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nude party

THURSDAY 18 JULY

Secret Sounds presents

THE NUDE PARTY

w. Traffik Island + Bones and Jones

A whole mess of fun in the vein of The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and The Strokes, North Carolina natives THE NUDE PARTY will bring their effortless guitar pop to intimate venues in Melbourne and Sydney. Getting their kicks as teenagers in Brooklyn, these unstoppable forces of energy recently released their debut self-titled album and have maintained a jam-packed touring schedule ever since.

$41 + $3.90BF

DOORS 8PM

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charly bliss

FRIDAY 19 JULY

Secret Sounds presents

CHARLY BLISS

w. Spacey Jane

A power-pop explosion of melody and youthful urgency, Brooklyn’s CHARLY BLISS continue the New York migration as they take in some choice Splendour side-shows.

Breaking things wide open with 2017’s Guppy (a record labelled by The Onion’s AV Club as “an instant classic”), this sparkling 3-piece are on the verge of releasing their hotly anticipated second record Young Enough and are positioned to go stratospheric in 2019.

Hierophants

SATURDAY 20 JULY

HIEROPHANTS 'Spitting Out Moonlight' ALBUM LAUNCH

w. U-Bahn + Alex Macfarlane

Hierophants are back; Melbourne’s new favourite old band. After celebrating the release of their second album, “Spitting Out Moonlight” last month, the band have announced a much awaited record launch, to take place on the 20th of July at The John Curtin Hotel on Lygon St. Joined by great friends U-Bahn and Alex Macfarlane. Tickets are on sale now.

davidson brothers

SUNDAY 21 JULY

DAVIDSON BROTHERS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

w. Small Town Romance + Van Walker Band

Melbourne favourite bluegrassers, the Davidson Brothers released their first album 20 years ago! To celebrate they’re hosting a special event to showcase their original material spanning their career so far. They’ve come a long way from recording in their lounge room in Gippsland to producing 5 albums in Nashville, winning 5 Golden Guitar Awards and being inducted into Australia’s Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth. Joining them will be the Van Walker Band and Small Town Romance.

ORB

FRIDAY 26 JULY

ORB - U.S SEND OFF

w. Bananagun + Zoe Fox and the Rocket Clocks

Nearly five years have passed since ORB began transmitting their doomy fuzzed out signal from Geelong, Australia. What began as three former garage band mates Zak Olsen, Daff Gravolin and Jamie Harmer (The Frowning Clouds) experimenting with a heavier sound, quickly evolved into a project that has been expanding exponentially ever since. This August will see them heading to America for a tour with an extra member and new songs. Come and see them off.

$20 + $2.50BF

DOORS 8PM

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GIG TALK

I WANT WHAT I WANT
chook race

SATURDAY 27 JULY

FRONT BAR SHOW

PSYCHIC HYSTERIA presents CHOOK RACE

w. Spike Vincent, Mystery Guest + Soft Rubbish

Psychic Hysteria presents a hand-picked selection of some of their favourite Melbourne acts, all in the cosy confines of the Curtin front bar. Grab yourself some dinner and a drink (our preference is the whisky sour), and partake in a mix of rock n’ roll, post-punk and retro-futurist pop. Chook Race are out of the pen with their fervent slice of indie pop, the perfect digestive after Spike Vincent’s unmistakably Australian take on new wave pop. Mystery Guest are always the life of the party, offering a completely original selection of earworms, perfectly complimenting the party starters Soft Rubbish’s roller-coaster of psych-pagan anthems.

$10 ON THE DOOR

DOORS 8PM

GIG CHATTER

WATCH 'HARD TO CLEAN'

Gooch Palms

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST

GOOCH PALMS 'III' ALBUM LAUNCH

w. Surf Trash + Slush

Professional party starters The Gooch Palms will bring their infectious brand of good-time garage rock to the masses this August as they take their new album ‘III’ on tour.

Spending the first part of 2019 traversing the US after their stellar SXSW performances, the band return home new album in tow to grace stages from Sydney to Melbourne, from Adelaide to Perth and everywhere in between.

Joining them on tour will be fellow Novacastrian rockers Surf Trash, who recently wrapped up their own sold out tour around the country.

$20 + $2.50BF

DOORS 8PM

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ryan

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST

RYAN MCMULLAN (Ireland)

w. guests

He smashed a set at Glastonbury 2019 and now Irish singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan will perform an exclusive, one-off headline show in Melbourne for Frontier Touring on Friday 9 August at The Curtin.

Ryan will be visiting Australia next month as special guest of fellow countrymen Snow Patrol, who he first joined up on stage in their native Ireland last year.

Having been blessed with a voice that can shift effortlessly between the angelic and the guttural, Ryan has honed a songwriting craft which exploits the incredible versatility and power of his God-given instrument.

Don’t miss your chance to see him at his ONLY solo Australian show next month!

