If you haven’t seen cult classic Quadrophenia (1979), I can only say: see it. Based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, the film is the ultimate education in Mods. On May 1st, the Sandringham Hotel will play home to Australia’s very own quadrophenics at the Mods Mayday, an annual event started in London in 1979. “Compared to the early to mid 1980s, the current mod scene is not particularly big but there are pockets of mod enthusiasts around Sydney… Some are the original 80s revivalists but there are also newer mods coming through who are keeping the faith,” say Mods Mayday organisers Rebecca Connell and Sara Wichall. Sara explains, “The clothes, music and mindset for me fit like a glove, it felt right to call myself a Mod.” Keeping the faith at the Sando this year are Mick Hadley and the Others (Hadley fronted seminal 1960s Brisbane punk/R&B band The Purple Hearts), 80s mod-revivalists Division 4, The Mayday Dreamers, and the Frowning Clouds.
Sat May 1, from 8pm, The Sandringham Hotel, 387 King St, Newtown, $15, moshtix.com.au