No Money Weekend May 22
Your essential nation-wide cheapskates event guide.
They say those who fail to plan, plan to fail. If you'd like this weekend to be maximum fun but you're operating on minimum funds, use this guide to influence your group of friends' movements this weekend now, so you don't have to beg them to bail you out later.
Leure is the solo electronic project of Amsterdam-based musician Ash Hendriks and you can see her this weekend for minimal cost. Often compared to Grimes, she brings a hypnotising minimalist sound with beautiful vocal harmonies that’ll get you into that Friday night dream state. She’ll be joined by supports Mei Saraswati and Sydney-natives New Native at the William Street Bird this Friday night. Forget about the frosty feels, get on the cheap drinks and dance your heart out to a few of Australia’s most talented female songwriters. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Fri May 22, 8pm-late, William Street Bird, 141 William St, Northbridge. More info here.
Above: Leure (Ash Hendriks)
NOT-SO-LITTLE FASHION MARKET
Ladies. Little Market Place has returned - and this time in the heart of our favourite port city Fremantle for one special Sunday. The Little Market Place clothing market brings together dozens of local designers, independent boutiques and sellers of second-hand designer clothing for a day of fashionable mayhem. Dimattina will be serving up some tasty coffees and there will also be men’s clothing stalls so I’m thinking … boys day out? Bring your fashion brain and your gal-pals and find yourself a boutique bargain. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sun May 24, 11-3, Fremantle Town Hall, William St, Fremantle. Free entry.
CLUB HUGE TINY CLUB #2
If you haven’t checked out Perth’s newest small venue then this Friday could be the go. Jimmy's Den hosts Club Zho's Club Huge #2 this week, featuring MotET's electronic sound, Predrag Delibasich and experimental artist Craig McElhinney. Massive percussion pieces, industrial vibes and experimental electronic music at a little venue that you’ve no doubt never been to before makes for an interesting night we think. And the best part is that if you’re a student (or a pensioner) it’s only a tenner for a ticket. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Fri May 22, 9pm, Jimmy’s Den, 69 James St, Northbridge. $10 tickets here.
ALL OF THE LIGHTS
Thursday marked the first night of Vivid Sydney at Central Park. This annual light show is undoubtedly getting bigger and better each year but 6 years on since the inaugural show, this is the first time Central Park has participated. The two-year-old internationally acclaimed urban village of Central Park will be hosting a Silent Disco, Interactive Paint-a-thon and Night Markets. On top of all of this, Newtown Hotel will have a pop-up bar on level 3 of the living mall from 6pm nightly to make sure your whistle is always wet. -Sam Garcia
When & Where: Thurs 22 May – Fri 8 June, from 6pm – 12am, Central Park, 28 Broadway, Chippendale. Free entry. For more info, click here.
YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY PARTIES
XX Pop-up club is opening this weekend with their first event Too Many Parties. Three rooms, three bars and $5 VB tinnies all night. I can’t imagine needing to say more than that but for those of you in need of more convincing, know that XX Pop-up Club promises to redefine the Sydney party-scene and the way we engage in it. In a time where lockouts are cramping your style and ‘coward punch’ no longer means non-alcoholic fruit juice; this is a welcome change. This Saturday’s Too Many Parties will feature deep house, techno AND 90s dance and hip-hop. *Drops mic* - Sam Garcia
When & Where: Sat 23 May, 9pm – 5am, XX Pop-up, 171 Victoria St, Potts Point. Free entry before 10pm.
L’Oasis legends will be holding their party debut this weekend at Enmore’s own Sly Fox Hotel. The music will be artfully produced, selected and mixed with care. Heading the lineup will be two local favourites, Sydney house/disco pro Adi Toohey (FBi/Picnic) will be kicking off the night and after that, Magda Bytnerowicz (4our) will drop some heavier bass and make sure you get completely lost in the music. The Sly Fox is conveniently outside of the lock-out zone so clear your Sunday schedule and prepare for the most frightening come down since your mum summoned you downstairs after seeing your little sister’s homemade fringe when you were 8. -Sam Garcia
When & Where: Fri 22 May, 10pm – 6am, Sly Fox Hotel, 199 Enmore Rd, Enmore. $5 at the door.
