Festive cheer at On Like Donkey Kong at The Jack
A group of Cairns' finest live bands join forces this weekend for the third On Like Donkey Kong at The Jack.
Serving as the unofficial Christmas party for Cairns' heavy and rock scene, the gig features six bands including Meat Bikini, Zilch, Jobstopper, Peyote, Sworf and Salacious.
Together, these bands (above) have been pivotal in keeping the Far North's original rock scene alive and kicking.
To celebrate the festive season in style, this weekend they want you to come out and enjoy their music.
In addition, progressive rockers Sworf will also launch their debut EP Demo-Licious.
Col McDonald (vocals), Leigh Jeffries (guitar), Nick Rossi (bass) and Tim Johns (drums) only formed the band about seven months ago, yet they have wasted no time in making their mark on the local scene.
After winning The Global Battle Of The Bands Cairns Heat at their debut show in August, they will travel to Sydney in the new year for the Australasian final. Meanwhile, Sworf have built a strong following among local rock fans.
Their impressive list of performances includes Heyday Festival and the Kuranda Motorcycle Festival, alongside The Jack and JCU. Recorded and engineered by bass player Leigh Jeffries (formerly of popular local outfits Chronic Haze and Projekt Tile), Col McDonald says the band members look forward to unleashing their new sounds to home crowds.
"Sworf has a strong message to send," Col says. "Rock music hasn't gone anywhere. The live band scene is coming back in a big way."
On Like Donkey Kong is at The Jack on Sunday from 3pm-10pm. Bands include Salacious, Sworf, Meat Bikini, Jobstopper and Peyote. Entry is free.
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Rocking effort: Members of bands performing on Sunday at On Like Donkey Kong. Picture: Stewart McLean