No Money Weekend June 19
Your essential nation-wide cheapskates event guide.
Live music you don't have to pay for, charming winter markets and a $2 Asian food crawls are among the highlights of this particular installment of No Money Weekend. We hope our handy guide helps you get the most out of your city this weekend - without murdering your savings account.
We're on the hunt for regular No Money Weekend writers in Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania. If you're able to contribute a written round-up of three great cultural / music events in either of these cities each week (paid), get in touch: [email protected]
Image: Anna Verlet Shelton
RBMA FT. KUTMAH
As well as supporting Oscar Key Sung on Friday, Mei Saraswati supports London-based artist/DJ KUTMAH in his last national tour show at Mojos Fremantle as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. The monthly RBMA club night series continues this Saturday with Bahasa Malay, Ben Taaffe and Rok Riley lining up alongside Mei and KUTMAH. KUTMAH, aka Justin McNulty, is associated with Flying Lotus’ BRAINFEEDER legacy and could be called London’s ‘best kept secret’. Free entry with an RSVP lets you experience this fearless selector of RnB and Hip Hop. Think carefully about that. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sat Jun 20, 8-late, Mojos Bar, 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle. Free with an RSVP.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTO BOMBING
The Photo Bomb live exhibition series continues at Little Wing Corner Gallery this week. Watch 5 talented local artists add a bit of paint flavour to a randomly chosen photo from the selected photographer (this week is James Simmons). Featuring drinks and live music from The Chlorines, Luke Dux, Hunting Huxley and Old Blood, these events are fun and quirky and a really good chance to see artists working in their element, and you get to vote for the best work afterwards. Only $10 entry for the night and located in the central location of Subiaco, this Photo Bomb Exhibition shall be a banger. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Fri Jun 19, 8-12pm. Little Wing Corner Gallery, 263 Hay St, Subiaco. $10 entry.
One of Melbourne’s most important voices and no doubt one of Australia’s most promising producers, Oscar Key Sung, is coming to Perth this weekend. After releasing his second EP, Altruism, in early May, he now brings his live show to Perth this Friday, with support from Perth legend Mei Saraswati and Pilerats record’s own Catlips. Key Sung will showcase his unique brand of RnB and electronica and debut a ton of material off Altruism. Be warned though, this ain’t a cheap show, but it will be 15 dollars of Oscar amazingness. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Fri Jun 19, 8-late, Flyrite, 110 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. $15 via Moshtix.
Above: Oscar Key Sung
BEERS AND VINTAGE VINYL
This Sunday marks a special day for vinyl lovers as the Rosemount Hotel hosts ‘Record Collector’. Second hand and new releases galore as some of Perth’s most prestigious selectors and collectors of vinyl sell some of their wares. Included in the line-up of sellers will be Moogy’s Mobile, Micro Grooves, Sgt. Peppers Vintage and Vinyl Collective and more to be announced. There will also be a collection of turntables to peruse as well as the unknown underground sounds of RTR FM’s one and only DJ Sandy. Say yes to excellent vinyl vibes and local listening accompanied by free entry to a lovely venue that does indeed sell good local beers. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sun Jun 21, 11-4pm. The Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth. Free entry.
DIY VIBES BYO DRINKS
The Pissedcolas have been getting about lately and yet again this weekend there is a sweet local gig featuring them. If watching gritty local bands and drinking your own beers is your kind of afternoon then you’ll enjoy the sound of a free gig at Dada Records this Saturday. Featuring the local heavyweights Pissedcolas, as well as Furchick and Zerodent, the music is downright sorted for you. DIY vibes and BYO drinks for a chill afternoon in the garage/dungeon of this immortal local record-store. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sat Jun 20, 3pm, Dada Records, 36 Pier St, Perth. Free.
FLEX IT OUT
After a national tour, Perth 3-piece KUČKA have got an exciting EP coming out and a stunning new live show to strut about in hometown Perth this Saturday. The last show on the tour includes the launch of their new single Flex 98 as well as some other fresh EP tracks. This may be the last time you can catch KUČKA before they head overseas to continue writing fresh forward-thinking poptronica, so don’t miss out. Joining them on the night at the William Street Bird will be dream pop lords Flower Drums and psych-gaze one-man Leafy Suburbs. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sat Jun 20, 8-late, William Street Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. $10 on the door.
