St Kilda Rock Chronicle

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X @ The Espy Front Bar. Photo by Paul Conroy

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

Is it just us or has the last month been a bit of a blur? What happened? Where did it happen? Who did it happen to? Did our vigorous daggy dancing at the Bowling Club cause some sort of collective temporary amnesia?

Now, we’d usually focus on what’s coming up, but we read another comment recently with that sad old line ‘no live music happens in St Kilda anymore’, and our immediate response was, WTF!!!  In refute, we’re going to give you some highlights of all the brilliant gigs that have happened in the last month. So, take a deep breath. Here we go:

The Bitter Sweet Kicks brought their energetic blood, sweat and broken-glass style of chaotic rock to the Prince Bandroom, with a support line-up of some of Melbourne’s hottest young bands of the moment. Bastille Day brought a little bit of France and a huge day of music and performance to a happy sea of people at the Claypot’s Evening Star at the South Melbourne markets.  There were berets, European cheek kissing, and some of the perkiest tassels on a burlesque dancer that we’ve ever seen!

You’d have thought yourself lucky to find a spot in the crowded Pure Pop courtyard where Mikealengo has been serenading a full house with the sweet sounds of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash.  And don’t even get us started on The Twoks and The Little Bastards. King of the North started out on stage at Collage and have since moved onwards and upwards, playing a Monday residency in front of a crowded Espy Front Bar (that’s right, a packed bar at 10pm on a wintery Monday night!) Andy Swann Blues Band has been serenading the locals at Dog’s Bar on Thursday nights.  Normie Rowe rounded out a few hours of great live music including Lanie Lane, Tim Rogers and more at the annual Heart of St Kilda Concert for Sacred Heart Mission at The Palais.

Sunday sees live and local bands on the amazing refurbished GH Hotel stage, and you all know about the fabulous Sundays already on offer at The Espy, Lyrebird Lounge, The Post Office and Grocery Bar, and between the Caravan Club, Red Bennies, The Chandelier Room, The Butterfly Club, Pure Pop, Claypots and Lost for Words, well, like we said, live music south of the river ain’t dead yet.

So what’s coming up for August? Well, we’ve run out of space, so you’ll have to check out our website for more details. Oh, and did we mention that you can now submit your gigs to SKRC online? Go to for a bit of free publicity for your band.

That’s it for this month, dear readers. Just remember to raise your middle finger proudly to anyone who suggests live music ain’t here no more. Then turn on your tail and get out there dammit, there’s music playing!


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