Joe said the aim is to create a nice vibe in a listening environment. “People are used to going to bars, salons or pubs and just sitting around and having the music in the background. You don't really take it all in; it’s just happening there while you are having your important conversation. So that is the thing that is going to be different, and it is going to be very much inspired by the great revolution of the sixties,” Joe said.
Three artists will feature each month, with at least one being a local performer. Poets will recite some of their work between the musical acts. The first show featured Ecopella and Helmet Uhlmann. The next show includes RAPT, Paul Spencer and Hannah Robinson.
Joe summed up the Miss Newtopia platform he and Harmony ran on in three words: peace and love.
“That is not some concept that has been left behind to the annals of history; it's the only thing that really will save this world; and we all have to believe in it and stop thinking it's some parody made by Timothy Leary years ago,” Joe said.
“The only people who believe the hippy movement doesn't exist anymore are people who are not hippies. I say that because I think it is relevant to this area. This is a hippy area. Not everyone might be as overt about it as Harmony and I are but they exist around here. There are some very interesting cultural characters. The roots of what makes them iconoclastic can be found in the great revolution that began in the sixties,” Joe said.
“If we can wage wars, put people on the moon and send deep space probes to the nether regions of the galaxy then we can do anything. It was done in Adelaide in the mid-seventies when Rundle Street became Rundle Mall, and that is right in the heart of the city. So it can be done. It is completely possible. It would be one of the things that would maintain the vibe around here,” Joe said.
“You have to have the dream and a collective of people to get behind that. I think mostly people are behind that concept. They would love it. At the lower end of that scale to maintain the vibe are things like what we are going to do upstairs. It is a big gap between turning that place out there into a mall and starting a little music club upstairs. But from little things, big things grow,” Joe said.
“Meeting like-minded people is always fantastic. It makes you feel much less isolated in the world and the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and the people behind the festival are all very much like that. So it's been an absolute trip. Let's do it all again, and again and again,” Joe said.
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