THE CLOSEST SYDNEY GETS TO A YEARLY HIPPIE LOVE-FEST
When you hear the words “Winter Magic Festival”, it’s probably pretty easy to assume that some relatively crazy shit beyond your normal weekend markets is about to go down. Of course Katoomba’s 22nd Annual Winter Magic Festival has many of those qualities, including a takeover from artists, stalls, musicians, drummers and the like, but the fact that costumes are encouraged and it takes up the entire main street of the town indicate that it could also be batshit insane. Probably worth a look. – Brad
When & Where: Sat June 20, 9am. Echo Point Rd, Katoomba. Free.
BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A TALENT. EVERYONE.
Sticking with an arty theme this weekend (will it continue into my 3rd entry? Stay tuned to find out, dearest reader), we head over to Casula to find an art festival that stands for a damn good cause. The Casula Refugee Artist market a showcase for the creativity and skill of Sydney’s residents coming from a refugee background. Artworks will be for sale, free classes are being put on for the kiddies, and you can get your hands on a good old traditional gold coin donation Sausage Sanga. – Brad
When & Where: Sat June 21, 11am. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula. Free.
BEATS, BURRITOS AND… ART!
YEAH. I WENT THERE. 3 art-based events in a row. Is that a reflection of Sydney’s increasingly expensive cost of going out? Possibly. Is Sydney’s Art Scene just fucking awesome? More probable. This one in particular is pretty cool. Western Sydney-based illustrator Dale Bigeni has crafted a formidable career with his illustrations based on traditional tattoo designs, hoping to ignite a bond between the viewer, the artist and the artwork through the permanent, memory-based nature of tattoos. Very meta. I like it! Beats are being dished up by DJ EKO the whole night, and Beach Burrito has the goods for your noms. – Brad
When & Where: Sat June 20 – Wed June 25. aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park, Chippendale. Free
Above: Dale Bigeni
2 BUCK SUNNYBANK
If Sunnybank is synonymous with one thing it's Asian cuisine. The Sunnybank $2 Food Trail is your chance to sample cheap eats from over 32 restaurants and a diverse range of culinary cultures. Sunnybank is a melting pot of Asian cultures, and this is your chance to get amongst it with a pocket full of loose change. It all kicks off at 2PM on Saturday and runs into the evening with live music and lion dancing. Guaranteed to be more satisfying than a $2 cheeseburger at Maccas. - Miles
Where & When: Sat 20, 2-8PM, Sunnybank Plaza, Cnr Mains Rd and McCullough St. Free entry, plates from $2.
IMPROVE BATTLE ROYALE
On the first and third Sunday of each month, Brisbane's largest improv comedy group Impromafia take over The Milk Factory for a night of improvised comedy. Two teams will enter, pitting their brand of improvised comedy against the others, with one team walking away the victor and the chance to come back at the next event. The winner is chosen by crowd response, so head on down and put your support behind some of Brisbane's quickest comedians around. Laugh until you cry or cry until you laugh. - Miles
Where & When: Sun 21, 7PM, The Milk Factory, 48 Montague Rd. $5 entry.
CYA LATER UNDERDOG
Another casualty of the ever-shifting live music/nightclub scene, Brisbane institution the Underdog will have one last hurrah this Sunday. Whether you've attended the venue as the Underdog or one of it's other incarnations (Step Inn/Shamrock), there's no doubting that it holds a special place in the fabric of Brisbane's live music scene. Fittingly then there's a mammoth final bill to send off the venue with 24 bands taking to four stages from midday with a stack of food specials on offer to keep everyone going. Everyone loves an underdog so head on down and send this one off in style. - Miles
Where & When: Sun 21, 12PM-late, The Underdog Pub Co, 186 Brunswick Street. Free entry.
