Road to Refuge Presented Gimme Shelter
What: Road to Refuge presented Gimme Shelter. A fundraiser featuring Gareth Liddiard, Ben Abraham, the Harpoons Dj's, Nhattyman, Authur Penn and the Funky Ten, Cable Ties, Tom Ballard, spoken word poets and comedians.
Where: Shadow Electric, Abbotsford Convent
When: Saturday 6 February, 2016
Who: Road to Refuge shines a light on the complexity of seeking asylum and empowers Australians to make their own minds up about asylum seekers and refugees. A volunteer not-for-profit, Road to Refuge run educational events, workshops and other platforms.
Bands: Cable Ties, Nhattyman, Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten, Harpoons DJs, Ben Abraham and Gareth Liddiard (The Drones).
Comedy From: Isabel and Rachel and Tom Ballard
Spoken words from: Lia Incognito and Abe Nuok
Why: The weather was perfect last Saturday for the Road to Refuge fundraiser. The bands selection showed real class, from Cable Ties jam rock openings to Nhatty Man's party starting funk. A showcase of some of Melbourne's finest acts, Arthur Penn & the Funky Ten were fantastic as always and Ben Abraham oozed soul in his mid afternoon set. Gareth Liddiard's set had the stage banter of a larrikin mixed with deep intense lyrical rock.
Shining light on important stories and commanded the stage, Lia and Abe seekers spoken word poetry was an absolute highlight. Rachel and Isabel put on 10 minutes of high energy laughs that they are becoming famous for, dancing to Beyonce and rapping.
Artists donated their time and all ticket sales went straight to Road to Refuge. Please spend 5 minutes on the Road to Refugee website where they put you in the shoes of a fictional asylum seeker, it is an emotional journey but one we should all attempt to empathise and understand more about.