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Gigs at The Labour In Vain

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  • Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Backwood Creatures

    5pm

    Backwood Creatures is a Melbourne-based swamp-blues act that boast a loving local following, and a live show not to be missed.

    Spearheaded by Jeb Cardwell, the energetic trio harks back to the glory days when guitar-driven rock and rich vocals were king. When these guys get going, musicianship, charisma and impossibly slick fingerwork leave crowds transfixed. 

    Twice named SA guitarist of the year, Jeb Cardwell is a live performance veteran. In the 20-odd years he’s been behind the axe, Jeb has toured Australia and over seas opening for artists such as Tony Joe White, Steve Earle & The Punch Brothers. Most recently Jeb recorded and toured nationally with Aria award winners Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson for their latest album release, ‘Wreck & Ruin’. An accomplished songwriter, Jeb has previously taken out the American BMI songwriting competition, and has been described by ABC Music as “a mean guitarist who plays like he just walked out of Austin, Texas.” 

    Bassist Grant Cummerford is hailed as one of Australia’s best blues-and-roots bass players. Throughout his many years thumping the strings, Grant has played alongside Jeff Lang, Chris Whitley, Xavier Rudd, Mia Dyson, The Audreys, Kevin Borich, Chain and Ash Grunwald. Onstage, he can be sprung giving his bandmates the occasional grin before getting down to business.

    A sight to see in full flight, Tim Burnham is one of Melbourne’s most entertaining drummers. For over 10 years Tim has toured and recorded with Aussie greats such as Chris Wilson, Jimi Hocking and Lloyd Spiegel. 

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Ruby Jones w/ NEIL

    8PM

     

  • Sun
    13
    Jan
    2019

    Loco Hombres

    5pm

    Loco Hombres playing original rockabilly, surf and dark country classics. Our fist LP due soon. Put your hands together & legs apart to the sounds of LOCO HOMBRES - one tequila at a time !! Ole! *Warning- Loco Hombres may contain traces of whiskey.
  • Sun
    20
    Jan
    2019

    Slatsapalooza

    5pm

    A musical rollercoaster with Melbourne icon Paul Slattery on vocals & guitar, and one of the city's best loved rhythm sections: Ben Wicks & Cam Smith.

  • Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Cold Irons Bound and The Happy Lonesome

    8PM

    Cold Irons Bound is a Melbourne four-piece influenced by a mix of classic indie (The Church, R.E.M., The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub) and Americana (Dylan, Young, Petty, The Jayhawks).

    Their self-titled debut album was recorded by Brooke Penrose (Saint Jude) at Captain B Studios in Melbourne and released in October 2016. The Big Takeover praised the record for commanding "an astute control of dynamic contrasts".

    Their second album–‘Don’t Lose Your Mind’–was recorded in the summer of 2017-18 by Rohan Sforcina (Dune Rats, Fraser A Gorman) at Four Hundred Acres Recording Studio, and will be released on 27 April 2018.

    Although the open tunings and earthy sensibility of their debut album are still in their DNA, the band have rediscovered their love of twelve string chime. With the keys of Joe Cope (Big Smoke, The Hello Morning) added to the mix, the ambition of the songwriting and arrangements is realised deftly in this sophomore record. Purposeful jams, room to breathe, and an aura of tuneful confidence are the result. The rockers do just that while the longer tracks go someplace new and aren’t afraid to look around when they get there.
     
  • Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Arlo Harley, Neil Wilkinson and Robert Patton

    8PM

    Once again The Labour in Vain hotel will host an evening of solo acoustic performers with Arlo Harley, Neil Wilkinson and Robert Patton on the 31st of January 2019 kicking off at 7:30pm.
    it will be a showcase of their original music come down for a cold beer amongst friends, we hope to see you there.

  • Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    The Cowboys w/ Ruby Jones (duo)

    8PM

    The Labour in Vain is a local institution, we will be bringing our dream doom this Saturday night with Ruby Jones performing her songs duo style with Jules Pascoe!

    8PM - Ruby Jones (duo)

    9PM - The Cowboys

    Free entry

  • Sun
    03
    Feb
    2019

    Roz Girvin Band

    5pm

    Our last band gig for the foreseeable future (I'm putting my time into some other projects for a while) - we've got the whole family as pictured - and it's going to be fun. Greg Field - mandolin/fiddle, Jeb Cardwell lead guitar/banjo, Ed Bates - pedal steel, Scott Bennett - Drums and Roy Girvan bass. It's a bloody supergroup! You're welcome to join us.

