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The Lion, the Witch, and the Tunnel: Secret Punk Show in Gong

Take a stroll through a dark tunnel underneath some train lines with nothing in sight but the bright light guiding you towards the other side. You emerge from the abyss; transported to a world of loud music, people in grunge clothing, and the smell of booze and cigarettes. Set in an empty alleyway somewhere between Coniston and Wollongong Stations, a secret indie punk show was held.

Opening the show was Wollongong’s own goth disco group: Year6Disco. Your favourite eccentric party boys Coco (vox) and Izak (keys) were joined by new members Jason (guitar), Jorja (bass), and Thomas (drums). Marking their first gig as a full band, Year6Disco delivered an amazingly high energy set.

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Following on from their huge success playing at Farmer and the Owl 2019, indie band Enfant Terrible kept the heat going with their terribly terrific set. Consisting of Jason (vox/bass), Zoe (drums/vox), Alan (lead guitar), and Jasmine (guitar), Enfant Terrible had the crowd going with their catchy guitars and vocals from power couple Jason and Zoe.

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Next on the lineup was Melbourne electro-industrial duo Deader—Scud (beats/vox) and Lou (vox). Opening their set with huge dance beats and a piercing howl from Lou, Deader immediately captured the crowd’s attention. Like the mythological siren, Deader has the power to entrance any passerby. Never have I ever seen/heard such an amazing spectacle as this.

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Following on and bringing this show to an unbelievable high, Scab Baby delivered non-stop dosages of pure ecstasy. Having returned from their Melbourne tour, Tom (guitar/vox) and Thomas (drums/vox) showed no signs of fatigue and no signs of stopping. The pair had the crowd going with their insane guitar riffs, massive drum lines, and catchy vocals. This was only heightened when Kyle (Naughty Naughty and the Good Boys/TUFF Mustard) took over the guitar while Tom began climbing the fence and finishing the rest of the set above head.

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Before DFFDL and Frame 313 could play their collab set however, a squad of police officers brought the show to a screeching halt. Although unfortunate, it most certainly was a fitting end to a perfect day. You can’t say you’ve been to a punk show unless it’s been shut down.

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