Bands unite for showcase

By Megan Genrich

TIRED of traipsing to Brisbane to see live shows, four industrious Ipswich musicians are holding their own music festival right here.

Damsels in Distress (DID), is made up of lead singer Chevy Wilson, guitarists Will Gibson and Tyson Bird and drummer John Eyre.

After jamming and talking about forming a band for the past 18 months, DID officially formed five months ago.

Not only have the lads been busy tightening their sound, they have been busy organising an all-ages music gig for next Saturday, March 15.

Eyre said the evening would kick off at 6pm at the Cambrian Centre at South Station Road, Booval.

Joining DID on stage will be another Ipswich-based band, 21 Months, as well as Brisbane bands Elijah, Little Jody, Falling for Indie and We Are Box.

Eyre said DID was sick of the lack of a local music scene, so they set about creating their own.

"Most bands sit around waiting for something to happen. We are the ones trying to make it happen," he said.

Eyre said heavy metal group Bennosen Theory had promoted the hardcore scene in Ipswich, but DID wanted to encourage the growth of other musical genres within the city.

Next weekend's music fiesta is only $5 a ticket and is open to teens of all ages.

"We don't put these shows on to make a profit," Eyre said. "We put them on at the smallest cost possible to try and encourage more kids to come to the shows."

He said the location, right near Booval Rail Station, would hopefully encourage more people to attend the event.

The evening is a drug and alcohol free event.



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