No Money Weekend: May 1

No Money Weekend: May 1

The essential nationwide cheapskates' event guide.

Street hockey, classic rap club nights, comic book stores and laneway markets. Our cheapskate experts have picked their favourite ways to have a financially healthy weekend (and an unhealthy amount of fun!)

(Cover image by Tatjana Suškic)



Most would agree, the Street Roller Hockey League is Perth’s premier underground street league. The SRHL is into season number four now, and what better way to spend your lazy Sunday than watching your favourite semi-pro superstars battle it out in a carpark. Over 13 games you can check out heaps of teams, notably the Jurassic Pucks, the Mt Lawley Chai Lattes and the Karrakatta Grim Jobs. While you’re in the area have a wander around the Mt Hawthorn Streets and Laneways Festival, hosted by the City of Vincent and Mount Hawthorn Hub. There will be plenty of non-hockey activities to engage with - the Paddington Ale House will extend out onto the street. Street Beers and Street Hockey is a Sunday sorted. – Charles Douglas.

When & Where: Sun May 3, 9am – 10pm, Pisconeri's Wholesale Warehouse, 106 Hobart St, Mt Hawthorn. Free. Info here.


(Above: Street Roller Hockey League)


This Friday, Lucidity Perth presents a night of tribute to the late Chicago producer DJ Rashad. While the 34-year-old’s life was cut short last April, he left an unforgettable mark on the electronic music world. After his first vinyl release ‘Child Abuse’ in 1998, things only went up for Rashad. Rashad was constantly in demand around the world and some of his best work came more recently, such as his HyperDub releases ‘Rolling’ and ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck’, leading to a slot at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival. With a lineup from all channels of DJ excellence around Perth, including Methods of Movement and DeadWeight Crew, this will be a fierce night. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri May 1, 9pm – late, Flyrite, 110 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. Free entry before 10pm, $10 afterwards. Part of proceeds go to charity. Info here.

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(Above: DJ Rashad)


If you need a reliable weekend of party, the Good Shep always delivers the goods. This Friday, Good Shepherd hosts Throwback, a special night of rap classics and cheap drank. Featuring some decent DJs (Cashius Clvy, Nate Whiskey, Benji) serving classic rap hits all night, you cannot go wrong. $6 gin and juice (!!!) and $15 bottles of sparkling will mean a night to remember, which you probably won’t remember. Pack your diamond stud grillz and get off the chain. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri May 1, 9pm-2am, The Good Shepherd, Newcastle St, Leederville. $10 entry.



The Avengers is out, and you've probably seen it. You've probably also had that thought where you kind of want to read a comic just to see what also happens to the avengers (and every other superhero that marvel studios have thown at you for the last decade) that you'll never get to see in the movies. Thankfully, this weekend you can do it incognito and for free courtesy of Kings Comics. In addition to free showbags with a bunch of comic books in them, they also have 20% off everything else store wide if you just so happen to be a connoiseur already. You don't even have to buy anything! – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sat May 2, 10am-5pm. Kings Comics, 310 Pitt St, Sydney. Free

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(Above: Kings Comics)


Yes, it's Pacquiao vs Mayweather (yeah, I put Manny's name first - fuck you Money) this weekend. I'll be watching it, you'll probably be watching it, and if like me you're well and truly not keen on paying a hundred bucks to buy it on Main Event, you're probably gonna do so at the pub. My personal recommendation would be to hit up Redfern's Bat & Ball hotel. A recently revamped menu and a ton of decent beer on tap should keep everything flowing smoothly, until Mayweather inevitably wins and you find yourself hurling your schooner at the screen in disgust. I had to get my tip in somewhere. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sun May 3, 11am. Parkside Bar @ Bat & Ball Hotel, 495 Cleveland St, Redfern. Free

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(Above: Superfight - Mayweather v Pacquiao)


If, like me, you're still on your P's, still mourning the loss of Top Gear, but still have delusions of grandeur when it comes to cars, then the first Sunday of every month will reignite the octane rating of your blood. Down at Terrey Hills, Cavallino Cars and Coffee will give you the chance to enjoy some of Sydney's finest Italian BBQ, Brioche and Coffee, while strolling through some of Sydney's rarest and most exotic wheels. Bring your own if you like, if you think it'll turn enough heads. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sun May 3, 8-10am. Cnr McCarrs Creek Rd & Yulong Ave, Terrey Hills. Free.

Disclaimer – All jokes directed towards Floyd Mayweather Jr. are meant purely in jest. Mr. Mayweather, please don’t hurt me if you read this.


