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2019

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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

  • Sat
    08
    Jun
    2019

    BBQ Haque w/ Mia Schoen

    8PM

  • Sun
    09
    Jun
    2019

    Blues Roulette

    5pm

    Blues Roulette is now a name you can trust to give you everything you need from a Blues show.
    A few weeks ago we had Lisa Baird in the house and it was such an amazing show.. in fact people have demanded a follow up show.
    And here it is.. this will be a very special repeat show.. lets see if we can make lighting strike twice.

     

  • Sun
    16
    Jun
    2019

    Little Murders

    5pm

    Little Murders are in the studio creating there 8th album but are coming for one day to play a couple of sets at the groovy Sunday arvo gig that is the Labour in Vain. We'll have some new songs and old songs for you to enjoy!

    Formed in 1979, Rob Griffiths named his band LITTLE MURDERS after a 1971 film directed by Alan Arkin and starring Elliot Gould. As an English expatriate, Griffiths embraced 1960s English pop culture (The Who-The Troggs-The Kinks-Union Jacks drapped over amplifiers) and accordingly LITTLE MURDERS became the premier mod band on the late 1970s/early 1980s Melbourne independant scene. The band's debut single, 'Things will be different'/ 'Take me I'm yours', on Au-go-go Records (December '79) was actually recorded by Rob's old band FICTION, prior to the formation of the first LITTLE MURDERS line-up listed above(see discography). 'Things will be different' was an excellent debut single, a blast of punchy, danceable pop, and it rapidly sold out its pressing of 1000 copies. 'Things will be different' ranks alongside The Riptides' 'Sunset Strip' and Young Modern's 'She's got the money' as one of the classics of Australian new wave power pop. By May 1980, the band's line-up comprised Griffiths, Flegg, Stuart Beatty(guitar) and Steve Fusezi(bass). Two furthers singles for Au-go-go followed: 'High school/Trouble with love' (which featured Clint Small) and 'She lets me know/It's over'. During the sessions that produced 'She lets..', Griffiths took time off to record a single with other musicians. 'Melody/Waiting' came out under the name Dance Set in 1981. Line-up changes plagued LITTLE MURDERS for the next couple of years. The mid-1981line-up featured Griffiths, Beatty, Kim Holmberg(guitar-vocals; ex-Leftovers), Paul Holmberg(drums; ex-Leftovers) and Alan Brooker(bass). The 1982 line-up, wich comprised Griffiths, Rod Hatward(guitar), Chris Hunter(bass; ex-Cuban Heels) and Michael Barclay(drums), was the most accomplished and consistent to date. Unable to secure a major record deal for his efforts, however, Griffiths eventually broke up LITTLE MURDERS in December 1983. Griffiths made an unsuccessful attempt to revive the LITTLE MURDERS name in 1985, and independant label Polyester Records issued the '100 drugs/The beat goes on' single(the tracls had been recorded in 1983 and 1979 respectively). Au-go-go issued the retrospective set Stop! in 1986, which drew together various singles tracks and unissued studio cuts. In late 1995, Rob Griffiths revived the LITTLE MURDERS name, and over the next 18 months recorded a new album. Backing musicains inclued Rod Hayward, Phil Wales(guitar), Craig Pilkington(guitar; ex-Killjoys), and Dave Foley(drums). The album ''...and stuff like that' (june1997) comprised the new material(including the single '100 drugs') plus six previously released cuts. By that stage, Griffiths had a new LITTLE MURDERS line-up on the road with Tony Robertson (bass), plus Paul Thomas(guitar) and Michael Barclay(drums). LITTLE MURDERS issued a new cd-single '100,000 guitars' in September 1998. It was lifted from the band's second CD for the SWERVE label 'First Light'. The album featured the line-up pf Griffiths, Thomas, Barclay, Pilkington and Kate Stalker(vocals) playing pure guitar pop. The second CD single from the album 'Andy Warhol retrospective' followed in June 1999 Little Murders released their fourth album in 2001 called 'We should be home by now", which garnered the best reviews of their career. In August 2009 they released a retrospective album "Stop Plus Singles" featuring all tracks recorded between 1979 and 1985. They also played support to "From The Jam" and are now playing regularly around Melbourne.. In 2011 they released "Dig For Plenty" to positive reviews both here and overseas.

