The TAMS depot in Fyshwick is a bloody astonishing space and just how an aircraft hangar manages to hide out there is just as astonishing.
So it’s great it’s going to be getting community use as part of the SPIN festival.
Particularly the Centenary Team are waving the flag for what will be a fantastic way to spend a Saturday.
Tickets to a car-themed rock show on 19 October by The Petrolsexuals, a band specially created for the gig by Mark Seymour of Hunters and Collectors, are available from today for $25 with all proceeds going to the official Centenary of Canberra charities.
The gig is the finale of SPIN Saturday, a day of performances, installations and artworks with a car theme on the big TAMS depot site in Fyshwick.
The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, said that Mark Seymour is a great car lover.
“The gig will be his musical tribute to cars he has loved and lost and never forgotten,” Mr Stankevicius said.
“He will lead a thumping rock unit to perform songs that all feature lyrics, rants and rhythms about cars including Roadhouse Blues, Born to be Wild and Radar Love, against a backdrop of car and people images sent in by Canberrans.
“We expect this to be a very popular gig and another highlight of Canberra’s 100th birthday celebrations.”
Mark will be joined on stage by Australia’s country music sweetheart Felicity Urquhart and Canberra act the Brass Knuckle Brass Band.
The venue, the TAMS depot hangar at 255 Canberra Avenue (near Ipswich Street) Fyshwick, holds 1100 people. Tickets ($25 each with all proceeds going to the Centenary of Canberra’s official charities Dollars for Dili and Boundless) can be booked at http://www.trybooking.com/60669.
The show will be shown live on a big screen on the site outside the hangar, so another 4000 people – the site’s capacity – will be able to see the show for free.
The Petrolsexuals gig will be preceded by SPIN Wear, a fashion parade of designer costumes crafted from Canberra cars and car parts, revealing the skills of local designers and Canberrans’ desire to wear cars as well as drive them.