Darwin, are you ready to dance? The founders of Happy Yess are returning to Darwin and joining forces to present a night of partying to celebrate this unique venue that has nurtured the NT music scene for 15 years.
We present the reunion of the legendary Darwin dub band Cinco Locos, a fusion of live brass and vocals, reggae grooves and sampled beats whose five members were pivotal in the Darwin music scene of the 2000s. They will be joined by Senagalese hiphop outfit the Fighting Fish fronted by songman Issa Mané. The night will be glued together by DJs from the Kongo Club, Darwin’s moving feast of a night club that started in the 1990s and kept Darwinites dancing for 20 years.
BACKWARDS FOWARDS is about looking back at Darwin’s musical history and forward at its continuing creativity. Held at Happy Yess, the venue itself epitomises what is magical about the Darwin music scene, great original live music, a vibrant community that spans generations, cultures and styles and of course dancing late into the night under the stars.
Ends at 1am.
Backwards Forwards is a collaboration between Cinco Locos and the Fighting Fish. Cinco Locos, reforming for this event, are a dub band popular in Darwin in the 2000s. They gained fame through the early days of JJJ unearthed, composing the outro music to the JJJ Breakfast Show in 2002. The line-up includes frontman Byron Williams (the Herd), trumpeter Jodie Kell (Ripple Effect Band) and Phil Eaton (the Gored Matadors). Integral to the band are Justin Moon and Ingrid Smith who were founding members of Happy Yess, starting the venue in an old sandwich shop on Bennet Street.
They are joined by the Fighting Fish with Senegalese songman Issa Mané and MC’s Flav and Brrdman from Ackeron Street Records. Top it off with the DJ’s from Kongo Club lead by Darwin’s own Phil Eaton and Lisa B, this is a formidable collaboration of old and new Darwin creatives.