No Money Weekend

No Money Weekend

The essential nation-wide cheapskates' event guide.

Our team of thrifty spend-less pros have whipped up a larger-than-usual selection of activities for your ANZAC Day long weekend. Things to do in every State, whatever financial state you're in.

(Image: Sasha Mademuaselle)



Unless this has all been some sick PR joke, the Bakery is almost closed. Sad yes. On the flipside, this means that there are heaps of cheapish events each weekend to celebrate the iconic venue, including an event this Friday hosted by monthly dance heroes Methods of Movement and Gong With The Wind. The final gong will resonate with a tasty local line-up over two stages including Leaving, Basic Mind, Leafy Suburbs, Mudlark, Mei Saraswati and Lower Spectrum (DJ Set). Unified with Melbourne DJ Edd Fisher and a troop of legendary local selectors (Toni Yotzi, Jeff Jackson) in the Methods room, this is going to be an un-missable night. Satisfy your late night cosmic disco craves at the Bakery. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri Apr 24, 8pm-late, The Bakery, 233 James St Northbridge. $10. More info here . Get tix here.


 Above: DJ Edd Fisher (Melb)


Brighton label Donky Pitch had its beginnings as a Brighton-based club night, promoting modern mutations of hip hop and colourful synth-driven, stripped-down bass music. It's now taken its parties across the world, headlined by internationals like Slugabed and Alex Nut, and evolved into an excellent record label. Scottish producer Tom Banks, aka Lockah, is one of the most promising acts on the label - a young DJ and producer from Scotland who is in a similar electronic ballpark to Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. Catch him bringing his synth majesty to Good Shepherd this Sunday, supported by Donky Pitch label co-founder Grinel, as well as Bixxler (Lucidity/RTRFM Full Frequency), Pilerats mate Austy (Time Pilot) and more. - Dani Marsland

When & Where: Good Shepherd, Oxford St (lane way to the left of Ria), Leederville. Sun Apr 26. Tickets $15 from here.


Above: Lockah (UK) 


Granted it’s not raining, the outdoors is the best way to spend the precious long weekend. For a true ‘no-money’ field day, try Geocaching. This mysterious activity has been happening around the world since 2000, and involves using your phone’s GPS to locate ‘Geocaches’ at various locations around the world. A Geocache is typically a waterproof container hidden at a random location that might have any variation of deposited objects or notes. There are 759 known Geocaches in and around the Perth area so you’re spoilt for choice with location and each Geocache will have something unique inside. After you sign up, the Geocache map shows where all your local hotspots are and you’d be surprised how many Geocaches there are nearby. You might find some freaky knick-knacks for your living room so totally worth a shot if you’re game. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Recommend Geocache adventures during the day unless you like that Nightcrawler vibe and froth walking around in the dark. Sign up for a free Geocache account and find out morehere.

ZHO #116

Feeling a little apathetic on Monday's public holiday? For our lovers of the arts, here’s an easy way to spend zero money and still get out and about on hibernation day. Perth artist and events agencyTura New Music is hosting Club Zho #116 at the ‘The Bunker’ in Mt Hawthorn, aka local pizza den Neighbourhood Pizza (lords of very tasty pizza). Heal your post-Sunday session woes with an eclectic evening featuring exhibitions and music from Sydney audio visual artist Austin Buckett. Buckett is known for his unique audio art and conceptual albums, in particular the rhythmic, texture-heavy Grain Loops recordings, which he recorded in Banff, Canada. He will be joined on the night by Patrick Quick and Chris Cobilis exhibiting their own extraordinary work. Better than just bunking in and watching the newest Game of Thrones episode right? – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Mon Apr 27, 7.30 pm, The Bunker, Anvil Lane, Mount Hawthorn. Free. More infohere.

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Above: Club Zho



If you’re one to dabble in the Queen Victoria market, its worth taking a quick detour from the old, grey men screaming, “Dollar a bag!” and checking out the Little Sparrow Market in Shed C this Sunday. Little Sparrow is a row of stalls carefully curated by local designers, makers and artists. All products are ethically made, so you can double up on feeling like a half-decent citizen after buying your fresh produce (even though we all know what you got up to last night…) – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: Sun 26 Apr, 9:30am – 3:30pm. Shed C, Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne. Free entry.


