After ditching my years of classical piano training as a kid, it was a teenage dream to one day pick up a mic and take my self-professed rockstar front-woman skills from the shower to the stage. But as I watched kids more gutsy than I buddy up and start jamming in their parents garages, I found a new love in being the spectator – an interest I carry close to my heart to this day and one I will always hold at the forefront of my passions – to chase that live music vibe.
There were years where our region was a hub for national, and even international touring bands – the perfect place to break up the journey amidst the Melbourne to Sydney Hume Highway stretch – whilst also providing up and coming local acts with the chance to shine. The demand for live music was hugely significant, with sizeable crowds drawn to each show. But with changes to venue licensing laws, introduction of added restrictions, rising costs, pressure on venues to reduce noise and venue closure to name a few key fun-killers, the live music scene had somewhat dwindled and I wouldn’t be alone in believing, for a moment, that live music in our region had lived its halcyon days.
Cue the present. A single blade of rhythmic grass cuts the soil and ventures toward the incandescent stage lights. Local venues and Government increase emphasis once more on providing a live music platform. A re-sparked interest in touring bands selecting our region to showcase their work in the live realm is notable; new stomping grounds open doors in our streets and laneways, and a fresh wave of passionate kids put their skills to work. And most importantly, the generations of talented musicians who form the regions musical bloodline are determined, possibly more than we’ve seen previously, to keep the scene alive. A definite resurgence is prevalent.