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PAUL DEMPSEY SAYS HE AND SOME­THING FOR KATE ARE READY TO ROCK A DAY ON THE GREEN

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - JEMMA GALVIN

Fun fact: Paul Dempsey, the famed front­man of Some­thing for Kate and now solo jug­ger­naut in his own right, ac­tu­ally made his first foray into mu­sic right here on the Gold Coast.

That’s right. Be­tween the ages of 12 and 15, Dempsey and his fam­ily resided in sunny Palm Beach and he at­tended Mary­mount Col­lege, where he says mu­sic first be­came a part of his life.

“I started to play in bands, you know, high school bands and garage bands. It was where I first started to form bands with friends and try to play prop­erly. I re­mem­ber I used to go past the Play­room ev­ery day while I was on the school bus and just dream of play­ing there one day.”

Paul and his Some­thing for Kate trio did re­alise that dream, be­fore the leg­endary Play­room was knocked to the ground.

In 2014 the band marked their 20th an­niver­sary and cel­e­brated an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer-to-date with a land­mark tour and a col­lec­tor’s edi­tion book. That same year they played A Day on the Green for the first time, along­side Hun­ters and Col­lec­tors. Dempsey says the ex­pe­ri­ence was such a fun and pos­i­tive one, he couldn’t wait to come back for round two.

“Ob­vi­ously, go­ing around the coun­try and play­ing at winer­ies is not a bad way to spend your week­ends,” he says with a chuckle.

This Sun­day’s ADOTG in­stal­ment will take place at Sir­romet Wines on Mount Cot­ton, just a short drive from the heart of Bris­bane. De­spite the fancy sur­rounds, Dempsey says a so­phis­ti­cated vibe was not what played out at the 2014 event.

“It was quite the op­po­site!” he says with a laugh. “The easy ac­cess to wine has quite a dif­fer­ent ef­fect. It wasn’t the laid-back pic­nic af­fair you might imag­ine.”

And he’s not ex­pect­ing things to be any tamer this time around.

“This is the most rock’n’roll line-up they’ve ever had, so I’m ex­pect­ing it to be more like a reg­u­lar rock’n’roll fes­ti­val, ex­cept in a beau­ti­fully pic­turesque lo­ca­tion,” Dempsey says, adding that “it’s cer­tainly go­ing to be a fun at­mos­phere on stage and off stage”.

No doubt it will be, with some of Some­thing for Kate’s best in­dus­try buds on the triple-head­liner bill too.

Cer­tainly no strangers to an old-fash­ioned jam ses­sion, You Am I and Spi­der­bait will play along­side Dempsey and crew, with a Tim Rogers-Paul Dempsey duet al­most def­i­nitely on the cards.

“We talked about that a while ago but then I was on tour and he’s been in Europe with You Am I … But I’d say it’s more likely than not, if we can get our s**t to­gether. I think every­one in­volved will be want­ing to join in and have some kind of jam­boree at the end of the show.”

ADOTG will mark Some­thing for Kate’s first show to­gether in some eight months, while next year could see the group drop an al­bum for the first time since 2012, ac­cord­ing to Dempsey.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited. Mount Cot­ton is such a beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre, this big green grassy hill just lead­ing down to the stage,” he says.

Some­thing for Kate, A Day on the Green, Mt Cot­ton, Sun­day

Some­thing For Kate share the ADOTG bill with The Mea­nies, Jebe­diah, You Am I and Spi­der­bait.

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