No Money Weekend June 5

No Money Weekend June 5

Your essential nation-wide cheapskates event guide.

From hip hop on the block to a foodies' street party with the lot - for the cheapskates from East Coast to West, here's an events guide that won't put your bank account to the test!

We're on the hunt for No Money Weekend writers in Melbourne and Tasmania, starting immediately. 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:

[Image: Sam Clifford]



Acclaimed hip-hop crew One Day return to the Rosemount this weekend for another instalment of their infamous Sunday block parties. One Day have been throwing wild parties at iconic Australian venues since last year, and have become like a travelling mini-festival troup that brings 10/10 good vibes. JOYRIDE will be bringing the tunes this week, alongside local rap royalty Aslan, Gravy and Charlie Bucket. Make Sunday a legit funday with hip-hop and R&B jams on the garden dancefloor. More enticing is the fact it's totally free (and easy) entry. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sun Jun 7, 1pm-late, The Rosemount Hotel, 459 Fitzgerald St, North Perth. Free. 


Methyl Ethel have taken the Perth music scene by storm in the last six months, and frontman Jake Webb continues to chase the dream as they drop their debut LP this Friday at the Bird. After touring the country, the ensemble have collected their woozy brand of formless dream pop and recorded an album called Oh Inhuman Spectacle, to be released via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. Supported by Ben Witt and Cosmic Gets, this is the local gig to hit up this weekend. And to top it off, just for a bit of weekend variety, the lads will be at the Bird again on Sunday for a totally free relaxing arvo session and BBQ. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri Jun 5, 8pm, William Street Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. $10 on the door.

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Designer clothing. Clearance sale. In a warehouse. In Northbridge. For 10 days. Sound good? Yeah we think so too. Head into town for the Northbridge Designer Warehouse Clearance Sale, which features a heap of independent designer clothing on sale for 30-80% off. Prices start at $10, including mens and womens selections, including labels such as Generics Accessories, Sass & Bide and Ksubi. Yes you will be spending some money (so technically not really a ‘no money weekend’), BUT you will be making huge savings on some highly desirable fashion, so it’s still a cash-conscious weekend adventure. The sale starts this Friday 5th June from 11am, so don’t miss out. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri Jun 5 – Sun Jun 14, 11-6pm daily, 282 William St Northbridge (opposite La Cholita)


Head to Paper Mountain this weekend for the opening of Sheridan Coleman’s solo exhibition ‘Wilderness User’. The exhibition features the Perth-based artist’s recent works which are artistic embodiments of her studies on how digital users interact with natural landscapes in the digital world. So basically, you could say it’s like … ‘Google Earth art’. This Friday night sees Coleman do an artist talk about her work, which includes 3D models, photography, drawings and paintings, all dedicated to different locations around the world from the perspective of Google Earth. The playful, geographic art exhibition runs for two weeks, so don’t fret if you can’t make it this weekend. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri Jun 5 – Sun Jun 21, 9.30-5 daily, Paper Mountain, 267 William St, Northbridge. Free entry. 

sheridan coleman artwork


There’s a special little package waiting for everybody at the Good Shepherd this Friday eve. ‘Special Delivery’ is a monthly Shep night that delivers dance-floor specialties and celestial grooves, along with cheap entry and drink specials. An early arrival and a gold coin donation is all you need and you can go full disco on $5 beers all night. Featuring friendly neighbourhood tunes from the likes of Jaxon Lamond, Henry Maxwell (Methods of Movement) and even Fungle Club DJs, this could be your number one thrifty Friday choice. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri Jun 5, 8-1am, Good Shepherd, Newcastle St, Leederville. Gold coin entry before 9pm, $10 after.


When a cute local bar full of vintage furniture decides they cannot hack it anymore and need to close their doors, you’d probably think that’s a bad thing right? Of course you do. But in this occasion it’s bittersweet, because the particular bar in question is having a closing down Garage Sale! Head to WEE Bar in Mount Hawthorn on Saturday to pick up some vintage bargains and treat yourself to a drink while you’re there. You can deck out your new loungeroom with vintage furniture, beer crates, mirrors, cutlery and all kinds of other quirky goods. Get down early to acquire to the finer wares. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sat Jun 6, sale begins at 12pm, bar opens at 4, WEE Bar, 406 Oxford St, Mt Hawthorn.



As a precursor to their headline shows later this weekend, an appearance at Dark Mofo after that, and a forthcoming LP, My Disco are descending on New Guernica to kick off the long weekend. An all-night DJ set is on the cards, with dark techno, deep house, and many UK jams to be emblazoned on said cards. 10pm until when the morning birds make themselves known and trams begin to stir. If the Queen knew this was the beginning of a three-day birthday rampage in her honour, she’d probs be proud. – Reb Mery 

When & Where: Fri June 5, 10pm. New Guernica, 322 Little Collins St, Melbourne. $5.


