Another Round For Sofar Sounds ('xcuse the rhyme)
What better to cure an Australia Day hangover than hanging out in someone's yard listening to good music.
Sofar Sounds (Songs From A Room) has come around again, this time in Newtown's Australia Street. The line up was a stand out and featured Betty & Oswald, Nic Cassey, Leura and Busy Kingdom. From gypsy-folk mixed with some kind of 1930s jazz, rope lights looped every here and there to the splatters of street art and collectables in the yard, Sofar Sounds had it set up for a good night.
Upon arrival, the first Australian Sofar Sounds zine, reviewing 2013 was handed out. Making your way to find a spot seemed like a great feat, with pillows, chairs, rugs and sofas cluttering the backyard. Eventually, a friendly being in the crowd happily squished aside to make room for one more. It was lovely group of people who were eager, happy and chilled out, with the exception of one enthusiastic soul who started the chorus prematurely to Nic Cassey's “Chicken” song. Nevertheless, his enthusiasm was much appreciated and conjured up many giggles within the delightful tin of sardines.
Australia is bursting with talent and thanks to organiations like Sofar Sounds, communities are given the opportunity (not only in Sydney, but in countless cities worldwide) to come together for a good time and celebrate local talent.
Keep an eye out for the next one.
By Lauren Hansom
Photography by Caitlin Withers