Local journalist Carla Grossetti presents her guide to Cronulla’s biggest gig ever: the inaugural Australian Music Week, which runs from November 18-22 and culminates in HiFi Days.
Listen up: This talented local folk singer is a star on the rise. Catch the acoustic songstress playing outside the pizzeria owned by her parents Lee and Sharon Carroll. Jorja has supported artists such as Wes Carr and Mental as Anything so to see her in this intimate environment is very special.
Food: As well as complying with AVPN ‘pizza protocol’, the pizzas here are a worthy support act. Order the $15 special, which includes a margherita pizza and Pistonhead beer. You’re welcome.
Venue: Queen Margherita of Savoy.
When: November 19, 4.35pm
Listen Up: Although UB40 is the headline act at HiFi Days, local band Caravana Sun will be drawing crowds for its rattling indie pop. Expect high-energy jingle-jangling from this massively talented band of gypsies. Also on the bill are The Bamboos, The Snowdroppers, Phil Jamieson and Fripps & Fripps.
Food: HiFi Days will be held in Gunnamatta Park. As well as hollering loud and clear about the local music scene, the outdoor festival is a fine place to eat and unwind.
Where: HiFi Days, Gunnamatta Park
When: From noon-8pm, Sunday, November 22
Listen Up: This local indie folk artist recently released her first EP, Kaleidoscope. The confident singer plays solo with a stomp box and kicks it. The formula? Ben Harper meets Florence + The Machine.
Food: Check out why this corner café has a cult following: order a charcuterie board and iced coffee and chill.
Where: HAM Café
When: November 19, 5pm
Listen up: Canadian singer-songwriter Charlie A’Court is the soul-blues singer with the big voice whose album was produced by Diesel and is the main support act for UB40.
Food: The award for the poshest takeaway in the ‘hood goes to … Shucked Oyster Bar. Yes, it’s all about the oysters. But the burgers are also banging.
Where: Shucked Oyster Bar
When: November 19, 1.50pm
Listen up: This blues artist is one of the greatest guitar players in the country. Go and see him. That is all.
Food: Highly recommended for pre-gig dining. Enjoy top-notch thin-crusted pizzas or share plates of mezze with the bonus of securing prime real estate – a chair – for the gig.
Where: The much-loved Brass Monkey in Cronulla.
When: November 20, 9.05 pm
See Australian Music Week for the full lineup of events and subscribe to the ‘Love the Shire’ blog for more local secrets. To read more food and travel articles by Carla Grossetti visit her website www.carlagrossetti.com.