Live Music

 

 

Gigs at The Labour In Vain

Upcoming | Archive: 2018 2017 2016 2015
  • Thu
    19
    Jul
    2018

    Constantine XII

    8PM

    "Over 2 weeks Constantine XII will be presenting new songs and sketches that tend towards long-form stories. 

    The songs have a mix of gentle introspection to stark calls for personal change and world change, hinging towards Greek ancestry in the melodic and rhythmic dynamism. 

    He will be accompanied by James Jablonka on guitar and bansuri.

    WIth supports from 

    Sam Lawrence & Tina Stefanou July 19th

    Emma Ovenden July 26th"

  • Sun
    22
    Jul
    2018

    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. 

  • Thu
    26
    Jul
    2018

    Constantine XII

    8PM

    "Over 2 weeks Constantine XII will be presenting new songs and sketches that tend towards long-form stories. 

    The songs have a mix of gentle introspection to stark calls for personal change and world change, hinging towards Greek ancestry in the melodic and rhythmic dynamism. 

    He will be accompanied by James Jablonka on guitar and bansuri.

    WIth supports from 

    Sam Lawrence & Tina Stefanou July 19th

    Emma Ovenden July 26th"

  • Sun
    29
    Jul
    2018

    Murphy's Hardware

    5pm

    Murphy's Hardware, bring the party with their collection of 60s fun times vibes! Playing the hits of the Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, the Zombies!
  • Sun
    05
    Aug
    2018

    Little Murders

    5pm

    Fresh from a 6 date tour of Japan and having just released a ‘Best Of’ album on Off The Hip Records, legendary Melbourne power pop outfit the Little Murders hit the stage at the Labour In Vain on Sunday August 5th between 5 and 7pm.

    Releasing their first single in 1979 (Things Will Be Different b/w Take Me I’m Yours) Little Murders became Australia’s own version of the new wave of power pop in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were the premier mod band on the Melbourne independent music scene in 1980-81 and thrilled fans with releases such as Things Will Be Different, 100 Drugs and She Let’s Me Know. 

    They played on and off for the next 20 years or so until 2009 when Off The Hip released an anthology of early recordings. This lead to gigging, touring and eventually to a trio of fabulous new albums which garnered great reviews from around the globe.

    Little Murders will be bringing the sound of a rock band complete with chiming guitars, great harmonies and timeless melodies. Murders gigs are getting rarer (only one Melbourne gig this year so far)  so don’t miss this one!

  • Sat
    11
    Aug
    2018

    Wrong Turn

    8PM

    Melbourne based Wrong Turn have been around for over a decade ......but we're not counting!

    Wrong Turn started life as a two piece (comprising of ex members of the Philisteins, Freeloaders,Seminal Rats, Hands of Time, Stoneage Hearts & Double Agents + others.....not a bad effort for 2 people!)
    - but now they come with a new improved recipe and 50% added low budget, low fat ingredient!..... a bass player!!
    These three likely lads are fuelled by cheap fizzy beer & ham sandwiches.
    With screaming guitars, primal drumming & unhinged vocals all up producing a blizzard of supercharged, supersonic blasting of originals while also pummeling new life into RnR relics, fusing 70s punk with 50s dementia.
    Go on! get some raw power rock'n'roll thrills into ya!

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018

    The Excellent Smithers

    5pm

    We play a hot pot of honky tonk, blues and country music. We write songs but we play some classics in our own way. Shredding telecasters and harmonica solos led by the sweet baritone vocal pipes of James Cisco. Shufflin' blues fast heartbreak honky tonk

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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