The Pub with No Slim


It was New Year’s Eve at the historic Victoria Hotel in Goondiwindi. A crowd had gathered and decided to see out the year in style with a sing-a-long to a Slim Dusty classic like thousands of Australians before. But when Venue Manager, Hannah Bayley, went to load some Slim on her Nightlife system she discovered that they were the Pub with no Slim!

They were not alone.  The rights to one of our best known Aussie music artists, Slim Dusty, are closely protected and not commonly available for public performance, a policy that Nightlife has long respected.

Now in 2021, and thanks to the support of Joy McKean, Slim’s wife, we are delighted to advise that Slim will be playing in pubs once again.

On the back of this great news, and thanks to the work of our team to  Turn Up The Aussie Spirit This Australia Day,  we have spent some time remastering two of the quintessential Slim tracks that we all know the words to  – ‘The Pub With No Beer’ and ‘Duncan’.

Our ‘Video Archaeologist’ Maurice Powell has worked hard bringing these clips into a HD world, ensuring that they leap off the screen for venues.

Before and After Some HD Music Video Magic:

Venue Manager, Hannah from ALH Groups, Victoria Hotel, commented:

“We’re excited to deliver Slim’s music to our staff and patrons who have all been calling out for Slim and “more Aussie country music please!”

Slim’s music will play alongside our Australia Day activities, including thong throwing, pie-eating and a tune written about the town by Lee Kernaghan – ‘Goodiwindi Moon’. ” 

Often described as the ‘Breaky Creek of the West’ Nightlife is proud to have contributed to the fantastic Aussie Day line-up at this stunning regional pub.

Pictured: Venue Manager, Hannah Bayley, Victoria Hotel Goondiwindi. 

Our plans to share more of Slim’s music don’t stop there. With over 100 Albums, Slim’s body of work is immense.

The great bush balladeer told stories of Australia and Australian’s like no other artist. We are looking forward to working with EMI and Joy McKean to delve into the collection of songs about drovers, ringers, rogues, rascals, truck drivers, pubs and publicans including the haunting ‘Lights on The Hill’, the great truck driver ballad written by Joy herself.

Fun Fact: Did you know Slim’s  ‘Pub With No Beer’ was the first Australian track to break onto the International charts in Britain, US and Canada? It’s no wonder that crowdDJ clients around the country are excited to finally be cueing up his tracks.

If you’re at a crowdDJ venue this Australia Day, select a Slim bush ballad and ensure that there really is no Pub Without Slim!

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