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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016

August 24, 2016 by Josh Forner
Article Series: Melting Pot's Top 4

Hello and welcome to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – where we bring you the 4 absolute must-see gigs in Melbourne this coming week.

We’re scouring deep and hard to find you the cream of the crop that live music in this town has to offer!

is no stranger to publicity, nor to touring Melbourne, and the Brisbane native returns to our most musical city to launch his brand new album, ‘Home State’ which has been recorded entirely in his Brisbane apartment.

Carty has been busy, toruing with the likes of Katie Noonan and Darren Hanlon alongside his own trips to the UK, Europe and NZ – all the while fitting in a wee wedding celebration between gigs. This album is post-marriage and completely self-produced and is presented in the true Jack Carty style.

GENRE: Folk, Acoustic
WHEN: Friday, 26/8 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Gasometer – Cnr Smith St & Alexandra Pde, Collingwood
COST: $20+bf/$25 door


GFieldsGEORGIA FIELDS would be a well-known name to the keen eyed Melbourne independent music goer, and with one album now in the books, the long-awaited second installment, entitled ‘Astral Debris’ is being let loose unto the world this Thursday at The Toff in Town.

A well-celebrated pop songstress, Fields’ emotion rides high through each performance and is certainly an artist to be treasured. Support from The Twoks and Howlite.

GENRE: Chamber Pop, Alt-Folk
WHEN: Thursday 25/8 @ 7 PM
WHERE: The Toff in Town – Curtin House, Swanston St, Melbourne
COST: $15+bf or $18 door


MattGlassYet another album launch, as Melting Pot stalwart, MATT GLASS presents his band, THE LOOSE CANNONS in setting their live album free this coming Sunday at Bar Open.

Being no stranger to the confines of Songwriters in the Round in the past, we just couldn’t resist giving this extremely hard-working and talented singer/songwriter a well-deserved plug! Joining Matt & the band for the celebrations are Adelaide’s The Winter Gypsy and Yasin Leflef

GENRE: Folk, Americana
WHEN: Sunday 28/8 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Bar Open – 317 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
COST: $5



KidCongoLegendary guitarist from The Cramps, Gun Club and The Bad Seeds, KID CONGO brings his band THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS back to Melbourne for a string of shows.

Following their first Australian tour in January 2015 which saw them sell out rooms across the country and playing the likes of Sydney Festival and SummerSalt, greasy, swamp rockers Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds return with new album in tow, “La Araña Es La Vida”

Support by Harry Howard and also The NDE

GENRE: Blues Rock, General Rock
WHEN: Saturday 27/8 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Caravan Music Club – 95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh
COST: From $32


…and that’s a wrap for this week’s gig guide from us here at Melting Pot! Keep your eyes peeled for more news and gig guide updates weekly. We’re looking forward to bringing you next week’s MELTING POT TOP 4.

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

Author Details

Josh Forner

Josh Forner is a folk/pop songwriter from Melbourne, Australia and Virginia, USA. Forner was born in Melbourne on July 2 1988, and spent the first 18 months of his life there before moving with his parents to the town of Reston in Virginia, USA. At the age of 3, Forner and his mother returned to Melbourne, where he has stayed ever since.

Josh sings of love, primarily (wow, what a shock right?), but also on his list of ‘hot topics’ are politics, famine, poverty and - of course – landscapes: the folk writer’s favourite.

He’s played with some of Melbourne’s stalwarts including Timothy Cannon, Bridget Pross, Mr Brady, Pro Rata, Gabriel Lynch & Kyle Taylor, and has contributed two of his tracks to non-profit compilation CDs in the past.

Josh’s repertoire continues to grow. He released his first album, a 10-track LP entitled ‘Leading to Nowhere’ at The Workers Club on May 28th, 2013. Forner has since returned to the studio to begin work on a 5-track solo EP to be released by the end of 2013. Following that, he has plans for album number two in 2014.

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