Rachel Caddy w/ Salty Jack + Gaia Scarf
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Caddy w/ Salty Jack + Gaia Scarf

Following the release of her debut EP ‘Missing Screws’, Singer/Songwriter Rachel Caddy will be bringing her unique, powerful blend of indie/folk back to the Retreat (front bar) alongside her 4-piece band. The Sunday evening will be filled with thoughtful songwriting, warm vocals and dynamic arrangements that assure a captivating show. Rachel will also be joined by friends Salty Jack, the creative noise project of Jack McNaughton and Gaia Scarf, a Singer/Songwriter from Sydney recently re-located to Melbourne. Kicking off from 7pm. FREE ENTRY.

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Junior Fiction Mini Residency w/ Joe Sewer + Matt Parlane
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

Junior Fiction Mini Residency w/ Joe Sewer + Matt Parlane

JUNIOR FICTION are playing the retreat front bar on two tuesdays in august. This is the first one. Lineup for the night will be:

JUNIOR FICTION : 
https://soundcloud.com/james-mclean-625046116/sets/junior-fiction-the-past

MR SOPHISICATION : https://soundcloud.com/mrsophistication0911

PARADISE PAPERS :
https://soundcloud.com/paradisepapers/sets/title

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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TuckShop w/ Special Guests
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

TuckShop w/ Special Guests

TUCKSHOP AT THE RETREAT W/ SPECIAL GUESTS 

You like funk? You like disco? You like dance? Come party with Tuckshop at our first headline gig. A four-piece groove-fest, we've been around the fringe circuit and can't wait to come home. Doors at 8, bands from 8:30, party all night long. 

We'll be announcing some fab guests this week - stay tuned - save the date - gonna be huge.

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Spaghetti Western
Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Spaghetti Western

Classic country, original tunes and 80's pop with quirky arrangements are the calling card of Spaghetti Western.

The four piece outfit combine banjolele, ukelele and two guitars with sweet, three part vocal harmonies, guaranteed to get your foot tapping!

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Matt Parlane w/ Holiday Park + Albertine
Aug
26
7:00 PM19:00

Matt Parlane w/ Holiday Park + Albertine

So here it is, me (as in) Matt have been playing a few solo gigs here and there over the last year or 2 or 3 (who cares). I felt it's about time i got some underlings to make me sound better than i am so welcome to the Retreat Matt Parlane And His Issues! Also apart of this fun filled sunday night will be tunes played by GR8 M8S Holiday Park - band and Albertine!
It's free entry so you can spend whatever cash you have on alcohol served by the lovely retreat staff or pinball or maybe even a cheeky game of pool, just make sure to watch the bands and not spend the whole time in the smokers like i usually do :/ 
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Catch ya there! xx

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Junior Fiction Mini Residency w/ Mr Sophistication + Paradise Papers
Aug
28
7:30 PM19:30

Junior Fiction Mini Residency w/ Mr Sophistication + Paradise Papers

JUNIOR FICTION are playing the retreat front bar on two tuesdays in august. This is the first one. Lineup for the night will be:

JUNIOR FICTION : 
https://soundcloud.com/james-mclean-625046116/sets/junior-fiction-the-past

MR SOPHISICATION : https://soundcloud.com/mrsophistication0911

PARADISE PAPERS :
https://soundcloud.com/paradisepapers/sets/title

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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Leah Flanagan w/ Ruby Koomen (Bitch Diesel)
Sep
1
5:00 PM17:00

Leah Flanagan w/ Ruby Koomen (Bitch Diesel)

Songwriter, singer and sometimes ukulele whisperer, Leah Flanagan is embarking on her inaugural SPRING TOUR. Basically it is the first weekend of Spring and she is ditching the family to play some new songs from her up-coming, yet to be named album to you fine people.

Supported by Ruby Ruby Ruby RUBY Koomen from Bitch Diesel - one of Leah’s favourite bands.

We gone entertain you. So come one, come all.

