Gigs

Better Half Album Launch

W/ Easy Life, Reside & Clove
Forming in 2015 as a side project of Thornhill guitarist, Matt Van Duppen (guitar) and Belle Haven guitarist, Chris Vernon (vocals), Better Half have been slowly making a name for themselves in the Melbourne alternative rock/emo scene off the back of their first two singles, ‘Reasons To Leave’ and ‘Mourn’. Fresh from supporting the likes of Citizen, Touché Amore, Turnover & Being As An Ocean, Better Half will take the stage for their first ever headline show at Cherry Bar on June 23 with special guests Easy Life, Reside & Clove.

Their highly anticipated debut 7” EP ‘Maybe I Was Wrong’ will be released May 11 via Resist Records.

Cherry Blues: Heinous Hound

Two sets of smooth blues
Check out the smooth stylings of the Heinous Dog Blues band: Steve Lucas, Jerome Smith, Dave Folley, Matt Dwyer & Chris Wilson.

Beyond Royal and Honest Lives

AMP Presents

Cherry Tuesdays June Tues Night Mini Residency @ Cherry Bar

Tues June 5th, Tues June 12th, Tues June 19th & Tues June 26th

A selection of the freshest Melbourne indie rock, punk, blues bands each week

Tues June 26th Lineup:

Beyond Royal
Honest Lives

Little Archive & Platy-pus

AMP Presents

Cherry Wednesdays June Wed Night Mini Residency @ Cherry Bar

Wed June 13th, Wed June 20th & Wed June 27th

A selection of the freshest Melbourne indie rock, punk, blues bands each week

Wed June 27th Lineup & Times:

8pm DJ
9pm Little Archive
10pm Platy-pus

Free Entry!!!

See you at Cherry Bar for Wed night bands & beers?

Thursday Soul W/ Thando

thando is bringing her genre bending brand of R&B to Thursdays at Cherry.


Come shake away the winter chill as we turn up the heat in Melbourne's iconic Cherry Bar basement. $10 Espresso martinis, and 45s with DJ Vince Peach... you can't ask for a better night.

‘She was more than performing, she was commanding… never seen anything like it’ BEAT MAGAZINE

W/ Special guest: Soliloquy

Ticks available at the door
ID Required

SheWolf – ‘The Other Side’ Debut Album Launch

with guests
After much anticipation and years of hard work, SheWolF finally release their debut album, ‘The Other Side’ in a night that promises serious musical talent and quality entertainment. The album is the culmination of three years of writing and multiple incarnations of the band, bringing a sound that pays homage to several different genres and demonstrates the growth and change in the band’s musical style.

Opening the night are acoustic duo Jarrod Marsh and Clea Freeland, followed by Melbourne rock veterans, Cicadastone, and infamous party rockers, Atomic Riot. Then SheWolF will take the stage to showcase their album live and bring their own surprises to the show.

An eclectic mix of rock, pop, jazz and contemporary sounds, supported by some of Melbourne’s top performers, guarantees a kickass night.

Sheriff at Cherry Bar with Copperhead Brass Band & T.K. Reeve

Southern Psychedelic Horror Blues Rock returns to AC/DC Lane.
Join Sheriff on Saturday June 30th for evening of boogieing and merriment as the trio showcase tracks from their upcoming debut album!
They'll be joined by the gritty nine piece funk Goliath COPPERHEAD BRASS BAND and the wild bluesman T.K. REEVE!

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.

Radio Moscow (USA)

W/ Special Guests
California power-trio Radio Moscow have just announced their return to Australia with a two week tour planned for down under in June/July of this year.

The hard-hitting band have carved their own sonic niche in international Blues, Rock and Psych circles since their formation in 2003, regularly playing some of the world's largest festivals including Ride Festival, Desert Daze, Electric Funeral, Psycho California and more, also having supported the likes of Graveyard, Witchcraft, Joe Bonamassa and Pentagram throughout Europe, North America, South America and Australasia. Their retro sound, fuelled by the likes of Hendrix, Sabbath, Zeppelin and Cream, bring waves of fuzzy hard-rocking riffs and sweaty, cranked up Blues straight to the listener in an epic and much-acclaimed live experience.

