- What: triple j’s One Night Stand
- When: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 3pm
- Where: St Helens Recreation Ground, Cnr Tully and Young Sts
- Who: All ages. This is a drug and alcohol-free event.
- Entry: By gold coin donation
- More info: Triplej.net.au/onenightstand
For lovers of live music, and for those who have never experienced the acoustics and atmosphere of an open-air concert, triple j’s One Night Stand at St Helens on Saturday, September 1, will be a blast.
For those who can’t attend, ABC and iview will broadcast the concert the day after it’s held - but nothing will compare to being right there at the rec and feeling the beat live on the East Coast.
Tasmanian Unearthed winners The Sleepyheads join international and national musicians Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids and Alex the Astronaut for the annual, free, all ages concert that will give the community the chance to experience live music despite not being on the usual musical touring map.
It’s also a chance for the rest of Australia to get to know a special part of the country and the economic and marketing benefits are expected to be enormous.
The event is thanks to local resident Kristi Chapple, who nominated St Helens for the free regional concert back in February.
Having two teenagers of her own she was well aware of the travel involved to take them to concerts.
As part of the application, Ms Chapple was asked to highlight what St Helens could offer the event and the areas it was lacking.
She said like many regional towns, young people in St Helens often struggled with living in such an isolated area.
“The mental health of our young kids has always been a big issue and it is a key focus for us at the moment,” she said.
“We had our first Whitelion office open up earlier this year and slowly we are seeing a real shift in the way we talk about these issues.
“Something like triple j is a youth network and an event like this is such a positive thing for the town.
“But most importantly, it is something the kids can be excited for and we are already seeing that.”
Break O’Day Council has been encouraging the central business district to get into the spirit by “painting the town orange” – the chosen theme colour for 2018.
And One Night Stand Mayhem – 17 community groups who have formed a cooperative to create a chef-grade menu from most cuisines around the world, will not only feed the masses but put some of the profits towards future events.
Accommodation in St Helens is all but booked out but there are still opportunities to camp nearby or travel from satellite townships with a special bus timetable established to help with commuting.
More than 10,000 people are expected to attend and the gold coin donation will go to Whitelion.
- 3.30pm: Gates open
- 4pm: Welcome to Country
- 4.15pm: The Sleepyheads
- 4.50pm: Alex the Astronaut
- 5.40pm: Middle Kids
- 6.45pm: Tkay Maidza
- 7.50pm: Vance Joy
- 9.10pm: Peking Duk
- 10pm: Event Ends
MORE EATING OPTIONS
- The final countdown: Claire Atley and Matt Gibson of Destination Bay of Fires and their daughter Millie have been counting down the days to One Night Stand.
- St Helens RSL – Recovery Breakfast on September 2 from 9am, $15 per person. Bookings recommended.
- The Kazzbar – Award Winning Low and Slow BBQ from August 30 to September 2.
- Esplanade – St Helens Marine Rescue BBQ from August 31 to September 2.
- Foreshore – Feed Street on the Waterfront from August 31 to September 2. Featuring food vans such aws Magic Mixer, Pie-O-Matic, Blue Cave Cafe, Cheese Louise, and Yodel Yum.
- Mt Elephant Pancakes, St Marys. Discounts for bookings of six or more, plus wear something orange and got in the draw to win your meal back. Donations to Buy a Bale will also take place.
MORE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
- Tasman Highway – One Night Stand After party from August 21 to September 2. Featuring live music from Luca Brasi, Ruby Fields, and Elk Road. Tickets and information on Eventbrite.
- St Helens Buskers Festival
- St Helens RSL – After Party on September 1 from 8.30pm until late, $5 entry. Ages 18+.
- St Helens Books – Squashed Lizard playing from 8.30pm on August 31. Pete Cornelius playing from 9pm on September 1.
- St Helens Memorial Park – Big Easy Block Party on September 2 from 10am to 4pm.
- The Kazzbar – Karaoke until 2am on August 31 and September 1, with $10 entry. Open band jam from noon on September 2.
- Bayside Inn, St Helens – DJ Bob playing from 8pm on August 31. DJ Jack from 9pm on September 1
- Portland Memorial Hall – The Big Easy Dance Party on September 1 from 10pm.
- Relax You Deserve It – Refresh Sesh from 10am. Massage plus a complimentary glass of wine or beer.
- Break O’Day Field Archery Club – Get Nocked Up Twilight Shoot from 4.30pm on August 31. $15 per person. Phone 6376 1815 to book.
- MInT Gallery – Pop-up shop featuring local makers and artisans from August 30 to September 4.
ACROSS THE EAST COAST
- St Marys Op Shop – Special deals at the Op Shop from August 31 to September 2.
- Historic St Marys Hotel – Adam Page Rock and Roll Show on August 31 from 7pm. Party After the One Night Stand with the Smokin Elmores on September 1 from 10pm.
- Gone Rustic Studio and Gallery – Ebb and Flow Exhibition Launch on September 1, at 2.30pm. Bookings online at gonerustic.com.
- Pyengana Dairy – Recovery Session on September 2 from 8am.
- Surfside Motel, Beaumaris – East Coast Bus Tour on September 1 and 2. Information available
- Bay of Fires Eco Tours, Beachfront Bicheno – Rock Stay and Play on August 31 from 8.30pm.