St Kilda Rock Chronicle March 2012

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The St Kilda Rock Chronicle (SKRC) is a local street press and gig listing that promotes the alternative live music scene in St Kilda and surrounds. This column is a tiny snippet of our latest musings and misadventures…

So how has your summer been travelling so far dear readers?  I know many of you have been out and about cherishing the plethora of summer gigs and festivals.  Those of us lucky enough to have holidays have had the extra special treat of late night gigs without the looming guilt of a harder than usual workday to follow!

The music community is busy working on a project to name the laneway between Jackson St and Eildon Rd after iconic St Kilda music legend Rowland S Howard.  Who’s Rowland you ask?  Well if you don’t know, get Google-ing or check out the film Autoluminescent; Rowland’s massive contribution to music started here, in our very own St Kilda, and went on to impact the world. Head down to Pure Pop, Record Paradise or Greville Records to sign the petition or jump onto the Facebook community page to give your support!

Rowland S. Howard recently lost his battle with liver cancer.

Check out the march issue of the Rock Chronicles for full listings, but here are some gigs to watch out for in March – The Crystal Ballroom reunion 3rd March at St Kilda Bowls Club from 3.30pm will feature PONY GIRL AND THE OUTSIDERS, BUGDUST, COLD HARBOUR. Check out URGE OVERKILL at The Espy on 8th March.  We’re happy to note that the legends of Saturday afternoon fun, THE CLIP CLOP CLUB, have returned to the George Hotel (old Snakepit) Saturdays from 5-7pm!

The St Kilda Live Music Community has also been busy.  Last month Helen and Quincy visited us with an update on SLAM and the work towards protection for areas recognised as important ‘cultural clusters’. Two years on from the biggest cultural protest Australia has ever seen, Thursday 23rd Feb saw the national celebration of live music at the SLAM day event. Work is underway all over Melbourne at all levels of government lobbying for changes to create a planning environment that will mean existing venues won’t be impacted by noise complaints from new neighbours.

With residential developments popping up all along Acland and Fitzroy St we think it’s important to move quickly to get planning protection for our late night venues (similar to that set up in fortitude valley Brisbane).  Interested in getting involved? Come along to the next SKLMC meeting on 5 March, 6.30pm at Dogs Bar.

Well that’s all for us this month dear readers, as Campbell from the Lyrebird says when asked, “What does live music mean to you? “… Just get out there dammit, there’s music playing!

Find SKRC online at or in print at various venues, shops and cafes around St Kilda. Email us at


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