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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.
|Friday, 16th September||Buy Tickets|
Rat & Co are playing at Howler on Friday to celebrate the release of ‘A.I.’, the first single from their upcoming record.
They’ll be playing their new material with visuals by Brendan Harwood and support by Oisima and Tetrahedra.
|Friday, 16th September||Buy Tickets|
Following on from supporting Wu-Tang Clan, G-Eazy and The Underachievers on their national tours in recent months, Melbourne MC Nico Ghost is currently touring his upcoming single ‘Who Dat’.
You can catch his Melbourne stop Friday night at The Workers Club in Fitzroy.
|Friday, 16th September||Tickets on the door|
Yah Yah’s 2am show this Friday is HABITS, fresh off their appearance at BIGSOUND last week.
Head down early for free entry, or hand over one crisp $10 bill on the door after midnight.
|Saturday, 17th September||Buy Tickets|
Another sweet gig at Yah Yah’s this weekend is the launch of Skyways Are Highways new EP.
Playing support are Diamonds of Neptune and The Dukes of Deliciousness.
|Sunday, 18th September||Tickets on the door|
Ferdydurke are putting on a big, fun and free party on Sunday to celebrate their 4th birthday.
Mall Grab is playing, alongside Cale Sexton [DJ Set], Mickey Edwards, M.L Lean, S. Vibrato, and Aperol Skitz.
Saturday nights at Howler are usually a packed out affair, but April 16th was a particularly special evening as Hoodlem teamed up with Nico Ghost, Alice Ivy, and GXNXVS for a wonderful night of talented Australian music.
I arrived in time to see Nico Ghost slowly make his way to the stage, limping and sporting crutches. The crowd surged forward and in an instant, there was high-energy fun, dance, and great tunes. It was a fantastic set from the Aussie hip-hop rapper, and he never let his injury bring him down as he joined the crowd, dancing and jumping, keeping the energy up for his entire set. He was joined by GXNXVS for a song towards the end, and when they exited, they left behind a hyped-up crowd waiting front and centre for Hoodlem.
I’ve seen Hoodlem live once before at Boney, and it was one of those sets that just stays with you. As they played through both their new and old material – some of it to be released not long after the gig – I was left with a thirst for more of their impressive visuals and tracks. There was so much soul to the set, and I don’t mean the genre – just that general feel-good vibe. Their songs got some serious Spotify replays after that night as I made my way through ‘Firing Line’ and ‘Through’, and then upon the release of their self-titled EP ‘Hoodlem’ their newer tracks were constantly on repeat, in particular ‘Collapse’ and ‘Kinstugi’.
So to say I was a little excited to see them again, well… that was a given, and this time it was an absolute extravaganza of sound, lights, and energy. Hoodlem’s singer blew the crowd away with her dance moves and strong vocals, whilst Yeo transitioned the duo through each track smoothly and without fault, showing Melbourne yet again that he is a rising star in the producer/singer-songwriter field.
After their dazzling light and music show, I was again left feeling like Hoodlem are going to be one of those new rising stars in Australian music. Even though we bid farewell to their singer as she heads to Canada, there will hopefully be more writing and producing coming from the powerhouse duo – I hope to see them live again one day to hear new and more exciting material.