Young Bendigo band Ironstone are hoping to secure the biggest gig of their careers and encourage other young music hopefuls to pick up their instruments
The five-piece heavy metal band are in the running for a slot at the Good Things festival in Melbourne but they have to win a popular vote to get there.
Drummer Jackson Whyte said if Ironstone finished in the top four of the vote they would get the chance to impress organisers at a showcase.
"If we got in, it would definitely be the biggest gig and biggest achievement for us to play on the big stage," he said.
"We need heaps of votes to get into the top four for a showcase and then the best band of that four gets the opening slot."
Whyte said if the band could start finding success at bigger music festivals it could show other young and up-and-coming bands from the region that it was possible.
"If we were to get in, Bendigo bands could see four teenagers in a band playing in a big festival, it might inspire them to get out there, try to get on festivals and get their name out there," he said.
Whyte joined the band as drummer in 2016 but Ironstone started with guitarist Eddie Warren (now 17) and his bass-playing brother Perry (aged 15) as an outfit called Detention.
Other members include 22-year-old singer Dan Charlton and Aidan Kalms keyboardist (aged 17).
In the three years since Whyte came on board, their usual venue Musicman Megastore has closed down forcing the band to look beyond Bendigo for regular shows.
"We used to play at Musicman a lot and when that shut down there wasn't many venues," Whyte said. "Occasionally we play at the Golden Vine or Manchester Arms but there are not many other places. Most of our gigs are in Melbourne and around that area.
"It does make it pretty hard if we want to promote ourselves or play a gig in our hometown. There's no big venues or new ones. Entree was there for about three months but it closed, which was a shame. It's definitely hard to get a lot of (musical) attention in Bendigo."
A spot on the Good Things festival alongside bands including Parkway Drive, Violent Soho, Simple Plan, Bad Religion, Karnivool, The Veronicas and Reel Big Fish would mean a lot to Ironstone.
"Parkway Drive are one of our inspirations. our music evolves almost every month and we do have bands that not everyone would have hard of that also inspire us," Whyte said.
For more find Ironstone on Facebook or visit https://goodthingsfestival.com.au/bandcomp
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