  • Fri
    21
    Jun
    2019

    Painted Angels, Pussy Willow

    8PM

    Painted Angels return with new pals Pussy Willow on June 21!
    And what better venue to celebrate than The Labour aka one of our favourite pubs! We can almost taste the moderately priced beer on our lips and smell the scented wafts of synergy in the room.

    Free Entry - Starts early-ish at 7:30pm sharp ♥

    This event is taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. Sovereignty of this land has never been ceded.

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  • Sat
    22
    Jun
    2019

    Repo Man, Hackitt, King Crime

    8PM

    Free Dark Soul.

    Repo man. (SYD) - https://soundcloud.com/repoman6/air

    HACKITT - https://soundcloud.com/user-251384047

    King Crime - https://soundcloud.com/the-king-crime

  • Sat
    29
    Jun
    2019

    RIFLEBIRDS

    8PM

    Returning to their spiritual home on June 29, Riflebirds bring their high-energy rock'n'roll riffarama back to the The Labour In Vain!
    The prolific Melbourne five-piece dropped their third album in mid 2018, ‘Ain’t Ever Going Home’, hailed as "a cracker from start to finish – a magnificent record,” by Triple R's Neil Rogers.
    Come along to The Labour on June 29 to see the band play songs from the latest album, plus some brand new tunes.
    “Cracks the whip from the get-go” (Bel Ryan, Beat Magazine).

    riflebirds.com.au

  • Sun
    30
    Jun
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette spins the wheel at The Labour In Vain again this Sunday!
    We all know what that means.. AMAZING blues no matter who is on stage.. no matter whether you know their names or not..
    Blues, Beers and good vibes come and get your fill!!
    Kate Madden, Ollie Rolfe and Arron Light will get it done!

    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After three years of hosting events, it has established itself as the leading blues hang.
  • Wed
    03
    Jul
    2019

    Music in Exile Showcase

    7.30pm

     

    This year as part of the CHANGES 2019 Live Music Showcase, we at Bedroom Suck Records are more than proud to showcase Music In Exile, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at building networks for artists from a refugee or diaspora background.

    GORDON KOANG (South Sudan)
    Ajak Kwai (South Sudan)
    Music Yared (Eritrea/Ethiopia)
    w/ Music In Exile DJ's

    Gordon Koang 'Stand Up (Clap Your Hands)' limited edition 12" out now thru http://musicinexile.com.au

    Doors @ 7.30pm
    Music Yared 8.00pm
    Gordon Koang 9.00pm
    Ajak Kwai 10.00pm
    + dance w/ the Music in Exile DJ's all nite!

    Get a CHANGES 2019 Live Music Showcase for only $50.00 ~ http://bit.ly/2Ks9ljR

    Music in Exile is a not-for-profit intiative aimed at increasing access to resources and building industry networks for artists from a refugee or migrant background.

    Get in touch at hi@musicinexile.com.au
    http://musicinexile.com.au

  • Thu
    04
    Jul
    2019

    Dot Dash Showcase at Changes 2019

    8PM

    Dot Dash would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which CHANGES Summit and Showcases will take place. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. Knowledge, stories, and song have been shared on this land for generations before us, and will continue to be shared after us. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal Land.

    =======================================

    We're on curator duties for our Dot Dash showcase at CHANGES Festival 2019.

    Thursday 4 July - come through to The Labour In Vain to see live sets from a bunch of family and friends of Dot Dash.

    CHANGES Live Music Pass: changes.melbourne/tickets

    Sunbeam Sound Machine
    SSM is the project of Nick Sowersby, long time member of Dot Dash. Live however, Sunbeam expands into a five-piece, breathing another dimension into Nick's lush, textural creations. Hear his new album Goodness Gracious live, in the flesh.

    Memphis LK
    A new solo project, Memphis LK (of SAATSUMA). This is honeyed vocals meeting analogue synths at the club. Taking tips from UK garage, Detroit techno and breakbeat. Music to move to.

    friendships (DJs)
    Dot Dash's cousins, our favourite visceral, audio-visual duo take the decks. Selections unknown.

