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If These Walls Could Talk
20 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Adapt, pivot, evolve, grow. Splendour in the Grass - Season 3, Episode 5
Splendour in the Grass. If Dark Mofo is the great southern mid-winter festival then it’s safe to say that Splendour in the Grass, nestled in the rolling hills of the North Byron Parklands, offers a mid-winter festival of more moderate conditions for a more millennial crowd. Like many festivals Splendour in the Grass 2020 and 2021 have been postponed due to COVID; but having evolved from a two-day festival in 2002, to three days in 2009, and ultimately taking the mantle of Australia’s largest music festival, Splendour in the Grass is a survivor, with a proven heritage of weathering storms. We speak to Jade Skelly, General Manager of Splendour in the Grass and hear of her experience in creating Splendour XR one of the largest and most imaginative pivots of the pandemic and a sublime master class in how to keep a festival alive and a thrilled audience engaged.
19 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
A product of the pandemic built for greater good of the Australian music community - Season 3, Episode 4
Isol-Aid. Born as a response to the COVID 19 pandemic, Isol-Aid is both an online music festival and community, profiling musicians – who would otherwise have had shows, launches, tours, and other appearances cancelled – to create content stream it to an audience otherwise lacking in one of the greatest gifts of all; live music. Isol-Aid’s Emily Ulman pulled together the weekend-long online music festival on Instagram within an incredibly short period of time. Over a year later, Isol-Aid averages 35,000 weekly viewers, featuring nearly 900 artists to date and over 356 hours of streams. Emily talks about a community built around Isol-Aid, the relationships that formed online, that have continued offline, and how the festival itself has transitioned to a regular paid platform for artists; many who so desperately needed the support.
20 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Sustainability, inclusivity and the role the humble Australian bush doof has played in ensuring equality - Season 3, Episode 3
Strawberry Fields - Based on the banks of the meandering River Murray in NSW, is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression normally held for three days each summer. Rooted as deep as the gum trees under which the festival is held, is it’s connection to community; in the past they have supported a Low Income Ticket Program in which festival goers who are socially or economically disadvantaged can apply for a half-priced ticket and as well have previously partnered with Humantix – a ticketing platform that donates all booking fees towards programs aimed at closing the education gap globally. Strawberry Field’s Tara Benney, makes her actions speak louder than her words, since the creation of the festival when she was only 19, she has carved a new niche in Australia’s bush doof scene in which festival goers really are encouraged to take nothing but memories and leave nothing but footprints, by championing inclusivity and sustainability and encouraging festival attendees to minimise waste such as the wasteland of cheap tents which haunt the last days of other larger festivals.
27 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Secret by name, secret by nature. The story behind the Australian festival that bucked every trend imaginable - Season 3, Episode 2
Secret Garden. Secret by name, secret by nature, this was a festival where attendees like to be challenged & surprised, loyally waiting for the line up to be announced only when the event is sold out. After an incredible 11 year journey, Secret Garden closed its doors in 2019 ending its run on a high note and being fondly remembered as a festival which bucked the trend at every step. In this episode we speak to Clare Downes, Festival Director and learn how the festival was created by and for an incredibly talented and eclectic team of technicians, creatives and artists, who came together for 48 hours once a year in order to celebrate the arts and each other.
26 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
The real stories behind the festival to first put Australia's scene on the map, Big Day Out - Season 3, Episode 1
Big Day Out. The big one, the festival that created an international name and managed to woo the biggest acts of their time to Australian shores. From Nirvana in 1992, to Metallica in 2004, System of a Down in 2002 and Silverchair’s landmark 2008 performance, everyone has a Big Day Out story; and no one was unmoved by the eventual demise of the festival which put Australia on the map. In our kickoff episode we speak to Sahara Herald; an Australian festival powerhouse. Sahara was the National Event Coordinator for the Big Day Out for a staggering 18 years, right at the coalface of delivering what was then the biggest touring festival in the world. Sahara speaks about her experience in the early days working out of small terraced house with the festivals creators, setting her on a path which led all the way to dancing on stage with the Flaming Lips dressed in a bear costume.
1 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Season 3: Trailer
In season three of If These Walls Could Talk by Red Bull we pen an audio love letter to some of Australia's most iconic music festivals and the women who helped shape them. From stalwarts like The Big Day Out and Splendour In The Grass to relative newcomers Secret Garden and a product of the pandemic, Isol-Aid we profile the incredible individuals and the wild stories behind the scenes of some of Australia's most well-known musical rights of passage.
24 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
What does throwing an inclusive LGBTQI celebration involve in 2020? Can unconventional spaces be queer party spaces? - Season 2, Episode 5
Al Grigg joins Heaps Gay's Kat Dopper on a mission to find a new space for an upcoming Heaps Gay event. This mission, is one that is becoming more and more regular for Kat and her team as they seek to overcome the issues with the over-development of Sydney's CBD and gentrification of their street party spaces that make finding a safe and unique space for a queer party an increasingly more challenging prospect.
28 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
How did Sydney’s vogue ball scene begin? What did it mean for the community when Sissy Ball became part of Mardi Gras? - Season 2, Episode 4
Al Grigg meets up with Bhenji Ra, House Mother of House of Sleep and a driving force behind Sydney's voguing scene. Bhenji explains how she learnt about the ballroom scene and voguing while living in New York and using this as her inspiration on her return to Sydney to start organising balls, as eventually starting her own house - House of Sle - and becoming the house’s mother and fostering the next generation of voguing talent in Australia.
