Happy Mondays is like an intimate residency at your local pub but amplified

Happy Mondays is like an intimate residency at your local pub but amplified

The Murlocs
Words by Arielle Richards

Mondays just got a lot more bearable!

Across four weeks in February, Happy Mondays will see the Sidney Myer Music Bowl come alive with local legends, in the spirit of a residency, celebrating this special city’s live music scene. Each Monday, two iconic Melbourne venues will come together to present an evening’s program, celebrating the unique nuance of the city’s cultural fabric.

Monday February 1 kicks off the program with an evening of Aussie punk rock fun. On the bill are Cash Savage & The Last Drinks presented by local favourites The Old Bar, coupled with The Meanies, presented by Collingwood’s rock cauldron The Tote.

One week on, The Gasometer welcomes Melbourne’s own The Murlocs to the stage, whose classic swinging rock energy sets the tone for nu-disco legends Close Counters, hailing from Tasmania and presented by The Curtin.

The third week of the Happy Mondays residency signals a shift in pace, with Yusupha Ngum & the AFFIA Band, presented by the hallowed Bar Oussou, bringing their signature African jazz fusion to the table. Second on the bill for the evening is Sui Zhen, presented by Colour Club. A local favourite, the experimental pop artist’s surreal melodies and conceptual performance art have established her name in Melbourne’s electronic music community.

Monday February 22 will bring the Happy Mondays series to a joyous close. The Northcote Social Club and Evelyn Hotel will come together to bring you 30/70 and Private Function, respectively.

The 30/70 collective is a group of Melbourne-based artists, whose influences, initially grounded in jazz, have spiralled out into a constellation of networks. Their music is an exploration of those connections, hovering across genres and embodying the nuance of the diverse world of sound wherein they create. Melbourne’s Private Function will close out the event on a high – think unapologetic punk rock and a jubilant, chaotic stage presence.

Going down throughout February, this is not one to miss! Grab your tickets to Happy Mondays here.