Capital Youngster #498

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Howdy folks, pleased to meet you!

We’re your new underage gig go-to-gals! Being in an underage band in Canberra, we understand the struggle one youngin can face when looking for a good night out and we’re here to help! The Canberra music scene actually has a lot to offer if you know the right places.

Generally, if you’re really in a pickle, places such as The Polish Club, The Front Gallery and Café, and Mulgara are great venues for blossoming fledglings, although there are more options when accompanied by an adult.

We recently saw Sodium Sunday, Salad Buoy and Marlon Bando play a sick underage gig at The Front Gallery and Cafe. The night started with a great set from Sodium Sunday, which was followed by Salad Buoy, a new young Canberra band. Their 45-minute set incorporated tunes similar to those of Mild High Club, HOMESHAKE, and Mac Demarco. The night was still young (like us!) and the always energetic Marlon Bando graced us with their presence. Their short but sweet punk songs brought everyone to their feet and really demonstrated the immense variety of the young Canberra music scene.

We also want to shout out Bleach It Clean, Dalmacia, Lucy Sugerman and Neon Highways, who are all fantastic underage bands and artists that you’ll most likely be able to catch around Canberra.

As for upcoming underage gigs here’s the laydown kiddies!

Floriade, this year, has been a real blast! Bands such as Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones, String Elephants (more like ‘Spring Elephants’, amirite, ladies?), and Mondecreen have been playing throughout this month. But wait! There’s more! On Thursday October 12 Sophie Rainbow will be playing at 4pm before yours truly, Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers. We’ll be playing at 5pm, followed by Harry Cleverdon, who is on at 6pm. Then on Friday and Saturday, bands including Rose in Hand, Neon Honey + Magnifik and String Elephants will end Canberra’s iconic flower festival with a BANG!

If you’re preppin’ for a freaky Friday the 13th, think again! Because this Friday October 13th, En Plein Air is something to really look forward to. All ages AND all amazing! Taking to the stage will be (drum roll!) Dalmacia, House of Strangers, h., Lost Coast and Aphir! The night commences at 5pm at ANU School of Music. There’s a $20 entry fee but it’s all worth it.

To top it all off, if you feel like a road trip to the wonderful city of Sydney, get ready for the second XraySpeX of 2017. It is on Saturday November 4, at the amazing Oxford Art Factory and begins at midday. The Belligerents, Jack River and Bleeding Knees Club will be playing, among many others (TJJT included!!). Definitely not one to miss.

To end our first ever column we’d like to say a massive thank you to Hayden, the new editor of this amazing magazine that is currently in your little paws, right this moment. Be sure to come back next month!

Same bat time, same bat channel,

Love from Neve and Pip xox

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