Hometown headliners

ROCK ON: Up the Guts brings Melbourne musicians to rural areas like Whyalla.

ROCK ON: Up the Guts brings Melbourne musicians to rural areas like Whyalla.

Local bands will be given the chance to be ‘hometown headliners’ as part of Up the Guts 2017.

We’re giving smaller bands an opportunity to host gigs in regional areas. We want to have a positive impact on the areas that we’re travelling to - Hugo Dean, Publicity Officer.

While the main acts involved with the show are from Melbourne, the Hometown Headliners part of the tour gives smaller, local bands a chance to get in on the action.

Blues solo artist Max Rau and punk rock act Lost in Sounds will be playing shows as part of the live music tour, giving them a big opportunity to get more exposure.

The tour aims to promote the power of music to as a tool of connection, community and expression.

Publicity Officer Hugo Dean said the tour was ‘100 per cent’ aimed at giving smaller bands more exposure.

“We’re giving smaller bands an opportunity to host gigs in regional areas. We want to have a positive impact on the areas that we’re travelling to,” he said.

“Last year we were blown away by the reception we had in Whyalla. We had a really great show on a Sunday night at the Spencer Hotel.”

Around 12 local bands from areas such as Ballarat, Bendigo, Mount Gambier and Alice Springs will be jumping onto the tour to perform as part of Hometown Headliners.

Up the Guts will also include 12 school workshops, bringing the artists to local schools to interact with students and potentially help out budding musicians.

“From our experience last year there’s a lot of desire from young musicians to get their music out there. The first steps of promoting yourself can be daunting,” Mr Dean said.

“Luckily they will have musicians who have started their own record labels there to help them out with things like writing press releases and using social media in a positive way.”

Mr Dean said the touring bands have had an amazing experience travelling to new areas to perform gigs.

“The reception that the local community has given us in the past has been fantastic – playing gigs where people aren’t over-saturated with live performances is awesome,” he said.

“They get a lot out of the workshops too – sharing and passing on knowledge to some passionate young musos is really rewarding.” More info: uptheguts.com.au.

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