16 November 2020

Canberra bands together for Ausmusic T-shirt Day

| Dominic Giannini
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Sputnik Sweetheart

Canberra band Sputnik Sweetheart is preparing to release their first single since the pandemic began. Photo: Supplied.

The second Ausmusic T-Shirt Day of the year is set to place to take place on Friday (20 November) and Canberra musicians are in need of your support more than ever.

Canberrans can help support local musicians and artists by wearing their favourite Australian band shirt, buying new merch or donating to Support Act which helps struggling bands with grants and support programs.

Local bands like Sputnik Sweetheart have been left high and dry by the pandemic but Canberra’s music scene should not be written off just yet with artists getting ready to drop new music ahead of the Christmas holidays.

“It definitely feels good getting new music out,” said Sputnik Sweetheart’s lead vocalist Nette.

“It has been a challenging year for the industry across Australia and putting new music out feels like we are able to keep going and hopefully play some shows when we are able to.

“Playing in front of people will be really nice. The live streams were great, and a great way to stay in touch with our fans and the music community, but we are looking forward to doing a live show when we are able to.”

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The band supported Canberra icons Hands Like Houses at the Live In Ya Longue live stream during the pandemic and are about to drop their new single, Rolling, in the coming weeks.

“We are super excited to put new music out and get back in touch with the community,” the band’s bassist, Joe, said. “It feels really good to get back into it.

The band’s new single, ‘Rolling’, will be out on 3 December. Photo: Supplied.

“We have supported other local artists through their live streams and events and by listening and sharing as much local music as we can.

“We have also been buying merch and trying our best to support our peers the same way they have been supporting us which is super important during this tough time.”

Data from Support Act has revealed just how tough it has been for artists this year.

Artists’ requests for crisis relief grants have increased by almost 900 per cent, while calls to the organisation’s Wellbeing Helpline increased by more than 50 per cent since the pandemic began.

It is why the organisation ran a special edition of Ausmusic T-shirt Day back in April as it desperately tries to raise funds for local Australian artists.

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And as for Sputnik’s choice of threads for this Friday?

“I have a HYG shirt so I will definitely be repping that. I actually wore one of their shirts for the live stream that we did!” Nette said.

For more information – including a range of T-shirts for sale – visit Ausmusic T-Shirt Day. You can also donate, start a fundraiser or seek support as an artist at Support Act.

‘Rolling’ will be available to stream on all services from 3 December 2020.

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I’d be a whole LOT happier if this plan included Classical and Jazz musicians.

whose music has, … and will continue to ….. last!

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