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Northern Beaches locals have contributed greatly to the Australian and international music scene and have a long and interesting history of producing great music.
The rock band INXS brings together a mix of Davidson and Forest High School boys who had their first debut in 1977 at Whale Beach. A year later, it was by chance that INXS would perform at the Narrabeen Antler and Tim Farriss (lead guitar) would be approached by Gary Morris, the manager of Midnight Oil.
The band began to be a regular support for Midnight Oil, eventually crossing paths with more music legends, AC/DC, managed by yet another talented Northern Beaches local Michael Browning and went on to sign under his label Deluxe Records.
There was no need to travel out of the area, with great musos coming far and wide to perform at our local pubs and venues, The Antler in Narrabeen and Manly Vale Hotel hosted many Aussie rock bands – AC/DC, Cold Chisel, INXS, Midnight Oil, Celibate Rifles and Radiators – just to name a few.
In more recent years, before stepping in front of sold out shows and screaming crowds of thousands, Angus and Julia Stone practised their trumpet and trombone at their family home in Newport. It was actually in their mother’s lounge room where they recorded most of their 2009 album A Book Like This. Angus and Julia still pay homage to the local high school regularly performing free shows for students and locals alike.
Grammy Award winner DJ and music producer Flume is regarded as the pioneer of the music genre ‘future bass’. Before Harley Streten was ‘Flume’ his humble beginnings involved teaching himself music at the age of 13 while attending high school at St Augustine's in Brookvale and later began performing at local venues across the Northern Beaches. Flume today has topped the Aria Album Charts, and even reached double platinum.
During the October long weekend Manly comes alive with the sounds of jazz. Now in its 41st year, the internationally acclaimed Manly Jazz is known worldwide for its beautiful location and the diversity of music it presents, from traditional New Orleans jazz to funk, Latin, fusion, blues, gospel, swing and roots with performances in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including major stages alongside the world famous Manly Beach.