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01 July 2020
A fleet of more than 70 cars assembled at Horsham Showground at the weekend to support live music – from a distance.
Wergaia and Wemba Wemba singer-songwriter Alice Skye fronted a crowd of vehicles alongside King brothers, lead guitarist Sam and drummer Kane, for the band’s first live performance since COVID-19 lockdowns back in March.
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth opened the Art is... festival’s drive-in music concert with her pop originals and crowd pleasers such as Fleetwood Mac’s iconic song Dreams.
Horsham favourite All the Kings Men kept the energy levels high, closing the gig with well-known covers.
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Despite a windscreen separating audience members from the musicians, people showed their support after each song with a cascade of honking horns and flashing lights.
Skye said the audience provided a live atmosphere that she had missed throughout the pandemic.
“I feel like because it’s a bit of a novelty thing, people were into it,” she said.
“We had been doing heaps of live Instagram performances but you can’t really connect with people – at least here people are making noise for you.”
Sam King said it was refreshing to be able to play to crowds back in his hometown.
“It’s a very strange scene in the city at the moment, so we’re all feeling pretty lucky to be back and Horsham has thrown such an incredible gig,” he said.
The band has been gaining international recognition and even had several shows planned for the United States prior to COVID-19.
During lockdown the band released a new track Grand Ideas, which has since received airplay on national radio.
“It is good to get the support of a national radio station because you get some good exposure,” King said.
“It’s definitely an accolade when you hear yourself on the radio – it puts a smile on your face.”
– Dylan De Jong
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