Kindred Bandroom


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Kindred Bandroom

Footscray, VIC

Artsy types in the west gather at Kindred as if it were the only watering hole in a vast desert (not that Yarraville is any kind of desert – there’s a surprising amount of cool stuff out that way).

Live music: is only one part of the puzzle that makes up Kindred. The bandroom is a place for experimentation. Unrestricted by genre, the stage welcomes all types, and visitors are always in for a pleasant surprise.

Famous for: being an impressively massive creative hub. The huge venue features a little bit of everything: a cafe, a bar, yoga and dance studios, private rehearsal rooms, co-working spaces, a photography studio and more. Essentially, if you’re looking to get a project done, Kindred will probably have what you need,

Infamous for: being a little distracting. With so much exciting stuff going on, it can be hard to resist getting pulled away into an interesting collaboration or some shiny new project. But is that really such a bad thing?

Listed by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten workspaces in the world in 2016, the artist-owned business gives people a space to come together, create and learn.

It’s the ultimate place to soak up the creative spirit. On any given day, they host African drumming tutorials, glee club, acting classes, and filmmaking workshops. There are also soundproofed rehearsal rooms for bands that are frequented by local legends including Sampha The Great, REMI, Didirri and The Casanovas, as well as a sweet little bar and cafe area for drink and snacks.

The creative ethos spills into the bandroom as well, where every night offers something new. Music, but sometimes also comedy, storytelling and God knows what else.

Each Thursday night, the fluid house band Flow State delivers over two hours of fully improvised jazz, house, funk and hip hop music. It’s always free and anyone is welcome to bring their own instrument and join the jam (if they’re brave enough). As Kindred is also the home of the Victoria University Bachelor of Music, it’s not uncommon to see students testing out new material on stage.