This weeks gig Aug 15th

Another big week of gigs coming at you this week… with world renowned guitar player Albert Lee stopping in at the basement on Thursday night with local guitar hero James Southwell. Actually the basement seems to have really come through with the goods this week with a huge fest on Saturday featuring a whole heap of local bands and talent and on Sunday Aussie metal giants Psycroptic dropping by as well with locals Inhuman Remnants supporting.


Thursday 16th Aug

Dalmacia EP Launch @Transit with Signs and Symbols, Powder Blue, Lefty and HYG EVENT LINK

Albert Lee @ The basement – legendary guitar player (ex Eric Clapton) with support from James Southwell EVENT LINK

Lachlan Mackenzie Quartet @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Friday 17th Aug

Perverts Again @ Phoenix Perverts Again (USA) with Dog Name, AAF and New Age Group EVENT LINK

Rage Against the Machine / Pearl Jam tribute night @The Basement EVENT LINK

Hekka @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Saturday 18th Aug

Death by Carrot @Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK (1pm Show)

Ricky Force @ The Pot Belly EVENT LINK

DOPE RIFF FEST @ the Basement – Killer line up of local talent, bands and dancers including: HYG, The New Party, Mule, Odysseus Reborn, Second Sun, HighView, Death By Carrot, The Barren Spinsters, Sarky Bastard , Flash Anthem, Empress Eyrie, Siân Brigid, Lizzy Van Der Kray EVENT LINK

Sunday 19th Aug

Psychroptic @ The basement – Australian Death metal band Psychroptic with supports Archspire (USA) and Inhuman Remnants (act) EVENT LINK

Lanks @ The Transit EVENT LINK

Monday 20th Aug

Magic Rob @ Phoenix (Botleg session gig) with MOG, Gregs Intervention and Alec Randles EVENT LINK



This week in gigs! August 8th

As another weekend of gig going and general merriment draws upon us its time to suss out what’s going on this weekend! Here’s what we’ve found:

Pick for the biggest party of the week would have to be Giants of Metal pt 2 at the Basement, these things tend to sell out (or at least come close) so make sure you book in advance if you intend to go!!!


Charlotte and the Harlot @ Phoenix w/ Ride for Rain, Slow Dial and Lefty

FRIDAY 10th Aug:

Giants of metal @ the Basement: featuring local bands doing covers of metal greats such as Metallica, Slayer, Korn and Black Sabbath EVENT LINK

Tired Minds, Snake Pit, Fatalist, Masochist and Fight Milk @ The Phoenix

Zambezi Sounds @ Smiths Alternative Bookshop EVENT LINK

SATURDAY 11th Aug:

Panik , Clarity of Chaos, Mattershpere and Psionic Tide @ The Basement EVENT LINK

Slagatha Chistie CD Launch @ The Phoenix w/ Turn South, Sarky Bastard and Jamie Leone EVENT LINK 

Motherfunk @ The Transit w/The Wumpaz, Nic Cage and the Bad Seats EVENT LINK

Dane Overtone & The Joy Williams Band @ Smiths Alternate Bookshop EVENT LINK

MONDAY 13th Aug:

Bootleg sessions at the Phoenix EVENT LINK



Another week of awesomeness comin’ at you … And great to see another sold out show at The Basement! There’s some life in our local (touring level) bands yet! Also The waterfront in Moyura is getting into the action once again, providing an excuse to exercise the time honoured tradition of pissing off down the coast for the weekend.

