No Money Weekend: May 8

No Money Weekend: May 8

The essential nation-wide cheapskates' event guide.

House bangers, jungle beats, Wet Pussy slushies and a cabin in the woods - our frugal friends bring you a selection of fun-but-thrifty ideas to tempt Mum into the best weekend of her life.

(Image: Joe Cooke)



Head into the Heart of Fremantle for deep house and dungeon vibes at FRAYED, which will feature Brisbane duo Cut Snake gracing the stone floor. Cut Snake, aka Paul Fisher and Leigh Sedley, recently moved to the US and are now bringing their atmospheric 'no-fucks-given' brand of house to Freo. Cheap $5 drink specials, including Wet Pussy slushies and Red Wine and Cokes, ensures you can dance to the max for minimum cash pain. Prepare to get made and flayed via a selection of RnB, Hip Hop and no doubt the occasional banger. Make sure you get there before 11pm for $10 entry. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sat May 9, 10-5am, Frayed Late Night Lounge, 55 High Street, Fremantle. $10 entry before 11pm, $15 after. Cheap $5 drink specials.


(Above: Frayed)


Local three-piece grunge lords FOAM are having a big ‘Fucking Off Party’ at the William Street Bird this Saturday night. After a glorious four and a half years of incredible tours, shows, benders and bed-shares, these lads are taking a deserved break and have decided to undertake some non-music adventures and non-adventures. Ten clams for a schlick lineup including Kashikoi, Dream Rimmy, Bird-regulars Doctopus, and of course FOAM - 4 local acts that will blow your beanie off. Come party. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sat May 9, 8-late, William Street Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. $10.


Three nights of Birdy goodness are featured this week, so you're spoilt for choice. Tonight (Friday), WA producer Tobacco Rat, aka Jake Steele of Kučka, graces the stage at the William Street Bird, with supports Leon Osborn, Kučka and Atripat. Steele’s creation sees a union of hip hop, electronic, trap, future beat, experimental and techno, delving into some deeper, more broody sounds than his other collaborations. Tobacco Rat’s visual show is pretty damn special as he takes the form of a rat-man onstage, accompanied by reactive visual FX and smoke machines. With a bunch of super-talented support acts, you be rat-shit crazy to miss this. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri May 8, 8-12, WilliamStreet Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. $5.


(Above: Tobacco Rat)


It’s Sunday and you’ve treated Madre to a coffee and a kiss but now it’s time to embark on a journey into Perth for night #3 of your weekend. A Journey to the Centre of Perth is hosted at the William Street Bird this Sunday featuring a lovely homegrown line-up including futurist Dr. Z, Methods DJ’s H.Sims + H.Maxwell, Caribbean shack lord John Safari and Jack Doepel b2b w/ Levi McLean. Slow-cooked $8 pulled pork rolls (goodness), $5 Gage Roads and gorgeous vegetative vine installations make this deal sweeter than the concept of Mother’s Day itself. That said, bring mum. – Charles Douglas

When & Where: Sun May 10, 6-10 pm, WilliamStreet Bird, 181 William St, Northbridge. $5 entry.



In stores are an awesome part of a record store, bringing live music to fans, in an intimate setting and at no cost. Jet Black Cat Music in West End has been putting up an awesome lineup of in stores this year, and this weekend is sure to be a cracker. They're putting up not one, but three gigs, in what is set to be a massive day of awesome free music. Things kick off with Courtney Barnett at 01:30PM (which today went to a ballot due to popularity and is now full), before Jen Cloher at 05:30PM, and then Teeth & Tounge are set to make a special "late night" appearance after supporting Barnett at nearby Max Watts. Head on down, pull up a lawn chair, cram into a corner, listen to some awesome free music and support independents by buying a record or t-shirt. - Miles Ruge

Where & When: Sat May 9. Jet Black Cat Music, 72A Vulture Street, West End. 01:30PM - Late. Free.Information here.


