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2018

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  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018

    The Darling Downs

    8PM

    The Darling Downs released two critically acclaimed albums, How Can I Forget This Heart Of Mine? (2005) and From One To Another (2007). After a spell working on other projects, in 2012 Kim and Ron began writing new songs and went back into the studio to record a third album of new material, for an album called In The Days When The World Was Wide to be released in June 2013.

    Kim says: "Ron would say of this album that we’ve moved away from the Appalachias in the 1940s to Greenwich Village in the 1960s. There is a whole lot more Simon and Garfunkel here than before." 

  • Sun
    07
    Jan
    2018

    Terry McCarthy The Specials

    5pm

    After their laconic roots rock reggae album 'Restaurant Girl' The Special are preparing for another stint in the studio in 2018. This band has top grooves. In live performance, they are guaranteed good times.

    Original roots with great feel!

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Kim Salmon Precious Jules

    8PM

  • Sun
    14
    Jan
    2018

    Al Carr & The Strong Arm

    5pm

    'Following the launch of their debut album Gutter Truth in August this year, Al Carr & The Strong Arm have been playing regularly to crowds around Melbourne. Taking inspiration from a wide variety of artists from Tom Petty to The Replacements and a whole lot more in between they’re looking forward to kicking off 2018 at the Labor In Vain.

    Chief architect and band leader Al Carr, along with his ramshackle group of cohorts, has new ideas and songs spilling out of him. Songs that veer from gloriously sloppy rock ‘n’ roll through breezy pop stylings and soulful, country tinged ballads. Tunes guaranteed to have your feet tapping and leave you wanting more.'

  • Thu
    18
    Jan
    2018

    Arlo Harley, Mareya, Jonathan Barwick

    8PM

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    Kim Salmon & the Surrealists

    8PM

  • Sun
    21
    Jan
    2018

    Sam Reiher and the September Gurls

    5pm
     
    The Septembers are a Melbourne based outfit playing country tinged tunes with a hint of honky tonk and a sniff of rockin’ and a rollin’. A smattering of heartfelt songs that’ll resonate heavily with any fan of Americana music.

    Exceptional songwriting is what has always stood out first and foremost for Melbourne artist Sean McMahon. He is a true believer in the song itself. His momentum and motivation as an artist is solely inspired by each and every song as it forms somewhere in a realm of make believe, between real life experience and desire. Largely inspired by the American songbook, its traditions and its champions, his poetic and melodic style of songwriting is loaded with confessional narratives and vivivd story telling that explore and exploit themes we may all know well, however its his ability to craft a song, the way he strings the words together and punctuates a line in perfect rhythm while dancing a melody across 3 chords that set him apart.
  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018

    Kim Salmon Power Pop Trio

    8PM

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    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!
  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018

    Alice Williams

    8PM

     

     

    ALICE WILLIAMS 

    Alice Williams is a singer-songwriter based in sunny Melbourne. Eclectic and lyrical, her songs are personal, evocative and often wry insights into human nature, romance, money, dogs and weather…lots of dogs and weather for some reason. She plays in Liz Stringer's Australian touring band and plans to release a debut EP this year.

    EATEN BY DOGS (DUO) 

    The world has rapidly begun to disintegrate and Eaten By Dogs are attempting to provide a soundtrack to it. Drawing their musical inspiration from post-rock, post-modernism, anxiety and oppression as much as alt-country music, Eaten By Dogs create music to listen to as you steer your way through the escapism of modern life.

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018

    Large No 12's

    5pm

  • Fri
    09
    Feb
    2018

    Will Coyote (trio) + Gus Howell

    8PM

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018

    Riflebirds

    8PM
    Prolific Melbourne five-piece Riflebirds have had a mammoth 12 months, bringing their rock, southern and psychedelic sounds to a slew of festivals and bars across the land.

    Two albums in as many years was followed up by a new single earlier this year, ‘Plastic Rock’n’Roller’, which had You Am I’s Davey Lane along for the ride, supporting at the launch party.

    The albums – ‘World Feels Wide’ (2016) and ‘Detours & Collisions’ (2015) – have led the band to play at venues across Australia and seen them share stages with the likes of Ron Peno (Died Pretty), Dallas Crane, Dan Brodie, Ben Salter and Freya Josephine Hollick. Recent festivals appearances include Spring Fling, Leaps & Bounds, Ballarat Beer Festival and Darebin Music Feast. 

    “Cracks the whip from the get-go” Bel Ryan, Beat Magazine.

    “Melbourne five-piece indie-rock band Riflebirds have broken from the cage of the pub scene and taken flight across the festival circuit, adding Ballarat Beer Festival to their path! These guys have released two full-length albums in the last two years, and they’re on the up and up, having toured Australia’s east coast and played at some of Melbourne’s best-known live music venues.” Ballarat Beer Festival.

    “Riflebirds produced a set that was one for the ages. A grand display” Ridge Town Music Festival.

    “Riflebirds have made a name for themselves at some of Melbourne’s most popular venues. Be sure to check it out.” Chris Bright, Beat Magazine

    Search on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music or Bandcamp to hear the tunes.

