Festival Island

In decades past, the good residents of Hobart often referred to their home town – the capital of Tasmania and now a burgeoning city of 218,000 – as ‘Slowbart’. There never seemed to be much going on here, much less anywhere else in the state. Local food and wine were mired in 1976; the arts scene danced a slow shuffle to the ‘finding funding’ blues; the odd sporting event and – with the honorable exceptions of Dire Straits in 1986 and Faith No More in 1993 – no big-name international bands ever toured there. A listless malaise permeated the entire…

We know The Words

For those of us around in the 70s the thing we remember most is the music. There are songs that we thought we had forgotten, as soon as you hear a riff they come flooding back…….. The 70s produced a smorgasbord  of hits and artists, a culture reflected in the fashion and music; it was bold, creative, loud, confident and vibrant. So the opportunity to be transported back to the 70s for just a couple of hours was too irresistible to ignore.  Here we found ourselves kicking loose with a crowd of mixed age revellers, complete with mood lighting and…