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What’s On for Halloween in the Gong

Get your freak on this Halloween with a load of fun events around Wollongong for young and old!

It’s not all just ‘trick or treats‘!

Spooky Fun for the Kids

Your little ghosts and goblins will love some scare-free activities.

Halloween Disco
Thirroul Bowling, Leagues and Recreation Club
When: 27 October 2017
Time:  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Ghost Train
Illawarra Light Railway Museum
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 4.00pm – 10.00pm

Halloween Disco
Corrimal Bowling Club
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Tickets just $10.00 and include a meal from the bistro.
Call 4284 4786 to book (tickets are limited).

Creepy Halloween NIght with DJ23
Flip Out North Wollongong
When: 28 October 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pm

Halloween Party
Central Hotel Shellharbour
When: 29 October 2017
Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Hangdog Halloween
Hangdog Climbing Gym
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Buy a Carved Halloween Pumpkin
Warrawong Plaza
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

Lah-Lah & Buzz Halloween Mini-Concert
Early Start Discovery Space
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 10.30am – 11.15am

Freak Out with the Adults

The Grand Ball Halloween Special
The Grand Hotel, Wollongong
When: 27 October 2017
Time: From 8.00pm

Halloween at the Harp
The Harp Hotel
When: 27 + 28 October 2017

Mr Crown’s Haunted Harvest Weekend
Mr Crown, Wollongong
When: 27 +28 October 2017

Halloween Punk Show
Rad Bar
When: 28 October 2017
Time:  From 7.30pm

Parkside Halloween
Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves
When: 28 October 2017
Time: From 9.00pm

Pepe’s Halloween Industry Night Edition
PEPE’s on the Beach, North Wollongong
When: 30 October 2017
Time: From 5.00pm

Halloween Gig
Urge Records, Thirroul
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – 11.00pm

Sneak Out Halloween
Hotel Illawarra
When: 31 October 2017
Time: 8.00pm – Midnight

What’s On in Wollongong is not involved in the running of any events.

Please contact individual event holders to confirm details before attending events.

If you have a Halloween event you would like us to add to the list simply send your details to info@whatsoninwollongong.com.au

Dead Hands Dig Deep | Wollongong Fringe Festival

Dead Hands Dip Deep is the stuff that urban legends are made of but for the fact that this urban legend is a living breathing being, now living in seclusion.

Austinmer filmmaker Jai Love was introduced to Edwin Borsheim, the lead singer of South California’s 90s death rock band Kettle Cadaversome, by a mutual friend.

Borsheim was notorious for his brutal and often outrageous onstage antics 20 years ago before falling into a life of seclusion. So what happend to him?

Intrigued by Edwin’s past and reputation for pushing the boundaries in his on and off stage life, Jai set out to tell the unbiased story of Edwin’s life as it is now. 

How did you come into contact with Edwin?

My friend mentioned he had this friend who, back in the ’90s, used to do all this crazy shit but is now living out in the middle of nowhere on his own. My friend thought it would be an interesting subject for a documentary.

I met Edwin and watched a lot of the footage of all the stuff that used to happen. I was like, “Wow, this would be a good documentary.”

What was your reaction to Edwin on that first meeting?

I’ve always been a fan of heavy music, black metal, punk and stuff like that but I hadn’t seen anything on stage quite like what Edwin was doing.

That was one of the big reasons I was like, “Well this has to be documented.”

How did Edwin react when he was approached about the idea of making a documentary about his life?

He liked it. He wanted to do it. At first, he was a bit hard to track down but then his brother Danny convinced him.

I think he really liked it because we were from Australia.  Edwin’s always had a fascination with Australia, Australian culture, music, and movies.

Were there any conditions from Edwin?

No, never anything like that. It was purely us just showing what he is like today.

The film delves into controversial topics such as self mutulation and drugs. Did you find it difficult to dig deep into these topics?

Yeah, I think I became quite desensitized to a lot of that stuff, just because I’d watched it so many times.

I tried to not think too deeply about it until the editing stage so that when I was talking to Edwin about it I could get his honest opinion, as apposed to trying to really break him down or anything like that.

It was more to get him to speak honestly about all that stuff. Edwin being Edwin, he talks about it is so off-the-cuff.

Do you have any thoughts on where Edwin’s psych or mindset have come from?

I think part of it is genetics, part of it is completely from society, and  more specifically from the environment that he grew up in.

He came over from Norway when he was a teenager to this small suburban American town and the underbelly of it was very rough.

It was this white collar town with a huge drug problem underneath the surface. I think being around that together with friends and family members dying from drugs, it all took its toll.

Edwin is somewhat of an urban legend. Did you find it hard drawing out the real Edwin?

He was quite forward with that because later on in his life he has left a lot of that stuff behind.

At the same time he still lives through his art, like his whole life. But it definitely changed when he became a lot more relaxed with himself, more than he ever was say 20 years ago.

You visited with Edwin whilst he was living in seclusion. Do you think the seclusion has done him any good?

I think there was some comfort in it for him.

I don’t know, I guess that’s a really hard one for me to answer.