     

  • Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Sean Lee McCoy Daniel Watkins and Paddy Montgomery Lachlan Harley Knight

    8PM

    FEB THURSDAYS
    at The Labour In Vain

    Lotsa booze, Lotsa ramblin' 'n' lotsa TALENT!

    FREE ENTRY
    1st act at 8pm

    7th
    Sean Lee McCoy
    Daniel Watkins and Paddy Montgomery
    Lachlan Harley Knight

  • Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Under the sea w/ Golden Rail

    8PM

    Instrumental 2 piece project. Formed in 1997 in Melbourne. Specialising in home tape recordings and minimal sounds.
  • Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Garry David (Sydney) + Paul Kidney Experience

    8PM

    Sydney vs Melbourne @the best pub in Fitzroy. What else do you want on an early February evening. It’s free so swing by and see what the fuss is all about.

     

  • Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Travis Winters Band

    5pm

    Travis Winters is a Melbourne Blues guitarist and singer, performing original material along with personal arrangements of favourites and obscurities.

    It's been a while since we've been out and about folks and I'm personally thrilled about popping my Labour in Vain cherry. Come on by the Labour in Vain and see us play — it's exciting and different!

  • Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Danika Smith Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union) Alex Hamilton Folk Singer

    8PM

    FEB THURSDAYS
    at The Labour In Vain

    Lotsa booze, Lotsa ramblin' 'n' lotsa TALENT!

    FREE ENTRY
    1st act at 8pm

    Danika Smith
    Bob Harrow (Immigrant Union)
    Alex Hamilton Folk Singer

  • Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    THE GLORIOUS NORTH

    5pm

    The Glorious North is a country rock band from Melbourne Australia. Their debut album, 'Welcome to the Glorious North' invites you into a whiskey-stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts. 

    Early Paul Kelly, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Wilco are some of the influences you will hear echoing through 'Welcome to The Glorious North', creating a sound that is supercharged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls. 

    'Welcome to The Glorious North' adds to a lineage that runs from Hank Williams to Nick Cave and it's sure to make you want to cry, cheer and puke into your Stetson ... possibly all at the same time.

  • Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Jumpin' Jack William Grace Cummings Joseph S. Fairburn

    8PM

    FEB THURSDAYS
    at The Labour In Vain

    Lotsa booze, Lotsa ramblin' 'n' lotsa TALENT!

    FREE ENTRY
    1st act at 8pm

    Jumpin' Jack William
    Grace Cummings
    Joseph S. Fairburn

  • Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Young Henrys Presents: Dumb Punts & Vertigo

    7pm

    **FREE SHOW**

    Young Henrys - Best Served Loud is a new series of free kick-ass live shows throughout the great state of Victoria in 2019.

    We're opening proceedings at one of our favourite pubs The Labour In Vain and coming in hot with hometown heroes Dumb Punts and Brisvegas rockers Vertigo.

    Young Henrys will be throwing a bar shout and running sweet beer specials all night so roll down for some loud tunes and tasty beverages.

  • Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Mathias Northway (CHILD) Neil Wilkinson (FLUFF) Brett Marshall

    8PM

    FEB THURSDAYS
    at The Labour In Vain

    Lotsa booze, Lotsa ramblin' 'n' lotsa TALENT!

    FREE ENTRY
    1st act at 8pmMathias Northway (CHILD)
    Neil Wilkinson (FLUFF)
    Brett Marshall

  • Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    The Garbage and the Flowers

    8PM

    NZ cult legends The Garbage & the Flowers come out of the studio for a rare round of Melbourne shows this March.

