In January Melbourne celebrates the 50th anniversary of its response to Woodstock – the very first Sunbury Pop Festival. A three-day festival of music, fun, love, and peace. A special anniversary shows featuring bands who featured at that very first Sunbury Festival, Spectrum, Madder Lake, The Indelible Murtceps play the Archies Creek Hotel !
Featuring the cream of Australian artists, Sunbury was touted as “The Rock Happening of 1972”. Close to thirty acts played, one of them being Queen from the UK, the only overseas act; but they were booed off stage in favour of our own Madder Lake. The crowd weren’t ready for the glam of Queen yet.
Madder Lake opened the festival to a rapturous response. They went on to support the Rolling Stones on their Australian Tour later that year and were the first act to be signed to Mushroom Records– delivering the company their first Gold Record with the brilliant album StillPoint. This album spawned the singles ‘12lb. Toothbrush’ and ‘Goodbye Lollipop’.
Next up were Spectrum who were Australia’s most popular progressive rock act, the catalyst for the genius of Mike Rudd. Their number one national hit ‘I’ll Be Gone’ released a year earlier had already become an anthem with the Australian public ‘I’ll Be Gone’ has been covered by many artists from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band to local act Lost Ragas.
The Indelible Murtceps, another of Mike Rudd’s bands. also played at Sunbury They were the vehicle for more dance-oriented songs in contrast to Spectrum’s more in-concert style. Songs like: ‘Red Hot Mumma’, ‘We Are Indelible‘ and ‘Esmerelda’ were a hit at Sunbury and soon became crowd favourites.
Producer of the concerts Steve Georgiou said, “I have undertaken the needed position of recognising the 50th Anniversary of The Inaugural Sunbury Pop Festival 1972 which was a milestone musically and historically for the generation of the time in many ways. In the era of peace and love and protest it was our response to Woodstock.
“The very first Sunbury has many memories for us who lived the experience, with 30 of Australia’s finest acts. My role in this industry is to not let our heritage acts be forgotten, but to celebrate and honour them, the likes of Spectrum – Madder Lake – Blackfeather – Chain. These are but a few of the great musicians who are still performing and producing to the highest standard, contributing to Melbourne’s world famous pub scene, which they created fifty years ago.”
So join us 50 years later, to re-live and celebrate the nostalgia and great music with these three bands who were, and remain today, part of the Golden Era of Australian Rock Music.
Archies Creek Hotel, 2pm, 29 January – Tix at www.archiescreekhotel.com.au.
Interviews, photos and sounds available.
Please contact Karen on 0400 527 365 or email Karen@karenconradpublicity.com for more info.