This tour will mark the outfit's fifth studio album 'New Beginnings', a powerful 10-track Blues Rock ride, amongst the midst of a recent worldwide signing to Century Media Records. Previously produced by the likes of Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Radio Moscow regularly receive the highest of critical acclaim with the New York Music Daily citing their previous release “Live in California” as the Best Heavy Psych Album of 2016.

Radio Moscow will appear at Cherry Bar in Melbourne on Wednesday July 04. $25/30 8pm doors. Supports include QLD heavy hitters Hobo Magic and hometown Stoner faves Devil Electric. *Limited Capacity 18+

Kattimoni Single Launch at Soul in the Basement

Not only is Melbourne the most livable city in the world, it has also recently secured its reputation as the live music capital of the world, giving rise to a plethora of creative talent and championing a renaissance of soul music, gaining global attention in recent years.

On Thursday July 5th, Melbourne's own Empress of Soul, Kattimoni along with her fiery 9 piece band, will be dropping her empowering new single, 'Aint Gonna Give Up' with B-side, 'I Do What I Want,' at Cherry Bar's famous 'Soul in the Basement'. This release comes in the lead up to their forthcoming debut album and follows the success of her first single ‘Go Around Come Around’, which premiered at #4 on the Triple J Unearthed Charts in 2014.

The Pretty Littles (Single Launch)

Hello, welcome to our page. We are called The Pretty Littles. We are a rock band. We have put out a bunch of songs and EPs and CDs that are pretty much all on Spotify and Itunes and bandcamp and all that sort of thing. There’s one EP called Gazunga that isn’t, but you don’t want none of that.
Sorry about the band name. We don’t get it either. It’s all long. JET is a bad name too, but at least it doesn’t go on forever. Mostly people call us TPL or the Littles which is better.

We have been around pretty much since 2008. It is taking us longer than expected to get good at the singing and the writing and the performing and all that. There has been some improvement though – I mean just listen to the first EP. It’s a real stinker. I mean its got some nice moments on it, but lots of the songs have ‘she said’ in them, which is a sign of angst ridden young men who should not yet be putting pen to paper. The second album release ‘I Am Not From a Small Town‘ was actually pretty sick and maybe better than the two that followed it, but it’s always hard to say. Our mate Jono Colliver would say that it is definitely better than ‘Mash’. He fucking hates that CD – and fair enough.

The most recent release titled ‘Soft Rock For The Anxious’ was released mid-2016. For the most part we all liked the CD and for the most part more of you liked this CD than ever before, so that is for the most part pretty good. So many of you that the Northcote Social Club sold out for its launch and then Howler sold out too a bit after that.
We have released and toured the first song from the new record. The song is called Don Dale and the album is called Skeleton Run.

Bon But Not Forgotten

A celebration of Bon Scott's Birthday
Bon But Not Forgotten is the closest you will ever get to AC/DC in the 70's! This show brings together some of the world’s greatest rockers to pay tribute to the legend behind one of the world's greatest ever bands, AC/DC, and their iconic singer Bon Scott who celebrates his Birthday on July 9th.

Featuring a knock-out line-up, including past members of AC/DC and other Aussie rock icons, The Angels and Electric Mary, this band knows how to electrify a crowd with its explosive repertoire of AC/DC's greatest hits.

Not content with just performing a 'Best Of' set, the band also focuses on some gems that aren't commercial in nature, but true fans will love to hear them live, some for the first time. This show replicates the sound, style and passion of AC/DC, without pretence.

It is quite simply THE most natural sounding AC/DC performance of any band, other than AC/DC themselves. There is no other band on earth that can perform the show like these carefully selected musicians.

The line-up features the consummate talents of:

Simon Wright – Joined AC/DC after the departure of Phil Rudd in 1983

Joel McDonald – lead guitarist and musical curator for Frankie’s World Famous House Band (of cult venue Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney) which has seduced collaborations with acts including KISS, Guns N Roses, Whitesnake, The Cult and more.

James Morley – Former bassist with ARIA Hall of Fame band, The Angels, and guitarist with Choirboys.

RUSTY – One of Australia's hardest rocking front men from ELECTRIC MARY

Paul Woseen – Bass Guitarist and one of the founding members of The Screaming Jets (VIC dates only)

Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers – Wetbrain EP Launch

Auntie Leo & The Backstabbers are stoked to welcome you to help them celebrate the birthing and launch of their brand new EP entitled 'Wetbrain'.