    March 1 - Labour In Vain

    “Meshing the whispery, inward-looking pop of other New Zealand indie outfits of their day, like the Chills or the Bats with far more caustic, noisy freakouts, the band arrived at a unique sound that could be either delicate or demonic by turns.”
    Allmusic

    Insta - @TGATFband
    Merch Store - https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/tgatf

  • Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    The Barbs, Long Lunch

    8PM

  • Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Escargo-go's

    8PM

    The Escargo-go's return for the first time in bloody ages for one night of French oz rock punk psychedelic good times.
    In town for a fleeting visit, US-based French-Australian frontman extraordinaire Charly 'cheese' Vanni will be joined by the usual suspects Stevie 'striker' Carter, Chris 'Drano' Drane, Matt 'Chow' Duffy, Derek 'Spence' Richards and Beau 'Beau' Skowron.
    They'll be taking over the front bar of Fitzroy's finest, The Labour In Vain from 8 - 10pm Friday 8th March.
    And Oui Oui, it's FREE

  • Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    The Breadmakers

    8PM

  • Sun
    10
    Mar
    2019

    The Tarantinos

    5pm

    Inspired by the Writer/Director Quentin Tarantino, 5 musicians from Melbourne formed The Tarantinos based on their fascination with the incredible versatile soundtracks accompanying his films.
    They play the best known, (and some lesser known) songs from the films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and his latest hit Django Unchained.
    The Tarantinos embody all the hard hitting style of the films in which they play the supporting soundtracks. With audio samples from the films, sharp costumes and an attitude to match, The Tarantinos bring their energy across the various musical genres that accompany films that have inspired them for many years.
    The Surf/Rock clasics like Dick Dale’s “Misirlou”, The Lively Ones “Surf Rider”, George Baker Selection’s “Little Green Bag” and April March’s Chick habit are just a few of the amazing selection The Tarantinos have to offer in their always growing repertoire of songs from these amazing cult status films.
  • Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    Reigning Men

    8PM

    North-West Tasmania's premier Reigning Sound tribute band return after a well earnt rest post performing with the Man himself Mr Greg Cartwright, to share the love of classics such as I'll Cry, Stop & Think it Over, Drowning, Dangerous Game, and much much more (two whole sets worth) at The Labor in Vain Brunswick St Fitzroy, Fri March 15 from 8pm.

  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    Fleeting Persuasion

    8PM

  • Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    The Bakersfield Glee Club

    5pm

     

  • Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Frank Sultana w/ Ben Wicks and Cameron Smith

    5pm

  • Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Body Maintenance and Grinners

    8PM

    Body Maintenance:
    Melodic and cold post punk blending elements of both new wave and death rock. BM take notes from early 80s Manchester yet deliver in a contemporary Australian context.
    Cassette single out in May on Unwound Records and LP out later in the year, meanwhile stream the demo tape from 2017.
    https://bodymaintenance.bandcamp.com/releases

    Grinners:
    A relatively new band making aggro yet danceable punk. A unique blend of catchy No Wave and raw 80s mid west punk featuring members of Singing Lessons. Debut cassette out soon.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=M2BvFqgYm20

    Starts at 8, done by 10.
    FREE

    We acknowledge this event takes place on stolen aboriginal land belonging to the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. Sovereignty was never ceded.

  • Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Werewolves of Melbourne

    8PM

    “Werewolves of Melbourne are a Rhythm and Blues Band led by artist Zevon Hiltz and backed by some of the best in the business! Welding a sound risen from the haze of the Mississippi delta region, the blues clubs of Chicago, & the hellfire streets of their hometown Melbourne – it’s a look into the future of blues that has past, soulful as a preacher, powerful as a locomotive…”

  • Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    JVG Guitar Method

    5pm

    The JVG Guitar Method is the product of JVG from RRR, Mark Ferrie from the RocKwiz Orkestra, Ash Davies from drum heaven and Dale Lindrea from bass hell.
  • Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Andre Warhurst with Nick Murphy

    8PM

    Every Thursday in April Andre Warhurst and his guitar will tempt you with his tunes. There will be freshly written songs from his upcoming solo debut album, old tunes from Spoonful and The Rare Byrds and there might even be a cover or two. Each week a different guest will open the night. Guests will be announced in the coming weeks. As always, free entry at The Labour In Vain. See you in April!

  • Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    Asteroid Flex and Guest

    8PM

  • Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Ross Ward

    Ross Ward first appeared at Bluesfest back in ’95 with the late Wiley Reed, where the idea for the band ‘Ward’s Xpress’ was originally conceived. Since that time he has appeared at 10 Bluesfest’s in Byron Bay and has enjoyed a long career in the industry with musical origins tracing back to 1969.

    After appearing at virtually every major blues festival in the country, founding member and front-man Ross Ward relocated to Sydney in 2010 after 16 years on the far North Coast of NSW, but not before releasing four CD’s and picking up several music industry awards.