    Riflebirds is Rowan Roebig (vocals/guitar), John Kenyon (guitar/vocals), Rod Collins (bass/vocals), Bon Krunic (drums) and Damien Toussaint (keyboards).
  • Sun
    11
    Feb
    2018

    Nathan Beretta Band

    5pm

    SUNDAY SESSION BLUES

     

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Les Yé-Yé Girls

    8PM

    Valentine's Day

    Heroins's of 60's French Pop

    Play the songs of Serge Gainsbourg

    It's that time of year to celebrate romance and hearts a beating. Can't think of a better way to spend a date than to listen to sexy ladies playing 60's French tunes and talking in french accents. Oh yeah!!

  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018

    Utopians Family Night with Joel Silbersher (GOD)

    8PM

    Bill Direen (NZ) together with Steve Cournane, Barry Stockley, Jess McCann and Tama Stockley interpret some of Bill's extensive back catalogue of work in anticipation for his performance at Debtfest the following night, which will feature a killer lineup of NZ performers and expat kiwis.

    Associated with iconic labels such as Flying Nun and Siltbreeze, Bill's sound is both poetic and punk. Visiting Melbourne for the first time in four years specifically for Debtfest, he will be supported at the Labour by local friends Joel Silbersher and Barry Stockley.

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018

    The Happy Lonesome, James McCann and the New Vindictives

    8PM

     

  • Sun
    18
    Feb
    2018

    Roz Girvin Band

    5pm

    including Greg Field on fiddle/mandolin and Jeb Cardwell on guitar/banjo) 

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Ezra Lee Trio

    8PM

    After returning from a whirlwind trip to Malaga, Spain, performing at the festival The Rockin' Race with Chris Montez, Wayne Hancock, Scotty Baker, The Doel Brothers, Deke Dickerson, James Intveld and Big Sandy... The Ezra Lee Trio will be performing their original rockabilly, boogie woogie and country tunes at this very kozy and kool pub - The Labour In Vain in Fitzroy, Melbourne. 

    Ezra Lee - piano, lead vocal
    Ray Westcott - double bass
    Eddie J Fury - drums 



    Check out the band at ... 
    www.ezralee.reverbnation.com

  • Sun
    25
    Feb
    2018

    Chris Altmann and Friends

    5pm

    Chris Altmann returns to his favourite Melbourne pub for a Sunday arvo show that is bound to include some special guests! Bring your family & loved ones and get in on the magic

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018

    DEΔN BΔRD + Effigy Of Jean

    8PM

  • Fri
    02
    Mar
    2018

    Girlatones - Small Intestines - Bebop n Lula

    8PM

    Girlatones, Small Intestines and Bebop n Lula play the Labour in Vain, Friday 2 March.

    Girlatones https://girlatones.bandcamp.com/

    Small Intestines https://www.facebook.com/Small.Intestines.Band/

    Bebop and Lula (led by Steph from Empat Lima and Sugar Fed Leopards)

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Chris Pickering Experiment

    8PM

    The Experiment turn it on (and turn you on) to some far out chords, notes, and sonic landscapes. You'll be amazed at their capacity to dress cleanly whilst playing dirty.

  • Sun
    04
    Mar
    2018

    The Houndlings

    5pm

  • Fri
    09
    Mar
    2018

    Body Maintenance & Gene Pool

    8PM

    Friday evening show in the Labour in Vain front bar with performances from:

    BODY MAINTENANCE: 
    https://bodymaintenance.bandcamp.com/

    GENE POOL
    https://gene-pool.bandcamp.com/releases

    Bands have to be finished by 10, so get down early at 8!

    Flyer by Jimmy Neumann

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

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018

    Kim Salmon's Continuing Labcoat Tales.

    8PM

    I will be telling tales and singing songs from the Lab. 
    Thats right I will telling the now continuing story of my colleagues The Scientists as we prepare to take our experiments to Europe and USA.

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    5pm

    Andre and the band are rolling up their sleeves on the Labour Day Weekend, with two pumping sets of rock 'n' roll that will make you work up a sweat. Come and see their labour of love at The Labour In Vain. Put your elbow to work with a few bevvies. Works for us! Sunday 11 March, 5-7pm, free entry.

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre Warhurst (Spoonful, Silver Night Drive, Clare Bowditch, Manic Suede) drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll. They will get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.
  • Mon
    12
    Mar
    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. 

    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.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018

    The Ides of March by Van Walker and Andrew Bailey

    8PM

    Songs of love and loss. Lyrically based evening of acoustic numbers by Van Walker and Andrew Bailey

  • Fri
    16
    Mar
    2018

    NQR Melbourne Cans Laura MacFarlane

    8PM

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018

    D Henry Fenton & The Elizabethans

    8PM

     

    D Henry Fenton is a singer-songwriter from Sydney Australia who is based in Los Angeles, California.

    He has now released 3 solo albums as well as 2 singles andan EP with his first band Holly Golightly. Holly Golightly got a break opening for prominent Irish band, The Corrs, on an Australian tour. 

    His last album “Turnin’” was recorded with engineer/producer Steve Holroyd (Counting Crows/Tom Petty) and received some positive US college radio airplay, with a few bigger stations (including KBAC, Santa Fe NM) adding the title track to their playlists.

