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:: Spotlight :: Fed Square Live

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The epic summer of free live music in the heart of Melbourne continues with the announcement of the February line-up for Fed Square Live presented by The Push.

Oh Mercy, Eagle and the Worm, The Chemist and Gold Fields will take to the Main Stage in February and continue the free sonic feast that has seen Australia’s top independent and emerging talent perform as part of Fed Square Live presented by The Push - another great program brought to you by Federation Square – Melbourne’s meeting place.

Oh Mercy & Eagle and the Worm - Thursday February 10 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Jovial, full of rhythm and layers of pop friendly lyrics and moody stoicism, Oh Mercy’s style might be difficult to define but there is no denying the talents of band members, Alexander Gow, Simon Okely, Eliza Lam and Rohan Sforcina. In just one year, Oh Mercy raked up 50,000kms on the road and played over 120 shows. They have toured with Crowded House, The Temper Trap, Lisa Mitchell, The Panics, Little Birdy, Ben Kweller, Ben Folds & Grizzly Bear and played Falls, Meredith & Laneway Festivals.

Originally released as a two track 7" vinyl single, Keith St sold out within two weeks and has since been repackaged as an EP, providing a glimpse of their first album which will be released this year.

Eagle and the Worm have gained a national identity and growing audience with their debut single Futureman and follow up single, All I Know and a constant touring schedule. Encapsulating the iconic sounds of 60s and 70s, spotlighting post-stardust Bowie, David Byrne, The E Street Band and other great pop bands of the era, have made Eagle and the Worm, a welcome addition to national radio and a live act not to be missed.

The Chemist & Gold Fields - Thursday February 24 from 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Perth born, Melbourne based pop rock band The Chemist have been compared to Tom Waits, Radiohead and The Beatles, and cite Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Prince as influences – no wonder they’ve cooked up a great sound!

They have toured with Birds Of Tokyo, Boy And Bear, City Riots and Lowrider plus their own headlining dates, including One Movement, Coaster, Festival of the Sun, Peats Ridge, Southbound and Woodford. Formed whilst the four band members, Ben Witt, Elliot Smith, James Ireland and Hamish Rahn were studying music at university, The Chemist’s first gig was a heat in the Next Big Thing Competition in 2007, which they won and subsequently ended up runners up in the overall competition. In May 2010. The Chemist released their debut EP The Wolves’ Howls Shatter The Old Glass Moon with End of July enjoying significant triple j airplay, and their Lullabies EP in September 2010. Both EPs were released under the label, Dirt Diamond Productions which is co-owned by one of Perth's most successful acts, Eskimo Joe.

Hailing from the regional Victorian town of Ballarat, Gold Fields is a fitting name for this young, up-and coming band, whose future is looking bright! Their dance pop sounds have tongues wagging and their debut single, Tree House earned great reviews. They are supporting The Naked and Famous on their UK tour, building on the UK support base they have already acquired, before heading home to tour Australia.

The Fed Square initiative, which has been programmed by The Push a non-profit youth music organisation that runs a range of music events and industry training throughout Victoria, launched in October 2010 and runs through until 21 April 2011 with fortnightly gigs. Celebrating and supporting live music, Fed Square Live Presented by The Push satisfies all musical tastes with indie, blues and roots, world music, dance and rock performances on the bill.

Whether you stop off after work, school or uni, just make sure you grab a seat at your favourite Fed Square restaurant or pull up a deckchair in front of the main stage and enjoy the last days of summer with these free live gigs.

January Gigs:
Thursday, January 27 from 6.00pm - 7.00pm The Vasco Era
Main Stage, Federation Square, Corner Swanston + Flinders Streets, Melbourne
This event occurs every Second Thursday until April 2011, (various times)
Cost Free

For more information, visit

www.fedsquare.com/live