The Darling Downs8PM
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."
Terry McCarthy The Specials5pm
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!
Kim Salmon Precious Jules8PM
Al Carr & The Strong Arm5pm
'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.'
Arlo Harley, Mareya, Jonathan Barwick8PM
Kim Salmon & the Surrealists8PM
Sam Reiher and the September Gurls5pmThe 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.
Kim Salmon Power Pop Trio8PM
Murphy's Hardware5pmMurphy'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!
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.
Large No 12's5pm
Will Coyote (trio) + Gus Howell8PM
Riflebirds8PMProlific 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).
Nathan Beretta Band5pm
SUNDAY SESSION BLUES
Les Yé-Yé Girls8PM
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!!
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.
The Happy Lonesome, James McCann and the New Vindictives8PM
Roz Girvin Band5pm
including Greg Field on fiddle/mandolin and Jeb Cardwell on guitar/banjo)
Ezra Lee Trio8PM
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 ...
Chris Altmann and Friends5pm
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
DEΔN BΔRD + Effigy Of Jean8PM
Girlatones - Small Intestines - Bebop n Lula8PM
Girlatones, Small Intestines and Bebop n Lula play the Labour in Vain, Friday 2 March.
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Bebop and Lula (led by Steph from Empat Lima and Sugar Fed Leopards)
Chris Pickering Experiment8PM
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.
Body Maintenance & Gene Pool8PM
Friday evening show in the Labour in Vain front bar with performances from:
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.
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.
Andre Warhurst & The Rare Byrds5pm
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.
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.
The Ides of March by Van Walker and Andrew Bailey8PM
Songs of love and loss. Lyrically based evening of acoustic numbers by Van Walker and Andrew Bailey
NQR Melbourne Cans Laura MacFarlane8PM
D Henry Fenton & The Elizabethans8PM
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).
THE GLORIOUS NORTH5pmThe 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.
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.
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.