25 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
How did The Imperial influence Sydney's gay scene in the 90s, and how is that legacy continued today? - Season 2, Episode 3
Host Al Grigg sits down with Farren Heitt, 'reigning matriarch' at the Imperial Hotel in Erskineville. One of the stalwarts of Sydney's gay scene Farren has played an active role since the days of Dawn O'Donnell and still regularly performs at The Imperial with now two decades of drag children beneath her.
26 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
What place did the Albury hold in the LGBTQI party scene and what did its closure mean for the community? - Season 2, Episode 2
It's been described as described as ‘the gay bar in gay Sydney’. But for Craig 'Polly Petrie' Petrie it was a place to call home. Starting as a glassie, then bartender, then in the cocktail bar, he eventually morphed in to becoming a performer - starting his act Polly's Follies. In this episode Craig regales us with stories from behind the bar about customers, the vibe of the times, the nightlife and then performing his very own drag show.
29 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
What effect did Sydney’s first Mardi Gras have on the LGBTQI Sydney scene? - Season 2, Episode 1
In episode one of season two, Al Grigg sits down with Robyn Kennedy, a true pioneer and legend amongst Sydney's LGBTQI community. Robyn was involved in the organisation CAMP, which pre-dated and is considered a pre- cursor to the first Sydney Mardi Gras. She's a 78er who has served as director of the board of Mardi Gras and spearheaded the successful bid for WorldPride to come to Sydney.
2 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
A love letter to Sydney's LGBTQI scene - Season 2 Trailer
Season two of If These Walls Could Talk is a five-part audio love letter to venues, parties & people both past and present which have shaped the Sydney LGBTQI landscape. Premiering March 2, 2021.
22 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
What makes a strong music city? - Season 1, Episode 6
Looking at the infrastructure and culture of Melbourne as a music city, what are its strengths i.e. venues, interconnected scenes and community radio, and how has music culture changed over time? This episode draws together many voices to reflect on Melbourne's identity - what's changed, what works, and why is Melbourne so unique. Guy and Ben talk about the city as a home of genre omniverous punks with techno side-projects. Suzanne talks about the energy that builds in certain areas, and how Melbourne resonates with a special frequency. Robin Fox from MESS talks about the success of Melbourne as a place where multiple musicians from many genres come together Becky Freeman/Sui Zhen talks about the shared values of an artistically engaged city, and the unique infrastructure that makes it possible to travel easily to gigs. Remi, Sensible J and Chris talk about the evolution of Melbourne from a rock-only-region to a city the world looks to for fresh ideas in soul and funk.
28 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Synthesis/City Playground - Season 1, Episode 5
In this episode we visit one of the world's epicentres of synth exploration, and speak with one of the world's most influential synth pioneers. We learn about M.E.S.S.'s mission to make music accessible to everyone, the end of genre and the beginning of the future of sound. We talk to Suzanne Ciani about how she invented a new vocabulary of music, her experiences of gender discrimination and overcoming barriers and what she's teaching to, and learning from, a new generation of artists. We listen to Sui Zhen, a new generation of artist pushing electronic music into new territory as a form of musical and self-expression.
18 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
How do we acknowledge a country's history in music? - Season 1, Episode 4
It starts with a simple question, "if you don’t know where you come from, how do you know where you’re going?" We speak with Dallas Woods, Alice Skye and Neil Morris about themes of history and identity and home in music. Dallas talks about the differences between life in Melbourne and his birthplace of Wyndham, and the important conversations he's having with audiences around the country. Neil Morris and Alice Skye talk about a new generation of First Nations artists and the messages that need to be shared and heard through music. we also hear Rebecca Hatch, her celebration of heritage and empowerment through music.
15 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
Making space for a stronger, safer, more inclusive music city - Season 1, Episode 3
Simona Castricum describes the evolution of Melbourne's queer music scenes, and the venues and parties that have helped shape the city. Simona also looks at the barriers that have yet to be overcome in terms of creating an inclusive and safer city for everyone, and answers the question of what Melbourne would look like it we got it right. As a DJ and event producer, Katie Pearson/Whiskey Houston shares her philosophy for inclusive events and the cultural changes that she's seen through online and advocacy groups like LISTEN." G-Flip talks about her music as a way of creating what you wish to see in the world, her own experience of looking for queer/female role models, and the messages she's received from LGBTQIA.+ youth. We finish with Simona and a look at the new frontiers of electronic music, and the change we can look forward to in the future from a new generation of artists.
22 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
The families and spaces that form a music village - Season 1, Episode 2
We meet the individuals forming local and global music families. and visit the hubs where they gather. Ruby Savage gives an account of how her musical journey has been guided by finding like-minded souls "in the dance", whether at record stores or in record labels. We hear how Brownswood Records where she works has become a champion of soul worldwide, and how Melbourne found itself at the centre of the label's attention with a recent compilation called Sunny Side Up. JNETT talks about how all eyes are on the new generation of Melbourne jazz artists. Guy and Ben of Chapter Music talk about Melbourne's community from their perspective. we hear about some of their label's defining releases, and the conversation that's being had between the past and the present through reissues and rediscovered music scenes.
15 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Coming Home with guests Sampa The Great - Season 1, Episode 1
Speaking with Sampa The Great, Remi, Sensible J and Chris Gill of Northside, this episode is a celebration of community and the home that Melbourne represents to a growing soul scene. The theme of home is explored in many ways. The episode centres on the energetic retelling - from multiple perspectives - of Sampa The Great's album launch of The Return. It's an event that literally stopped traffic on Gertrude St, represented a homecoming for Sampa, back to the place where she performed her first show in Melbourne back in 2015. Sampa also reflects on family and friendships and how these relationships are reflected on the new album.
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