The Phosphenes Album Launch w/ Vicuna Coat + Unpainted Prospects
Jan
20
2:30 PM14:30

The Phosphenes Album Launch w/ Vicuna Coat + Unpainted Prospects

ALBUM LAUNCH
'Finally, a friendly shore', The Phosphenes second album, “sounds like an impeccably curated anthology… a set of smart, wry, brilliant songs” (Paul Cowling – In Review) with "something for everyone … music doesn't get weirder, or more fun, than this" (Samantha Stevens – The Littlest Voice).
So come on down to The Retreat on 20 January for the grand launch party. The band will play the album in full, after fine entree erformances by their friends Vicuna Coat and Unpainted Prospects. An event not to be missed. Free entry, doors at 2.30

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The Overheads Mini-Residency w/ Bella Venutti + mara
Jan
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Overheads Mini-Residency w/ Bella Venutti + mara

The Overheads are doing a residency in Jan at The Retreat! We're gonna be mixing it up with an "unplugged" set the first week and as many new songs as we can pack into the second week! It's free so come?

22.1
mara
playing two sets that night but first with her own wonderful songs (a vast discography to choose from too)
https://maramaramara.bandcamp.com/

Bella Venutti of IV League blessing us with a rare solo set - very excited to see this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec6pQG7WdtI

29.1
Hemm 
possessing some delicate magic - sure to win your hearts over instantly
https://hemm.bandcamp.com/

bodies
mysterious but an incredible band (you'll be glad you saw them!)
https://b-odies.bandcamp.com/album/take-me-with-you

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jan
23
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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Back Pocket w/ GoDogGo + Velvet Bloom
Jan
24
8:00 PM20:00

Back Pocket w/ GoDogGo + Velvet Bloom

Back Pocket is coming to The Retreat for a night of dancing, drinking and consensual embracing!

After releasing their EP in 2018, Back Pocket moved through the rest of the year with a string of high energy live performances, always looking for new and inventive ways to share their energy with each other and those around them. Their sound, ever evolving and hard to define, can only be described as a collective of five distinct musical personalities fused together creating a single sonic entity. Their undeniable bond and unique contrast of flavours makes for a connected live experience and are the key factors in their ongoing creative progression.

Described as a single organism, the collective delivers intricate, tasteful grooves that support a soulful and intense exchange of energy.

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The Overheads Mini-Residency w/ Silent Income + bodies
Jan
29
8:00 PM20:00

The Overheads Mini-Residency w/ Silent Income + bodies

The Overheads are doing a residency in Jan at The Retreat! We're gonna be mixing it up with an "unplugged" set the first week and as many new songs as we can pack into the second week! It's free so come?

22.1
mara
playing two sets that night but first with her own wonderful songs (a vast discography to choose from too)
https://maramaramara.bandcamp.com/

Bella Venutti of IV League blessing us with a rare solo set - very excited to see this!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec6pQG7WdtI

29.1
Hemm 
possessing some delicate magic - sure to win your hearts over instantly
https://hemm.bandcamp.com/

bodies
mysterious but an incredible band (you'll be glad you saw them!)
https://b-odies.bandcamp.com/album/take-me-with-you

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jan
30
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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pink wool press
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

pink wool press

pink wool press tackle the stage at The Retreat Hotel in Melbourne to hand deliver their token bag of folk infused alt-rock in celebration of the new single and video for ‘I really hate to bring it up again’.

With The Knott Family Band and Cliff Bowden from Denim Swan playing goal assist and goal attack we are sure to be in for another excellent evening with zero obstructions at this classic Brunswick pub.

Expect earnest lyricism, warm clarinet, lively glockenspiel, jangly guitars and a well rounded bass to put the tinsel on your Thursday night.

FREE ENTRY

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Major Bummer w/ The Gems + Del Boca Vista
Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Major Bummer w/ The Gems + Del Boca Vista

On January 1st, 2019 at 12:01, Major Bummer released the first taster of their debit album 'Party Time' into the world (10 pounds, 3 ounces). 

It was a 'Double A-Side', mainly because Jules and Nick couldn't agree on which song to choose. "Let's do your's first" said Nick."No I insist, after you good sir, your solo is way tastier", Jules replied, and on and on it went. 

These negotiations began way back in May so it comes as a relief to learn that the boys have finally got off the socials and come to an agreement.

It's one song each, fair is fair you get what you get and you don't get upset. Microwave Burrito & Clear History. This is the track listing, and this is why We Launch. Because It's There. Yes We Can. 

Also playing are power pop specialists The Gems, back playing live after years in exile mastering the magic chord between B and C. Listed amongst their influences are drinking beer, drinking wine, smoking, dancing, listening to other bands, eating and playing music. We're sold, you had us at drinking.

