Writing by Melani Violet
Have you ever wanted to see some of Australia’s leading musicians, writers, comedians and podcasters all in one spot, whilst helping raise funds for a more than worthy cause? Well, this Sunday the 8th of October, you can! Super Duper and Girls Rock! Australia have combined forces to establish this years ‘Good Luck #1: A Fundraiser for Girls Rock! Australia’ to take place at the John Curtin Hotel in Carlton.
Inspired by programs developed in the USA, Girls Rock! Australia (GR!A) is a national network encompassing Girls Rock! Melbourne, Girls Rock! Brisbane and Girls Rock! Canberra, (with Girls Rock! Wollongong and Girls Rock! Sydney to begin within the next 12 months). Together, they run not-for-profit camps for females, trans and gender diverse people between the ages of 10 and 17, which encourage youth to find their own voice and build confidence within themselves. The camp is led by women, trans, non-binary and GNC people, including previous camp guest (and total legend) Courtney Barnett. Who wouldn’t want to jump at the chance to attend a music camp surrounded by an epic bunch of females who are passionate about music just like you?
Downstairs, entry is free and guaranteed to be buzzing! There’ll be acoustic performances from June Jones and Kelso, panel talks on pop culture, music and feminism by writers Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen and Brodie Lancaster (author of No Way! Okay, Fine), as well as plenty of laughs provided by comedian and Triple J presenter, Gen Fricker. Furthermore, this year the Don’t Fret Club, with guests June Jones from Two Steps on the Water, Bec Reato from Deathproof PR and one other surprise attendee, will present a live podcast. Don’t Fret Club is a not-for-profit project working to help musicians and fans talk about mental health, specifically anxiety and depression, which unfortunately is something that touches many members of our society and music scene right now.
Upstairs is a ticketed gig featuring a killer line up, with Camp Cope, fresh from their first international tour, Totally Mild, performing their “disjointed pop music”, and Hachiku, who released a self-titled debut EP in May, after touring with Courtney Barnett in 2015. The bill also includes two (somewhat) newbies – Boats, a folk-grunge band, comprised of 4 transgender musicians who sing about trauma and floods, among other things, and Lubulwa, with their “cinematic wall of dream pop”. With all this great entertainment, you’re bound to get your money’s worth – and even better, all the proceeds go towards providing full and partial scholarships to Girls Rock! camps, creating more opportunities for girls to make music regardless of their background and financial situation.
Music is a universal language that gives people the chance to speak their minds, their hearts and communicate without barriers – but more importantly, it unites people. Girls Rock! Australia work towards a world where all girls are empowered and know that their voice can be heard. So, if you’re around on Sunday be sure to pop into The Curtin. You’ll leave inspired, educated and even more assured that the future is female.
You can see the Facebook event here.
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