It’s only been a couple of weeks since the Christmas/New Years break and already you’re all hanging out for that first three-day weekend . Well thankfully, the country is looking out for your work-weathered souls with the Australia Day long weekend, and what better way to enjoy an opportunity to go out on a Sunday guilt-free than to catch some live music. What’s even better is we’ve done the research for you: here’s our picks for gigs this Australia Day weekend!

Friday January 23rd

Now it’s the first night so the pickings are slimmer than they will be later on the weekend. But if you’re pretty keen to party hard Andrew WK style there’s still a couple of dedicated local bands putting on a great show.

Our pick for the night:
Art of Sleeping at Northcote Social Club

If we had clones we’d send them to:
Frowning Clouds at The Shadow Electric or Iceage at Ding Dong Lounge

Saturday January 24th

While it would be easy to steer towards suggesting Sugar Mountain Festival, dust our hands off and call it a night; we feel there’s a lot of good things happening on the Saturday that will be just as brilliant as seeing Nas perform his 1994 success Illmatic in full. Personal favourites King Parrot are playing a set at The Gasometer fresh off their North American ’Punk Rock But Kinda Not’ Tour. Meanwhile, playing their first gig for 2015, Melbourne six-piece Better Than The Wizards will be bringing their blend of pop, funk and jazz to Ding Dong Lounge for an Australia Day Weekend party.

Our pick for the night:
King Parrot at The Gasometer

If we had clones we’d send them to:
Better Than The Wizards Australia Day Weekend Party at Ding Dong Lounge or Salyu x Salyu at The Corner

Sunday January 25th

OK, so this is the night where decisions get real hard, real quick. You’ve got the annual Australia Day Weekend Fundraiser; two days across two venues. First night being Australia Day Eve at The Reverence, headed by punk legends Frenzal Rhomb along with a varied set of acts including Saskwatch, Hoodlum Shouts, Outright and more.

There’s the self-proclaimed ‘unAustralian Australia Day celebration’ Shitfest at The Tote with Low Life, Ausmuteants, Cuntz  and a slew of others along with a barbeque in the beer garden.

You’ve also got the first show in the new Collingwood Open Series at The Gasometer that promises intimate sets from Teeth & Tongue and Fraser A. Gorman with the open sky as the ceiling.

And if you’re not in the mood for a full-blown party and are just want a few bands to occupy your night, not only are there one or two Sugar Mountains sideshows on such as Odesza at Howler Bar, but there’s also a handful of international acts who have just happened to schedule their tours around now including Japan’s Shonen Knife, America’s mewithoutYou and the UK’s Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Our pick for the night: Uuh no, can’t decide.

If we had clones we’d send them to: All the gigs!

All the gigs

Monday January 26th

Going to give you the same advice we gave last year; rest up! Because you’ll be back into the 9 to 5 come Tuesday. But if you’re like me, you’re not one to listen to good advice, and there’s no way we’d seriously recommend missing the second day of the Australia Day Weekend Fundraiser at The Corner with The Smith Street Band headlining.

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