Above: Adi Toohey (FBi)
ZINES REIGN SUPREME
Look. I’m not going to pretend to know why people call them zines. I don’t know if there’s a single quality that separates normal magazines from zines, or anything like that. What I do know is that they’re an amazing creative outlet for people, and as much as people like to harp on about the death of print journalism, it still reigns supreme for a lot of people. Help celebrate that at this year’s MCA Zine Fair, where you can trade, buy, sell and read all the best Zines you could possibly get your hands on. I really want to stop saying Zine now. – Brad
When & Where: Fri May 22, 5pm – Sun May 24, 4pm. MCA, Circular Quay, Sydney. Free.
Above: MCA Zine Fair
Art in the Park was actually supposed to happen last week, and luckily for me it’s been postponed to this Saturday because of the rain without me actually knowing it was a thing. Either way, it looks super cool. Bring your pens and your picnic rug and sit back and relax while you’re guided through a bunch of awesome Art sessions from the likes of Skyriac, Martinmartian, Vishmi Helaratne and many more. I’m fairly sure my spellchecker just broke after typing that. – Brad
When & Where: Sat May 23, 1pm. Sydney Park, Sydney Park Rd, St.Peters. Free.
PHOTOS ON TOUR
The World Press Photo exhibition tour is the most widely visited Photo Exhibition Tour in the world. Yes, I’m fully aware of how convoluted that sentence was, go back and read it again if you need. Anyway! It’s finally landing in Sydney this weekend and will be here for just over a month, so get in while the going’s good. There’s some seriously amazing visual shit to be seen. – Brad
When & Where: Sat May 23, 10am. State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney. Free.
BOUND 2 GET DOWN
LAWWD (short for Look At What We Did) have been running tingz for a minute now in the Melbourne party scene, throwing straight up hip hop warehouse parties so dope you'll have Ciroc sweats for days afterwards. This weekend the LAWWD rises again, with DJs Larrie, New Wave, Jade Zoe, GetBusy, and Sammy the Bullett delivering sets straight from the old school. New Wave's thrown together a mix that's pure fuego to get you in the mood, stream below. The Jersey vibes are strong with this one - Sliink and Hoodboi on flex! - Dani
When & Where: Sat May 23, 7pm - 1am, 524 Flinders St. $10 on door. RSVP first here.
It’s Good Beer Week, and you can spend Good Beer Friday copping some brews at the various beer pop-up locations around Melbourne. You can try the Saint & Rogue beer garden this Friday, featuring live DJ’s and a American BBQ from 4pm, with Toobarac Beer showcasing their range of special brews. Or you alternatively could head down to Mint Bar to grab a taco and ‘beer the judge’ of some delish craft beers. Or you can hit up the Peacock Inn Hotel for ‘Tinnies & Pinnies’ for a night of cheap tins and a diverse arrangement of pinball challenges, such as Siamese Twin Pinball and ‘The Price Is Right’. No better weekend to get on the beers. - Charles Douglas
When & Where: Good Beer Week, May 16-24. Northcote & Melbourne CBD. Free entry. Find more about Good Beer Week here.
Loop Bar welcomes Tuned In this Saturday eve for a house-techno party featuring talented Melbourne duo Wingman (Nijjer & Quale) as headliners. Vorn Lewis, Benny S, The Fly are among the night’s entertainment along with resident DJ’s Harry Blotter and Langers to round it off. This semi-regular club night is totally free, features $5 beer specials and will no doubt be enough to satisfy your late night house dance cravings. Exciting live visuals from Shinythings will transform Loop Bar into a first-class underground dance cave. – Charles Douglas
When & Where: Sat 23 May, 10pm – late. Loop Project Space Bar, 23 Meyers Pl, Melbourne. Free Entry.
