Five local Melbourne gigs you need to check out this weekend

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Five local Melbourne gigs you need to check out this weekend


Bigger than Jesus at The Espy

Melbourne rockers Bigger than Jesus are returning to the newly reopened Espy for the launch of their long-awaited album, One for the Road, on Saturday December 15.

Back in the 90s, BTJ’s gigs were a sight to behold. According to the band, wooden crosses were burned on stage and ceilings were destroyed. While that’s less likely to happen in this day and age, the counter-culture attitude behind the act remains strong.

The Drunken Poachers at the Drunken Poet

In the spirit of Christmas, the Drunken Poachers will be at the Drunken Poet for a night of rambunctious bluegrass tunes. Fair warning, the Poachers say that if you go to a gig of theirs, you’ll “no doubt be caught up in an all-of-pub singalong”.

Kirkis at The Curtin

You might remember Kirkis as the recipient of our album of the week for 2. Over at The Curtin on Friday December 14, Kirkis will be celebrating the launch of his most recent album — no doubt a weird and wacky evening ahead.

John Howard and Dog at Swamplands Bar

This is a bit of a heavy one. Swamplands Bar will play host to Newcastle locals John Howard and Dog. In addition to the hardcore rockers, Defenestration, Derailment, Empty Gesture and Clogged will take to the stage as support acts. It all goes down Friday December 14.

The Night Before Tomorrow at Bar 303

Rock three-piece The Night Before Tomorrow are celebrating the launch of their brand new 7-inch vinyl Welcome To My Studio. This is the final gig for the group for 2018, in the lead up to their 10th anniversary next year.