Exhumed: Digging up talented ‘never weres’ at the Roxy

July 22, 2013

Musical hopefuls will gather at the Roxy Theatre on Friday, August 2 for a regional band competition with a difference.

Billed as a competition not for ‘has beens’, or ‘wannabes’, but for the ‘never weres’, Exhumed is the invention of ABC radio host, James Roxy Valentine, who originally did a small version of the competition and received an overwhelming response with 250 bands entering.

This expanded version of Exhumed is a collective project between every ABC Radio station and ABC TV. Everybody knows someone who plays music – uncles, friends, sisters, cousins. They have a band. They play at parties, school fetes and the Under 9s footy final. Exhumed tells personal stories about what it’s like to be passionate about music – when music is your favourite thing to do but not your job, when you’ve played music all your life, and you don’t want to be a star, but you’d like someone to notice that your band is pretty good.

This is not The Voice. It’s not X Factor or Idol. This is about recognising that there’s a lot of great passionate, inspired music making going on that we want to celebrate.
Entries can be submitted on line at www.abc.net.au/tv/exhumed/competition/