Friday Drive

Fridays 4PM

Presented by Gemma Purves

Gemma is relatively new to Eastside Radio and joined the drive team in late 2015, yet her association with the medium goes back to childhood, pre OH&S where she could often be found snoozing in a basinet under a desk at our national broadcaster’s old HQ in Kings Cross. Fast forward a few years she finds herself back in her hometown after over a decade working in financial media and living in London.

On Friday Drive she’ll not just fill you in on the best and perhaps underreported events happening around town but also keep you up to date on the local issues that matter and what our local councils are up to. We’ll also pay special attention to inclusive events and policy– having spent time as a carer Gemma is aware that inclusive events and venues can improve life not just for those with disabilities but their friends and families also.

The music will be slightly less experimental than her earlier graveyard time slot, but will give priority to the new, the local, and touring plus whatever earworm has infected her head over the previous week.

Follow her on twitter @gspurves, or email her at

Recent Episodes

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 17th February, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 17th February, 2017
04:07pm Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - You're Gonna Get It
RELEASE: Naturally
04:10pm Vince Jones - Wonderworld
RELEASE: The Monash Sessions - LABEL: Head Records
04:20pm Sidney Bechet - Summertime
04:36pm Ute Lemper - It's All A Swindle
04:45pm King Tide - Life Boat
RELEASE: Roots Pop Reggae - LABEL: Vitamin
05:10pm King Tide - Keep On Lovin
RELEASE: Roots Pop Reggae - LABEL: Vitamin
05:30pm PVT - Another Life
RELEASE: New Spirit
05:45pm PVT - Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend
RELEASE: New Spirit
06:00pm Blurt - The Fish Needs A Bike

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 10th February, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 10th February, 2017
Koi Child - 2 - Wumpa Fruit
RELEASE: Koi Child - LABEL: Pilerats
Ornette Coleman - Science Fiction
RELEASE: The Complete Science Fiction
The Cope Street Parade - Cookin' With Mr T
RELEASE: Townie Ramble On - LABEL: Independant
Miriam Lieberman - Here Is The Rhythm
RELEASE: Full Circle - LABEL: Independent
Miriam Lieberman - The Phoenix
RELEASE: Full Circle - LABEL: Independent
Anita O'Day - From This Moment on
RELEASE: Cole Porter Songbook
Madlib - Slim's Return
RELEASE: Shades of Blue
Robert Glasper Experiment - Robert Glasper Experiment - 01 - This Is Not Fear
RELEASE: ArtScience - LABEL: ABC Classics and Jazz
Madness - One Step Beyond
Koi Child - 5 - Frangipani
RELEASE: Koi Child - LABEL: Pilerats
Prince Buster - madness
Madness - Mr Apples
RELEASE: Can't Touch Us Now
Andrew Bird - Danse Caribe
RELEASE: Break It Yourself
Madness - baggy Trousers
Paul Weller - Wild Wood
RELEASE: Wild Wood
Michael Kiwanuka - The Final Frame
RELEASE: Love & Hate

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 3rd February, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 3rd February, 2017
04:06pm Tash Sultana - Notion
04:20pm Dan Barnett with guests Tricia Evy & Kelly Ottaway - I'm Old Fashioned
RELEASE: Walkin' Shoes - LABEL: Sony Studios
04:24pm Whitney - The Falls
RELEASE: Light Upon The Lake
04:39pm Jose James - Strange Fruit
RELEASE: Yesterday I Had The Blues
04:40pm Barney McCall - Route 666
RELEASE: Jazzology
04:53pm Julia Jacklin - Leadlight
05:22pm Genesis Owusu - Mama's Baby
05:26pm Tash Sultana - Gemini
05:32pm Robert Glasper Experiment - Robert Glasper Experiment - 01 - This Is Not Fear
RELEASE: ArtScience - LABEL: ABC Classics and Jazz
05:36pm D.D Dumbo - The Day I First Found God
RELEASE: Utopia Defeated
05:44pm Camp Cope - Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel Beams
05:47pm Glass Animals - Life Itself
RELEASE: How To Be A Human Being
05:52pm Jagwar Ma - Better Up
RELEASE: Every Now & Then
05:57pm Gil Scott Heron - Winter In America
RELEASE: Winter In America
05:59pm Otis Redding - Respect

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 20th January, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 20th January, 2017
04:03pm Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Nobody's Baby Now
RELEASE: Let Love In
04:17pm The Necks - Rum Jungle
RELEASE: Mindset - LABEL: Re Megacorp
04:29pm Spooky Men's Chorale - Are You There?
RELEASE: Spooky Men in History
04:38pm John Lennon - Working Class Hero
04:38pm Duke Ellington - The Mooche
04:46pm Pearl Bailey and The Paris Models - You Can't Make it Anywhere
RELEASE: Sid and Marty Kroffts Les Poupees De Paris - LABEL: Sony Music
04:55pm Esperanza Spalding - Funk the Fear
RELEASE: Emilys D+Evolution - LABEL: Concord Records/ Universal Music
05:04pm Great Scott! - The Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Tyrkish Twilights - New Year's Even in a Haunted House
RELEASE: SIMA Presents Summer Jazz 2016/2017 - LABEL: -
05:19pm Spooky Men's Chorale - Tsmindao
RELEASE: Spooky Men in History
05:25pm Sampa The Great - Born To Be Blue
RELEASE: The Great Mixtape
05:31pm Earl Hines - Making Whoopee
RELEASE: Paris One Night Stand
05:35pm Dizzy Gillespie - Coney Island
RELEASE: The Cool World - LABEL: Verve Records
05:39pm Sarah Vaughan - Just One Of Those Things
RELEASE: The Cole Porter Songbook
05:42pm Aretha Franklin - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
05:45pm London Klezmer Quartet - Let My People Go / Moyshe Emes
RELEASE: London Klezmer Quartet Calling - LABEL: Independent
05:57pm William Onyeabor - Body and Soul
RELEASE: Who is William Onyeabor?

Friday Drive - 04:00pm - Friday 13th January, 2017

Friday Drive - 12:00am Friday 13th January, 2017
Akala - Time To relax
RELEASE: Knowledge Is power vol 2
The Beatles - Revolution
Alphamama - Dawning
RELEASE: Truth, Trip & Revelations
Miriam Lieberman - It's Summertime Again
RELEASE: Birds Of the Moon
Carol King - So Far Away
RELEASE: Tapestry
the Durutti Column - Sketch For Summer
Emily Warramurra - Black Smoke
RELEASE: Black Smoke
Kadhja Bonet - Honeycomb
RELEASE: The Visitor
Jose Gonzales - Stories We Build, Stories We tell
RELEASE: Vestiges And Claws
Lianne le Havas - Unstoppable
Rokia Traore - Tuit Tuit
RELEASE: Beautiful Africa