Get ready to lose your shit over cheap, delicious food: CERES is holding the annual Vegan Bake Sale. Whether you’re a real life vegan, or you’re just looking for a healthy excuse to load carb-filled treats into your belly (hey, if it’s good for the environment it must be good for your waistline), this is an event worth sinking your teeth into. If you’re keen to get your hands dirty there will also be free workshops, including a how to make vegan sausage (why the frankfurter not?) and coconut fetta (it’s a thing). Make a day of it: bring a picnic rug, bring your dog, bring your boo, bring your Mum. – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: Sun 26 Apr, 11am – 5pm. CERES Environment Park, Cnr Rberts St and Stewart St, Brunswick East. Free.


If you’re keen on a quiet afternoon stroll and a geez at some local art, it is worth stopping in at Tinning Street Gallery for Ross Vaughn’s exhibition, Nosebleed. The exhibition features portraits, wherein Vaughn magnifies intimate moments, creating a hyper-realistic representation of his subject. His intention is for the portraits to edge into the grotesque, he obscures their detail with wide and confident brush strokes. These beautiful faces are left vacuumed in a fleshy or black void, leaving you without the entire picture but giving you just enough to ponder on for the rest of your Sunday afternoon. – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: Open all weekend, 11am – 5pm. Tinning Street Gallery, 5/29 Tinning St, Brunswick. Free entry.



Above: A work by Ross Vaughn


There’s a strange, sickening joy that comes from eating something so spicy you can’t think straight, or taste anything aside from pain. To the joy of anyone subscribing to the Niagra Falls school of pouring hot sauce onto things, the B.East is doing a Ring of Fire! Chilli Chowdown. They’ve teamed up with Changz Hot Sauce and Melbourne Hot Sauce to concoct a food and cocktail menu bound to make all mouths recoil in terror, meanwhile Two Birds and Holgate Brewery have jumped on board with chilli beer. Rockabilly tunes by Hank’s Jalopy Demons from 9pm, DJs all day, chilli intensity ratings from ‘Ring of Fire’ to ‘Now you’re infertile’. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat April 25, 12pm B.East, 80 Lygon St, Brunswick East. Free entry.


Before Richard Linklater spent 12 years making Boyhood, and before he directed Jack Black inSchool of Rock (seriously, that was him) and before he made roughly a thousand films with Ethan Hawke, he pretty much kicked off the 1990s American indie film movement with Slacker. It’s a seminal, totally wonderful bit of celluloid disguised as a meandering, plotless day-in-the-life look at misfits in Texas talking about nothing. So yeah, props to Aevoe Cinema for screening it at Howler for nearly-90s-era prices. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sun April 26, 2pm Howler, 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick. $12.


Above: Slacker


The eternal struggle: the urge to have something of a Sunday session before facing the real world, while also being aware of how much you spent the previous couple of days. Hot tip: take a tenner down the 86 tram line to Pallino. The Thornbury bar does Sunday Spritz and Sliders weekly. The latter for $6, the former for $3. They also do laid back vibes in the courtyard, an adorable bar dog, and also bocce. It might make returning to work even worse, but you know – cross that bridge when you come to it. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sun April 26, 12pm Boney, 790 High Street Thornbury. Spritz $6, sliders $3.



The Big Fashion Sale is the perfect time to stock up on clothes you don’t know you need…yet.  The Sale will have pieces from labels such as Watson X Watson, Maurie & Eve and Friend of Mine. This four-day event is a unique boutique clearance of all-Australian fashion designers selling past season collections, samples and one offs. If this is your first clothing sale event, prepare to throw some elbows and try on clothes in front of strangers. I would suggest leaving boyfriends at home but if they’re any good at heavy lifting, they might come in handy. –Sam Garcia

When & Where: Thurs 23 April – Sun 26 April, 8am-5pm, 74 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. Free entry.


You usually associate house parties with goon sacks, broken vases and a little visit from the cops just past midnight. The Social and the Local’s ANZAC Day party will have none of those but promises to do much better. Neel Kolhatkar will be doing his standup; along with Acaddamy, Jesabel, NEMØ and JaySounds on the decks, it promises to be an epic day. There will even be some 2up in true ANZAC Day style. With three rooms of music and one huge game of 2up, I’m sure we can overlook the fact that there won’t be ‘goon of fortune’ or a pet we can “accidentally” get drunk. –Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sat 25 April, 12pm till midnight, Greenwood Hotel, 36 Blue St, North Sydney. $10 general admission. Details here for cheaper entry.


