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    • September 23, 2011 9:32 AM CDT
    • the TOWN HALL HTL in NTH MELBOURNE.... best bar, cool shit on the walls, r'n'r always playing... many a good night I've had there...

    • August 26, 2011 7:42 PM CDT
    • I'm from Belfast & I've been living in Melbourne for the past 5 years ...I have generally lived south of the river, and have drank & played in all the venues in St Kilda, unfortunately there's very few decent gig venues left since the revamp of the Greyhound...the Espy sucks on many levels.(it seems to me that people from outta town really have the impression that it is still worth going to?? occasional good band tho) The Prince of Wales is apparently going to start having bands in the public bar on friday nights , which is good news...the Lyrebird Lounge, in Ripponlea is quite a cool little venue. Of course theres the good old St Kilda bowls club, cheap booze and some old St Kilda characters and sometimes good bands...........enjoy!

    • August 18, 2011 7:27 AM CDT
    • Melbourne is slowly recovering from a liquor licensing  shut-down debacle, which threatened to close the few surviving venues of this millenium. When the dearly beloved Tote Hotel in Collingwood fell under the sword last year, the punters took to the streets and to their facebook pages and began a campaign that scared the shit outa the local and state pollys in charge, who finally realised that their stupid liquor licensing laws were alienating a significantly substantial chunk of the voting population who happened to love bands and live music in pubs. So the Tote has re-opened, the law has been amended to accomodate the smaller venues...expensive security cameras are an option, not mandatory, etc etc...

      But the other problem is "the neighbours". They're inner city melbourne parents who play " Darling, let's buy a warehouse in Bohemia" , get architects to renovate, turn the streets into Pram Central where even Baby Cheenos cost over $3 and then complain if there is any noise after 11pm.....


      I rarely drink in venues these days...the tax money Australian govt makes out of a drinking nation is disgusting enough, without adding the pub mark-up... I usually buy the grog at supermarkets and hang out in friends' houses or sup outa hip flasks when out at a gig...


      Sorry if I sound a bit cynical... but i visited San Francisco last year, seemed there was a huge array of music garn on every second door in some streets, and cocktails were $5 ( sloppy too, without shot glass measures)...


      Woops! Just read the other replies and realised Im sounding like a real whinge! And really old too! Oh well!


      Northcote Social Club is pretty good!

    • August 15, 2011 1:13 AM CDT
    • Oh and anything released on Off The Hip & RIP Society records is killing it.

    • August 15, 2011 1:12 AM CDT
    • Yeah lots of good of bands in Australia..spefically melb/syd. I would suggest looking up Eddy Current Supression Ring, Straight Arrows, Royal Headache, Frowning Clouds, The Heirophants, The Bonniwells, Thee Wylde Oscars and my favourite local band on the circuit THE UV Race.

    • August 14, 2011 5:07 AM CDT
    • Cheers Gonzo!

      I'll look them up, also did you recommend Chook Race? Just looked them up and they shall be one of the first bands I'll try to see.
      Gonzo said:

      The Tote, Yah Yahs & Pony are all favourites of mine. Pony gets real busy real late as it's one of the few venues that's open till real late, The Tote is always in full swing & Yahyahs is more on the smaller side of the spectrum and can kinda get over crowded with poser hipsters but it can have it's good times..depends who is playing.



    • August 14, 2011 4:47 AM CDT
    • The Tote, Yah Yahs & Pony are all favourites of mine. Pony gets real busy real late as it's one of the few venues that's open till real late, The Tote is always in full swing & Yahyahs is more on the smaller side of the spectrum and can kinda get over crowded with poser hipsters but it can have it's good times..depends who is playing.



    • August 14, 2011 4:40 AM CDT
    • Hello,


      Im from the small big city Auckland.. If you wana see bands here you really only have 3 decent bars to go to.. The scene is small and its easy to find awesome bands. Im moving to the ever so slightly larger Melbourne and although I'm looking forward to my new adventure it would be nice to know of a couple of good venues..


      I dont know, maybe unlike Auckland, Melbourne has hundreds?

    • September 10, 2011 6:09 PM CDT
    • Not me. I'm a Hawkes Bay boy originally.

    • September 10, 2011 7:30 AM CDT
    • small world eh?

    • August 14, 2011 4:24 AM CDT
    • Thanks for the list.. I move to Melbourne in about 6 weeks.. Can anyone recommend venues where I can catch garage / lo fi artists?

    • December 25, 2010 6:34 PM CST
    • Thanks steve! That was a fun afternoon at da da's ,I love playing in non venues, it's way more fun .

    • December 24, 2010 10:17 PM CST
    • nice stuff mate.

      I saw you guys play out the back at Dada's, must of been a few months ago now, the king khan cover was a killer.

      Keep up the goood shit

    • November 17, 2010 3:07 PM CST
    • well, at least a start. thanks a lot.

    • November 10, 2010 2:07 AM CST
    • check out mr sterile assembly whilst in wellington and die!die!die! in auckland (i think). there's also the coolies.

      there used to be a great record store on queen st in auckland. forget the name but from what i've heard it's still there.

      i don't know much else tho....sorry...

    • November 6, 2010 7:28 AM CDT
    • I'm gonna be travelling New Zealand in May.
      If yer still around then I'll meet up with ya
      If anyone wants to meet. Let me know!

    • November 6, 2010 5:54 AM CDT
    • Hi

      I'm going to do a trip all around new zealand in jan-march.

      Do you have any good bands, venues, shops which I must see?
      Or is there anybody who wants to get visited by me and would like to show me her/his town? :-)

      I'm 32 from Switzerland. Would be nice to meet some of you.


    • September 12, 2010 7:40 PM CDT
    • Hello comrades,

      I recently (Okay, not that recently--March) moved to Sydney from Brisbane, and though I'd been told it was pretty dead down here in terms of garage music and its many delightful relatives, I kind of shrugged that off as unlikely, given the size of the city and the sheer number of musicians that would have to live here.

      Surely some mathematical law must state that within such a fray, a certain number of individuals would be perpetrating my kind of musical crime.

      The first few months of my residence here were spent growing accustomed to my first full-time gig out of uni, and all the trappings of being an adult that I'd never faced before. Recently, given that all of it is now under control, I've been trying to figure out the comings and goings of Sydney music.

      Can anyone point me in the right direction? Bands, venues, even websites similar to this one with a Sydney bent (if that's appropriate)?

      Please forgive the n00blet 101 post, but I've failed pretty hard up to this point.

    • July 23, 2010 1:19 PM CDT
    • fabulous... thanks!!! I will have a look and see what I can find. That's one night sorted then! :D

    • July 23, 2010 8:15 AM CDT
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