by Hannah Galvin

Can you remember your first birthday? You were most probably picking at your cake, staring into the distance dismally as you were simultaneously smothering your clothes and entire body in chocolate. Oh and you probably cried lots too.

Thankfully, you probably don’t remember this new happening. However, there’s a first birthday in the post that wants you to remember every fine detail! Unless you get too obliterated off the free beverages of course..

Sydney’s The Standard is turning one and wants you to come and celebrate! Having watched a beautiful year fly past, all they want as a present is your presence.

The venue is known to showcase a variety of entertainment – from live music to comedy to art. It’s through this versatility that has kept the New York City loft looking space going. So let the Sydney folk commend them!

It wouldn’t be a party without some live music. ARIA nominated Sydney three-piece PAPA VS PRETTY will be headlining the night. Starting the band in just their teenage years, the trio have done very well for themselves. They’ve released a debut album, have played to audiences of Big Day OutSt. Jerome’s Laneway FestivalParklifeand Pyramid Rock. They’ve also supported some big names, such as the Temper TrapPhoenixSilversun Pickupsand Surfer Blood. If that isn’t a big enough success story to go and check them out then I don’t know what is.

Joining Papa Vs Pretty, New South Wales duo FISHING will also be hitting the stage. Doug Wright (Alister Wright ofCloud Control‘s bro) and Russell Fitzgibbon are pretty damn good at releasing good vibes through their sweet, electronic, happy-go-lucky tunes. They’ve explored America, England and Australia through extensive touring. Recently signing to Yes Please Records, expect pleasant things from the duo on the night!

The third name on the bill are Sydney babes PALMS. Both former members of Red Riders, Al Grigg and Tom Wallis make really, really good tunes. It’s as simple as that really well-thought sentence! In the last twelve months, they’ve supported Expatriate, Children CollideCatcallWolf & Cub and Velociraptor. They were also nominated for a SMAC award at the end of last year. Currently in the process of getting an album in the works, come and check out what these boys and their live band can do.

To complete this fantastically strung bill, SHADY LANE will also be ready to party with The Standard. From the musical workings of Jordy Lane, he recorded his latest Shady Lane record, Built Guilt, with his live band for that extra touch of detail. Come and see them play some fun and wacky tunage! If you’ve already seen the Rice Is Nice four piece play before, you realise you now have to go and tell others to come and watch this incredible act. Make sure you’re early to avoid music-lacking-disappointment!

There will also be a mural to marvel at, thanks to the Lo-Fi Collective, which pays homage to to the musicians that have given The Standard some of the greatest parties of the year.

So get down to The Standard this Thursday, 25th October. For only ten bucks, you get to watch rad bands, drink for free (until the alcohol fairies run out of booze) and party with one of Sydney’s greatest venues. Woo!

Published on Purple Sneakers.