WART; ART UNIT
[POSTER] Sedition. A contemporary independent music festival. Apr 83, Anzac weekend, Friday 22, Saturday 23, Sunday 24, Sydney Trade Union Club, Surry Hills.
Music third floor … Performance, film, video, sound & installations, second floor co-ordinated by Art Unit … Poster printed by Art Unit; designed by Wart. Sydney : Art Unit, 1983. Screenprint poster, 700 x 930 mm; print run unknown; mild edge wear; unbacked and unframed.
Rare poster for a landmark 3-day festival staged at the Sydney Trade Union Club in 1983, which was promoted by Go-Broke and Hot Records and sponsored by 2JJ. On the bill each night were some of Sydney’s most groundbreaking post-punk/jazz-punk/no-wave bands and exciting rock ‘n’ roll groups, including Louis Tillett’s Wet Taxis, Severed Heads, Kill the King, The Same, Great White Noise and Upside Down House (with ex-Laughing Clown Ben Wallace-Crabbe on bass and acclaimed poet Kathleen Stewart on vocals). Headlining on the Friday was Surrealist Kim Salmon’s band The Scientists, from Perth; at the top of the bill on the Saturday was Dave Graney and Clare Moore’s Melbourne band The Moodists, with their new guitarist, Mick Turner (Dirty Three). The opening band on the Sunday was legendary Sydney jazz quartet The Benders, which featured Chris Abrahams and Lloyd Swanton (later of The Necks), tenor-sax player Dale Barlow and drummer Andrew Gander; the more experimental and abrasive Great White Noise, who headlined that night, included the great Tony Buck (later the third member of The Necks) on drums, along with Diane Spence (Laughing Clowns) and Sandy Evans on saxophones and Michael Sheridan (later of No and Peril) on guitar. The Friday night saw what was probably the last ever appearance of The End, formed in Brisbane in 1979 but by this time with Brett Myers the only surviving original member. Among the film and video screenings were works by Severed Heads and Super 8 group films by young Sydney filmmakers.
The sheer concentration of such fresh, daring and original music played over these three nights at the STUC was something that arguably could not have been rivalled in New York, London or Berlin at the time.
Only two examples of this important poster are recorded in Australian public collections (National Gallery of Australia; UNSW, Canberra, Papers of Larry Buttrose).