Mildura Weekly : Friday May 16 2014 Vol 8 No 28
Mildura Weekly – 16/05/14 17 www.milduraphonebook.com.au ONE NIGHT STAND Mildura Stories by VINNE RODI MEMBERS of Mildura Rural City Council’s Youth Services FReeZA Committee will be given an “extraordinary opportunity” as part of tomorrow’s One Night Stand concert. Twelve committee members – aged be- tween 15 and 25 – will spend time with Triple J’s production crew prior to the event, while also enjoying a behind the scenes tour. Community Wellbeing and Services Councillor Sharyon Peart said the commit- tee was “privileged” to be granted the invita- tion. “Our FReeZA team will see all the be- hind the scenes set up – everything to do with the live broadcast, the production and what it takes to actually get the bands on stage,” she said. “When you consider how busy the Triple J crew will be, it’s fantastic that they have offered to spend some time with these young people and show them the logistics of the event. “It will be an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” FReeZA Committee member Kurt Graf said the opportunity was one he planned on taking advantage of. “I’ve been really lucky and will actually spend some one-on-one time with the pro- duction crew,” he said. “Having an event like this come to town is amazing, and being able to actually get in and see how it all comes together is a dream come true for me. “I have ambitions to one day work in the music industry, so this will personally be a great insight into this industry.” And while One Night Stand is a free event, members of the FReeZA Committee will be out collecting donations throughout the night in an effort to help fund future events aimed at the region’s young residents. “The FReeZA Committee work hard to organise alcohol, smoke and drug free events for our youth on a very tight budget,” Cr Peart said. “In the coming year they are hoping to host a number of competitions, awards and workshops for their peers. “The team would love to host some events in other towns outside Mildura, including Ouyen, with plans including a DJ competi- tion, the annual Mildura Arts Prize and a Battle of the Bands. “A new idea is a workshop called ‘Gigs 101’ – which would help young musicians ac- quire the skills needed to manage their own gigs.” Cr Peart said funds raised from donations at One Night Stand would enable Council and the FReeZA committee to increase oppor- tunities for involvement in local music events in the future. More information about the FReeZA pro- gram is available by visiting www.freeza.vic. gov.au. FReeZA committee granted ‘rare access’ to the big gig THIS weekend’s One Night Stand concert is going to be “epic” according to The Jungle Giants lead guitarist Cesira Aitken. One of the headline acts set to take the stage as part of the free, Triple J event, Cesira said the band was looking forward to perform- ing in front of an estimated 15,000 fans. “It’s actually quite a scary prospect when you think about it,” she said. “15,000 is a lot of people to be performing in front of. “Having said that, as a band we are absolutely psyched by the opportunity. “One Night Stand is a gig every band dreams about playing, and to be on the bill is huge for us.” Not only will this week- end’s concert be the first time The Jungle Giants have performed as part of a One Night Stand event, it will also be the first time the group has performed in Mildura. “It’s going to be a great experience,” Cesira said. “As a band, none of us have been to Mildura before, so from that point of view, we have no idea what to expect. “It’s certainly exciting, and I’m sure the crowd is going to be hot and raring to go.” Cesira said the band was also looking forward to mixing with the other acts appearing on the night. “Dan Sultan, Illy, Rufus and Violent Soho are all in- credible acts,” she said. “I’m sure together we’re going to put on one helluva show.” The Jungle Giants origi- nally formed in their home- town of Brisbane in 2011, with the group featuring Sam Hales on vocals/guitar, Cesira on lead guitar, An- drew Dooris on bass/back- ing vocals and Keelan Bijker on drums. All four members origi- nally met in high school, with Sam, Cesira and An- drew at the time in different bands. It wasn’t until the group headed off to univer- sity that they came together to create The Jungle Giants. Lead man Sam spent six months working two jobs in an effort to fund the group’s debut self-titled EP, released with local producer Yanto Browning in March 2011. The EP featured lead single ‘Mr Polite’ – which has now reached more than 300,000 views on YouTube – and by 2012 The Jungle Giants had released their second EP ‘She’s A Riot,’ with the five-track EP re- leased via Create/Control on July 27. Prior to their appear- ance at One Night Stand, the band was also one of the headline acts at the re- cent Groovin’ The Moo festival, which Cesira said had been used to trial a few songs set to be unleashed this weekend. “Playing at Groovin’ The Moo has been awe- some in the lead up to One Night Stand,” she said. “The crowds have been pretty similar to what we’re going to see in Mildura, and while not us big it’s certainly helped prepare us.” Cesira said the group planned on writing and re- cording its next album fol- lowing the One Night Stand event. “As a group we’ve been touring pretty heavily over the past few months, so we’ll definitely be looking to get back into a writing cy- cle, and work on the second album.” she said. 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