Emergenza is the World’s biggest live band festival, providing unsigned bands the opportunity to play infront of hundreds of punters and a panel of industry executives. It is a trial by fire competition- with heats designed to push forward the bands voted by the audience as the best of the competition. Starting off at The Lair in The Metro- each band has 20 minutes of playing time to make their mark infront of a fairly well lit audience – whatever sounded good in your bedroom or loungeroom is now amplified and in front of strangers…

I have been working with Greenlight over some months- as an outside eye, facilitating their journey from lounge room to stage and now onto the Mainstage of The Metro Theatre. Over the past couple of months Greenlight have released their mini album “Suns Burning Down” featuring their single “Fish” which has been consistently rated 5 stars on the Triple J unearthed Website and reached in the top 20 during Oz Music month.

After a stunning performance at the Emergenza semi-final at the Factory Theatre in Enmore- Greenlight scored a massive total of 139 votes scoring them a first place position. Now propelled into the Australian Finals- this Saturday’s performance is a wonderful end to a year of heard work and rehearsals. This is an amazing acheivement from a dedicated band.

Despite my involvement with Greenlight- there is something unique and honest in their music- a blend of rock, folk, grunge music with wworld music hints with songs which catch in your throat as you sing it out. If Harvey and Thom Yorke had a baby -and that baby had a band- it would be Greenlight. I love the raw intelligent declarations of survival in spite of love gone bad- I delight in the whimsical glockenspiel/jumbai rhythms- I adore the echoing layers of guitar and bass which hum through me.

If you aren’t headed to see the Wiggles do their thing at Carols in The Domain- and you want a really fun night out filled with great music- come along to the Emergenza final and check out Greenlight. I won’t be missing it for anything!

Saturday 19th December 2009
The Metro
624 George Street, Sydney
Tickets $22 (pre-show sale)/ $28 at the door