Gigs

Reel Tapes + Ember Rain

A selection of the freshest Melbourne indie rock, punk, blues acts each week
Reel Tapes' indie-come-alternative rock sound will get you dancing so quickly that you'll forget how dorky their members look.

Ember Rain is an Alternative Rock Band from Melbourne, Australia.

Darling James

October Residency
Darling James is the moniker of Melbourne-based songwriter James O'Brien. Originally used as a vehicle for songs pieced together in late night bedroom recordings while touring as a sideman for other acts, O'Brien quickly developed the idea into a full-time project complete with a blistering four-piece live band.

No stranger to the Australian music scene, O’Brien has delved into many projects since he first came to attention with seminal Brisbane-come-Melbourne indie darlings The Boat People. With O’Brien as co-frontman and songwriter The Boat People had eight triple j high rotation singles from three acclaimed albums that also made their mark on Los Angeles’ KCRW and the UK’s Radio 1. The Boat People travelled to the U.S. no less than six times (playing SXSW twice) toured the UK multiple times and played on home soil at the likes of Big Day Out, Woodford Folk Festival, Valley Fiesta, Sunset Sounds and support slots for artists such as David Byrne, The Shins, Powderfinger, Crowded House, Washington, Tim Rogers and Augie March.

Beyond this list, O’Brien co-wrote and sung YesYou’s breakout radio hit ‘Half of It’ in 2011 and worked as side man in the much-lauded Machine Translations with whom he has toured nationally multiple times. Working as bassist for Kate Miller-Heidke, O’Brien performed at Splendour In The Grass and Southbound as well as tours in Australia and overseas.

SOUL IN THE BASEMENT W/ THE STRANGERS SUITE & SQUID NEBULA

Thursday Residency
Reunited again, old buddies The Stranger Suite and Squid Nebula are testing the friendship and co-headlining a months worth of Soul Nights at the Cherry Bar. Who wins? You decide.

Playing last on nights 1 and 3, The Stranger Suite will have you feeling like anything but strangers and on nights 2 and 4, Squid Nebula will be turning Soul Night into Shoal Night and inviting you to jump in head first.

SQUID NEBULA are a five piece from Melbourne not afraid to swim against the current. Since 2014, Squid Nebula have been filling watering holes around Melbourne with their paella of soul, reggae, pop and jazz that will really get your three hearts pumping.
In May this year Squid Nebula released their debut self-titled EP to much acclaim amidst a 5 week residency at the Evelyn Hotel and have seen the songs receive airplay across triple j, RRR, PBS and receive ‘Song Of The Week’ honours on The Hoist on SYN fm. In August, the band hosted their first mini festival Squid Inc. in The Gasometer Main Room with the likes of The Mamas and Messy Mammals and are now readying themselves for a big, big summer.

Squiddies on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0eRthpXsgbr7BEnelTSJvW?si=ihRU2fwTRpa6mQXZhDe8sQ

THE STRANGER SUITE are a 9-piece hip-hop band that blend together the driving grooves of funk and soul, the harmonic and improvisational elements of jazz, and the breakbeat centred instrumentals of 20th century hip-hop to create highly energetic live shows. After performing at Strawberry Fields Festival 2017 and releasing two singles, ‘With You’ and ‘Selfish’, earlier in the year to a sold-out show at the Evelyn hotel The Stranger Suite have an album in the works and some big announcements coming soon.

The Stranger Suite on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2pbfyD0PmnHoLmFrf14Jq8?si=8SfWJ8huTUOUGqcKF4PnyA

It’ll be just like 303 in the summer of 2014 again, but both bands will be much better.

