Live music returns to Whyalla

READY TO ROCK: From left, Whyalla Music Association Youth Group members Maria Alboino, Elouise Fisher and Blake Brougham with Shattered Hourglass members Raiden MacIntyre, Craig MacIntyre and Mick Wilson.
READY TO ROCK: From left, Whyalla Music Association Youth Group members Maria Alboino, Elouise Fisher and Blake Brougham with Shattered Hourglass members Raiden MacIntyre, Craig MacIntyre and Mick Wilson.

An unlikely alliance between a heavy metal band and an indie duo has brought about Whyalla's first live music event since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Local acts Shattered Hourglass, composed of guitar prodigy Raiden MacIntyre, drummer Craig MacIntyre and bassist Mick Wilson, and Break and Enter (Blake Brougham and Elouise Fisher) headline the list of performers.

The free concert will be held at an outdoor pop-up market at the Tanderra Craft Village on Saturday, July 4, which will be Tanderra's first public event since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Whyalla Music Association singer Maria Alboino, high energy cover band Blush and the Trash Rabbits and old school rockers B Block Rock fill out the lineup for what promises to be an exciting market.

Shattered Hourglass Manager Craig MacIntyre said the band had been forced to cancel four gigs due to COVID-19, stalling their momentum after performing at the Wacken Metal Battle in Adelaide earlier this year.

"It put us away to to write more music and hone our set a bit better, so we're ready to fire now," he said.

"We were well received in Adelaide, playing amongst some of Adelaide's heaviest bands so it was a great show. The opportunities that have opened up since that have been really exciting."

Mr MacIntyre said the band had written two new songs they were excited to debut at the upcoming market.

"Hopefully we'll get some new fans from this endeavour, there's some really awesome talent we have lined up for this event so it's going to be a great little gig," he said.

That talent includes the Whyalla Music Association duo of Blake Brougham and Elouise Fisher who have recently begun performing as Break and Enter.

Focusing on covering Indie tunes by the likes of Liam Cordiale, The Animals and Angus and Julia Stone, Break and Enter aim to bring a relaxing vibe to the stage.

"This is our first proper gig, so it's very exciting to be a part of this," Blake said.

"Our first live performance together was last year's Whyalla Show, so I think we've come a long way since then, there's definitely a lot of chemistry between us."

Market stalls will be available from 10am, with music kicking off at 2pm on Saturday, July 4. The event closes at 5pm, so make sure you get down to support local music while employing social distancing.