Theatre prepares to rock

READY TO ROCK: Mount Gambier band Higgs Field will debut at Saturday night's inaugural Local and Live event at Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

THE Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre will be rocking this Saturday night as punk band Chelsea Manor and progressive rock group Higgs Field take to the stage.

Headlining as part of the venue’s inaugural Local and Live program, the doors will swing open to crowds at 7pm.

The Border Watch has partnered with Country Arts SA to present the event, which aims to bring the best local talent to their local venue stage.

For those who cannot attend the event, the performance will be live streamed professionally on the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Facebook page.

Chelsea Manor vocalist Bianca Hendy said she looked forward to this weekend’s performance.

“We are super excited to have been given the opportunity to play at such an iconic theatre in our hometown,” she said.

“It has been a crazy year for live music, so being able to finish the year on stage means so much to us.

“We are also stoked to be able to share the stage with Higgs Field for the first show.”

Having recently performed at the South Australian Music Awards, Chelsea Manor is making waves through the music industry.

The band opened at Triple J’s One Night Stand in Lucindale last year after winning the Unearthed support slot.

It has released two singles from its debut EP and has had features on Tone Deaf, Rolling Stone Australia and Triple J unearthed.

Higgs Field will debut on the Helpmann stage with a playlist of original songs influenced by a range of bands from

different genres in the 90s and the modern era.

The group’s first EP – Paracusia – is due to be released on New Year’s Day 2021.

The band features bass guitarist Kyle Gleed, vocalist and guitarist Dylan Leggett, drummer Bradley Frost and Liam Brown on guitar and vocals.

Higgs Field was started by Kyle and Liam in August 2018 with the idea to come together and write aggressive pro rock/metal, using contemporary and in-depth song writing techniques to create a unique sound.

In 2019 when Bradley and Dylan joined the band, Higgs Field was able to hone in on the sound it wanted to create.

Bass guitarist Kyle Gleed said the band was incredibly excited for the gig.

“Although COVID restrictions were inconvenient it meant that we were able to focus on writing songs, practicing them and getting the EP finished before playing to a live audience,” he said.

“We are incredibly excited for this gig, playing live music for people is a huge passion of ours and we are very appreciative to have such a huge show as our first gig.”

As part of the program, artists are remunerated for their performances and involved in all facets of the production, from ticketing and marketing to promotional shoots and technical discussions.

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