    D Henry Fenton has opened for acts including John Mayer, Kasey Chambers, Colbie Caillat, Lissie and Morphine. His music blends americana, folk, pop, and indie-rock, bringing to mind bands like Wilco, Neil Young, Crowded House and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

    He performs regularly in Southern California, either solo or with his band affectionately known as The Elizabethans, with Bass Player Mary Beth Kedzior and Dave Kruse who was Pearl Jam's original drummer (Ten).

  • Sun
    18
    Mar
    2018

    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.
  • Sun
    25
    Mar
    2018

    Mick Daley's Corporate Raiders

    5pm

    Mick Daley's Corporate Raiders.

    It's been a little while since the Raiders have graced the famed walls of the Labour In Vain; multiple side projects are keeping everyone busy and under the pump. However we've managed to clear a little space and are fangin' to bang out some new tunes for y'all.

    Come share an arvo with us. Sunday 25th March 5-7.

  • Thu
    29
    Mar
    2018

    SMOKING FLOWERS

    7pm

    The Smoking Flowers fire up an East Nashville-based brand of rock, blues and country with a sweet flavor of Southern Gothic folk, all with a punk attitude. Their sophomore album '2 Guns' will no doubt appeal to a large spectrum of fans when it hits the world this summer. The album was co-produced and engineered by Adam Landry, noted producer of Deer Tick, Middle Brother, and Diamond Rugs and former touring guitarist for Ray LaMontagne. Adam also added his own sublime guitar to it, giving it that dusky, diverse feeling of his other Americana projects. "Something I Said," a single off the album, was recently featured on the hit ABC show "Revenge." Everything on '2 Guns' was written and arranged together by Kim and Scott at their East Nashville home. The album was tracked on 8-track 1-inch tape, continuing the Collins' 12 years and counting commitment to analog recording. Several tracks on the record were the first take recorded live. The realistic, street level poetic lyrics were thoughtfully written out over time and experience -- but its thirteen songs were raucously brought into existence in single recorded takes over about four days, as if their lives depended on it. 

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Matty Whittle Melwayholics Anonymous/The Devours

    8PM

    Matty Whittle and Melwayholics Anonymous
    Songs by GOD and more
    With special guests THE DEVOURS

  • Mon
    02
    Apr
    2018

    Birdcloud

    5pm

    Birdcloud is Makenzie and Jasmin from East Nashville and Cottontown, respectively. Birdcloud met in Murfreesboro and immediately didn’t like eachother. At a party in 2009 they had some whiskeys and became friends and started dicking around on guitar, writing their first song, a song about going down on your best friend, now lost to the sands of time. Despite a lukewarm reception at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, they have been sitting on eachother’s faces ever since, showing eachother their bruises and generally doing whatever they want when it works out that way.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018

    Under the Sea, Mote

    8PM

    UNDER THE SEA play with special guest guitarist Kristian Brenchley for a white noise jazz set. MOTE playing their brand of crazy horse sonic blues. 
    Bands start at 8.

  • Sat
    07
    Apr
    2018

    Wifey - album launch

    8PM

     

    Concocted by an all-star line-up Sydney musicians, Wifey’s recordings and live shows sabotage genres with a twisted touch of humour and intellect. 

    Frontman and songwriter Andy Calvert explains that his band of seasoned musicians refuse to play alt-country properly - often wandering through dive-bar disco or sweaty-pub guitar wrangling - but claims they always find their way back to that which matters most: The song.

    A year after sliding out of the birth canal into the independent music scene of 2008, Wifey released their debut EP Salt Sugar Fat, described as “a distinctly Australian sound that tips an accomplished nod at American greats such as Bonny Prince Billy and Tom Waits…” (Faster Louder)

    Reforming in 2015, Wifey released their debut album Monsters’ Rights in May 2017. In this multi-textured LP, the six-piece band weave violin and keys mellifluously into walls of noise and intoxicating prose, creating original tunes that "at times sound like a cross between Okkervil River and Dexys Midnight Runners with their melodic sensibilities.” (Doubtful Sounds) 

    Between the voices of confusion and despair stolen from past lovers or borrowed from sex-workers on those long, lonesome nights, Wifey songs will make you glad you did something you kinda knew you shouldn't have. 

  • Sun
    08
    Apr
    2018

    David Garnham & the Reasons

    5pm

     

    David Garnham & the Reasons to Live (NT) sing songs about booze and women fueled by isolation and self loathing.  An honest mix of hope and hopelessness from the top end's finest mid-tier adult contemporary acts.

  • Thu
    12
    Apr
    2018

    Leah Edmond. Rhia Simone & Jimmy Carroll

    8PM

    Come down for a night of sweet harmonies, country folk jams and and little heart melters with dream duo Rhia Simone and Jimmy Carroll followed by Leah Edmond joined by Alice Hardie Grant & Meabh Friel of the Sockettes!
    Hope to see you sweethearts there! x

  • Fri
    13
    Apr
    2018

    Planet Slayer / Traffik Island // Live it down

    8PM

    PLANET SLAYER. Mum rock realness will be laying down new songs leading up to their debut LP out later this year... This will also be the first with their new member..... oh oh oh ....

