Odesza @ Sugar Mountain 2015

19 Jan Ripe’s Weekend Gig Guide (19/1/17)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.

This Week…

Friday, 20th January

Sugar Mountain Dog Show

~Free Entry~


Sugar Mountain (in collaboration with Visions Festival [UK]) are putting on a sweet little spin-off event before the festival on Saturday, with a dog show at MPavillion.

Head down from 6.30pm to see Kirin J Callinan, Sui Zhen, Waangenga Blanco, Dom Alessio and more judging doggos and puppers in categories ranging from waggiest tail to best fancy dress.

Friday, 20th January

Young Franco + UV Boi

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Later on Friday night you can catch long-time partners in crime UV Boi and Young Franco at 170 Russell for the Melbourne leg of their Australian tour.

Young Franco is celebrating the release of his latest single, ‘Miss You’, and with recently announced supports Oscar Key Sung and Deer you’d be crazy not to head down from 8pm when doors open.

Friday, 20th January

Chelsea Bleach EP Launch

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Chelsea Bleach are launching their new EP Decent Connections on Friday night as well, with help from Palm Springs, kandere (a new project from Lakyn Tarai, Wahe Kavara) and Cable Ties.

They’re playing at The Tote from 8pm, and be sure to stick around afterwards for Hannah Donnelly (from the fantastic blog Sovereign Trax) playing tunes into the night.

Sunday, 22nd January

Justice for Ms Dhu Fundraiser

Donation on the door


On Sunday afternoon head down to the Grace Darling for a fundraiser for the #JusticeForMsDhu campaign, which is seeking justice for the death of Ms Dhu, a Yamaji woman who died in custody in 2014 after being detained for unpaid fines.

Aside from being a downright good cause, the line-up is incredible, featuring music from Saatsuma, Bahdoesa, kandere and more, as well as words from Roj Amedi, Bobuq Sayed and Meriki Onus. The event starts with a Welcome to Country performed by Uncle Vincent Peters at 3pm.

Sunday, 22nd January

Piknic Electronik #4

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Piknic Electronik is back for the third year in Melbourne, and this weekend features possibly their best line-up of the year so far at the beautiful Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

On Sunday from 2pm you can see what are sure to be stellar sets from Juju & Jordash (live), Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda (live), Tornado Wallace, Mike Gurrieri and Pjenné.




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TKST @ Corner Hotel 06-09-2014

21 Oct Ripe’s Weekly Gig Guide (21/10/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.

This Week…

Friday, 21st October

Kaytranada 99.9% Tour



Haitian-born, Montreal-raised producer Kaytranada is playing 170 Russell tonight as part of the world tour for his upcoming debut album 99.9%.

His shows are well and truly sold out, but you can find tickets to the afterparty (where his support acts Stwo and Lou Phelps will play) here.

Friday, 21st October

Zól Bálint EP Launch

Tickets on the door


Zól Bálint is launching his new EP Lane Splitting tonight at The Gasometer Hotel.

The wonderful Nico Niquo, ORCHA and Jolivision are playing support, making for a night of v good vibes.

Friday, 21st October

Draggs @ The Curtin

Tickets here


Lo-fi garage band Draggs are down from the Gold Coast to play tonight at The Curtin.

Joining them from 8pm are Drunk Mums, Sewer Side, Dumb Punts, and Rhysics.

Saturday, 22nd October

Unity Floors Album Launch



Saturday night sees Unity Floors playing at The Old Bar in Fitzroy, with support from Jess Locke Band and Dogood.

Unity Floors are down from Sydney to launch their fantastically-titled new record, Life Admin.

Saturday, 22nd October

Power Station

~Free before 11pm~


Power Station (at New Guernica) is hosting András (Superconscious Records/Growing Bin Records), Barry Sunset, and River Yarra this Saturday night.

You’ll pay a grand total of $0 if you make it down before 11pm, and $10 after that.




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14 Sep Northeast Party House, Live at 170 Russell (9/9/16) x FRANK FOREVER

Northeast Party House ‘Dare’ Australian Album Tour // Words & Photos by Frank Forever

Northeast Party House took over a sold out 170 Russell Street last Friday night in celebration of their new sophomore album Dare. They did it in true Northeast style, as you would expect them too… By blowing the roof off the joint.

Kicking it backstage with the boys from Northeast – Zach, Sean, Jack, Mitch, Malcolm & Oliver – you could feel the relaxed, ‘straight up’ vibe that is such a strong foundation to their performance. Every band member was welcoming, encouraging and excited. They emanated a calm confidence about the show and national tour ahead, a true testament to the strength of the fraternity they have created over the years.

