Here’s what went down at our mammoth Underproof show

Last Friday over 800 people crammed into Dee Why PCYC to watch Hockey Dad and five local bands give it their all on the big stage. This was the biggest Underproof gig yet.

In short, it went off. Sydney’s Northern Beaches are a proudly supportive community when it comes to music, and this night was proof. The turnout for all of the bands was incredible, and the screams of fans were some of the loudest we’ve ever heard.

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Missed our Underproof show with Hockey Dad? Check out what went down when 800 local music fans converged on Dee Why PCYC.

First up were Dial Denial, who may be young but damn, they put on a fiery show. They knew how to work the stage, how to play a huge guitar solo, and their originals were tight as a nail. Keep an eye out for these young guns.

Butterbox followed up, playing a combined set of originals and huge covers (including RHCP’s crowdpleaser Can’t Stop as an opener). Their fans were particularly vocal, singing along to songs that hadn’t even been released yet.

Next it was time for Monkey Knife Fight to hit the stage, fresh off the release of their debut single Icy ShouldersLed by Carla Gates standing front and centre, the band cleaned house with a set of pure, indie-rock class.

By the time Tarantino rocked onto the stage, the crowd was well and truly warmed up, if not heaving. These lads have been around the Northern Beaches scene a few times already, and it showed – busting out Mr Brightside as an impromptu set closer practically turned the mosh upside-down.

As the night descended into its final hours, The Brights brought a different flavour with their stylish onstage presence and no shortage of classic surf rock riffage. They’re currently prepping their first singles for release, and trust us, they’re going to be special.

Finally it was time for Hockey Dad to take the stage. Amidst chants of their name, Billy and Zach dropped into the night and wasted no time turning it up to 11, nailing a set that hit all the right notes.

They played tracks from across their short and sharp career, crowd favourites including singalongs Sweet Release and Jump The Gun. Despite the heat of the room hitting critical levels, they left the audience wide-eyed and worn out – it was a killer night we’ll always remember.


Underproof was proudly sponsored and supported by Northern Beaches Council.