Stuck Out

You Won’t Come Home Tour
Melbourne's Stuck Out charged into the spotlight of the Australian alternative scene earlier this year with their critically acclaimed debut EP You Won't Come Home.
Don't Bore Us called it "the essential pop punk growing up narrative", while KillYourStereo stated "...there’s something about ‘You Won’t Come Home’ that feels… fuller; that just feels better. The songs here feel far more real, deep and purposeful and I’m not talking about just the lyrical themes or emotions on offer either. The music itself feels anything but the paper thin efforts of some of Stuck Out’s local and international contemporaries."
After selling out their EP launch, and a range of shows across the country, Stuck Out are taking this EP for their first headlining run, and they couldn't be more excited.
Joining Stuck Out on this run is Sydney sad-boys (and unofficial Greyscale Records super-group) Whatever Forever. The five piece, which features members of Justice For The Damned and Our Past Days, channel incredibly catchy riffs and sing along choruses.

SATURDAY MATINEE W/ WEENED

James Young Presents a very special Cherry Matinee this Saturday 27 October with the first live show in over 2 years from the world’s finest, and possibly only, Ween Tribute act….WEENED!

Doors 1pm, FREE entry and supervised children most welcome for this massive 2-set mega show where Weened promise to play all your favourite Ween tracks including ‘Push Th’ Little Daises’, ‘Baby Bitch’, ‘Voodoo Lady’, ‘Buenas Tardes Amigo’, ‘Don’t Shit Where You Eat’, ‘Piss Up A Rope’, ‘The Mollusk’, ‘Ocean Man’, ‘Your Party’ and many many more.

So if you love Dean & Gene Ween you can’t miss WEENED at Cherry Matinee this Saturday.

“I’m Living On Bananas and Blow….”

Cherry Ripe ~ The Sinking Teeth, King River Rising & More

Saturday 27th
Cherry Ripe ~ Only $10 entry!

We're throwing another one of our Cherry Ripe nights where we'll be presenting some younger acts worth you checking out!

If you're looking for a spot of live music on the weekend and want to catch some newer acts that may not be on your radar yet, this is the kinda night for you! We'll be presenting The Sinking Teeth, King River Rising and more.

So check out some new guitar bands for only $10 entry with Cherry DJ's spinnin' tunes 'til 5AM as per usual AND we're slinging $10 Espresso

Cherry Blues: Heinous Hound

Two sets of smooth blues
The brainchild of Steve Lucas (one of the founding members of the seminal Australian band X by the way!), Heinous Hound Blues Band are no stranger to the Cherry stage and rightfully so. This group of ramshackle hounds howl the house down and their sheer mastery finds them rockin’ the joint for any punter that decides to take the plunge and wander down AC/DC Lane for a lazy little afternoon session. Don’t miss this bring it on home!

Sunbabe & Chronosystem

A selection of the freshest Melbourne indie rock, punk, blues acts each week
Sunbabe are a DIY Surfadelic Gypsy Pub Rock band from Melbourne.

Big Jumanji & The Coathangers are a harmony laden garage-pop, combined with a hearty dose of 80s medleys and heaven band. Prepare to be Jumanji-ed.

The Grogans, Welcome Back

W/ Longboys & Midnight Country
Gus and Jordy are back from overseas and Quin is out of his cast - what better reason to throw together a show?

The boys are so keen to get back on the stage at Cherry Bar on the 3rd of November to see all your lovely faces again!Make sure you wear your dancing shoes because Longboys and Midnight Country Club are going to be there to start the night off with a bang.

This show is going to be one of the first shows with Longboys returning to the stage after taking some time off to record, as well as Midnight Country Clubs first live performance as well!
Looking forward to seeing you all there for a fun as time!

Cherry Blues: Three Kings

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of Blues
Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

123 Agency Presents: West Thebarton

W/ Special Guests
A seven-headed soul-rock hydra, straight outta Adelaide, this slightly-slack true-blue rock
septet are into having a real good time. Led by charismatic leader figure, gravel-voiced
frontman Reverend Ray, West Thebarton have spent the past few years honing razor sharp
riffs, sticking them soundly to seriously tight melodic tones, and careering into bars, festival
bills and best of lists.

Their life affirming anthems Moving Out, Bible Camp and new single Stuck On You have
enjoyed a fair thrashing on triple j over the past 12 months, and they’ve already won over a
ton of unsuspecting new fans on tour with Polish Club late last year, and at NYE on the Hill &
Falls Festival in Byron and Lorne. After capturing the attention of Violent Soho’s James
Tidswell the band have scored themselves a juicy record deal from his new label Domestic La
La, and have committed their suburban homilies to tape. Hear it. Feel it. Love it. Remember it. West is the best!

