Spring Loaded is getting closer and I am counting down the days for this epic line-up of Australian artists. This week I am talking to Adalita and Raul, from 90’s alt rock band Magic Dirt, who are just as keen as me!!!
So how exciting is the Spring Loaded line-up? It’s going to be like a big school reunion!
Raul: That is exactly what I said.
Adalita: Yeah that’s what we were saying.
Raul: It’s what it feels like. I wonder what everyone has been up to.
Adalita: And of course everyone has families and kids. It’s all different now, but still the same in a way. We are all still the same.
All of you guys would have played together at some stage over the years.
I’m excited because for me this line-up is a bucket list of bands that I never got the chance to see.
Adalita: Where are you from Suzanne?
I’m in Adelaide.
Raul: Oh we love Adelaide.
Adalita: Yes we do, I have always loved Adelaide. We have had many good times there. We played the Big Day Out at the showgrounds and we’ve played at The Gov a lot. We also played at the Clipsal one year and somewhere in Glenelg. We actually got kicked out of that place in Glenelg because I think Dean put his bass through the roof or something, which was awesome (laughs). It had those corky tiles and he put it straight through them. It was an easy fix, but anyway… sorry pub but that’s what we do! We rock out and get carried away.
I remember the first time I ever saw you guys; it was a Big Day Out telecast and you were playing Dirty Jeans. I just remember thinking look at this chick, she’s a Rockstar.
Adalita: Oh that’s nice, thanks. We always had such great times in Adelaide, and we know a lot of our fans from there that we have become friends with over the years. It has a very special spot in our hearts.
Are we getting a big back catalogue of your songs for Spring Loaded or are we getting treated to some new tunes?
Adalita: Nope your just getting the old stuff. There’s no new stuff. Although we get asked that a fair bit which is really nice.
Raul: Especially today, we are getting that a lot, which is lovely and its not something that we have totally discounted but its not something that we are planning. We will be playing some songs that we haven’t played in a very long time so that will be fun.
Adalita: We have been plotting and planning that part of things.
It’s so good to see live shows back after the last 12 months.
Raul: I think to try and take something positive away from that, I think a lot of people have really come to appreciate it and realize how important music is to everyone. To have live music and to celebrate and to share.
Adalita: That’s the other thing about music, it’s not just about music, its about socializing and connecting. Just going out and doing something for the night. A lot of parts of the community noticed during the lockdown just how big a part of the economy music was. There was a motel that we used to stay at in Brisbane that is shut down now and a lot of musicians stayed there, they lost that flow through. Your accommodation, food joints, car hire places, air travel; so much stuff gets affected when music is down. And people’s moods, when people couldn’t access live music they purchased so much merch, watched anything they could get access too.
Oh I am guilty of the merch purchasing!!! I now own a lot of t-shirts and vinyl….
Adalita: Yeah see so many people did that. People were just really, really sad with out the music, they missed it on so many levels. Music is so important to the fabric of society.
Hopefully this tour will be a big celebration, not only of all these amazing bands coming together, but to also celebrate the music that we have all missed.
Raul: That’s it. It means a lot; I think Australian music is very healthy and it is very important to Australians.
Adalita: We love going out too to see live music. That’s what I love about Australian audiences, they really love to go out and get into it. Even going to regional areas, I’ve noticed more people doing shows in those areas. Raul just did a show in Ballarat and people are just coming out of the woodwork like never before which is fantastic. Hopefully that momentum stays, and the excitement continues, and people really appreciate music like they haven’t for awhile.
That is what I am hoping for too. We had it taken away from us and we now know that it can happen at any time so appreciate it.
Adalita: It’s going to be a really big celebration. We already love playing, all the bands love playing. That’s how we make our money too, but that is what we love doing. Being on a stage with the fans, it’s the best feeling in the world. We can’t get enough of it. On top of that celebrating it actually happening again. Like you said it can be taken away again and we never thought that could happen so come out and rock with us.
Dates and tickets for Spring Loaded are below:
SAT 8 MAY | ON THE LAWN AT ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 12 JUN | CAIRNS SHOWGROUNDS | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 19 JUN | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND | QLD | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 26 JUN | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | SA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
FRI 23 JUL | DARWIN AMPHITHEATRE | NT | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 16 OCT | GOSFORD ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 23 OCT | STUART PARK, WOLLONGONG | NSW | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets Tickets available from http://www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets
SAT 30 OCT | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH | WA | 18+ Tickets available from http://www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets Tickets available from http://www.ticketek.com.au | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets
SAT 27 NOV | VENUE DETAILS TO FOLLOW | VIC | 18+ Venue details to come, sign up for pre-sale http://www.springloadedfestival.com.au