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Canberra Musicians Club – We have liftoff

By johnboy - 16 September 2008 16

[First filed: September 14, 2008 @ 22:31]

In a marathon of festivity the Canberra Musicians Club lumbered down the runway on Saturday and into clear blue skies.

The music started at 12.30 in the afternoon and continued over five stages until the small hours of the morning.

There were far too many bands for a lone reviewer to attempt being comprehensive but I was very impressed by newcomers Starfish Hill (which is not to diminish the other bands).

The Cashews guerilla’d it up down in the Commonwealth Avenue underpass to the horror of little old ladies trying to get back from their Floriade trip to the Hyatt.

Indeed a highlight of sitting out on the front lawn, taking shade from the hot sun, was watching the Hyatt clientelle’s eyes boggling at the Launch revellers.

It was great to meet so many RiotACT readers, especially Kate who thought I was 27.

The Chief Minister even made an appearance which probably pleased the organisers more than it did the crowd. All he had to do was say what how glad he was to be there and smash a guitar but instead we got a long dull speech about the place of music in the community complete with ABS stats. That aside, full marks for showing.

I know I had a stupendous time, I’m looking forward to the next event.

For major discounts to CMC events, you should join.

(Slideshow below, if you’ve got images of the night you’d like added to the record email them into images@the-riotact.com. Thanks to Capital Thread, Adam Jenkins)

[Disclosure: the Canberra Musicians Club are sponsors of RiotACT]

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16 Responses to
Canberra Musicians Club – We have liftoff
spin462002 3:06 pm 17 Sep 08

Ripper of a turn out, fabulous weather, fun and friendly people and great music! Pity you if you missed it! Glad I didn’t!!

Good onya Nigel, Leila, Anne and every volunteer, musician and stall holder (especially the coffee stall) who contributed in any way to the great success it was!

I even made it into the Top 100, whoo hoo!!

Viking Princess

Severin 7:26 pm 16 Sep 08

yeah it was an excellent day/night at Berts Hall… the next event is brewing . if you want to know more as it happens, best to become a member of CMC to get mailouts or check website, events page regularly http://www.canberramusiciansclub.org.au thanks for fast post of slideshow Johnboy

niftydog 2:31 pm 16 Sep 08

I was itching to go too, but wasn’t Bill Bailey freakin’ piss funny!?!? What a legend.

I saw plenty of muso’s at BB too, so it might have been an even bigger success if it weren’t for that clash.

When’s the next event!?

Thumper 8:47 am 16 Sep 08

haha, carpark at the Royal theatre!

Yep, I reckon it took me an hour to get out and by then there was, sadly, no point going to the CMC gig.

qwerky 9:20 pm 15 Sep 08

Thumper said :

Damn that Bill Bailey 😉

I had planned to go to the CMC launch after Bill Bailey too, but got stuck in the carpark opposite the Royal Theatre for ages afterwards and was in too foul a mood to go when I finally got out! (and it was my birthday too). Lesson learned: no encore is as good as getting out of a carpark ahead of the crowds is.

scootergal 5:14 pm 15 Sep 08

I wnet during the day but only stayed for a short time due to brat commitments. But it was a great time!

Granny 5:11 pm 15 Sep 08

Lady in red with a parasol, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you looked amazing!!

You and your friend really added to the atmosphere of the evening, which was already so alive with the juggling and the dancing and the fantastic music. Next time it would be really cool to have some art happening too!

Thumper 12:12 pm 15 Sep 08

Full marks to Mr Stanhope for showing.

Maybe he’ll find some money in the Assembly car’s ashtray to throw towards some sort of venue?

Jazz 9:24 am 15 Sep 08

I thought it was awesome & had a great time,

hats off to nigel and the crew for pulling off such an awesome event

RandomGit 8:55 am 15 Sep 08

An evening playing Mass Effect pales in comparison. By, like, a light year.

Thumper 8:54 am 15 Sep 08

Not quite, but I had plenty of other things to do during the day 😉

realityskin 8:52 am 15 Sep 08

I’m sure Bill Bailey didn’t go for 12 hours.

Thumper 8:12 am 15 Sep 08

Damn that Bill Bailey 😉

SamTSeppo 4:52 am 15 Sep 08

Well, that looks like a good time. What was the gist of Jonny’s speech, anyways?

Lilli 11:45 pm 14 Sep 08

I went to school with a couple of the boys from Starfish Hill and will pass your compliments on and bring their attention to this post. I’m sure they’d be pleased to get some feedback 🙂 I missed out on this show but saw them perform recently for free at The Music Shop in Civic.. they’ve definitely refined their sound an awful lot since I last heard them! Great to hear the night was a good one.

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