Gold Logie winner and all-round glorious human Waleed Aly will be joining Regurgitator on stage at this year’s Community Cup in Elsternwick on Sunday. We didn’t know it till now, but this is basically everything we ever wanted.
Aly is no stranger to music – he performs in Melbourne heavy prog/jazz/rock collective Robot Child. The band recently played the Refugee Council Of Australia’s 2016 Festival Of Welcome alongside the likes of The Smith Street Band and The Cat Empire’s Felix Riebl. If you didn’t know about Aly’s musical proclivities until today, I highly suggest you check out his chops:
Seriously impressive stuff. The dude can shred thanks to a long history with music, but he’s also a creative perfectionist and socially conscious – so he’ll be right at home with The Gurge.
“For me it’s not just a matter of plugging in and making as much noise as I can, it’s a creative pursuit and ever since I started playing guitar in primary school I’ve wanted to get better. I know the Community Cup is a great event and I’m excited to be part of it this year.”
The Community Cup, for the uninitiated, is an annual event that’s been held since 1993. It pits two teams, the Rockdogs and the Megahertz, against each other in a light-hearted event that raises money for Reclink Australia. It’s an extremely worthy cause – the charity aims to provide sport & arts programs for those who are disadvantaged. Other artists/bands who will be playing the Elsternwick event include Total Giovanni, Ross Wilson, Loose Tooth, The Sugarcanes and Tim Rogers (who is bizarrely billed as being “for the kids”, so now I’m kinda hoping he’s going to do a Wiggles-esque set or something).
Seems like Aly is just a big Regurgitator fan as any of us, too.
“As soon as they asked me if I wanted to play … they didn’t need to get to the end of the sentence. I’ve always loved their sound, always loved what they’re able to create and the range of sounds they can get, so it’s exciting.”
Yeah it is. Colour us keen.
Image: Justin McManus