Also of note is the return of Del Boca Vista, the guitar-led wonder project keyboardist/pedal steelist/wizard Daniel from the Major Bummers, who has promised to open the show with all the hits. 

It starts at 3pm, finishes at 6pm, it's in the front bar, The Retreat is rad, kids are welcome, dogs must be underpanted and it's FREE!

Oh yeah almost forgot, songs here:

https://majorbummerband.bandcamp.com/

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Protection w/ Shop Talk + 24747
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Protection w/ Shop Talk + 24747

Let's have a good ol' satdee summer arvo sing-along at the Retreat. Beers and sunshine, oh and some nice tunes too ay.

Oh and it's FREEEEEE!

Protection will play you some of their "Cure-gazi"- esque post-punk, while SHOP TALK will have you swooning away to their angelic harmonies and 24747 (Brodie of Flyying Colours) will whisk you away on his aeroplane themed loop song-sations.

kickin' off at 3pm, 9th Feb, see ya's there.

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DJ Crispi (PBS) - Arvo Set
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

DJ Crispi (PBS) - Arvo Set

DJ Crispi takes on the first two weeks of The Retreat’s Summer DJ Sessions. Every Sunday arvo in the beer garden from 2-6pm! Free as always!

DJ Crispi is a DJ for all occasions, generally playing music from the 60's to the 80's and covering genres from funk and soul to rock and pop and everything in between but there will always be a few surprises throughout! Using his experience as a DJ on PBS FM, he knows how to play the right music to suit the right mood and for Sunday afternoons in the Retreat beer garden, the vibe will be a mixture of mellowness and party! The Retreat beer garden is one of his favourite places to dj so the fun times are guaranteed!

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DJ Crispi (PBS) - Arvo Set
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

DJ Crispi (PBS) - Arvo Set

DJ Crispi takes on the first two weeks of The Retreat’s Summer DJ Sessions. Every Sunday arvo in the beer garden from 2-6pm! Free as always!

DJ Crispi is a DJ for all occasions, generally playing music from the 60's to the 80's and covering genres from funk and soul to rock and pop and everything in between but there will always be a few surprises throughout! Using his experience as a DJ on PBS FM, he knows how to play the right music to suit the right mood and for Sunday afternoons in the Retreat beer garden, the vibe will be a mixture of mellowness and party! The Retreat beer garden is one of his favourite places to dj so the fun times are guaranteed!

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The Twistees + Laedj + Dada Ono
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Twistees + Laedj + Dada Ono

Correct me if its not free

A kraut based psychedelic experience will descend upon Sydney’s Road’s finest beer garden on January the 18th. Expect motorik rhythms to waffle & quaver into melodicism as your eyes close & the dream sequences commence. A high-fiving, easy riding, bass-driving adventure for the easy price of $0.00 courtesy of The Retreat Hotel.



The Twistees (FFO NEU!, YMO, Britney Spears)

https://www.instagram.com/the_twistees/



Laedj (FFO DIIV, CAN, A Place To Bury Strangers)

https://laedj.bandcamp.com/album/ep



Dada Ono (FFO Andrew Bird, Cat Power, GOAT)

https://dadaono.bandcamp.com/album/granny-loves-smith



The Retreat Hotel, January 18th, Free

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jan
16
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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Meander Mini-Residency w/ Tina Growls + Plebs
Jan
15
7:00 PM19:00

Meander Mini-Residency w/ Tina Growls + Plebs

WOOP to kick things off in the new year we're throwing front bar gigs at the retreat hotel in Brunswick the 8th and the 15th! FREE ENTRY! CHEAP BEER 
Our EP "Pretty good thanks" will be released shortly after so get down to see it live!  
*NEW LINEUP  


First week!  

Surf-Garage trio Le Pine have been thrashing around the local Melbourne venues since early 2017 with their blend of ripping surf guitar and thrashing drums. After releasing a debut EP, ‘Scruff’ in February, Le Pine aspired to sonically develop themselves toward a more professional, crisp sound. In doing so they progressed from the DIY home studios to state of the art recording locations such as Woodstock Studios. The newest edition, Disco Blues will be sure to have you tapping your foot in a very calm manner. 

LEMONDAZE have jumped on board!

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dave w/ The Belafontes + Nat Vazer + Special Guests!
Jan
12
4:00 PM16:00

dave w/ The Belafontes + Nat Vazer + Special Guests!

Starting off 2019 just right the loveable larrikins that makeup dave are happy to announce the Yocholiday tour to give you that dusty hangover during silly season. 