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Charlie Marshall w/ Sabrina Lawrie
Sep
2
3:00 PM15:00

Charlie Marshall w/ Sabrina Lawrie

Melbourne singer songwriter Charlie Marshall plays his farewell gig before embarking on a European tour in September/October, featuring highlights from his extensive back catalogue along with a preview of songs from the soon-to-be released album "Shiny and New". Spanning material from The Body Electric in the 1990s, to last years acclaimed 'Sublime' LP, Charlie will be wringing soulful tones from his electric guitar, and fine tuning his trademark intensity in preparation his overseas jaunt. 

Support is from Brisbane's Sabrina Lawrie, another electric guitar wielding singer songwriter brimming with bluesy soul.

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Harry Permezel w/ Jarrow + Hannah Kate
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Harry Permezel w/ Jarrow + Hannah Kate

Sunday sept 9 in the retreat main room featuring jarrow (solo) and hannah kate (solo) !!!

FAQ for this show are answered below

Q: How much does it cost?
A: It's free, ya idiot!

Q: Where can I hear the music of the people playing?

A: 

harry permezel
https://hazerous.bandcamp.com/album/wax-man

jarrow
https://jarrowbdr.bandcamp.com/

hannah kate
https://hannahkate.bandcamp.com/album/late-brunch

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Mylk w/ Jackson Howard + Stas
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mylk w/ Jackson Howard + Stas

Ever thought: "hey i'd love to take my parents to a Mylk gig! but they are very loud and im not too sure if my parents would like the loudness, even though mylk are really really good."
We have thought that many times before.
Well, you're in luck, as on Tuesday the 11th of September Mylk are playing an acoustic gig, with the help of Jackson Howard and Stas, and it's completely free.

SET TIMES:

8:00 - 8:30pm: Stas
8:45 - 9:15pm: Jackson Howard
9:30 - 10:15: Mylk

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Aleyce Simmonds and Brad Butcher
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Aleyce Simmonds and Brad Butcher

2018 Golden Guitar Winners, Aleyce Simmonds and Brad Butcher, combine to tour the A + B = Country in your town tour, this July onwards.
Highly Respected for their songwriting prowess and musicianship, both artists have been award finalists and winners many times over.
The A + B = Country tour sees Aleyce and Brad, touring the Country, delivering their honest and unique styles of Australian Country Music, radio singles and deep cuts in an intimate and collaborative setting.

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Dave Wright and the Midnight Electric w/ Woodland Hunters
Aug
19
3:00 PM15:00

Dave Wright and the Midnight Electric w/ Woodland Hunters

Dave Wright brings his stellar band The Midnight Electric to the cosy confines of the back bar of The Retreat Hotel for what promises to be an unforgettable Sunday Session. Teaming up with special guests The Woodland Hunters the afternoon promises a veritable feast of guitar rock interwoven with melodic storytelling. The Woodland Hunters open proceedings at 3PM for a 45 minute set of tunes from their acclaimed LP Let's Fall Apart plus some new numbers from their forthcoming release. Dave Wright & The Midnight Electric will hit the stage at 4PM for an hour long set drawing heavily from their two full length albums, 2014's The Lucky Country and 2017's HWY. As Jeff Jenkins succinctly stated in The Music... "expect epic."

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Firstkiss w/ The Overheads + Isla
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Firstkiss w/ The Overheads + Isla

Firstkiss are here with their first headliner show, joined by The Overheads and Isla! 
FREE ENTRY (so bring all your friends!!)
The Retreat Hotel, Main Room

Isla is the solo ambient project of Eamon Campbell-June. He will be kicking the night off with some beautiful and dense ambient soundscapes.

Next up will be the Overheads. A quickly rising 5 piece indie rock band with fantastic melody and thoughtful lyrics that will be sure to captivate and charm.

Firstkiss will be bringing the night to a close with our first ever headlining show and a set full of moody and ambient rock driven by the ethereal vocals of Claire Osborn-Li set against harsh and thick guitars and synthesiser. 

