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What’s on at Geddes Lane Ballroom

Geddes Lane Ballroom are bringing live music back to Melbourne's King Street, and with a stack of great shows already locked in now's the time to check it out.


After launching in early October, Geddes Lane Ballroom has already showcased a stack of top-notch talent on its stage, including the likes of Kingswood, Augie March, and Harvey Sutherland.

Known as The Grainstore Tavern throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, the 170-year old bluestone building is dripping in music history. It’s been part of some legendary live music moments including being the location John Farnham launched his monumental album, Whispering Jack.

Not willing to slow down since reopening, Geddes Lane has a slew of huge shows already locked in, covering everything from raucous punk, to fire Aussie hip hop, and acoustic wonders there’s something for every taste.

Darren Middleton

After wrapping up a successful tour around the country, Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton is hosting a special one-off show in Melbourne. He’ll be sharing the fascinating stories behind his latest album Tides – an album that showcases a new direction for Middleton, with a focus on making music to connect people. Those connections will continue into the night, with Middleton being joined by a host of friends including Sahara Beck and album co-producer Davey Lane and supported by Amy Pollock. It’s going down on Friday 15 February. Tickets are available here.

That Gold Street Sound

In an absolute treat for fans, hip-shaking Melbourne Soul band That Gold Street Sound are releasing their new album Trick Of The Light at Geddes Lane Ballroom. Their enigmatic live sound saw the band named Best New Act on the Live n Local stage at St Kilda Festival, with the prize going towards funding their debut release. The album has been six years in the making so you can bet that the release day celebration is going to be huge. Join the party on Saturday 16 February. Tickets are available here.

Riley Pearce

In a year that saw him release his stunning EP Eastbound, Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce has gone from strength to strength. After announcing that he’s currently in the studio recording more new music, 2019 looks to be much the same. We might even be lucky to hear some of this new material when Riley comes to Geddes Lane on Friday 22 February. Tickets available here.

My Disco

Written over a two-week period during the Berlin winter this year, Environment is My Disco’s most uncompromising recording to date. Letting the location guide their sound, the record has come a dark and intense departure from their previous releases. See what we mean when the band come to Geddes Lane on Saturday 2 March. Tickets available here.

Sisters Of Soul

Right around the world, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women throughout history. As well as a celebration, the day is also a day to reflect on gender inequality still prevalent globally. This event will bring together some of the biggest voices in Melbourne’s soul music scene in a huge celebration of women and their voices. Andrea Marr, Nardia Brancatisano, Iseula and Rat Child will all be in attendance, supporting Girls Rock! Melbourne – a not-for-profit who provide education and opportunity for the future generation of girls and women within Melbourne’s diverse music industry. Its taking place this International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March. Tickets available here.

Enzo Ishall

On his debut trip to Australia, rising Zimbabwean dancehall artist Enzo Ishall will bring his string of hit singles and thrilling stage presence to Melbourne fans. Best known for his single Kanjiva, this show promises to be electric. It’s going down on Sunday 10 March. Tickets are available here.


To celebrate the release of his Reset EP, Fractures AKA Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Mark Zito will be taking his new tunes on the road, landing at Geddes Lane this March. Of the EP, Zito says, “[it] encapsulates something of an in-between and a shift to bigger and hopefully better things,” so we are expecting big things from these shows. Catch Fractures live on Friday 15 March. Tickets are available here.

Jon Toogood (Shihad)

Following a sold-out tour with his band Shihad in 2018, Jon Toogood will head to Geddes Lane for an intimate acoustic show – stripping back his catalogue and sharing stories from across his huge musical life. 2018 was a huge year for Toogood – between recording and releasing HAJA with The Adults and touring Australia to celebrate 30-years of Shihad, he barely had a chance to slow down. Now’s your chance to catch Toogood in singer-songwriter mode. It’s going down Saturday 30 March. Tickets are available here.

The Cherry Dolls

Where has the time gone? Rockers The Cherry Dolls are preparing their fifth birthday celebrations, and with a fresh single titled Around & Around almost ready to unleash, the party at Geddes Lane is set to be a huge one. Making the night even bigger (we didn’t think it was possible either!), they’ll be joined by a slew of topnotch talent including Batz, The Crookeds, Spiral Perm, and a DJ set from Black Night Crash. We’re predicting a forecast of sweaty, when the part rolls in on Friday 5 April. Tickets are on sale here.

Philadelphia Grand Jury

The Philly Jays are ready for their first tour of the year and we couldn’t be more stoked. The tour celebrates their new single $10K. It’s the first taste of the band’s mysterious third album, and follows 2015’s comeback album Summer of Doom (we know, we can’t believe it’s been four years either!). As well as celebrating their previous two albums, this show will, of course, also feature some fresh-from-the-studio tunes – what a treat. Catch Philadelphia Grand Jury on Friday 12 April. Tickets are available here.

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