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GIGS

swazi gold

FRIDAY 28 JUNE

SWAZI GOLD ALBUM LAUNCH

w. Bananagun + Girlatones + The Bush

Formed by the chief songwriters from Melbourne bands Crepes, Dreamin’ Wild and Sagamore, this new band brings old friends together. Drawing from their collective love of African music, American funk, and quirky, melody-driven pop music, Swazi Gold’s debut album explores the space between conventional genres and styles of production. Lyrically, the songs address themes like moving to Melbourne, realising personal limitations and seeing a thriving country town fade to nothingness. There’s a brooding one in there for anyone who’s ever been ripped off, too. “Jehovah’s Whispers” is an album that proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And in amidst the love and equality, there’s still a heap of bite and attitude.

Man performing air guitar

SATURDAY 29 JUNE - **EARLY SHOW**

2019 AIR GUITAR AUSTRALIA

VIC STATE QUALIFIER

Join us for the Victorian Qualifiers for the Air Guitar Australia 2019 Championships, sponsored by Signet Australia.

The top 3 airheads from this round will compete against competitors from Perth and Brisbane and 3 wildcards in the Air Guitar Australia Finals on 27th July to become Australia’s Air Guitar Champion. The winner earns the right to represent Australia in Oulu, Finland at the Air Guitar World Championships on 23rd August 2019.

Get your air axes tuned and register to compete (HERE)

Note: YOU MUST BE 18+ TO COMPETE, and should you qualify you must be prepared to compete at the finals in Melbourne on 29th July and at the Air Guitar World Championships in Finland on 23rd August!

FREE ENTRY - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

DOORS 6PM - 8PM

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flyying colours

SATURDAY 29 JUNE

FLYYING COLOURS + HORROR MY FRIEND

w. World Sick

Adelaide’s & Melbourne best-loved noisy heroes Horror My Friend & Flyying Colours will be joining forces for two very special shows that are sure to excite audiences in Melbourne & Adelaide!

Horror My Friend have proven themselves to be one of Australia’s up and coming purveyors of barely controlled noise and fuzz, with ‘Turned Loose’, album and reminding Australia of their ability to combine noise and fuzz with infectious melody.

Not to be outdone Melbourne’s Flyying Colours arrive at a sound that combines My Bloody Valentine’s wall-of-sound guitars and barely there girl/boy vocals with sun-drenched melodies. ‘

Coming together for the first time as equals these shows are not to be missed!

$16 + $2.10BF

DOORS 8PM

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GIG BUDDIES
Malawurr

SUNDAY 30 JUNE

MALAWURR (Arnhem Land) - MORNING STAR FUNDRAISER

w. NAI PALM + Shaka Squilla

Malawurr are 3 brothers from the Galpu Clan in North East Arnhem Land, Australia. Larry, Vernon and Jason Gurruwiwi are family and descendants of the great Djalu, custodian of the didgeridoo. Their music shares sacred songlines with the world.

On the eve of their first European/UK tour at the invitation of prestigious festivals such as WOMAD, Elementary Festival (England) and Rêve De L’Aborigène (France), the band will play a very special Melbourne show to raise awareness of the tour and funds to take a small camera crew.

The documented journey, which will see them spread the Songlines of their home, will be titled ‘Morning Star’ - a sequel to 2017’s Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy.

Malawurr, along with Nai Palm and friends, come together to raise funds for the tour and documentary - and maintain a proud tradition that’s been unbroken for over 60,000 years.

kimono drag queens

THURSDAY 4 JULY

Earwaxx Tours & Moondog Brewery presents:

KIMONO DRAG QUEENS 12" LAUNCH

w. Black Heart Death Cult + Lady Blue

To celebrate the release of their latest single ‘Hunters’, Sydney psych-world seven-piece Kimono Drag Queens are playing a run of East Coast shows this June and July.

Rhythmically entrancing, fuzzy, with spooky overtones, ‘Hunters’ is the groups first track from their forthcoming LP ‘Songs Of Worship’, due out in the second half of 2019.

