What We Did On The Weekend (WWDOTW) is a podcast based in Melbourne, Australia.
Starting in 2019 as a way to remember silly stories that happened over the weekends, hosts Jason Mack (Jase) and Mathew Burgess (Burgo) quickly realised that they were just going to heaps of local heavy music gigs. So the podcast transformed into a gig review podcast, going to shows then talking about cool bands they found and cool venues. With added nonsense in between.
It didn’t take long before the podcast started gathering momentum and the boys started doing guest DJ spots and hosting events outside of the podcast. Everything started to go really well when local bands started approaching the podcast for promo.
From interviewing bands and reviewing shows and festivals the podcast was in full flight when COVID hit and put a huge handbrake on shows.
But instead of packing the pod up the boys just worked harder and ramped up the band interviews. Interviewing a stack of international and interstate bands. Also running a zoom based music trivia comp with Australian bands and hosting the final at Stay Gold.
While hustling through COVID lockdowns the boys decided to start booking shows and eventually ran a stack of shows through the wild days between multiple lockdowns in 2020 and 2021 including the very first live shows back in Melbourne in 2020.
Bands that have played for WWDOTW: Drastic Park, Dregg, Dweller, Earthbound, Wake The Blind, Bad/Love, The Impaler, The Motion Below, Inhibitor, Blklst, In Vanity, Lune, Some Heard Trouble, Static Revenue, Draftday, Atlvs, Tapestry, Cerement, Relapse, Nicolas Cage Fighter, Agnes Manners, Jacob Fitzgerald, Observist, Druid, Loose End, Excuse for an Exit, All Regards, Gravitate, Blood On My Hands, Vengeance, Anticline, Ghost Seeker, Clay J Gladstone, Rumours, Bloom and Deadlights.
WWDOTW has their 4th annual Beyond Blue fundraiser show coming up at Stay Gold featuring Saviour, Tapestry, Reliqa, Alera and Silver Fang.
The show will be on Nov 19 and will also feature acoustic acts during the day with tattoos and a huge raffle.
The last fundraiser raised over $18k with the help of Alera and Anti Vinyl Vinyl Club.
WWDOTW also has been making cover compilation albums as a part of their annual fundraising efforts. The Better Sessions volume 1 sold out all 200 copies and features tracks from Bad/Love, Drastic Park, Some Heard Trouble and a heap of pother cool Australian alternative artists.
The Better Sessions volume 2 has been announced and is currently available for pre-order via AVVC and will feature bands such as Clay J Gladstone, Headwreck, Loose End and a heap of others.
Over the 3 and a bit years of the podcast WWDOTW has continued to grow and has now become the number one heavy music based podcast in Australia. They have now welcomed a 3rd member in Dana Hope as a live show photographer and also co-host for monthly gig reviews.