But who is Auntie Leo exactly? They're relative newcomers to the scene but they've become fast favourites around these parts, quickly getting picked up to support heavyweights such as Tired Lion, Drunk Mums and Mesa Cosa in recent months, all incredibly impressively done off the back of their self-recorded and self-released debut eponymous EP from mid 2017.

But they're back again now packing an impressive new arsenal in the form of a brand new EP by the name of 'Wetbrain', which not only gives a true salute to spacey translucent '60s inspired western and surf rock, but manages to do so in such a way that makes it completely their own.
This new five tracker is sure to seperate them from the herd, proving to any doubters that these lads aren't just one-trick ponies whilst simultaneously solidifying themselves as lone rangers in a class that is uniquely their own.

So with that in mind, chuck on your best line-dancing cowboy boots and come help them welcome these brand new tunes into the world the only way it should be done, with a hot dart in one hand whilst knocking the top off a cold one in the other.

Supports from White Bleaches and The Belair Lip Bombs.

James Young Presents Cherry Saturday “Matinees” W/ residency from FLUFF

Every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm starting 14 July.
FREE entry.

Saturdays 14, 21, 28 July and 4 August Residency with “the best band in Melbourne” FLUFF.

Fluff features Neil Wilkinson (ex-Redcoats) on lead vocals and guitar, Danny Leo (ex-King of The North) and Rhys Kelly (ex-Redcoats) on bass. Fluff have just released their self-titled debut album and are coming off a sold-out Launch at The Tote. With their CherryFest ’ 8 performance and their outstanding heavy 70's rock artistry FLUFF are the talk of the town.
James Young describes Fluff: “It’s like a 2018 version of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on Vegemite…” A different quality support act, hand-selected by FLUFF, will open each week.

Check them out: Website link below

FREE entry. FREE FLUFF at Cherry Saturday Matinees!

THE NEW CHRISTS MELBOURNE SHOW

The New Christs return to Melbourne for the first time in years, with very special guests James McCann and The New Vindictives AND Penny Ikinger. We’re sorry it’s been so long, but with members also playing in Radio Birdman, the Celibate Rifles and Ed Keupper’s The Aints, it ain’t so easy getting the band together these days.

The New Christs are the eternal force of Australian underground rock, having existed in one form or another for 37 years. The current line up is the longest surviving, four of the five members having played together for 12 years now, and all five together since 2011. In that time, the band has toured OS five times, receiving accolades such as being voted best live international act in Ruta ’66 mag Spain. The band’s last album, Incantations, received nothing but five star reviews.

Last time The New Christs played our favourite rock club, The Cherry Bar, it sold out pretty quick, so don’t fuck around - get your tickets now for our last show in a while.

Thursday Soul W/ The Seven Ups

Blending infuences from 1970s Nigerian Afrobeat with the deepest of street Funk, The Seven Ups are the original 7-piece party band out of the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Expect unrestrained solos by unkempt horns over an unpretentious rhythm that's “as tight as they need to be, and as loose as you want them to be” (DJ Miss Goldie, PBS fm). Of the back of their third album Commandments, the band proves that they're not trying to prove anything. Released in early 2018 via Northside Records, the tracks are longer, the funk is fuzzier and the trip is deeper.

The Seven Ups music has been featured in Wax Poetics (USA), album of the week on PBS fm and Beat magazine, top 10 on KEXP (USA) and continues to receive airplay on BBC Radio, KEXP, Triple J, and community radio around the country, plus other novel shit too.

Career highlights for the band so far have included opening for Charles Bradley USA), The Budos Band (USA), Remi (AUS), Babylon Circus (FRA) and The Bamboos (AUS), as well as a string of raucous residencies at Melbourne venues, frequent Australian east coast tours and festival spots at Strawberry Fields, White Night, Moomba, Subsonic, Sydney Road Street Party, Kyneton Music Festival, Bello Winter Festival, Come Together Festival and Folk, Rhythm & Life Festival.

The Beverly Chills

The Beverly Chills, Twiggy Hunter & Nick Jones, formed in the Hollywood Hills in the U.S summer of 2015. Upon their return home, the Aussie-bred brat punk two-piece wrote, recorded and mixed their self-titled debut album in Nick’s living room in just under 3 weeks.

