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Live 0 available on Bandcamp

A digital version of the extremely limited ‘Live 0′ CDR I released at the end of last year is now available for download via Bandcamp.

https://bonniemercer.bandcamp.com/album/live-0

LongPlay

A big thank you

A big thank you to Roman Tucker for inviting me to play with him last night at LongPlay. It was Roman’s first ever solo show and it was a truly special night…an amazing pianist with a remarkable catalogue of songs. Also big love to Ema Dunstan, hearing your voice alongside Roman’s was absolutely beautiful!

Projected photo by Amanda Elledge – https://www.flickr.com/photos/x99elledge

Dumb Numbers II

New DUMB NUMBERS album 19th August on Joyful Noise Recordings….

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Upcoming Adelaide show with Fourteen Nights at Sea

Adelaide, my good mates Fourteen Nights At Sea and I will be heading your way in June!

Fourteen Nights At Sea will be launching their new record ‘Minor Light’. Last Days of Kali & So You Like Machines are playing also, and Lara Sulo aka DJ ONION will be spinning some tunes….. See ya soon at the Crown and Anchor!

Yesterday at MUMA

A video posted by MUMA (@mumamonash) on

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Splenic Injuries

A track from the ‘Splenic Injuries’ double cassette compilation by USA label Spleen Coffin a few years ago… ‪#‎tbt‬

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Joining Little Desert

Announcement from Little Desert:

After the sad departure of the incredible Mick Beard earlier in the year, I know a lot of Little Desert fans have been eagerly awaiting news what’s next for our resident psych monsters. Well, their album is in the can (feat Mick) and will be out later this year… AND they have added two new members to their lineup! Welcome Bonnie Mercer on guitar and Ema Dunstan on bass.

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Bonnie Mercer & Steve Patrick

Bonnie Mercer & Steve Patrick, Monday Night Mass @ Northcote Social Club – 25/05/2015 – Video by Emma Cass Songdahl.

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The Nation Blue (featuring Adalita) / White Walls / Deep Heat / Bonnie Mercer / Tankerville

July 2nd / The Tote Hotel / 8pm
A whole bunch of Melbourne’s loudest are renovating thursdays for one night only. Coming together to help cover the medical costs of a dearly beloved friend, this line-up would be your saturday night on any other weekend.

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Photos by Mick Griffin

Some great photos by Mick Griffin of the show The Public Bar last Saturday night with The Mis-Made, Falconio & Claws & Organs. Very big thanks to Liam & Shaunagh for jamming with me after asking them only moments before. Good sports + talented musos.

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Monday Night Mass

Scratch #1

Very lucky to have footage from the first Scratch / Melbourne night thanks to Emma Cass Songdahl. Here is the final performance from Grace Anderson, Bonnie Mercer, Sarah McKenna.

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Photo by Shaunagh Furlong

Live at The Gasometer Hotel (1st May 2015). Photo by Shaunagh Furlong -http://www.shaunaghfurlong.com

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Photos from Warpigs album launch

Gelareh Pour took some great photos of the show at The Gasometer Hotellast Friday night. Many thanks to Warpigs for inviting me to play at the vinyl launch show.

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Warpigs album launch

I’ll be playing at The Gasometer Hotel tonight opening for Warpigs who will be launching the vinyl version of their debut album ‘Natural Philosophy’. Mega lineup with Magic Mountain Band and Goodbye Enemy Airship also playing. I’ll be on at 8:15pm!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1386490338333402/

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Collaboration with Sarah McKenna & Grace Anderson

Dream collaboration w/ Sarah McKenna & Grace Anderson. This Thursday evening upstairs at The Tote.

DEAD – LP/Boxed set Launch

DEAD Launch the Captains Of Industry Boxed set version
(3 LPs, 2 Cassettes) out via Rock Is Hell Records

Also launching the DEAD/DEAD one way split LP Featuring Toshi Kasai on both sides for those who don’t want a wooden box full of DEAD records.

+ Babymachine
+ Bonnie Mercer
+ Laura MacFarlane

Venue address:
170 The Avenue, Coburg

Please note the earlier start time of the show. We are old and you can take the tram home.

