I.C.E.HAUS is the latest live music initiative to come out of the well renowned and respected community and cultural development organisation, Information + Cultural Exchange.
This program isn’t just about putting on a good party – through a series of eight live music events between now and the end of the year, I.C.E. aims to carve out a space for Western Sydney communities and artists and to build creative bridges with and between communities and artists, breathing life into the already vibrant creative scene in Western Sydney.
The events give focus to the largely under represented artists and audiences and responds to the need for more live music venues in the region.
These gigs will nourish a music culture that is determined and created by Western Sydney artists and enjoyed in safe neighbourhood venues where an array of music genres, and cultural/sexual/gender identities can be freely expressed.
Our first I.C.E.HAUS event happened on 6 July and was a huge success. The all-ages, free gig kicked off around 3pm with an acknowledgement of country and then smashed through 5 incredible local RnB acts; Rosie Vai, The DM Szn, Kymie, Zeadala and Clarissa Mei. The lineup was largely female dominated and gave space to a variety of cultural backgrounds. At the end of the night, a lucky door prize sponsored by The Guitar Factory was drawn and a
microphone that retails at $249 proved to be a game-changing birthday present for an aspiring rapper.
The next gig is a mix of hardcore and alternative hip-hop. This line-up packs a punch. We’ve got, Arafura; anti-colonial hardcore 3 piece, The Graveyard Boyz; local legendary hip-hop collective, Johnny from the Burbs; self-produced alternative MC from the Hills district, and Life’s Ill; 5 piece hardcore band ripping through catchy riffs. The Guitar Factory lucky door prize for the second I.C.E.HAUS gig will be a BeatBuddy mini drum machine pedal
which retails at $299! Come through, grab a free BBQ meal and be in the running to win!
This event is hosted on the land of the Burramattagal people of the Darug Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Saturday, 3rd of August.
Free and All-ages.
Drug and alcohol free.
Time: 2pm – 6pm
I.C.E. 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta
The Lineup: (no particular order)
Johnny from the ‘Burbs
Poster by Serwah Attafuah
Door prizes for each event donated by Guitar Factory.
MORE INFO TBC…
MEET THE ARTISTS:
Arafura describe themselves as anti-colonial anti-powerviolence from Warrang/Sydney. Using hardcore as activism, they work closely with groups such as the Anticolonial Asian Alliance and FIRE Fighting In Resistance Equally to speak out on anti-colonial issues in solidarity with Indigenous communities all over the world who are resisting colonialism and fighting for reconciliation.
This will be their second gig at I.C.E. and we’re so excited to have them back.
Life’s Ill was formed in 2014 where they quickly charged their way through the NSW heavy scene with their unique brand of hardcore taking influence from bands outside of the genre to create riffs that are as catchy as they are heavy.
Supporting acts such as Xibalba, Dance Gavin Dance, Raised Fist, Trash Talk, Polaris, The Acacia Strain and Kublai Khan locally they have secured their place in the local scene along with touring alongside Staunch, Cast Down, Deadlights and Dregg hitting cities across the east coast bringing bigger crowds with each visit.
After an EP and a few singles 2019 brought the release of their second EP ‘What God Wouldn’t Tell You’ followed with a tour supporting Dregg & Reactions across Australia.
Johnny From the Burbs With three unique and rapidly produced EPs under his belt already, Johnny (From the Burbs) has proven himself as an underground force to be reckoned with.
Based out of Sydney’s Hills District, the rapper/producer has amassed a respectful cult following through constant releases, energetic live performances and collaborations with some of the finest underground talent Australia has to offer.
Graveyardboyz will be bringing so much ENERGY! They’re a bunch of misfits, who’ve formed a family, and you can feel it. You can find them across all platforms, spotify, apple music, soundcloud, itunes.
Spooky – hypey
I.C.E. receives core support from the Australia Council for the Arts, the NSW Government through the Department of Family and Community Services and Create NSW, Crown Resorts Foundation and The Packer Family Foundation.