Brunswick Ballroom to reopen this weekend with packed summer lineup

Brunswick Ballroom to reopen this weekend with packed summer lineup

Fools - Brunswick Ballroom

After a very brief COVID-forced hiatus, Brunswick Ballroom is reopening and relaunching their huge summer program.

One of Melbourne’s favourite live music venues, the Ballroom was just one of hundreds of Melbourne businesses forced to temporarily close their doors last week due to nation-wide staff shortages.

In a statement, the owners said that while “so many venues and artists are indeed struggling…we must forge onwards and upwards and get off the ropes and come out with some positivity and excitement for what is to come. Our goal for 2022 was to gather strength and steam and to further our reputation as a venue that seeks to support musicians and artists. We also aim to create a welcoming environment for all members of the community, whilst providing a premier live performance space for guests and artists alike.

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“The start to 2022 has taken the wind out of our sails slightly, but we remain determined to stick to our guns, dig in, and back this wonderful city’s love of live entertainment, food & lifestyle.”

So to support one of the pillars of Melbourne’s brilliant live music industry when they need it most, check out the below list of the gigs going down at the Ballroom this weekend, and over the coming months.

21 January: Fools album launch with The Meltdown

Fri, 21 Jan, 2022 6:30PM

This weekend kicks off the reopening in true style with whopping 13-piece Melbourne rock’n’roll extraordinaires Fools, who’ll be launching their debut soul and Americana infused album alongside The Meltdown. There’ll be big sets from both larger-than-life groups, before both head off on national tours.

27 January: Anna Cordell, Baby Velvet and Jasper Jolley

Thu, 27 Jan, 2022 6:00PM

Taking inspiration from the folk-legendary likes of Joni Mitchell, fashion designer and singer-songwriter Anna Cordell takes to the Brunswick Ballroom stage the following Thursday to show off her first full-length record, Nobody Knows Us  alongside Baby Velvet and Jasper Jolley.

February 5: Rocket Science

23-years on from their 1998 debut, Melbourne art-punk and garage rock veterans Rocket Science are holding their first gig since 2020 at the Brunswick Ballroom to showcase their fifth album, 2019 record Snake, which was their first album in 10 years. Check out our review of one of their last live shows here.

18 February, 19 February: Dolly Diamond Farewell Concerts

Much-loved comedy cabaret star Dolly Diamond moved to London during lockdown, but will finally get the chance to play her rescheduled farewell dates at the Ballroom, alongside her three-piece band and an array of special guests. Expect her classic show with a side of European travel adventures.

These are just a tiny section of all the gigs and events happening at the Brunswick Ballroom and Brunswick Artists’ Bar over the next few months. For the full list, head here.