Brisbane geeks unite, all things digital will be on show as IRL takes over the Brisbane Powerhouse for a ten day celebration of video games, technology and art. The main event might be the the annual Analogue Digital Conference next week, but there's a stack of cool, free shit to do around the conference: from retro video game installations, to exhibitions, music, and interactive art installations. There's also a collection of "after dark" parties where the Powerhouse throws opens its doors, puts on food and booze and lets you have an intimate look at IRL. Check out the massive programme at the website. - Miles Ruge

Where & When: Fri May 8 -  Sun May 17. Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm. Free. Information here.


(Above: IRL at Brisbane Powerhouse)


Brisbane's premier handmade market makes a return to City Hall this Saturday offering up an array of homemade wares from clothing, unique art and boutique stationery, jewellery and small plants. Don your finest pair of chinos, grab a soy latte on route and put that novelty camera around your neck to good use. Hosted by BrisStyle, Brisbane's largest collective of handmade sellers from the ever popular Etsy platform, this is about as legit as handmade comes. Head along and pick up something for mum for Mother's Day, she's sure to love you for it and it beats another gift card from the same old shop. - Miles Ruge

Where & When:  Sat May 9. Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide Street. 9am - 3pm. Free.  Information here.



Everyone loves a good rock n roll success story, and places like the Bald Faced Stag are where they come to life! This Friday night, for the low low price of $10, you can witness the next wave in alternative rocking talent. One day, you might get to say you saw them before they were cool, pretty much like the opening few levels on Guitar Hero. Possibility of Two headline the bill, with local lads Kang, Anglesee and James Wilson providing back up. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Fri May 8, 8pm. The Bald Faced Stag, 345 Parramatta Rd, Leichardt. $10


Fresh out of Normcore (it’s dead, sorry) and way into that area where the beats are groovy, the t-shirts have random shapes and logos all over them and the bucket hats are extra droopy, the homies at Sidechains have all you need to make sure your mother’s day hangover was totally worth it. With an eclectic sample platter of bass, trap and future beats from talents such as Fossa Beats, DJ Lockouts and Oh Boy. Combine that with a wanker-free environment and some of the friendliest club organisers you’re ever likely to meet, and you know you’re in for a good time. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sat May 9, 9pm. The Kit & Kaboodle, 37 Darlinghurst St, Potts Point. Free on Guestlist before 11, $10 otherwise.



Let’s face it, we’re all horrible sons and daughters, and we don’t even come close to giving our mums the amount of props they deserve. Go and pick her up, take her out for the day, and buy her something she can cherish. The Mother’s Day markets down at Camden are a good place to start, with a bunch of indie market stalls, historical tours, luncheons, a great food and wine area and plenty of space for a picnic. It’s cheesy, but you know she’ll love it, so just do it. – Brad Nash

When & Where: Sun May 10, 10am. Belgenny Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Avenue, Camden South. $5


Nothing says ‘day of rest’ quite like midday drinks on a Sunday. Valve Bar’s Seedy Sunday is back with yet another gnarly lineup. The day will be hosted by Michael Crane who will also kick off the day’s events with his very own set from 3:45pm. We Take the Night, Tucker Tuff N Tasty, HandHeld Human, Gabe Levin and Trash Jacket will be hitting the stage throughout the day before FLACCID MOHAWK close off the night. Mondayitis will inevitably kick in but fight it off as long as you can at Valve on Sunday. – Sam Garcia

When & Where: Sun 10 May, from 3pm, The Valve Bar, Agincourt Hotel, 871 George St, Sydney. Free entry.


Finders Keepers Markets are back this weekend and are running from Friday to Sunday. It promises to be bigger than ever before with the extra Sunday added due to popular demand. There will be over 200 design and art stalls from local designers and nationwide talent. With artisanal food stalls, food trucks, a Stone & Wood bar, coffee by Allpress and live music, there is something for everyone. Each Finders Keepers market is unique so don’t miss this chance of getting your hands on some rare goodies.  – Sam Garcia

When & Where: Fri 8 May, 6pm-10pm. Sat 9 May, 10am-6pm. Sun 10 May, 10am-4pm. Australia Technology Par, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive St, Eveleigh. $2 entry. More info here.


