IAIN SHEDDEN SPIN DOCTOR
SPIN Doctor would like to congratulate the Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival, an annual rock, folk and more event held in Glenworth Valley, NSW, on winning the 2008 NSW Government Green Globe Award for Industry: Environmental Sustainability at a presentation in Parliament House, Sydney, last week. Aside from being the proud guardian of one of the longest award titles in history, the December festival can be proud that it is a consistent example of how to run a rock gathering while caring for the environment. No doubt the NSW government judges were impressed by the extent to which Peats Ridge organisers kept the area clean during last year’s four- day bash. The entire festival had to be cancelled because the ground was waterlogged, but fair go to them all the same. SPEAKING of Peats Ridge, the festival’s organisers were among the hundreds of industry movers, shakers and ne’er- do- wells attending the Fuse Music Conference in Adelaide last week. Fuse is a three- day jamboree at which delegates huddle together to discuss the future of the music industry and hop around Rundle Mall and Hindley Street looking at the best bands and singers South Australia has to offer. Spin Doctor took the opportunity on an unusually freezing Adelaide evening to check out a handful of SA hopefuls, including the handsomely named Soft White Machine, Twelve Dollar Monkey and the Amcats. However, the most rewarding moments came from a hirsute foursome called the Beards, who entertained a sweaty crowd at the Jive club with an impressive set of bluesy pop songs, all of which were about . . . beards. Some of the lyrics were lost in the tangled mass attached to the singer’s chin, but there was no escaping the best song of the night, If Your Dad Has No Beard You’ve Got Two Mums. ONE of the main speakers in Adelaide was Martin Elbourne, an English booker who for almost 20 years has been picking the acts for England’s celebrated Glastonbury Festival. Elbourne’s credentials also include founding WOMAD with musician Peter Gabriel and, more recently, launching the Great Escape, a festival cum conference held in Brighton, England, in May and designed to offer new acts from across the planet a gateway to the British and European touring circuit. Adelaide has already had its own success at the Great Escape. Local hip- hop darlings Hilltop Hoods played the event last year and, as a result, are in the line- up for this year’s Glastonbury. Another local act, City Riots, will feature at the Great Escape this year. FINALLY, time is running out to nominate your favourite recording to be housed in the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia section. Nominations for this year’s additions to the collection of iconic local recordings close on April 1. Anyone can nominate. You can do so directly through the NFSA website www. nfsa. afc. gov. au/ soundsofaustralia or by obtaining a form from the NFSA ( call 1800 067 274). Among those already in the archive are the Warumpi Band, the Saints and Nellie Melba.
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