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Australia Day Eve Concert

By johnboy - 27 January 2009 39

[First filed: January 26, 2009 @ 00:43]

When I was younger and dumber I actually backpacked around a lot of Europe with an Australian flag on the back of my pack. So it’s fair to say I’m rather fond of the flag and think it’s actually a pretty good symbol of Australia.

On that note who am I to begrudge the current crop of young and dumb their own moment of patriotic fervour?

But it remains that the Australia Day Live concert is a strange beast. Having attended my first one tonight I feel prepared to have a poke around what’s going on here.

The most important thing about the concert(s) is that it’s really pitched at 16 year old girls, and people who like being around them (i.e. young men).

(More and a slideshow below)

The other thing you need to understand is that it’s several different business transactions. Different TV networks take control at different times, there are awkward pauses in different ad breaks, and the MC is more of a warm-up guy.

In exchange for the “FREE” concert the audience agrees to present a series of TV friendly images to the rest of the nation.

This is brilliant because a lot of 16 year old girls LOVE the idea of being on TV. Everyone wins.

Tonight had other pieces of marvellous strangeness.

The Commonwealth Bank had provided cardboard lawn seats, basically a folded backrest and a panel for resting your bum on. But heavier Australians bust up the backrest, so surveying a row of these seats gave instant weight readings.

They were also distributing little yellow battery powered fans on a neck lanyard. At first glance they looked like the classic “dick’n’balls”. Nothing more Australian than that really, bravo!

And did I mention the flags? Everywhere you looked a different way to display the Australian flag.

Which really got me thinking about the battle cry of the Barmy Army in Australia. “Get yore shite stars orf our flag”.

I guess the union jack is reasonably fashionable in its own right, doubly so with some Australian stars on it.

For those worried about the southern cross brigade though, I’m happy to report that the crowd was thoroughly multicultural. The large non-anglo component of the audience seemed to be pretty happy with celebrating both the day and the flag.

But just in case you weren’t in the spirit security guards were distributing both temporary flag tatoos and little plastic flags.

At every moment we were exhorted to visit the merch tent where various stars of the evening would sign stuff of theirs after you bought it.

The sixteen year old girls seemed to really, really like it. And the fans of sixteen year old girls were also pretty happy.

While I’m not entirely sure about how the money all works out it seemed like harmless fun for a lot of people.

What’s Your opinion?


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39 Responses to
Australia Day Eve Concert
Woody Mann-Caruso 9:17 am 26 Jan 09

People wearing the flag as a cape shits me for some reason. It shits me doubly when they’re 16 year-olds who don’t know anything about our history or our current affairs and contribute precisely squat to the national good. “Look at moi, Troy, oi’m fully more Aussie than you, moit! Let’s ‘ave anuvva Corona!”

johnboy 9:15 am 26 Jan 09

Roadrage77 said :

At the expense of sounding cynical, the new brand of patriotism as embraced by the type of Gen Y’ers pictured here makes me a little crook. To me, Aussie patriotism has traditionally been characterised by a beautiful dignified humility. Now its “in your face” American-style, with our flag being more of a cutesie fashion accessory than anything else.

I can see where you’re coming from.

On the other hand a bit of fun over one weekend isn’t the end of the world surely?

Roadrage77 9:12 am 26 Jan 09

At the expense of sounding cynical, the new brand of patriotism as embraced by the type of Gen Y’ers pictured here makes me a little crook. To me, Aussie patriotism has traditionally been characterised by a beautiful dignified humility. Now its “in your face” American-style, with our flag being more of a cutesie fashion accessory than anything else.

johnboy 9:10 am 26 Jan 09

Adza said :

Looks like it was just an excuse to photograph those 16 year old girls!!

One has to work the material on offer.

Adza 9:05 am 26 Jan 09

Looks like it was just an excuse to photograph those 16 year old girls!!

LaLa 9:04 am 26 Jan 09

Doesn’t really look like it was packed out.

Igglepiggle 9:01 am 26 Jan 09

Have to say we left at 6pm- right before the video hits segment started, and coinciding with a large influx of morons carrying heavily weighed down eskies (fans of the 16 year old girls I suspect). Up the back with the families during the awards segment was nice though.

Thumper 8:54 am 26 Jan 09

So you had a goggle?

johnboy 8:46 am 26 Jan 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Two words Johnboy: beer goggles.

I had exactly one beer all night.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 8:44 am 26 Jan 09

Two words Johnboy: beer goggles.

johnboy 8:29 am 26 Jan 09

heinous said :

Is it just me or are the 16 year old girls a little more chubbier than they were when I was a lad 20 or so years ago?

Not the ones who were out last night.

heinous 8:12 am 26 Jan 09

Is it just me or are the 16 year old girls a little more chubbier than they were when I was a lad 20 or so years ago?

Pandy 5:02 am 26 Jan 09

Love the ute that had several Aussie flags and Boxing kangaroo flags tied to the bullbar I saw in Civic

Holden Caulfield 1:11 am 26 Jan 09

I have to say there seems to be a common theme with the drivers of cars getting around town with Australian flags proudly being displayed. Or maybe I’m just too cynical.

Will be nice when we get a flag all of our own though.

johnboy 1:01 am 26 Jan 09

Oh, and apparently Adam Gilchrist is now running Australian of the Year.

He didn’t speak while I was there, but it seems he doesn’t have to wear a tie.

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