    Landing back in Sydney, Ross instantly teamed up with old friends and musical cohorts Al Britton ( Bondi Cigars ) on bass and drummer Bruce Stephens ( Jon English ).

    The band maintains a busy schedule of residencies and gig’s and is one of Australia’s hardest working bands, appearing at the 2013 ‘Bluesfest’ in Byron Bay, and also at the inaugural ‘Deni’ Blues & Roots’ fest, alongside the likes of Santana and the Steve Miller Band, just to name a few.

  • Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Andre Warhurst

    8PM

    Every Thursday in April Andre Warhurst and his guitar will tempt you with his tunes. There will be freshly written songs from his upcoming solo debut album, old tunes from Spoonful and The Rare Byrds and there might even be a cover or two. Each week a different guest will open the night. Guests will be announced in the coming weeks. As always, free entry at The Labour In Vain. See you in April!

  • Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    The Galaxy Folk and The Barbs

    8PM

     

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Labour in Vain Football Club Fundraiser

    7PM

    Raffle Items on the night will include: 
    1 x double pass to Boogie 
    1 x degustation for two loverz in the Grand Richmond 
    2 x $100 vouchers from Student Flights
    2 x $100 Cinori Shoes vouchers
    4 x Medallion Club tix to a game at Marvel Stadium
    1 x $100 Bunnings voucher - fix stuff
    2 x tix to any show at Geddes Lane 
    2 x tix to any AFL game (excl finals and ANZAC Day)
    Bottles of wine from Pyren Vineyards (Leggits makes this juice)
    Collingwood Magpies supporter merch
    .......and more loot to come!

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    Fandango - ZZ Top Tribute Band

    5pm

    Melbourne's only tribute band payin dues to the baddest of the bad, the beer drinkin, hell raisin little ole band from Texas - ZZ Top!!0
  • Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Andre Warhurst

    8PM

    Every Thursday in April Andre Warhurst and his guitar will tempt you with his tunes. There will be freshly written songs from his upcoming solo debut album, old tunes from Spoonful and The Rare Byrds and there might even be a cover or two. Each week a different guest will open the night. Guests will be announced in the coming weeks. As always, free entry at The Labour In Vain. See you in April!

  • Thu
    25
    Apr
    2019

    Andre Warhurst with Nick Murphy

    8PM

    Every Thursday in April Andre Warhurst and his guitar will tempt you with his tunes. There will be freshly written songs from his upcoming solo debut album, old tunes from Spoonful and The Rare Byrds and there might even be a cover or two. Each week a different guest will open the night. Guests will be announced in the coming weeks. As always, free entry at The Labour In Vain. See you in April!

  • Sat
    27
    Apr
    2019

    Nathan Seeckts 'The Heart Of The City' Tour | Fitzroy

    8PM

    Nathan Seeckts is a powerful singer songwriter who effortlessly fuses the sounds of Americana, folk, country & blues delivered with a commanding voice that is equal parts gravel & passion. His songs feature intricate, heartfelt storytelling that echo loudly and honestly from personal experience. Taking inspiration from the songbooks of artists including Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Lucero & Steve Earle, his songs could find him comfortably at home in any bar from Melbourne to Memphis.

    “If the single is anything to go by, Nathan is about to take the Australian country music scene by storm. Dripping with raw country truth, the production and composition of this song is flawless. More more more!” - Katherine Devaney, ABC Country

    “Seemingly hewn from Bellarine Peninsula basalt, Seeckts’ vocal is imbued with all the heartworn grit of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, grounding an album that’s alternately heaving, shivering and jangling with feeling. Whether punching out a heartland belter or immersed in a nostalgic reverie, Seeckts delivers songs of immense humanity, compassion, and catharsis.” - Gareth Hipwell, Country Update Magazine

    Seeckts and his band (Sean McDonnell on guitar, Matt Dietrich on bass, Mark McLeod on drums) will heading to The Labour In Vain on Saturday April 27th to launch his debut album 'The Heart Of The City'.

