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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 11th October 2016

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!

joe-pugAmerican folk songwriter JOE PUG comes to arguably one of Melbourne’s best live music stages, The Spotted Mallard, to perform his one and only headline show here next Monday evening.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see Joe Pug live, up close and personal for a bargain-basement price.

Pug’s rise and rise has been near-on phenomenal, with the relentless touring that came with his prominence almost leading to Pug calling it quits just 3 years ago. But perseverance has paid off for the Maryland native, who has gone on to be invited to lineups like Lollapalooza, and touring with the likes of Steve Earle and M. Ward.

Support on the night from Freya Josephine Hollick.

GENRE: Folk, Singer/Songwriter
WHEN: Monday 17/10 @ 8 PM
WHERE: The Spotted Mallard – 314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
COST: $23.10 (incl. BF)


donDIAMONDS OF NEPTUNE are hitting the stage again in a big way with a round of shows at The Evelyn Hotel this month, having picked up the Wednesday residency.

Fast becoming indie-rock royalty in Melbourne, and with an expanding reputation across the country, including Triple M and Triple J airplay, they have certainly come a long way from featuring in Melting Pot’s own run of shows at ‘Livestock’.

With a follow-up EP in the works for these boys, now is a perfect chance to get along and get a taste of the new tunes.

Support this week from The Beauforts and Wire Bird

GENRE: Indie Rock, Dream Rock
WHEN: Wednesday 12/10 @ 8:30 PM
WHERE: The Evelyn – 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
COST: $10 (door)


cat-canteriCAT CANTERI
 is well-known for her talented drumwork behind folksters, The Stillsons, but she is also a singer/songwriter in her own right. She released her debut solo record – the full-length album ‘When We Were Young’ – in 2014, highlighting her blues-edged countrified rock sound.

Usually taking preference to the electric version of the guitar unlike many of her folk & country counterparts, this Sunday at the Union Hotel promises to be no different as she brings her band along for the show in support of the recently released EP, ‘Late at Night’

GENRE: Blues Rock, Country
WHEN: Sunday 16/10 @ 3:30 PM
WHERE: Union Hotel – 109 Union St, Brunswick



marlon-williamsOUT ON THE WEEKEND festival returns for 2016 at Williamstown’s Seaworks. Boasting 2 previous editions of the best acts in Alt-Country and Americana, the third instalment of this west-of-the-city fest promises more incredible acts and guaranteed fun!

With a lineup boasting MARLON WILLIAMS & THE YARRA BENDERS, LINDI ORTEGA, JOE PUG, ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS amongst others, you know you’re going to be completely spoiled for choice with this one. This is one of our picks of the week, so be sure to add it to your calendar!

GENRE: Festival (Country/Americana)
WHEN: Saturday, 15/10 @ 11:30 AM
WHERE: Seaworks Williamstown – 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
COST: from $99



…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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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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