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DJUKI MALA | Spiegeltent Wollongong

In their inaugural Wollongong performance, award-winning indigenous dance sensations DJUKI MALA literally blew the top off the Spiegeltent!

Surpassing all expectations, these instantly likeable boys hailing from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land were simply charisma on legs… and boy could they dance.

With their cheeky, high-energy personalities, they each have a powerful and undeniable presence on the stage. You simply can’t peel your eyes from the stage.

Welcoming you into their world with open arms, DJUKI MALA thoughtfully express their traditions and values through the art of storytelling and dance with an enormous pinch of humour (ladies wear waterproof mascara!).

It’s a fast-paced journey from traditional Yolngu dance through to modern day hits and there is more than one surprise moment!

Expect the unexpected and you will leave wanting more. Watch out for those electric hips!

Would we see it again? Hell yes!

You can literally feel the happiness and joy in their performance and it’s infectious.

DJUKI MALA is hilarious, uplifting and full of soul!

Performance Times

Sat 14 Apr at 2:30pm
Sun 15 Apr at 6:30pm

Where

The Spiegeltent Wollongong
The Arts Precinct
Burelli St, Wollongong

Tickets

$50.00

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The Animals Live in Wollongong | Centro CBD

Iconic rhythm, blues and rock band, The Animals, are heading to Wollongong with their legendary lyrics for a live gig at Centro CBD on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

With music as relevant today as it was in the 1960’s, The Animals have provided anthems for generations with hit songs such as ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place‘, ‘The House of the Rising Sun‘, ‘It’s My Life‘ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood‘.

Formed in 1962 and 1963 in Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, The Animals were part of the legendary ‘British Invasion’ and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

With great success in Australia with 9 Top 50 hits, we can’t wait to see them in the Gong.

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Drummer John Steel had a chat with us and we soon discovered his still a cheeky English lad.

You went to art school as a teenager, and have previously described yourself as a ‘dropout’. Were you a bit of a rebel back in the day?

John: Yeah, I think so. The art school thing was the way to avoid doing a proper job I think. I did have a bit of an artisic streak but I was a terrible academic.

That first day at art school was when I met Eric Burdon and that was the first stirring of The Animals.  Eric and I discovered that we had the same taste in music, movies and all kinds of stuff and next thing you know we formed a band.

What was it like to be part of the  famous ‘British Invasion’ into America?

John: It was a really exciting time. Everything was a new experience. Suddenly we went from being fans of the music to playing it.

We were five working class Geordie lads from the North West of England.  In those days that wasn’t a common thing in America.

All of a sudden it was these crazy kids from England charging over to America and having a great time. It was the first time we were able to stand and say this is our music. It was thrilling to be able to do that.

Who were your musical influences?

John: Great rock n rollers like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, early Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, there were so many great ones.

We started to delve down deeper and found where it all came from which was the blues with people like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins. There were some fantastic blues artists which had been playing some amazing music without being recognised really.

‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’ was an anthem to the US Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and continues to be an anthem to this day. Why do you think it is still relevant today?

John: Over the years it has developed into a universal anthem for just anyone who wants to make a change or go in a different direction.

Everyone has a moment in their lives where they think i’ve gotta get out of this place. It’s a perfect song for those kinds of situations.

You have previously described the success of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ as life changing.

John: It was a number one hit record all over the world. It opened doors everywhere for us. It was the song that put The Animals on the map.

The Animals music has withstood the test of time with new generations of fans.  How does that make you feel?

John: It’s astonishing. It always gives me a lot of pleasure to see. When we are playing in a foreign country there are always kids in the front rows singing the songs and they know them better than I do.

We really have the great fortune to have some dark songs about real life rather than middle of the road kind of pop songs. These songs seem to have an effect on any generation.

You have an amazing list of hit music to reference. How do you go about putting a set list together?

John: Our set list is never the same. We always play the hits but we have such a large catalogue of material that we just shuffle them around.

We’re not a cabaret act, we’re a rock n roll band. We like to keep things fresh. It’s great to play songs we haven’t played in donkey years and it’s great to get the audiences’ reaction.

The band members have changed over the years. What keeps you performing with The Animals?