Bad Pony

W/ Club Yorke, Mid City
Whether it’s heritage, hope or insanity that fuels them, Sydney-based Bad Pony simply do not stop. With eight national tours under their belt and three international showcases (Singapore’s Music Matters - 2016, Canadian Music Week - 2017, SXSW - 2018), Bad Pony have spent the most part of their career together on the road, not to mention having independently released four self-produced singles, all with national radio success.

After playing to packed out venues across Austin, the highlight of this year’s SXSW for Bad Pony was easily playing Sound’s Australia’s Aussie BBQ at the inaugural Australia House showcase. Playing before national idols such as Gang of Youths, Bad Pony’s explosive performance saw them walk away with the award of ‘Best Australian Group’, as voted by The AU Review.

The indie-rock-pop-dance-funk outfit (let’s be honest, they’re a hybrid of genres but all that matters is that they’re a bloody great time on stage) kicked off 2017 with a showcase at Canadian music week, inked a management deal with Sydney-based agency, ArowAgency and scored a Rolling Stone Australia premiere for their single ‘Deficiency’. If that wasn’t enough excitement, they topped off another huge year of touring with a performance at Australian Music Week and winning the Australian Music Week award.

DIET. x Planet

W/ Special Guests
DIET. x PLANET are joining forces for a mini-tour headed by both bands in their respective hometowns.

They will be bringing their infectious, pop-driven tunes and floor-shaking live shows to a joint crowd at Cherry Bar in Melbourne on November 10th

CHERRY BLUES: HEINOUS HOUND

Two sets of smooth blues
The brainchild of Steve Lucas (one of the founding members of the seminal Australian band X by the way!), Heinous Hound Blues Band are no stranger to the Cherry stage and rightfully so. This group of ramshackle hounds howl the house down and their sheer mastery finds them rockin’ the joint for any punter that decides to take the plunge and wander down AC/DC Lane for a lazy little afternoon session. Don’t miss this bring it on home!

Hollow World ‘Beneath The Frozen Sky’

w/ Âme Noire
Five years ago Hollow World released their debut EP ‘Beneath The Frozen Sky’. It was an EP that catapulted them into the spotlight, paving the way for the band to play with some amazing Australian and International bands and be featured on some prestigious festival lineups around the country. Now, after five years, a debut LP and a label signing and partnering with one of the premier booking agencies in the country, Hollow World have decided to celebrate the release that started it all with an East Coast tour, playing ‘Beneath The Frozen Sky’ in full.

MMW: Civic Sounds Laneway Festival

W/ Regurgitator, Nai Palm + Many More amazing local acts
Civic Sounds laneway festival brings together a diverse line up featuring Regurgitator, Nai Palm, RVG, The Bennies, BEC SANDRIDGE and more!
Melbourne’s laneway culture is getting amped up and loud for one night only on Sunday 18 November as part of the Melbourne Music Week, when AC/DC Lane will play host to the first Civic Sounds laneway festival.

Set in the heart of the city with Melbourne’s skyline as the backdrop, AC/DC Lane and on the Cherry Bar stage, the CBD is set come alive for the inaugural event for a memorable day and night with some of Australia’s most loved established and up and coming artists including Regurgitator, Nai Palm, RVG, The Bennies, BEC SANDRIDGE, IV League, Ro, BATZ, Destrends and DPRS – Democratic People’s Republic of Surf + DJs and food vendors still to be announced.

