Starting idle conversations with strangers about how cold a Ballarat winter can be will get you a blunt reply as yours truly found out on the weekend after attending the Athletic Club Brewery to see the Red Moon Rising Fundraiser which raises much needed funds for MS sufferers. The best watering hole in town has live music down in the Brewery on the odd night and there was the legendary East Of India take-away food cart out the back to feed the locals that were brave enough to head out into the night air to grab a feed.
There is not really loads of gigs happening in the town at the moment, but The Preatures are due to break the ice on July 11 when their MAGICK Tour hits Karova Lounge. The band will showcase favourites from their latest album Girlhood, including their most recent single ‘Magick’. No doubt there will also be a few tracks pulled from their debut album Blue Planet Eyes. Ali Barter is the support act and entry is only $10.
Didirri is an interesting act coming up at Karova on July 13. Chosen by triple j as one of the top ten most interesting artists at Bigsound in 2017, Didirri has been described as captivating and “music for over-thinkers”… okay I’m in! The young 23 year old singer/songwriter is certainly making his mark on audiences all over Australia, and you would be a dill to miss out on this rare gig in the Rat.
Don’t forget July 14 as Karova Lounge turns 14. Line-up is to be announced soon, but it is bound to be a corker of a night.
Dave Graney is booked to play at The Cabaret Club on July 7. The doors open at 8pm and songs from the 2017 release Let’s Get Tight will feature on the night. Graney has been around since 1978 so if you want to see a class act, you must get along to this show.
Griffin Burger are set to open shortly in Armstrong Street right next door to Zambrero. Apparently quality beers on tap and tasty grub will be served which is great for the town.
Right to the Night is a fabulous project being instigated by the City of Ballarat. Creating safe public spaces for women is vital in our community and you can use your mobile phone via the project link to pinpoint locations that make you feel safe or unsafe. Visit www.righttothenight.com.au. Look out for each other and everyone can enjoy the nightlife this great town has to offer!
Written by Glen Anderson