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Melting Pot’s Top 4: Cup Weekend Special

October 30, 2016 by Josh Forner
Article Series: Melting Pot's Top 4

Hello and welcome to another installation of ‘Melting Pot’s Top 4’ – this week, we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to the Halloween/Melbourne Cup long weekend, where two celebrations combine as one for some unforgettable live music shows around town.

amazing blend of countrified blues and simple, swinging 50’s rock ‘n’ roll is a particularly unique sight and sound to behold. Following a successful debut EP, ‘Aloha, Au Revoir,’ she launches the title track of her upcoming EP, ‘Howl,’ on Sunday night at the historic and beautiful Bella Union.

She will be performing with a full band, special guests, and support from SKYSCRAPER STAN; with DJ’s long into the night.

GENRE: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues
WHEN: Sunday 30/10 @ 8PM
WHERE: Bella Union – Lvl 1, Trades Hall,
Cnr Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton
COST: 12+bf/$15 door



jd-shallow-gravesJOHN DOE AND THE SHALLOW GRAVES team up with Melting Pot Favourite, Jakksen Fish and his band THE JACKRABBITS and OFF TO BATTLE to bring you ‘Murder at Tago,’ an extremely spooky Halloween gig at Tago Mago.

Mixing the dark, rocking style of The Shallow Graves’ murder ballads with the energetic intensity of The Jackrabbits and the heavy and almost classic goth stylings of Off to Battle (think Bauhaus…) this incedibly well-defined show guarantees to raise the dead and scare the pants off of any living creature.

Dress-ups are essential and Jack-o-Lanterns highly advised.

GENRE: Heavy Rock, Alternative Rock
WHEN: Monday, 31/10 @ 7:30 PM
WHERE: Tago Mago – 744 High St, Thornbury


ouchThe Northcote Social Club’s Monday Night Mass event shifts to Melbourne Cup Tuesday this week for a free-entry free-for-all with 4 bands adorning the famous stage from mid-afternoon.

OUCH MY FACE headline a star-studded lineup with their ‘uniquely Melbournesque’ punk sound, with support from PALE HEADS, TV HAZE and JENNY MCK from Cable Ties.

Food & drink specials available on the day, with an early finish for the Wednesday work-conscious.  A perfect recipe for post-Halloween/Cup Eve Zombie Apocalypse… which is obviously a euphemism for massive hangover.

GENRE: Indie Rock, Punk
WHEN: Tuesday, 1/11 @ 3 PM
WHERE: Northcote Social Club – 301 High St, Northcote


dmf-jpghThe 20th anniversary of the DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST continues through this weekend and on to the 6th of November.

Celebrating any and every style of music you can possibly imagine, the DMF is one of Melbourne’s richest artistic programs, and now in its 20th year, continues to go from strength to strength, with plenty of individual shows, competitions, seminars, discussion groups, workshops and more.

Don’t miss your opportunity to explore the diverse and magnificent aural splendour on offer throughout the community of Darebin.

GENRE: Festival
WHEN: Every Day through 6/11
WHERE: Multiple Venues throughout Darebin
COST: Varies


…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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