They released their debut album independently in late 2015, which Tone Deaf described as “manic surf punk”. After the album was released the band toured in support of Northeast Party House, Dune Rats, These New South Whales and Gooch Palms, and the track “I’m Sick’” was synced to a Hirogoyen Watch commercial.

The following year, they continued playing shows and writing, which led to the EP “Leave Me Hanging”, released on Los Angeles label Sick City Records in 2017. Recorded in LA, Melbourne and Adelaide, the EP features Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia on drums.

The break out track from ‘Leave Me Hanging’ was ‘Loner’, which received airplay on Triple J and BBC Radio 1, and saw the duo support Ocean Grove on their national tour. ‘Loner’ was picked by Budweiser as the soundtrack for their Budweiser Garage online promotion, as well as by Volley Shoes for their “F**k Y*u” online ad campaign.
Momentum was gathering as the duo headed off on their first headline tour in support of ‘Leave Me Hanging’, selling out shows up the east coast of Australia.

Ticketmaster labelled the band “ones to watch in 2018” on their blog, the duo supported Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes and Cancer Bats in Sydney and Melbourne on their recent tour. The band are currently in the studio working on new tracks to be released later this year.

Supports: Erik Sanders, Pistol Peaches and Spacegirl Gemmy + Blackheart

JAMES YOUNG PRESENTS CHERRY SATURDAY “MATINEES” W/ RESIDENCY FROM FLUFF

Every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm starting 14 July.
FREE entry.

Saturdays 14, 21, 28 July and 4 August Residency with “the best band in Melbourne” FLUFF.

Fluff features Neil Wilkinson (ex-Redcoats) on lead vocals and guitar, Danny Leo (ex-King of The North) and Rhys Kelly (ex-Redcoats) on bass. Fluff have just released their self-titled debut album and are coming off a sold-out Launch at The Tote. With their CherryFest ’ 8 performance and their outstanding heavy 70's rock artistry FLUFF are the talk of the town.
James Young describes Fluff: “It’s like a 2018 version of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on Vegemite…” A different quality support act, hand-selected by FLUFF, will open each week.

Check them out: Website link below

FREE entry. FREE FLUFF at Cherry Saturday Matinees!

Aerials – Drawing Blood Tour

Brisbane's Aerials are soaring high today, announcing the imminent release of their new single and video "Drawing Blood." Bursting with neck-breaking riffs and "Blade Runner" inspired synthesizers, "Drawing Blood" is the latest and certainly their hardest-hitting single. They are also today rolling out the news of the celebratory tour dates in July 2018, hitting up hometown Brisbane and visiting Sydney and Melbourne in a short-but-sweet bunch of live events that sees them playing in Brisbane's The Foundry, Sydney's iconic rock box Frankie's Pizza and Melbourne's rock palace Cherry Bar.

AC/DSHE – ACDC Tribute Show

Melbourne's finest Acca Dacca tribute, fronted by "Bonnie Scott", who brings the legend to life with all the classics from 70's and 80's era.
Pure adrenalin rock with a right mix of hard and heavy hitting, be on notice that this band don't hold no punches when it comes to live performances on stage, so bring earplugs and get your best singlet out.. coz' here they come to "shake your foundations" at a venue near you.

JAMES YOUNG PRESENTS CHERRY SATURDAY “MATINEES” W/ RESIDENCY FROM FLUFF

Every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm starting 14 July.
FREE entry.

Saturdays 14, 21, 28 July and 4 August Residency with “the best band in Melbourne” FLUFF.

Fluff features Neil Wilkinson (ex-Redcoats) on lead vocals and guitar, Danny Leo (ex-King of The North) and Rhys Kelly (ex-Redcoats) on bass. Fluff have just released their self-titled debut album and are coming off a sold-out Launch at The Tote. With their CherryFest ’ 8 performance and their outstanding heavy 70's rock artistry FLUFF are the talk of the town.
James Young describes Fluff: “It’s like a 2018 version of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on Vegemite…” A different quality support act, hand-selected by FLUFF, will open each week.

Check them out: Website link below

FREE entry. FREE FLUFF at Cherry Saturday Matinees!

That Gold Street Sound ~ Single Launch

Melbourne Soul band That Gold Street Sound are launching their new single at Cherry Bar on Friday the 3rd of August.

