No Money Weekend July 31
Your essential nation-wide cheapskates event guide.
The working week has ended and you need some frugal party plans to convince people you can still have fun after the Splendour weekend. Don't worry though, we've got you covered with our suggestions for some wallet-friendly mischief this weekend.
OG BY NAME, OG BY STYLE
The best beats will always draw a crowd, and this weekend’s spectacle will be no exception, as Hau (probably known to you as the front man for Koolism) brings his first solo single to the live stage. It’s a great value gig at a tenner a ticket, and some of Sydney’s best beat slingers will be in support, including Yum Yum & The Goods and Kas3one. - Brad
When & Where: Sat August 1, 9pm. Gingers @ The Oxford Hotel, 1/34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $10
GROOVE BACK TO THE NOUGHTIES
As the cats organising this fine event so eloquently put it, it’s the 2nd anniversary of the 6th birthday of Disco Delicious, one of Sydney’s favourite all time purveyors of grooves, funk and soul. Get down early to have a boogie and hark back to the days when MSN wasn’t switched off and Miniclip was the height of online gaming.
When & Where: Fri July 31, 9pm. The Dug Out Bar, Burdekin Hotel, Sydney. Free
VINYL ON THE BEACHES
If listening to music in the comfort of your own room is more your kind of deal, then you can locate, peruse and purchase said music this weekend at the Northern Beaches Record Fair, this weekend at Pittwater RSL. That was very formal. There’s gonna be a bunch of famous record stores setting up crates of some seriously fire vinyl, so get down early before you miss out on the good stuff.
When & Where: Sun Aug 2, 11am. Pittwater RSL, 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale. $2
KNWXLEDGE IS POWER
Red Bull Music Academy are doing their special club night thang again this Friday night featuring American producer Knwxledge. After playing at Splendour in the Grass, Knwxledge, aka Glen Boothe, will be all warmed up to put on a super special show for Perth. Knwxledge has worked with Joey Bada$$ and more recently hip-hop powerhouse Kendrick Lamar, and has gained some critical acclaim in the music community with Pitchfork stating “Boothe isn’t here to blow up from one song; he’s looking to build a lasting legacy one beat at a time”. It’s free entry, but RSVP spots have filled up already so get down real early for the walk-up spots. – Charles
When & Where: Fri Jul 31, 8pm. WilliamStreet Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. Free.
Above: Knwxledge (USA)
PIZZAS, PINTS & RECORDS
If you’ve been jonesing a new record, head to the Scotto this Sunday for their monthly vinyl market at the Velvet Lounge, featuring local sellers offering pre-loved and new vinyl from around the globe. Team up a record browsing session with the Scotto’s pizza and pint special and you’ve got super solid Sunday arvo chills. – Charles
When & Where: Sun Aug 2, 12.30pm-4.30pm. The Flying Scotsman, 639 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley.
GET GASSED WITH DEADWEIGHT
Get your weekly hit of dark beats and UK garage when you head to Jimmy’s Den tonight for The Deep End Collective’s event ‘Gassed’ featuring the Deadweight crew. Join your friendly local DJ’s Bixler, Gran Cavalera, Deadweight DJ’s and the TDEC crew for a tight little party in the heart of Northbridge. Limited capacity means you’ll be feeling the intimacy in amongst the heat of strange people you don’t know, so maybe don’t come sober. Get down early for door sales or buy online. If you want to know a bit more about the Deadweight lads and what they do, watch Pile TV's recent episode A Day With: Deadweight. – Charles
When & Where: Fri Jul 31, 9pm. Jimmy’s Den, 69 James St, Northbridge. $10 online sales.
Above: Saxon and Chris from the Deadweight! Crew.
Who doesn't love a free coffee? Well if you're within reach of Brisbane's inner north this Saturday you can treat yourself to one, two and possibly three. The guys behind Fonzie Abbott Espresso are launching their new venture Fox Street Factory this Saturday, and celebrating 4 years in the biz, with a massive day of free coffee. Brisbane's newest roving doughnut truck will be in attendance also. These guys know a thing or two about brewin' a bean, so stop by and soak in the joy of "one on the house". - Miles
Where & When: Sat 1 Aug, 7AM - 1PM. Fox Street Factory, Fox Street, Albion. Free.
