students, (general admission $10), 18+

THURSDAY: Heart Set To Fail, Stay Down @ Wollongong Youth Centre
6pm, free, all ages

FRIDAY: Yellow Fever, Love Connection, Jack Reilly, Bec Sandridge @ Otis Bar
8pm, $10, 18+

FRIDAY: Mind At Large (EP Launch), The Watt Riot, Ye Luddites @ The Patch
8pm, $10, 18+

SATURDAY: Frenzal Rhomb, The Optionals, Totally Unicorn @ Wollongong Unibar
8pm, $22.50 presale, 18+

SATURDAY: Monstrocity @ City Diggers
Feat: Floating Me, Sleep Parade, As Silence Breaks, Elite Element, Earth Mechanics, Recoil, Arc Icarus, Kaleidoscope, Distract, The Wu’s and Won’ts
3pm-12am, $15, 18+

SATURDAY: Traces of Nut, Lost In Verona, Dr Johnson, Seek The Silence @ Nowra Youth Centre
6pm, FREE, all ages

We’re always happy to help out! If you would like to include an event in Radar’s weekly gig guide, please contact radar.illawarra@gmail.com


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