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THE WHITLAMS - Thursday 4th January


When: Thursday 4th January

Where: Bowlo Sports & Leisure Yamba

Doors: 7:00pm

Cost: $57.50 inc booking fees

Strictly 18+ Event



Join The Whitlams as they take to the stages of picturesque beachside towns, with the soundtrack to summer they played up and down the coast in the mid 90s. Starting in Kingscliff on New Year’s Day and winding down to Wonthaggi two weeks later, the legendarily high-spirited live band will be in top form after a sold out national capitals tour in October 2023.

The Whitlams four piece will be joined by Scott Owen from The Living End to recreate the rollicking energy of its first three albums. Who better to rip through the double bass classics from ’93 to ’97 than the powerhouse behind The Living End’s famous rhythm section since its inception.

The distinctive slapping catgut of the double bass propelled The Whitlams onto the airwaves through the mid 90s, from their debut “Gough” in 1993, to the crossover hit “I Make Hamburgers” in 1995, to the frenetic “You Sound Like Louis Burdett” in 1997. Scott Owen will join the band for the first hour of the show in which they will perform the best of “Introducing The Whitlams”, “Undeniably The Whitlams” and “Eternal Nightcap”.

The Whitlams’ no. 1 “No Aphrodisiac” marked the band's evolution onto electric bass - the reflective first half of the song was recorded on double bass, and the second half on electric. At that pivotal moment Whitlams’ bassist Ian Peres will move from the Hammond organ onto bass and bring the show home with a string of the more recent hits like the ever relevant "Blow Up the Pokies".

The Whitlams are Tim Freedman on piano and vocals, Jak Housden on guitar, Terepai Richmond on drums, and newest member, Ian Peres, on Hammond organ and electric bass.

The Whitlams was a touring phenomenon long before their breakout 1997 hit "Eternal Nightcap". They had forged a reputation as a brilliant live act with a raw earthy musicality on countless East Coast tours from 1993 to 1996 with the late Andy Lewis on double bass.

Tim Freedman says, "Scott and I have been talking about this idea for five years, and at last our schedules have clicked. Terepai and Scott will absolutely explode in these early songs, and it will be thrilling to hear the energy that Andy Lewis brought to the first line-up so long ago on stage once again."


"The songs splash colours across a portrait of a lonesome, inner-city suburbia that few others can match for original detail and authenticity.... The Whitlams have never sounded even mildly like anybody else." The Newcastle Herald

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