The Fourth annual Reservoir Stomp returns to the Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club on Sunday 17 November with a jam-packed program featuring local artists from all walks of life, ranging from established musicians to newbies, to members of the community that often struggle to have their voices heard.
Reservoir doesn’t exactly have the best reputation. Some say it’s apocalyptic and rough, others say it’s boring and too far from the city. But two proud Reservoir residents, Danny Walsh and Emma Peel, disagree. In their minds Reservoir is not the under-dog anymore – it’s the star of the show.
In 2016 they set out to prove it by putting on a music festival showcasing the talent lurking within its borders, they had kept bumping into a plethora of renowned artists at the local IGA. It was a raging success and since then, the Reservoir Stomp has grown to become a much-loved event on the local calendar.
On the surface, the Reservoir Stomp might appear to be ‘just another music festival,’ but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover it’s so much more than that. It’s one of the only opportunities for local artists to perform in their neighbourhood and for Reservoir residents to engage with live music and connect with each other. Emma, Danny and local funding bodies agree it’s helping to build a better community by giving locals a place to celebrate the history and continuity of Reservoir life.
More and more creatives and young families are being drawn to the neighbourhood, firstly because it makes financial sense – house prices are affordable – but it’s also deeply charming. It’s one of the few remaining suburbs, and only 12 km from the CBD, where you can still buy a homemade cream bun at the local cake shop. Where you still get a sense of Australian ‘suburbia’ in all its glory. And for the creatively inclined, it’s the perfect place to be inspired.
Proof of that is a new initiative in this year’s program where Emma and Danny have brought together a number of prominent local musicians and songwriters to work on an album dedicated to the wonders of Reservoir. Entitled ‘Cheddar Road’ after the suburb’s most peculiarly named and infamous roads, it features members of The Waifs, The Rechords, The Putbacks, Cat Canteri and more. The project will be performed for the first time at the Reservoir Stomp. Mastered files available for radio play by request.
2019’s performance line-up features Remi, Cookin’ on 3 Burners + The Wolfgramm Sisters, Ponyface, Tek Tek Ensemble, Freya Josephine Hollick, Empat Lima, Madeline Lehman and The Desert Swells, Pico Sound System feat. Cumbia Cosmonauts, Barbarion, Rebetika Ensemble, Box Wars, Bongo Brothers, Outer Urban Projects, Rezza Rockers Primary School Band, all MC’d by Emma Peel, Danny Walsh and Talei Wolfgramm. There’s also Barefoot Bowling comps, the Reservoir Makers Market, local food trucks and cool stuff for the kids.
PBS 106.7FM will present a live broadcast from the Reservoir Stomp from 3pm.
Reservoir Stomp: Sunday 17 November
Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club, 75 Leamington Street, Reservoir
Tickets on sale from Thursday 5 September via: www.reservoirstomp.com
Check out the YouTube channel for moving pictures: tiny.cc/reservoirstomp
Image caption: Left to rightDanny Walsh, Cat Canteri, Emma Peel, Leo Francis, Justin Bernasconi -The Cheddar Road Allstars performing at The Reservoir Stomp.
Image Credit: Nicole Cleary