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Stage dive, 2021

Martin Philbey

Living Memory Finalist

Tex Perkins is typical of the many musicians in Australia – the Covid-19 pandemic has decimated the music and arts industries, with the last year challenging artists to find new methods of connecting with their audiences. This has seen a lot of playing to empty venues; live streaming 'virtual' concerts and festivals; and, when performances were allowed to resume, drastically reduced audience sizes and seated-only venues. Musicians and audiences feed off each other's energy, so this has meant gigs are a very different experience for both.

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Living Memory

Other NPPP photos from Martin Philbey

Archie Roach, 2019 Martin Philbey
2020 Finalist
Dan Sultan
2012 Finalist
Paul Kelly
2007 Finalist
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