What’s the Day Street Band?

Day Street Band is a community band, set up to raise money for Detour House Inc, a young women’s refuge based in Leichhardt. Our members all live on Day Street, Leichhardt.  Since 2016 we have raised $25,000 for the charity.

Next Show?

Due to COVID-19, we’re not sure when our next show will be. We’d aimed for June 2021 and 2022, but they didn’t happen… We hope to see you in 2023. For up-to-date info, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/daystreetband.

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We originally set up for fun, but realised we could have fun and help our community through the power of music!  Previous gigs have included tunes from The Beatles and Katy Perry, Neil Diamond and Abba, then all the way to The Ramones, Screaming Jets and Radio Birdman.  Just like the members of the band, our song choices are eclectic.

Detour House

Detour House is a non-profit organisation servicing homeless and other at-risk girls and women, based in Sydney, Australia. Detour House also incorporates The Girls Refuge, a crisis accommodation service for homeless girls.

To learn more about the amazing work that Detour House does, visit http://www.detourhouse.org.au/

Highlights from our 2019 show…


For Day Street Band videos visit our YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs615d2IioZozRY9rSOmoeQ

Follow us at Facebook – www.facebook.com/daystreetband


Get in touch with Simon at – simon@simonmorel.com / 0404267623

Media Pics

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Band Logo – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/fb-banner-DSB2019.jpg

Detour House Logo – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/detour-house.jpg

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs615d2IioZozRY9rSOmoeQ

2019 Poster (png) – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSB-Poster-2019-min.png

2019 Poster (pdf) – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/DSB-Poster-2019_1.pdf

2018 Poster (jpg) – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Day-St-Band2018_poster.jpg

2018 Poster A3 (pdf) – https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Day-St-Band2018_posterA3.pdf

2018 Poster A2 (pdf) –  https://simonmorel.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Day-St-Band2018_posterA2.pdf



May 16, 2019

Laughs, music and community vibes for 4th annual fundraiser for Women’s Refuge

For the fourth year in a row, a group of neighbours from Day Street in Leichhardt are taking to the stage to raise much needed money for an inner west women’s refuge. In a benefit that promises to be the biggest to date, the Day Street Band family friendly event will be held at 1pm at Leichhardt Bowling Club on Queen’s Birthday holiday Monday, June 10.

ABC regular and local Comedian Tommy Dean will join the event as MC. In a true community effort, local business Hudson McHugh have also jumped on board, sponsoring the event with a generous contribution towards staging costs. All proceeds from the event will go to Leichhardt and Glebe-based women’s shelter Detour House Inc.

The Day Street Band was formed at the street’s annual Christmas party in December 2015. Monthly BBQs and a FaceBook group keep this bunch of neighbours well connected with each other. The group boasts two professional musicians, but in keeping with the ethos of the Day Street Band, neither session singer Amanda Easton nor guitarist Simon Morel will be taking their usual places on stage. The band also features Day Streeters who played semi-professionally ‘back in the day’ – from 90s alt-rock bands to 70s punk bands – playing a range of party tunes from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

Over the last three years, the Day Street Band benefits have raised over $19,000 for Detour House. Last year’s show had a bowlo-busting 800 plus crowd. The event is all ages and free to attend. Donations have come from the crowd on the afternoon, internet campaigns, Leichhardt Bowling Club and Restaurant and of course sales from the must have inner westie fashion item, the Day Street Band baseball cap. This year there will be new limited edition Day Street Band merchandise for sale, with all proceeds going to Detour House.

Detour House Inc operates Detour House and The Girls Refuge in Sydney’s Inner West. The Girls Refuge supports young women aged 13-17 who are dealing with complex challenges and homelessness, and Detour House supports women overcoming alcohol and other drug dependency – many of whom are also experiencing homelessness.

Olivia Nguy, General Manager Detour House: “We are so grateful for the immense support of the Day Street Band and the generous donations raised by the community. To date, the funds raised have helped us support young women in circumstances where they’re unable to contribute to rent, or require immediate practical assistance in crisis, and to maintain a safe and homely environment for the women we support.”

Leichhardt Bowling Club, in addition to generously hosting the community event, are even monetarily contributing to the benefit. Daniel Hitchcock, Secretary Manager of the club said: “We are a community bowling club and want to support others who are in turn supporting the needy in our community. When Simon Morel approached us we were delighted to help again. It is going to be a fantastic afternoon.”

Simon Morel is a Leichhardt-based musician. He has released 2 solo albums. He currently plays guitar in and manages Sydney Soul band, Soul Messengers (www.soulmessengers.com.au) and works as a guitar player for inner west chanteuse Amanda Easton (www.amandaeaston.com). In addition, he works as a session guitarist, offers private and group guitar lessons and offers free advice and music industry contacts to music artists via his company The Record Factory. He also authors two music blogs: SimonLovesGuitars and The Record Factory.

Tommy Dean is a professional comic, raised in Arizona, who has called Sydney home for the past 21 years. Known for his distinct Rock God look and booming voice, he has worked with luminaries such as Tim Alan and Rosie O’Donnell in the USA, and all of Australia’s leading acts. He has been a regular headline act in comedy venues in Australia and throughout the USA and appeared in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and other major comedy festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand. His Australian CV includes Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Stand Up Australia, Rove Live, Joker Poker and The Sideshow.

The fourth Annual Day Street Band Benefit will run from 1-5pm at Leichhardt Bowling Club, 88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield on Monday June 10. It is an all ages event with free entry. For more information on the event and how to donate, please visit:simonmorel.com/day-street-band/


For more information, photographs or an interview, please contact Simon Morel on simon@simonmorel.com or 0404267623