Little May album

**CANCELLED ** FRIDAY 5 JULY

LITTLE MAY ALBUM TOUR

w. guests

WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT LITTLE MAY’S TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORSEEN PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. FULL STATEMENT AVAILABLE ON THE ARTIST’S FACEBOOK - HERE

“It’s an oscillating ride from start to end with little elements of personality that make it the Little May sound.” – Beat (9/10)

After three-and-a-half years of anticipation, Australian indie outfit Little May have returned with the release of their critically acclaimed second album, Blame My Body (out now via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia). To celebrate the release, Liz and Han are taking the band around the country on a National tour this June and July before heading off to Europe in support of their good friends The Rubens.

$25 + $3BF

DOORS 8PM

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Lydia Lunch

SATURDAY 6 JULY

LYDIA LUNCH 'Dust & Shadows' TOUR

w. Black Cab (performing 'SUICIDE') + Hextape

LYDIA LUNCH “DUST & SHADOWS” An impassioned word-based performance

American singer, poet, writer and actress, LYDIA LUNCH returns to Australia for TWO SHOWS ONLY of spoken word, visuals and soundscapes. Following 2018’s tour where her band RETROVIRUS ripped through Australia including blistering performances at Dark Mofo & GoMA, Goth No-Wave Queen LYDIA LUNCH is back with her spoken word show ”Dust & Shadows” - An impassioned word-based performance. “Dust and Shadows” is a unique combination of otherworldly textures, images and sound set to themes, which deal lyrically with loss, rage, revenge and survival. Haunting images of the numerous ghost towns littered throughout the Spanish desert and the lost lovers whose mysterious specter seem to forever stalk the abandoned ruins and empty rooms create a gorgeous backdrop of atmospheric layers. Psycho ambient soundscapes further the dynamic musicality of Lydia’s lyrical poetry and hypnotic voice. Created as a multimedia showcase featuring Lydia’s text set to music, “Dust and Shadows” is enhanced by the video images of French visual artist Elise Passavant.


Known for her collaborations with the likes of Nick Cave, Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Rowland S. Howard, James Chance, The Birthday Party, Einsturzende Neubaten and Sonic Youth, Lydia Lunch is a shape-shifting gypsy nomad who has uprooted her life to nurture her art more than twenty times in the past 40 years. “What would you say to somebody who only has 30 days to live? What could you say? That in this land of illusions we are just transitional creatures peeping toms at the keyhole of all eternity”.

Picket Palace

FRIDAY 12 JULY

PICKET PALACE SINGLE LAUNCH

w. The Vacant Smiles + a very special guest

Birthed and nurtured in a sweaty loft apartment above a picket fence workshop in Brunswick, Picket Palace crank out razor-sharp punk belters with an enthusiasm that is innocent, reckless and completely infectious.

They take the stage at the Curtin for the first time to launch their blistering new single and video, ‘Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti’ - a barnstorming, heart-pounding, head-banging tribute to the exhilarating football of the man they call ‘Walla’. This will be the first look at Picket Palace’s upcoming second release, The Footy Record.

YIS

TUESDAY 16 JULY

7TH ANNUAL SAM FAZIO BIRTHDAY INVITATIONAL

w. YIS, Good Morning (duo), Emily Ulman + Andre Agony

Family and friends come together once again for the 7th Annual Sam Fazio Birthday Invitational at The Curtin, featuring YIS, Good Morning (duo), Emily Ulman and Andre Agony.

This year we are raising money to directly assist asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru through material, medical and mental support services. All money from the door is donated directly to charity, with guests encouraged to make their own donations directly to our charity partner (details tbc) or a separate donation to their favourite charity in Sam’s name.

Everyone welcome whether it’s your first or seventh time; it’s always a great evening of cakes and music.

$10 + $2BF

DOORS 7PM

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nude party

THURDSAY 18 JULY

Secret Sounds presents

THE NUDE PARTY

w. guests

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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WHO ELSE IS GETTING NUDE?

JIVING
charly bliss

FRIDAY 19 JULY

Secret Sounds presents

CHARLY BLISS

w. guests

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.

Gooch Palms

FRIDAY 2 AUGUST

GOOCH PALMS 'III' ALBUM LAUNCH

w. Surf Trash

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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Tactics

THURSDAY 15 AUGUST

Select Music & Scenic Drive Music Present

TACTICS 'The High Speed Picnic' LAUNCH

w. guests

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.

$30 + $3BF

DOORS 8PM

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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

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.

Shining Bird

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

SHINING BIRD 'Who Are We' SINGLE TOUR

w. guests

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

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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