Since the release of his debut album Exits mid last year, Steve Smyth has played at both Austin’s SXSW and Byron Bay’s Blues & Roots Festival. Now he is back on home soil and, along with the Outlaws, will be headlining bigger venues than ever before. This will be your last chance to see this unforgettable show in Oz before Smyth heads over to Europe on tour. The show is worth seeing, even if just for the sole purpose of trying to use one genre of music to describe Smyth’s unique sound. – Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sat 25 April, from 8pm, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Sydney. $12 tickets + booking fee. Buy them here.



For those unlucky enough to miss out on the hip-hop infused block party vibes that the old One Day Sundays used to provide, now they’re back in a much bigger way. Leaving their old residence at the Vic on the Park to take up a monthly residence at the Factory Theatre, the last Sunday of every month will see some of Sydney’s finest hip-hop/RnB DJ’s to start the new weekend right. Also, part of your pre-sale tickets will go towards White Ribbon, so that’s good too. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sun Apr 26, 1pm. Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville. Tix from $10.

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Frankie’s Pizza has taken Sydney by storm recently, offering up cheap grog, live music and great pizza by the slice just like the wet dreams of anyone obsessed with the 90s. If hip-hop isn’t your thing, all for the bargain price of nothing you can enjoy the thrash-tastic stylings of Batfoot!, Disentegrator, Ska-Punk lads Cap a Capo and the gloriously named ebolagoldfish. Yep, ebolagoldfish. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sun Apr 26, 6pm. Frankie’s Pizza, 50 Hunter St, Sydney. Free.


Opening on Thursday and continuing through till May 3rd, Photo + Graphy is the latest visual showcase to come out of Glebe’s Interlude Gallery. Through the hard work of six of Sydney’s most talented young contemporary photographers, the show looks to provide a bit of a glimpse into the subject matter and technique behind a hobby that is becoming more popular and interactive every year. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Fri & Sat, 11am-5pm. Interlude Gallery, 11/131-145 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe. Free.



If you're a fan of Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death or Sepultura, get familiar with Melbourne death metal act Headless. Their sound has been described as "a hurricane of growling vocals laid over hundred mile and hour drumming, and punctuated by bone chillingly haunting guitar riffs". Impressive. They bring the brutality to Hobart this weekend - one of only two shows they'll do in Tasmania this year, so get in on their skull-splintering sounds while you can. Hobart's The Absolution Sequence are also set to shatter the stage, with fellow locals Lab A and Scoparia warming up the mosh. - Dani Marsland
When & Where: Sat Apr 25, 9pm. Republic Bar, 299 Elizabeth St, Hobart. $10 on door.


If you enjoy perusing contemporary artwork while overlooking beautiful views of Hobart then this is your jam. James Turrell presents an extraordinary exhibition of light and space via his sunrise/sunset installation Amarna at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) rooftop. Brief 30-minute sequences outside the museum’s hours at 6am or 5.30pm harness the power of breaking light between night and day – so make sure you are nice and timely. Described as ‘what God would do if He decided to build a gazebo’, amazing city views accompany this spectacular and perceptual public art. Bring some snacks and a buddy and enjoy dat view. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Everyday, 6am/5.30pm. Rooftop, Museum of Old and New Art, 655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart. Free. Find out more here.

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Warm up with food, drinks and friends at Friendly Potential, an old fashioned Sunday session hosted by Matterhorn Auckland in the courtyard. Enjoy that ‘No work on Monday’ disco vinyl feel with a revolving selection of slick Auckland and Wellington DJ’s including Frank Booker, Sifty and Ralphhimself, Tom, Sean and Gus. With a good old Sunday roast (of the delicious kind) starting from 4, this sounds like a damn perfect deal for all you thrifty readers. Boogie down.  – Charles Douglas

Where & When: Sun Apr 26, 4pm, Matterhorn Auckland, 37 Drake Street, Auckland. Free entry. More info here.



Thrillhouse, who next month will host creative genius Nick Allbrook from Pond, are launching into their April event in full force with live appearance from Red Light Sound, Favour the Brave (seriously the dopest band ever) and The Lost Show. Although there is a cover charge of *gasps* ten dollars, you will also find a smattering of drink specials to accompany the live music. This includes $5 Lager pints, $6 Vodkas, $14 Coopers Lager & Cider jugs, $6 Cuba Libres, $15 Sangria jugs and all syrup super squishy's. I for one don’t know what super squishy’s are. Seems legit. – Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat April 25, The Ed Castle, 233 Currie Street, Adelaide. ($10)


