Hold onto your hats as Ungus Ungus Ungus, your friendly local peddlers of vaudevillian psychedelia, strap you in for a rollercoaster ride of dance and mayhem. This is carnivalesque party music for the creatively inclined, traversing territory from global dance beats to swing, hip-hop and jazz. Featuring mind-tickling on-stage antics and a bold visual presence, their cosmic circus has come to town with the express purpose of making you boogie, gawp, and expand your perceptual horizons.
Now touting their latest release, The Cosmic Carnival (2016), the band have a concept album to accompany their swinging sci-fi concept show that has been destroying dance floors across Australia for the past three years.
The band features a flexible lineup ranging from a full 6-piece live band to a smaller ‘Soundsystem’ ensemble emphasising electronic production in tandem with live musicians. This has made them a favourite of both the folk and electronic festival circuits, with their theatrical bent taking them into the performing arts and circus worlds.
Past appearances range from Rainbow Serpent, Luminate (NZ) and Subsonic to the Wangaratta Jazz, Fairbridge, Illawarra Folk and Western Australian Circus Festivals.
Louisa Magrics is a creative artist and performer from Newcastle, Australia.
As a drummer, she has been collaborating with musicians across Australia since 2009.
In 2012 she began a B. Fine Art at the University of Newcastle (graduating with Hons in 2015) and started combining elements of rhythm, timing, harmony and dynamics, learnt from years of playing music, to the fine art of crochet.
The results are 3d mathematical forms, which take shape as surrealist head-pieces, multi-faceted sculptures and large-scale site-specific installations.
"Louisa Magrics and her disturbing multi-nozzled headpieces (are) taking craft squarely into surrealist territory" - Newcastle Herald, 4/12/2015
Louisa was the overall winner of the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize in 2015.
A one-man-band: face-beats and hand-tasms, soul-squeezes and stories.
Tommy D has been living his dream, rocking the van-life around Australia while working in eco-regeneration and sustentation. From the desert to mountains to the rainforest, these crazy gypsy adventures inspire many a tale worthy of a growly groove or a cranking crimp.
2015 has seen Tommy performing all over the country, from Melbourne to Alice Springs to Darwin to Sydney.
"Sounds like Tom Waits with beat-boxing, but very unique. A huge sound, with a commanding voice and presence that fills the room." - The Town Hall Hotel, Newtown 2015
"Tommy D, TOM.E.D, ThomEeeeDeeee! The one-mand-band.Baby, you oughta come back n play here again next week! Thats some sweeeet Tom Waits shit! Only with beats, like he got shoved into hip-hop via a back alley beat-box jam sesh... niiiice". - Forest Lodge Hotel 2014
Niki Shi (aka Nicole Schild) has been engaged in various forms of theatrical dance for more than 20 years. Her eclectic range of stylistic influences include jazz, vaudeville, street dance, Middle Eastern dance/bellydance, European folkloric dances, ballet and burlesque. As both a choreographer an improvisational dancer, she is adaptable to a diverse range of performance contexts, including those featuring live musicians and electronic artists.
In addition, she is a graphic artist whose work is stylistically bold, intricate, meditative and exuberant. Her design aesthetic is a visual carnival that brings old-school pen-and-ink into the twenty-first century with fresh digital treatments, vivid colour and crisp layouts.