Tactics

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST

Select Music & Scenic Drive Music Present

TACTICS 'The High Speed Picnic' LAUNCH

w. Porpoise Spit + Hearts and Rockets

Seminal post punk group Tactics on their first Australian tour since 2008.

Emerging from the murky depths of Canberra’s punk scene in 1977, this critically acclaimed underground band released 6 albums over a decade. On the eve of their 7th, be sure you’re able to say you were actually there this time.

Living eyes

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST

THE LIVING EYES - JAPAN SEND OFF

w. Constant Mongrel + Primo!

After a memorable, scorching set at Golden Plains this March, The Living Eyes’ play their first and only Australian headline show for 2019.

The band will be joined by great friends Constant Mongrel and Primo!

Living Eyes are touring Japan August 21st - August 31st, courtesy of Episode Sounds.

Merpire

FRIDAY 23 AUGUST

MERPIRE 'Habit' SINGLE LAUNCH

w. guests

A city is a fascinating backdrop for a song. Adelaide has eighteen songs written about it (including the obvious ones by Paul Kelly & Ben Folds) and now Melbourne has another on the board, thanks to Merpire. From the opening lyrics, ‘Habit’ is a cathartic release, with Rhiannon describing it as “a direct love letter to those who keep listening”.

To celebrate the release, the full Merpire band will be playing a series of headline shows for the first time since 2018’s sold out EP tour - special guests announced soon.

Peak Twins

SATURDAY 24 AUGUST

PEAK TWINS 'Beloved' ALBUM LAUNCH

w. Sarah Mary Chadwick, Deep Red + The Opals

Six years on from the release of their self-titled debut LP, Peak Twins present Beloved, an offering of eight melancholic, melody-driven pop songs. On August 24th at the Curtin, the six-piece live band will perform the recent singles Beloved and Water, along with old and new favourites. Joining them on this occasion will be the critically acclaimed Sarah Mary Chadwick band, dark synth-poppers Deep Red, and enigmatic new-comers The Opals. This event will take place on the lands of the Kulin Nations, for which sovereignty was never ceded.

Blake Scott

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST

BLAKE SCOTT

w. Elsie Lange

Blake Scott will be playing a rare solo show in the Curtin bandroom at the end of winter. After a twelve month absence from performing, he will be showcasing new material in its raw form and paying tribute to some of his favourite local artists. Joining him for the evening will be Elsie Lange.

blake scott

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST

SOLD OUT

BLAKE SCOTT

w. Elsie Lange

Blake Scott will be playing a rare solo show in the Curtin bandroom at the end of winter. After a twelve month absence from performing, he will be showcasing new material in its raw form and paying tribute to some of his favourite local artists. Joining him for the evening will be Elsie Lange.

Girlpool

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

GIRLPOOL (USA)

w. guests

Handsome Tours is thrilled to announce the return of LA’s Girlpool to Australia and New Zealand this September in support of their critically-acclaimed album, What Chaos Is Imaginary. The duo, consisting of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad will be playing shows in Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne and Sydney, as well as performing at Brisbane Festival.

Co-produced by Girlpool and David Tolomei (Future Islands, Beach House, Dirty Projectors) What Chaos Is Imaginary is a collection of songs unlike any Girlpool songs you’ve ever heard, exactly what Powerplant was to Before The World Was Big. For the first time, it is clear who wrote what song. 2019 will see drum machines and synthesizers and beautiful/new harmonies and huge guitars and at least one orchestral breakdown by a string octet.

“It was invigorating playing stripped down and raw when Girlpool began. As we change, what gets us there is going to change too.” It’s hard to imagine what might follow What Chaos Is Imaginary. Girlpool’s growth has a steady momentum forward, towards something greater with every stride that they take.

colu

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

COLU 'Nowhere Boy' ALBUM TOUR

w. guests

Melbourne-based dark pop duo COLU are hitting the road in support of their debut album NOWHERE BOY. The boys have made waves around Australia with singles SCHOLAR, SLUMP and INTENTIONS, amassing over 50,000 streams on the road to their debut full-length. James and Kieran are bringing their unique blend of ambient, hip-hop and pop around the country, playing in intimate venues along the east and south coast.

$15 + $2.75BF

DOORS 7PM

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GIG TALK

LISTEN TO 'INTENTIONS'
Shining Bird

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

SHINING BIRD 'Who Are We' SINGLE TOUR

w. Spike Vincent + Culte

In celebration of their upcoming Midnight Oil support slot, Austinmer’s experimental band SHINING BIRD offers Who Are We, a 9-minute epic, clearly marking a new direction. Recorded live to tape, in a single take by Jez Player (The Pinheads). The track highlights the band’s improvisational strengths and maturity. Hinting at a new record in late 2019, the bird is back and playing The Curtin Friday, September 27.

bass drum of death

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

BASS DRUM OF DEATH (USA)

w. guests

Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, the lo-fi trio Bass Drum of Death make bluesy garage rock. The band is the project of singer/guitarist/bassist/drummer John Barrett, who began recording his rambunctious D.I.Y. rock in 2007. Bass Drum of Death released the EP Stain Stick Skin on Fat Possum 2008. The full-length debut album GB City, featuring the singles “Young Pros,” “Get Found” followed in 2011. The band has subsequently released the albums the self-titled “Bass Drum of Death” in 2013 and “Rip This” in 2014. On top of this due to the accessible upbeat tempo of Barrett’s songs, Bass Drum of Death has contributed to the soundtracks of “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Grand Theft Auto” and the BBC TV show “Waterloo Road”.

