First game of the Canberra Roller Derby League season on Sat Sep 11 @ Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium

Column: News   |   Date Published: Tuesday, 31 August 10   |   Author: Julia Winterflood   |   6 years, 9 months ago

Roll On!

Roller derby is back! The Brindabelters will verse The Black ‘n’ Blue Belles in the first game of the new Canberra Roller Derby League (CRDL) season on Saturday September 11 at Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium ($10 tix on sale now from This season CRDL has introduced two more local teams to their lineup. Season Two champions The Surly Griffins, and victors of the first ever CRDL season in 2009 The Black ‘n’ Blue Belles, welcome to the track The Red Bellied Black Hearts and The Brindabelters. All four teams are set to fight it out for the title of Season Three winners at bouts on September 11, Saturday October 16 and a massive semi and grand final double header on Saturday November 13. Said CRDL President Bullseye Bettie, “We are forging brave new ground for CRDL; we’re pretty sure Adelaide is the only other league in Australia to have four teams.” Head to for all the info.

Fun Machine take out ACT Final of the 2010 National Campus Band Competition:

Machine of Fun

Big ups and massive props to locally illustrious merchants of madness Fun Machine, who took out the ACT Final of this year’s National Campus Band Competition at Transit Bar on Thursday August 26. A huge congrats is also in order for Velvette and Starfish Hill, who placed second and third respectively. Fun Machine were presented with a giant novelty cheque for $1,000 courtesy of Directions ACT, nabbed themselves a spot at Indyfest 2011, mentoring from First Base Music, $500 courtesy of the Australian Association of Campus Activities, and a slot at the National Final in Perth in October with a further $1,000 to go towards the trip. Said one of the judges and Manager/Programming Director of UC LIVE! Anna Wallace, “The NCBC 2010 ACT Final was a great success. The other organisers and I were very impressed with the calibre of acts. I have judged quite a few band comps and I have never experienced the divide amongst the judges that I did whilst deliberating backstage after this year’s comp, which spoke volumes about the quality of the up and coming talent in Canberra. The one decision that we were sure of though was the winner. Fun Machine are clearly very seasoned performers and have a truly unique sound and a joyous stage presence that we all agreed was what we wanted to represent the ACT at the National Final in Perth. We wish them all the best. Do us proud guys!”

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The Paris Crash @ ANU Bar Fri Sep 3, with Activate Jetpack and Starfish Hill:

Boom Crash Opera

Fresh out of the studio and ready to rock, Sydney’s The Paris Crash have just completed recording their new single Honeymoon in Vegas, and are looking forward to taking it on the road. Mixing rock, grime and techno, they’re hitting ANU Bar on Friday September 3, with Activate Jetpack and Starfish Hill in support.

MM9 @ The Maram Sat Sep 11 with Escape Syndrome and Super Best Friends:

On Cloud 9

Sydney based genre defying MM9 are hitting the road to celebrate the release of their latest single Let It Take Over. The boys are fresh from the national tour with Karnivool as the main support, which won them rave reviews across the country from fans and critics alike. As BMA’s own Palimah Panichit espoused in his review, “By the end of their set, they had clearly won over a sizable amount of the audience, who whooped and cheered graciously, chuffed from having witnessed such a clean set delivered with no frills or spills.” MM9 are storming The Maram on Saturday September 11, with Escape Syndrome and Super Best Friends in support. Tix are $14+bf and are available from and on the door. Doors at 8pm.

Line Drawings @ Phoenix Sat Sep 11 with John Lollock and Tonight Alright:

Down the Line

With a sold out run of their debut EP in their back pockets, Sydney’s Line Drawings are now set to release their debut album Take/over. Its dissonant and dirty guitars recall the sounds of quintessential Australian indie rock while the complexity of the rhythm section would not be out of place in Chicago. Oo er. They’re playing Phoenix on Saturday September 11 with John Lollock and Tonight Alright, from 9.30pm.



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