DARBY STREET LIVE SHOWCASE: Dawn Laird w/ Hannah Stretton / by Hannah Stretton

Photography by  Aharon Staff  of S.O.T

Photography by Aharon Staff of S.O.T

A different act to add to the line-up, one that is breaking stigmas and smashing the patriarchy, is Dawn Laird, a fierce Newcastle rapper who writes, spits and produces her lines & will be showing you how it's done on the Darby Street Live stage on the 24th. 

Dawn is a woman who ain't afraid to tell it to you how it is, whether it be through her music or on social media, and I gotta say I'm livin' for it! 💪🏻💕It's this kind of empowerment that gets me especially excited about the music scene, especially in Newcastle, which has had a loooong history of predominantly male acts. 

Right now there’s a freshness and excitement about Newcastle. It’s a vibe. I think it has to do with us having embraced change, progress and diversity.
— Dawn Laird

Since releasing her first single 'Eva' back in 2013, Dawn has been busy producing, writing and recording tracks which have seen her develop quite a solid reputation in the world of rap. And, rightfully so, this chick has it all. 

With very poetic, meaningful and relevant lyrics, Dawn is your modern day rapping Sylvia Plath - granted, Dawn is much cooler and wouldn't be seen taking any shit - which just makes you love her more. 

Photography supplied by Dawn Laird - Press Image

Photography supplied by Dawn Laird - Press Image

Playing at the Leonards Jewellers Laneway alongside the likes of Pep-C, JacketsTalakai, Jacquie Lomas and Eastside Grammar, Dawn will be playing some dope tracks from her sophomore E.P (Doreen) in in the works, surrounded by some great vibes & donuts? You'll see what I mean... now how could you say no to that? 

Ahead of Darby Street Live, we got to chat Dawn about what her perfect day in Newy would look like, as well as what to expect on stage from this all round boss babe. Check out our interview below...

How would you describe your music? Try 5 words or less if you're feeling creative

Rap Rap Rap Rap Rap

What can people expect from your performance at Darby Street Live?

A nice blend of good vibes, divine feminine rage and donuts. 🍩

Who’s your favourite local music artist & why?

Belle Badi. She's an incredible songwriter and has such a unique style. Not to mention that voice! I can definitely see her being successful on a national level. Can't wait to hear more from Belle.


What do you love about Newy’s music scene?

There is so much talent. There always has been, but right now the industry built up around it has progressed to a point where so much of what we have to offer is being showcased.

I feel like the Newy music scene is on the cusp of another golden age, but this time, it's not just rock. See Jayteehazard. See Belle Badi. See Raave Tapes. See Demi Mitchell. See Talakai. It's exciting times!

What is your favourite thing about Newy - what would you recommend to the tourists out there?

It constantly changes for me. Right now there's a freshness and excitement about Newcastle. It's a vibe. I think it has to do with us having embraced change, progress and diversity. We've developed a kind of cultural maturity and I credit young people and youth culture for bringing it about, ironically. Young enterprise is activating the place in so many ways.

A great day in Newcastle is a Rolador coffee followed by stroll down Beaumont and a trip into town to see what exhibitions are on at The Lock-Up and Newy Art Gallery. Then you do some wine and al fungi at Goldbergs for lunch and sleep it off in Civic Park. Then you do Japanese for dinner at Nagisa in Honeysuckle, check out a gig at Cambo and have a whiskey night cap at Coal and Cedar. (What a day!)

6. When and where can we catch you for Darby Street Live?

I'll be singing rap songs near Leonards Jewellers from 2pm alongside Pep-C, Jackets, Talakai, Jacquie Lomas and Eastside Grammar.

There you have it, to check out more about Dawn Laird you can find gig updates, new music and other goodies on her Bandcamp or social links below. Meanwhile, I recommend you check out her incredible E.P. 'Third Circle Raps' & other tunes on Soundcloud and catch this #bossassb*tch at Darby Street Live on the 24th! 

Facebook // Instagram: @iamdawnlaird // Twitter: @iamdawnlaird // Bandcamp: https://dawnlaird.bandcamp.com/