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The Reclink Community Cup is an integral part of Melbourne’s charm. It is the one day of the year when it brings back the fun spirit and atmosphere of classic Aussie Rules Footy. With grounds like Windy Hill, Junction Oval, Victoria Park no longer hosting AFL games any more, that is sorely missed from a lot of peoples lives. So to have a charity event like the Community Cup that reinvigorates that atmosphere is a beautiful thing. The eyes are always on prize which is raising money for the charity Reclink, which helps out under privileged people by running sport and art programs.
Every year there is a stellar amount of bands that play at the Community Cup and this year was no exception. To kick off proceedings for the kids was Kram from Spiderbait and Rhys Muldoon doing there own unique brand of kids songs. It was not long before Ash Naylor of Even joined them on stage.
It was as much fun for the adults as it was for the kids, hearing songs about my broken iPad, doing sloppy poos and not wanting to go to sleep. It made a lot of parents smile because it was so relatable. The highlight was when Tim Rogers of You Am I suddenly hit the stage with a Sherrin Football under his shirt, singing a song about being a Footy Dad, while kicking imaginary goals into the audience. SIX POINTS!
The second band of the day were The Sugarcanes whose old school R&B soul fitted into the atmosphere perfectly. By the time the band had started, the crowd was starting to fill up. They paid tribute to Nirvana by covering "Territorial Pissings", which I never thought could be done but after hearing this I thought anything was possible.
Another highlight of The Sugarcanes set was 'Never Trust A Girl In Love' with Lucy Wilson soaring with her vocals.
The cup is always a great day to see your friends you haven’t caught up with in ages and make new ones too. I can honestly say that beer never tastes better than when I am at the Community Cup, even if it was only 12 degrees. That Young Henrys is a nice drop.
Loose Tooth were up next. I had seen them earlier this year at the Boogie Festival and I had loved them, so I was excited too see them again. The band brought an immense amount of energy to the crowd and it was great thing because they were on the verge of freezing to death.
Before the game, in the middle of the football field Australian rock icon, Ross Wilson performed a Rockdog infused rendition of Daddy Cool's "Eagle Rock" and also "The Wild One" with Brett "Burgs" Kingman on guitar and backing vocals.
The football game is always a massive stoush between the Megahertz (the media) and the Rockdogs (the musicians). It is on for young and old, broken limbs, blood and whatever else that gets thrown around the field. It only took a matter of seconds to see "Tall Timbers" Tim Woodz carted off the field on a stretcher with a twisted knee after a rough tackle. OUCH! Megahertz started off the game by not finding the big sticks and kicking so many points. The Rockdogs kept on kicking goal after goal.
This year's stellar Rockdog team includes Dave Larkin from Dallas Crane, Ash Naylor from Even, Kram from Spiderbait, Jo Syme of Big Scary, Blake Scott from The Peep Tempel, Dave Ferguson of Fuck The Fitzroy Doom Scene and lots more.
It was half time at the football, so Total Giovanni hit the main stage. Wearing Community Cup T-Shirts and white wigs they performed their dance infused fun set. When it was over, MC, Jon Von Goes quipped it the was the first time a disco band had played at The Community Cup and it was about time.
Back to the football game it was a hard slog at the ball, as the Rockdogs managed to win the game by 33 points. The final score was Rockdogs with 10 3 63 more than doubling the Megahertz with 4 6 30. It was a bitter sweet victory after last years loss.
The best band was saved until last. Those lovable pop pranksters Regurgitator closed the game with best of set that included some of their classic Gurg songs: ! (The Song Formerly Known As) with Waleed Aly, Black Bugs, My Friend Robot and of course the crowd favourite, Kong Foo Sing.
Tim Rogers bounced on stage to perform one of Regurgitator's more risque songs. If anyone was cold during the day it was safe to say that The Gurg would have warmed them right up. The closing song was an epic version of Prince’s Purple Rain with the Rockdogs coach Dan Sultan on vocals and Gold Logie Winning surprise guest Waleed Aly, who absolutely blew the crowd away with his amazing guitar shredding.
We live in an amazing city where we are privileged enough to have awesome community radio stations and a music scene that is world renowned. To have both of these communities represented on this special day is a beautiful thing. It really warms this reviewers heart to be part of it all.
LOVE LIFE, GOD BLESS THE ROCKDOGS AND THE MEGAHERTZ, LOVE MELBOURNE!
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