TRUCKING GOOD PARK
It’s been stupid-gloomy in Melbourne of late, but it looks like the weather gods are smiling down on Church Street’s Food Truck Park this weekend. Or at the very least, they’re giving a lopsided half-smile and half-promising not to rain. In any case, Food Truck Park is running – rain or shine – for lunch and dinner all weekend. The usual suspects will be in attendance (Mr Burger, etc) as well as some new face. Rain be damned; put on a raincoat and chow down. – Reb Mery
When & Where: All weekend. 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 8.30pm. 110 Church St, Richmond. Free entry.
Above: Richmond Food Truck Park
EUROVISION FEAT. STRAYA
2015 will go down in the annals of history as the year Australia teleported from its corner of the southern hemisphere to Europe. To live out its destiny (obviously) and compete in the Eurovision song contest, with Guy Sebastian flying the ‘Strayan flag. St Kilda’s GH Hotel is hosting a night of Eurovision celebration, made all the more important by ‘Straya’s participation. And if you’ve lost count of the layers of irony with which you’re approaching the event – that’s fine. Lee Lin Chin is announcing the Australian votes. Just embrace it. #teamstraya – Reb Mery
When & Where: Sun May 24, 8pm. GH Hotel, 1 Brighton Road, St Kilda. Free.
Where & When: Sat 23 May, 10AM-3PM, Rumpus Room, Cnr Boundary and Russell Street's West End. Free entry.
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION
Sydney’s fantabulous low fi prog rock band Glass Ocean will be stopping through Adelaide on their Stellar Evolution tour. Who would have guessed that I play drums in a band, and that band is actually supporting this leg of the tour. So of course I’m going to put the show in the gig guide. You have to be proud of your work, and my band Cobra is the shit. You can also catch Stranger Things Have Happened and Indiago supporting. Hell if you come because you saw this I may even let you in for free. - Jonty
When and Where: Sat May 23, The Crown and Anchor, 196 Grenfell Street, Adelaide ($10 Entry)
GOLD COIN CRUNCH
Although I’ll be smashing skins just across the road my good friends in Overview Effect (one of the greatest prog bands in Adelaide) will be launching their epic sophomore EP ‘Tundra’ at the Producers Bar. Joining them is For Millenia and CYNYXYTY (pronounced Cynic City). On top of being stacked with great bands the show also boasts an entry fee of a measly gold coin donation, though I’m sure you can always donate some more. They also seem to be doing a better job of promoting their show than my band. This one is going to be massive! - Jonty
When and Where: Sat May 23, The Producers Bar, 235 Grenfell Street, Adelaide (Gold Coin Entry)
(ALMOST) SOLD OUT SUNDAY SOUNDS
All the way from Western Australia comes singer and songwriter Malachy, of the duo Oisin and Malachy. The show is almost sold out but if you speed through your Sunday breakfast of bacon and… who am I kidding you can’t afford that! Anyway the point is that the final tickets for this show are on a first come first serve basis. The show will be supported by local singer/songwriter Grace Goodfellow. As the show kicks off at 4:30pm you’ll be out by 8pm and ready to continue your Sunday Sesh. No need to thank me, I get paid to write this. - Jonty
When and Where: Sun May 24, The Grace Emily, 232 Waymouth Street, Adelaide. $10 Entry.
THAT OLD CHESTNUT
I’m sure regular readers of No Money Weekend guide will at least have an inkling that a Friday night show at The World’s End is going to be presented by Twisted Echidna bookings, feature heavy bands and the presence of $6 Coronas and Sailor Jerry’s. The free entry is an added bonus, and you’ll be able to see the likes of St. Judes, Bitchspawn and Gun It. This has been billed as Steph’s farewell show. I don’t know who Steph is. If that name rings a bell you better go say goodbye to her. - Jonty
When and Where: Fri May 22, The Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley Street, Adelaide. Free Entry.
