IAIN SHED­DEN SPIN DOC­TOR

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

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.

spin­doc@ theaus­tralian. com. au

Il­lus­tra­tion: Tom Jel­lett

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