Live Gallery: Sixteen Years of The Oxford Art Factory, Sydney 16.09.2023

Cash Savage

Tucked away in the vibrant suburb of Darlinghurst, the Oxford Art Factory (OAF) stands as a testament to the soul of Sydney’s art and music scene. The OAF has always been more than just a venue; it’s a hub of creative activity. Its walls have resonated with the sound of both emerging and established artists, giving them a platform to showcase their talent and passion. Over the past 16 years, it has played host to a plethora of gigs, ranging from indie rock to electronica, folk to hip hop.

And tonight Backseat Mafia is here to witness its 16th year celebrations. Here are some of the bands we got to see.

Jet City Sports club delighted with their joyous indie rock.

Gimmy put on an electrifying performance. High kicking, smearing lipstick on her face she was all snarling guitars and attitude.

Statuesque and mesmerising Maxine Gillon, ex-Second Idol dazzled with her moves and new single ‘Girl 6’.

Girl and Girl ignite the OAF with their raw, energetic sound, pile driving electric guitars, delivered with gritty and fuzzy tones, the band hammers out their tunes to an appreciative crowd.

They say that even Cowgirls get the blues, but not tonight, Caitlin Harnett and the Pony Boys, whose songs traverse the landscapes of love, loss, and life’s various challenges, capture the imagination of the audience with their authentic and heartfelt performance.

From the moment the first chord hits, Cash Savage’s voice grips you by the collar and drags you into the maelstrom of raw emotion, pounding rhythms, and scorching guitar riffs. It’s as if Patti Smith had a head-on collision with Nick Cave, and birthed a whirlwind of rebellious energy.

The Last Drinks are no mere backdrop; they’re the pulsating heart. They weave an intoxicating mixture of punk, blues, and folk, creating a backdrop that’s both lush and astringent. This is music that demands your attention, your emotion, leaves you spent and blissed out.

I’ve waited a long time to see Cash Savage and the Last Drinks live, it’s been worth the wait. Check out the gallery below.

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