    TRAFFIK ISLAND. Stunning beautifully written realness maybe some Jeff Lynn realness in there as well. Also they will be playing songs off their debut LP out later this year....

     

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018

    The Wellingtons

    8PM

    The Wellingtons are back. And despite embarking on their 14th year together, the Australian’s are determined to prove that they can still deliver the pop (feel) goods. �The new album “End of the Summer”, comes six years after their last studio album (In Transit, 2011). After extensive touring in Europe, USA & Japan to support the album and following EP, Hey Hey, The Wellingtons spent some time settling down before heading back into the studio.
    End of the Summer may contain a few more songs about settling down (No Way This Could Fail/So Easy), and childhood nostalgia (End of The Summer/1963), but the production is un-mistakenly familiar (with the lyrics delivered with their signature hint of bleakness). 
    Layered male/female harmonies, sweeping melodies and intricate instrumentation, once again create an instantly memorable pop bliss that they're renown for.

  • Sun
    15
    Apr
    2018

    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.
  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    BBQ Haque & Annual Leaf

    8PM

    BBQ Haque

    Assembled by erstwhile outsider Alfred 'BBQ' Haque, famed in the Northern hemisphere for fine continental cuisine ... he now dabbles in the rougher nature of ze 'BBQ Australien' with variable results. His band BBQ Haque (& ze Briquettes) carry his name and apply his culinary legacy in a sizzling live performance. Just having recorded a new trau of mostly instrumental tracks resulting from their intense encounters with founder Alfred, BBQ Haque serve up a gritty morsel of 'french-afro-aussie-garagze-psych' noise to satisfy even the most hardened of music &/or food critiques. 

    Members (ingredients) are pseudo-francofiles but well-traveled musos Pâte Cruteau (aka Arthur Karanikas of Fraudband), Marquis de Cheminée (aka Marc Regueiro-McKelvie of Teeth & Tongue/Popolice/New Estate), Crèpe Suzette (aka Carla Bruce-Lee of Ashtray Boy/Cougar Vox) & Daniele Soufflé (aka Danny Martinov of the Exit Keys and other rabblerousers). Come and imbibe their eaux de vies! Night opened by Annual Leaf, originally from NZ now jangle-popping around Melbourne-town.

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    DES, The Wrong Man

    5pm

    After a joint solo tour of forty percent of Australia’s crummy towns, these three unlikely troubadours have formed DES. Featuring Jackson Reid Briggs (JRB & The Heaters, Ryan Potter (The Scrapes) and Marcello Cole (The Bitter Darlings). Adelaide meets Brisbane, Brisbane Meets Melbourne. DES is everything rock n roll isn’t giving you, throw in too much Bundy and too many Verses.

    The Wrong Man (Brisbane) will be supporting solo

     

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    School Damage, Permits

    8PM

    School Damage Rockers return and give it away for free Friday April 27th at The Labour In Vain 

    Supported by new band Permits featuring members of Dag, Tam Vantage, Small Intestines and Shifters

    8 o'clock start

    Dismantle from the inside

    https://chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/album/school-damage

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018

    Danny Walsh Banned

    8PM

    The Danny Walsh Banned play music for your inner fugitive. They feature Johnny Livewire on bass (Morning After Girls), Dave Mudie on drums (Courtney Barnett), the untamed urban youth of Will Hewett on guitar, the unmatched bush experience of Leo 'The Weed' Tellefson on keys, and rambunctious feather-capped Danny Walsh (Miserable Little Bastards) out front. Along with storming the city juke joints an country halls, the Banned finds a natural stomping ground at festivals, previously tearing up the Kyneton Music Festival, Sydney Road Street Party, Williamstown Beer Festival and the Delta Busking Festival (Mississippi). Their performances are often spontaneous and always high-powered. In 2013, they released their debut album ‘Rolling On’, which received praises from Melbourne to Mississippi. Now they’re coming to town packing material from their newly released second album full of swampy blues, piano driven rock ’n’ roll and dead-set Aussie boogie - standby for the show!http://dannywalshbanned.bandcamp.com/
  • Sun
    29
    Apr
    2018

    Large No 12's

    5pm

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018

    NQR + Spiritual Mafia

    8PM

    NQR have a 6 track release coming out on Kasumuen Records in June. And are back at favourite stomping ground the Labour.
    We are psyched to be joined by awesome new band Spiritual Mafia, featuring members of Exek, Spray Paint and Cuntz.
    Let the good times roll on May 4.......... Free early show.....

     

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    The Three Kings

    5pm

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018

    Cam + Abi with special guest Kosta Steffanou.

    8PM

    <<< A night of strange mystic happenings from the depths of a shadowy mountain. >>>

    8PM
    Be enthralled by the blitzing Kosta Steffanou and his psychedelic whirlwinds. A true enchantment of the senses.