(Above: Finders Keepers Market)


It’s been a minute but Little Features are back at Hibernian House and have some pretty impressive names on the bill. Julia Jacklin, Andy Golledge and Kaura Cronin will be playing by candlelight as the air is filled not only with sweet sweet tunes but also the aroma of brewing tea. Hibernian House is undoubtedly one of Sydney’s coolest hang out spots so the ambience alone will be unbeatable. The graffiti will make you feel like you’re in the ghetto but don’t let that fool you; the only poppin’ will be that of champagne bottles being enjoyed on picnic blankets. - Sam Garcia

When & Where: Fri 8 May, from 7pm, Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills. $15 BYO drinks/blankets/picnic.



Melbourne photographer and designer Heather Lighton – also the brains behind the wonderful Dog Photog, just quietly – is launching her debut publication at Perimeter Books in Thornbury. Young is ‘a photobook about youth and beauty and the girls who live it’, a celebration of each subject as a complex person beyond just their physical beauty. And given how adept Lighton is at capturing beauty in her work, all signs point to ‘this will be a good’un’. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat May 9, 3pm. Perimeter Books, 748 High Street, Thornbury. Free.


(Above: Young)


Pussy Power is a night of all-femme DJs; a tour de force of the finest ladies of music – from Motown sass to Beyonce and back ‘round to Melbourne. Saturday is launch night, complete with Glitter Revolution on hand to make everyone as shiny sparkly as their hearts desire. Although the night’s theme is one of pussy power, expect the vibes to be the height of inclusive. Free entry until midnight, for maximum cocktail-related dollar efficiency. Down a cocktail while you shake what your mama gave you. In fact, raise said cocktail at midnight, Mother’s Day is Sunday. – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sat May 9, 8pm. Little & Olver, 393 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Free entry until midnight.


The recent earthquake in Nepal has inspired a truly wonderful amount of good-will and fundraising around Melbourne in aid of those affected; our city’s electronic music community is no different. This fifth Remedy event will feature a slew of Melbourne’s DJs across two venues – Section 8 and Belleville. Entry is by donation, with raffle tickets to purchase (as well as limited-edition Remedy socks, #baller). All dollars raised will be donated to Melbourne-based NGO Big Umbrella, and Learning Planet. How much better is donating to a good cause when you can double team it with a stupid-good Sunday session? – Reb Mery

When & Where: Sun May 10, 2pm. Section 8, Tattersalls Lane & Belleville, Globe Alley, Melbourne. Entry by donation, $10 suggested.



If you’re that punter always floating around the AUX chord at your local watering hole, or you’ve always dreamt of impressing your Cool Uncle by throwing a vinyl party: this one’s for you. Kick on this Sunday afternoon with BYO Vinyl at Leftfoot, where you can book in a slot to play a set from your favourite LPs and 45s. If you’re a bit of a phoney like me, with a plethora of vinyls and very little understanding of the gadgets, consider this a workshop because the staff will be helping you get spinning in no time. Make an afternoon of it, bring your friends and finally live out that dream of a crowd boogying beneath you to the Careless Whisper (Extended Mix). – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: Sun 4pm-7pm. Littlefoot, 223 Barkly Street, Footscray. Free.


Good things are bound to happen when Melbourne’s favourite hip-hop hub teams up with Budweiser: free beer, local artwork and a seductive Saturday soundtrack. This week marks the start of six weeks of the Artist Program at Laundry Bar. Each edition will feature solo shows by illustrators, fashion designers, photographers and more. First up is Nina Elliot’s exhibition, start off your evening slow with a geez at her illustrations as you enjoy complimentary beverages supplied by Budweiser. And as always, the trust folk at Laundry have got you covered for the rest of the night with their epic Big Dancing Saturdays. Pre-game, drinks and after party sorted, what more could you ask for? – Holly Bodeker-Smith

When & Where: 8:30pm, Sat 9 May (continues each Sat until 23 May). Laundry Bar, 48-50 Johnston st, Fitzroy. Free.


