White Night just took place in Ballarat, where the city was transformed from it’s sleepy self into a magical playground. The giant inflatable spaceman of Calling Occupants slowly emerged from the ground on Camp Street, whilst British Redcoats at the Eureka Stockade were on display in the archway behind The Sporting Globe, accompanied by songs from the era. It’s one night where Ballarat really shines and the night was really balmy to aid the thousands of people that flocked to the city to see the magic happen! Local Pubs did a roaring trade with several claiming they had their best night ever. Great for the town, local business and a great way to spend an Autumn evening in the Rat.
On the music side of things, Thirsty Merc is coming back to Ballarat to play at Karova Lounge on Thursday 5 April. As usual, tickets are selling fast, so you had better get on your bike if you want to get along. The band have now been playing for around 15 years and the Take Me Back Tour is a celebration of their career thus far. ‘Someday Someday’, ‘In The Summertime’ and ’20 Good Reasons’ will no doubt get a run on the night. It’s $28 to get in which is pretty damn good for one of Australia’s hardest working bands.
King Parrot is heading back our way also and Wednesday 25 April will see them frighten the bejeesus out of those brave enough to enter Karova. The Melbourne based Aussie metal rippers will be just warming up as they begin their Regional Rampage Tour. Ugly Produce was released in 2017 and has been a great success for the band. Give this record a listen if you want to hear incredible drums and flat stick power driven tempos! Child Bite will be the support act. The amount of acts coming up to Ballarat over the next few months looks really exciting, so get along and support live music and local venues!
The Lost Ones Bar is putting on a really cool event with it’s Bar Choir-a drink and a sing. For all ye shower singers and car driving yodellers, come and sing along to recent hits under the expert guidance of your conductors. It’s a free event with a gold coin donation to the Soup Bus. Wednesday 30 May at 7.30pm.
Hot coffee spot at the moment is from the lovely folk at The Lane. Hope you had a Happy Easter!
By Glen Anderson