There’s a free neighbourhood party happening in Brunswick this weekend

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There’s a free neighbourhood party happening in Brunswick this weekend


The Brunswick Ballroom are throwing a free neighbourhood party on Saturday night (July 16) that's gonna rock Sydney Road.

Beers, BMXs and (songs about) bongs. It’s gonna be a big weekend in Brunny.

The rather epic Brunswick Ballroom are throwing a free neighbourhood bash they’re titling ‘Our Mates’ with some killer local bands on the bill. It’s a mid-winter fiesta, featuring some Melbourne royalty, and it’s not gonna break the bank.

The Ballroom are even holding a raffle to give away a new BMX, the whole thing is right up Brunswick’s alley (aka Sydney Road). The organisers’ description goes thus: “this won’t be a blue light disco but it will be just as fun”. You heard it here first.

Our Mates lineup

  • Muma Ganoush
  • Money For Rope
  • Martin Frawley and Steph Hughes
  • Rhia Taranto
  • Ruby Soho

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The first act on the lineup are Melbourne indie favs Muma Ganoush, bringer of such beloved hits like ‘Bongs In The Afternoon’.

To us, Muma Ganoush are the perfect band to book for a house party, delivering radiant, sonically-wondrous guitar-pop that would offer the perfect soundscapes for a lively backyard filled with mates, tinnies and buoyant chatter. Their 2020 debut album, The Big Beam, is one of the unearthed Melbourne gems of the pandemic period.

Then you’ve got Melbourne surf-rock and garage punk veterans Money For Rope, who’ve played major festivals across Australia and almost everywhere else in the world, toured Europe with Courtney Barnett (sleeping on audience’s floors) and released three massive LPs stretching all the way back to 2013, the latest of which – Picture Us – embraces all the distorted havoc of touring relentlessly for the best part of a decade.

Next up on the lineup is Twerps leader Martin Frawley teaming up with Steph Hughes from the legendary Dick Diver, a combo that have delivered some of the most excellent jangly noise-pop and dolewave indie rock to ever come out of Melbourne. Expect some revealing tunes from Frawley’s solo effort Undone at 31, which catalogued the demise of Twerps to devastating effect.

Then you have Ruby Soho from enigmatic Melbourne punk trio Bitch Diesel, who have played Gizzfest, Dark Mofo, numerous residencies at esteemed Melbourne venues and supported the likes of Cosmic Psychos. Plus rounding things out, local emerging alt-folk singer-songwriter Rhia Taranto.

No shortage of excellence on offer and it won’t cost you a cent. If you’re heading down, let them know how many beers to chuck in the fridge by RSVPing here.

Also, while you’re here, if you’re partial to some bluesy, Americana, Beatles-esque guitar tones dripping with Southern swagger then the Ballroom are actually doubling up on Sunday with the launch of Jeb Cardwell’s new record My Friend Defiance.

Mastered by Grammy award-winning Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Lucinda Williams, Liam Gallagher), My Friend Defiance features the likes of Kasey Chambers and Butch Norton (Eels, Lucinda Williams). We can think of far worse ways to let the week roll to an end.

Buy tickets to that one here.

This article was made in partnership with Brunswick Ballroom.