The Corinbank Cancellation Consolation Congregation Happening Tonight at the Polish Club

Column: News   |   Date Published: Thursday, 1 March 12   |   Author: Allan Sko   |   5 years, 3 months ago

In a show of solidarity that makes me proud to be a Canberran, local promoters, performers, and punters have rallied around the recent tragic news of Corinbank's cancellation/postponement by putting on an exciting evening of Corrie-related live acts. Happening tonight at the Polish Club - and championed by the bastion of local music Canberra Musicians Club - the rapidly spun together eve will play host to The Beez, Fun Machine, Hashemoto, Beth 'n' Ben, Big Score, Bally Performing Artist and is FREE to all holders of Corinbank tickets. It kicks off at 7pm.

Be sure to come along and support the fabulously named Corinbank Cancellation Constipation... No wait, that's not right... The Corinbank Consolation Consumation... Balls, that's not right either. The Corinbank AHHHHHh forget it, just read the title. BMA Magazine will be giving away prizes for anyone who can correctly pronounce the gig title after 1am.

Here's the official word from the Canberra Musicians Club event Facebook page:

"Corinbank 2012 has been dealt a terrible blow by this extraordinary weather system, but with a bunch of performers at a loose end and hundreds of culture lovers bereft of their much anticipated weekend entertainment, a small, but much drier, dose of Corinbank has been hastily arranged to bring them all together in somewhat humbler congregation.

Appearing: The Beez, Fun Machine, Hashemoto, Beth 'n' Ben, Big Score, Bally Performing Artists (circus sideshow, burlesque dancers, drag queens), interactive sculpture, creative camp samples.

Fully endorsed by Corinbank, event entry is free for those who pre-purchased festival tickets or pre-volunteered, and all profits from the evening will go to help Corinbank pay some of the inevitable debts arising from what must be a devastating cancellation. Non pre/vollie tix - $20/15 (conc. CMC).

Guests will be treated to a constellation of entertainments musical, artistic, circusy, slow food banquety (TBC'd Polish food available also) and all chai enriched.

Proudly (and also sadly) supported by: Canberra Musicians Club, the Polish Club, le Petite Circus."

Stonefield Play Black Opal Stakes Day:

In a little bit of a different move for the regular race meet, the 2012 Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes Day will this year play host to Stonefield, the triple j Unearthed winners for 2010.

Often described by journalistic wags as “the female Wolfmother”, the four-from-a-farm in Victoria have been playing together since 2006 and have rocketed along in their career since winning Unearthed with invites to play at the Glastonbury festival and a show at the Roxy in LA. They began 2012 with the east coast dates of the Big Day Out and gained a spot in the Hottest 100. The band have just finished recording a new six-track mini album with Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studios with the first single Bad Reality due out this month, so you can expect some new material.

Rather than the standard set structure, Stonefield will be playing throughout the Kamberra Wine Company Black Opal Stakes Day with sets between races four through to eight, followed by a one hour concert commencing after the last race at 5.30pm. Staged tickets start from only $10 and are available for purchase online at or at the gate on the day for $25. This is a family friendly all ages event (but perhaps don’t send the kids to the tote bag).

Put On Ice - Ice Cube:

Continuing the hip-hop tip, the much anticipated Ice Cube show, scheduled for last year, is finally happening at the AIS Arena on Thursday April 19. He will be supported by DJ Daz and the rest of the KP Records roster. Tix are $91.50 + bf and available now from Ticketek.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Raveonettes Come to Canberra:

Principal Entertainment are proud to present legendary psychedelic rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre along with Danish indie rock duo The Raveonettes in Australia together for the first time this May, and heading to Canberra's ANU Refectory on Friday (woo!) May 18. Ticket info below.

Australian audiences would need no introduction to The Brian Jonestown Massacre or indeed to their enigmatic musical director Anton Newcombe. The psychedelic collective have been embraced by Australian fans who have rewarded the band with numerous sold out shows in the past with punters eager to see what the next genre defying salvo delivered by Newcombe and his cohorts will be.