I’m just a film maker, I’m not a psychologist. I don’t exactly know what’s going through his head at any time because he is so unpredictable.

The subject matter around Edwin would make many people uncomfortable. Were there parts where you though ‘No, I’m not doing that’ or ‘I don’t want to know about that’?

There was never anything that I didn’t want to know about but there was definitely a lot of stuff that couldn’t be cut into the movie. There’s only so much time you have in a documentary and we had to leave a lot of stuff out.

With Edwin’s life, and with anyone’s life really, there is so many little tangents you can go down. So, when it came to leaving stuff out, a lot of the time it was probably just to do with time and audience.

We wanted to make sure people could understand the story and to keep it as honest as we could to Edwin today.

It was about how we saw Edwin as opposed to it being like this giant saga of all this other crap.

Do you think Edwin was being authentic during the making of the film or was he putting on a performance?

Oh he changes and flip-flops. Some days he would be really honest, and he would speak his mind, and then other days he was performing.

I think when anyone is doing this sort of a thing, no matter what kind of documentary it is, people want to be perceived a certain way. So, they act a certain way on camera. It’s about trying to get past that and trying to just make them comfortable so that everyone can just be honest.

Did you come up against any barriers whilst filming the documentary of Edwin?

Yeah many. He could be very difficult but so can anyone in this field of work.

Before I made the documentary, I’d worked on a lot of film sets. It was funny because it’s the same thing. Dealing with Edwin was like dealing with any actor, where they can throw temper tantrums.

It’s just humanity, I guess. People have moods, and emotions, and they freakout.

I’m pretty understanding. I wouldn’t say it was a barrier, or anything like that. It was just something that you have to overcome when making a film.

Even amongst crew, it’s hard to organize people. It’s hard to organize someone that won’t even answer a phone, or answer emails, or turn on a computer.

All that sort of stuff can be tough, but you’ve just got to go through it.

How did your thoughts on Edwin change from your initial contact with him to the end of the documentary? Do you think you had a better understanding of him?

Yeah absolutely. I would say that I completely did a 180, and we ended up becoming quite good friends.

We emailed for a long time after the finished product of the film. Edwin came to a lot of the screenings in LA, and stuff like that, which was good.

The film is controversial. What reaction have you had so far?

We’ve had a lot of positive reviews, people have really appreciated it.

I think it’s just about getting it out into the world, like with any underground film that doesn’t have a big budget, or big studio with a big marketing budget.

We’re in the stage now where it’s just about getting people to talk about it. Tell their friends, and just spread the word through the community.

Are there any messages in the film?

I think that kind of thing can only really be applied to certain kinds of film.

I think with this film it’s really about the reaction of the audience member and it’s going to be different person-to-person.

When making the film, what we wanted to do was for someone to have a personal connection with the film, or with Edwin.

Some people will walk out and hate Edwin, and sometimes, in turn, hate the film because of that. I really like films that do that, where there’s not this really clear message of, ‘this is bad‘ or ‘this is good‘. The world doesn’t really work like that. It’s very gray.

Without saying, “No, there is no message“, it’s not as black and white as that. It’s about each person’s response to the film, or their relationship with it and that’s what I’m interested in.

Dead Hands Dig Deep will screen at the Wollongong Fringe Festival on Friday, 22nd September 2017 at 7.30pm.

The screening with include a live Q&A with filmmaker Jai Love and Sound Recorder, Corey McCrossin.

Venue

ITAMS Theatre
UOW Innovation Campus
Squires Way, North Wollongong

Tickets

All tickets $12.80

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Lah-Lah Returns Home to Wollongong

Get ready to groove with the whole family because ‘Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band’ are heading to Wollongong!

Lah-Lah’s ’Having Fun!’ Tour will hit the stage at Univerity Hall (University of Wollongong) on  Saturday September 16 at 10:30am.

The leader of the Stripey Sock Club, Lah-Lah will be joined by her band mates Buzz the Bandleader, Mister Saxophone, Squeezy Sneezy, Tom Tom and of course Lola the Dancing Double Bass.

Lah-Lah’s shows are a truly magical experience for young active minds providing a totally interactive and hands-on experience that will capture the imagination.

Not only are children encouraged to dance, clap and sing along, they are also invited to meet their favourite Lah-Lah characters after the show and test out their skills on the musical instruments.

With a passion for educating and introducing children to the wonderful world of music, this is going to be one ‘toe-tapping’ good time.

To add to the excitement, Lah-Lah is also enlisting the help of local musicians from our very own Wollongong Conservatorium of Music on the day.

This visit to Wollongong will be a return home for opera-trained singer and mother of two, Tina Harris (aka Lah-Lah), who is a former Kiama High School student and University of Wollongong graduate.

Tina is passionate about introducing young enquisitive minds to the delights of playing musical instruments.

So how do we know the show is going to blow your stripey socks off?

With two mini groovers in tow, we had the delight of attending a previous Lah-Lah performance in Wollongong and the mini groovers are still talking about it!

The mini groovers are counting down the days until Lah-Lah’s next performance, so we think it’s safe to say that Lah-Lah is a winner!

This is fully interactive, jump out of your seat fun!

