We were looking at a time line yesterday of Live Music Managements activity over the past dozen or so years of booking entertainment into the Walkabout Australian bars. So mnay different things have happened that some of the events have dissapeared into the ether. The timeline had over one hundred different highlights on it but I have just copied a few below.
It was way back in 1996 when LMM Director Timbo started playing in the very first Walkabout.
In 2000 LMM oraganised Rolf Harris 70th birthday party concert at Shepherds Bush Walkabout which was widely covered in the media.
Between 2000 and 2004 when the Walkabouts start opening in various towns LMM roll out a “band on a truck” format for the opening weekends. We put a live band on the back of a flat back truck and with permission from the local council drive them around town promoting the venue by playing the biggest Walkabout anthems. This deserves a blog of it’s own!
2000 to current day….the best in Antipodean talent booked into the Walkabouts including sell out shows for Grimspoon, Ash Grumwald,Kevin Bloody Wilson, The Exponents, Springbok Nude Girls, Just Ginger Mental As Anything, John Stevens etc etc
2001 LMM organise a massive charity event in support of the 9/11 relief fund with the London Fire Brigade giving full support and Aussie celebs like Pat Cash and Jason Donovan performing.
2002 INXS are about to begin a tour of arenas in the UK with Blondie supporting. LMM manage to persuade them to play an acoustic set at Shepherds Bush Walkabout. They agree to play three songs but stay on stage for forty five minutes as the crowd goes wild to see their heroes close up and personal.
2003 LMM introduce Live Band Karaoke (aka rockaoke or bandeoke ) to the UK when we put the format into various Walkabout venues from Scotland down to London and Portsmouth. Spawned many imitators!
2004 LMM Director Rick is cut price Simon Cowell when he gets chosen as a judge on a daytime talent show on ITV.
2004 LMM book dates on first UK tour for Dr Karl Kennedy which is the biggest student draw of the next few years.
2007 LMM build band around young neighbours star “Stingray” which results in further packed houses.
2008 LMM orgainise Big Day Out Festival which is an all day festival feature the UKs top tribute bands.
2009. The first of several terrible natural disasters hit Australia which leads to LMM organising a massive charity appeal fund raiser for the Australian Bush Fires. Over the next few years we do the same for the New Zealand charities and for the flood appeals.
2009 LMM act Jamie Afro (AKA Jamie Archer) reaches the finals of the X Factor.
2010 Rolling out of party games nights which are hugely successful.
201o LMM book dates on first UK tour for The Blanks.
2011 and beyond….the best in local and national live music booked into the Walkabout venues and the UKs top party DJs playing night after night delivering great memories for city centre party goers.