The Australia Day public holiday, the perfect opportunity for most of us to forget about work on the Monday and go all out over the weekend. As usual, Melbourne’s music scene has gone into overdrive, providing some premium local talent for all of us who couldn’t give a fuck about Pearl Jam and their 2 hour Big Day Out set. We try to do our part here at What Sound, so we’ve put together a handy dandy gig guide for the Australia Day weekend. Of course it’s not a definitive list of every gig (like I said Melbourne music scene – overdrive) but it should give you guys something to base your decisions off.

The Australia Day Weekend Fundraiser

As if raising funds for Oxfam and The Refugee Council of Australia isn’t a good enough reason The Australia Day Weekend Fundraiser has put together a choice list of bands for its fourth year. This includes What Sound favourites Batpiss, The Sinking Teeth and Damn Terran. The event takes place over the 25th and 26th at The Reverence Hotel, more details on the lineup and tickets here.

Gigs for Friday, 24th January

Vulgargrad at Northcote Social Club
Now this really is a fantastic opportunity to see something different, the septet known as VulgarGrad will be bringing their wonderful renditions of the old songs of Russian thieves (also known as blatnyak or blatnye pesni) to the Northcote Social Club.
Go if you want: to drink-ski with your mates-ski while you dance-ski to great (terrible jokes aside, you really should go).

Dear Plastic – Alia Arthouse
We’ve already told you how much we like Dear Plastic’s latest single, and this gig looks to be their first headliner for the year. It’s a great opportunity to check out some new music and also a newly transformed venue, Alia Arthouse, which is run by event management wizards Bonny and Clyde and only opened up late last year.
Go if you want: to gain a solid understanding of the dark world of trip hop.

8 Bit Love – Grace Darling
They won us over a few months ago with their show at The Workers Club, hammering out dizzying dance tracks at a pace that will leave you sweaty and in desperate need of a beer or 2. (Or 3. Or 4.)
Go if you want: to dance. A lot.

Other gigs on 24th January

Milkshake and Deep Space Supergroup – Grace Darling Basement
Born Of Osiris and After The Burial – The Espy
Papa Pilko & The Binrats – The Workers Club
Citizen Kay – Ding Dong
Mutton – Old Bar
Peak Twins – The Curtin Bandroom
Passerine – The Spotted Mallard
Zoo Twilights: Perfect Tripod – Melbourne Zoo
Russell Morris – The Corner

Australia Day Eve, 25th January

D.D Dumbo at Workers Club
We’ve already recommended Oliver Perry’s gig in our What Gigs, his last minute stand in for Vance Joy at Meredith Festival last year was for me one of the festivals musical highlights. The complexity of his songs were both intoxicating and uplifting.
Go if you want: A night of looping, elaborate layering of sounds that will leave you smiling and feeling somewhat inadequate against Perry’s one man ensemble.

Fractures with special guest YEO at The Toff
Fractures aka Mark Zito got a fair bit of hype behind him for first single ‘Twisted’ as well as, in a horrendous twist of irony, having to cancel his debut gig after he broke his neck a week beforehand. Zito’s bedroom electronica takes a different form in the live spectrum thanks to the assistance of a five-piece band.
Go if you want: A truly candid experience with a musician who is just getting started and has already shown so much promise.

Beaches at Ding Dong
An all-girl pysch rock powerhouse, Beaches live show is a fuzzy haze of alt-rock, where in between song banter is kept to a minimum so that the music can speak for itself.
Go if you want: to happily drown in a sea of intertwining guitars, rolling drums and rich psychedelic melodies.

Other gigs on Friday 25th January

Captain Cleanoff with The Day Everything Become Nothing, Rort, Black Jesus, Debacle, Split Teeth – The Tote
Bellusira – The Espy
Midnight Woolf and Brat Farrar – Grace Darling
Timothy Coghill – Northcote Social Club
White Summer – Cherry Bar
TTDC, Seedy Jeezus, Riff-Fist at Old Bar
Willow – The Spotted Mallard

Australia Day, Sunday 26th January

Bonjah at Ding Dong
Bonjah are feeling generous and are recording the Australia Day performance at the Ding Dong. Everyone who attends will receive a digital copy of the recording for free!
Go if you want: to spend hours trying to hear yourself in the final live mix.

Twin Beasts (formerly The Toot Toot Toots) at The Curtin Bandroom
Another band we’ve already had the joy of seeing, Twin Beasts are led by the incredible two-headed vocal beast of Giuliano Ferla and Danny Eucalyptus. Their live shows are a combination of high energy, big hooks and captivating songwriting which when combined equates to a great time for all.
Go if you want: an unconventional party of foot stomping and rowdy sing-a-longs.

Dallas Crane and Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk at The Corner
It’s Dallas Crane return to the music scene, what better reason could you need that to see a band that hasn’t played a headline show for nearly 5 years? Well, maybe the addition of Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, that also makes things pretty enticing.
Go: if you, like us, have missed Dallas Crane.

Other gigs on Australia Day, Sunday 26th January

Hottest 100 Party Feat. World’s End Press, Asta, Willow Beats, Client Liason, Papa Vs Pretty, Drunk Mums and more – The Espy
Colorwheel – Workers Club
Andy Montanez – The Hifi
TTDC, Seedy Jeezus, Riff-Fist at Old Bar
Klinger – Northcote Social Club
Sex on Toast – The Evelyn (rooftop show)
Flyying Colours – The Evelyn
Flap! – The Spotted Mallard
King of The North – Cherry Bar
The Spoils, Ron S. Peno & The Superstitions, Blood Burger, DJ Kezbot – Old Bar

Monday 27th January

Guys. It will have been a big weekend, and you’ll have work on Tuesday. Monday is for recovering. OK?

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