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He did it Otway (or how do you book a show in Canberra?)

By Ben_Dover 24 January 2014 5

John Otway, micro-star, “rock and roll’s greatest failure”, and subject of a recent Cannes premiered movie, is thinking about a trip to Aus. As a fan, (and friend,) of his I’m trying to get him to play Canberra. But never having been involved in something like this, how does one go about  arranging a gig? Which venue is suitable (my first thought, seeing as it would probably be a solo gig, was Tilley’s.) Any help or information that could be offered at this formative stage would be most welcomed.

John Otway, (born 2 October 1952, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England) is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

John’s Official Website.


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Ben_Dover 11:33 am 24 Jan 14

Thanks gang!

astrojax 10:39 am 24 Jan 14

beware of the flowers ’cause i’m sure they’re gonna get you, yeah – lucky he’s not coming for floriade…

Queen_of_the_Bun 10:33 am 24 Jan 14

The Harmonie German Club is a good venue, as is the National Press Club. Both get the occasional international act, although the focus is very much blues and jazz.

Endrey 10:03 am 24 Jan 14

Get in touch with the Canberra Musician’s Club, they put on gigs at a full range of venues and would tee up everything you needed.

Tilley’s is a perfect venue but they’ve hardly run any shows there for years.
Easier to trade off the cabaret aesthetic to sell breakfasts and let that perfect stage gather dust.

Thumper 10:02 am 24 Jan 14

John, can you forward Mr Dover my email?


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