The next quiver from Newcombe's musical bow is the forthcoming album Aufheben which will be released in Australia on April 30. Aufheben or Aufhebung is a German word with several seemingly contradictory meanings, including "to lift up", "to abolish", or "to sublate”. The term has also been defined as "abolish," "preserve," and "transcend." In philosophy, aufheben is used by Hegel to explain what happens when a thesis and antithesis interact.

Aufheben was recorded in Berlin in Anton Newcombe’s studio and the infamous East German Radio Station ‘Studio East’. Original member Matt Hollywood plays on this album, and also features Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spritualized), Constatine Karlis (Dimmer) and Thibault Pesenti (Rockcandys), plus vocal performances by Eliza Karmasalo (in Finnish).

The BJM will be joined in Australia by the fabulous Raveonettes. When you’ve had a cult fan base for as long as The Raveonettes have, it’s only a matter of time before some of your most loyal of acolytes begin branching out and make their own kinds of beautiful noise.

In recent times, the musical DNA of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo has been cropping up with such regularity that it prompted the British music press staple to declare the Danish duo to be responsible for sparking “America’s pop renaissance.” It was a long overdue tip of the hat which drew comparisons between the Raveonettes’ melodic magic and such modern tunesmiths as The Drums, Best Coast, Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and even British bands like The Vaccines and Glasvegas.

After the best part of a decade honing their instantly recognizable sound and seeing it co-opted by so many other bands aspiring for a similar level of greatness, Sharin and Sune are blazing a newer, darker trail with their brilliant fifth album Raven In The Grave. “I think we have finally hit on something quite important and different for this album,” explains Sune. “This is the first Raveonettes album we've done which doesn't feature the signature Raveonettes surf drumbeat. None of the tunes have any real sunshine to them. It’s all very un-Rave.”

“It has a mood of ethereal defiance,” Sharin adds. “It’s dark but not bleak, like the single minded determination caused by crisis that is not quite hope but just as powerful.”

Tickets will be on sale on Thursday March 8 from:

The first weekend of the BMA Magazine and ENLIGHTEN West Side Stage has been cancelled:

It is with a heavy heart that BMA Magazine announces yet another cancellation of some cracking outdoor live music events. The launch of BMA Magazine and ENLIGHTEN’s West Side Stage, scheduled to kick off tonight, has been cancelled along with tomorrow night’s program due to the flooding rains. If Mother Nature cares to be kinder in the coming week however, it will be full steam ahead for next weekend’s program.

On Friday March 9 the lovely Lanie Lane will (hopefully) be entrancing us with her old timey country raunch, and will be joined by perennial Canberra favourites The Ellis Collective and Owen Campbell. To finish ENLIGHTEN with a bang on Saturday March 10 will be The Puta Madre Brothers – a dirty hi-energy mariachi style three-piece where every member is a one-man-band. They will be joined by Canberra’s own summoners of energy Fun Machine and The Brass Knuckle Brass Band. Each night will run from 6.30pm through to 11pm and is free.

You can find out more at .

The (new) Greenroom Opening Weekend: How Did It Go?:

As has been widely reported in the BMA Mag realm, the month of March is a crucial one for Canberra music. A good trial month, with good takings over the bar, will see a new purpose built The Greenroom permanently installed in the Woden Tradies. With the first weekend been and gone we're all asking... How did it go?

In the build up, The (new) Greenroom did everything it could to have the best opening weekend possible - great nights in British India on Friday March 2 and the all day metal fest Chaos A.C.T. VI on Saturday March 3, lots of promo, and an affable/professional man in overseer Garry Peadon.

And yet it came at the end of some of the worst weather the region has experienced in decades; a seven day long unrelenting drenching that saw major events Corinbank and ENLIGHTEN cancelled amongst many others. Not exactly going out weather, in a town not exactly renowned for buying their tickets beforehand.

So how did it go? I phoned Garry Peadon to find out.

"British India had 350-ish people," Peadon revealed. "I was hoping for a sellout to be honest."

What's sellout capacity?


So you were 150-ish off a sellout on a night that had people reaching for a DVD and/or a book in the comfort of their own home? Not bad, surely. And Chaos A.C.T.?