Boom Bap Sessions #1 is going down at Play Bar for the first of what hopes to be a mega hip-hop series happening every first Saturday of the month. Louis Costello-Stewart (DJ Cost), Cody White (Codeks) and Khem White (Platterpush) are hosting and will be joined by special guests each month. For this weekend’s launch, the Blue Mountains’ own MC Tenth Dan will be there as well as one of Australia’s finest beatboxers, LC Beats. Happy hour is from 6-8pm so let the cheap drinks and the rhymes flow! – Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sat 2 May, from 6pm, Play Bar, 72 Campbell St, Surry Hills. Free entry.


The Gaelic Club will play host to Upstairs and Underground as they present Tommy M & the Mastersounds, Love Swagga and Mystic Allies. You will hear everything from elements of jazz, to funk with threads of reggae and blues interwoven through. Get ready for the ultimate musical appreciation night. Tommy M and the Mastersounds will make you feel like you’re crashing a jam-sesh. Love Swagga will funk you up so much you’ll need a wheelchair. And Mystic Allies will make you feel so jazzy fresh you’ll wish you had a fedora. You will dance, you will sway and you will drink. It’s everything a great night out needs. - Sam Garcia

When & Where: Fri 1 May, from 7:30pm, the Gaelic Club 1st floor, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills. Tickets $10 at the door.


(Above: The Gaelic Club)


Knox Street Bar along with Filthy Children; presents another Throwaway Sunday with some amazing names. The FilChil takeover will showcase some of Sydney’s best up-and-comers in electronica. Canecutter, 28 Underground and Patches are among the acts who will make sure your rainy weekend ends on a hard-hitting down beat. There will be fresh juice and comfort food for those of you still recovering from Saturday but for those who are game, the cocktail menu is calling. Getting busy on a Sunday arvo is the only way to make sure you’ve used every second of your weekend to the fullest so you know what to do. – Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sun 3 May, 4-9pm, Knox Street Bar, Cnr Knox St & Shepphard St, Chippendale. Free.



Misty Nights are adept at putting on a stupid-good time. The time isn’t stupid – it’s stupid how good it is. Boney’s the setting this week, as they bring their discotheque vibes to the beginning of the weekend for ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’. 10pm until ‘v. late’. Gird your loins accordingly, or whatever other metaphor/turn of phrase you’d like to use. DJ Cappucino and Orca DJ as sexy guests. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Fri May 1, 10pm. Boney, 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne. $10.


(Above: Boney)


First birthdays ain’t for the kid; the pooping, crying small human won't remember it. The best first birthdays (IMO) are a chance for adult types to booze it up, celebrate surviving a year. Lazerpig's first bday is gonna be that, but with even more booze and less babies. From 4pm the pizza joint/excellent bar will be serving free Cooper's for half an hour. Then at 7pm. And at 10pm. Aperol Spritz cocktails $8 all night, and pizza slices $5, while Awesome Wales and Chiara spin tunes in the dining room. Way better than my first birthday. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat May 2, 4pm. Lazerpig, 9 Peel St, Collingwood. Free. 


(Above: Lazerpig)


There’s a certain victorious feeling one gets upon waking up before noon on the weekend, and being enough of a functioning human to head to a market. Or anywhere, really. If you’re planning on embracing some of those proper-adult-person feels, the weekly Ceres treasure exchange market is a good pick as far as locations are concerned. Within the surrounds of the environmental park, you’ll find upcycled, pre-loved and handmade goodies, music and food. And you’ll have the entire day ahead of you, complete with scope for self-satisfied "what have you done today?" moments with your more hungover pals. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat May 2, 9am CERES Environmental Park, Cnr Roberts & Stewart St, Brunswick East. Free entry.


You know that jiggy feeling you get after you’ve just watched the latest epic dance film? Well that’s me every time I venture to Section 8 to watch the regulars doing their thang on the d floor. I (arguably) can’t dance to save my life, but watching these anonymous step-Gods just makes a lady wanna boogie. My friends, it’s your chance to ~feel it~ too because this weekend S8 is holding, Caution! Watch Your Step… There’s going to be dance and freestyle battles (it don’t get realer than that) and a string of local DJs kicking off from 3pm. Melbourne Bitters are $6.50, hotdogs $8 and sliders $6: absolutely worth it. – Holly Bodeker-Smith.

When & Where: Sat May 2, 3pm – 1am Sun. Section 8, 27/29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne. Free.


It’s gonna be a sunny Sunday so if you’re strolling around get yourself onto a 96 or 112 tram up to the Rose Street Market in Fitzroy. Each weekend it’s a fine line up of one-of-a-kind, locally made goods: art, jewellery, a bitta’ vintage, home wares and fashion. Don’t expect to venture too far for your needs because to top it off you’ll find delicious food stalls. The furthest you’ll have to go is to Industry Beans for your Sunday dose of caffeine. It all makes for a lazy, half-productive day if ever there was one. – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: Sun 3rd May, 11am – 5pm. 60 Rose Street, Fitzroy. Free.



