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This post was originally published in April 2016. Links to artists respective Bandcamp and Facebook pages below. You are invited to share your top 5 favourite gigs in the comments section at the bottom of the page. I'd love hear what you're all digging on.

Tyrannamen at Tote was insane. Subsequently my top five gig list has changed. Do I have a number one? Yeah … King Parrot, Pony 2AM slot 2012.

Gigs listed by order of date.

King Parrot, Pony 2AM Slot 2012
King Parrot were nothing short of jaw dropping. People up the front crashed, slid and fell, in the middle they stood unsure of what they were watching and listening too, while up the back, folks were just plain scared or too wasted to be anything other than indifferent. One of the best things about PONY was the mix of people – rockers, punks, straight looking dudes and the regular gig tribe through to groups of corporate type women in their power suits – all getting as fucked up as the bloke next to them. Unique? Yeah, I reckon.

King Parrot Pony 2am slot © Zo Damage

King Parrot
Pony 2am Slot 2012

The Cribs, Ding Dong Lounge 2013
The promoter told me they had no idea how this gig was going to sell, and seriously, who could have anticipated the response … well, except for the English ex-pats and backpackers that had crammed into Ding Dong Lounge. A group of dudes behind me were loosing their shit. "We can't believe it, The Cribs, in this little place! Man, back home they play shows of, you know, like 10,000, there's no way you could get this close. This is fucking brilliant!" I'm not a huge fan of The Cribs but that's not the point. The gig was nuts. I even got pushed under the stage.

The Cribs, Ding Dong Lounge © Zo Damage

The Cribs
Ding Dong Lounge 2013

AGITW, Collingwood 2014
This was amazing. Behind all of this, people are on the roofs and squashed onto window sills. Free street gigs. Good vibes, good times.

AD Skinner All Good In The Wood 2014 © Zo Damage

AD Skinner
All Good In The Wood 2014

AGITW, Collingwood 2015
The photo says it all. I got nothing to add with this one.

Cosmic Psychos AGITW 2015 © Zo Damage

Cosmic Psychos
All Good In The Wood 2015

Tyrannamen, The Tote 2016
I got doused in beer and goon, and, in an all time first, my gear and I got used as a spring board for crowd surfing! This gig was insane, in all the good ways!

Tyrannamen, The Tote © Zo Damage

The Tote 2016


King Parrot

The Cribs

AD Skinner

Cosmic Psychos


This article includes photos from the Zo Damage 365 Day Project where on 25 February 2016 Zo committed to photographing a band or more every day for a full year. As 2016 was a leap year Zo photographed each of the 366 days, successfully completing her unprecedented project on 24 February 2017. Zo's book The Damage Report, released in August 2017, celebrates the successful completion of her 365 Day Project, offering an insightful look into live music culture from the perspective of the scene itself. Find out more here.

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