    Obscura Hail
    Obscura Hail emerges on stage a four-piece, as stunning vocal harmonies, beautiful projections, atmospheric loops, and subtle use of live and electronic percussion. Dive in.

    SaD
    SaD are Daphne Camf of NO ZU on vocals and synth, and Simono Castricum on guitar and programming. Post-goth synthpop and minimal wave you can dance to.

  • Sat
    06
    Jul
    2019

    DEF | The Labour In Vain - Painercorn Cup Afterparty

    8PM

    LABOURIANS, PAINERS & to whom this may concern...

    DEF are back again at the labour for one night only (until the next time)!!!

    After a massive run of house parties, 50th's and thats about it, DEF return to the front bar of the best establishment to ever open its doors to deliver you with the funk your mind, body and soul has been longing for all winter!

    These extraordinary scenes will be taking place after one of the biggest rivalries (bound by love & honour) the renegades pub football league has ever seen between The Labour in Vain PAIN and The Old Bar Unicorns.

    The tradition of the "PAINERCORN CUP" has withstood the test of time and is one of the most glorious battles between a bunch of legends and this year it’s shaping up to be another epic showdown!

  • Sun
    07
    Jul
    2019

    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
    The Excellent Smithers play a hot pot of honky tonk and blues music that'll make you feel like you dunked your head in an Tennessee whiskey barrel and went back for more.
    A regular gig will involve shredding telecasters, harmonica solos and flawless singing led by the sweet baritone vocal pipes of James Cisco. Expect to hear equal elements of tasty shufflin' blues, heartbreak honky tonk and break neck speed-country train feels
  • Fri
    12
    Jul
    2019

    Under the Sea, Freedom Cage

    8PM

    Under the Sea

    Instrumental 2 piece project. Formed in 1997 in Melbourne. Specialising in home tape recordings and minimal sounds.
     
  • Sat
    13
    Jul
    2019

    Heartbrokers 'I Am The Devil' Single Launch

    8PM

    We are officially releasing 'I Am The Devil' next month and to celebrate we are playing a FREE SHOW at The Labour In Vain on Saturday 13th of July.

    We will be playing two sets from 8pm so make sure you get down early as this one is bound to fill up.

    Pre-save 'I Am The Devil' now - https://orcd.co/devil_presave

  • Sun
    14
    Jul
    2019

    Les Ye Ye Girls and Les Mini Jupes Bastille Day Gig

    4.30pm

    Time to get your frou frou on and do the shimmy to Melbourne's one and only Femme Fatale French 60's band Les Yé-Yé Girls supported by the Fabulous Sexy outfit Les Mini Jupes who will be releasing their long-awaited record on this famous Bastille day. Bring your berets and camemberts and drink with us du Vin Rouge. And it's FREE!!!
    Gros Bissous! See you there mes chéries xoxoxo

  • Fri
    19
    Jul
    2019

    Levitating Churches

    8PM

    Rock-n-roll hell comes to Fitzroy!
    ...come and get spiritually messy with The Levitating Churches in a rare beyond the grave appearance at a no cost to your good self free rock show.
    Also smashing stuff will be the band your uncle warned you about, the terrifying - BLOODY HELL!
    Show kicks off around 8 so don't dilly dally dix.

    Levitating Churches have been kicking around dive bars in melbourne since late 2011 and play their own brand of pre-apocalyptic, high energy electric rock-n-roll.

    Dave, Matt and Shaun gleaned their name from a miss-heard Roky Erickson lyric (learning temples, meditating churches) and draw inspiration from not only Roky but bands such as Dead Moon, The Coloured Balls and Black Sabbath.

  • Sat
    20
    Jul
    2019

    The Exotics, Wrong Turn

    8PM

  • Sun
    21
    Jul
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette is hitting The Labour In Vain and you know what that means!!!
    The best Blues Melb has to offer!
    Stop by as we spin the wheel and see who wins..

    Band Members
    The Blues Roulette House band is Ben Wicks on Bass, Chad Blaster on drums and Ollie Rolfe on hammond.
     
