IT'S NOT VERY OFTEN YOU'LL CATCH THIS MIRAGE WRITER OUTSIDE THE HAUNTS I USUALLY... HAUNT. IF I'M EVER BEYOND THE MEREWETHER/MAYFIELD BUBBLE I'M PROBABLY NOT DOING IT FOR FUN. MY GIRLFRIEND ACTUALLY HAS JUST STARTED THIS THING WHERE SHE LOVES CAMPING, SO WE'RE DOING THAT NOW, I GUESS (I REALLY HOPE SHE DOESN'T READ THIS).
ADAMSTOWN IS ONE OF THOSE SUBURBS THAT'S JUST BEYOND THESE HAUNTS - IT'S JUST FAR ENOUGH TO BE A HOLIDAY FOR ME. NOW THERE'S EVENTS HAPPENING AT THE CHURCH ON GLEBE ROAD I HAVE STUFF TO DO ON MY LITTLE VACATIONS, INSTEAD OF JUST SITTING AT THE CARAVAN PARK, OR IN THE TENT, WISHING I WAS BACK IN MY BUBBLE.
I CAUGHT ADAM PRICE AND ASKED HIM A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS STUFF THERE IS TO DO. TURNS OUT IT'S HEAPS BETTER THAN CAMPING (I'M SO SORRY GILLIAN).
For those of us who don’t know, what is The Dungeon?
The Dungeon is kind of hidden beneath a church on Glebe Road in Adamstown. It has been home to some impressive jazz gigs over the years, becoming a popular venue for national and international touring acts since its modest beginnings in 1996. The Dungeon is proving to be as popular for acts of differing genres, from both the local area and further afield. At the moment local creative hub Adamstown Arts are supporting events at The Dungeon called 'Lo-Fi' as well as The [Y] Project events called 'Civil Thrill'.
What is Lo-Fi?
Lo-Fi is a musical celebration of uniqueness, awkwardness, tolerance, understanding, and acceptance. Aiming to make a positive contribution to the Newcastle music and arts community, and to try to break down walls of segregation through the means of live music. A place where you can be yourself without judgement.
The Dungeon is a great venue for music and audiences. One of the goals for Lo-Fi is to have established acts as well as emerging talent. An opportunity for musicians to gain experience and develop their craft. The biggest drawcard being that it is all about the music. And it’s different to playing at a pub. NO KENO. NO TVs. NO POKIES. JUST MUSIC.
Lo-Fi is a not-for-profit event. We have the opportunity to raise funds for projects that connect arts and justice. Within the running of the event there is opportunity for people to learn skills, such as hospitality, arts management, sound/lighting, PR and marketing etc. Hopefully we can build links with TAFE and The University of Newcastle with Creative Arts students who need experience or mentoring.
What is The [Y] Project?
The [Y] Project is a youth-run organisation that raises awareness about social justice and environmental issues. Their primary goal is to provide ways and encourage people to get their hands dirty and get involved to help make a difference in their world, whilst supporting local artists and musicians. One of the things they curate is a gig once a month at The Dungeon called 'Civil Thrill'. These are very popular and allow The [Y] Project to raise significant funds for charities. At Civil Thrill events they hope for the local youth community to unite as one and celebrate the joys of creating a difference in this world, whether it be taking part as a photographer, a band member, or even the audience, coming together for a good cause.
How long have you been putting these gigs together?
The [Y] Project came first in 2016 and helped inspire Lo-Fi, which began in 2017.
Are these events all ages?
Absolutely. Legit all ages. Whether you’re in the womb, or in a nursing home, you’ll get in. The venue provides good facilities, is well-managed, and is a safe space for all people in the community, especially young people.
Who is playing at the next event?
The [Y] Project’s next event at The Dungeon is on April 14. Cherry Stain will launch their new album with support from Shrimp and special guests.
The next Lo-Fi is on Saturday May 5. Flight to Dubai, Midnight Movers, Dr Dingo and the Space Cadets, and Chix Dig Synth.
Both events start at 7pm and are $10 on the door, or you can get Lo-Fi tickets online at trybooking.com.
Bar and snacks are available. Photo ID is required for the purchase of alcohol.
The Dungeon is under the Adamstown Uniting Church; enter via Glebe Rd. adamstownuca.org.au/arts