There’s something to be said for laziness that results in both efficiency and a great weekend. Dumb Punts and WOD would rather not lug their gear around more than completely necessary, so the two bands (see also: housemates) are holding a double-whammy tape launch over two nights at the Workers Club. Friday Dumb Punts are joined by Mighty Boys, Rick Moranis Overdrive and many more. Saturday WOD will be joined by friends including Lazertits and the Tiny Giants. Drunk Mums DJs both nights. Might be worth finding a hiding place in the dry wall and staying there overnight. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Fri June 5 & Sat June 6. 7pm, The Workers Club, 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. $10.


Nothing offsets a long weekend of hedonism and the party zone like a wholesome fun activity during the day. Etsy has conjured up a delightful world-wide celebration of ‘meeting and making’, and the Melbourne edition of the craft party action is happening at the NGV’s Ian Potter Centre. The theme’s ‘Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape’, so prepare to be cutting and pasting all the way to a colourful sun catcher. Materials, tools, refreshments provided. While the event’s free, you must reserve a place in one of the four session, the first being at 11am. Links to each session on Facebook [] – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat June 6, 11am. NGV: The Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne. Free (bookings essential). 


Old mate Melbourne has been stupid-cold of late. If you ceebs warming up with physical activity of the fitness kind, then here’s a news flash: dancing also gets the heart rate up. PBS FM’s Soul A-Go-Go has been a fixture around town for fuck-knows how long, but a weekend in the midst of freezing temperatures is prime time to get involved. Besides, everyone knows soul music is the antithesis of winter blues. Regulars Miss Goldie, DJ Manchild, Richie 1250, Vince Peach will be in attendance with special guest The Foxman. – Reb Mery 

When & Where: Sat June 6, 9pm. Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne. $10 for PBS members, $15 for future members.


Above: Soul A-Go-Go 


A long weekend isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Not really, but it’s nice to have a breather and a laid-back afternoon in between activities and concerted sessions in the party zone. Forester’s Beer Hall will be spending Queen’s Birthday eve doing a laid-back afternoon of good times, rollicking on into the night. Every AFL game live, $5 Moon Dog Love Tap schooners all day, plus rare barrel-aged and sour treats from Liberty Craft Brewing, Panhead Custom Ales, AU 8 WIRED BREWING and Mash Brewing Co. If nothing else, it’s better than your living room. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sun June 7. 12PM, Forresters Beer Hall, 64 Smith St, Collingwood. Free. 


Dandenong’s long been a cultural melting pot in a city that’s already renowned for its multiculturalism. Greek, Indian, Asian, African; it’s all there. You’ll even find my Chilean grandparents rolling deep with their elderly Latino crew every weekend. And this Sunday all the wonderfully vibrant and truly delicious offerings and rich culture of Dandy will be on show for the Emerge in the South East festival. Kids activities, a ridiculous amount of food stalls, arts and crafts, hair-braiding, tea-tasting, drumming, and two stages of music – for zero dollars’ entry. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sun June 7, 10am. Dandenong Market, corner Clow & Cleeland streets, Dandenong. Free.



The Cliff Dive is keeping things cheap and cheerful this long weekend, with a special line up for this long weekend to help you enjoy the finer tings in life. Astral People’s Ben Fester and Preacha headline, along with FBi Radio’s Max Gosford providing quality back up. They’re partnering with Jameson to make sure the quality liquor keeps flowing and they’ll be dishing out Champagne by the glass too. Corking! - Brad Nash

Sun June 7, 8pm. The Cliff Dive, 16 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst. Free.


Ben Fester (Astral People)


If the royalist vibe is getting a little too much for you, you can always shoot down to FREDA for what promises to be one of the best value and mesmerizing experiences this year’s VIVID has to offer. Curated by YEVU’s Anna Robertson, this free show will transport you straight back to Africa, featuring a bunch of acclaimed West African musicians, Ghanaian home cooking coming out of the kitchen as well as a bunch of cool visuals to make you feel like evolution is going backwards once more. - Brad Nash

Sat June 6, 6pm. Freda’s, 107-109 Regent St, Chippendale. Free. 


I OH YOU and Vivid Music are teaming up to bring you an epic party that’ll make sure your long weekend starts off with a bang. Having begun as guys in a share house, I OH YOU has now spread across the nation throwing crazy parties just like this one. I OH YOU’s four housemates will be hitting up Goodgod Danceteria with Vivid Music to present Ain’t No Queen of Mine that will feature some local talent, party veterans and even up-and-comers. Catch performers like Chief Havoc and Bloods as well as DJ sets from Palms, Pasito (Shane from DZ Deathrays) and many others. – Sam Garcia     

When & Where: Fri 5 June, doors at 9pm, Goodgod Small Club, 53-55 Liverpool St, Sydney. Tickets are $15.


