It started as a rumble in the suburbs. Glen Waverly to Hallam, Ferntree Gully to Frankston in every beer soaked band room in between, each weekend brought the best live talent Australia had to offer to the churning masses.
Midnight Oil, Radio Birdman, AC/DC - they all cut their teeth playing to the assembled tribes that merged together at the end of the working week to dance, and drink, and party. Chrissie Amphlett raged, The Models pouted, and INXS strutted week in, week out in darkened rooms nestled far away from the looming city.
As the years went on, the scene changed. Weekend warriors found their new battleground in the form of the electric Melbourne skyline, leaving behind empty band rooms and slowing the suburban heartbeat.
Like any good movement, the voice may be muffled but the heartbeat remains. The growing demand for a local alternative night out with the same coveted artists, DJs, and late night vibes without the astronomic costs involved with a night in the city led to the inception of Urban Spread.
Each month Urban Spread will bring the biggest names in Australian rock, indie, alt rock, hardcore, punk, blues & roots, hip-hop and just about anything else you can think of to the Village Green Hotel, Chelsea Heights Hotel, Plaza Tavern, York on Lilydale and Pelly Bar.
Bringing the party close to home means exorbitant cab fares are a thing of the past, and the extra coin (not to mention the hours freed up by avoiding the inner city hike!) can go towards keeping things moving long after the band gives way to Melbourne’s most sought after tastemaker DJs who cater to every music style from home and abroad.
With solid line-ups each month, and a strict no dickheads policy, Urban Spread presented by the TAC brings live music back where it should - at the local.
Transport Accident Commission
Victoria has come a long way in reducing road trauma, but we still have a long way to go. Road safety is a responsibility that is shared by all. Because no one deserves to die on our roads. It is up to us, the new generation of drivers to not only believe that a zero road toll is achievable, but that we deserve it. We can make it happen.
The TAC has partnered with Urban Spread to bring live music back to the suburbs. Enjoy the mosh pit, the music, the magic with your mates but always remember to plan ahead to make sure you are getting home safe.