John: It’s love of the music, enjoying the travelling and performing in front of an audience that gives you great feedback. There’s nothing like getting a standing ovation at the end of your show.

We always close with ‘Land of the Rising Sun‘ and it never fails to get people on their feet so it’s always the last number that we play. I’m such a lucky fellow to just be able to do that for a living.

Original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher along with Danny Handley and Scott Whitely will bring The Animals live to Centro CBD (28 Stewart St, Wollongong) on Thursday, 18 May 2017.

Tickets

Dinner (main meal) and show – $99.00
Show only – $65.00

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Anzac Day Services in Wollongong

ANZAC Day Services and commemorations will take place throughout the Illawarra on Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Vietnam Memorial Anzac Day Service

Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong – Vietnam Veterans memorial.
Time: 6.30pm.
For more information call Pam Bowmaker (02) 4228 6774.

ANZAC Day
Wednesday 25 April 2018

Wollongong City Anzac Day Dawn Service

Where: Wollongong Cenotaph, McCabe Park (march forming outside City Diggers to Cenotaph).
Time: 4.45am for 5am service.
More information: Wollongong RSL Sub Branch (02) 4225 9818.

Corrimal RSL Dawn Service

Where: March from Corrimal RSL to the Memorial at Anzac Grove off Railway Street for service and return to RSL.
Time: Form up 5.30am, Service at 6 am.
More information: John Simpson 0403 928 506.

Coledale RSL Dawn Service

Where: Meet at Reserve most eastern end Cater St 5.50am for march to Coledale RSL. 6am Service and then gold coin breakfast at the Club.
Time: 5.50am, service at 6am.
More information: Coledale RSL – Hayley Smart (02) 4267 1873.

Austinmer/Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch

Where: March from car park adjacent to Austinmer Surf Club to Austinmer War Memorial. Breakfast at Thirroul Bowling Club.
Time: 5.45am, service at 5.50am.
More information: Tony Starling 0425 212 428.

Austinmer/Thirroul RSL Sub-Branch

Where: Dawn Service at William Woodward Park, Thirroul. Breakfast at Thirroul Bowling Club.
Time: 6am.
More information: Tony Starling 0425 212 428.

Dapto RSL Club

Where: Dawn Service at Memorial at Dapto Railway Station.
Time: ​6am.
More information: Mick Johnston (02) 4261 7333.

Woonona-Bulli RSL Club

Where: March from IGA car park at Woonona to the cenotaph at Woonona-Bulli RSL Club.
Time: Form up 5.45am, march 6am followed by service.
More information: Les at Woonona Bulli RSL Club (02) 4284 1577.

Wollongong Anzac Day City March

Where: March commences lower Crown Street Mall turning right into Kembla Street, then right into Burelli Street, then left into Church Street, pass the Cenotaph in McCabe Park, and dispersing into MacCabe Park after Pioneer Hall. Official service will commence in the Wollongong Town Hall at 11.30am.
Time: 10am march commences. Service commences at 11.30am approx.
More information: Wollongong RSL Sub Branch (02) 4225 9818.

Dapto Bowling Club

Where: Sunset service at Dapto Bowling Club.
Time: 5.30pm sunset Service.
More information: Dapto Bowling Club (02) 4261 1160.

Helensburgh RSL

Where: Dawn Service at Charles Harper Memorial Park, Helensburgh. Breakfast to follow at Helensburgh Tradies and/or The Centennial Hotel.
Time: 5.45am dawn service.
More information: Michael Ali, Helensburgh RSL 0418 974 074.

Port Kembla RSL Club

Where: Small service at the RSL Club on Allan St.
Time: 6am service.
More information: Terry Wetherill 0417 241 827.

Stanwell Tops

Where: Service at Stanwell Tops Memorial Park followed by refreshments.
Time: 10am service.
More information:Lions Club of Helensburgh, Christine Keane 0425 200 979.

Windang

Where: Parade commences from Lake Illawarra Hotel carpark to Club Windang for service.
Time: 7.45am parade commences followed by service.
More information: Club Windang (02) 4296 4044.​

Information sourced from Wollongong City Council. Visit wollongong.nsw.gov.au