Grinspoon guitarist DJs at local soccer carnival
IT'S not often (or ever) you see a verified rock star performing at a local soccer carnival.
But that's exactly what happened at the C55 Australian Masters Six-a-Side Championships at Bangalow on Sunday, with Grinspoon lead guitarist Pat Davern taking to DJ duties.
The Bangalow resident is currently on hiatus from the ARIA award-winning rock group to focus on his family, recording studio, an ABC children's project and the Music Farm at Coorabell.
"It's been a great day. We're just rocking out to some music and I'm checking out the soccer up here in my little DJ booth - prime position," Davern said from his veranda perch above the action at Bangalow Sports and Recreation ground.
"Carl (Davern's friend) asked me to come along to play some music and do some ground announcing; use my vocal skills.
"It's not quite the big stage but it looks pretty big from up here."
Davern said he was pleased to be able to attend the home-grown community event.
He even slid on his soccer boots for a game the day before and wasn't too distraught to draw one game and lose the other.
"You've got food trucks, beer, good music - everything you could possibly want," he grinned.
"The quality of the football's been pretty good too."
Event organiser Carl Welsby, an old mate of Davern's, said the championships had attracted players from as far as Armidale and the Gold Coast, as well as excited locals.
"We really didn't market it for too long but word got around town pretty quick," Mr Welsby said.
"I just asked Pat to hook us up with some tunes and he said he'd love to. That easy."