Australian alternative, psychedelic rock legends, Ocean Alley will headline the Next Exit Festival at the tail end of May in Mudgee.
Band member, Mitch Galbraith spoke with the Mudgee Guardian about getting back on the road and playing gigs again. Mitch said the Mudgee gig will be among the first few back for the band after a forced break due to COVID.
"We're excited to get back on the road. We've never been to Mudgee or Tamworth, so it'll be a first for all of us," Mitch said.
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"We love playing in the regional centres, we spend so much time in the city and play a lot there but it's always a different vibe when we head away from the capital cities and play at these smaller venues. There may be a little less numbers but there's always just as much enthusiasm."'
He said the band's forced break wasn't one they would have given themselves had COVID not happened, but was a blessing in the end.
"It was nice to have time off and spend it back in Aus and spend it with our families," he said. "With 2021, it's looking like we're going to spend a big year touring around Australia and Next Exit Festival is one of the first ones we do.
We'll be up on stage trying to interact with as many of you as possible.
"It means a lot, we were kind of going a bit crazy. It's hard because we took off in the last couple of years and then for it to all come crashing down was a bit heartbreaking but luckily we were at a stage where we could ride it out."
Mitch said the band is excited to bring their show to Mudgee and give regional music lovers the opportunity to see a band they'd usually have to travel to see.
"It's going to be great to be travelling around with mostly Aussie artists with these festivals to visit places that bands don't always stop off at," he said.
"We love writing our music but our passion is performing it live and entertaining folks on a stage.
"You've got to come out and check out our epic light show that accompanies our music that is done by our lighting director. We'll be up on stage trying to interact with as many of you as possible.
"It would mean a lot for people to come and show their support for not only the artists, but also the crew that backs them up and everyone who puts on the festivals."
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