Thursday 2nd August

Viktor Rufus @ Smiths Alternate(jazz) EVENT LINK

Friday 3rd August

Cancer Council Fundrasier @ the Transit Bar feat: Chud, Red Arja, Fatt Controller and Space Party EVENT LINK

The Fuellers @ The Pheonix (Pub Games of Stupidity) EVENT LINK

The Preatures @ The Basement (sold out) EVENT LINK


Saturday 4th August

Hiddent intent/ Hostel / Inebriator and Clarity of Chaos @The waterfront hotel, Moyura (Metal gig) EVENT LINK

Regurgitator @ The Basement w/ Glitoris and The Stress of Leisure EVENT LINK

Zackerbilks @ Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK

Gen A@ The Transit Bar (Taxonomy CD Launch) with Neon Honey and The Kingstons EVENT LINK



Monday 6th Aug

Bootleg Sessions @The Pheonix feat: Electric Tommy Johnston, MOG, Mach81, Hannah Blackburn EVENT LINK





This weeks gigs July 25th!

Its been a cold week, but that’s OK… its heating up in your local band scene… but there’s still some great gigs on for your bad selves to check out …. My pick of the week is going to the cover bands this week with the IRON MAIDEN and QUEEN bands both taking my picks of the week on the (Thursday and Saturday nights respectively) They’re all well known local musicians putting on great shows that will definitely be worth checking out. Though Rockabilly night at the Old Canberra Inn is looking to be a treat as well! And Get this … something for the kids with a return to gigs at the Woden Youth Centre!!! Yeah!



Live Evil @ The basement (Iron maiden / hard rock/metal tribute band) EVENT LINK



Los Chavos @at the Phoenix EVENT LINK

WYC band Night @ Woden Youth Centre featuring: Rebecca-Maree, Faceless, Boroky, Hymnn and the New Party EVENT LINK




Stone Cold Crazies @ Pot Belly (Fatt Controller doing a Queen Tribute) EVENT LINK

Tijuana Cartel @ The Basment EVENT LINK

Rockabilly Rampage @ The Old Canberra Inn featuring: The Flying Squad (ACT), The Get Downs (ACT) Fuelers (ACT) and West Texas Crude (BRIS) EVENT LINK

GIVE WAY! Minifest @ The Phoenix featuring a huge lineup of bands like Yoko Ohno, Cognisant, Flash Anthem, Black Heart and heaps more (best check the EVENT LINK for more info)




Got some great little gigs coming up this week! I think the party of the week gig will be the Monsters of Rock show down at the Hellenic Club, and Polaris at the basement will be ace as well, though only if you already have a ticket as its sold out! Well done Basement!  Anyway still heaps of other things to see if you weren’t in early so get out amongst it this week!


Carb on Carb at the Pheonix w/ Plastic Plants and Dog Name EVENT LINK


Zambezi Sounds at the Pheonix – African Music EVENT LINK

Polaris at the Basement (EVENT HAS SOLD OUT) EVENT LINK

Melbourne Cans at the Basement with the Tropes and Dalmacia EVENT LINK 


Phenomenal Women in Song at Austrian-Australian Club in Mawson – Fundraiser for the White Ribbon Group EVENT LINK

Lathams Grip at the pheonix w/ Brother Be, String Elephants and Hopeless Youth Group EVENT LINK

Monsters of Rock at the Hellenic Club Woden – Covers gig featuring bands playing tunes by Poison, INXS, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi EVENT LINK

Toehider and Troldhaugen at the Basement 10th Anniversary tour! EVENT LINK


Key Grip at Smiths Alternate EVENT LINK






Angry Anderson - Blood Sweat and Beers

GIGS THIS WEEK! July 12th – 19th



Blood Sweat and Beers Feat: Angry Anderson and past members of Rose Tattoo, ACDC, Screaming Jets and more belting out some classic Rock Covers at the basement LINK:

Lower Body (single launch) at the Pheonix LINK


ACDC Tribute night – Harmonie German Club EVENT LINK

Slow Dial, an Inconvenient Groove at the pheonix, civic LINK

80’s Tribute night at the basment featuring covers of Queen, Michael Jackson, Guns n Roses and heaps more LINK

Hostel, Aberact and more at the Canberra Club – 51 Blackall st Barton (metal gig) LINK

Jeff Martin (Tea Party main man) at the basement LINK




Hope all you guys and gals are doing well…. It looks like another great week for the canberra gig scene! GIG of the week would have to be Veruca Salt of course but lets face it you’re either going to that one by now…. or you’re not so maybe if you’re not go check out local horror at the phoenix tonight they are always a great show!



