Live Review + Galleries: Magic Dirt with River of Snakes at The Republic Bar, Hobart 05.08.2023

Australian rock royalty, Magic Dirt came to Hobart as part of their 25th anniversary tour of second album, Young & Full Of The Devil. The Republic Bar was the host, and the venue was packed to near capacity with a largely older, Gen X audience, but nonetheless enthusiastic and adoring of their alt rock heroes.

Readying the heaving crowd were Magic Dirt guitarist Raul Sanchez’s ‘other’ band, River of Snakes, who breathed fire into a pummeling set of incendiary rock & roll, whetting the appetite for the main event to come.

Magic Dirt’s lead singer, Adalita, has become one of the legendary figures from the alt-rock movement of the later 90’s and early 2000’s, and along with the rest of the band, has lost none of its’ spark and fire. The night was reminiscent of the packed houses that were a regular feature of gigs pre-pandemic, with the hot and sweaty atmosphere lending itself to the rock and roll aesthetic.

….and to finish the night off on a truly great high, the band chose to close out the evening with a rousingly great rendition of The Saints classic ‘Stranded’. Cherry-on-top stuff for this gig tragic.

River of Snakes Gallery:

Magic Dirt Gallery:

All images: ©fullonrockphotography/Andrew Fuller

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