In 2018 the band returned with new song “Heavy” and long-awaited fourth record “Just Business” was released in July 2018 via Century Media / RED MUSIC

$42 + $2.50BF

DOORS 8PM

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JUST BUSINESS

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saskwatch

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

SASKWATCH - SAY GOODBYE. FINAL SHOW

w. Ella Thompson, Jim Lawrie + DJ Chris Gill

After 10 years as a band, four albums, and hundreds of live shows globally, Melbourne indie-soul band Saskwatch have announced their final ever show to celebrate their career and goodbye to fans.

The band got their break when legendary Soul DJ Vince Peach discovered them playing on the streets of Melbourne. This lead to a 3 year on again & off again residency at Cherry culminating in a release of their de-but LP ‘Leave It All Behind’ in 2012 on the iconic Northside Records label. It was this residency that lead to widespread word of mouth about the bands exceptional live show, led by formidable frontwoman Nkechi Anele.

The following year, they were offered to play at the famous Glastonbury Festival amongst others across the continent - and the rest is history.  

Come celebrate one of Australia’s most exciting live bands of the last decade at The Curtin with good friends Jim Lawrie and Ella Thompson, and a long term horn section.

$25 + $2.95BF

DOORS 8PM

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saskwatch

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER

SOLD OUT

SASKWATCH - SAY GOODBYE. FINAL SHOW

w. Ella Thompson, Jim Lawrie + DJ Chris Gill

After 10 years as a band, four albums, and hundreds of live shows globally, Melbourne indie-soul band Saskwatch have announced their final ever show to celebrate their career and goodbye to fans.

The band got their break when legendary Soul DJ Vince Peach discovered them playing on the streets of Melbourne. This lead to a 3 year on again & off again residency at Cherry culminating in a release of their de-but LP ‘Leave It All Behind’ in 2012 on the iconic Northside Records label. It was this residency that lead to widespread word of mouth about the bands exceptional live show, led by formidable frontwoman Nkechi Anele.

The following year, they were offered to play at the famous Glastonbury Festival amongst others across the continent - and the rest is history.  

Come celebrate one of Australia’s most exciting live bands of the last decade at The Curtin with good friends Jim Lawrie and Ella Thompson, and a long term horn section.

Gang of Four

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER

GANG OF FOUR (UK)

w. guests

One of the most influential and groundbreaking bands to rise from the British punk scene in the late 70’s, GANG OF FOUR finally return this November! The band will play ‘Entertainment!’ (Damaged Goods, Anthrax, Naturals Not In It, At Home He’s A Tourist) in full to celebrate its 40th Anniversary, plus an encore of other Hits (I Love a Man in Uniform, What We All Want, Paralysed, To Hell With Poverty + more).

$45.95 + $4.05BF

DOORS 8PM

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TELL YOUR FRIENDS

DAMAGED GOODS!
strange tenants

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

STRANGE TENANTS - ANNUAL XMAS SHOW

w. The Moonhops + DJ The Professor (PBS)

Strange Tenants are the undisputed Godfathers of Australian ska. With an album and a book about them released last year, this year saw a documentary film ’Strange Tenants: Ska’d For Life’ premiered at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival. More than a ska band, Strange Tenants have become cultural icons, and legends of Melbourne’s alternative music scene. Having stormed onto the music scene in Lygon Street way back in 1981, Strange Tenants have chosen The Curtin as the venue for their annual birthday/Christmas show.

$27 + $2.50BF

DOORS 8PM

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FUNCTIONS AT THE CURTIN

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The Curtin is nestled away on the city end of Lygon St, Carlton - just a short walk from Melbourne's CBD and moments from Melbourne Central train station, and is easily accessible by public transport.

The venue has a 300 capacity band room has been designed to ensure an unrestricted view of the large stage from anywhere in the room. Complemented by a powerful D&B Q7 speaker system & D&B Crown 90001 amplifiers,  in stalled to deliver the highest quality sound on stage and to the entire audience.

The Curtin is the perfect size to cater for album launches, interstate touring bands, and larger internationals seeking an intimate show.

CONTACT THE CURTIN HOTEL

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THE CURTIN is located at 29 Lygon Street (City End), Carlton. Directly opposite Trades Hall.

Ph: (03) 9663 6350

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