THE Whitlams’ ability to “rock a live set” is the reason the band has remained a mainstay in the Australian music industry – according to front man Tim Freedman.
But locals can decide for themselves when the band hits the shores of Lake Wyangan on Friday night.
Performing as the closing act for Flix in the Stix, the Whitlams will end a night of laughs, tunes and short films with a selection of their greatest hits.
This tour will be the band’s first official reunion after a two-year break, which Freedman said had given them a chance to “freshen up”.
“I’m not really much of a studio-head, I’d prefer to play live,” Freedman told The Area News on Friday.
“Throughout all these changes in the music industry one thing has remained the same – if you can’t play live you can’t make a buck.”
This won’t be the first time the band has visited Griffith and Mr Freedman believed the visits helped combat the isolation of the city.
“There’s a demand for this sort of thing in Griffith – it’s much like an oasis,” he said.
“It’s always good when someone takes a punt on a local crowd, it is a risk but it can be worth it.”
The Whitlams have been around for two decades after forming as a three-piece band in 1992.
Most popular during the 1990s, the band was nominated for eight ARIA awards in 1998 – and won three of them.
This year, they’ve teamed up with the Flix in the Stix team to tour across the country on a raft of regional gigs.
Promising a picnic-style event with plenty of entertainment, the event will kick off at 6.30pm on Friday at Lake Wyangan.