(Above: Laundry Bar x Budweiser)


Need a no-funds-friendly party this Friday? Underground electronica guru Bevin Campbell (blend corp/PBS FM) and friends take over this month's edition of Subjackt, a night hosted at The Croft Institute in the heart of Melbourne. This should shape up to be a night of abundant groove when you add some heat, beats and bass over two rooms, upstairs and downstairs. A mere 5 clams entry means you don't make beef with your bank and thus can sleep easy, if you catch any sleep at all. - Charles Douglas

When & Where: Fri May 8, The Croft Institute, Croft Alley, Melbourne. $5.




The Long Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre will be stacked full of mud and ink this Friday, in a semi-orderly fashion I'm assuming... Kim Foale (muddy) and Jon Kudelka (inky) have assured the presence of ray guns, inappropriate shorts, misplaced clowns and the correct usage of the indicator on the streets of Hobart (what more could you need, really?). You're also encouraged to bring a sense of humour, and if you don't have a sense of humour you're probably some kind of sad hermit anyway, so you wouldn't be going in the first place. - Tom Wolff

When & Where: Fri May 8. The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre. 77 Salamanca Pl, Hobart. 6pm. Free entry


World's End Brewpub is one of the better establishments in Hobart for a mouth watering Vaucluse Bitter (ha, I hope someone gets this.) But seriously, they've always got a vast array of delicious amber liquids that'll satisfy any beer nerd. And this Friday also happens to be 'Soul Night'. I can't think of many better combos to fend off the shitty, cold weather of late than music to soothe the soul and ales to warm the throat (or is that whisky I'm thinking of?) Regardless, head to the end of the world for a cosy Friday indoors. - Tom Wolff

When & Where: Fri May 8, World's End Brewpub, 236 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay. Free entry.


There's a number of cabins up on kunanyi (Mt Wellington) just asking for a warm fire (bring your own firewood), a delicious stew in a camp oven and some whiskey. The notion is even more romanticised when you put snow into the equation (of which, right now, there is plenty). I'm not gonna tell you where they are for two reasons. One, it's way more fun if you have to discover them for yourself. Two, if people found out I gave away the location of certain cabins I'd be in serious shit. Happy hunting! And don't die in the middle of the night in waist deep snow, please. -Tom Wolff

When & Where: Always, but don't start the search at night. Trust me. Mt Wellington. Free.


(Above: Cabin on Mt. Wellington)



You may remember the Beyond Killa launch party that went down a couple weeks ago, celebrating the start-up of a new design collective dedicated to crafting the epitome in killer for all your apparel, collectables, zine and merchandising needs. It is now time for their debut collection to move over with the upcoming launch of the Beyond Killa winter range. Expect new Tees, Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Longsleeve apparel to be the cream of the crop in this upcoming collection. The launch will be taking place at Created Range from 6-9pm. It is of course free to enter - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 8th, Created Range, Shop 13, Regent Arcade, Adelaide. (Free Entry)

beyond killa2

(Above: Beyond Killa)


If the upcoming Howl ‘N’ Bones show with Sons of Zoku and DJ Benwha was supposed to be a secret then it quite obviously isn’t anymore. Enjoy free entry, $6 Pints all night and some kind of air of secrecy for what is probably the only secret show in Adelaide on Friday night. Maybe apart from the ones that nobody actually knows about because they are secrets that people care about keeping that way. The Producers Bar is a nice place though. I hope I had you all at $6 Pints. Because isn’t that what really matters? - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri May 8th, The Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)


