Musicians ready to restart shows

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Stage is set: Live music is finally playing again on the Frankston Arts Centre stage. The band Teenage Dads (above) performed for a live streamed show last week. Pictures: Gary Sissons

MUSICIANS are finally taking to the stage again at the Frankston Arts Centre.

The seats may have been empty but the stage certainly was not. Four acts performed on 29 October to an online audience.

The concert was put together as a way of helping struggling artists who have been hurt by effects of COVID-19. The pandemic has been devastating for the arts industry, with live shows being cancelled for most of the year.

VELVET Bloom’s Maddy Herbert on stage at the Frankston Arts Centre last week.

Mt Eliza indie pop act Teenage Dads, Rye based soul band Velvet Bloom, Frankston rapper Boler Mani, and Frankston band Subcult rocked the Arts Centre for the free performance. In lieu of ticket sales, viewers were asked to donate to a gofundme with all proceeds distributed amongst the performers and hosts.

Frankston Arts Centre head of programming Tammy Ryan said “the arts has been hit hard by COVID-19 and this is a fun way for the community to get behind our local artists while taking in some terrific tunes.”

Visit the Frankston Arts Centre Facebook page to watch the replay of the show and go to gofundme.com/f/and-we-are-live-artist-fund to donate.

First published in the Frankston Times – 3 November 2020

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