OUT-SIDER, YOU’RE IN
If Section 8 isn’t the best way to wind down the weekend, I don’t know what is. This Sunday, the team at Hand 2 Hand Store have thrown up all of their limbs to bring you one hell of a day and night party, Out-Sider. Over 14 artists will be performing from 3pm, including Epoch, Oliver Francis and Tommy Groves. Plus, Section 8 alone has got a lotta’ great assets. There’s $6.50 Melbourne Bitters, cheap hotdogs, and an open set-up that allows you to eye off prospective bae from across the floor as your friend shouts in your ear about the food poisoning she got from Hot Star Chicken. Stare long enough and you might find yourself hand in hand – way to kick off the week/10. – Holly Bodeker-Smith.
When & Where: Sun 21 June, 3pm-1am. Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne. Free entry.
Above: Section 8
DON’T FEAR THE BEAST, BE THE BEAST
This weekend at the B.East is set to be a roar of a time, with their 3rd Birthday Party on the Saturday, followed by Gospel Sunday. On Saturday you can sink your teeth into free tastings of the new menu, as well as $5 sailor jerry, punch & tinnies. Plus there will be a delicious line-up of tunes from funk with DJ NUI MOON, to afro-beat with Lamine Sonko and the African Intelligence. By the early hours of Sunday morning the monster in you will have truly been beckoned – it’s time to repent. Gospel Sunday kicks off at 1pm, featuring a 7-piece line-up, with some of Melbourne’s finest gospel singers. Hallelujah. – Holly Bodeker-Smith.
When & Where: Sat 20 June, 2pm – 1am & Sun 21 June 1pm – late. The B.East, 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East. Free entry.
For those of you who duck into T2 to snack on the testers, here’s something to burn your tongue over. This Sunday T2 are throwing a festival dedicated to the sweet and sour anomaly that is Chai. There will be free tastings, workshops on making your own Chai blend and Indian street food on offer. Plus, soak up the knowledge of CODA’s Adam D’Sylva, and a traditional Indian chai-maker, a Chai Wallah. With all that brewing, plus free Henna on hand; you’re bound to walk out a Chai master. – Holly Bodeker-Smith.
When & Where: Sun 21 June, 11am – 3pm. T2 HQ, 37-51 Wellington St, Collingwood. Free.
Above: T2 Headquarters
THE DEVILS LOVE CITY JUNGLE CROSSROAD
The three best band friends that anyone could have; Devil’s Crossroad, Jungle City and Love Cream will be putting on (because everybody love’s free shit) a free show at The Crown & Sceptre on Friday night. A veritable match made in heaven of the most occult psychedelic blues, sleazy 70’s rock and of course outrageous jungle party vibes. All three bands are unsure whether The Crown & Sceptre will be able to contain their grooviness. The last time Devil’s Crossroad performed their saw crowd surfing and many more deleterious antics. Do yourself a favour! - Jonty
When and Where: Fri June 19th, The Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)
Fresh from a female themed show at Punk Ass Kids and a support slot for Perth rockers The Love Junkies, Kitchen Witch are ready to launch a single from their upcoming EP ‘Trouble’ with drinking buddies Appommatox Run. The gig will take place at The Grace Emily and is completely free of charge. For those who don’t know The Grace is a mellow and cosy pub with a pension for live music of a varying array of different styles from psych rock to acoustic folk. This is definitely the less electronically minded when it comes to music, but still want to go out on Saturday. - Jonty
When and Where: Sat June 20th, The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)
Futuresounds is back with a massive line up of 21 acts across three stages at The Crown & Sceptre. The full line up consists of Nakatomi, Xanga, Hummingbird (ALLUME+ Souda), RAYGUN, Zeequil, SYNDICAT, Kimonono, RKDA, How Green, Joy Sparkes, Lonelyspeck, Datãkae, The Art of Flying Kites, Animal Shadows, Fourlex, r.domain, Secant, Tristan Louth-Robins, David Harry, Drowning by Numbers and freezedream. Seriously you may as well stow away over night after Friday as this is going to be massive. What’s more is that the event is completely and utterly free of charge. What more could you possibly want? - Jonty
When and Where: Sat June 20th, The Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)
Above: How Green, who will perform at Futuresounds
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