7pm. $10/$15

OM at SXSW

OM at SXSW

First played with OM nine years ago when I came to SXSW. Absolutely stoked to cross paths with them here again this year ☆♡☆

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Sound Gallery – SXSW

Playing at midday today at BD Rileys Irish Pub on 6th Street. Come get some noise in your skull for breakfast. ‪#‎SXSW2015‬

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Rowland S. Howard pedal

Must admit it felt kinda special collecting my new Rowland S. Howard pedal byb Reuss Musical Instruments from the post office up on Fitzroy St in St Kilda. Can’t wait to crank this thing tonight at The Public Bar for the first Breathing Shrine gig in yonks!

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First Melbourne Breathing Shrine show in 4 years!

Breathing Shrine:
Bonnie Mercer / Robert Mayson

Ghost Gums:
Ian Wadley / Kishore Ryan / Samaan Fieck

TAIPAN TIGER GIRLS:
Lisa MacKinney / Mat Watson / Ollie Olsen

TOP CAT DVD:
Simon Karis / David Karis

The Public Bar
Sat. 28 Feb 2015
8:30pm
$8

The Dacios mixing

Mixing new The Dacios album

The Dacios have just completed recording a new album on which I have played bass as well as a few guitar tracks.

Here we are in the thick of mixing, with LJ obviously requesting more vocals, please.

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Body/Head

Found these lovely Body/Head folks atop Sugar Mountain yesterday. — with Body/Head, Adele Daniele and Kim Gordon.

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8th Feb 2015 with Kangaroo Skull & Time for Dreams

This’ll be a good’un. Feb 8th LongPlay with Kangaroo Skull (Rohan from My Disco) & Time For Dreams (Amanda Roff & Tom Carlyon).

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SXSW 2015

I’ll be playing SXSW in Austin, Texas this year. I’ll be joining a load of other fellow Aussie musicians including Angus & Julia Stone, Courtney Barnett, Bloods, The Church, Luluc, and Twerps.

My showcase will be happening on Friday 20th March at The Hideout. Please come by and say hello if you happen to be in town!

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9th Jan 2015 @ The Public Bar

Gonna kick off 2015 with making a big, big noise at the Public Bar in Melbourne. Steve Patrick (Useless Children) will be joining me on bass and we’ll be kicking off the evening ahead of Borrachero, Holy Serpent & Stone Revival. Doors at 8:30pm.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/418843778267573

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New video for Linda Goodman’s Love Signs

Hello my fellow moon watchers. Here’s the brand new official video for “Linda Goodman’s Love Signs”, taken from the release ‘Old Moon / New Moon’. Filmed, edited and directed by my good friend Adam Harding in Los Angeles.

Old Moon / New Moon is available viahttps://bonniemercer.bandcamp.com/album/old-moon-new-moon

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Upcoming shows: December 2014

I’ve got a run of exciting shows coming up this December, kicking off with supporting the mighty Sleep at The Corner Hotel!

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6th – Corner Hotel w/ Sleep & Horsehunter
10th – The Old Bar w/ Falconio & Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony / The Nation Blue)
19th – 21st – Happy Trails Music Festival, Seaspray

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Sleep Support

I’ll be opening for Sleep (USA) at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on 6th December 2014. Many thanks to Life Is Noise! Get out yer bongs!

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QRD – Guitarist Interview Series

I answered 50-something questions about guitars, gear, and everything else possibly related for the 68th edition of the online zine

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The Luminous Veil: New Artworks by Dase Beard

I’ll be playing solo at the opening of Dase Beard’s exhibition ‘The Luminous Veil” on Tuesday 12th August 2014.

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Supporting The Loveless

Steve Patrick and I will be playing a duo set again on Saturday 2nd August at The Old Bar in Fitzroy. Really looking forward to playing with The Loveless again….especially with new bass player Liz Thomas – one of my favourite Melbourne bands. Also on the bill is Uday’s Tiger & Kaleidescope from Wollongong, NSW.

Live Review : Earth, Magic Mountain Band, Bonnie Mercer @ Hifi, Melbourne 21/06/2014

There’s something otherworldly, something hypnotic, about watching a band like Earth live. It was immediately present on their 2012 tour, sitting on the side stage at the Corner Hotel, eyes closed for half the set. Before we get to that though…

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Trade, Bonnie Mercer & Steve Patrick, A Strange Day, Top Cat DVD

Very excited about this bill. I’ve been wanting to see Trade for a long time now. A Strange Day is a new project from Dylan from White Walls, and Top Cat DVD is all round legend Simon Karis. Should be nice Sunday evening. The show is also part of the Leaps & Bounds Festival.