     
    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After three years of hosting events, it has established itself as the leading blues hang.
  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019

    Other Places/ Lovers of the Black Bird

    8PM

    Other Places and Lovers of the Blackbird join hands and hearts to transform the Labour into a weird and wonderful psychedelic playground for one night only.

    Mathew Watson (also known as Other Places) is an Australian composer and musician exploring solo & collaborative sound making with drums and synthesizers.
    Lovers of the Black Bird are Julie Montan & Joseph Foley. Doom and Poem. Glockenspiel Popenspiel Rockenspiel. Lovers of total capacity colour absorption.
     
  • Sun
    28
    Jul
    2019

    JVG Guitar Method

    5pm

    I hear Keith Richards is having a bit of trouble playing some of his classic riffs now. He and his fingers are getting a bit old. The Guitar Method's fingers, all 40 of them, are in very good condition. They will play their classic riffs with precision at the Labour In Vain this Sunday. I think Keith would like the Labour In Vain. He would be envious of the Guitar Method's fingers.

     
    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.
  • Sun
    04
    Aug
    2019

    Heartaches & Hangovers with The T-Bones

    5pm

    Heartaches and Hangovers is a 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. T-Bones will be gracing the stage this month.

     

  • Sat
    10
    Aug
    2019

    Plastic Section, Thee Cha Cha Chas

    8PM

    A wild rock 'n' roll party with Plastic Section and Thee Cha Cha Chas live at the Labour in Vain! Raw rock 'n' roll, garage rhythm 'n' rockabilly madness... 8pm - 10pm, free!

    8pm: Thee Cha Cha Chas
    https://www.facebook.com/TheeChaChaChas/

    9pm: Plastic Section
    https://www.facebook.com/PlasticSection/

    Plastic Section's new album "Trouble Is Our Business" out now with Off the Hip records!

  • Sun
    11
    Aug
    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. 

    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.

     

  • Wed
    14
    Aug
    2019

    Spencer P Jones One Year Anniversary

    8PM

     

  • Sun
    25
    Aug
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    This week we are back at The Labour In Vain.. 
    a few interesting cat playing in the Blues Roulette band. 
    Including an Arizona Blues Hall of Famer..

  • Sat
    31
    Aug
    2019

    Septembers Single Launch - Things I Should've Said -

    8PM

    The Septembers launch their new country ballad

    – Things I Should've Said –

    At The Labour In Vain.

    With support from the superb Troubled Waters.


  • Sun
    01
    Sep
    2019

    Heartaches & Hangovers with Small Town Romance

    5pm

    Heartaches and Hangovers is a 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.

    Small Town Romance

    Fronted by Jim Arneman and Flora Smith Small Town Romance have been steadily garnering a fan base of true country music lovers everywhere they play. Sharing thewriting and singing duties Jim brings a love of narrative and Flora a love of melody – together they are each the others perfect musical foil. At the heart of Small Town Romance is a partnership that celebrates their unique musical backgrounds creating a sound that is more than just a sum of their parts. 

    The band is steeped in healthy doses of Tex-Mex, Cajun, honky tonk, blues, and some folk for good measure, but their voices are truly their own. 
    Small Town Romance are an act that will have you marvelling at their song-craft one minute and then dragging your partner up to two-step the next!

  • Sat
    07
    Sep
    2019

    Fleeting Persuasion - Album Launch

    8PM

    Fleeting Persuasion will be launching the upcoming 10 track album 'Forever Caught' recorded at Crosstown Studios on Saturday September 7th at The Labour In Vain, Fitzroy.
    More details on the album soon, but you can hear two songs 'Shaken' & 'Set Foot' both released with video clips and available on all streaming services.
    The show will be free entry with special guests Del Boca Vista kicking off the night at 8pm!

    Del Boca Vista - 8pm

    Fleeting Persuasion - 9pm

  • Sun
    08
    Sep
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After four years of hosting events all over the country.. from tours to festivals the boys have established themselves as the leading blues crew.
  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019

    Tenderloins with Gun Laws

    8PM

    Tenderloins play a home ground game with pals Gun Laws. Gonna be one damn fine hootenanny! Bands from 8pm.

