The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, SBS One If you think about it, mu­sic trivia and live per­for­mance pro­gram RocK­wiz is prac­ti­cally made for the fes­ti­val cir­cuit, which is why the show has grown into a ter­rific live at­trac­tion around the coun­try in re­cent years. With its hot three-man band, shouty front­man Brian Nankervis, stun­ning ‘‘ host with the most on the east coast’’ Ju­lia Zemiro and lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic stars, this spe­cial edi­tion episode, filmed across three nights at the By­ron Bay Blues­fest, is one of the best shows of the pro­gram’s 10 sea­sons so far. We all know Zemiro is a rock god­dess in wait­ing, and the larger stage, the big­ger crowd, the hot­ter stars and a very cool panel of pun­ters and per­form­ers in­clud­ing Tex Perkins, Steve Kil­bey and Rus­sell Mor­ris, lift her to heights never at­tained at St Kilda’s Espy. It’s too easy for a show such as this to over­reach in th­ese cir­cum­stances, which is why ABC1’s Q&A some­times feels a bit weird in a large au­di­to­rium. But the RocK­wiz crew gets it just right at By­ron and they feel, to the pun­ters at the Jam­bal­aya stage and to those of us stuck at home, like part of the fam­ily. There are far too many mu­si­cal high­lights to list, in­clud­ing a rather gen­er­ous whip around of the acts on the other stages at Blues­fest, but watch out for an amaz­ing ver­sion of The Real Thing.

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