WEEKLY WRAP-UP: January 9-15

Big week on Radar Illawarra this week; in case you missed anything, let’s take a look back at the last seven days.

LOCAL NEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: first Main Street Studios “TV Tunes” recording:

Radar Illawarra premieres the first of the “Wollongong Music Scene vs. TV Tunes” recording project; Blood, Guts & Firetrucks covering ‘Sesame Street.’

Stacked Festival releases playing timetables:
Stacked Music Festival have released the playing schedule for their two-day event later this month.

Music Farmers to begin hosting gigs in February:
The Wollongong music institution announced they will host monthly band performances starting in February

Yardvark announce album launch mini-tour:
Yardvark will launch their new album, ‘Flannelette Heart,’ with a four gig mini-tour through January and February.

Never See Tomorrow announce album listening party:
Metalcore dudes Never See Tomorrow are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming album, and will preview the LP at a special listening party.

TOUR NEWS:
Matt Corby:
Matt Corby has announced a surprise, intimate gig in Wollongong for the end of this month.

Endless Heights:
Sydney hardcore dudes Endless Heights have announced a special one-off show at Yours & Owls at the end of the month.

sleepmakeswaves:
Sydney post-rock heroes sleepmakeswaves will also soon play Yours & Owls, with the band to visit Wollongong in March.

REVIEWS:
Happy New Year, Nite Fields, MBC, Basil’s Kite @ Yours & Owls:
It’s the kind of music to which you can close your eyes, get completely lost in, only to emerge in surprise to applause as the song ended without you even noticing. It seemed a perfect accompaniment to the ambience of Yours and Owls at such a late time of night; chilled out, gorgeous, and ever so alternative.

Faye Blais, Nicole Brophy, Kay Proudlove @ Dicey Riley’s:
Thursday night saw a smattering of locals fill Dicey Riley’s to engage in what became an accidental ‘Girls night in’, with locals Kay Proudlove and Nicole Brophy supporting Canadian guest Faye Blais.

FEATURES:
OPINION: Band Comps (a follow-up)
:
After the big response to, and discussion generated by, our article on band competitions, local music advocate Rob Carr – organiser of the ‘Rock The Vote’ campaign, and the State of the Music Scene forum – wrote to Radar, to submit his own take on the idea of band competitions

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