As many would lament, Hobart misses out on the annual St Jerome's Laneway Festival. Moo Brew (an offshoot of MONA) intends to do something about that this weekend, transforming Collins Court into a colourful event space with Party in the Lane. In true Tassie style local DJs, live street art and pop-up bars will be accompanied by mouth watering slow-cooked pig and lamb. The taps will be pouring Moo Brew the whole time, and anyone who's sipped on their delicious amber liquid will know the party it brings to your mouth. I'm still struggling to decide whether I like the Pale or Dark Ale more, so I guess you'll have to go and decide for yourself. - Tom Wolff

N.B. Moo Brew warns that their beers are "Not suitable for bogans".

When & Where: Fri May 1. Collins Court, Hobart. 5-9.30pm. Free entry


Skate-rats alert, Vans is releasing a new skate movie! Propeller features some of the biggest names in the contemporary skate world, with appearances from some of the old hands as well. Propeller has the intention of providing a sweeping snapshot of modern skateboarding, with support from the most popular brand in the industry. As you may be able to glean from the name, the project intends to propel skateboarding forward by building on the foundations left by the veterans in order to continue stimulating progression. There's also an all ages screening for all the grommies at Jimmy's Skate & Street in Elizabeth St at 6.30pm on the same night. - Tom Wolff

When & Where: Fri May 1, The Grand Poobah, 142 Liverpool St, Hobart. (18+ only), 8.30pm. Free entry


These days there's more to Glenorchy than the best tip-shop of all time. The Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!) combines art, a park and the most important of all - people - to provide an outdoor haven away from nasty fluorescent lights and traffic noise. GASP! hugs the banks of the Derwent River from Wilkinson's Point to Montrose bay. Whether you decide to walk, cycle, skate or - if you're a true baller - rollerblade, the park provides an interface between art and the environment. In addition to the sculptures dotting the foreshore, the area is a great spot for bird watching, a BBQ and there's even a mobile food truck. But I reckon you should pull out the picnic basket, some Brie and a bottle of pinot and soak up the sun on Sunday arvo. - Tom Wolff

When & Where: Always, but preferably when it's sunny. Elwick Bay. Free



You've got to love West End, it's a hub of creative individuals all doing awesome shit at every turn. The latest to join the fold is Vlada Edirippulige (1/4 of indie-pop washouts Major Leagues) with her store Junky Comics. She opened the store to make her comic book dreams a tangible reality. Dust off your Sharpies and head in on Saturday to be apart of their Free Zine Day, with free titles available from local artists, a zine workshop and discounts on some really awesome comics. Do it so you can buck the notion that print is dead and support the local creative community. - Miles Ruge

When & Where: Sat May 2 (9AM-5PM), Junky Comics, 93 Vulture Street West End. Free. 


(Above: Zines at Junky Comics)


A night out doesn't have to be spent trudging the same beaten boards of your local nightclub every weekend. Brisbane's got a few neat nightspots up its' sleeve that are a little bit hard to get to but worth the effort. Leading the current charge are The Grates' Patience and John with their Southside Tea Room cafe-cum-bar and more recently Death Valley a tiny bar conveniently located right next door. The weekends mean food trucks at the kerb and cheap beers flowing till late, and you get to hang out with Brisbane rock royalty. Break the mould and drink somewhere else this weekend. - Miles Ruge

When & Where: All Weekend, Southside Tea Room and Death Valley, 639 Wynnum Road Morningside. Free.


Laneway culture has been taking off in the heart of the city lately, and to celebrate one of the ctiy's fastest evolving spots, Brooklyn Standard is throwing 3 months of parties. The fortnightly "laneway partyz" are a fusion of some of Brisbane's best street food, drinks from the Brooklyn Brewery and Young Henrys, and djs spinning vinyl right in the heart of the CBD. It's a great way to kick off the weekend. - Miles Ruge  

When & Where: Friday May 1 (5PM-11PM), Brooklyn Standard, Eagle Lane. Free.



If you're hungry for live music then look no further than the Portland Public House. Saturday evening sees Rotorua locals Strangely Arousing moistening the venue walls in Auckland with their soulful jams. Their brand of textured reggae/ska will drag you in and you'll have no choice but to bounce along. Solid brews and a solid dance will be completed with an especially welcoming price of $0. - Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sat May 2, The Portland Public House, 463 New North Road, Auckland. Free.




