We're back again for 2017 and continuing our coverage for the upcoming Riverboats Music Festival!
Joining the likes of Paul Kelly, Charlie Owen, Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne and Cash Savage at this years festival will be calypso party champions Mighty Duke & The Lords.
On what was probably one of Melbourne's greyest days in recent times, we went to visit the guys at their legendary “Bamboo HQ”. After doing the whole “Hi I’m Julien, this is Ben, how you doing?” and receiving the old “I’m well thanks, why are you in my house?” (classic scene) we were given a tour of the space. Bamboo HQ is best described as a labyrinth: it’s a warehouse space that in the past has been home to theatre productions, movie screenings, house parties, gigs and rehearsals. We were super jealous.
I can't really describe Bamboo HQ, so it’s probably good that we took a whole lot of photos for you to look at, but I will say that Bamboo HQ is a very colourful and surprising place. Every corner of the warehouse seems to be taken from somewhere else – like an enormous collage. There was a succulent plant garden next to a cinema room leading to a performance area with full lighting rig. There was a kitchen/laundry next to a woodworking studio next to a tiny closet door where apparently someone lived. It was organised chaos, and thus fitting for a band like Mighty Duke and the Lords to call home.
The beautiful chaos of it all sums up Mighty Duke & The Lords. They burst onto every stage they play whether it's Meredith or Falls with boundless energy and confidence only a crisp white suit can give you, not overly concerned with where the party will take them because they're already having too much fun along the way.
Huge thanks to Wally, Glen and Cayn for having us over. A special thanks to Glen, who really stepped up the coffee game with a quality pour-over. Looking forward to hanging at Riverboats!