    9PM
    And lets not forget the main feature of the night;
    Abi + Cam's haunted happenings, distilled down to a refined eye watering concoction of protoplasmic tunes. 
    Pre-packaged and ready for dispersion <<<THIS COMING THURSDAY 10 TH OF MAY>>>

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    8PM

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre Warhurst (Spoonful, Silver Night Drive, Clare Bowditch, Manic Suede) drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll. They will get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.
  • Thu
    17
    May
    2018

    Young Henrys Good Beer Week Event

    8PM

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018

    The Breadmakers

    8PM
  • Sun
    20
    May
    2018

    Bodriggy Good Beer Week Event

    3pm

    Detail to come

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018

    Mystery Guest + Still Works

    8PM

    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. 

    FREE SHOW

    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.

     

  • Sat
    26
    May
    2018

    Melbourne Cans, Quivers

    8PM

    Easy going dreamy pop songs played by easy going dreamy pop stars
  • Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    Backwood Creatures

    5.30pm

    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


    www.backwoodcreatures.com
  • Fri
    01
    Jun
    2018

    Van and Cal Walker

    8PM

  • Sat
    02
    Jun
    2018

    Dan Brodie & The Grieving Widows, Ruby Soho

    8PM

    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
    03
    Jun
    2018

    MICHAEL MEEKING AND THE LOST SOULS

    5pm

    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! 

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Ezra Lee Trio

    8PM

  • Sun
    10
    Jun
    2018

    John Kennedy's 68 Comeback Special

    5pm

    The band John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special, features original Love Gone Wrong drummer Peter Timmerman, ex-Wiggle Murray Cook on guitar and former Pop Mechanics’ leader Paul Scott on bass. Together with John they have on this new album developed his urban and western stylings, bringing new strength to performances that blend pop, rock, folk and country. 

     

  • Mon
    11
    Jun
    2018

    Nathan Beretta Band

    5pm

     

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Junior Fiction with Dave O'Connor

    8PM

    The photo on this poster is of Susan Eloise Hinton. One of my favourite authors as a teenager and still. I have read and reread her novels, 'The Outsiders', 'Rumble Fish' and 'That Was Then,This Is Now', many times. It is books like these that i read when i was younger that had a great influence on me and are the reason this band is called Junior Fiction. You can find out more about her here: http://www.sehinton.com/ 

    We had such a great time when JUNIOR FICTION last played with DAVE O'CONNOR that i decided to organise another show. This is it. High quality music from high quality individuals....and it's FREE.

    Junior Fiction https://soundcloud.com/james-mclean-625046116

    Dave O'Connor https://soundcloud.com/daveoconnor

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018

    Roadhouses Album Launch

    8PM

    Sydney sedated-rock trio Roadhouses play codeine-country, tremolo soaked 3am torch songs.

    Following the recent release of single 'Black Lights' please join us at the launch of our debut album. Supported by local songwriter Oscar Lush

    Black Lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHymJzJ2ods

    Drinkin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5qaDsdDYhc

  • Sun
    17
    Jun
    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

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018

    The Breadmakers

    8PM

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    The Pheasantry

    7pm
     
    Melbourne based Alt Country Bluegrass band of gents going back over 20 years.
    Started in 1993 as The Pheasant Pluckers.
  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    Annual Leaf and Party Pest

    8PM

    Annual Leaf

    Matt (guitar, vox) and Mel (bass, vox) were Jukai Forest in a previous incarnation. Simon (drums) has come from bands Wild Meadows, The Naysayers, The Enright House and Radius Kink.

    Party Pest

    Jules (Moody Beaches / La Bastard / Hot Wings), Sally (The Reprobettes), Jemma (The Reprobettes)
    Post punk dream turned party nightmare

     

  • Sun
    01
    Jul
    2018

    The Woodland Hunters

    5pm

    Like grizzlies emerging from hibernation too early, blinking at the winter sun and aching to cut loose, The Woodland Hunters take time out from Melbourne’s Yikesville Studio, where they’ve been recording their new album, to play a special show at the Labour. Expect a good dose of new material, an abundance of freewheeling 70’s era fuzz and sonic exploration, and the happy vibes that come with letting the beast out of the cage for a walk around. This one’s going to be fun…

    60's guitar wig outs to swamp rock, 70's jam bands to raw and dusty Americana. Melbourne, Australia

  • Thu
    05
    Jul
    2018

    Jumpin' Jack William & Neil Wilkinson & Arlow Guthrie

    8PM

    Stoked to be joined by Arlow Guthrie and Drongo 

    For two Thursdays at the Labour in Vain

    Fresh home from a wicked run of shows with the Hodgkinson clan & Chandler of Perch Creek, I'm thrilled to be having a sing with my buddy Neil Wilkinson for a couple of cosy Thursdays over this month.

    Kick off from 8:30pm
    Thursday the 5th & 12th of July
    FREE

  • Fri
    06
    Jul
    2018

    Dennis, Under the Sea

    8PM

    Northcote's garage punk heroes DENNIS (Bits of S***, The Sailors) meet up with Reservoir's anti-rock duo UNDER THE SEA (S:Bahn, Stunt Car Drivers). 

    Early start, early finish. 7.30 - 10.00. Free gig.