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Supporting Earth in Melbourne

I’m extremely excited to announce that I have been asked to open for Earth in Melbourne next month.  I will be opening the show at the Hi-Fi on Saturday 21st June 2014 which will be presented by Life is Noise.

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New Facebook Page

I’ve gone ahead and created myself a Facebook page.  I’ve been doing some more solo recordings lately, so I’ve gotten all excited and will posisbly wanna bang on and on about it all. If you feel you’d like to be subjected to this type of ranting, please pop by and give me a ‘like’.

http://www.facebook.com/bonniemercermusic

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On the road with My Bloody Valentine

This tour was a trip and a half!

[pullquote]Dumb Numbers’ ADAM HARDING writes about life on the road with My Bloody Valentine – from personal chefs to meeting Patti Smith.

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Steve Patrick will be joining me on bass guitar. Really looking forward to playing with this excellent lineup of bands!

Melbourne Drone Orchestra

Melbourne Drone Orchestra

LIAM BREWER / DAV BYRNE / CIARAN GEOGHEGAN / BONNIE MERCER / PIERS MORGAN / DANIEL TUCCERI

Six guitarists. Six strings. Six half stacks. 6.6.6. Possibly 666 decibels. Entirely consisting of guitar drones and feedback, the aim is for internal liquefaction via voluminal pressure.

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Celeste Potter & Sarah Mary Chadwick Exhibition and Gig

SARAH MARY CHADWICK from BATRIDER and CELESTE POTTER from OUCH MY FACE are having an exhibition in the gallery above Old Bar.

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Photos – My Bloody Valentine & Dumb Numbers – NYC

Check out photos from the My Bloody Valentine & Dumb Numbers show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, New York on 11 Nov 2013.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/11/my_bloody_valen_15.html

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Dead River on Neighbours

Dead River bring the noise to Neighbours on October 23rd, 2013.

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Touring with My Bloody Valentine!

Dumb Numbers are extremely honored to be touring with My Bloody Valentine on the East Coast leg of their upcoming tour!

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Dead River at CherryFest013

Dead River are excited to have been invited to play CherryFest013!

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Ouch My Face, La Bastard, Kids of Zoo & Bonnie Mercer

Hello. I am playing at the Grace Darling in the tiny basement on Friday July 5th.

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Big Yawn 7″ launch w/ Bonnie Mercer, Jealous Husband & Call Me Professor

On Thursday the 20th of June, Big Yawn will be launching their recorded output at the Tote Hotel in Collingwood.

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Bad Acid, Bad Job, Bad Amp

Former Grey Daturas and Breathing Shrine: Bonnie Mercer. Not here really quite done justice, live Mercer dishes out sort of macho sorcery, beating her Jaguar into submission wringing feedback from it like wrestling an anaconda. ‘Bad Acid, Bad Job, Bad Amp’ feat. hypnotic chugging wall-of-Stooges guitar back’n’forth, plus shreds. See her solo when you can, or in more conventional role; riffs for sludgey/garage Melbs Dead River.

Ryan Lloyd, Vulture Magazine
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Debut Dead River EP

Here’s the new Dead River EP! Download it from http://deadriverband.bandcamp.com

 

Ladyz in Noyz Australia

Ladyz in Noyz fundraiser show

First solo show since the Earth tour this Sunday 28th October at The Gasometer.

Earth, Bonnie Mercer, Margins @ The Corner, Melbourne (16/09/2012)

Earth, Bonnie Mercer, Margins @ The Corner, Melbourne (16/09/2012)

Earth support – Hifi Bar, Sydney

Some photos and a review from the Earth support gig I played at the Hifi Bar in Sydney on Thurs 13th Sept 2012.

Photos: http://www.theaureview.com/photos/earth-bonnie-mercer-dumbsaint-the-hi-fi-13-09-12

Review: http://www.mruforums.com/concert-reviews/13531-dumbsaint-bonnie-mercer-earth-september-13-hifi-sydney.html

[Live Review] Pete Swanson, Half High, Bonnie Mercer, Housewives

[Live Review] Pete Swanson, Half High, Bonnie Mercer, Housewives

Earth Support – The Zoo, Brisbane

Earth Support – The Zoo, Brisbane

Supporting Earth, Brisbane (2012)

A small snippet from the Earth support show I played in Brisbane at The Zoo on 9th September 2012.

