In the greatest Aussie road trip since Priscilla set out for the red centre, new music tour Up The Guts is bringing a live music touring circuit to the outback. From July 22 – August 7 the inaugural tour will snake its way up the spine of Australia with great bands, their camping gear, some backline and an old bus. Kicking off in Hobart and ending in Darwin, the tour showcases a variety of acts at the forefront of our nation’s thriving music scene.
The tour will spread the love amongst Australia’s regional and rural communities, hitting the likes of Burnie, Castlemaine, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, as well as more conventional tour stops such as Adelaide, Warrnambool, Launceston, Melbourne and Darwin.
The line-up for this intrepid journey is as diverse as the Aussie landscapes it will encounter. Up The Guts is bringing along a busload of artists sure to set venues alight, as well as profiling a local support act in each of the 15 towns. On tour are the enigmatic garage rockers ScotDrakula, the jangly, low fi and heartfelt Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, the honest, post punk meanderings of Ali E, and the mellow indie jams of Ben Wright Smith. The tour covers all bases of our diverse rock and roll culture.
Amongst this melting pot of musical talent, tour co-creator and Pretty Littles’ front man Jack Parsons will team up with Big Scary drummer Jo Syme to present Jack, Jo & friends. At every stop on the tour, these two old friends will perform a collection of classic covers that have come to define Australian life in the big smoke and the outback.
Recognising the need to support music development in regional areas, tour creators James Clarke and Jack Parsons along with the entire tour team will present a series of music development workshops for communities in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory. These workshops will look to inspire youth to pick up an instrument, learn about songwriting and the different opportunities that exist in a career in the music industry. The workshops will be presented in conjunction with Music Tasmania, Victoria, SA and NT and made possible with funding support from APRA AMCOS.
Tour creators Parsons and Clarke have described the road-trip as, “a throwback to the grassroots touring that Aussie pub rock was built on in the late 70s and 80s. It’s a rock and roll adventure through the desert!” With 15 shows, 18 days, 5 bands, 7,500kms and one bus, it seems like a fair summary.
Up The Guts could not be made possible without the support of its major partner Coopers and supporting partners including Casio, Maton Guitars, Arts SA, and APRA AMCOS.
Full tour information and tickets available: www.uptheguts.com.au