No doubt in my mind that young Jack Vidgen won. He’s extraordinary.
Jack has been singing since he was about 3 years old. He loves it! Focused on a life in the industry, he is continually improving in vocal ability and has gained a lot of experience in live performance.
In 2008 Jack appeared on Channel 7’s ‘Battle of the Choirs’, backing Amy Pearson. Last year he attended a state music camp and was chosen lead singer in the State Rock Band.
This year, Jack was a semi-finalist in his local Star Search competition and, along with many other appearances, was involved in recording the main song for the musical Kick. Performance highlights as a solo artist include Northern Beaches Secondary College ‘On Show’ and the Warringah Eisteddfod Junior Championship, which he won. At the Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, Jack snared 1st Place Junior Championsip, 2nd Place Vocal Solo Ballad, 2nd Place Contemporary Up Tempo, and 2nd Place Jazz and Blues.
This year  Jack attended a Talent Development Program Graduates Masterclass with John Foreman and JD Springbett as mentors.
Jack absolutely loves singing in front of a big crowd so he’s really excited about being chosen as a featured artist for the first time in the Schools Spectacular.
The name rang a bell and I wondered where – and then it (and Google) struck me: 1980s and RAT Parties! They were in the background during my Glebe time from 1981 onwards, 1983 on to be exact about RAT, but seeing I didn’t venture into the gay scene and its environs until 1985 or 1986 RAT was peripheral to my actual experience. Along the way I met or saw quite a few of those involved – most notably, through M, William Yang who documented the whole thing in photographs.
Reno Dal, Billy Yip and Jac Vidgen, the first team behind the RAT parties. They remain good friends to this day. Picture by John Webber.
Read the rest at Vice Magazine: WHEN RAT RULED THE WORLD – Well, Sydney Anyway – Vice Magazine
In early 1983, having recently moved to Sydney, a young Jac Vidgen decided to throw a party in his Elizabeth Bay apartment. He’d done stuff like this before and like his previous efforts, the party was an unmitigated success. But this time, even though all the right people came, there were just way too many of them. They left a solid trail of glitter from the street to his apartment and his whiny downstairs neighbors complained about that and the ceiling caving in. Reno Dal, a friend who Jac had hired to hang mirror balls and take care of the lighting, sensibly suggested that Jac move the affair to a venue that he didn’t shit and eat and sleep in, and start charging people an entrance fee. Thus, the birth of RAT…
That article includes many William Yang photos.
See also Powerhouse Museum.
I noted Jack [with a K) Vidgen’s parents are separated but were both at last night’s semi-final. I wonder if Jac (no K) is the father? He surely must be a relative?