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Streets of Darwin

THE EPIC LOCAL LOVE-IN that is the 2020 Darwin Festival has a new live soundtrack.

By Anna Dowd

The Festival has rallied Darwin’s most talented musicians to each write a song about D-Town for one huge celebratory closing concert on the Sunset Stage.

From inner city Darwin and across the Berrimah line, Caiti Baker, Arran Barker, Broadwing, Tracey Bunn, Ben Evolent, Mandy Garling, David Garnham and Stevie Jean have created the ultimate, original mixed-tape about the place we call home.

Musical Director Ben Allen, aka Broadwing, says the line-up and original material is an impressive snapshot of the depth and variety in the Darwin music scene.

“We’ve always punched above our weight considering our small population and the occasional barricade of our remoteness, but the music scene feels particularly vibrant at the moment.”

From intimate, stripped back solo performances to full band arrangements, the night offers up a full palette of styles and points of view from songwriters who grew up in Darwin to more recent arrivals, like Allen himself.

“I think I’ll find this part of the world endlessly inspiring in much the same way that Alice Springs was before I came up here. The concept of the show is simple enough on the surface but perfectly brings the local focus of this year’s Festival to its logical conclusion.”

As well as originals penned for the Festival’s finale, each singer performs a cover from the Aussie cannon on the theme of home, backed by a house band.

Allen says it’s fair to say the night will be as unique as it is original.

“You’ll hear songs that were purpose-built for the night, performed by some pretty formidable talent!”


Streets of Darwin
WHEN SUN 16 AUG | 8PM
AT SUNSET STAGE, FESTIVAL PARK
COST $26-$30
INFO darwinfestival.org.au

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