AIN’T THAT SOMETHING
We Do This will be launching their sophomore EP at the Pirie Street Social Club this Friday. The band lauds an unlikely story, with their three members all hailing from separate corners of the globe. With one from the United States, another from Venezuela and the other from our cosy South Australia. Obviously the result is interesting. Joining We Do This will be local legends Battlehounds and House of Jade. How could you possibly ask for more than a free entry show at Pirie with $6 beers all night? Because you’re greedy buggers aren’t you?! - Jonty
When and Where: Fri May 22, Pirie St. & Co Social Club, 121 Pirie Street, Adelaide. Free Entry.
WELCOME HOME RICO
The Bluebee Room presents to you 'Welcome Home Rico'. Now I don’t know who Rico is anymore than I know Steph, but obviously there is a reason why he’s being welcomed home, and what a great big line up of musicians there will be to do just that! There will be performances by Pete Broadway, Cassie O'Grady, Rico Garilli, Jared Royce Price, Jordan Slattery and Keehan Roberts. That’s a lot of artist to cram on one bill! The show is all ages, so I’m sure people of all walks of life will be ready and rearing to see Rico once again. - Jonty
When and Where: Fri May 22, The Bluebee Room, 131 Pirie Street, Adelaide. $10 Entry.
ROCK AND ROLL
Didn’t get tickets to Motley Crue on Thursday? Didn’t get to see Love Cream rock alongside Alice Cooper and co? Never fear I didn’t go either, but lucky for you Love Cream will be performing for free at the Jetty Bar alongside the effervescent Kitchenwitch! For those of you who don’t know, Love Cream did in fact support Motley Crue. Yes they’re horribly cheesy, yes glam is less relevant than Vince Neils strip club named Girls, Girls, Girls, and satirised glam is not really very funny and was already done by Steel Panther, but you know you want to! - Jonty
When and Where: Sat May 23, The Jetty Bar, 28 Jetty Road, Glenelg. Free Entry.
If you enjoy melodies, beats, verses and choruses than you’re likely to have a righteous old time at Ancient World on Friday. Alister Douglas of Firs and Blush response will be taking the stage solo with a lone guitar. He doesn’t know what songs he will play yet, but he hopes to decide soon. Matthew Hayward will then be launching a bunch of new material with a new band (the term 'band' in this context may actually refer to an ensemble containing a portable digital device and no humans other than Matthew Hayward. Ponytail Kink shall perform last. - Jonty
When and Where: Fri May 22, Ancient World, 116a Hindley Street, Adelaide. Free Entry.
BYE BYE VINYL
Relatively young blooded Adelaide venue Vinyl is closing it’s doors… and the commissioner of police wants to bring the lockout back to 2am? Yeah shit’s fucked, but at least Vinyl will be going out with a bang. Their farewell party will feature live performances from Local Revolution and Jupiter. It will also feature a DJ set from DJ Stevie Twonder. There is still more to be announced and you can get in for free before 8pm! Attendance for this one also looks massive, with a cool causal four hundred people pledging their attendance on the event page. - Jonty
When and Where: Sat May 23, Vinyl, 20 Gilbert Place, Adelaide. $10 Entry.
Getting rosy-cheeked on red for 48 hours. Hello. Wine makers from across Tasmania are flocking together for the Tasmanian Red Wine Weekend, to showcase their signature wines, with a bunch of vintages from the vault, for you to wrap your lips around. As well as tastings (free) there's classes, masterclasses and tonnes of competitions where you can win cases of wine so the wine enjoyment can last long beyond the wino weekend. Sorry to the Sauv Blanc squad, but you are not welcome here. - Dani
When & Where: Sat May 23 + Sun May 24, 12pm - 6pm, Princes Wharf Shed No 1, Castray Esplanade, Hobart. Tickets $25 from here (but think about how you'll get your values worth after a few tastings!)
If you've got some great ideas for free things to do on the weekend, we'd love to include them in our No Money Guide. Just let email@example.com know the details before next Thursday. We're on the hunt for another Melbourne writer, too - if you're able to contribute a written round-up of three great cultural / music events in Melbourne each week, get in touch.