Amid their busy schedule of world tours and album releases, King Gizzard and the Lizard Sorcerer have found time to support a community close to them, supporting the Anglesea Women’s Football Team (some 40 kilometers south of Geelong) as an official sponsor.
The band logo stands out on the back of the team guernseys, displayed in bright orange against the deep blue fabric. In a team profile published by ABC Newsit is noted that the group have “a specific sponsorship agreement” with the team – the exact details of which are not publicly known – stemming from the family ties between King Gizzard frontman Stu Mackenzie and the club’s chairman of the team, Jamie Mackenzie.
It is also said that Stu, who grew up in Anglesea, was on his way to becoming a career footballer before forming King Gizzard; in 2004 he was captain of the city’s local team in the Geelong Junior Football League, which also included current AFL champion Patrick Dangerfield. Stu has reportedly changed his ambitions after being sidelined with an ACL injury.
According to the ABC, King Gizzard fans became aware of the sponsorship (which has been in place since at least mid-2021) earlier this year, leading to the team receiving an influx of inquiries from Guernsey.
In the profile, her teammate Cassie Harrison said of the sponsorship: “King Gizzard and the lizard wizard stuck on our backs? How cool is that? I think that’s our benefit.
Meanwhile, King Gizzard are currently gearing up to perform a one-off show in Melbourne next Saturday (December 10), before embarking on a tour of New Zealand which will continue into the new year. Then, after a series of shows across Europe, they return to play key concerts in Sydney and Brisbane, as well as next year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest.
2022 saw the band release five studio albums: the vinyl exclusive “Made In Timeland” in March (later available for streaming), “Omnium Gatherum” in April, then “Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava”, ‘Laminated Denim’ and ‘Changes’ all in October.
Also in June, they released 11 new translations of last year. ‘Butterfly 3000’ album, including one in Noongar (an indigenous language of Western Australia) which raised funds for the Native Association of Langford. The same month, King Gizzard won first prize for environmental music for their song ‘If Not Now, Then When?’; their entire $20,000 prize money was donated to The savage society.
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