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Georgia Mooney's Supergroup

This 'Spicks and Specks' and 'Rockwiz'-style live variety show is hitting the Factory Theatre for two big nights.
By Sarah Ward
July 25, 2022
By Sarah Ward
July 25, 2022

Music panel shows weren't invented when Spicks and Specks and Rockwiz started airing in Australia back in 2005, but the two series became Aussie icons quickly. Seemingly everyone watched one, the other or both, with the pair earning a devoted following by realising a pivotal fact: as well as seeing musicians live, audiences also love watching them banter, bust out their smarts and just generally connecting over music.

Also taking that idea and running with it is Georgia Mooney's Supergroup, which originally debuted in Sydney in 2019 and is now taking its live variety show on the road. It's inspired by Spicks and Specks and Rockwiz, obviously; focuses on stellar songwriters; and also includes live music and interviews as well.

If that sounds like your kind of night out, music fans in Sydney can rediscover Supergroup's wonders at the Factory Theatre on Sunday, August 14 and Thursday, August 18, with an impressive lineup that includes Josh Pyke, Ngaiire and Martha Marlow on the first night, then Tim Minchin, Hannah Joy from Middle Kids and Ziggy Ramo on the second.

Here's how it works: on each evening, the guests come together to form a band, with support from the Supergroup House Band. They'll only play together for that one night, with each high-profile songwriter taking turns to perform songs while their colleagues join in. And it's all spontaneous — with no rehearsals and absolutely zero prior planning.

That means that guests get an experience that's never been seen or heard before, and won't ever happen again with the same songwriters and tunes, either.

"There is something quite magical about it," says All Our Exes Live in Texas' Mooney. "It is communal and whimsical and musical in the purest sense. I have a feeling this tour will take that to a new level. It's going to feel incredibly poignant to connect again in this way, after the two years we've all had."

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