This December we took over iconic music venue, Yah Yahs, to showcase the best of the best local talent for one night only. Right in the heart of Fitzroy – the spiritual home of the north’s music scene – Yah Yahs boasts two levels of music mayhem. We were joined by local legends including Polish Club, Genesis Owusu, Press Club, Alice Ivy, Batz, Cry Club and Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers until 1am. Kitted out with hanging Docs boots across the roof rafters, Yah Yahs also played host to guest DJs and a Virtual Reality experience which transported you right into our Dr. Martens shoe-making factory. The Docs community embodied resilience; coming together to shout, scream and dance with our featured artists throughout the night.
Hailing from Sydney, rock duo Polish Club crashed into the scene in 2017 with their debut album, ‘Alright Already’, and soon after were nominated for an ARIA award for Best Rock Album. David Novak (vocals, guitar) and John-Henry Pajak (drums) are loud, brash and powerful.
Self-proclaimed ‘21st Century punk-jazz’ artist Genesis Owusu hails from the ACT and has taken Australia by storm. His EP “WUTD + Vultures” was nominated for the 2019 ARIA Award for Best Soul/R&B Release.
Press Club is the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way. The Brunswick natives bring their raw and unabashed sound to the forefront with their reactions to the gentrification happening in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
Electronic musician Alice Ivy knows how to reel in the crowd – the Melbourne-based beatmaker is a summer-festival favourite. She was the winner of the 2016 Triple J Unearthed Listen Out competition, and continues to release uncompromising tracks.
Notoriously rowdy and intense band, Batz, combine razor-sharp thrashy guitars with unrelenting rhythm to produce a fiery punk/indie sound. Frontwomen Chrissy Aubry burns up the stage with ferocious energy – a band not to be missed.
Queer bubblegum punk-duo, Cry Club, hit the Australian music scene early 2018 and have captured the hearts of crowds with their wild antics. The band won Triple J’s Unearthed Competition this year and continue to storm through the scene with their songs, ‘DFTM’, and ‘Two Hearts’.
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers rapidly emerged as a top runner during Triple J Unearthed and scooped up numerous festival shows, performing at Spilt Milk, Falls Festival and Groovin the Moo (to name a few). The all-female quartet turned up the volume at Dr. Martens Presents with their gritty grunge sound going out to a packed room.