Continuing to push boundaries, whether by blending everything from techno-surf-rock-dub-hip hop and electro-pop to broadcasting their recording sessions from a glass box in Federation Square, ARIA award winning alt-electronica group Regurgitator never disappoint. Joining “The Gurg” is the two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, musician, and Hiatus Kaiyote’s frontwoman Nai Palm, will captivate audiences with her solo show performing tracks from her minimalist debut album Needle Paw, proving why she’s one of Australia’s top composers, instrumentalists, vocalists and is not to be missed. If jangly guitars are your thing, RVG are back on Australian soil after wowing audiences across North America, the UK and Europe for most of this year. RVG will bring their infectious, post-punk tinged hooks with their intimate, grand, timely and timeless tracks from their highly debut A Quality of Mercy. Bringing the party is fun loving punk-ska-party band The Bennies with their trademark sense of humour and tracks from new album Natural Born Chillers, whilst Bec Sandridge will be coming in hot off the back of touring her recent, brooding art-pop single in ‘Animal’.

Representing the groundswell of up and comers are IV League, Ro, Batz, Destrends and DPRS (Democratic People’s Republic of Surf) kicking off the day and reminding us why Melbourne is the music capital of Australia.

With early bird tickets now on sale, be sure to grab them quickly to become part of Melbourne’s thriving music community for this year’s Melbourne Music Week.

CIVIC SOUNDS Laneway Festival 2018
Sunday 18 November – ACDC Lane, Melbourne
12pm – 10pm
Across Two Stages – Laneway & Cherry Bar stages

Regurgitator
Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote)
RVG
The Bennies
BEC SANDRIDGE
IV League
Ro
BATZ
Destrends
DPRS – Democratic People’s Republic of Surf

Melbourne Music Week – The Cactus Channel

Live Music Safari
Soul in the Basement is a weekly Thursday evening party which has been happening at Cherry for a staggering 18 years in one of Melbourne’s world renowned dive bars! Showcasing the best contemporary and legacy acts in in the world of soul music along with funk and disco, the weekly party continues to be an institution for those enamoured with leaving the house for a big evening of appreciating live musicianship and resident DJ’s such as Vince Peach working a dance floor late into the evening with classic 45” pressings.

As part of the Live Music Safari Program this year, Cherry will be presenting The Cactus Channel live on stage. A Melbourne ten-piece funk/soul orchestra who are part of the soul revival that cherish the artistry of yesteryear with an energetic stage show. Logan from Gold Class will be mixing all-time-favourite soul anthems late into the evening for this party also.

So escape the techno clubs for a boogie at the weekly Thursday Soul night at Cherry! Ripper live acts, $10 Espresso Martinis and DJ's spinning classic RnB, funk and disco 45's 'til late at the cosiest Rock'n'Roll bar in town!

Sidenote Syndicate & Melbourne Music Week Presents: Push The Envelope

Sidenote Syndicate in association with Stone & Wood Brewing Co, Girls Rock! Melbourne and Melbourne Music Week presents…
“PUSH THE ENVELOPE!!” featuring
ALL THE COLOURS, BATZ, WARFLAGS, LOGIC DEFIES LOGIC, UNLUCKY, DANSY
If you’re looking for the most dynamic and guitar-studded line up of Melbourne Music Week, look no further than PUSH THE ENVELOPE!. It all goes down at the much-loved and very appropriate Cherry Bar on Friday 23rd November featuring sets from All The Colours, Batz, Warflags, Logic Defies Logic, Unlucky and Dansy.
Be quick - tickets are limited so we suggest you get your hands on pre-sales for just $15. And thanks to our friends at Stone & Wood and Cherry Bar, a $25 ticket is available to upgrade you with a VIP laminate plus a stellar surprise gift bag on arrival. You will also gain access to the Jenni Bar to mingle with music industry influencers and get down to an exclusive live DJ set by Josh Moriarty (Miami Horror/All The Colours).
Sidenote Syndicate are a new Melbourne-based, artist-run agency who have curated “PUSH THE ENVELOPE - A Rock Showcase”. Their philosophy is to provide the promotional muscle and extended reach to promote fair rights for all artists. Their intentions also reflect the current social climate on gender equality within the local music scene: “Our goal is to do our small part in making equality in music the norm. Which is why we have engaged some of the most talented bands in the rock game who also have female members, managers, producers or techs or crew. Even if they’re not on stage, know that they are there, behind-the-scenes bringing the ROCK to you!”
Sidenote Syndicate are pleased to partner with Girls Rock! Melbourne who have jumped at the chance to share their message. Girls Rock! Melbourne aim to empower young female, trans-gender, and gender-diverse people through music and education. Learn more about the great work GR!M do here www.girlsrockmelbourne.com - Come say hi to the team who will be present with info and merch on the night!