"Chaos about 200 or so I'd say. We had a few sound problems on the Friday night, but we had them all ironed out by Saturday. There was absolutely no trouble whatsoever and good nights were had by all."

The all important question is; are the powers that be happy with the takings?

"Both nights were some of the biggest nights they've had in awhile. It's far exceeded their expectations. We're not there yet, but based on the opening weekend, we're well on our way to a permanent venue."

To all of you that atteneded despite the miserable weather, well done you. You have made a significant contribution to ensuring the future of good music in the capital. But as the man said, we're not there yet. Be sure to head to the plethora of nights to come to ensure we Canberrans get the venue we deserve. See you there!

Closure in Moscow, Strangers, Escape Syndrome - Thu Mar 15 - Buy tix here

Nirvana Tribute - Fri Mar 16 - Buy tix here

Sub Atari Knives, The Waysmiths, London Circuit, Tonk, Deathcap Mushroom - Buy tix here

Funkoars (on the way to a sellout I'm told) with Raw City Rukus, Mattrix and Ol School Al - Fri Mar 30 - Buy tix here

Bon Jovi Tribute (Ivoj Nob) - Buy tix here

Rattlehand at The Phoenix:

In 2011 Rattlehand established themselves as serious players in the field, performing live with Justin Townes Earle, Wagons and Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band and playing to sold out crowds at Tamworth, Woodford and Apollo Bay festivals. Joviality and contagiousness is at the core of their music, and anyone who loves a good blues or rock beat will get as much from Rattlehand’s new album as the most hardened alt-country fan. Acclaimed in particular for their tight, vibrant and entertaining live shows Rattlehand are not to be missed on their East Coast Album Tour. They’ll be stopping by The Phoenix on Friday March 2. Free entry.

My Friend the Chocolate Cake Touring in March:

Following some great sets at the Queenscliff Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and the Cygnet Folk Festival in the final months of last year, My Friend the Chocolate Cake took January off to put their feet up and write some more songs and contemplate what further kitchen merchandise they could offer at gigs. Aprons, apparently, was the answer. Still hailed after 21 years as original, quirky, beautiful and exquisite, Canberrans have another chance to catch the Cake at The Street Theatre on Saturday March 24. Head to for more info.

Corinbank Postponed Due To Bad Weather:

The devastating weather continues to deliver devastating news, this time hitting us locally. Following the announcement that Playground Weekender was cancelled due to adverse weather, Corinbank has now been forced to postpone their three day celebration of music and art due to flooded roads and the potential risk of a landslide.

As the organisers posted on their Facebook wall only moments ago:

"We're really sad to announce that Corinbank 2012 has been postponed. Not sure how ABC announced it this morning - we've only just announced it ourselves! The roads up to Corin Forest just aren't safe enough to have hundreds of cars on them, and your safety is our number one priority. All purchased tickets will be valid for a future event. We tried guys. We've been working 20 hours a day this week to make the festival happen and we're heartbroken that we can't bring it to you. Stay tuned for updates (and pics!)."

Our hearts go out to the hardworking folk at Corinbank. We have gotten to know the team personally over the years, and they are some of the most dedicated, passionate and beautiful people we have had the pleasure to meet, and so we wish them all the very best for the future event.

We will keep you posted with updates as they become available. In the meantime, show your love and support for the Corrie crew on their Facebook page and if you see one of them out, for the love of God buy them a deserved drink.

KRS-One Is Coming to Canberra:

KRS-One is a fascinating gentleman. He has a morbid fear of flying and so only travels to foreign countries by boat. He doesn’t drive at night. He insists people have read a copy of his autobiography so he can quiz people on it. He also happens to be one of the most significant names in hip-hop; one of the genre’s godfathers, pioneers and mainstayers all rolled into one. As a result of KRS-One’s dislike for flying, it is a rare thing to get the man out to Australia. But thanks to those incorrigible Koky Prik promotion cunnies, we finally get the chance to witness the legend first hand. Playing out at the Southern Cross Club Events Centre top room - the same venue as the highly successful Bone Thugs N Harmony gig - on Friday (huzzah!) April 13, KRS-One will be joined by Def Wish Cast and the KP Records stable. Tix are $85 + bf and available now from Moshtix.



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