3 April 2023

Eat your greens with The Vegetable Plot when they return to the Riverina

| Jarryd Rowley
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Famous Australian kids band The Vegetable Plot are returning to the Riverina for three shows over the Easter Holidays. Photo: Supplied.

Australian kids band The Vegetable Plot are returning to the Riverina over the Easter Holidays with three shows at the Gundagai, Coolamon and Cootamundra Libraries.

Band members Aspara Gus, Ru Barb and Sir Paul McCarrotney will be performing some of their greatest hits such as Mango and Avocado to help encourage kids to eat more fruit and vegetables.

“Ninety-five per cent of children today aren’t eating enough fruit and vegetables,” lead singer Luke Escombe, aka Aspara Gus, said.

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“In our music we like to spread a positive message that children and their families can understand and enjoy.

“Kids have a joyful awareness and being able to play into that by singing songs and interacting with them at shows is important.”

The Vegetable Plot came to be after Luke became a father. He decided to transition from making music for older audiences to creating songs his child could sing back to him and be proud of.

Luke struggled with food after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as a teenager and thought it was vital to share the importance of eating healthily.

He looked to combine his passion for music and the message of healthy eating by creating a kid friendly band.

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The Vegetable Plot is made up of musicians Luke Escombe, Nick Hoorweg and Paige Hoorweg. Photo: Supplied.

While looking to start up a new group for kids, Luke met Nick Hoorweg and Paige Hoorweg and The Vegetable Plot was born.

The band boast over two million streams on Spotify and have travelled the country to play shows in small regional communities.

“This will be our sixth or seventh trip to the Riverina since we started touring in 2017,” Luke said.

“We are looking forward to coming back to the area; every time we return it has grown and the communities have gotten bigger and closer. The Riverina is such a big area, but we are continuously blown away by how it has all changed.

“When we come to places like the Riverina we have people come to every one of our shows. They are our ‘VIPeas’ – that connection is so precious.”

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The tour will be the band’s first trip to the Riverina since the pandemic and will be the first time a lot of young fans will be able to see them in person.

“The pandemic has been going for three years now and a lot of our younger fans are four to six years old; for over half their young lives they haven’t been able to see live music and experience real instruments.

“Our show is very interactive with a lot of games, singalongs, veggie dances and quizzes. We really strive to make sure kids enjoy live music by giving them a different performance or line-up each time we perform.”

The Vegetable Plot will be making their way to Gundagai Library on 11 April at 2:30 pm before performing at the Coolamon Library at 10 am and Cootamundra Library at 2:30 pm on April 12.

Bookings are essential, with tickets costing $5.

To learn more about The Vegetable Plot and book tickets to their shows, visit here.

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