If you read that title in a robot voice you’re irrevocably dead to me. Anyway, I hope you guys had a super cheap April. Transmission will be bringing in the first day of May with their weekly indie party at Rhino Room. Known for doing things like throwing boat parties Transmission is the premier destination for you indie kids. You can expect the sounds of Bloc Party, Joy Division, Foster The People, Vampire Weekend and Alt J flowing over the decks but to name a few. There are also multiple drink specials and $5 entry before 11pm. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, The Rhino Room, 13 Frome Street, Adelaide. ($10 after 11pm)

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(Above: The Rhino Room)


A last minute yet bodacious line up of rock and roll bands has appeared for this Friday night at the Crown and Anchor (You know the pub that serves $2 schooners on a Wednesday [I didn’t tell you that]). You’ll be stoked to find that you can see Emergency Rule, Kitchen Witch and Rebecca Lyon absolutely for free. This is even without any hidden costs. Expect to hear sounds akin to the desert rock of Kyuss and the 90’s sonic sex that is Soundgarden. One thing you can be sure of is plenty of filthy distortion. Go get em cheapo! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, The Crown and Anchor, 196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. Free.


Proudly presented by Brad, James, Patrick and Ado’s Heaps Insane Videos, a collective home to Next Level Vibrations and Mr Viagrosaurus; is the Heaps Insane Variety Show at Shotz bar! Slated to feature Stand Up, Video Bits, Raps and other skitz things, this is a new initiative from a bunch of Adelaide slackers and comedians who are just trying to break the online comedy troupe scene. Think Workaholics but with a long way to go. This launch party is set to be the first show in a residency that will see Brad, Patrick and Ado perform a Variety show on the 1st Friday of every month. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, Shotz Bar, 192 Pirie Street, Adelaide. $10.


It can be expected that Ancient World is going to appear as a locale for Adelaide’s No Money Guide on a weekly basis. You could seriously just go to Ancient World every Friday and Saturday night without even reading this guide. But then I guess I wouldn’t have a job… Ancient World presents MAYHEM, a Burning Seed 2015 warm up party. Dress to impress and be ready to get absolutely freaky amongst the diehard creatives and imaginative people of Adelaide. For those who don’t know Burning Seed is the Australian version of the famous Burning Man Festival. $5 Entry, yippee! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat May 2, Ancient World, 116a Hindley Street, Adelaide. $5.


Melbourne’s The Shabbab will be paying at The Grace Emily in support of their fresh new 7” The Wind/Baby’s Gonna Get Deported. With members from Tel Aviv, Beirut and Middle East Brunswick The Shabbab tell of their selves as “Tarantino making love to the Gang of Four and giving birth to an even more punk rock Rachid Taha.” That sounds pretty great to me. Supporting The Shabbab are Three D radio favourites St. Morris Sinners and the mysterious Sooky La La. The Shabbab had a good year in 2014 supporting Peter Bibbey and POND. Help them have a good 2015 too! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat May 2, The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. Free.

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(Above: The Shabbab)


Zine’s are absolutely taking off in the humble city of Adelaide, and now you can experience the ‘feels’ exhibition and Zine release designed and curated by Lana Adams. “Touch is a fundamental element in interpersonal relations and in the relationship of individuals to their environment. Yet it is the most taken for granted. We may lose other senses and adapt but, as Rodaway points out: 'to lose an ability to feel... is to lose all sense of being in a world, and fundamentally of being at all.” The exhibition is going down at The Mill and you can pick yourself up a copy of the magazine itself. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, The Mill, 154 Angas Street, Adelaide. Free.


Tenth & Gibson will be hosting a screening of the first ever full length skateboarding video from VANS. The film, entitled PROPELLOR and directed by Greg Hunt promises to deliver “a sweeping snapshot of modern skateboarding that only Vans can deliver, featuring full parts from some of the biggest names in modern skateboarding alongside appearances from legends and true pioneers.” Young Henry’s will be selling cheap pints of craft beer and there is even an after unofficial after party being hosted by some rippers who built a fucking awesome skate bowl in their backyard. Oh yeah and it’s free too. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, Tenth & Gibson, 87 Gibson Street, Bowden. Free.


The Clangers are releasing an EP on Friday night at the ever so bitchin underground secret party club venue Ancient World. Entitled Clangers and Friends the evening will also feature performances from Clanger buddies Juliette Seizure & the Tremor Dolls (which just so happens to beone of the most awesome band names ever) as well as Caveman Disco. Bring your friends and party hard because there is free entry and The Clangers are going to be handing out free EP’s to everyone! How great is that?! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 1, Ancient World, 116a Hindley Street, Adelaide. Free.


From 3pm until late in the darkness of the night time Honeybee Cycles will be lending their space to Adelaide’s most radical independent female and trans musicians. With performances from the fabulous Abbey Howlett (proprietor of the successful Fringe show Neocosmosphere), Joy Sparkes (Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist) and Naomi Keyte this is a powerhouse line up of musical talent that is sure to be soothing to your unsuspecting ears. Not just that! There will also be a showcase of independent craft stalls and stacks and stacks of Vegan food to buy! Plus Angela Shilling spinning records late into the evening! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat May 2, Honeybee Cycles, 166 St Vincent Street, Pt. Adelaide. Free.

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