I am delighted to announce that our management arm has struck a lucrative deal with radio station Double J for our talking services. The station beat out other bids from rivals the FoxFM network, Radio One (UK) and WKRP in Cincinnati. I will be talking sport every Thursday morning at 11.30am with the wonderful Myf Warhurst. I will do this in my guise as an actual human man called Andy rather than as a blog called Presentation Night for obvious logistical reasons. Our management arm hasn’t actually said as much, but I rather suspect this opportunity has come about as a result of the phenomenal global success of the Presentation Night franchise. …Read full story
27 August, 2014
14 August, 2014
As you can see from the picture accompanying this post, our show last night at the Vic on the Park was an absolute screamer. Thankyou Sydney people for coming out with clear eyes and full hearts – we could never lose. There was a lot of love in the room, and that’s exactly how we like it. A successful Presentation Night all comes down to the people on stage opening up about their lives in and outside of football and music, and the people in the room – that’s us – wanting to come along for the ride. Jude Bolton and Urthboy treated everyone in the room to an absolute masterclass in humility, humour, intelligence and story telling.…Read full story
12 August, 2014
Wednesday night. Is there any more hotly anticipated evening in live entertainment in the harbour city? Friday? Yawn…Saturday? Please…don’t be condescending. Anyone can go out on those nights. No, we – all of US – prefer the sanctity of the mid-week sit down, the hump day chit-chat if you will. That’s why tonight we look forward with eager anticipation to the realisation of a dream. A dream ‘they’ said could never eventuate in much the same way the nay-sayers said ‘nay’ to the Swans heading north from South Melbourne to the harbour city all those years ago. “Presentation Night in Sydney??” they said, eyebrows raised, a look of utter disgust upon their faces.…Read full story
10 August, 2014
When I first moved to Sydney in the late ‘eighties, there was a telephone hotline you could call that informed you of the current levels of pollution in the water of city beaches on that particular day. Having moved from landlocked Canberra in search of a mythical lifestyle that included the living by the beach, seeing bands every night, and ‘making it’, this came as a bit of a shock. More often than not the advice from the disembodied recorded voice at the other end of the line advised that the level effluent and e-coli detected in the water at Bondi was too high for any sane person to enter without the risk of exiting at the end of their swim with red eyes, a raging sore throat and a body riddled with disease.…Read full story
24 July, 2014
Several weeks ago – okay, nearly two months ago – we held Presentation Night #3 featuring the outstanding talents of Cameron Ling and Paul Dempsey chatting about music, footy and life together with Francis Leach at The Corner Hotel in Richmond. Just as we’d hoped, it was a fantastic evening of reflection, conversation, music and generally good vibes both on and off the stage. One of our favourite writers Dugald Jellie reflected on the night on the wonderful Tiger Tiger blog not long after the show, and has very kindly allowed us to run his piece again here. This is great for two reasons: firstly, he’s a great writer with his own unique voice bringing a beautiful personal aspect to all of his writing; secondly, I’ve been halfway through writing about the night for nearly two months getting nowhere, and his piece is far better than anything I was ever going to come up with.…Read full story
10 July, 2014
The Swanettes are flanking either side of the gate at the end of the race. The Benson & Hedges sign reflects the brilliant Sydney sunshine. In the distance we hear the sound of a helicopter – it’s cadence is distinctly pink – hovering above the ground. We lean over the fence, straining to see exactly who is running up the race for our very first foray into the harbour city…
And here they come! First out on to the field, one of the greatest players to ever pull on the red and white jumper, welcome Sydney Swans legend MR. JUDE BOLTON.…Read full story
6 June, 2014
On the very same night we were enjoying the sterling work of Cameron Ling and Paul Dempsey on stage at The Corner Hotel this week, another lower-profile event was underway across town at the Crown Palladium. The AFL’s Hall of Fame committee must have been kicking themselves when they realised the scheduling mix-up that had led to them holding their event on the same night as we were holding our occasional music and footy shindig in Richmond.
I jest of course. Obviously we should have looked at the calendar a little more closely in the lead up to Presentation Night # 3, but somehow I think we were probably always going to appeal to slightly different audiences.…Read full story
2 May, 2014
We’re over the moon to announce that our next live show will bring together the exceptional talents of Mr Cameron Ling and Mr Paul Dempsey to the stage of The Corner Hotel on Wednesday June 4th. To have the unofficial mayor of Geelong paired with Australia’s tallest front man is something of a dream come true for us, and we can’t wait.
Cameron Ling, as everyone knows, is a Geelong premiership captain and one of the greatest taggers to ever play the game. He’s also the finest redhead ever to play for the Cats – no mean feat given the quality of amber-haired athletes to have donned the hoops before him.…Read full story
29 April, 2014
Online lists are big aren’t they? In the modern age where we have so many pressing things to do – such as reading lists online – we are not above getting involved in this kind of thing. Ahead of revealing the line-up for our next show this coming Friday, here are some sweet memories from our first Presentation Night show in July last year starring Paul Kelly, Bob Murphy and our very own Francis Leach.
1. Francis walks on stage to the strains of ‘This Charming Man’ to a rousing reception– the exact point at which it seemed like a show where people talk about music and footy was probably going to work out just like the fantasy sequence we’d been imagining in our heads.…Read full story