Giant chance to open arena
Stillwater Giants members members Angus Watkins, left, Tom Godden, top, Kyle Lockyer, and Henry Clarke. Picture: Steve Ferrier

Unsigned Perth band Stillwater Giants will go down in history as the first act to play at the Perth Arena after they were chosen to open a community concert next Friday.

The four-piece was among 10 shortlisted garage bands vying for a spot on the Plug Into Perth line-up alongside local rockers Sugar Army, pop outfit Split Seconds and chart-topping rapper Drapht.

The band played at a number of festivals this year and is already well-known in the Perth music scene but lead guitarist Tom Godden said nothing would compare with opening the first show at the arena.

"To play in an arena is the opportunity of a lifetime and we probably won’t get the chance to do it again for many years, if ever," he said.

"We haven't played in anything as big as a stadium before but we are a party band and we love rocking out pretty hard, so it seems like something we could do well."

The winning band was chosen by The West Australian music experts Simon Collins and Ben O'Shea and Nova 93.7 commercial producer Jesse Lawrence.

Collins said despite the presence of some great local bands, the judges were unanimous in their decision to hand the prize to Stillwater Giants.

"In the end, Stillwater Giants' video was the most enjoyable and Not Like the Others is a cracking rock song," he said.

"The lads have been making every post a winner lately and I hope that being the first act to play at the Perth Arena is another step on the road to their success, whatever that means for the band."

The Plug Into Perth competition also included a people's choice award, which went to folk-rock outfit the Siren Tower.

The West Australian

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