PER­FECT SCENE

Hoodoo Gu­rus couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to spend an evening than head­lin­ing Un­der The South­ern Stars at the Broad­wa­ter Park­lands

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - AM­BER MACPHERSON The Hoodoo Gu­rus head­line Un­der The South­ern Stars at Broad­wa­ter Park­lands on Jan­uary 19. All ages show, tick­ets from $64.07 at tick­et­mas­ter.com.au

Where ex­actly is the Hoodoo Gu­rus’ scene? Gui­tarist Brad Shepherd says it could just be on stage at a Queens­land mu­sic fes­ti­val in sum­mer.

“Play­ing in the evening of a Queens­land sum­mer, there is no down­side to this,” Brad says.

“Those out­door stages where it’s re­laxed, it’s a fun style of event – it’s al­ways de­light­ful.”

On Jan­uary 19, Aus­tralian rock band Hoodoo Gu­rus will head­line mu­sic fes­ti­val Un­der The South­ern Stars at the Broad­wa­ter Park­lands.

With a top Aussie line-up in­clud­ing You Am I, Shep­pard, the Su­per­je­sus, Bri­tish In­dia and the Get­away Plan, Brad says he’s not sure how the Gu­rus will fare as the fi­nal act on the night.

“With a bill like this, we’re all pals, but we’re all very com­pet­i­tive as well,” Brad says.

“Every­one tries to outdo every­one else, and we’re on the very end of that.

“You Am I are go­ing to blow us off stage, so we have to bring our A-game.

“As some­one at­tend­ing the event you re­ally can’t lose – every­one will be per­form­ing at the peak of their pow­ers.”

You’d think the pres­sure would have the band per­fect­ing ev­ery el­e­ment of their set from start to fin­ish, but that’s not how the Gu­rus rock and roll. If any­thing, keep­ing shows as unique as pos­si­ble re­in­forces their sta­tus as one of the na­tion’s most iconic mu­si­cal acts.

“We’re re­li­ably loud and en­er­getic, cer­tainly, but be­yond that, I can’t tell you what we’ll do on the night,” Brad says.

“We change our set ev­ery sin­gle night. A lot of bands, con­tem­po­rary acts, tend to play the same set ev­ery night. We don’t do that.

“We’re old enough and ugly enough to have ac­cu­mu­lated a sig­nif­i­cant back cat­a­logue. We have hun­dreds of songs we can draw upon.

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate there are a few songs that peo­ple would like to hear from us, and they will hear from us – Come Any­time, Bit­ter­sweet, Like Wow Wipe­out, or What’s My Scene – we fill in the gaps be­tween those songs with dif­fer­ent songs ev­ery night.

“If you’re a Hoodoo Gu­rus en­thu­si­ast, there’s al­ways a chance to dive deep with us. But we also ap­pre­ci­ate there may be a lynch­ing mob if we don’t play What’s My Scene,” Brad laughs.

Catch Hoodoo Gu­rus at Un­der The South­ern Stars at South­port on Jan­uary 19.

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