NOT YR SWEETHEART
The guys behind The Print Bar, and The Push are putting on a collection of great emerging female Australian artists, mainly from the east coast. Not Yr Sweetheart aims to focus on the different roles we create for ourselves and how we are viewed by others. The exhibition features a stack of work across a number of different disciplines. Head on down to the Print Bar for a massive opening night of the exhibition, with a keg to those lucky enough to get in early, otherwise BYO is an option encouraged for those coming down a little later. Head down and answer the question about finding yourself. - Miles
Where & When: Sat 1 Aug, 6PM - Late. The Print Bar, Newmarket Rd, Windsor. Free.
SLAM DOWN SOME POETRY
Reckon you're a word smith? The next Marshall Mathers? Well here's your chance to turn a phrase, string together some rhyme and slam down some poetry. Heat One of the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam will get underway this Saturday afternoon at the Powerhouse. It's your chance to watch some of Brisbane's best poetic talent wax lyrical and battle each other to the metaphorical death on stage. Contestants have two minutes to win over the crowd, with two winners picked to advance to the state final. What are you waiting for? - Miles
Where & When: Sat 1 Aug, 4:30PM - 6:30PM, The Powerhouse, Lamington Street, New Farm. Free.
Above: Poetry Slam
Local bluesy alternative rockers Kitchenwitch, who have tried their hand at supporting the likes of The Love Junkies will be launching their EP Trouble at the Crown and Anchor this Friday night. Joining them will be Melbourne rock band Two Headed Dog and power blues outfit Filthy Lucre! Luckily the whole show is absolutely free and you’ll be able to save your hallowed dollars to spend on beer. Physical copies of the EP Trouble will be available at the show and are expected to move like hot cakes. So get your ass down there.
When and Where: Fri July 31, The Crown and Anchor, 196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. Free Entry
Local favourites Horror My Friend, who have recently supported the likes of Dune Rats and Cosmic Pyschos, will be launching their single ‘Stay In’ with a massive free show at the Exeter Beer Garden. Joining them will be Archers, who will be launching their own single ‘More than Gold’ and special guests Relying on Luck. Shows in the Exeter Beer Garden are always massive so don’t get their late like a drongo or you’ll be stretching your neck to see over the mass of bodies who are sure to be at this show on Saturday.
When and Where: Sat August 1, The Exeter Beer Garden, 246 Rundle Street. Free Entry
Above: Horror My Friend
Nite Club are launching a series of exclusive and secret parties in unique locations throughout the Adelaide CBD. Their launch party will take place in an undisclosed loft location four stories above the city. The party will play host to techno and house sets from locals The Carter Brothers, Phildo and Adorno. With the location being released on the day you will benefit from booking tix now as there are only a few left, and there are strictly no door sales for this event. Set to be the first of many you don’t want to miss Nite Club. Try searching it on Facebook.
When and Where: Sat August 1, Secret Location. $10 Pre Sale Tickets
If you’re been lamenting a distinct lack of large-scale looped projections paired with a host of psych, ambient and shoegaze acts, then shit – this weekend brings reason to rejoice. Brunswicks’ Rubix Warehouse is playing host to Stargazed: In Search of Lost Time (which doubles as a potentially excellent sci-fi novel title), an evening of psych celebration and revelry. Musical accompaniment delivered by Fierce Mild, BREVE, Baptism of Uzi, Hideous Towns, vhs dream, Uncle Bobby, Dada Ono as well as a DJ Set from MAX WOLF. – Reb Mery
When & Where: Sat Aug 1, 5pm. Rubix Warehouse, 36 Phoenix St, Brunswick. $10 on the door, $5 presale
WRITE HERE WRITE NOW
Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s easier said than done deciding to have a productive weekend of writing and then actually following through. To achieve some actual writing while sitting at home surrounded by distractions; the food in your fridge, that still-unwatched season of Mad Men, your suddenly needs-to-be-cleaned room. Writers Bloc know that feel, so they’re hosting #WriteHere – a chance to put your head down, caffeinate and get some writing done, surrounded by other writers attempting to do the same thing. Don’t worry, you don’t have to read out anything you write. – Reb Mery
When & Where: Sat Aug 1, 11am. 1000 ₤ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Free.
ALERT: ICE CREAM
As with most weekends in Melbourne, there’s plenty going on in the way of pop-up markets, food truck gatherings and locations for purchasing delicious things to put in your face. Few of them are anywhere near ‘free’ however, making them kind of a pain in the ass if you’re broke. Luckily, Mövenpick are celebrating Swiss National Day by giving out free scoops of ice cream and gelato on Saturday for the first 250 customers to show up (or until 2pm). It’s cold, but it’s also free. – Reb Mery
When & Where: Sat Aug 1, 11am Mövenpick locations around Melbourne. Free for the first 250 customers or until sold out.