ACDC Lane

Melbourne - This City Rocks! 

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BEST-KEPT SECRETS OF AUSSIE’S ‘CULTURE CITY’ RULES REVEALED BY AMY FINDLAY OF HOMETOWN ROCKERS STONEFIELD
Amy Findlay

Amy Findlay, lead singer and drummer of Australian rock band Stonefield

Darraweit Guim may sound like the name of an alien commander in Star Trek, but in actual fact it is a small town 50km from Melbourne and the place where the Findlay Sisters – alias Stonefield – launched their music career.

“We listened to Hendrix, Zappa and Led Zeppelin as kids, then at some point we began to play music ourselves in the shed at the back of our parents’ house,” says 23-year-old Findlay, the eldest of the four sisters.

In 2010, the rock band caught the attention of a Glastonbury manager in Perth and a year later they were wowing crowds of 150,000 at England’s legendary festival. Their long-awaited debut album, Wunderkind, is out now. “In our free time we most like to hang out in Melbourne,” says Amy. “There’s a lot going on in terms of music. There are plenty of concerts to choose from and Melbourne offers a lot more besides, as you’ll see on the right.”

Melbourne Stadtplan

TOP FIVE

Amy Findlay’s City Highlights

1 CHERRY BAR
ACDC Lane

“Noel Gallagher wanter to buy this bar on ACDC lane [named after the Aussie rockers in 2004]. It’s the city’s top rock music nightspot. Many bands throw concer after-parties here. Thursday is soul nichgt and weekends they play rock.”

Cherry Bar Melbourne

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2 FOSSIL VINTAGE
57 Sparks Avenue, Fairfield

“A crazy antiques shop which sells industrial equipment. So if you need ancient French hospital beds or Czechoslovak factory lights, you’ve come to the right place. I like their ’70s and ’80s clothes.” 

Fossil Vintage Store Melbourne

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3 TWILIGHT MARKET
O’Donnell Gardens, St. Kilda

“This market comes to life on Thursay nights with fire-eaters, musicians and food stalls on every corner. It’s my favourite outdoor nighttime haunt.”

St. Kilda - Melbourne

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4 LAS CHICAS
203 Carlisle St, Balaclava

“Las Chicas serves the best breakfast. It’s always full, but you won’t wait too long for a table. The menu includes banana bread, buttermilk doughnuts and salmon burritos.”

Las Chicas - Melbourne

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5 THE TOTE HOTEL
71 Johnson St, Collingwood

“A hotel, pub, convert venue and meeting point for young bands. There’s also a rumour swirling about the hotel that it’s the place the ghost of gangster Squizzy Taylor strikes terror into people’s hearts.” 

The Tote Melbourne

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Extra Kick

Turning your Melbourne jaunt up to 11

FLY A FIGHTER JET

Sour over Melbourne at 910kph as co-pilot in a fighter jet. Combat manoeuvres, loop-the-loops and nosedives included. adrenalin.com.au

STARE DOWN SHARKS

Come face to face with the marine predators at Melbourne’s aquarium. You may not get in the water. melbourneaquarium.com.au

LAUNCH OFF BUILDINGS

Rap jumping, or Australian rappel, is a forward abseil that has you running down a seven-story building. redballoon.com.au

 

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12 2013 The Red Bulletin

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