2018 has been a big year for the band releasing their fourth EP 'Never Yoch Alone' and also making a trip to Chicago to record their debut album with legendary producer Steve Albini.

Be sure not to miss out on dave’s long-awaited return to Melbourne. 

Special Guests 
The Belafontes
Nat Vazer (Solo) 

Also thanks to Murray's Brewery for the liquid encouragement. 

Free Entry

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Wolfpack Benefit Launch #6 w/ Garlic Nun + Protospasm
Jan
11
8:00 PM20:00

Wolfpack Benefit Launch #6 w/ Garlic Nun + Protospasm

Hot damn we made it to the release of our sixth benefit CD :)
$35,000 plus raised so far now mates and this time all proceeds from sales will be going to the legends at Pets Haven, Victoria.
The launch show is free entry so please spread the word and come party with Wolfpack and the lovely legends from Garlic Nun & Protospasm on Friday 11th January at The Retreat, Brunswick.
We guaran-bloody-tee you it will be a time!
Cheers heaps and be well gang. XO

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The Limerants w/ Sapphire Street + TAMMA
Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Limerants w/ Sapphire Street + TAMMA

High-octane indie rock/new wave shredders The Limerants are a 5 piece band from Melbourne whose style spans from grungy synth rock to ambient pop punk. Ready to deliver a high energy set of fresh danceable tunes, this band will get you moving.

Back from the studio with two killer singles for you to wrap your ears around, The Limerants couldn't decide on which single to release first, so a double single launch it is! 

Hitting up the stage at The Retreat Hotel, they'll be joined by the high energy sounds of The Belafontes and indie psych-rockers Sapphire Street, as well as the dulcet tones of indie soul artist TAMMA.

Doors at 8pm and FREE ENTRY, a night not to be missed!

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jan
9
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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Meander Mini-Residency w/ Lemondaze + Le pine
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Meander Mini-Residency w/ Lemondaze + Le pine

WOOP to kick things off in the new year we're throwing front bar gigs at the retreat hotel in Brunswick the 8th and the 15th! FREE ENTRY! CHEAP BEER 
Our EP "Pretty good thanks" will be released shortly after so get down to see it live!  
*NEW LINEUP  


First week!  

Surf-Garage trio Le Pine have been thrashing around the local Melbourne venues since early 2017 with their blend of ripping surf guitar and thrashing drums. After releasing a debut EP, ‘Scruff’ in February, Le Pine aspired to sonically develop themselves toward a more professional, crisp sound. In doing so they progressed from the DIY home studios to state of the art recording locations such as Woodstock Studios. The newest edition, Disco Blues will be sure to have you tapping your foot in a very calm manner. 

LEMONDAZE have jumped on board!

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Jan
2
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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NYE at The Retreat!
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE at The Retreat!

New-Year-fireworks.jpg

FACEBOOK EVENT
FREE ENTRY

It’s going to be a good old fashioned party at The Retreat this New Years Eve!

Maybe even a countdown at midnight?

DJ Matteo will be spinning vinyl in the beer garden from 4-8pm, followed by DJ Jeff Leppard from 10:30pm-3am in the main room. Expect fireworks!

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The Faded Out w/ Plotz + Lynn Jacob
Dec
30
8:00 PM20:00

The Faded Out w/ Plotz + Lynn Jacob

Starting the new year celebrations early the Faded out descends on the Retreat Hotel for a night drowned in delay and noise.
With special guests Plots and Lynn Jacob 

ABOUT 
The Faded Out
www.thefadedout.com 

Emerging from the dives and haunts of Melbourne's underground in mid 2018, The Faded Out carves out a unique place in the resurgent Psych scene. Standing on the shoulders of the great players before them the band explores new worlds laced in washed out guitar, and glassy organ.

Plotz
www.facebook.com/plotztheband

The exciting new project that combines pop, garage, psychedelia with rock to make a really nice audible smoothie.

Lynn Jacob

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Big Moist Smoking Durries w/ The Brungas + Pablo Pace
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Big Moist Smoking Durries w/ The Brungas + Pablo Pace

GIDDYYY UPP!!! WHAT A LINE UP!!!!

COME ON DOWN TO THE RETREAT AND GET THE BEST LATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT YOU COULD HAVE EVER ASKED FOR

WE GOT BEERS

WE GOT SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER

AND WE GOT AN ABSOLUTE RIP SNORTER OF A LINE UP

COMIN ALL THE WAY FROM ALBURY WE GOT THE ABSOLUTE LEGENDS PABLO PACE!!!!

AND THEN AFTER THAT, FRESH OUT THE GATES, THE BRUNGAS!!!!! THE BLOODY TALENTED 7 PIECE DINNER BOX OF LEGENDS!!!!

AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE ABSOLUTE DUDS, BIG MOIST AND THE SMOKING DURRIES!!!!! BACK ONCE AGAIN SINGING ABOUT BEER AND SHOEYS!!! ZOOWEEMAMA

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Hobson's Bay Coast Guard's COASTMAS '18 w/ Diana Radar + SWAMP
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Hobson's Bay Coast Guard's COASTMAS '18 w/ Diana Radar + SWAMP

The Retreat Hotel and Select Music bring you:
- COASTMAS '18! -

HBCG and some of our besties in the biz want to treat you to something xtra special this xmas.
Get ready to burst out of the maelstrom of holiday consumption at escape velocity on a ripstick made of cool-tide spirit, for one tubular night only...
COASTMAS EVE. 
Yeah thats right silly! This is a FREE party on the night b4 XMAS at the rosy & cosy Retreat Hotel! 
We got bands! Drinks! DJ sets (until 3am wow-eee!) and a load of other flavourful cups of cheer to soothe those holiday woes. 

So what specific goodies has Rudolph left under the Menorah?
LIVE sets from:
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard! (thats us!)
Swamp 
Diana Radarr! 
PLUS
\\ DJ sets from Hobsons Bay + friends (until 3am wow-eee!)
// Secret (santa) art experiences!
AND SO MUCH MORE

What could possibly top this quality content? Come down and unwrap the night of your life on the EVE of woolies finally shutting for a day to find out!
So don't get your tinsel in a tangle and get down to the retreat for the Inaugural COASTMAS

So keep ur eye-lobes peeled - more info to come!

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PEMBO w/ Maya Vella
Dec
23
7:30 PM19:30

PEMBO w/ Maya Vella

PEMBO (Patrick & Emily) is the duo you probably dream about. Keys, guitar, harmonica and two beautiful voices. What more could you possible need? An Alex G cover? They've got you covered. 

Joined by French native Maya Vella. Warning...tears may follow. 

Free entry. 8pm start. Retreat front bar.

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Ivory Elephant w/ Creek + Grace Cummings Band
Dec
23
3:00 PM15:00

Ivory Elephant w/ Creek + Grace Cummings Band

Psych trio The Ivory Elephant are launching the first single off their upcoming second album, at a one-off free matinee show at The Retreat.

The new track "Wars", branches out on the bands heavy-psych sound. Dipping from mellow grooves and building to a heavy freakout, the 7-minute epic is just a taste of the forthcoming album (you'll get to hear it real soon!)

Support from Creek and Grace Cummings and her band

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Phil Spector Christmas Tribute w/ Traumaboys + Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls + more...
Dec
21
to Dec 22

Phil Spector Christmas Tribute w/ Traumaboys + Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls + more...

THE 5TH ANNUAL PHIL SPECTOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM TRIBUTE

It's that time of year again - and the lineup for The 5th Annual Phil Spector Christmas Album Tribute has dropped.

Performing an alternative version of Phil Spector's 'A Christmas Gift For You' will be Traumaboys, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls, Blowers, Red Motors, Plastic Section, Rock'n'roll White Leopard, plus very special guests. Presented by Kit Convict, with DJ Kez spinning 60's girl group and Spector-inspired tunes. Get ready to get festive as some of the best garage bands in town put their own debaucherous takes on the greatest Christmas album of all time. Ride your sleigh to The Retreat Hotel on Friday 21st December from 8:30pm, and it's free entry so no candy canes required.

The 5th Annual Phil Spector Christmas Album Tribute
Fri 21 December - 8:30pm
The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick

'A Christmas Gift For You' Performed by Various Artists:
Traumaboys, Juliette Seizure & The Tremor-Dolls, Blowers, Red Motors, Plastic Section, Rock'n'roll White Leopard, plus very special guests. Presented by Kit Convict. DJ Kez between bands. Free entry.

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Cyclo Timik w/ Special Guests
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

Cyclo Timik w/ Special Guests

Dark, twisted, witty, funny and, at times, strangely romantic elements, are joyfully rolled up into one energetic and theatrical Melbourne based, French inspired band – Cyclo Timik! Fronted by the charismatic, and at times, enigmatic, Monsieur Guilbert, the group fuse together an infectious mix of “French musette”, Gypsy music and punk rock, with dark and powerful stories of love, loss and the strange nuances that encapsulate everything from fetish to a broken heart. Influenced by the likes of Negresses Vertes and Gogol Bordello, Cyclo Timik is Edith Piaf meets Mike Patton!

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Pumpy's Pub Quiz
Dec
19
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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