Live at Alpha House, Sydney – 25th August 2012

BRUCE opening

I’ll be playing a solo set tonight at the grand opening of BRUCE – an exciting artist run initiative in Footscray.

Further details available via the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/413694038677482/

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Paul Kidney Experience and Damo Suzuki with Niko Niko at Workers Club, Melbourne, 1st July 2012.

You can find me on the right ‘trolling’ with my guitar….

[Review] Paul Kidney Experience supporting Damo Suzuki @ The Workers Club

[Review] Paul Kidney Experience supporting Damo Suzuki @ The Workers Club

At this point the decibels were emanating from a lone performer on the stage, Bonnie Mercer. Her solo performance comprises wholly of feedback manipulation, sometimes evoking a gojiran giant slowly being brought to the ground, sometimes an unwilling noise-spirit being dragged moaning from the amplifier. In both instances the spectacle is impressive. If you can imagine Fun House slowed down – like all the amphetamine had run out, and Iggy was using his newfound quaalude-time to explore his feelings for sludgy psychedelic drones (and decided he loved them) – you can imagine a certain aspect to the sound created by Bonnie Mercer and her Jaguar.

How to Break Up with a Water Sign

This was my Tropscore 2012 entry. Hence, ideally this should be listened to whilst viewing the supposedly accompanying short film….but the T’s and C’s say that’s not allowed…..

I’ll be joining Sydney legends Scattered Order on guitar this Sunday night (22nd April 2012) at the Grace Darling (cellar).

Click through for event details….. http://www.facebook.com/events/270049189736284/

Bonnie Mercer: Blau. Reminds me of Faust IV (oh, come on, whaddaya mean you’ve never heard of it? Oh, for fuck’s sake) tuneful and melodic through a delicate haze of fuzzy guitar. Actually, this is really damn good. I love this one. Hell, it doesn’t go for long enough.

I-94 Bar – Robert Brokenmouth: http://i94bar.com/reviews/theshapeofsound.php

Upcoming shows

I’ve got a few exciting shows coming up…..starting with one this evening!…..

THURSDAY 22nd MARCH – GRACE DARLING HOTEL (CELLAR)

Tonight (Thursday 22nd March) i’ll be playing solo down in the cellar of the Grace Darling Hotel for part 2 of The Shape of Sound – VOL. 2 compilation CD that i contributed a track to.

Also on the bill is Mad Nanna, admin bldg, Galactagogue & Monolith.

Here’s the Facebook event page for it! The Shape Of Sound – VOL.2 ( Launch 2)

And here a a few articles/reviews of the compilation:

Here’s my contribution to the comp:

SUNDAY 25th MARCH – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB

On Sunday night (25th March) I’ll be opening up for Boris (from Japan) down at the Northcote Social Club. Doors 8pm.

I’ve never seen Boris play live, so I’m really looking forward to checking them out!  A memorable tour moment is discovering the album Absolutego with Rob Mayson during the first Grey Daturas USA tour.  We were sleeping on the floor of the promoters house in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, came across the CD in his collection and proceeded to happily fall asleep with the CD on repeat.  Hopefully our hosts slept as pleasantly as we did that night.

I was gonna post I link to some Absolutego, but to be honest….I’m hoping Boris kick out the fuckin’ jams in the following fashion on Sunday night!

SUNDAY 1st APRIL – THE CORNER HOTEL

On Sunday 1st April, my band Dead River will be playing with Dead Meadow & Pink Mountaintops at the Corner Hotel. Once again I’ve never seen either band play live and it’s a pretty damn exciting support slot for my relatively new band.

Here a recording of Dead River live on 3CR radio:

And finally…..(only for now!)…..

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL – GRACE DARLING HOTEL (CELLAR)

I’m extremely excited to have been asked by Scattered Order (a legendary noise making band from Sydney, Australia, who began their post punk assault on listeners in 1979!!) to play guitar with them for a show when they travel down to Melbourne in April!

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page:
SCATTERED ORDER, MATTHEW BROWN, MONOLITH

Check out some relatively new live Scattered Order recordings below!

<a href=”http://scatteredorder.bandcamp.com/album/odd-din” data-mce-href=”http://scatteredorder.bandcamp.com/album/odd-din”>Odd Din by Scattered Order</a>

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30 GUITARELAY performer tracks (spanning 2009-11) are now available via Soundcloud.  Here’s my contribution from 2009.

