Kids make their own fun with youth-run INDENT tour in Bega

NEW TUNE: Lochie Marson, 18, of Pambula is looking forward to using the audio engineering skills he picked up at the INDENT workshop in his own music endeavours.
NEW TUNE: Lochie Marson, 18, of Pambula is looking forward to using the audio engineering skills he picked up at the INDENT workshop in his own music endeavours.

Young music enthusiasts are making their own fun through a Music NSW initiative that teaches how to host a live music show. 

South Coast bands The Vanns and The Nah will perform at Funhouse Studio in Bega on Friday, March 16, at a show run by teens from across the Bega Valley. 

A group of around 20 budding music industry hopefuls took part in a free INDENT workshop ahead of the gig to get hands on experience in production, promotion and set up .

Lochie Marson of Pambula is part of the team behind the scenes and took an interest in audio engineering and mixboarding at the workshop.

He said he wasn’t sure what to expect from the workshop, but is glad to take away practical knowledge and experience that will benefit him in his own musical endeavours. 

“I feel like know what I need to do if I want to do my own gig, I have organised a backyard gig before but I’m confident I can make it bigger next time now,” he said. 

Mr Marson has recently turned 18 and said the workshop also better prepared him for moving his performances into the local pub scene. 

INDENT executive producer Laura Murdoch was one of the facilitators at the Bega workshop that attracted a range of different music tastes and ages.

She said the group explored the basics in marketing, setting up equipment, sound and lighting, ticketing and venue liaison, but the main aim of the project was to give young people access to live shows. 

“Kids can often miss out on live music because they often happen in licenced venues, so we want to get them involved and expose them to live music by actually creating it,” she said. 

Ms Murdoch said the Vanns were a great INDENT success because they started as the supporting act in Moruya and have now returned as the headliner for this year’s tour.

“There are so many up and coming bands that are doing great things, we don’t want them to be locked out of early experience because this sets them up for the coming years.”

The INDENT tour kicks off in Bega at 6pm, then to Moruya, Newcastle, Port Macquarie and Byron Bay.