After reaching number 10 on the overall charts two weeks in a row on Triple J Unearthed, Gorilla Orchestra will be launching the single live at The Curtin Hotel. ‘Light Me Up’ draws individual influences from each of the band members. From UK British Rock, to Blues to Jazz. The song shows each member’s own influences mixed into a whole. Lyrically written by frontman James Hall, ‘Light Me Up’ tells a story of slowly losing connection with the people around you that you love. Light Me Up was engineered by Adam Spackman at JMC.
Support on the night will come from five piece Garage/Surf band; Barefoot Spacemen & the incredibly talented Zachary Leo.
Who said getting spooky was exclusive to Halloween? Collingwood’s resident disco experts present Friday the 13th! Come and enjoy a smorgasbord of local goodness varying from Punk to New Wave, Gothic Electro, Pop & Disco! Featuring the delights of Miles Brown, Rhysics & Plaster of Paris - plus hits into the late night courtesy of DJ Richie 1250 & Love Sensation DJs.
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.
It’s that time of year again children, when Oh Daddy Christmas descends upon The John Curtin Arena with a big baggy of pressies for all. Snow upon the ground, the trees, the edges of our nostrils…a magical time for all.
Fleetwood’s Back are holding their second Annual Fleetwood Christmas Blowout to help you forget the fact you’re not going to have all your Christmas shopping done in time and at least one of your rellies is going to end up with a box of Cadbury Favourites just like the ones you’re getting. With a performance by Melbourne’s premier Fleetwood Mac cover duo (Jim Lawrie & Richard Bradbeer), Fleetwood’s Back is an epic battle of two mortal Melbourne musos and a vocal range so out of their reach it must be heard to be disbelieved. Playing their 1977 epic, Rumours, from start to finish, have you ever seen two men successfully recreate a whole band’s seminal work with just two vocals, a bass and an acoustic? …neither.
We will have prizes for the best dressed so get a frock on, Gold Dust Women, Sexy Santas…or if you want to dress up real skimpy, come as Mick Fleetwood’s bank account before their reunion tour. Free as.
After a six-month hibernation, The Northern Folk are back.
Having taken the time to catch their breath and work on solo projects, the ten-piece indie folk/pop collective are itching to return to the stage, and they’re headed to the Curtin for their last headline Melbourne show of 2019. With their trademark dual vocals, roaring horns and a “strength of performance second to none” live (Beat Magazine), this show will cap off a bumper year that saw the release of their third record ‘Watermark’, and their biggest headline & festival appearances to date.
Come join The Northern Folk as they send off the year (and the decade) and liven up your Sunday!
The wildly talented Ryley Walker is one of modern Americana’s hardest working artists, known for his creativity, curious spirit and righteous guitar skills. With several fine solo albums to his name, most recently the much-acclaimed Deafman Glance, co-produced with Wilco’s LeRoy Bach, Ryley has collaborated with fellow Chicago musicians such as Bill MacKay, Cooper Crain (Bitchin’ Bajas/Cave) and free-jazz drummer Charles Rumback.
Last seen opening for Joanna Newsom at Sydney Opera House and sharing the stage with Kurt Vile at Summer Tones 2016, Ryley Walker draws deeply on distinctly American traditions with a masterly guitar playing that is as arresting as his freewheeling performance style.
Bakers Eddy return with new single ‘On My Own’, a no-holds-barred anthem that celebrates the unabashed joy of embracing your inner-introvert in an otherwise crowded world. Following recent singles ‘Can’t Afford It’ & ‘Leave It To Me’, Bakers Eddy will celebrate the release of ‘On My Own’ with a string of new live dates, including headline shows in Sydney (Thurs 12 Dec), Brisbane (Sat 14 Dec) and Melbourne (Fri 20 Dec) as well as summer festivals New Years Eve On The Hill, Festival of the Sun & more.
The Stroppies play one last show on December 21st at the John Curtin Hotel to celebrate a year that saw them release their debut LP “Whoosh!” and traverse their native Australia as well as make 2 trips to Europe, where the band performed sold out shows across the continent and performed live to air on the BBC.
The Stroppies off-kilter pop will be augmented by Geelong Vintage Crop (Tight Wound, Anxious guitar buzzsaw energy) The Opals (a-tonal synth exploration reminiscent of ENO/FRIPP evening star LP) and Edward Fame (mystery DIY lo fi one man band extravaganza)
In 2006, James Brown died on Christmas Day to save your funky, funky soul. We spend Christmas night remembering his incredible impact on music both then & his continued influence in today’s musical generation.
Join us from 8PM on Christmas night as we celebrate the music of James Brown with live music from Karate Boogaloo, who are launching a brand new 45 on the night, released on Northside Records!
DJ support from Pierre Baroni, Miss Goldie, Mr Rex, Mike Gurrieri, Shio & Chris Gill.
The Curtin is chucking a massive FREE NYE party! We’ve put together some of Melbourne’s finest party DJs to make sure you send out 2019 with the appropriate reckless abandon.
DJ Manchild, BigRig + Relaxative come together for the first time to hit you hard with the deepest disco, modern soul and funk cuts to keep the fire burning into 2020. Without his traditional Evie New Years Day set this year, don’t miss this opportunity to GET DOWN and DANCE with DJ Manchild + friends.
The big tracks will be coming thick and fast from 8pm, and the front bar will be jumping ‘til real late with NYE drink specials and all your favourites behind the bar. Don’t be late, people… Bring in your new year in a super funky way!
The Party is back! Monday nights are alive once more and Jazz Party return to the Curtin front bar.
Playing every Monday Night in January 2020 with the full 8 piece band, surprise guests and high energy, sweaty, summer, improvised dance music. As always for our Monday night residencies… It’s FREE.
We’re coming back to the Curtin because we love it there.In over 6 years of our existence JP have played all over Melbourne but we keep coming back to the Curtin. The food is great, Rusty and the bar staff are the best in the business and the old wooden boards of the front bar feel like home.
PS as always this is a small space that will be tightly shared, please respect the people you share the space with, look after one another and get in early for better positions. Strictly NO JERKS.
SLOW GRIND FEVER steps once more into the lurid neon world of the 1980s at SLOW GRIND 80s #6: Erotic Slow Jams ‘77 - ‘93, upstairs at The Curtin.
Don your hottest 80s look and enter the dark, smoke filled nightclub of your dreams, where DJs Richie1250, Amanda Roff (Time For Dreams), Jeremy Spellacey (Crown Ruler / Soundway Records) and Lady Love Potion throb the crowd with slow grinding R&B, adults-only AOR, nymphomantic new-wave, and other yet-to-be-named-but-hot-as-hell strands of sensual ‘77-‘93 club music. There’ll be dazzling performances throughout the night from Loretta Miller (Jazz Party), Steph Brett (Sugar Fed Leopards / Empat Lima) and Brontesaurus Sex, but mostly there’ll be a whole lot of party people slow grinding to sexy music in a haze of purple smoke. We invite you to come get lost in it…
MY DISCO are set to tour Australia in January 2020 as part of their ongoing Worldwide ‘Environment’ tour and to coincide with the upcoming release of a new remix LP on UK label, Downwards Records.
These Australian shows will no doubt be as extreme and immersive as their recent live performances have proven. Working with lighting design team House of Unholy, the band’s 2019 Australian record release shows were visually striking and sonically uncompromising. Dark projections, minimal lighting and smoke fill the venues and allow the audience to focus on the band’s intense energy.
MY DISCO have become and ever changing, multi directional musical group who continue to improvise and challenge their sound and ideas. Industrial, ambient, percussive, electronic - whatever the terminology, they are not to be missed this summer.