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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Tuesday, 17th January 2017

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!

is a UK native, now a fully-fledged adopted Melbournian, whose music needs to be seen rather than described. Using the inspiration of a true poet, Millington’s music challenges more than loss, love or politics. Instead he explores what it actually means to be alive, and what it means to be human.

His debut EP has been a long time coming, after racking up 7 years of performances across Melbourne and Europe, and ‘Being’ is… being… launched this weekend at Bella Union’s beautiful band room, with support from two Melting Pot alumni, Mon Shelford Band and Davy Simony.

GENRE: Folk/Pop, Soft Rock
WHEN: Saturday, 21/1 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Bella Union – Level 1, Trades Hall –
Cnr. Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton
$10 +bf / $15 door


Amber IslesAMBER ISLES wrap up their national album launch tour at Howler on Thursday night. The homegrown shoegaze/rock outfit has been one of the hardest gigging bands in Melbourne over the past few years and has evolved a huge amount since being Max Fotheringham’s solo bedroom-based project.

Support is strangely ALSO Mon Shelford Band and Davy Simony! Wow, who would have thought?!

Get down.

GENRE: Shoegaze, Post Rock
WHEN: Thursday, 19/11 @ 8 PM
WHERE: Howler – 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick
COST: $11 (incl. BF)


BRussBROOKE RUSSELL has made a massive splash ever since she burst onto the Melbourne indie scene a few years back, and with her captivating voice and superbly written country anthems, it’s no secret to understand why. We’ve been happy to accommodate her at Songwriters in the Round and would recommend her to any music lover!

PENY BOHAN joins her to open the night, with her quirky mix of soulful folk, pop and jazz influences. The sweetness in her voice is overtoned with the sultry nature of her heavy female soul influenced vocal delivery.

A duo that together, is not to be missed!

GENRE: Americana, Acoustic
WHEN: Wednesday 18/1 @ 7:45 PM
WHERE: The Drunken Poet – 65 Peel Street, West Melbourne



JEWJIMMY EAT WORLD: remember them? It just takes some time…

They are this year’s headline act at the Australian Open Live Stage and will be peforming on Friday night as the Australian leg of their world tour. All it will cost you is a ground pass for Friday at the Tennis, so you can get double your entertainment for your buck!

Jimmy Eat World were trailblazers in the Alt-Punk scene in the mid-90s and with a new album ‘Integrity Blues’ released last year, there will be plenty of new tunes mixed in with the old favourites.

GENRE: Alternative Rock
WHEN: Friday, 20/1 @ 6 PM
WHERE: Australian Open Live Stage – Birrarung Marr
COST: Aus Open Ground Pass for 20/1/17 (click for more info)


…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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