    'The Heart Of The City' is out on Friday March 29 on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

  • Sun
    28
    Apr
    2019

    Dingo & Rocco

    6.45pm

    DINGO & ROCCO
    '1 STEP FORWARD, 2 STEPS BACK'
    ALBUM LAUNCH, MELBOURNE TOUR


    LABOUR IN VAIN DOORS 6:45
    28/04 SUPPORTED BY DOUBLE HAPPINESS

  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Light Magentic and Under The Sea

    8PM

    Under the Sea perform noisey, minimal Instrumentals

    Instrumental 2 piece project. Formed in 1997 in Melbourne. Specialising in home tape recordings and minimal sounds.

    Magnetic play Shadowy Daydreams drenched in Fuzz

    Band Members

    Kat Amiss- Vocals, Piano, various electronic keyboards, percussion, guitar 

    Boris Sujdovic - (Scientists, Beasts of Bourbon, The Dubrovnics)
    -Bass/Guitar 

     

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019

    Rod Paine & the Fulltime Lovers

    8PM

    A smokin' 50's inspired Blues Combo. Influenced by Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Reed, Guitar Slim and all that's down and dirty.

    The members have rolled their way thru the Australian Blues scene for the past 25 years or so. Howlin Time, Straight 8'S
    Blue Devil, Rocket 88's to name a few. Grew out of The Redliners (1996-2005) and formed The Fulltime Lovers in 2007. Winners of the 2013 blues challenge and travelled to Memphis TN to represent Australia in the 2014 IBC.

  • Sun
    05
    May
    2019

    The Bakersfield Glee Club

    5pm

    Heartaches and Hangovers is a new regular honky tonk afternoon at the Labour in Vain on the first Sunday of every month. Unique to this afternoon is the supreme pairing of community radio legends Denise Hylands (Twang -Triple R FM, Saturdays 2pm -4pm) with Dave Heard (Acid Country- PBS FM, Thursdays 3pm - 5pm) as resident DJs going back to back playing your favourite country tunes including a few by the gig’s namesake George Jones. This week The Bakersfield Glee Club playing 2 sets.

  • Fri
    10
    May
    2019

    House of Light w/ Winternational

    8PM

    Between US and European commitments Berlin/LA's HOUSE OF LIGHT bring back to Australia their cinematic shoegaze that meshes shimmering guitar, pulsating synths and motorik rhythms - fitting somewhere between darkwave and 80s neo-psych.

    Listen here - https://houseoflight.bandcamp.com/album/nervous-systems

    Having sold out the first pressing of their Kasumiuen Records release, the band will have some second pressing copies available at shows as they perform in Melbourne for the first time since 2015. They play a free entry show at The Labour In Vain on Friday 10th May with support from Winternationale

    Early start/finish show
    8pm - Winternationale
    9om - House of Light

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    8PM

    After Andre Warhurst's amazing April solo residency, he will be back at The Labour In Vain with the full band. Andre, CJ and Jeremy will bring you two sets bursting at the seams with rock, blues and plenty of sizzling guitar riffs. As always, free entry for two pumping sets at one of the best pubs in town.

  • Sun
    12
    May
    2019

    The Woodland Hunters

    5pm

     

    Chasing that wild mercury sound The Woodland Hunters ride again, working up a head of steam as their new album The Thoughts of Chairman Jim gets airplay and rave reviews round the country (Named 'Album of The Year' in February? Why, thank you!). 

    Find out why radio and press fans are lauding their 60’s and 70’s inspired guitar workouts and finely honed songwriting. Bring yer Mum along!

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019

    NQR W/ Slab Knackers

    8PM

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2019

    Gun Laws, Going Swimming

    8PM

    On election day this year vote for yourself and come along to the Labour In Vain - form a personal party to the shakin' sounds of GOING SWIMMING, the sultans of swim - dance away the democracy doldrums under the banner of GUN LAWS. It's going to be a wild and a sweaty one. Bands at 8pm, entry is FREE.

    https://soundcloud.com/gunlawsmusic/gun-lore/s-y29vk
    https://goingswimming.bandcamp.com/

  • Sun
    19
    May
    2019

    Sean McConnell w/ Ben Wicks and Cam Smith

    5pm

We ❤️‍ Live Music

As anyone who has ever visited the Labour In Vain knows, music is pretty much baked into every fibre of the joint.

Proud supporters of live and local music, we are members of Music Victoria and long-time sponsors of community radio stations RRR and pbsFM.

Almost all our gigs (excluding a couple of special events a year) are FREE ENTRY so you’ve got NO EXCUSE NOT TO  get out and be blown away by live local music.

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