Rocking the night away at Xerocon

As MD of Xero Australia, I find myself taking to the stage quite a bit – especially at events like Xerocon.

Chris Ridd on stage at Xerocon Australia 2014

And while I do enjoy getting up there to share news, views and ideas about Xero and the customers we work with, nothing quite beats the feeling of taking to the stage in a different guise: with a guitar, a mic and my fellow musos who make up the Xero band.

Chris Ridd and Tom Lee Richards perform as part of the Xerocon band

An event like Xerocon deserves a big performance, and judging by the buzz of the crowd – and the frenetic activity on the dance floor – our humble band did an awesome job of bringing Xerocon to a close in a big way.

We played a solid mix of classics spanning a range of tempos and genres, giving our audience of over 1,000 lots to choose from. Check out some highlights from our performance over on Xero’s Vimeo channel.

Tom Lee Richards and Joe Salvati rock out at Xercon in Sydney

I’m just one part of this musical outfit, so have to give a big shout out to all the partners who joined me and the Xero band on stage. We were pleased to jam with the following partners:

Scott Kay – Hudson Financial

James Solomons – EFS Strategic/Xero

Shayne Lowe – Details Business Services

Mitch Uzelac – MU Business Solutions

Wayne Triplett – Wise Click Business Services

Michelle Harrison – Cloud-based Consultants

Brent Thompson – Cloud-based Consultants

Larissa McKay – Abacus Business Solutions

Tim Munro – Change Accountants

Simon Kay – Accounting Contractor

Big thanks must also go out to my Xero band mates: Joe Salvati, Andy Whitelaw, Nick Hugo-Hamman, Tom Lee Richards and Kevin Wood. These guys sure know how to rock and roll. (Special mention to Kevin who blew us all away with his inspired rendition of the Metallica classic ‘Enter Sandman’!)

Kevin Wood playing guitar The band was a real crowd pleaser!



August 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

There is always something magical at the end of Xerocon when the Xero band take the stage. A group of Xero partners and employees – symbolic of the alchemy accountants and Xero bring to SMEs. Opening with Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Are you going to go my way’ was sublime as Xero forges a new direction. Enter Sandman just incredible on so many levels. Metallica at an accountants conference! Who ever said accountants are boring needs to come to Xerocon. Bigs ups to you and the band Chris.

Heather Smith
August 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Everyone in the band is brilliant – what a talented bunch of people :)

Great night!

Nathan Carter
August 29, 2014 at 9:29 pm

The band was the highlight of the night, especially Kevin’s ‘Enter Sandman’. Rock on guys!

Accountancy leads
August 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

Great band, fantastic software.

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