Day 316 – 322
5 January 2017 – 11 January 2017
Zo Damage 365 Day Project
December was a weird month to say the least, throwing up many challenges, both in finding gigs and personally. Christmas is a difficult time … the opulence and excessiveness around the "sell" of it freaks me out, highlighting, more than any other time of year or thing, the "have nots", the lonely and those that slip between the cracks … for whatever reason, leaving me with sense of despair. It sucks. I actually wrote a short piece titled Ho Ho No about it which you can read here. That being said, it's great to have life back to something that resemble normality.
Week 46 of The Project delivered across the board and features an amazing array of bands with Tyrannamen at Shimmerlands for Shadow Electric nested amidst the trees and the stunning architecture of Melbourne University and Gold Class playing beneath the stained glass ceiling of the main hall at NGV for Friday Nights at NGV. The pubs and dive bars did not disappoint either with an epic set from grindcore legends Shitwreck for Melt Ya Face Fest at The Brunswick Hotel, solo folk artist David Grimson at Whole Lotta Love, the amazing Gregory Page (what a voice!) at The Old Bar, and Ashley Naylor and friends joining forces to play to a full house for David Bowie: 70 Years of Stardust at Cherry Bar. Passengers on the 86 were treated to a random acoustic guitar performance, while the final night of Week 46 found me all but stumbling into Samba Night at the Queen Victoria Night Market.
Day 316/366 – 5 January 2017
Tyrannamen smashing it at Shimmerlands for Shadow Electric at Melbourne Uni.
Day 317/366 – 6 January 2017
Gold Class play an outstanding set for Friday Nights at NGV, Melbourne.
Day 318/366 – 7 January 2017
Shitwreck smashing it for Melt Ya Face Fest at The Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick.
Day 319/366 – 8 January 2017
Solo folk artist David Grimson plays Whole Lotta Love, Brunswick.
Day 320/366 – 9 January 2017
There are two kinds of mates, the ones that make recommendations to checkout out bands and you just know it'll be shit, and those that make recommendations to see a band and you basically cancel all plans and just go because you can pretty much count on said mates rating as bank … This gig was a mates with bank recommendation … Thanks for the heads-up Joel.
Ash Naylor, Davey Lane + friends
Day 321/366 – 10 January 2017
Ash Naylor and Davey Lane join forces with a slew of local music legends to for Ashley Naylor & The Diamond Dogs to play "David Bowie: 70 Years of Stardust" tribute at Cherry Bar, Melbourne.
The 86 Tram
Day 321/366 – 10 January 2017
The 86 Tram is a colourful ride at the best of times, and sometimes. It was a treat to have some live music on the tram ride home from photographing the Ash Naylor and friends gig at Cherry Bar. I love these random moments and am very lucky to have been on the tram for this one. It made my day!
Samba Dance Party
Day 322/366 – 11 January 2017
What happens when the bands finish early and you think you’re up shit creek without a decent gig … gold! Samba band performing live at Queen Victoria Night Market, Melbourne.
On 25 February 2016 Zo committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year with her 365 Day [Live Music Photography] Project. As 2016 was a leap year Zo photographed each of the 366 days, successfully completing her unprecedented project on 24 February 2017.
Zo's book The Damage Report, released in August 2017, celebrates the successful completion of her 365 Day Project, offering an insightful look into live music culture from the perspective of the scene itself. Find out more here.