How Ya Garn? Yeah Not Bad! returns for its second year with another action packed day of bands, booze and bloody good times! This years outstanding line up boasts a range of incredible acts from across the country including Gay Paris, Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band, Sheriff, Sun God Replica, The Stiffys, My Left Boot, The Berkshire Hunting Club, Child, The Gatwick Highlife, Grindhouse, The Sugarcanes, Mightiest Of Guns and Willow Darling. Dr Finklestein's Stage Of Oddity and Wonder also returns to the festival to host a swag of weird, wonderful and whacky acts such as Made For Chickens By Robots, BJ Morriszonkle, Skyscraper Stan, Island Duckeye (I Am Duckeye acoustic), Goatpiss Gasoline, Dane Certificates Magic Show, The Drunken Poachers, Tom Dockray and Green Tin. As if that wasn't enough float your boat, the day will also include meat tray raffles, various other giveaways and delicious beer at happy prices! Be there or forever regret not being there!
With their genre-bending tunes which meld sultry vocals and elements of neo-soul/jazz/electronica, Hey Frankie brings the party to the John Curtin for their first headline show for 2015. This show follows hot on the heels of the group's recent EP release, ‘Guess Who’ (Dec 2014), which has been gaining wide-spread attention both locally and overseas. Hey Frankie will be joined on the night by special guests for a pulsating show guaranteed to get audiences moving. "Hey Frankie reaches into your heart cavity and turns on your life switch" LeftHandtriple soul review
Escaping Brisbane’s sweltering confines, Pleasure Symbols and Occults take confidante solace in Melbourne for the first weekend of March. Occults (Bris), having not performed in Melbourne since the cold, long sweats of 2013, Occults are back to chug away some sad and sorry punk, for those that way inclined. Pleasure Symbols will be showcasing a new release - slow and deliberate, measured and tried, post punk/synth. Locals Exek play unsettling, frigid and measured noise post/punk / saxophone/misc cutting through the throbbing clang. Barbiturates joined the Melbourne scene via Brisbane they are tirelessly innovative, performing a special set of celestial, top shelf slow burners. The formidable fair but penetratingly cool, Complete ease us slowly into the night.
Comedy at the Curtin returns March 8th with one of Australia's best comedians headlining the bill; Nick Cody recently released his special Here's Trouble and is touring his new show Beard Game Strong around the country. Also featured will be Kelly Fastuca, Bart Freebairn, Karl Woodberry, Nellie White, sketch group Chimp Cop and your MC for the evening Ben Russell.
Sydney Indie Pop workaholics Day Ravies are playing a run of shows to celebrate the 7” release of ‘Hickford Whizz’ – out now through French Indie label Beko Disques and the next single from their upcoming and much anticipated second LP release. Turning on a dime, this follow up to 2014’s hook laden krautpop single ‘This Side of the Fence’ sees Day Ravies at their turbo charged, raucous and distorted, synth swirling best.
Australia's best kept musical secret, The Gin Club are heading back out onto the road in March in support of their fifth studio album, Southern Lights. The Brisbane/Melbourne/Stockholm based festive introspective collective will be doing a handful of shows along the east coast to launch the new album.
Southern Lights was recorded at the band’s rural studio an hour outside Rockhampton in Central Queensland. It was mixed by long time collaborator Lachlan “Magoo” Gould. It contains ten songs by seven different writers, including singles “Dancing With The Ghost” (Adrian Stoyles) and “Everything About You” (Ben Salter), both of which have been added to high rotation by Double J.
"every song here hammers home the breadth and depth of this group’s talent... Southern Lights, like the two albums that preceded it, is simply too good to remain unheard."
- ANDREW MCMILLEN, 4 1/2 STARS- THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN,
Melbourne three-piece Pearls formed in 2011 and since then have made shimmering sounds that float above their peers. The band have just become the newest signing to taste-making label Remote Control Records and will release their debut album Pretend You’re Mind via it’s Australian imprint Dot Dash in February 2015. Pearls have previously supported the likes of Kurt Vile, Marnie Stern, Sons & Daughters, and a myriad of local bands including Crime and City Solution, Total Control & New War. The forthcoming LP sees the band honing in their reverb and crafting sleek and melancholy ballads and memorable pop songs. The new material is loaded with melody. The sugar meets the grit with organs and guitars forming a mesmerising wall of sound in front of drums. Pearls will be launching the album at the Curtin on Saturday 21 March with special guests to be announced.
Zero Through Nine is proud to present ‘Heads & Bodies’, a night of music designed to fully encompass the mind and energise the feet. ‘Heads & Bodies’ will see ZTN take over the entire John Curtin Hotel to showcase acts from the label including the deep laced vibrations of Perth’s Lower Spectrum and the woozy, up-beat R&B of Leaks. ZTN is also thrilled to invite some of our favourite acts along for the jaunt, including the exquisite left-field hip hop of RaRa and the radical absurdity of Orlando Furious.
HOBBLE DAY is a small, annual event for friends of the label to celebrate the wonderful camaraderie and important networks we've all helped build together through music. Each year, a different city from the last, meeting as many people as we all can! This years choice is Melbourne, where the label started. 2015 will also include a small exhibition from artists Stephen Baker, BEARA (QLD) and coffee from roasters MONASTERY (SA). Performances on the night coming from CERES, CHARGE GROUP (First show in 2 years!), FOURTEEN NIGHTS AT SEA, JAMIE HAY & LIAM WHITE and new signing LUKE HOWARD.
Having spent the majority of 2014 recording their upcoming fourth studio album (the first since 2009's Man You Should Explode), national treasures The Kill Devil Hills are bringing their swampy, mongrel rock & roll to Melbourne once again. Last seen at The Curtin in 2013 when touring their live album Past & Future Ghosts, the iconic WA band will tear through a selection of old favorites and brand new songs off the upcoming album.
Brisbane trio Rolls Bayce are finally hitting the road. Riding a wave of buzz that’s seen them championed by the likes of NME and Rolling Stone and snared them a spot on the lineup for illustrious UK festival The Great Escape in May, the band are set to embark on their first Australian headline tour before they leave our shores to stun international crowds. Things have moved rapidly for the band since the release of their self-titled EP in November. Embraced by national broadcaster and tastemaker triple j, first two singles ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ and ‘On My Own’ have seen their notoriety amongst both listeners and the music industry flourish.
2014 was a watershed year for Sydonia. Their 2nd Album, 'Reality Kicks' was released via MGM, they went on a national release tour, showcased at Big Sound, were selected for Trivium and In Flames supports and garnered love from fans, media and critics alike. 2015 is the year they solidify their spot on the world stage.
Sydonia are in pre-production for album #3. Guitarist Sam Haycroft said that they did not want to repeat the length of time in between their first album 'Given to Destroyers' and sophomore 'Reality Kicks'. The songs will be harder, heavier and faster, as will the time between the releases. This tour will preview songs from the third album, to be recorded with Tom Larkin (Shihad) in August, and raise funds for a trip to Canadian Music Week in May!
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.