Top 10 Melbourne Revelry On this week 07/03/2021
Life’s hard, but that’s better than it being flaccid.
10) Woodlock: Album Launch
What: After a few years of hiatus, Melbourne’s favourite buskers Woodlock are returning to the stage for one night only, to launch their highly anticipated debut album ‘The Future Of An End’.Now signed to Nettwerk Records, the trio has been recording new music over nine months in a variety of locations. The new music – a dynamic mix of organic, acoustic elements and electronic flourishes – is a breathtakingly candid collection of songs about heartbreak, trauma and hope.
Why: Buskers that warn you where they’re going to be so you can successfully avoid them.
9) Richard Clapton: Live
What: If America has Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen, and the U.K. has Van Morrison and Paul McCartney, then we are proud to confer similar prestige on Richard Clapton. Songs like “Deep Water” and “Capricorn Dancer” are touchstones on the Aussie rock landscape, without which we wouldn’t really know who we are or where we’re going. Experience him live.
Why: He wants you to know he’s still relevant, dammit!
8) Gareth Liddiard: Live
What: Don’t miss one of Australia’s most celebrated songwriters, Gareth Liddiard (of TFS and The Drones), at Forum Melbourne, in solo mode. This exclusive show will also feature Jim White of Dirty Three fame on drums.
Why: “My writing style is to bite off more than I can chew, and then chew like crazy, and turn something that shouldn’t be in a song into a song” – Gareth Liddiard. This guy gets it.
7) Gordi: Live
What: Following her ARIA and J Award nominated second album Our Two Skins and her debut Sydney Opera House performance, folktronica singer Gordi is proud to announce her return to Melbourne and her debut headline show at The Forum. Recorded with Bon Iver’s production team on her farm in Canowindra in rural NSW, her new critically acclaimed album is an exploration of identity, community and isolation.
Why: ‘Folktronica’ [mass noun]: A style of popular music incorporating elements of folk and electronic music.
6) Glenn Richards: Live
What: It’s been an age since multi-award-winning songwriter, composer and producer Glenn Richards of Augie March and The Dark Satanic Mills Bros fame has trodden the boards, sans band, in Melbourne. Now he’s back, performing a one-off special show. Performing songs from every Augie March release as well as from his latest, brilliant solo effort “FIBATTY!” and the much-revered DSMB “Glimjack” record, this will be one to remember.
Why: He’s old enough for us to know that people currently in their late teens will consider him cool in a retro sense.
5) Pseudo Echo: Live
What: Pseudo Echo are one Australia’s leading recording and touring acts, having pioneered the eighties with their edgy stylised look and electro sound, establishing themselves as one of the most iconic and influential, multi award-winning bands in the country. Experience Pseudo Echo’s first live show back after a year hiatus. The band will play an exclusive party-like show, featuring a hit-filled set and more!
Why: Best known for the ‘better’ version of Funky Town. Who’d’ve of thought that masterpiece could be improved upon?
4) Macedon Ranges Music Festival
What: Welcome to a place where amazing things happen. A place where people come together for music, dancing, food, drinks, friends, family, community, and for a great cause. Featuring: The Black Sorrows, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Nick Barker, Velvet Bloom and many more!
Why: Festivals are back! And thank f*** at least some of them are in isolated mountain ranges far away from the rest of society.
3) Live at the Bowl
What: The Sidney Myer Music Bowl will host an open-air season of music, comedy, family-friendly events and more. Applaud as your favourite artists return to the stage in a program of free and ticketed events. Share a socially distanced dance under the stars with friends and family, and reconnect with Melbourne and each other. The first lineup announcement includes: Birds of Tokyo with the MSO, Hannah Gadsby, Human Nature, Daryl Braithwaite & The Black Sorrows, Lime Cordiale, Missy Higgins, Mo’Ju with Orchestra Victoria, Ocean Alley, Soju Gang, Felix Riebl, Ollie McGill & Emma Donovan, Vika & Linda Bull, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra and many, many more talents.
Why: Because unfortunately mass death in 2020 wasn’t enough to kill off the dregs of 2000-2010.
2) Broke & Enter
What: Up and coming Melbourne-based musicians Ella Clair and Bailey Judd are exhilarated to announce ‘Broke & Enter’, a one-off festival-style indie rock fundraiser. ‘Broke & Enter’ will see Ella Clair and Bailey Judd perform alongside an abundance of major local acts including Thando, The Mamas, Emma Volard, Jaydean and Squid Nebula.
Why: You’ve already made pretty solid retirement plans based on the predicted economy involving you jumping off a high-rise at the age of 28, but you know who could really use your money? Some guys trying to bring back disco jazz.
1) By The C
What: Renowned concert maestros Zaccaria Concerts & Touring invite you to join them on the pristine shores of iconic beachside locations as part of the new music and cultural community event – By The C. A celebration of live music, food and community on the world-famous beachside locations around Australia. Featuring: Icehouse, James Reyne, Peter Murray, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Motor Ace.
Why: Take a break from contemplating death via an aerosol mass, and contemplate death via an aqueous mass (if you’ve ever heard Hammerhead, you’ll understand).