Despite restrictions, Brunswick Artists’ Bar has forged ahead with small, free performances

Despite restrictions, Brunswick Artists’ Bar has forged ahead with small, free performances

Words by Matt Parnell

While the Brunswick Ballroom had to temporarily pause live shows, the Brunswick Artists’ Bar has hosted performances from Easy Browns, Silent Income, with Plebs, Shaky Stills and more still to come.

Early this year, the Spotted Mallard gave way to the Brunswick Ballroom – offering a new lease on life for a cherished venue. Under its new guise, the Ballroom is its own opulent space but also plays big brother to the similarly newly-redone Brunswick Artists’ Bar.

The venue, as a whole, is really impressing on the local gig scene, already welcoming an expansive program of gigs just months into its tenure, with Gareth Liddiard, Jim White and Chris Abrahams (an act now known as ‘Springtime’), The Murlocs, Ali Barter, Nicky Bomba, among others, to have already performed at the venue.

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While the Brunswick Ballroom temporarily took a break from shows due to the restrictions, the Brunswick Artists’ Bar has been hosting small, intimate performances to keep the wheels turning. With Easy Browns and Silent Income to have already played since the recent lockdown, next up, punters will be able to catch garage punk outfit Plebs, local alt-country legends Shaky Stills, Walls and Waves, and the Molly McKew Duo.

Plebs play with RQTBL on Thursday June 24, and will bring a full sound to the intimate space. Their most recent single is ‘Fighter Jets’, whose single release cover is a loose riff on Top Gun, with flying bombers superimposed over a photo of Pauline Hanson. The song sports all the angular riffs a punter could love of a garage track.

Shaky Stills’ brand of country evokes classic Americana motifs, keeping them distinctly close to home. Their most recent EP, Motel Sunburn, delivers easy-going singalongs and danceable moments, with the motorik intensity of ‘Forget Me Not’ and its striking guitar solos rendering it a particular highlight. They’ll hit the Artists’ Bar on Saturday June 26.

Capping off the recent announcements, Walls and Waves hit the venue on Sunday June 27 while Molly McKew Duo are slated to perform on Wednesday June 30.

The Brunswick Artists’ Bar is hosting live shows until the end of June and will continue to do so beyond that. The shows are free entry, but with a limited capacity, punters are advised to arrive early. Doors open at 8pm.

If you’re just keen to duck down for a meal at Brunswick Artists’ Bar, they’ve also got a bunch of weekly specials on offer, with a $15 burger night on Wednesdays, $15 fish and chips night on Thursdays and $15 cheeses on Sundays.


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For more on the Brunswick Artists’ Bar, head to their Facebook page and the Brunswick Ballroom website.