Next solo gig is at the Old Bar on July 2nd.  Adam Harding will be launching his new 7inch. Bodies and Hotel Wrecking City Traders will also be playing.

44 – the track I contributed to the Ladyz in Noyz (Australia) compilation.

First you learn your instrument, then you learn the music, and then you forget all that shit and just play.

Charlie Parker

MIDweekMID with Tom Hall

MIDweekMID with Tom Hall

Video for “I Wish I Might”, taken from the Signal Limitation CDR (self-released, 2007).

Shot and edited by Bonnie Mercer.

Video recorded on the I-5, Oregon (travelling from Portland to San Francisco) 10th December 2007.

The track ‘Signal Limitation’ (Bonnie Mercer) appears on the CDR of the same name.

Breathing Shrine t’shirts are now available at our shows.  Green on black and/or Orange on brown…as modeled by dog.

Breathing Shrine at The Old Bar, Melbourne 18/06/2010 with Dad They Broke Me, Whitehorse, Firewitch, Spacebong

Breathing Shrine photo’s by Ben Butcher – Forced Exposure Blog
Bar Open – 1st July 2010

Breathing Shrine opening for Wooden Shjips + Kim Salmon & The Surrealists

Mistletone is proud to present for the first time in Australia, the super psychedelic sounds of San Francisco’s Wooden Shjips.

Wooden Shjips (that’s not a typo) is a quartet who play rock n roll in a style heavily influenced by the experimentalism of psychedelia, classical minimalism and garage rock excess. Started as an experiment in rhythmic primitivism and group improvisation, the current lineup brings a more structured rock approach to its performances.

Their songs sound something akin to the icy garage rock of early Echo & The Bunnymen crossed with the sun-bleached tremolo-punk of the Scientists. There are hints of krautrock, the trance-inducing organ haze of Suicide, Deerhunter style dance-drone, classic desert-fried garage psych and the mysterious, obscure Japanese lysergic-rock band Les Rallizes Denudes all mixed into one explosive whole.

WOODEN SHJIPS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

QUEENSLAND: SAT MAR 6 @ THE LOST WEEKEND FESTIVAL.

VICTORIA: SUN MAR 6 @ GOLDEN PLAINS FESTIVAL.

MELBOURNE: WED MAR 10 @ East Brunswick Club with extra special guests Kim Salmon & The Surrealists and Breathing Shrine. Tickets on sale from the venue.

SYDNEY: THU MAR 11 @ Annandale with Naked On The Vague + Circle Pit. Tickets on sale now from the venue, phone: 02 9550 1078 or online.

This is the short film which accompanies the 2007 Magic Dirt album, Roky’s Room. Magic Dirt invited me to play on the album and appear in the film, both of which were amazing, unforgettable experiences.

‘Paradise’ had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2008.

Grey Daturas last ever show at the Tote by Ben Butcher. Visit Ben’s Long Exposure photo blog for more photos!

A photo from the What is Music? Festival 50/50 performance.  You can just see me, ghost like, with Dan from Occult Blood in the foreground.

Photo by Pete Hyde (taken from the Never Nothing photoblog)

What is Music? Festival: 50/50 – Fifty artists in fifty minutes

What is Music? Festival: 50/50 – Fifty artists in fifty minutes

Sabbatical Blog – Documentation: 22 October 2009

Sabbatical presents: Bonnie Mercer (22nd October 2009)

Sabbatical presents: Bonnie Mercer (22nd October 2009)

Thursday 15th October 2009: Tomorrow the World

Festival of experimental sound, performance and audiovisual programming.

Tomorrow the World is a West Space project in the form of a mini-festival that focuses on experimental sound, performance and audiovisual programming. The festival runs across a number of weeks and each weeknight is programmed within a different format. The eclectic line-up involves disparate arts communities, reflecting our aim to survey different experimental (and sometimes just plain mental) interdisciplinary and audiovisual arts practices. Essentially, we have given each artist free reign to do what they want.

TOMORROW THE WORLD program

Saturday 10th October 2009: Tiny Vipers with Sheahan Drive & Bonnie Mercer

Saturday 10th October 2009: Tiny Vipers with Sheahan Drive & Bonnie Mercer

Bonnie Mercer on Myspace

Bonnie Mercer on Myspace