Welcoming Back Live Music With Ocean Alley

Welcoming Back Live Music With Ocean Alley

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a live music recap with you. It’s been a hot minute. Partially because I’m lazy but mostly because the last concert or live gig I went to was over a year ago in February 2020. We’ve had some ups and downs, we’ve had concerts moved, concerts completely cancelled, but finally, Melbourne, the live music capital of Australia, returned in all it’s glory with a list of incredible line ups and artists.

I saw Ocean Alley at The Sidney Myer Music Bowl on the 24th of March, and to say I was keen is an understatement. The OA concert only faced one scheduling shift due to COVID19, and that too not even that bad, just being moved back two months. In comparison to some of the concerts that have been shifted to the end of the year or cancelled entirely, I couldn’t be mad.

I went with my cousin Alishia, as well as one of my best friends Tessa and her boyfriend. We had a great little table for the four of us and between the music, the drinks, the food and the great company, it was one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time.

The Grogans, who you may be familiar with some past blog posts, kicked off the night. It’s a bit of a full circle moment, considering they were the last concert I attended back in 2020. They brought their usual energetic charisma and punch to the big stage, followed by Maddy Jane and Slowly Slowly, two more amazing Australian acts.

When Ocean Alley finally got on stage, it was to a huge applause. The socially distanced concert, with everyone organised into mini stages of their own amongst the grass and with tables for smaller groups sprinkled across the many levels of the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was far better than I imagined it would be.

I did my old ‘find best tickets available‘ when purchasing tickets, so imagine our suprise when we were led to the front section and given a table right in the middle. It was a great stroke of luck. Turning around and seeing just how many people were packed onto the grass made it even luckier. It was such a great outcome for live music and Ocean Alley really turned it on for us.

Ocean Alley has been one of my favourite bands for the longest time, and this was my third time seeing them live, yet time and time again, their concerts are some of my favourites to attend. Their always bring such a warm and relaxed energy, while all being incredibly talented musicians individually and as a band.

Getting to hear some of my favourite songs like The Comedown, Infinity, Wet Dreams, Yellow Mellow, Way Down and their hits like Knees, Confidence and Tombstone was such a great way to get back into the live music, gigging mood. Such instant mood-boosters.

I was only a little bit sad that they didn’t play Partner In Crime, my all time favourite OA song, which I streamed over 130 times last year according to my Spotify Wrapped

If there was a lowlight to the show it’s that it finished so quick. I mean, they finished off Knees and I genuinely thought we had about half an hour to go, so was instantly shocked when they thanked everyone and walked off stage. Like, super cool walk off, but I wanted more!!

I guess I just have to hope they play some more tunes when I see them next week at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest….



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Ocean Alley

Ocean Alley

If you’re looking for the epitome of Northern Sydney, beach-based, ‘blue waves and too much sun’ type of music, you’re looking for Ocean Alley.

I personally discovered Ocean Alley as I discover many new tunes, sitting behind my desk at work with Triple J on the radio, shazaam-ing the shit out of every fourth song that comes across the airwaves. It was in this fashion that I heard one of their particularly popular songs, Confidence, a single from their album Chiaroscurowhich was released earlier this year.

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Coming off the success the album achieved, securing spots on the Triple J Hottest 100, ARIA Album Chart and ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart, the boys headlined in the USA and America.

I couldn’t manage to make it to the Melbourne show of their Australian tour, but the overload of Snapchats and Snapchat Story’s I saw of the night were enough to make me insanely envious that I wasn’t seeing these boys live. To add some more salt to the wound, they performed a set at Splendour In The Grass, to rave reviews, another set I did not get to see.

If we really want to have a whinge, they’re also playing at Falls Festival, which I am attending. However, due to only managing to get a three day ticket, I’m gonna miss their set which falls on the first day of the festival.

We win some, we lose some.

They’re currently touring around the UK and Europe, and I’m pretty sure they’re set to support Tash Sultana on her North America tour in a couple months, which is insane.

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Their song Knees is picking up steam on the Triple J rotation, which is the reason I’m hearing it more and more and loving it a lil bit more every time I do. Not only do they have the cruise-y, slinky type of guitar sounds that are so central to the genre of music, but they have beautiful harmonies too. The entire production and arrangement of that particular song is the reason it’s probably one of my favourites from Ocean Alley overall.

The breakdown in the bridge is the perfect amount of energy and tension to get straight back into a chorus that requires you to sing along with it, whether you in the mosh pit at one of their shows or playing the song over a speaker at home or driving with some friends and listening to it in the car. It’s an easy sound to listen to.

If you’re into some Jimi Hendrix or Dire Straits, definitely give Ocean Alley a listen. I still love thinking back to my experience at BluesFest earlier this year in April, and I feel like they would be the perfect act to round up a lineup over there. Byron Bay, BluesFest, Ocean Alley, it seems like it fits perfectly.

Who knows. There’s always time to add some more acts to next year’s lineup…



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