  • Sat
    07
    Jul
    2018

    A Whale Called Phoenix Video Launch

    8PM

  • Sun
    08
    Jul
    2018

    JOHN DOWLER VANITY PROJECT

    5pm

     

  • Thu
    12
    Jul
    2018

    Jumpin' Jack William & Neil Wilkinson & Arlow Guthrie

    8PM

    Stoked to be joined by Arlow Guthrie and Drongo 

    For two Thursdays at the Labour in Vain

    Fresh home from a wicked run of shows with the Hodgkinson clan & Chandler of Perch Creek, I'm thrilled to be having a sing with my buddy Neil Wilkinson for a couple of cosy Thursdays over this month.

    Kick off from 8:30pm
    Thursday the 5th & 12th of July
    FREE

  • Fri
    13
    Jul
    2018

    Van & Cal Horror Fest

    8PM

  • Sun
    15
    Jul
    2018

    The Three Kings

    5pm


    Melbourne blues super group, Three Kings brings together a trio of this country’s most dedicated, authentic blues artists, with down and dirty, totally inspiring results.

    Officially formed in 2011 by Ian Collard (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Benny Peters (vocals and guitar), and Jason Liu Soon (drums), Three Kings’ self titled debut album took out the award for best blues CD in The Age Victorian music awards only a fortnight after release. The album entered the Australian Blues and Roots Airplay Chart at number two before shooting up to first place.Their 2nd “Here It Is” released in 2015 followed suit receiving rave reviews.

    Three Kings’ hard-hitting, greasy blues style takes you on a dangerous joy ride through the back roads and juke joints of American music history, combining the sounds of artists like Kid Thomas, John Lee Hooker, Slim Harpo and Jerry McCain with their own original spin.

    Collard and Peters are well known for their own combos, Collard Greens and Gravy and Benny and the Fly By Niters, as well as other line-ups and both have played to appreciative USA and European audiences. Liu Soon has supplied the beats for Chris Wilson and The Detonators. Together the tight knit trio rocks hard and blue.

  • 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!
  • Thu
    02
    Aug
    2018

    Telecastro

    8PM

    People of Earth,
    Telecastro returns to the dark heart of Olde Fitzroy with two sets of tall tales and melancholy melodies to warm the cockles of your heart, and spread a little Vicks on the sickly souls that remain in the vice-like grip of this particularly icy Melbourne winter. 
    See you up the front.

    Telecastro 
    The Labour In Vain
    Thursday 2nd August
    8:00pm Kickoff.
    No door.

    *Management accepts no responsibility for candid discussion, strong opinions, or independent thought. 
    **Please store your emotional triggers in the designated areas.

  • 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
  • Fri
    17
    Aug
    2018

    Shiny Coin + Fraudband

    8PM

    Fraudband play some new tunes in fashionable Fitzroy with new pals Shiny Coin. It's free in a cosy venue and early enough to kick on afters, what more do you want.
    8pm - Shiny Coin

    9pm - Fraudband

  • Sat
    18
    Aug
    2018

    Tenderloins + September

    8PM

    8pm September -

    Samuel Reiher and the September Gurls are a Melbourne based outfit playing country tinged tunes with a hint of honky tonk and a sniff of rockin’ and a rollin’. Sam writes heartfelt songs that’ll resonate heavily with any fan of Americana music. His debut EP was produced and recorded by Australia's grand daddy of country music, Mr. Bill Chambers.
    9pm Tenderloins - Beginning in 2015 Tenderloins grace stages around hometown Melbourne. In 2017 they released their debut double a-side Drive Her Home/Lucy. 2018 will see Tenderloins release through independent label Half Way Records. Sounds like Tom Waits singing the Beach Boys. A guaranteed hoot!!
  • Sun
    19
    Aug
    2018

    Charlie Marshall and The Body Electric

    5pm

    Charlie Marshall is a singer songwriter from Melbourne. He plays guitar. His songs are poetic, romantic, philosophical meditations on life, love, fear, science and the universe. His singing is soulful and passionate. It may be gentle and intimate or intense and dynamic. His guitar style is rhythmic He plays colourful chords that you don’t hear all that often. He puts all these things together in intriging ways. He stomps his foot a lot when he plays.
    Charlie’s songs have attracted many of Melbourne’s finest musicians over the years. He started songwriting with brother Chris when they formed Harem Scarem, the punk blues band loved by many in the 1980’s that included Chris Wilson in it’s stellar lineup. He formed The Body Electric in the 90s with Jim White and Warren Ellis from the Dirty Three and Brian Hooper from Beasts of Bourbon. Later lineups included members of the Avalanches, Silver Ray, Moodists and Dumb Earth. He has released six albums solo and with Body Electric.

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018

    Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds

    8PM

    The Rare Byrds is a rock trio that features Andre Warhurst (Spoonful, Silver Night Drive, Clare Bowditch, Manic Suede) drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll. They will get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018

    Werewolves of Melbourne

    5pm

    Members
    Zevon Hiltz: Guitar / Vocals 
    Samual Cope: Keys
    Yuri Pavlinov: Bass
    Steve Alligham: Drums

    “…Blazing a trail of high-octane rhythm & blues. 
    Werewolves of Melbourne are 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…”

    Formed 3 years ago, WOM launched their debut EP titled Black Diamond Ring at the infamous Cherry Bar in Melbourne’s AC/DC lane, with a "Live at Cherry" mini album that was recorded the night of the launch; Their 2nd “live’ installment came from the ‘Live at The Labour in Vain” recording. This 7’ vinyl will be released on beginning of March 2016, which will go with the studio LP. 

