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#1 Dads

#1 Dads

8:00pm, Fri 25 February, 2022
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Event Details

Doors 8pm - Merged show

#1 Dads on Friday 25th February 2022 @ Oxford Art Factory has been merged into one General Admission Standing show with doors opening at 8.00pm for all ticket holders.

Your current tickets are valid for use.

New show times are as follows:



Much loved local project #1 Dads will be re-re-attempting a return to the stage after his scheduled Golden Repair album tour fell victim to lockdown/s. 5+ years since the last time #1 Dads got on the road, It'll be worth waiting for.

#1 Dads is the solo project of Melbourne-based singer, songwriter, producer and engineer Tom Iansek. In March 2020 he released his third LP Golden Repair, a lockdown soundtrack to many people since. Also known as one half of musical duos Big Scary and No Mono, Tom Iansek is at his most stripped back under the #1 Dads moniker. His direct lyricism, gentle melodies and sparse instrumentation make for homely yet sophisticated pop songs, that have seen him become an unassuming cult favourite, with fans and critics alike.

You’d expect to find a vulnerability in his lyrical honesty, but although Iansek acknowledges his faults and personal demons, he isn’t ashamed. His quiet self-confidence and thoughtful curiosity has led him to see right and wrong, good and bad, as just choices on a path that ultimately leads to a better version of self. In the time leading into the songwriting of Golden Repair, Tom bore witness to loved ones’ loss; experienced the mystery of new life created, and practised listening to a universe that would bestow peace and progress upon those patient enough. There are songs of merciless self-confession, songs of accepting limitations, and songs of love. A journey from dark to light, beginning with the swirling bit' and concluding with the peaceful paean Elizabeth Golden Repair’s musical contours encourage a space of gentle introspection, to uplift and inspire.

This album Golden Repair is so named after the Japanese artform ‘Kintsugi’, in which broken pottery is restored with gold lacquer, artfully emphasising the cracks. It celebrates the blemishes, rendering the piece richer and more beautiful than before.

This album has formed part of my own restoration as I have grown as a person and as an artist and continued to peer deeper into myself, not necessarily liking or being able to accept everything that I find. It is thus an album of light and shade, of death and new life, and that path we continually walk towards the latter. It is a conscious exploration of the process of healing and pondering on suffering and its role in the process of life. It is the breaking and subsequent golden repair of myself and those closest to me.


The health and safety of our patrons, staff and performers is our number one priority 

The venue will be taking several precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including mask-wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, regular cleaning, excluding staff and customers from the venue who are unwell, safety signage and conditions throughout the venue.