By Matthew Sims
The cream of the crop of Australia’s musical talents will be on show at the Altona Theatre over the next three months.
As part of On the Road Again initiative, the Live from the Altona Theatre live music series will kick off with performances from alternative artist Didirri and ARIA Award-nominated musician Mo’Ju on Thursday, August 25.
Hobsons Bay mayor Peter Hemphill said he is thrilled that Altona will host some of Australia’s best live performers.
“Thanks to funding from the state government, we’re able to present an incredible contemporary live music program which will appeal to music lovers and will be a great night out right here in our neighbourhood,” he said.
“Altona Theatre is one of the few purpose-built theatres in Melbourne’s west, and it will make for a very special and intimate experience.
“We can’t wait for our local community, and people from around Melbourne, to come and experience live music in the heart of our city.”
The Live from the Altona Theatre program will also provide Hobsons Bay artists, musicians, producers and creatives with a range of professional development opportunities, including music mentoring, rehearsal and recording provider Soundstep Studios offering their services for free at Woods Street Arts Space in Laverton from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, August 13.
Creative Industries Minister Steve Dimopoulos said the Altona performances and the support on offer as part of the initiative will reinvigorate the live music scene
“On The Road Again reaffirms and celebrates our reputation as the live music capital of Australia, bringing performers back to stages across our city, suburbs and regions, and turbocharging the return of our live music scene,” he said.
Other performers include Emma Donavan & The Putbacks and The Meltdown on Thursday, September 22 and Vika & Linda and James Henry on Thursday, October 27.