CHERRY BLUES: HEINOUS HOUND

Two sets of smooth blues
The brainchild of Steve Lucas (one of the founding members of the seminal Australian band X by the way!), Heinous Hound Blues Band are no stranger to the Cherry stage and rightfully so. This group of ramshackle hounds howl the house down and their sheer mastery finds them rockin’ the joint for any punter that decides to take the plunge and wander down AC/DC Lane for a lazy little afternoon session. Don’t miss this bring it on home!

CHERRY BLUES: THREE KINGS

Join us for a Sunday afternoon of Blues
Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

Drunk Mums ‘Urban Cowboy’ Tour

W/ Special Guests
Melbourne rockers Drunk Mums have returned with a rejuvenated take on the leather clad, boisterous brand of punk rock that has been having fans frothing, with a brand new album in URBAN COWBOY.
Such a return has been marked by a rollicking new single in PHANTOM LIMB - a perfect example of Drunk Mums. new output: catchy, frenzied and steeped in rich riffs and grit. To celebrate the release of Urban Cowboy, Drunk Mums are going to be heading out on the road, taking in venues on the east coast with the most ideal tour partners - New York ͛s own, Dirty Fences
The band͛s central ethos of presenting no-holds-barred rock music in its most undiluted form has continued to shine with͚ Phantom Limb and throughout Urban Cowboy, and has shown that Drunk Mums͛ time on the road over the last few years has most certainly added to the finessing of this sound.
Make no mistake, Drunk Mums haven͛t lost any of their cheekiness or rambunctious swagger, but this new music positions the band in a more developed creative space. Rhythmic, forceful and sonically bright, the new music from Drunk Mums is a heavy dose of rock music that the band is stoked to be unveiling later this year. Recorded by bass player Adam Ritchie and mastered by Mikey Young, Drunk Mums laid this new music down in May after spending April writing and developing new ideas.

Half [of it] sounds like what our dads would have listened to, and the other half is what our younger fans would chuck on..

CHERRY BLUES: HEINOUS HOUND

Two sets of smooth blues
The brainchild of Steve Lucas (one of the founding members of the seminal Australian band X by the way!), Heinous Hound Blues Band are no stranger to the Cherry stage and rightfully so. This group of ramshackle hounds howl the house down and their sheer mastery finds them rockin’ the joint for any punter that decides to take the plunge and wander down AC/DC Lane for a lazy little afternoon session. Don’t miss this bring it on home!

Massive

2018 Aussie Tour
Massive are returning home to Australia for their first shows on home soil in over a year. Having dominated European stages and supported some of the best musicians in the world, the beer drinking foot stomping rock n rollers are back promoting their 3rd studio album "Rebuild Destroy" which will be released on Feb 1st 2019.

AC/DSHE

When it comes to AC/DC it is all about the performance and energy that comes from the band. You cannot go past AC/DSHE the original female fronted AC/DC tribute show in Australia.
If you want it loud, tight and proud, this amazing band will blow you away with their authentic sound and dynamic lead singer and guitar player. It’s a show that you will walk away hoping to see again!
If you imagined yourself on the rock circuit back in the day or even In the current moment, this band delivers a sonic boom that cranks out all the classics you love to sing along to as well as giving you such an energy buzz when the lead guitarist walks out into the crowd to electrify with sizzling lead breaks and the singer that keeps you engaged in the full show, marry this up with a humming rhythm section that keeps the engine running, it is in no doubt one of the best shows you will see on the live circuit today.
It’s clear this band has done its homework and carefully recreated a sound and visual experience that is authentic, and action packed.
Make sure you get to a show soon and be ready for a face melting performance.
As the classic ACDC songs says, SHE’S GOT BALLS THIS WOMAN……..
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