This is your ticket for the best free outing in Adelaide on this lovely Friday evening that approaches. Especially as far as live music is concerned. Cult blues heavyweights Devil’s Crossroad top a specially curated line up of the best psychedelic and grunge music your ears are possibly going to come across in your lonesome travels. Also featuring the forlorn apathy of seven piece Atilla My Honey and the mystic slam poetry delivery of the rouge gentleman Attonbitus you better head on down as attendance has spiked well over the 200 mark in online events. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri 8th May, The Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)

devils crossroad

(Above: Devil's Crossroad)


It’s been a big year for Adelaide’s Urtekk with the live techno band having made appearances at WOMADelaide, Rainbow Serpent, Blenheim, the Clipsal 500 and Wide Open Space Festival all before May alone. Now the popular band will be launching the third single from their upcoming EP DM3. This is a free gig and will be the last local appearance from Urtekk over the cold months of winter so make sure you get down. Also featured is Luna and Pilot DJ’s. If you’re still not yet convinced check out the single’s Premiere on Rip it Up. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri 8th May, The Ed Castle, 233 Currie Street, Adelaide. (Free Entry)


Do I even need to explain this? Take five of Adelaide’s most beer enthused hard rock and metal acts and host them a very special gig inside a brewery. There is only one goal; that goal is to drink all the beer. Yes all of it. Featured competitors in the 2015 Beerlympics include heavy thrashers Alkira, sludge stoners Inwoods, as well as Voros, Blood Covered Shovel and A Modern Death. Who even knows if anyone will actually play any music? It could most certainly devolve into a social gathering purely to drink beer. Especially with all the dope craft beers on tap. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat 9th May, Brew Boys Brewery, 151 Regency Road, Adelaide. ($10 Entry)


Yeah I thought you did… that’s why I am here to inform you that the latest rendition of Thrillhouse at the Ed Castle not only features a bustling line consisting up of Tall Enough to See, King Indecisive, The Smile Hooks and Lost Woods in the way of bands, and West Thebarton Brothel Party, Swedish Sauna House Sexy Yoga and The Byzantines DJ’s on the decks. That was a mouth full to type, let alone say. Drink specials on Lager, Vodka, Beer and Cider Jugs, Cuba Libre’s AND Sangria. Thank me later, if you can find me. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat 9th May, The Ed Castle, 233 Currie Street, Adelaide. ($10 Entry)


Do you have a Brazilian friend? If you answered yes then you would be aware that Brazilians can be some of the funnest, funniest and most excited to party in your entire crew of empty-pocketed friends. You will also be aware that they just so happen to know every other Brazilian in your neighbourhood. So get down to the Brazilian Nights party this Saturday at the Crown & Sceptre. With a fine selection of Sertanejo, Samba, Forro, Funk, Axe and Pop rock you’re totally in for an awesome time. Cheap drinks all night are also advertised. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sat 9th May, The Crown & Sceptre, 308 King William Street, Adelaide. ($10 Entry)


If that title made you gasp for air in uncontained excitement then read on. If that pun made you feel a little unwell then read no further as this is one for all those expressive wordsmiths out there. Draw Your (S)Words is a spoken word and poetry event featuring an open mic segment where you can show the world your chops along with a musical performance from Louis Donnarumma and a feature wordsmith in the form of Hip Hop artist Wordsmith. A great choice if you’d like to head out without getting too inebriated! Kicks off at 8pm. - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Fri 8th May, Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Place, Adelaide. ($5 Entry)


Are you into poetry? If you answered yes then you’re an absolute NERD! But the good news is that there is something of interest to you happening on Sunday of minimal to no charge. The Alexandrina Council and Friendly Street Poets (I know that sounds like an ironically violent gang but it’s not I promise) are hosting an afternoon poetry reading session.  It costs $5 to be able to read your poetry or absolutely free just to watch and enjoy. There will also be a special surprise feature poet and a raffle with some crazy literary prizes. Like books! - Jonty Czuchwicki

When and Where: Sun 10th May, Signal Point Art Gallery, Laurie Lane, Goolwa. (Free Entry)


(Above: Signal Point Art Gallery)


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