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Channel V Guerilla Gigs

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by Lisa (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Lisa, a 24-year-old Psychology student from Germany. I live in Sydney now to finish my Masters. Being new to the city, I love to get around and share my impressions with you. Hope you enjoy reading my stuff :)!
Published June 17th 2013
"We invade a public place, armed with an amazing live act to put on a super special, totally improvised gig for you and whoever happens to be walking past."

It's a random Thursday afternoon. I'm browsing through Facebook, invading people's private lives, when suddenly (between all the juicy gossip, semi-interesting articles on whatever new semi-scientific study, weight loosing and boob job ads) Andrew Stockdale's status update catches my eye. The singer and front man of former Aussie band Wolfmother announces a "Channel V Guerilla gig" just down at Bondi Pavilion an hour later.

Channel V? Guerilla gig?? Wolfmother for free??? At Bondi Beach???? Questions upon questions and probably the only way to find out is to take the risk, pay $3 for the bus and go down to Bondi.

I expected a cluster of people but upon arrival all I see at the esplanade is a carpet, a couple of Channel V signs and a group of nervous teenagers, who "skipped school for this". After a couple of minutes however, the place begins to fill up with people; camera men, bystanders, Wolfmother fans. By the time the band arrives rock star-style in an old Mustang (let's say Mustang because honestly I have no idea what car it was and Mustang sounds pretty rock'n'roll to me) there are probably 50 of us standing there waiting.

Andrew Stockdale and band

There are no microphones, no amplifiers, no drum set, just a guitar, tambourine, bongos and Andrew Stockdale's unique voice. Pedestrians stop walking, attracted by that odd gathering and people who came for the band start humming and moving along to the music. They play a couple of songs; something old, something new.

It's one of my most intimate and special music moments. That is a damn good way to spend a weekday afternoon! For the delight of all teenagers they stick around for a while after the short gig.

Channel V is hosting Guerilla Gigs every now and then all over the country. Amongst former performers are Ed Sheeran, Boy and Bear, The Veronicas and many more.

A new Guerilla Gig is announced only hours before on their Facebook page. Stay tuned and keep your eyes open. I know I will!
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Cost: Free
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