GIG REVIEW: May The 4th Be With You

VENUE: St Ives Hotel, Wodonga (Gateway Island)
DATE: Friday, May 4
BANDS: Jeremy Kerr, Death Valley Darkhorse, POZER, Beggarman, The Ugly Kings
Featured Photos: Left: POZER Front man, Tom Hanuska (photo by Jimmy Shoemark). Right: Local legends enjoying the night (photo by Ryan Nicholson)

Presented by Albury/Wodonga Music

May the 4th is often recognised as a day for STAR WARS fans everywhere (May The 4th Be With you)…. but for those who attended St. Ives Hotel, the only thing out of this world was the talent on show. Well known Albury busker Jeremy Kerr greeted guests with his Melodica, maintaining galactic vibes by playing some of John Williams iconic instrumental scores from the STAR WARS movies. In the background a solid lineup of local musicians prepared for battle, ready to warm the stage for Melbourne’s very own, The Ugly kings. Those in attendance were treated to epic night or rock n roll mayhem.

Kicking off the night with their first ever live show, new border band Death Valley Darkhorse brought some 80’s hard rock / heavy metal vibes with them. This collective of local rockers, some of whom had not played a gig in quite sometime, understandably had some initial nerves but swiftly kicked the yips aside with a confident stage presence and an overall head banging set! A band all rock n rollers should keep an eye on.



Photos: Left – Death Valley Darkhorse frontman, Mitch Miller (photo by Tahlia Miller). Right – A bunch of local legends (photo by Ryan Nicholson).

For those of you already in the know, Wodonga high school band POZER have made a name for themselves here on the border and are constantly living up to that name in their live shows. 6months after dropping their debut EP “Mums Favourites”, The young punk rockers delivered a high energy, care-free performance which captivated the whole room. Front man Tom Hanuska demanded attention with his relaxed stage presents and hypnotic teen spirit. Albury favourites Beggarman Followed. Now based in Melbourne, this seasoned rock band never fails to impress. With ease, the scene veterans frothed the attending metal heads with thumping drums, fat bass, chugging guitar riffs and screaming vocals to match. If you asked for it, you got it.


Photos: Left – Beggarman rocking the crowd (photo by Ryan Nicholson. Right – POZER Front man, Tom Hanuska (photo by Jimmy Shoemark).

Finishing the night with a bang, Melbourne’s The Ugly Kings. With an abundance of live experience under their belt, touring with Aussie rock heavy weights Airbourne and US rockers Rival Sons. The Ugly Kings showcased their captivating brand of blues-rock, adding their own unique flavours and subtle touches of southern doom rock. If you dig power blues, we strongly urge you to buy their newly released debut album “Darkness Is My Home”.


The Ugly Kings frontman, Russel Clark.


The almost 200 enthusiastic punters who rocked up to lend their support definitely added to the chilled vibes and positive atmosphere of the night! Props to Local promoters Albury/Wodonga Music for organising the event with production aid from Albury sound & lighting. All in all, a seamlessly easygoing and chilled night of fun. Bring on the next show!

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