  • Fri
    31
    Aug
    2018

    Kill the Darling EP Launch + Ruby Jones

    8PM

    ‘You Were Just a Building’, the sophomore EP from Kill the Darling, heralds a grittier new direction for the Melbourne-based quartet, while remaining faithful to their folk influences.

    With a grungier sonic vocabulary of overdriven, knotted guitars and a driving rhythm section the four-track EP was written as a song cycle. It chronicles the end of a long-distance relationship, and explores the process of reconstruction that follows a decision to leave both a city and a lover. 

    Each song is a complete and compelling chapter in the narrative, but the story is undoubtedly strongest when heard from start to finish. The first track, ‘You Are the City I Love’ is a meditation on doubt—the uncertainty of departure, and the impossibility of separating person from place. The title track closes the EP on a defiant, surprisingly joyful note: “You had me doubting it, now I own it, man—I’m a fucking legend.” Frank, self-reflective and vivid, Tasha Lloyd’s songwriting invests themes of sorrow and self-loathing with an electrifying sense of newness. The EP comes full circle, finishing with the line “It is the city I love, and you were just a building”—an exultant acknowledgment of closure, and grief’s closing act. 

    Kill the Darling have had a successful 2018, having been involved in the artist development program GRID series and their single ‘Hounds’ appearing on AMRAP’s top ten for a number of weeks. Kill the Darling will celebrate the release of ‘You Were Just a Building’ at The Labour in Vain on 31 August with support from Ruby Jones.

  • Sat
    01
    Sep
    2018

    THE GLORIOUS NORTH

    8PM

    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.
  • Sun
    02
    Sep
    2018

    Z-STAR Trinity (UK)

    5pm

     

    *POP-UP GIG NEWS VICTORIA**
    We couldn't resist making one more appearance in Melbourne before leaving Victoria (i.e. Australia) until next year!! 

    Festival favourites Z-STAR TRINITY, fronted by the award-winning international artist Zee Gachette, with her intergalactic trio line-up featuring Boi Crompton on Bass and Beck Flatt on Drums, will be setting the stage alight with their high octane energy modern blues, psyche rock, folk n’ funk. 

    "Z-Star Trinity had the packed house rocking all night with Zee's trademark on-stage energy, red-hot guitar riffs and cracking vocals all backed up by a thumping rhythm section, blowing the big crowd away....The real deal!!" - SwampHouse

    Zee’s inimitable talent for improvising onstage is simply exhilarating to watch, inspiring standing ovations from music legends like Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Amy Winehouse. 

    This is Zee's 5th Australia tour with radio and festival support including Triple J, ABC, 4ZZZ and playing at festivals including Caloundra Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, Mitchells Creek Rock n Blues, The Garden of Unearthly Delights and Jungle Love just to name a few. 

    "Gachette carries a near-mythic reputation in the live game," - The Music

  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018

    Intellectuals

    8PM

     

    https://intellectuals.bandcamp.com/

    COME ALONG FOR OPEN DAY AT THE PETER DUTTON SCHOOL FOR SOCIOPATHS.

    INTELLECTUALS LAUNCH THEIR ALBUM POSTMODERN LIFE IS RUBBISH.

    CHRIS CRISAFI.

    TOM DENTON POETRY.

  • Sun
    09
    Sep
    2018

    Michael Meeking and The Lost Souls

    5pm

    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! 

    "Michael is a fine Australian storyteller (think Neil Murray). The Meeking might not inherit the earth, but he will impress with his passionate country rock." 
    - Jeff Jenkins - The Australian Music Guide
  • Fri
    14
    Sep
    2018

    Claire Birchall & the Phantom Hitchhikers, Levitating Churches

    8PM

    One time only, live in concert, the amazing Claire Birchall and the Phantom Hitchhikers +++ the psychedelic warlords of boogie, Levitating Churches will pull out all the stops and blow, minds, fuses and possibly the sound barrier and all at no cost to you the rock-n-roll connoisseur.

    So stick out your booze thumb and jump on board the magic carpet you beautifull music fans - like we said, one time only - friday the 14th of Sept at The Labour In Vain.

    No squares or hippies!

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018

    The Christopher Marshall Predestination

    8PM

    Don't miss this debut gig of brand new rock and roll band featuring the powerful voice of ex Harem Scarem singer Christopher Marshall with Baz Turnbull electric guitar,Luke Collins Drums and Andy Papadopoulos on bass

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018

    Ben Mastwyk and His Millions

    5pm

    Great musicians always know the right time and place to add their mercurial vocal and/or instrumental prowess to a song, whether in the studio or on a stage. On the Melbourne country music scene, Ben Mastwyk is one of those key players, the consummate sideman contributing guitar, vocals and banjo to a range of different projects prior to the arrival of his acclaimed 2015 debut album Mornin, Evenin, Celebrating both classic and contemporary Americana music, the record heralded the start of a promising solo career.