    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!!
    GUN LAWS are a three piece soul-punk group / your new favourite band
  • Sun
    15
    Sep
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After four years of hosting events all over the country.. from tours to festivals the boys have established themselves as the leading blues crew.
  • Sun
    29
    Sep
    2019

    Sore Eyes

    5pm

  • Fri
    04
    Oct
    2019

    Rot T.V w/ The Faculty

    8PM

     

  • Sun
    06
    Oct
    2019

    Heartaches & Hangovers w/ Cold Heart

    5pm

    Heartaches and Hangovers is a 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.

    Cold Heart

    Rocking Hillbilly Twangsters Cold Heart are based on an old school stripped back country rockabilly outfit. Three members only, one on vocals and acoustic guitar, one on the electric Gretsch guitar and another on double bass, that’s it. There are no drums, but the rhythmic click and slapping of the double bass will make you think there is. If you are thinking vintage Johnny Cash, Wayne Hancock, Faron Young, Johnny Horton and Hank Williams you’ll be right at home. With Cold Heart you’ll get a dose of rockabilly, country and original songs all played in the correct style. All the members of Cold Heart are stalwarts of the inner city country and Melbourne roots music scene and play regular gigs around town when not on the job with Cold Heart. Comprising of members from The Detonators, Gatorbait, The Roadsters and The Flat Foot Shakers they have plenty of K’s on their cowboy boots and under their western belts. So sit back grab a beer, but don’t cry into it, or get up and dance the choice is yours.

  • Wed
    09
    Oct
    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.

    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.

  • Wed
    09
    Oct
    2019

    Jim Nightshade w/ Catfish Duo

    8PM

     

  • Thu
    10
    Oct
    2019

    Andre Warhurst

    8PM

    Andre Warhurst is a Melbourne guitar player, singer and songwriter best known from Spoonful and Manic Suede. You can find him playing his highly energetic riffs with The Rare Byrds, solo, as the Andre Warhurst duo or trio, with Spoonful or for Clare Bowditch. Drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll, Andre Warhurst promises to get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.

  • Fri
    11
    Oct
    2019

    David Garnham & the Reasons to Live

    8PM

    David Garnham & the Reasons to Live craft songs about booze and women, fueled by isolation and self-loathing.

    DG&TRTL debut album ‘Love inside a jar’, produced by Charles Jenkins and Justin Rudge, has been described as “the start of a substantial career” by the Courier Mail, and took out NT song of the year and the Americana category in the International Songwriting Competition.

    “Garnham weaves love, loss, heartbreak and humour into his own particular brand of whisky-soaked nostalgia, awash with alt-country contradictions that are all his own; sweet and hard, buoyant and punchy, redemptive and sad.”  
    Jenni Kauppi, the AU review

  • Sun
    13
    Oct
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After four years of hosting events all over the country.. from tours to festivals the boys have established themselves as the leading blues crew.
  • Tue
    15
    Oct
    2019

    The JONNY FRITZ & Joshua Hedley SHOW with the EASY Leaves

    7.00

     

    Join us for a surprise show at the intimate Labour In Vain. The dynamic duo of Jonny Fritz and Joshua Hedley with California's honky tonkers, The Easy Leaves.
    Only 100 tickets $20 each

    https://www.trybooking.com/BGDXT

  • Thu
    17
    Oct
    2019

    Andre Warhurst

    8PM

    Andre Warhurst is a Melbourne guitar player, singer and songwriter best known from Spoonful and Manic Suede. You can find him playing his highly energetic riffs with The Rare Byrds, solo, as the Andre Warhurst duo or trio, with Spoonful or for Clare Bowditch. Drawing from the classic sounds of 60s and 70s rock 'n' roll, Andre Warhurst promises to get you rocking in a warm, riffy-fuzzy kinda way. Good-times.

  • Fri
    18
    Oct
    2019

    Under the Sea w/ Light Magnetic

    8PM

    Friday night bands and beers at the labour in fitzroy.

    A strange mix of ambient noise, fuzzed out guitars, fairy lights and poetry. With members of The Paradise Motel, S:Bahn, the Scientists and NQR.

    Both bands are about to release debut recordings. So this is the warm up. Early start, early finish.

