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