Do you like Prawn themed Punk rock? Do you even understand what Prawn themed Punk rock is? Neither do I but the leading (and only name) in prawn punk King Krill will be bringing their live show to the Worldsend Hotel on the 25th of April along with The Violet Crams and Second of Season. King Krill are a band I have never seen but am constantly haunted by their guerrilla advertisement in the form of stickers in every fucking pub, club and footpath you’ve ever seen. How underground. Also $6 Corona’s. Brought to you by Twisted Echidna Bookings. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat April 25, Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley Street Adelaide. (Free Entry)


Do you know how hard it is to think of these titles for each cheap gig in the guide? You start running out of ideas pretty quickly. Fortunately the poster Saturday nights Ancient World Shindig is Hulk Hogan with a chef hat holding a head on platter. On stage you’ll be treated to Kitten Kong, Vic Conrad & The 1st & 3rd and EMU for an eclectic range of psychedelic blues and formally advertised toe tapping fun. If you’ve been a read of No Money Weekend guide since the inception of its Adelaide component you will know that Ancient World is always a hot ticket. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat April 25, Ancient World, 116a Hindley Street Adelaide. (Free Entry)

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Hah! Hah! See what I did there? Groovin the Mooch! I’m going to pat myself on the back. Obviously you are all too cheap and swindle-y to have purchased tickets to Groovin the Moo. Fortunately for you there is a free and official after party being held at Laneway the Third. With $5 Vodkas, $8 cocktails, mixing duties from Leah Mencell and the promise of appearances from some Groovin’ the Moo lineup alumni you’ll be laughing (periodically at the memory of my hilarious wordplay). Just get in early as the line for this is going to be insane. 9:00pm start. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat April 25, Laneway, 121 Hindley Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)


Colab Adelaide is a you-guessed-it, collaboration between chef Michael Proud and local coffee roaster Dawn Patrol. After being open for a few weeks of business Colab will finally be hosting a launch party featuring wine by the lovely Delinquente Wine Co, beer by Pikes Beer Company, and a selection of pinxos by chef Mike Proud himself. Here is the drawcard: There is a free wine tasting before 6:30pm. If you taste five different wines you’ve almost got yourself a free glass, and a lot of interest to feign in an artform you probably know nothing about. But heck, free wine! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri April 24, Colab ADL, 1 King William Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)


The only gig in the Adelaide segment of the No Money Weekend Guide that features a massive female line up of musicians and performers! Catch Anya Anastasia, Orelia, the enchanting Joy & Sparkes AND the Bird Wisdom Cabaret troupe performing at the Crown & Sceptre on Friday night. You’ll get a hearty estrogenic splash of jungle beats, key driven prog rock, cynical love struck songs and perhaps even some skin! This show is definitely one for those looking to experience something new and exciting. Hats off to you if you slip down the rabbit hole for this night of fierce femme fun. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri April 24, Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William Street, Adelaide. ($10 entry)


Live-Electro crossover band Juno will be blitzing through show at classy-clever new venue Vinyl. The four piece band features violin, acoustic guitar, vocals and a beat pad so you can rest assured you’re going to be in for a well interesting mix of sounds, not to mention the entire band is comprised of lovely ladies! To sweeten the deal Abbey Howlett will be seducing you with her thick psychedelic soulful tunes along with her backing band The Golden Realm. This is sure to be an intimate show of high class, so wear that outfit you have that makes it look like you have more than $3.30 in your pocket. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri April 24, Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Place Adelaide, ($10 Entry)


Lost Woods has been on the road for a long ass national tour in support of their debut single Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant. If that isn’t the best song title ever you’re just in gripes because counting $7.20 in assorted silver change is neither very time consuming nor entertaining. Hell, I give you guys a lot of flak for having no money but let’s be real I have $2.38 in my bank account so rest assured the humour is self-aware. Joining Lost Woods at Pirie & Co. is House of Jade and The Luke Louie Trio. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri April 24, Pirie & Co. Social Club, 121 Pirie Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)

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Carpedenim, contenders for both best pun and best band name ever will be leading the charge at the Worldsend on Friday along with Luke Willis of The Clangers and some (oh spooky) special guests! I’m sure you can expect some rather loud rock and roll music to be enjoyed in the West Ends premier pub venue for live music. With a sick stage, a great PA and $6 Sailor Jerry’s and Corona’s all night it is most assuredly a great option for your cheap party needs. Just do the world a favour and start a mosh pit. Or I'll be mad. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri April 24, Worldsend, 208 Hindley Street, Adelaide. ($5 Entry) 

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