To some, Rare Finds is known as a PR-agency, dabbling in artist management and label services for some of the country’s best emerging talent. For others it’s their ability to put on a bloody good party; a skill that has established them as one of the finest purveyors of good times and good music in the country. Last Saturday night was the culmination of a year’s hard work by the good folk at Rare Finds (with one Rob Carroll at the helm) and all were rewarded with a massive, sold-out first birthday bash that was one for the ages.
Past Rare Finds lineups have included local heroes like Jenny Broke The Window, The Ruminaters, A.D.K.O.B and Le Pie, originally setting up camp at the Sly Fox in Sydney’s inner-west. For the last few months they have made themselves quite at home at the Oxford Art Factory, filling out the Gallery Bar on a monthly basis, defying all notions of a ‘dying live music scene in Sydney’.
Last Saturday saw Rare Finds champion local talent as per usual, with the likes of Deep Sea Arcade, Lime Cordiale and Hedge Fund flying the Sydney flag. Not ones to discriminate though, cross-country buzz bands like Good Boy and Owen Rabbit were invited to the party.
The return of Deep Sea Arcade to the live stage after the better part of a year having been spent holed-up in the studio recording is a testament to the draw that Rare Finds have. It’s taken exactly the year for them to to establish themselves as a Sydney live music institution, one that has risen to rival the legendary status of nights like MUM at the World Bar, or Visions at the Bank.
When there is so much negativity about Sydney’s live music landscape going about, Rare Finds are doing what most aren’t – actively fighting the good fight and making sure they keep that little flame alive and we have only respect for what they’re doing. Here’s to many more!
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