Five local Melbourne gigs to get you through the first weekend of winter

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Five local Melbourne gigs to get you through the first weekend of winter

FAD Gallery
Words By D'arcy McGregor

Winter is here, but the gigs will keep you toasty.

NoLess duo at Compass Pizza

Head on down to Compass Pizza in Brunswick where the pizza will be cheesy and the tunes will be anything but. Tonight, they’re hosting the Melbourne-based outfit NoLess as an intimate duo. If you’re sweet on R&B, soul and jazz, this will be the gig for you. The duo’s original sets are chock-full of grooving tunes, from slow jams to bootie-shakers. They’re playing two sets from 8.30pm, more info here.

James Henry and Ali MC live by the fire at the Merri Clan

Tonight, acoustic musos James Henry and Ali MC will be teaming up to perform a chilled gig that’s guaranteed to warm your soul on the last day of autumn. James Henry will be performing some of his new songs in the Indigenous languages of Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay. Ali MC will also be performing an original acoustic set, and the two will finish the free gig with a set together. More info here.

DJ’s at FAD Gallery

Soul? Yep. Funk? You betcha. Folk AND rock? Well, there must be a DJ on hand. Friday and Saturday night, FAD Gallery in Melbourne CBD’s Chinatown gets taken over by DJs spinning tracks until 1am. If you’re just after a night of fun and noncommittal good music then the good folks at FAD are your first stop. There’s usually some great art on the walls worth taking a gander at as well. Check how to find them here.

Live music at the Clifton Hill Brewpub

If you want some music to pair with your beer, look no further. The Clifton Hill Brewpub has live music on both Saturdays from 9pm and Sundays from 4pm, meaning you can sit back with a good feed, a great beer and some sweet sweet tunes to keep your wintry spirits up. Blues Roulette featuring Justin and Nardia are hitting the stage tomorrow night, and Ben J. Carter is making an appearance on Sunday. More info can be found here and through the Brewpub’s website.

Dollar 20 at Royal Oak

If you’re looking to escape the weather and spend an hour or two dancing – even if it’s on the inside – head down to North Fitzroy’s Royal Oak on Sunday June 2 for some rocking blues. Dollar 20 will be there slinging some hip-shaking, foot-tapping blues with funky originals and classic tunes. You can shake your tailfeather from 4pm at Royal Oak, more info here.

If you’re looking for more gigs, check out our gig guide here.