Want to see more of Lah-Lah? You can see Lah-Lah on Nick Jr, ABC4kids, CBeebies and 7TWO in Australia.

Don’t miss your opportunity to start your children’s musical adventure with Australia’s favourite kids’ band.  Get your tickets today!

When

Saturday, 16 September 2017
10.30am – 12.00pm

Where

UOW University Hall
Northfields Avenue
Wollongong NSW

Tickets

All tickets $25.50
(Children under 12 months on day of concert are free)

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Father’s Day in Wollongong 2017

Celebrating a memorable day with your dad, grandpa, uncle or just that special person on Father’s Day has never been so easy.

Whether you want to indulge them with food or treat the whole family to a day out packed with fun and excitement, we have some great ideas for a  ‘dad-riffic’ time right here.

Steamer’s Bar and Grill
Marine Drive, Wollongong

Forget the boring socks and ties this year, and serve Dad something extra special by treating him to a breakfast, lunch or dinner at Wollongong’s newest dining sensation, Steamers Bar and Grill!

With stunning views of City Beach and Wollongong lighthouse, seating is available on the sun-drenched terrace or inside the fashionably renovated restaurant complete with floor to ceiling windows.

From wood fired scotch fillet or BBQ pork rib breakfast boards (with all the traditional sides) to sampling some of Wollongong’s most tender organic, dry-aged and wood smoked steaks, dad will feel like a champion.

Check out Steamers Bar and Grill’s extensive mouth-watering MENU  and don’t miss these amazing Father’s Day specials:

Breakfast
BBQ pork rib, scrambled eggs, hash browns, grilled tomato, sour dough toast – $18

Lunch/Dinner
Wood fired Sirloin topped w/ whole prawns, creamy garlic sauce and sweet potato wedges / steamed greens – $39

Breaded lamb cutlets, mash, mushy peas, cauliflower cheese, rosemary jus –  $37

Braised Beef cheek, roasted sweet potato, broccolini, asparagus and pan juices –  $35

Open from7am daily, book early to avoid disappointment!

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Dapto Street Fair
Princes Highway, Dapto
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Always a bumper packed day of excitement for the whole family, the annual Dapto Street Fair will return this year on Father’s Day, 3rd September 2017.

Hosted by the Dapto Chamber of Commerce, you and the family will find yummy food, stop stalls, rides, farm animals and entertainment.

The Farm’s Market
Where: Kilallea State Park, Killalea Dr, Shell Cove
Time: 10am – 3pm

Pack a picnic rug and head to Killalea State Park to soak up the spectaculrar views and atmosphere at The Farm’s Market.

You will find over 90 stalls stocked with the latest fashions, a huge range of local producers, sweets, brewers, artisans, florists plus a great range of food.

Bring the family and make a day of it – with plenty of grass for the kids to play all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the live music.

Live Entertainment on the Hill
10am – 11am – Polly Steain Music
11am – 1pm – Sandy Feet
1pm – 3pm – The Groove

** NO DOGS due to State Park Rules **

Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
30 Aug – 2 Sept

Experiences with dad far outweigh gifts.  Why not treat dad to a trip to the theatre (and yourself!).

Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday celebrates two epic birthdays – eighteen and eighty – major transition points in adult life. One represents untold potential; the other, an accumulation of a lifetime of experiences.

“Heartwarming… faultless performances… Powerful, life-affirming stuff” – The Age

“One of the most charming shows of the year.” – ABC Arts

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains strong language & partial nudity.

Visit merrigong.com.au for tickets and more details.

Father’s Day Memorial Service (Sat, 2 Sept)
Wollongong Memorial Gardens

Fathers Day can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.

City of Wollongong will hold their annual Fathers Day Memorial Service at Wollongong Memorial Gardens on Saturday 2 September, commencing at 10.00am.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event in the Main Chapel, located on Berkeley Road, Unanderra.

Refreshements will be served following the memorial service.

For more information, or to register your interest in attending, email memorialgardens@wollongong.nsw.gov.au or call 4227 7780.

ANTIDOTE Satellite
The Music Lounge, Wollongong Town Hall

Is dad a bit of a thinker, worried about the world?

Featuring two headline sessions and an exclusive backstage interview, ANTIDOTE Satellite will be live streamed from the Sydney Opera House direct to Wollongong Town Hall, to imagine solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

Headline Sessions:
11.00am – 12.00pm: The Invention of Russia – Arkady Ostrovsky

12.30pm – 1.30pm: The Women’s March on Washington – Tamika D. Mallory

Exclusive Backstage Interview:
1.45pm – 2.15pm: Utopia for Realists with Rutger Bregman

Tickets: $20.00 (whole day)

Visit merrigong.com.au for tickets and more information.

Father’s Day Family Night (Thurs, 31 August)
Bunnings, Wollongong

On Thursday, 31 August at Bunnings Wollongong you and the family can enjoy free fun activities, free face painting, make a gift for dad, cooking, fire truck and a visit from the Super Wrestling Heroes.

Giveaways and light refreshments will be provided.

Bookings are required. Please call 4220 7700 or email wollongongao@bunnings.com.au

 

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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