Johnston Street 2021



So here we are in 2021, it's been about 4 months since our last post on this website and a lot has happened since then.

The virus number was good cause it was 0 and then it was bad cause it wasn't 0 so everyone got upset and shut down a bunch of stuff that's not as important as filling a stadium full of people to watch people hit a ball with a stick.

There was some type of election somewhere that everybody really cared about for a bit then got pretty bored of as it continues to drag out for months.


We bought a record player so we could actually listen to all of the vinyls we've been buying for years (an embarrassing amount of which we've never even heard before).

Jack sold everything he owned and traveled back to Perth to start his nomad life working from a laptop as he travels all around Australia (and hopefully the world) this year.

Sunny graduated from university and has started on her life long dream of doing sweet fuck all and drinking all my mum's Lemon Ruskis.

I started doing Jiu-Jitsu and got choked out a few times which will inevitably result in some weird fetish developing.


One of the other things that happened is the moment the border opened we said 'Fuck Melbourne' and immediately hightailed it to NSW for some much overdue catch-up beers with friends we hadn't seen in months. 256 days after our last show we finally got to see some gigs again.


My experience with the sit-down shows has been pretty unique and honestly quite privileged. I've done a fair few of these shows now and the only common theme between them is that as a photographer I get to walk around and do whatever I want while all my friends have to try look over my shoulder as I stand directly in front of them.


After 8 months of lock down and being bedridden with my dislocated ankle for 3 months before that I thought the thing that I was going to miss the most about shows was getting to chat with and hug all my friends in the smokers between sets.

But after being to a few shows I'm honestly surprised about how much I still love live music and seeing bands perform. I've realized that even though the scene has changed so much and so many of my friends have moved cities or developed different interests, that was never what actually made me to go gigs in the first place.


I moved to Melbourne not knowing a single person who lived here and met virtually all of my friends through our mutual appreciation of live music. I'm very grateful to have had so many fun nights losing my voice singing along with bands, travelling the country to see shows and I've grown so much as a person while doing it. Just because the rules have changed it doesn't mean that my passion for this art form has.


If there's one thing we all had to learn the hard way last year it's that you've gotta be able to adapt.

In today's world everything can change at the drop of a hat. It's important to be as flexible as you can be to avoid getting fucked over so a lot of us are having trouble making plans and commitments.


Am I going to be going to as many shows as I used to? Almost certainly no.

Am I going to be having as much fun as I used to? Almost certainly yes.

So long as I keep having fun experiences I'm honestly not worried about what the future holds for live music, I'm just going to keep enjoying it while I can, in whatever form I can, and I don't see that stopping any time soon.


In 2021 you can expect Johnston Street to turn up as much as the music industry turns up.

If theres great music, you'll see us share it.

If theres great shows, you'll see us there.

If theres great fun to be had, you can count us in.

I hope you all have a great year and I hope to see you out soon.


-Bill