Radio social is a weekly Sunday party at the cross's World Bar first created by World Bar’s general marketing manager Grant Barnes, raising funds for FBi radio. Your "nothing to do Sundays " are now transformed into civilized afternoon soirees and it seems that Sydney has never seen a structured outing such as this, and arnt we loving it!
Jenny Noyes, promoter and big mother of Radio Social
sat down with me over some donation drinks to talk to me about concept behind the new cultural revolution which will have you asking "what are you doing Sunday night?"
Can you run me through what radio social is?
Well I guess you could say radio social is a weekly gathering of friends and like-minded folk who enjoy experiencing what Sydney has to offer in terms of arts and music. We’ve got DJs, bands, market stalls and a BBQ going from 3pm till late so people are just invited to come along and hang out.
So basically your welcoming any Sydney art element into Radio Social?
Yes exactly, the idea is to promote arts culture in Sydney, and can be a very difficult thing to do as we can see like places like The Hopetoun hotel. So we want to have small, local designers and people selling their wares with the markets and then we have the music and I guess at the end of the day we still have the proceeds going towards FBi.
What kind of stallscould you find here?
Vintage clothes, records, art, zines, hand-made or local designed clothes and accessories, candles, plants, nick-nacks, whatever really, we are fairly open, as long as it’s local, reasonably priced and interesting.
What sort of bands can we expect at Radio Social?
Well Jack Colwell who is a local Sydney musician curates the bands for each week, and of course he’s played a couple of times himself, with his band The Owls. He’s booked some really great local bands so far, and we have them playing at the front bar kinda stripped back on the floor of the front bar instead of a more traditional, staged gig. So it is really up close and personal, and we’ve got the windows open so you can hear them from the terrace and out to the street. Some of the bands who’ve played include Kyu, Paper moon, Bud Petal, Danimals, Telafonica, The Statics, Millie Hall (Bridezilla).
How did the collaboration come about with FBi?
It came about during the June SAVE FBi benefits gigs, although I think world bar has always had a good relationship with FBi and some sort of regular collaborative gig was always on the cards. They have held some other FBi fundraisers as well as hosting the FBI annual birthday party the last few years, and FBi DJs play at a lot of world bar nights as well. So there is an ongoing relationship there, we all want to work together to promote music and arts in Sydney.
Instead of it being a ‘ come out and get smashed in the cross’ world bar wanted something a bit more constructive to happen for a night out in Sydney as well as taking advantage of the outdoor space in world bar that your not at first really aware of.
So what can we expect for Radio Social in the coming months?
Well we want to keep it going through those hot summer months and we would love it to become a cool place for people to hang out on a Sunday afternoon. We have got some things in the works, such as film screenings and a zine and records fair coming up. We are also going to start working with a local arts collective, Hi Rise, who will be putting on various art performances, music and exhibitions in the back room in a few weeks time.
So there is always going to be an element of fund raising?
Well not necessarily, I mean raising funds isn’t supposed to be the biggest selling point of the day, but there always is going to be some kind of community minded aspect to it, it’s about creating an interesting space for people to hang out and have a good time, and if we can raise money while doing that, that is just a bonus.
So how can somebody themselves contribute to radio social?
Well anybody can of course just come along, and it’s free for anybody to hold a market stall and sell their wares. Any bands who are interested in playing, or anyone who’d like to get involved in any other way whether they’d like to exhibit some art, show a film or read a story can contact me to organize something. Just come along and check it out!
Radio Social is on every Sunday at The World Bar which is at 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross,Sydney, NSW 2011
Tel: 9357 7700
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