Darwin ready to host Australia’s first live concert since COVID hit
AUSTRALIA'S first live music concert since coronavirus took a stranglehold on the nation's freedom will take place in Darwin this weekend.
At the Darwin Ski Club on Saturday, Reset 2020 will be headlined by the Angels and the Superjesus, Shannon Noll, and local acts the Poor and Dr Elephant.
Angels vocalist Dave Gleeson said Darwin was the perfect place for live music and concerts to return, with Reset 2020 the first of three major concerts in coming weeks.
"It is so good that Darwin's leading the way. It's a glimmer of hope for musos everywhere, it feels surreal and I'm so excited for it," he told the NT News.
"It feels like the first time we've played before, it's like busting me cherry all over again."
The brains behind Reset 2020, Jon Stevens, was originally set to headline the concert performing his Noiseworks and INXS collections.
But Mr Gleeson said it was an honour to be headlining the first concert back and was looking forward to playing in Darwin for the first time in two years.
"Obviously the concert was the brainchild of the great Jon Stevens and he isn't able to do it (due to coronavirus lockdowns), so for us to be able to do it is unreal," Gleeson said.
"We all love Darwin, every band that plays loves coming to Darwin. It's just one of those great places: you often meet up with people from different states, obviously, but it's one of those great destinations, set your watch to Darwin time, grab a two-litre stubby and off you go."
Darwin Ski Club president Paul Winter said the club had also been preparing for Jimmy Barnes the following weekend and Rebound 2020 in October.
"To be able to go to a concert finally and get that crowd spirit happening with 2500 people, that's what we're all there for," he said.
Originally published as Darwin ready to host Australia's first live concert since COVID hit