October 1st, 2008
Have music, will travel…
Encompassing the far reaches of rural and outback Victoria, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia, Melbourne trio The Basics are donning their immaculately tailored suits and heading off the rock and roll beaten track, daring to visit territories many bands rarely tread. As part of the government’s Contemporary Music Touring Program, The Basics will be taking their harmonious pop melodies to High Schools around the country as well as playing some of the most rural and remote areas outback Australia has to offer. The Contemporary Music Touring Program aims to give all Australians, wherever they live, better access to some of the country’s best live contemporary music.
For an exclusive audience of teachers and students, all Basics High School shows are in support of national counselling organisation Lifeline and are free; however a gold coin donation upon entry is encouraged to help this invaluable support service. Lifeline is a national 24 hour, seven day a week counselling hotline and is staffed by teams of dedicated volunteers.
The Basics are doing their best to ensure that no-one misses out on the chance to party. Located over 1,750 kms from Darwin, Haast’s Bluff, Papunya and Mount Liebig are remote Aboriginal communities located on Aboriginal land where permits are required to visit.
The Basics are proud to announce that local Haast’s Bluff act The Sunshine Reggae Band will support them throughout the rural communities, before taking the band on to support them in Darwin where The Sunshine Reggae Band will play their first-ever Darwin show.
Playing a whopping 22 shows from the Maribyrnong Detention Centre in Victoria, to the Papunya Community Centre in the Northern Territory to Mt Isa Catholic High in Queensland and every conceivable school and town in between, The Basics are kicking into overdrive on a tour which will literally set their odometer spinning.
How will their immaculate suits weather the outback?
Only time will tell…
The Basics’ Are They Smarter Than A 5th Grader tour:
Monday 13 October Maribyrnong Detention Centre Maribyrnong VIC
Thursday 16 October Perth Modern High School Subiaco WA
Friday 17 October Crown Hotel Collie WA
Saturday 18 October Rocket Room Perth WA
Sunday 19 October Mojos North Freemantle WA
Monday 20 October Parade College Bundoora VIC
Tuesday 21 October Sandringham Secondary College Sandringham VIC
Wednesday 22 October Castlemaine Secondary Castlemaine VIC
Thursday 23 October Weeroona College Bendigo VIC
Friday 24 October Princes Hill Secondary Princes Hill VIC
Thursday 30 October Mount Liebig Community Mount Liebig NT
Friday 31 October Papunya Community Papunya NT
Saturday 1 November Haast’s Bluff Community Haast’s Bluff NT
Friday 7 November Happy Yess Darwin NT
Saturday 8 November Monsoons Darwin NT
Monday 10 November Katherine High Katherine NT
Tuesday 11 November Tennant Creek High NT
Thursday 13 November Mt Isa Catholic High Mt Isa QLD
Monday 17 November Winton State School Winton QLD
Tuesday 18 November Longreach State School Longreach QLD
Wednesday 26 November Springwood State High School Brisbane QLD
Tuesday 2 December Brighton Secondary North Brighton SA