Ahead of their final performance with guitarist Gideon Bensen at Splendour In The Grass this weekend, Sydney rockers The Preatures treated a small crowd of fans and industry peeps to a secret Splendour warm-up show last night, where they reportedly showed off some new material.
Footage and photos have emerged from The Preatures’ secret set at Sydney venue The Oxford Circus, which was supported by Hair Die and Wild Honey. It was The Preatures’ last hometown show with Bensen, who is leaving the band after Splendour in order to pursue a solo career.
Larry Heath from the AU review, who attended the show, took to Instagram to say that while it might be the best performance he’s ever seen the band give, it was also “a bittersweet event”.
Heath said the band teased new tracks from an upcoming album which Benson doesn’t feature on, alongside some fan favourites and some covers, including one of Divinyls’ Boys In Town.
“This was the final hometown show with the full original lineup… New songs are sounding great though,” Heath said.
While The Preatures’ intimate Splendour warm-up show wasn’t publicly advertised, the band did post this cheeky tweet earlier this week, as a sneaky hint that something cool was about to happen:
Sydney, make sure you're at Oxford Circus tomorrow night… Wild Honey, Hair Die and Negative Gears special sets. You've been warned 😉
— The Preatures (@ThePreatures) July 19, 2016
Catch a bunch of video and photos from The Preatures’ secret Splendour In The Grass warm-up show, below. The band perform at Splendour on Sunday night, 24th July. Catch all the festival set times, right here.
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Tonight may go down as the best performance I've ever seen by @thepreatures, though it was a bittersweet event. This was the final hometown show with the full original lineup. Gideon will be leaving the band after their Splendour set on Sunday. I have so much love for these guys and this band, it's certainly the end of an era! New songs are sounding great though and I really dig @gideonbensen's solo tracks. So here's to the future for all of them! 🍻 Thanks to the band for treating us to such an intimate and incredible send off. Felt like old times! x
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Super proud of this guy @gideonbensen too! Playing his last show at @splendourinthegrass with these legends @thepreatures @fluked @isabellamanfredi @bassagram @jackmoffitt on Saturday 8.45pm (GW McLennan Tent). If this warmup gig is anything to go by, it's going to be a bloody cracker! @the_oxford_circus #thepreatures #sydney #splendourinthegrass #splendour #byronbay #livemusic #music #musician #guitar #festival #warmup #oxfordstreet #oxfordcircus #show #tour #gig #liveband #travel