On Friday night at the Marlborough Hotel in Sydney, we celebrated the Happy Mag Issue 10 Launch.
Missed the Happy Mag Issue 10 Launch at Sydney’s Marlborough Hotel? Here’s what went down.
Opening the night was all-Aussie superstar Buddy Dingo, who hammered out his set while the cricket still played on the big screen. Slinging hits such as I Love My Backyard and Mortgage and a Mower in his undeniable Aussie drawl, smiles spread across the audience faster than a buttered bullet.
Next up were The Uplifting Bell Ends, taking the stage as a seven-piece ensemble with two full-time percussionists to keep the vibes high. The stage may may been cozy but so was the crowd, who all succumbed to the Bell Ends’ philosophy by the time their set closed.
Shearin’ were up next, taking things up a notch with their pub rock stylings and yelled-out vocals. Big breakdowns and bigger choruses put the crowd into a properly booze-y stupor, and the room was buzzing by the time Fritz hit the stage.
The five-piece indie rockers from Newcastle took the energy and multiplied it, copping a fair few singalongs for their more recent singles Biggest Fool In The World and Summer Holiday. With an album in the works for later this year, these Steel City locals are absolutely someone to keep an eye on.
And then it was time for Peter Bibby, rolling in from Perth with his Dog Act in tow. It was quickly clear that the front few rows were dominated by hardcore fans, and from the moment Bibs belched out his first lyrics, they were being shouted back.
Partying far beyond their time slot with tunes from both Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician as well as 2018’s Grand Champion with a few sloppy jokes thrown in between, it was an absolute blinder. And we’ll never forget Reuben, the legend from the nosebleeds who jumped onstage and sung every single lyric to Stinking Rich.
Special thanks to Marlborough Hotel, to every soul who came, to our partners Young Henrys, Childe, Audio-Technica, be.nutrients, Polaroid, Levi’s, Bluesfest, Fender, Warm Audio, Universal, and to everybody else who helped make Issue 10 happen. See ya next time.