Lucy Smith is the host of FBi Radio’s breakfast program Up For It – a music-based show with various segments that delve into art, life hacks, science, technology, LGBTQIA+ news and food (including Snack Time on Friday morning with Broadsheet’s Georgia Booth and Nick Jordan).
She’s been at FBi since 2014, starting out as an editorial intern. While the 5am alarm setting can be painful it’s exciting being at the forefront of overnight releases and line-up drops, and waking up to sometimes shocking or exciting news worldwide.
Smith has assisted at the FBi SMACs Festival, MC’d at Newtown Festival and is heading to Big Sound next week. She’s speaking on a panel in October called New Directions: Building a Team, which will provide industry tips for musicians looking for success in the booking, online and broadcast worlds. Here are the gigs she’s looking forward to in September.
Troldhaugen’s ‘GET OUTTA TOWN’ Tour
If you want to get your month off to a raucous start, this is it. Troldhaugen’s live show is one of the best I’ve seen. They’ve been labeled as “circus metal”, but their sound takes on a melting pot of genres with the technicality to match. Legit, they’re insane. Catch ‘em in the flesh before they take on Europe next month.
September 1 at Valve Bar.
Ngaiire took home Best Live Act at the FBi Radio Sydney Music, Arts and Culture Awards, but can curate an incredible lineup too. Ignite is a diverse, inclusive program kicking off Sydney Fringe, with 20 artists across nine stages. Almost half the acts are people of colour or women. Check out Wallace, Stereogamous, Kaiit, Crooked Letter, Yon Yonson and heaps more.
September 2 at Kensington Street Festival Village.
King Street Crawl
Three main roads in the inner west will be a hive of activity on Sunday for one huge music and arts crawl. It’s free, but with so many venues involved it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. After trying to jump from venue to venue last year, my advice would be to choose a collective and stick to it. My top picks: The Leadbelly with Los Tones, The Pinheads, Whispering Jackie and the Uplifting Bell Ends; Miss Peaches with Mere Women, Rackett, Hair Die and Moody Beach; and Botany View Hotel with Mossy, Brightness, Body Type and Gauci.
September 10 on King Street, Enmore Road and Erskineville Road.
Roadhouses Drinkin’ single launch
I flogged this single last year and can’t wait for its official release this month. Roadhouses performed at the Lansdowne for what was meant to be a one-off show in 2014 and are returning three years later with a debut record under their belt. They’re brooding, cinematic and alluring – it’s going to be intimate.
September 13 at The Lansdowne.
Lucy’s Broadsheet playlist:
I’ve chosen some of my favourite Australian tracks released in the last few months, majority from Sydney – in the true spirit of FBi (50 per cent Australian music, half of that from Sydney).
Jen Cloher – Sensory Memory
I’m not in a long-distance relationship with a famous, touring musician – but Jen Cloher sure has a knack for putting you in the shoes of someone who is. Her ability to weave rhythm and rhyme and draw parallels with the mundane is impeccable – you can’t help but have your heart strings pulled a little.
Marlon Williams –Vampire Again
Marlon Williams is a New Zealander based in Melbourne, so technically isn’t Australian but if recent politics has taught us anything, it still counts. This song was inspired by a Halloween performance of Nosferatu by the LA Opera, which Marlon arrived to late, blazed and dressed up … as Nosferatu. He’s turned what could have been an embarrassment into a song of self-affirmation that’s slick and dramatic.
Felix Lush– Juliette
If I could third-wheel any relationship I reckon it’d be this one. Juliette is a love-song dedication to Felix’s IRL girlfriend, and it’s refreshing to hear someone be outright with their feelings in an era of apathy in modern dating. For lovers of synth and drum machines, and lovers in general.
These New South Whales – Cholesterol Heart (God Bless Ya)
This single is energetic and gritty and I wish it were twice as long but that’s the beauty of These New South Whales. Sydney’s premier punk outfit have just released their debut album You Work For Us full of tracks that hit you in the jugular and leave you wanting more.
BLAND – Can’t Talk About It
There’s something about this song that’s so inherently Sydney – the jangly guitar arrangements, Aussie intonations in the vocals and references to suburbia. It recalls a relationship that didn’t quite end how it should’ve and as someone who typically sweeps their feelings under the rug to avoid confrontation, it really struck a chord with me.
Cloud Control – Treetops
September 1 is the first day of spring and release date of Cloud Control’s latest album Zone. Things already feel a whole lot warmer. This latest single is everything I love about the local outfit – a driving melody, layers of looped sounds, Heidi [Lenffer] and Alistair [Wright]’s euphoric vocals. It’s a dreamy bop and I can’t wait to hear it live.
OKENYO – Woman’s World
I’ve had this on repeat since July. Okenyo has written the mantra for the modern woman and it’s fire – “I’m a very busy woman with a lot on my plate / so you better eat it up before I take it away.” Her sharp lyricism and wit proves there’s power in vulnerability, representation and female camaraderie. It’s the first we’ve heard from her debut EP, but she’s already unstoppable. Take note.
The Goods – Make Your Move
This song is infectious, hypnotic and I’ve still got it on high rotation since its release back in May. I caught The Goods for the first time at Volumes Festival recently in the depths of the Cliff Dive and they’re just as mesmerising on stage. Make Your Move is a call to dance, but also a track to get lost in.
Total Giovanni – Your Light
Up there as one of the most requested acts on the textline during Up For It. Your Light is the first we’ve heard from Total Giovanni since 2015 and it couldn’t come at a better time. Smooth-as-fuck funk to ease you out of the winter blues. Make them a priority if you’re heading to Golden Plains or Falls this summer.
Kirin J. Callinan – Big Enough feat. Molly Lewis, Alex Cameron & Jimmy Barnes
A standout track off Kirin’s latest record Bravado, if only for the iconic Barnesy screams. A friend recently wished everyone could just unite, listen to this song and be happy. I think that sums it up perfectly.