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Happy Yess' Teghan Hughes

Happy Yess has a new fresh face at the helm to bring the good vibes and music back in 2019.

By Tamara Howie

Multi-talented Teghan Hughes has dominated radio waves on the mic and behind the scenes in Central Australia for a number of years, but has swapped the desert for the salt water with her dog Pepe, to inject some new energy into the iconic music venue.

Hughes sat down with Off The Leash to tell us more about her visions for Happy Yess.

You’ve accomplished a lot over the years in Central Australia as a sound engineer, radio host, music journalist and musician – what prompted a sea change?
I was getting a bit over the desert – it wasn’t like anything bad was happening, it just was really hot. Too hot. So this job came up and I thought I’d go for it. I was craving lushness and the ocean back in my life.

What are your visions for Happy Yess in 2019?
I’ve heard a lot about how Happy Yess is a community and a family and there’s no pretentious energy, so I want to carry that on. 

I want to get heaps of bands on every weekend and encourage young artists to get up and perform but to get good at the business side, too – their marketing, poster runs – all the things that need to happen if you’re an independent band.

Are we going to see regular music nights or some new programming?
We are putting on recurring nights like hip hop, DJ electronic chill nights, house parties and Tropi-dellica. And I’d love to be doing a lot more female showcases and really encourage female artists. It’ll be a super safe space, so if you’re nervous it’s okay because you’re going to be really encouraged by the community.

Favourite bands of all time?
The Beatles – I was weirdly obsessed with The Beatles as a kid.  I cried so much when George Harrison died, I was such a mess. Plus Unwritten Law and Silverchair.

Favourite NT bands?
Kardajala Kirridarra, Yirrmal Marika, Black Rock Band, Caiti Baker, The Neo

Local bands you’re looking  forward to seeing more of?
Clockwork Riot and Fat Pigeon.
Get in touch with Hughes at or via Happy Yess on Facebook.

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