A duck who paints rabbits? It sounds as silly as the artist is. Welcome to the life of Duckpond.
If you don’t know who Duckpond is, then you don’t really know what the Big Day Out is all about.
Duckpond is one of four stooges who is responsible for cocktails and craziness at Big Day Out central. Along with Larry Kronic Jr, Christo and Heavy G, these four goons man the festivities at Lilyworld and BDO after-parties, among other things.
They are the unsung heroes of the tour - providing good times for the artists and crew on tour. They are the men who can convince Ed Chemical Bros to come and DJ at Lilyworld while he’s holidaying in Australia (and not actually on tour). They are are the men who can get Peaches, SpankRock, 2ManyDJs and Billy Bragg to make surprise appearances at their stage. And they are the men who can revamp an old guy’s career and make him cool again (ie Kamahl).
The Lilyworld guys are also partly to blame for the infamous “rock and roll fight” - the flight from Adelaide to Perth that is mostly consumed by the BDO touring party. The Lilyworld gang always manage to keep this flight entertaining and outrageous for all on board.
It’s not really right to single one person out - especially when Larry, Christo & Heavy G are all fascinating, smart and hilariously funny people with many hidden talents. But for this blog I am singling Duckpond out. Why? No he’s not better looking. No he’s not better than the others. And no, I’m definitely not sleeping with him. But he is about to debut an art exhibition at Mart Gallery in Sydney this week.
So who the fuck is Duckpond?
He’s that guy who strolls around in his pyjamas and a wacky hat often looking lost. Sometimes he may appear with a harem of young girls following him.
(see I told you so)
Duckpond has been with BDO since it’s inception. But before that he was an acclaimed lighting director and designer for many bands in Europe including The Happy Mondays and to this day, Duckpond still travels to Montrose festival to do lighting.
I don’t really know that much about Duckpond, but here’s some fun rumours I’ve heard about the legend that is La Quackpond:
1. He once tour managed Adam Freeland. However Adam admitted he was a terrible tour manager but an awesome person to have party with him
2. Lily Allen and Duckpond share the same rabbit tattoo on their ankles. Lily also owns an original Duckpond bunny painting too - she has even tweeted about it
3. He once broke the heart of an English guitarist / singer / songwriter who was once a part of a UK band who played the BDO (she has since joined forces with another hot UK singer/songwriter who will be touring Australia mid year).
Over the past couple of years Duckpond’s wabbits have started to appear everywhere. In fact Dizzee Rascal’s MC Scope ordered a custom made bunny tie and suit from Duckpond.
These bunnies are now being brought to life in an exhibition at Mart Gallery called The Twelve Volt Solar System. It starts this Thursday. And apparently not only will Duckpond be exhibiting his famous bunnies, but he will finally be selling his iconic pyjamas too! Just in time for winter you clever Duck.