24 May 2024

Filthy Rocks ready to roll into Uranquinty Community Hall

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga rock band Filthy Rock

Wagga rock band Filthy Rocks will be performing at the Uranquinty Community Hall this Saturday as part of the Rock the Villages tour organised by Wagga Wagga City Council and Eastern Riverina Arts. Photo: Supplied.

Gather your mates, take the trip to ‘Quinty and get ready to headbang!

That’s the message that Filthy Rocks’ singer Ryan Pickering is giving to local music lovers ahead of their Rock The Villages gig at Uranquinty Community Hall this Saturday night (25 May).

“On 25 May we have an awesome gig coming up at the Uraqunity Hall which is part of Wagga City Council and Eastern Riverina Arts’ Rock the Villages tour,” Ryan explained.

“It’s our second of two gigs; the first was at Lady Smith and it’s been great!

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“We initially heard about the mini-tour through Regional Tour Producer Remy Chadwick at Eastern Riverina Arts [ERA]; they were interested in artists who were interested in doing mini-tours around the place and giving bands the experience of what it’s like to have a touring schedule and things like that.

“Remy contacted us and we flipped a message back saying we were interested to learn more and potentially give it a go. ERA called back immediately and told us they were super keen to work with us and get the tour going.”

Mr Chadwick said Eastern Riverina Arts is always looking to develop local artists and support young acts like Filthy Rocks.

“The band has been together for a couple of years now and it’s been great to see that development,” Mr Chadwick said.

“The village tour is a safe way for them to stretch a little bit and play at venues that are probably a bit different to what they’re used to.

“They’re planning to go on tour at the end of the year, so by giving them this experience it kind of kills two birds with one stone by supporting their growth and building a strong audience for local talent in the community.”

The band's gig at Uranquinty is the second leg of the tour after performing in Lady Smith in April.

The band’s gig at Uranquinty is the second leg of the tour after performing in Lady Smith in April. Photo: Supplied.

Ryan is encouraging people who are interested in the local music scene to go to Uranquinty and enjoy the village and its hall, while also listening to the band’s growing library of songs, which includes their studio-produced single She Said.

“Honestly, it’s a chance to have some fun and get out to the villages in our community,” Ryan said.

“Expect some awesome rock, let loose, get headbanging and just forget about everything else going on in the world.”

Outside of their ongoing village tour, the Filthy Rocks trio of Ryan, John and Connor have 12 months of travelling planned to gigs in Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra and Albury.

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“Since the start of the year, we’ve only really had a couple of weeks off,” Ryan said.

“After our show in Uranquinty, we will be travelling back to Canberra for a gig in July.”

The band said they were hoping to release music in 2024, with hopes of potentially landing funding to produce an EP.

“More music, more gigs and hopefully a tour to places like Sydney and Melbourne, that’s kinda what we’re hoping to push for in 2024.

“We’ve applied for a NSW music grant to help fund the recording of an EP. We really have our fingers crossed for that; even if we don’t receive the grant, we’re not going to let that stop us from trying to release new music this year.”

To keep up to date with Ryan, John and Connor go to their Instagram page filthy_rocks and be sure to catch them at the Uranquinty Community Hall this Saturday 25 May at 6 pm. Tickets are free and can be booked here.

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