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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Wednesday, 3rd February 2017

Image: Photo by WILK, Make up: Dana Leviston, Art Direction: Amy Burows
February 2, 2017 by Liam Dixon
Article Series: Melting Pot's Top 4
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Hello and welcome back to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – thanks so much for sticking with us as we continue to 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!




THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY head to the Toff in Town to officially release their song “Things Fall Apart” which will also appear on their upcoming album. The song was released online on the 9th of November 2016 – the day after Donald Trump’s election victory:  “This wasn’t part of our album release plan. But events have forced our hand. This track just feels too relevant to hold back.” Matt Wickling wrote when uploading the song to facebook last year.  

Joining The General Assembly will be JEFFERS LIMIT and SHIVER CANYON.  It promises to be a night to remember.  As The General Assembly say: “Music is important.  Never moreso.” Hear hear we say!

GENRE: Alternative / Indiepop
WHEN: Saturday, 4/2 @ 7PM
WHERE: The Toff, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
COST: $12+bf




One of Australia’s most unique musical talents, MIRIAM LIEBERMAN launches her new album Full Circle in Melbourne with a show at The Caravan Music Club, this Sunday afternoon.

Lieberman plays with her trio – violinist Lara Goodridge (FourPlay/Baby et Lulu) and bassist/singer Liz Frencham, who add sublime string arrangements and lush vocal harmonies. Also appearing on the afternoon will be Melbournes West African dance troupe Wasawumba.

For those of you that have not come across Lieberman and her trio before, she plays the kora – a 21-stringed West African Harp – which blends together with classical strings and a western folk/pop sensibility. Lieberman’s rich, soulful voice takes her audience through an exploration of love, feminism and the different shades of human experience.

GENRE: World / Folk
WHEN: Sunday 5/2 @ 3:00 PM
WHERE: Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh Victoria
COST: $25/$20/ under 12s are free!



GRIM FAWKNER is an itinerant minstrel, whose acoustic works range from upbeat folk/country, to soulful balladry, with elements of blues, pop & indie thrown in.  He is a self taught guitarist and vocalist and has toured extensively across Australia and the rest of the world.  Having played at Melting Pot events for for almost 10 years now (and as recently as last December) it’s safe to say he is not one to miss when you get the chance!

With a powerfully captivating and distinctive voice, ALANA JAGT is able to engage her audience with haunting vocal melody lines and heartfelt performance. She is a singer/songwriter who writes and performs pop-infused folk songs or, if you prefer; folk infused pop songs, with a generous pinch of alt-country twang thrown in for taste. Alana spent the last few years performing as one half of Adelaide folk harmony group Buffalo Boyfriend before going out to perform solo in early 2016. Alana performs on her own and with her six piece band Alana Jagt and Moses Jones.  She is currently finalising her debut solo release and is someone to definitely keep your eye on.

TYRESWANS is a band that has largely remained imaginary since its initial imagining some time last century. Luke has been a member of many prominent Adelaide bands having played Big Day Out with his previous bands ‘Central Deli Band’ and ‘The Wateslides’ as well as having supported big names such as The Avalanches, Gerling and the Presets with those acts. In 2017 Luke is working on solo projects under the name ‘Tyreswans’ with a release scheduled for later in the year.

WHEN: Sunday, 5/2 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Bar 303, 303 High Street, Northcote, Victoria, Australia 3070
COST: $10 at the door





OLYMPIA is the creative project of Melbourne based singer songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bartley, who drives a mix of widescreen sweep, rich harmonies and dissonant minimal guitar.

This Friday NGV Friday Nights host Olympia where she will perform songs from her latest album Self Talk, a Triple J Feature Album which went on to gain critical acclaim. Olympia’s sound is immersive, with heart-stopping melodies and rich soundscapes, which majestic power that bellies the artist’s feather-light voice.  And being at the NGV, you can combine it with seeing some of the latest exhibitions including David Hockney and Viktor & Rolf Fashion Artists. Win-win!

GENRE: Pop / Art Rock
WHEN: Friday 3/2 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: National Gallery of Victoria – 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne
COST: From $30 (+bf online) $35 at the door



…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.

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Liam Dixon

Liam is the founder and director of Melting Pot. Once a regular performer at Melting Pot events as the writer / frontman for local band Creatures of Karma, these days Liam works as a commercial lawyer by day. When hes not busy doing lawyer stuff or with Melting Pot, Liam loves to write, play and record his own music and see the odd gig around town.

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