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Gigs at The Labour In Vain

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  • Fri

    Mystery Guest + Still Works


    In infinite deferral of the band name to come, Mystery Guest are an electronic duo whose style might best be described as performance kareoke. Joining them for this show in the front bar of The Labour In Vainare STILL WORKS, who have been busy working on new recordings we can't wait to hear. 


    This event takes place on stolen Wurrundjeri land, we pay our respects to elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be: Aboriginal Land.

    Mystery Guest experience the event through the eyes of a typical guest, providing retro-futurist synth pop and jouissance.


  • Sun

    Backwood Creatures


    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. 

    Backwood Creatures combine entertainment with musical ability. It’s their solid swamp-blues sound, plus the guarantee of some of the most impressive jams out of Melbourne, that keep audiences swilling beer until long after the final encore.

    Their self-titled debut EP is now available!

    “Hands down - One of the best live bands ever! The energy of Hendrix, the rawness of Tony Joe White and the sheer force of Zeppelin all in one!” - PBS Radio, Melbourne

    "Jeb Cardwell is one of my favourite all round musicians in Australia. Master of guitar, banjo, dobro and can sing his arse off!!! I love him..." - Kasey Chambers

    "I love the Backwood Creatures! They always take me away when they jam out on one of their swampy songs. Hard-hitting rhythm section and Jeb Cardwell is a killer guitarist too, so what's not to like?"- Jeff Lang 

    “Jebs fingerwork during a guitar solo is quite literally jaw-dropping.” - Three Thousand, Melbourne
  • Sat

    Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows, Ruby Soho


    After a stack of European tours in recent years including sold out shows in Paris, Switzerland, Barcelona and Copenhagen, Dan Brodie returns to Melbourne to perform a special FULL BAND show at Fitzroy's famed Labour in Vain front bar on Saturday June 2nd. Joining Dan will be Joseph Dwyer on bass, Luke Benzie on drums and Chris Brodie on guitar. This will be Dan's first band show in Australia in over five years. With Special Guest, Bitch Diesel's Ruby Soho, this is a show not to be missed! 

    8PM-10PM// FREE *Event photo by Alex Lianeris

  • Sun



    Country rocker Michael Meeking has returned home from musical success abroad to rock local audiences and launch a new album. 
    The acclaimed singer-songwriter spent six years in the UK sharing the stage with Tim Rogers, Mick Thomas and Nick Barker, and played support gigs for British artists such as the Men They Couldn't Hang and Glen Tilbrook. 
    Now back with his band The Lost Souls , Michael last year wowed audiences at Tamworth and Whittlesea Country music festivals and was nominated for an Australian Songwriting Award with his catchy tunes, heartfelt lyrics. With a new album about to be released, Michael & The Lost Souls are well worth checking out! 

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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