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Strictly Ballroom prepares for top gig

TOP ACT: Strictly Ballroom’s vocalist/guitarist Alex Matheson-Brown performing at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash clubhouse.
TOP ACT: Strictly Ballroom’s vocalist/guitarist Alex Matheson-Brown performing at the Gladstone Tennis and Squash clubhouse.

YOU'VE probably seen them around Gladstone and Boyne/Tannum's pub scene, busting out their own version of popular songs and getting the crowd on their feet.

Strictly Ballroom is made up of Tom Weber, Jake Thompson, Tim Waters and Alex Matheson-Brown.

The four guys are very dedicated to their music, playing as solo artists or as The Mangs at venues every weekend, all year long.

They live in Tannum Sands and are well known in the region.

The band's next destination is the 2014 Harbourtown Throwdown festival on Saturday, October 4.

Yes, it is a punk/heavy metal concert but there will also be an acoustic area for those who like the lighter stuff.

Alex said the band is back and ready to rumble this time, keen to play their own tunes.

"We were playing around the traps of central Queensland but the three of us gave it a back seat and focused on personal things.

"So we were keen to get the originals up and running again. The second time around, its been a bit easier and after playing The Gambler 120 times, it's a lot more fun," he said with a laugh.

Matheson-Brown said the new festival is a fantastic idea for Gladstone.

"We are keen to see Wish for Wings; we all love our metal so that's gonna be fun to play at a festival where it's not all acoustic bands," he said.

"It's also going to open up other people's minds with metal heads coming in and seeing the pop sort of stuff and then teenyboppers getting into the metal."

The plan for the band is to tour Queensland and increase the reach of the group's music to farther than south east Queensland.

"With the right songs and the right people helping the band out and frame of mind for ourselves, we want to tour," Matheson-Brown said.

The guys have an EP available on iTunes called Kickin It which was released in 2011.

Check out their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/strictlyballroomband.

Harbourtown Throwdown is being held at the Grand Hotel on Goondoon St. It kicks off at 3pm.

Wish For Wings, Darkc3ll, Bound For Ruin, Drawcard and Satellites are in the line up, with acoustic gigs on at the smaller stage.

Tickets are $30 each and are now on sale at Last Wave Watersports on Goondoon St.

Topics:  gladstone entertainment, live music, music festival



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