Above: Bloods


Belle’s Hot Chicken is returning to Sydney for a much anticipated pop-up this long weekend. The last time these legends flew up from Melbourne for a similar pop-up at Icebergs in January, they sold out of everything in under an hour. Yep, these guys spent longer flying to Sydney than actually selling their chicken so you know you’ve got to get down early. Natural Wines will be there, making sure that you’re washing down those hot wings with something equally as delicious. Picnic will be curating the music so there will be some RnB, funk, soul and disco being spun Lionel Richie style: All Night Long. –Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sat 6 June & Sun 7 June, 5pm-10pm, Harpoon Harry, 40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. Free entry.


The second of the Boom Bap sessions at Play Bar is going down this weekend. Along with resident DJ’s Cost, Platterpush and Codeks, special guest Jacob Quest will be there. There will be live graffiti by Kulzoney and Jacob Quest will be launching his new single ‘Reflective Thought Music’. Don’t anticipate on getting too much reflective thinking done though; unless that’s something you can do while bumping and grinding. Happy hour from 6-8pm means that beer, wine and bubbly is only $5 a pop so if you’re clever you’ll get down early, ride that wave and keep getting down till midnight. –Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sat 6 June, 6pm-late, Play Bar, the basement 72 Campbell St, Surry Hills. Free entry.



The first of your No Money Weekend choices is a free show at The Producers Bar on Grenfell street. A great destination with a gnarly warehouse style band room. Lined up to perform are The Beer Belly Buskers, Howl n Bones and Kill the Fungus. Howl N Bones are some of the most dedicated and animated musicians you ever will hear. Their bassist once filled in for my band on five minutes notice and winged the entire set. There is also $5 toffee apple shots all night, that’s nothing to complain about on my watch! - Jonty 

When and Where: Fri June 5th, The Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)


On the Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend Ancient World will be holding a record fair catering for diggers, music lovers and sonic explorers. There will be stall holders selling various genres of music on the day and the garden will host a line up of some of Adelaide's finest selectors to provide the soundtrack for your diggin' expedition. Delicious food and drink specials to nourish and quench whilst you're diggin' for 12" delights. Soundtrack on the day by Ben Smith, Souda, Carter Brothers and Prince Aaronak. $5 Coopers Pale, $6 Dark Sailor Jerry Mixes, $10 Burritos and Gold Coin Donation on Entry!- Jonty 

When and Where: Sun June 7th, Ancient World, 116a Hindley Street, Adelaide (Gold Coin Entry)


Come check out all the grungy new kids on the block who are so meta and socio culturally edgy that you won’t be able to help yourself but by synonymously absorbed in their aura of which you’re not sure is intentionally ironic or not. Onstage will be These Wild Animals, Larsen and SIAMESE who just dropped their new EP entitled Lazybones, Spaceways and the Most Unfortunate Star. This triple layer line up is going for the appropriately obscure door fee of $8 Entry. Dust off your Doc Martins, trade your tailor cigs for roll-your-owns and frown at your shoes! - Jonty

When and Where: Fri June 5th. The Jade Monkey, 160 Flinders Street, Adelaide. ($8 Entry)

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Above: These Wild Animals



The Elephant Hotel is throwing open their doors again this Sunday and letting some of Brisbane's best up-and-coming bands take over. This weekend's "Block Party" will be headed by The Medics and Babaganouj, with support from a stack of other emerging talent. It's free entry, drinks at manageable prices, and DJs till late. The ultimate Sunday sesh for the Brisbane music lover. - Miles Ruge

Where & When: Sun 7th June, 12PM-Late, The Elephant Hotel, 230 Wickham Street. Free. 


Being a member of Pilerats doesn't mean that you forego using your still healthy brain cells. I'm a sucker for a good book, and at the Lifeline Bookfest you can get your cheap mits on over 4km worth of books. Yeah you read that right. It's not only books on offer, with second hand cds, records and even board games thrown into the mix.  All proceeds go to supporting Lifeline Queensland who do an amazing job at looking out for those who are feeling slightly vulnerable in our community. Fill a pocket with loose change and head on down to snag yourself a bargain and feel bloody good about yourself. - Miles Ruge

Where & When: Sat 6th June - Tue 9th, 8:30AM-7PM, The Brisbane Convention Centre. Free entry, books from $1.  

If you do one thing this weekend make it this. Every year Caxton street, perhaps better known for the proximity it offers beer drinking football fanatics to Suncorp stadium, shuts down for a day and showcases everything great about the small stretch of restaurants, pubs and clubs. Featuring live music (The Beautiful Girls, DZ Deathrays, Thelma Plum), amazing seafood and street food, and pop-up bars from some of Caxton Street's finest. You'll be forking out a few clams for this, but music and some of Brisbane's best food means this is totally worth eating mi goreng for the next week.  - Miles Ruge

Where & When: Sun 7th June, 12PM-10PM, Caxton Street. Tickets from $29.
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