Wollongong music scene growing

OPINION

Dicey Riley’s pub in Wollongong has been a big supporter of the Illawarra music scene since the closing of the Oxford Tavern almost three years ago.

Dicey’s has been hosting live original music on weekends and taking part in music scene discussions recently with bands booking their own gigs directly through the pub.

Much of this is about to change with Adam Jordan from Main Street Studios taking over as the pub’s booking agent for original artists on Friday nights. How he has found the spare time to book these band nights while  running a recording studio I don’t know.

What I do know is that he’s got the experience and the long list of contacts in the music scene to make it happen.

Adam is working on getting more touring bands to come through and play at Dicey’s, which will give local bands a great opportunity to support the bigger name acts, and is also working on helping bands who have recorded at the studio to do an EP or Album launch at the pub.

To make sure that band nights of similar genres don’t clash, Adam is working on communicating more with the other venues in town to have music of the same genre on opposing nights.

You know there’s nothing worse than wanting to see two or more bands on the same night and trying to make it to two or more  venues.

We all know that Yours and Owls have done an awesome job recently in hosting band nights as well as the most recent new venue above the Grand Hotel, Barcode. I think Dicey’s, Yours and Owls and Barcode will work together in keeping our music scene strong.

I also found out recently that Corrimal Hotel will be putting on more live original music nights, which is great news considering that The Patch has currently had to cancel their live music shows due to noise complaints. It’s always good to see more live music venues popping up around town.

Dicey’s is now almost fully booked up until May 24, so if you want to book in, make sure you get in contact soon with Adam at dicies@mainstreetstudios.com.au

Glenn Haworth runs Haworth’s Shellharbour Music Centre. Check out www.haworthguitars.com.au

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