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BY Sarah Guppy - This Much Talent | 03-Jul-2015
SPEAKER TV PRESENT: CITIZENS OF THE STREETS. PERFORMING: SEX ON TOAST, THE VENUSIANS & MORE.EXHIBITING: MARKUS RAVIK, EMILY MAY, KATHRYN PAPPAS & MORE! Australia's leading multi-platform music & entertainment show Speaker TV, is pleased to announce the second instalment of their new monthly music and arts event Citizens of The Streets on Thursday 23rd July with performances from Sex on Toast and Sydney seven-piece The Venusians, art and photography exhibitions with more to be announced. @SpeakerTV #SpeakerTV
Venue: Citizens of The Streets at Shadow Electric Bandroom
Address: 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Vic
Date: Thursday 23rd July
Time: Doors 7.00pm
Buy / Ticket: shadowelectric.com.au
Web: http://speakertv.com/
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Photography by Markus Ravik and Emily Day
Artwork by Kathryn Pappas

Aiming to promote new and up-and-coming Australian artists in an original ethos, each night will be held at the Shadow Electric Bandroom in Melbourne’s iconic Abbotsford Convent, and will kick-start the connection between university crowds, music lovers and of course, the artists involved.

Building a stronger relationship between music and youth, Citizens of The Streets is an opportunity to inject new talent into the national music scene, by capturing exclusive footage and interviews as part of the long-running Speaker Sessions, each night of Citizens of The Streets will be documented and shared across Speaker TV’s online platforms and national weekly television broadcasts.

Melbourne’s premiere blue-eyed soul outfit, Sex on Toast, will be right at home under the disco ball dance-floor of the Shadow Electric band room. The irrepressibly smooth 10-man band have been garnering fans across the country with their 80s funk, choreographed performances and larrikin charm, and even count Australian music legend Ian “Molly” Meldrum a fan after he appeared in their latest video ‘Oh Loretta!’. Since the release of their self-titled studio LP, Sex on Toast have toured sold-out shows across the country, becoming crowd favourites at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival. 2015 is set to be another stellar year for Sex on Toast, with the release of their two-part Rough/Ready EP series due later this year, so the Citizens of The Streets audience can look forward to a sophisticated set and bucket loads of charisma!

The Venusians are a seven-piece band made up of some of Sydney’s finest musicians, under direction of guitarist Ben Panucci. Their enigmatic and fresh sound combines jazz, beats and electronica, and takes its influences from contemporary artists such as Little Dragon and FKA Twigs. 2015 is proving to be a great year for the band so far. Their breakout single ‘Keep Running’ received plenty of airplay, and the accompanying clip was on high rotation on RAGE. Their performance at the Shadow Electric will come off the back of a support tour with headliners Sex on Toast and a recent sold-out Sydney launch which left the crowd buzzing for more.

As well as the music, Citizens of The Streets will also be showcasing a range of mixed media exhibitions, including music photography and art installations by local photographers Markus Ravik, Emily Day and Kathryn Pappas.

Brisbane-based photographer, Markus Ravik is a regular snapper for Speaker TV, as well as many other music publications. He has been photographing gigs since 2007, from small concerts for friends to sold-out arena shows. He can count Sticky Fingers, Remi, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus as some of his subjects so far. Markus plans to transition into tour photography, jumping on the road with musicians and covering all aspects of what happens on and off stage.


Emily Day has been photographing gigs for the past 10 years. She started out shooting for friends in bands and then realised she was rather good, offering her work to Beat magazine and also shooting gigs for Triple M and the Melbourne Folk Club. She likes listening to folk, but her favourite genre to photograph is punk and metal because shit gets wild.


Local artist Kathryn Pappas is interested in mixed media, nostalgia and childhood memories. Her latest project, FRAGMENTATION MEMORY: a work in progress, is a collection of detailed sketches and collages ranging from suburban subjects to anatomical explorations. As well as doing the evocative cover-art for this month’s Citizens of The Streets event, Pappas will be exhibiting her work on the night for attendees to view.