Yes, it’s that time of year when The Emergenza festival, a huge promo for unsigned Australian musical talent gets rolling. I am the manager for a band called The Naddiks (www.thenaddiks.com).
They are some of the hardest working young men I know of when it comes to their music, and what are they’re chances of success in Canberra? Well, there is the Uni Band comp, Corin Bank and a few other festivals where a bunch of hand-picked bands get to showcase their stuff…. and, of course, The Emergenza Festival!
You even have to pay $100 to enter this comp, which we were willing to do – and on the evening of the prior arranged interviews I decided to check that all was well before we all jumped into the car and headed off to Civic and to The ANU bar where the interviews were supposedly being held.
Lo and behold, I was told, by one of the ‘co-odinators’ of the Festival, ‘interviews for Canberra are cancelled’ and that I should have received an email confirming this. I responded with a big ‘WHY?’
Firstly, we were not notified it had been cancelled, and secondly, we were really let down by this as we had been practising hard to really make an impression. Their answer – ‘not enough bands signed up’, also, we were not allowed to travel to Sydney to try out there as they have a policy about the locality of the bands that they interview for The Festival :[
Also, the ‘promoter’ finally admitted that he was sick and tired of being messed about by the management of The ANU Bar (The venue for the festival in the ACT) – his exact words being ‘They have had 3 managers in the last 12 months’. So we are left with one of the biggest festivals in Australia for young talent simply canned for our nation’s Capital – what a damn shame!