Put another tune on London’s Aussie music barbie
London served up another ripsnorting Aussie BBQ with some of the freshest and hottest Australian bands showing expat Aussies and their Pommy mates exactly how a day long fest of Aussie music and culture should be done.
REVIEW | Aussie BBQ, Cargo Bar, Sunday 13 May
HAS it been a year already? The Aussie BBQ is an annual tradition in London which doesn’t involve downing snakebites and heading to the Walkabout. Although we did see some people getting round in Tiger suits but apparently that was in honour of one of the bands.
Fresh (or more likely hungover) from Brighton’s Great Escape music festival around a dozen Australian bands and artists stopped in to play the stage and show us some new Australian music.
I was disappointed to only catch the last song of 10 piece group Inland Sea’s set. The multi-harmony sing-a-long style seemed to have everyone smiling.
The best thing about this day is the bands come in all shapes and sizes covering all the genres. For the next few hours we swayed to Ben Salter, bopped to Oliver Tank and downright danced to The Killgirls who provided some intense beats and a killer rendition of Beastie Boy’s ‘Sabotage.’
The sun stayed out for the duration making it a change from a normal rainy London BBQ and with burger and beer in hand and with the noise of Aussie accents in the beer garden you could easily have mistaken it for a pub in Sydney or Melbourne rather than inner city London.
Jackson Firebird were an electric and awesome duo who filled the stage with a lot of energy and fun (seeing their drummer totally buggered and spent but bashing on regardless was priceless).
The bands played on into the night with popular acts Husky, Sietta and Bonfire Nights rounding off the evening but our standout pick for the day were Jinga Safari who bounced all over the stage in a calamity of multiple drum beats and energy which infected the crowd. You’ve got to get out and see this enthusiastic five-piece, they are simply masterful!
So, another great Aussie BBQ, showing the Brits how it’s done in their own backyard.
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