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On the Music Scene

Triple M’s Oztober is set to rock off once again throughout October as the month-long celebration of Aussie music returns bigger than ever to the Triple M airwaves from Thursday, October 1. From the songs to the artists, and the stories behind them, Triple M will play the best of new and upcoming performers while continuing to honour household Aussie favourites.

There will be four Garage Sessions for listeners throughout the month and joining this year’s lineup will be, Hoodoo Gurus, DMAs, Dave Gleeson from the Screaming Jets, Hands Like Houses, Kingswood, Eskimo Joe, Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey and Diesel. The network will partner with Movember to deliver these performances to support and raise awareness for mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

“We know the struggles and pressures this year have brought to a lot of people, especially those in the entertainment and music industry. Events like Oztober help to give our lives a sense of normalcy, by coming together while celebrating and supporting some of the incredible local acts we have in this country,” said Triple M’s Mikey Maher. Great Southern Nights – Land of 1000 gigs Great Southern Nights is a music event which will bring 1,000 COVID-safe performances to live music venues in Greater Sydney and regional NSW in November (Australian Music Month).

This event is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to stimulate the revival of the live music and entertainment sectors and in turn the visitor economy in the recovery phase of COVID-19.

Venues will present 1,000 gigs showcasing established, emerging and local Australian artists, across a multitude of venues around NSW. Great Southern Nights will culminate in Australia’s premier music industry event, the ARIA Awards.

All music events will be programmed in line with current NSW Government health advice regarding physical distancing and venue capacity of public gatherings.

We have it on very good authority some great local venues have secured some of these amazing gigs, which will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the Great Southern Night website for details.

My favourite podcasts Given we have all spent so much time inside, my podcast list is getting longer and longer. Now that the weather is nicer, my best moment of the day is when I can make a coffee, sit on the back porch and have someone else do all the talking for an hour or so. In case you're looking for something new.

These are my current weekly go-to podcasts:

Literally with Rob Lowe – It is literally Rob Lowe having an hour-long conversation with one of his mates. Guests so far incl. David Spade, Demi More, Chris Pratt and Alex Baldwin. WellRed – This is three liberal boys from the deep south talking politics and life, and I often find myself actually laughing out loud. Smart, insightful and funny as hell. Lots of cursing but in the best accent ever so it just makes it funnier.

Words: Mel Murray - PSM Publicity

Pictured Above: The team from Wellred

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