Its winter in Melbourne – cold, dark, trying to escape the icy Antarctic breeze, and searching for warmth in any form it wishes to materialise. On Wednesday evening we ventured out into the night, watching our breath escape into the inner city pollution, and headed to what has become my favourite venue in Melbourne – Northcote Social Club.
Corby’s song ‘Brother’ has been a summer anthem down here, with the infectious “oooh ooh ooh, oooh oooh ooooh” from the song’s intro on loop in the heads of all those who listen to the radio. It would be a marvel if there wasn’t an Australian who hadn’t heard this song, even more of a wonder if they hadn’t belted out the chorus at some point.
Just as lead singer of The Jezabels, Hayley Mary took to the stage, my gig partner for the night, turned to me and said “This is the kind of band I’ve always dreamed of fronting”.
My fondest memory of The Maccabees is sitting on the pavement on The Strand, in the middle of winter, waiting for a night bus at some ungodly hour, with a boy who I had a massive teenage crush on.
With an audience over 12,000 strong circling the 360 degree stage shaped into the iconic Sign of the Times logo we, each of us, waited in a hubbub for the tiny, high heeled legend to emerge.
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