The recent bushfires through the Otways were devastating. There’s no doubt about it. And while it may have been close to 12 months ago, its presence is still felt amongst residents and the surrounding environment. One for the Otways will see a live recording happen over the two events, with the profits of the album fundraising for the 2017 revegetation of the fire effected areas.
The high country are no strangers to the festival scene. Now in its 27th year, The Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival will be showcasing the more than 200 artists over three days in Victoria’s north-east. Forte chat to festival chairperson Paul Squires.
Groote Eylandt songstress Emily Wurramara has taken her music around the country and the world with shows and festival gigs as far as Sweden and France. Emily chats to Forte about her musical career, an upcoming gig at NaranaFest and singing in her original language.
Back in 2006, four sisters were given some drums, a guitar, bass and keyboard and took to the shed in their rural Victorian house to jam. Ten years later, and sisters Amy, Hannah, Sarah and Holly Findlay still visit the same shed in rural Victoria, where they crafted and continue to craft the Stonefield sound.
It’s been the biggest year yet for Aussie indie surf rock heroes the Dune Rats. They’ve been touring, recording songs, and even spending time in Mexico with acclaimed rapper Drapht. Now, the hyperactive Brisbane outfit are about to embark on a huge double headline tour of Europe with long-time friends DZ Deathrays.
All over the world studies have shown the positive impact of music in combating depression. While the Mane Event certainly helps with this immediate effect, it’s much more about the long term.