    The album finds Mastwyk traversing the world of country music; from the Appalachian mountains to the honky-tonk bars of Nashville and the multitude of back porches where Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and so many other troubadours have penned many a heartfelt song. To inspire and fuel his songwriting for the album, Mastwyk travelled to the source – the American South, composing songs while in a state of transit across the country in trains and cars before returning to Melbourne to complete the songs that would become Mornin, Evenin. The album showcases Mastwyk’s ability to honour the traditions of the genre while tipping his hat to those that were crucial in shaping the direction alt-country music would take. Through his songs Mastwyk traces a line from Willie and Waylon, through Gram Parsons and on to contemporary songwriters such as Sturgill Simpson, Daniel Romano and Justin Townes Earle.

    The resulting recognition for Mastwyk’s success with Mornin, Evenin came in the form of strong reviews and a nomination for Best Country Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards for 2015.

    Aside from his burgeoning solo career, Mastwyk is one half of Sweet By & By and an integral member of Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies. He thrives on musical cross-pollination which enabled him to bring together a highly talented pool of singers and players when it came to recording Mornin, Evenin.

    Mastwyk may excel as a collaborator but on the back of his debut solo album he’s set an even higher benchmark for his own brand of authentic heartache and whiskey-stained country songs. His own songwriting is now where his focus lies and where his creative instincts lead him. That process of writing while in physical motion also continues, with the majority of Mastwyk's classic country songs emerging while walking the streets of Melbourne and the banks of Merri Creek.
  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018

    Peak Twins/ Sarah Mary Chadwick

    8PM

    Peak Twins are joined by Sarah Mary Chadwick for a special evening. Playing songs from their upcoming new record w a few new members. xxx

     

  • Sun
    23
    Sep
    2018

    Terry MaCarthy Special

    5pm

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018

    The Shifters Have A Cunning Plan LP Launch

    5pm

    The Shifters Have A Cunning Plan LP Launch

    5PM ~ Saturday September 29 ~ Labour In Vain ~ Free Entry

    Starting 2018 by reissuing an LP version of their limited run cassette, then continuing the year with a 4 song 7” EP, and followed by an appearance on Anti Fade’s New Centre Of The Universe compilation, The Shifters now release their first full length album - The Shifters Have A Cunning Plan - 10 songs recorded and mixed by Al “Terry” Montfort during afternoon sessions while drinking coffee and watching daytime news, the album extends The Shifters keen interest for political, social and historical events. The Shifters will be supported by brilliant acts The Faculty, Bitch Prefect and Leah Senior. All welcome.

  • Sun
    30
    Sep
    2018

    Van & Cal Walker

    5pm

     

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018

    Mightiest of Guns w/La Bronco

    8PM

    Sludge country three piece Mightiest of Guns are taking a break from mixing their upcoming sophomore album to rattle your teeth at The Labour In Vain with the doom queens of La Bronco.

    MIGHTIEST OF GUNS are a dark country quartet from Melbourne. Featuring members of Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, and The Baudelaires; their gritty, raucous songs are inspired by desperation, drunkenness and cruelty.

    Their debut EP, Strange Birds was released in September 2013 to a sold out crowd at Fitzroy's The Old Bar. It received glowing reviews and airplay around the country and has seen the band cross state borders, tour regional Victoria and join various festivals.

    Their debut album Drink Over Your Grave (2015) was produced by Brooke Penrose from Alt Country darlings Saint Jude. The album was released September 2015 and is full of fire, brimstone and everything they could muster. Taking a noisy, more vicious approach to the brutality found in the myths of Bushrangers, the Wild West and contemporary booze-houndary.

    The first single off the album The Regrets Of Darkie Gardiner was released to more sold out crowds and rave reviews. The band released second single Hot North Wind in June, followed shortly afterwards by single and film clip for Sawtooth Knife.

     

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018

    Apollo Blue debut with Kittyscratch

    8PM

    Treat yourself to a dynamic night of Rock magic. Big vocals, menacing electric guitar, and metallic outfits. Apollo Blue’s dazzling debut is a vibrant manifestation of Poetic Pop, Rock and Disco. Alongside his 5 piece “Blue Band”, his creative songwriting, unique tone and entertaining stagecraft will leave you captivated and craving more. Supported by Psych Jazz Rock band Kittyscratch, this will be a night to remember.

    Apollo Blue
    https://www.facebook.com/ApolloBlueOfficial/

    Kittyscratch
    https://www.triplejunearthed.com/artist/kittyscratch

  • Sun
    07
    Oct
    2018

    Honk

    5pm

    6 piece band playing country rock heritage ska orginals, covers and borrowed classics
  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018

    Riflebirds

    8PM

    The new Riflebirds album 'Ain't Ever Going Home' is out now! Super excited to announce the Melbourne launch show: Saturday October 13 at The Labour In Vain. 2 x sets!
    Free entry.
    Check out the band's new tunes, videos, gigs and more: riflebirds.com.au

    High-energy rock’n’roll! ‘Ain’t Ever Going Home’ – the new album from Melbourne five-piece Riflebirds – sees the band move into new territory, stepping up the tempo and taking the spirited riffarama of their live shows and capturing it on studio record.

    This is the third album in as many years for these prolific Riflebirds. Its release follows a busy schedule of bringing their live show to a slew of festivals, bars and pubs across the land.

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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