8:30pm Isla
9:15pm The Overheads
10pm Firstkiss

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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Pting Mini Residency w/ Culte + House Deposit
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

Pting Mini Residency w/ Culte + House Deposit

HELLO ptingle got a single to show u and we got a mini 2 week residency to help us do it 

Week 1

Eat-Man
hot off their own super hot tape launch, theyre bringin some garage and they r hungry for fun
http://eat-man.bandcamp.com/album/eat-man-ep

CB Radio
are as musically colourful as they r prolific, the live band features members of all ya fav bands including culte, Meat & Dead End its a new wave party and everyones invited
http://cbradiomusic.bandcamp.com/track/133

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The Guilts
Aug
12
7:00 PM19:00

The Guilts

The Guilts play Melbourne for the first time in yonks! Beat magazine said about their first album: "If you're a Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen fan, you'll dig on Hearts". Inspired by Folk music from from all over the world and feeding it back to you with a snarl, The Guilts love heating up the front bar with two sets of good ol' fashioned tunes.

With them is the legendary crooner Brendan Welch. Ask around Melbourne's musos and before long you'll hear his name mentioned as one of the greatest singers and songwriters around. Brendan's two albums are crammed full of poetic and insightful anthems. Come catch a rare performance!

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Music Mamas w/ Cadwyn & Co + Wooden Dolls + Brittle Sun + Kat O
Aug
12
3:00 PM15:00

Music Mamas w/ Cadwyn & Co + Wooden Dolls + Brittle Sun + Kat O

Music Mamas is a unique event where mainly female singer/songwriters with kids, nieces/nephews or just a love of kids, play a family-friendly showcase gig. 

This is an all ages event, so everyone is welcome, especially parents, little children and grandparents. 

The ninth Music Mamas features:

Cadwyn & Co 
Wooden Dolls (our honorary Music Papas are back!)
Brittle Sun (Single Launch)
Kat O 

Free entry!

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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Pting Mini Residency w/ Eat-Man + CB Radio
Aug
7
7:30 PM19:30

Pting Mini Residency w/ Eat-Man + CB Radio

HELLO ptingle got a single to show u and we got a mini 2 week residency to help us do it 

Week 1

Eat-Man
hot off their own super hot tape launch, theyre bringin some garage and they r hungry for fun
http://eat-man.bandcamp.com/album/eat-man-ep

CB Radio
are as musically colourful as they r prolific, the live band features members of all ya fav bands including culte, Meat & Dead End its a new wave party and everyones invited
http://cbradiomusic.bandcamp.com/track/133

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The Florets Single Launch w/ The Backs + Will Povey
Aug
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Florets Single Launch w/ The Backs + Will Povey

Come and celebrate with us at The Retreat! 

We are super excited to showcase our recently released debut single 'Sleep'! 

Accompanying us for the launch are The Backs who have taken some time off to record fresh tracks and reshuffle the lineup with a brand new tubs player! 
Also joining the festivities is Will Povey, an immaculate story teller, oozing with nostalgic imagery. 

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SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH! 
FREE ENTRY!!!
MUSIC FROM 7PM

The Florets
The Backs
Will Povey

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Special thanks to Dougal Shaw of Marthouse Records for bringing this tune to life! 

xoxo

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Aug
3
to Aug 4

Mr. McClellands Finishing School

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FACEBOOK EVENT
$10 ENTRY / MAIN ROOM 

We had such a good time at The Retreat Hotel this month that we've decided to do it all again on the first Friday night of August!

Come and join Mr. McClelland's Finishing School co-founder Leah CollinsDan Hall as they tear up the Retreat dance floor on Friday August 3rd from 10pm! A sweaty good time is guaranteed!

And for those that need a reminder...

Mr. McClelland's Finishing School is a celebrated night of dancing to pop music.

And that means all kinds of pop music;

From The Smiths to The Beatles, from Weezer to Prince, from Belle & Sebastian to The Supremes, from Pulp to Passion Pit, from James Brown to Blur, from Rage Against the Machine to Run DMC, from The Spice Girls to Arcade Fire. 

It's all for dancing.