Varuca Salt and the Lemonheads @The Royal Theatre FB LINK

Local Horror, The Filthy Darlings and Damien Ashcroft FB LINK


Grunge Night @the Basement feat; The Pretty Bones, Telephones for Eyes, Click Cult and Organic mechanic FB LINK


Adaptors “Crystal Eye” @The Basement with Breeding Audacity and Space Party FB LINK


VeeBees @the Pheonix with Meatbeaters and Fat and the Dickie Birds FB LINK


Another huge week for the heavier side of things this week with Israeli band Viscera Trail and English Metal legends Venom making their first ever trips to Australia! Also intererstingly enough the first gig I’ve ever heard of at the Food Co-op in Action this could be interesting too!

Tuesday 20th Feb

Viscera Trail @the basement w/ Terravorous and Blight Worms (only $10 entry)  FB LINK

Wednesday 21st Feb

Acoustic Pints @the Pheonix with Jim Dusty, Beth Monzo, PJ Johnson and Kopasetic

A Southern Jaunt @the Basement featuring Talisen / Mattersphere / Odysseus Reborn / Symptoms Persist / Cognisant

Thursday 22nd Feb

Venom inc (UK) @the basement … Legendary metal band that influenced Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer first time Down Under w/ Desecrator  and local lads Reign of Terror FB LINK

Friday 23rd Feb

Black Swamp / flaming Wreckage @the basement with Maris King and Deprivation FB LINK

Los Chavos @the Pheonix

Saturday 24th Feb

The King Hits and the Feullers @the Pheonix 

Big Birthday Bash @ The basement Lions of the underground / Reign of terror / Lycanthrope / Cockbelch / Path of victory / Terravorous / Black mountain / Eviserate the crown FB LINK

Wednesday 28th Feb

Acoustic Soup @the Food Co-op (Kingsley st Acton) with Kopasetic, Michael Misa, and Tom Brodrick



Well… This week the Front Bar / Cafe  in Lyneham is changing hands …. Though I get the feeling that has already happned so you’ll have to get along there soon and see what the new owners have in store for the place….  was a cool little joint, though I have to confess I didn’t get out there much, it was cool the few times I did go there.

In other news Smiths Alternate Bookstore seem to be about to expand over the newsagent that used to be next door, I like this venue and I like what Nigel does, great to see it getting bigger and better! Kudos!

This week doesn’t seem to be a lot going on except for METAL!!! Both happening at the basement of course and both internationally recognised bands that are sure stop those metal cravings if you’re that way inclined

Also just wanted to say things seem to be going well at this here old blog! If you’re involved in the Canberra Music industry and want to advertise your big gig, venture or business with us mesg us on our facebook page,,,, rates are really cheap and we’ve got a pretty focused group of followers who actually do tend to go out to shows, reading this!~ Canberra gigs on Facebook 


NeObliviscaris (vic) Circles and Immorium @The Basement FB LINK

Tim McMillan and Rachel Snow @Smiths FB LINK


Cattle Decapitation (USA) Psychroptic (tas) with Wretch @the  basement FB LINK 


Monkey Brain

Another week of musical goodness for you! Been looking ahead for the next few weeks of posts and we’ve got some great stuff coming up so keep your ears to the ground for some great (and really big nights coming up soon)

Thursday 1st Feb

Silentia @the basement – Rock / Metal covers done with acoustic sensibilities (pretty sure this is free to get into ) FB LINK

Friday 2nd Feb

Monkey Brain @ Powerhouse cafe Funky stuff! (Heydon pl.Evatt) NOTE early start 5:30-7:30 FB LINK

Kath and Ross @ The Durham (Kingston) FB LINK

Monday Feb 5th

Chasing Nimbus @Casey (not sure of location) FB LINK