Victoria Bitter has proudly confirmed the return of VB HARD YARDS for 2018. Staunchly backing live Aussie rock, Hard Yards will head on tour this year, inviting bands to earn a spot in the tour van for four massive gigs throughout October.
Bands from Queensland, ACT, New South Wales and Victoria are offered the opportunity to be paired with massive local headliners in some of Australia’s finest venues, all the while enjoying the trials, tantrums and tribulations of touring through Melbourne, Sydney, Newy and Brisbane.
Ross Knight (Cosmic Pyschos) explains…
“It’s hard work for touring bands. Booking supports, venues, lighting, logstics, luggage, and even just establishing an audience for your band in different cities, is no easy feat. But VB are going to give three young bands the chance to get a bit of help with load in … so to speak.”
Bands can visit www.victoriabitter.com/hardyards to enter.
Entries close July 15
Audiences will be invited to vote on shortlisted bands in July before Hard Yards’ full lineup is announced in August. Hard Yards winners will also receive $5,000 in cash along with pre-paid rehearsal room hire, to help limber up for some live music.
VB HARD YARDS EAST COAST TOUR
Wed October 3 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Thurs October 4 – The Foundry, Brisbane
Fri October 5 – The Cambridge, Newcastle
Sat October 6 – The Lansdowne, Sydney
Last year’s NSW-based event saw Byron Bay’s Mini Skirt narrowly claim victory, nabbing cash prizes, recording and studio time and an upcoming 7″ with the Cosmic Psychos. Runners up Rackett and Shearin’ sat down with the Psychos to discuss career longevity, touring, recording and staying relevant.