Back in February last year we were on our way to play the Live n Local stage at St. Kilda fest when we got a fateful phone call... another band was unable to play on the New Music stage and we were asked to fill in. Thanks to that amazingly lucky turn of events we were then voted Best New Act and a won slot on the Main Stage the following year (an absolute highlight of our lives) and $5,000.

Thanks to that stroke of luck and the support of you, our friends, we have been able to go in to the studio and record an album that we are really proud of.

'Only Lonely' is our first single and we would love to celebrate it with you.

Support acts TBA

JAMES YOUNG PRESENTS CHERRY SATURDAY “MATINEES” W/ RESIDENCY FROM FLUFF

Every Saturday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm starting 14 July.
FREE entry.

Saturdays 14, 21, 28 July and 4 August Residency with “the best band in Melbourne” FLUFF.

Fluff features Neil Wilkinson (ex-Redcoats) on lead vocals and guitar, Danny Leo (ex-King of The North) and Rhys Kelly (ex-Redcoats) on bass. Fluff have just released their self-titled debut album and are coming off a sold-out Launch at The Tote. With their CherryFest ’ 8 performance and their outstanding heavy 70's rock artistry FLUFF are the talk of the town.
James Young describes Fluff: “It’s like a 2018 version of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on Vegemite…” A different quality support act, hand-selected by FLUFF, will open each week.

Check them out: Website link below

FREE entry. FREE FLUFF at Cherry Saturday Matinees!

The Dead Love

W/ Special Guests
“Grungy, effective & passionate. ‘Wake Up’ is their best yet.” Claire Mooney Triple J

Self-professed “shitty grunge” dudes The Dead Love are back with a brand new single and some exciting tour news. Following on from their summer anthem ‘Ordinary’ which garnered strong Spotify and triple j support, the band now introduce ‘Wake Up’. It’s a heartfelt and thought provoking rock song with a powerful message that shows a much deeper side to the Sydney band.

Frontman Stevie Knight explains the song’s meaning further..

“‘Wake Up’ is a reminder that violence towards women is still very much present among us and happening closer than you think. It’s a story of an ugly breakup turning physical, and touches on how some friends stayed silent, even while others spoke up.”

In exciting news, The Dead Love have just inked a deal with 123 artist booking agency and will hit the road in August for an east coast run of shows in support of 'Wake Up'. This run will include shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Wollongong and Brisbane with local Melbourne punk upstarts Bakers Eddy along for the ride. Local supports will be announced soon. Tickets on sale now!

Miss Ink Melbourne 2018 – 10th Anniversary Tour

Come and join us as local tattooed women compete for the title of Miss Ink Melbourne 2018 and Miss Tattoo Melbourne 2018.

Our competitors will compete in 3 pageantry rounds - casual wear, formal wear, swimwear - and will be judged by a panel of experts from within the tattoo, modelling, and/or fashion industries.

There will also be plenty of live entertainment provided throughout the night so come along, have a drink and enjoy a fun night out.

Unlucky EP Launch

After a somewhat turbulent history of line-up changes, member reshufflings and instrument alterations, Unlucky was left with three members: vocalist Walid Shahin, guitarist/bassist Kosta Tsourdalakis and drummer Kristina Tsourdalakis. In August of 2016, these three friends from Melbourne set out to create music that meant something. They wanted to get people jumping with their brand of heavy alternative rock/hip hop, but they also understood music as a means of inspiring fresh thought in listeners.

In September of 2017, the band put on a huge show at Ding Dong Lounge to promote the release of their first single, ‘K.F.C.’. Since then, Unlucky has been working steadily on completing their debut 6-track EP which embodies their love for music and prompts conversation about social, cultural and political issues. After years in the making, it is finally due for release and things are bound to get messy!

Acoustikiss

Warm up with Acoustikiss before the Gene Simmons / Ace Frehley show. From 5 to 7 pm, Melbourne's own Acoustikiss present two sets of deep cuts and Kiss Klassics. Free entry.

Amped Festival 2018

Amped Festival 2018 is GO!
Last year was HUGE and this years line up is INSANE!
Stay tuned for more updates

Appearing at Amped Festival 2018 (in no particular order)

El Colosso, RED BEE, HEADBORE, Lillye, Figures, Envenomed, Verona Lights, NEVER, Kill : Death : Ratio, MESHIAAK, Harlott, Mason Official, Shatter Brain Primitive
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