They spent their time bouncing jokes and ideas off one another, as their eager fans stomped around to a dynamic performance by Polish Club whose raucous track ‘Beeping‘ was a definite highlight of their support set.

Whilst some would have found this crowd nerve-wracking, the six-piece relaxed and enjoyed a few quiet moments to reflect before launching on stage and then right on cue, the crowd became absolutely rowdy.


Lead-singer Zach Hamilton-Reeves immediately caught the crowd’s attention, dressed in a pink Frank Forever jacket to match the pink tambourine he was emphatically smashing.

The boys launched into a rendition of ‘Any Given Weekend‘, followed by new bangers ‘For You‘ and ‘Your House’‘, then bookended by old classics ‘Youth Allowance‘ and ‘The Haunted‘. Having given everything to the crowd, it came time for Zach to chill out and take a back seat as the crowd exploded for Jack Shoe’s cover of Blink 182’s ‘Dammit‘.

The most electrifying element of the show was that no matter what the boys served to the hundreds of patrons, it felt as if thousands roared back, pushing the temperature and atmosphere to awesome heights. Mitch Ansell and Jack Shoe stood at each end of the stage, drawing the eye of those brave enough to enter the mosh pit at their feet, as both guys put in a significant amount of their energy into entertaining the bravest of fans.


Zach held the middle of the stage, filling it with his voice and stage presence. Behind these three, Malcolm Besley was anchoring the show on the drums, Sean Kenihan provided the keys and plenty of cowbell, while Oliver Packard kept the crowd enthused with the bass lines for which Northeast have become so well known.

This holistic use of the space and stage meant at least one of the boys was always drawing the eye of the crowd, whether it be through some particularly flamboyant dance moves, some ostentatious shredding on the guitar, or even just a wry smile.


Stylist Alexandra Peters kept the boys looking sharp on stage with consistent and well-cultivated looks. Decked out in Thrasher and Frank Forever tees, Dickies, tailored pants and Doc Martens, Peters perfectly captured the vibrant fashion culture that is radiating through the street scene in Melbourne at the moment. As I meandered through the crowd, this look could be seen far and wide – further reinforcing how perfectly Northeast encapsulates the brooding sub-culture from Melbourne’s inner North Eastern suburbs.

As their set ended, their loyal following gleefully begged for an encore. Choruses of “one more song” began, and the crowd were promptly rewarded with a ‘two-for-one’ as, with a signature sense of humour, Jack Shoe kicked off a cover of ‘Sweet Home Alabama‘ which he then cut short to hand the reigns back to Zach. Their final tune, the always adored ‘Pascal Cavalier‘ left the crowd cheering until they had nothing left to give.



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Roland Tings @ Howler 2015

08 Sep Ripe’s Top 5 Weekly Gig Guide (8/9/16)

Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska

Music venues around Melbourne house some of the best local and international acts. We’ve compiled our top five picks for gigs this week so you don’t miss out. Be a part of one of the best live music cities in the world, and check out some of our favourite artists and venues.

This Week…

Thursday, 8th September

GODS Live at the Toff

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GG GODS Sept 8

GODS are bringing their psychedelic rock to The Toff on Thursday, using the night to further fund their upcoming debut EP.

RAThammock are playing support as are the beautiful boys of Greeves, who will be preforming some of their new tunes.

Thursday, 8th September

Northeast Party House ‘Dare’ Album Tour

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GG Northeast Party House Sept 9

Northeast Party House are playing at 170 Russell, on the tour for their new record ‘Dare‘ (out this Friday).

Joining them are Polish Club, Twinsy and Osaka, hot off the release of their new single ‘Weights‘.

Friday, 9th September

Larry Heard (aka Mr Fingers)

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GG Larry Heard Sept 10

Animals Dancing and Crown Ruler are presenting Larry Heard aka MR Fingers in his first ever show in Australia, and second since his return to live shows.

Gigi Masin and Gaussian Curve are also playing on the night at the Melbourne Town Hall, so if you have the means and opportunity you would be crazy not to jump on tickets ASAP.

Saturday, 10th September

GL ‘Touch’ Tour


GG GL Tour Sept 10

Dreamy party-time dance duo GL are touring their debut album, Touch, around the country at the moment.

They are playing at Howler with Totally Mild and Venus II for the Melbourne leg on Saturday night.

Sunday, 11th September

Ciggie Sunday: Ciggiespiracy

Tickets on the door

GG Ciggie Sept 11

Ciggie Sunday is back at the Gasometer this Sunday with Ciggiespiracy.

Tunes will be coming from Tomsk, Service Desk, Max Matthews, Runsthevoodoodown and VJ Isaac Christie for the grand total of $0.
Head down early.




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