In 2009, I founded New Weird Australia – an initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of unique projects. After running a series of live events in Sydney and Newcastle, I developed the ‘Vagrant‘ concept in 2012: a travelling gig series, a pop-up club-night with no fixed abode, an open-source platform for eclectic and experimental music.
Vagrant was designed to exist anywhere and everywhere – the name travelled from city to city and from town to town, but each instance of Vagrant was curated by local individuals and artists. The events were therefore connected by an ideology and the same approach to experimentation in Australian music – a unique open-source concept, where each event was defined by its participants, and supported and promoted by New Weird Australia.
VAGRANT #1 Sydney – GUERRE & SCISSOR LOCK, MAJOR NAPIER, EXPENSIVE LOOKS (USA)
VAGRANT #2 Melbourne – NAPS, WOOSHIE, KANE IKIN, BABA X, ZANZIBAR CHANEL
VAGRANT #3 Brisbane – TALKSHOW BOY, SCRAPS, FEET TEETH
VAGRANT #4 Brisbane – NO ANCHOR, THE RATIONAL ACADEMY, ANONYMEYE VS AMBROSE CHAPEL
VAGRANT #5 Newcastle – SCATTERED ORDER, DRACOPEDE, THE MERMAIDS
VAGRANT #6 Perth – PER PURPOSE, RITES WILD, DOCTOPUS, CRAIG MCELHINNEY
VAGRANT #7 Perth – TERRIBLE TRUTHS, PER PURPOSE, GUNNS, HAMJAM
VAGRANT #8 Adelaide – HOLY BALM, ASPS, MAJOR CRIMES, BEIGE ABRASION
Photo of Scraps by Andrew Tuttle from Vagrant #3