Featuring music you really like and music you had forgotten you really like and music you will soon really like. Nobody can go from Rancid to Whitney Houston like Finishing School can.
It's crowded, sweaty and joyous. Come along and shake it.

You've been to other club nights... now come to the Finishing School.

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Chicken Wishbone w/ Waterbird + Elker (Live) + Corduroy Boy (DJ) + Psilophyte/DJ Spencer (DJ)
Aug
2
to Aug 3

Chicken Wishbone w/ Waterbird + Elker (Live) + Corduroy Boy (DJ) + Psilophyte/DJ Spencer (DJ)

We're down for a special show at The Retreat! 
Joined with us will be our extensive lineup with Waterbird Elker, Psilophyte, Corduroy Boy. 
This event will be recorded for the final side 'E' of our tape! 

Mixtape vol.II
https://chickenwishbone.bandcamp.com/album/mixtape-vol-ii
Waterbird
https://www.facebook.com/waterbirdband/
Elker
https://soundcloud.com/elkertum
Psilophyte
https://soundcloud.com/psilophyte
Corduroy Boy
https://soundcloud.com/user-214185334

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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High Binder w/ Pocket Deep
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

High Binder w/ Pocket Deep

High Binder: A dangerous and vicious man or horse - Old western term.

This motley crew of outlaws and hooligans was inspired by the sounds of old to start a band that would shake Melbourne to its core. With blaring horns and deep grooves, this seven-piece 'Dark Soul' outfit draws elements from spaghetti-western film soundtracks and heavy metal greats to create a distinctive yet familiar sound. Prepare yourself for a night of debauchery and depravity as we hold your hand through bad peyote trips and frightening black magic rituals, back stabbings and betrayals, love and lust. Get your affairs in order, because we can’t guarantee your safety.

Beware the High Binder!!!

Support from Pocket Deep!

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Alison Forbes + Sally-Anne Whitten
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Alison Forbes + Sally-Anne Whitten

Two of Australia’s most authentic, soul stirring country music singer songwriters are touring- together!

Allison Forbes has been described as Australia’s answer to Emmylou Harris, with a dash of Imelda May, has a swag of awards and wonderful recordings under her belt (produced by Shane Nicholson), and has won the hearts of fans everywhere. She performs all over Australia and is excited to be combining talents with fellow Tamworthian Sally-Anne Whitten. Sally-Anne is well known for her unique “Funky Country” sound, and with her new album “Burgundy Street” already fostering a top 2o debut single, she brings a healthy dose of blues rock to the country music scene.

Expect soul, with killer grooves and great harmonies. And some pretty serious sass.

 

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Ivory Elephant w/ CoastBusters
Jul
27
8:30 PM20:30

Ivory Elephant w/ CoastBusters

Fresh out of the studio recording of their second album, Melbourne psych-trio The Ivory Elephant will be hitting the Retreat stage for a one-off free show. With a sound that leans to the extended psych side, whilst still maintaining the band blues-roots, the band will be premiering a handful of tracks from their new album, set for release in 2019. Special guest on the night are gararge/surf combo, CoastBusters.

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The Slingers w/ The Oh Balters + Bad Bangs
Jul
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Slingers w/ The Oh Balters + Bad Bangs

FREE ENTRY
​​​​​​​ALL YOU CAN EAT SLINGERS BUFFET
The Slingers are taking back what is rightfully theirs, The Retreat Hotel, flanked by trusty long-term allies Bad Bangs and The Oh Balters. Come on down to The Retreat on Sydney Road for a free-entry, free-exit event. Doors open at 7.30 pm. 

'The Slingers are five unique individuals, and just like you, they're passionate about the footy' - Reputable Music Journalist

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Pumpy's Pub Quiz

Every Wednesday, Melbourne's most charming and musical quizmaster Pete 'Pumpy' Lawler dishes out the trivia either in the dining room or the beer garden (location depends on the weather). Come down by 7pm and sign up your team for you're chance to show off you knowledge, win great prizes and have the most entertaining evening meal of your week!

 

 

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