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

     
    Light Magnetic - Songwriter, singer performing under the name Light Magnetic, with Boris Sujdovic ( The Scientists/Beasts of Bourbon) and Tim OShannessey on Drums (Paradise Motel, Penny Ikenger, Brian Hooper)
    The songs feature components of musical worlds collided, casting a light on aspects that have been magnetically drawing them together.
    The result is primal, ethereal, sometimes spacious... other times a swirling cacophony. Looking for the unseen things that connect us.
    The songs take your ears from the basement to the attic, from the misty swamps into fields of light. Visiting smokey lounge bars, journeying upon mysterious seas and following heartbeats into the unknown.
  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019

    The Pink Tiles

    8PM

    To launch their new release 'Two Sides of The Pink Tiles' and bid farewell before trekking to Japan, The Pink Tiles will throw a party on Saturday October 19 at Labour In Vain, Fitzroy. Don’t miss this one-off show featuring two on the tubs - regular drummer extraordinaire Bobby-Jay Tiles as well as special guest Adele Daniele (Les Minijupes, Thee Stag Knights, The Fandoras, Silence is Golden), who will be joining the band for the upcoming Japanese tour. To round out celebrations, The Pink Tiles will be supported with live sets from genius musicman BJ Morriszonkle and riotous power-pop trio Slush. Entry is free!

    Art by Greg Tippett

    We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present.
  • Sun
    20
    Oct
    2019

    Backwood Creatures

    8PM

  • Fri
    25
    Oct
    2019

    Dead Transmission & The Interceptors

    8PM

    Dead Transmission if you haven’t already seen them, now’s your chance. They play psychobilly with a double bass and a penchant for leopard print. Oh Wee!!!!


    https://www.facebook.com/pg/deadtransmission

    Fresh from supporting From the Jam, The Interceptors will blow away any of the left over cobwebs the bar has with their post punk power pop sounds which always leaves you wanting more.
    https://www.facebook.com/InterceptorsBand/

    So all of this for free and Labour In Vain has the best beers in town - this is a night not to be missed!!!!

  • Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019

    Van Walker w/ Johnston City

    8PM

    VAN WALKER
    JOHNSTON CITY

    Johnston City, purveyors of classic anthemic rock, birthed of the loins of Dashville and the rich Hunter Valley musical community, are venturing south to that other fertile patch of lyric and melody - Brunswick. Led by Dan Johnston, Johnston City is joining a luminary of Victoria's songwriting landscape, Mr Van Walker. Expect some supreme musical moments and perhaps the odd impromptu duet.

  • Sun
    27
    Oct
    2019

    Blues Roulette Spinning the Wheel at the Labour

    5pm

    Blues Roulette has become a Melbourne Blues Institution. After four years of hosting events all over the country.. from tours to festivals the boys have established themselves as the leading blues crew.
  • Fri
    01
    Nov
    2019

    Melbourne Cans, Under the Sea

    8PM

  • Sun
    03
    Nov
    2019

    Heartaches & Hangovers with King Arthur

    4.00pm

    Heartaches and Hangovers is a 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.

  • Mon
    04
    Nov
    2019

    Jesse Redwig

    8PM

    Jesse Redwing grew up on punk, found inspiration in the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to "the real shit": Chess Records, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.

    "I wasn’t born to the blues, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back," he says. 2016 was a big year for Redwing, signing a worldwide publishing deal with Big Deal/Mushroom Music and having his song Crawlin Up The Walls featured in hit Netflix series "Shooter".

    Redwing's real, raw, punk-tinged blues is a live experience to behold, and producer Stephen Mowat has proved himself capable of capturing their explosive energy on tape.

    A blues revival looks well-and-truly ready to kick off, and Redwing might just be the man to lead the congregation. Hallelujah.
  • Sat
    09
    Nov
    2019

    Jim Nightshade w/ Catfish Duo

    8PM

  • Sun
    10
    Nov
    2019

    Andre Warhurst & the Rare Byrds w/ Cahill Kelly Band

    5pm

    Sunday The Labour In Vain: 5pm Cahill Kelly then 6pm with The Rare Byrds “Love & Mercy” single launch.

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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