Bendigo Au Go Go #19

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Bendigo Au Go Go #19

Bendigo punk rockers Dero have snatched musical victory from the jaws of defeat after a local brewery stepped up and offered its support to a gig left in limbo following an unexpected venue closure.

Dero, along with Melbourne thrash-punk band Wolfpack, played a show at the newly opened Entrée Music Bar earlier this year.

But a show booked at Entrée for this month, featuring Dero and Wolfpack and headlined by American punk rockers Get Dead, fell through after the venue’s untimely closure three months ago.

Enter local brewery True Brew, which saved the day and ensured the show would still go ahead on Sunday, October 13.

“After the unfortunate closure of Entree, we approached multiple venues across Victoria to keep the show alive. Thankfully True Brew stepped up,” says Dero bassist Reece Cooney.

Dero are stalwarts of Bendigo’s punk scene, having played around the traps on and off for about five years.

They started as a three-piece – featuring Warwick Cooney (guitar), Reece Cooney (bass), and Kurtis McMahon (drums) – before adding vocalist Dave Gamble to the mix about a year ago.

“We have played our brand of fuzzed-out Australian garage-punk right across Victoria,” says Reece Cooney. “(including) playing with national and international touring acts at some of Victoria’s most iconic venues.”

Dero will be right at home alongside Get Dead and Wolfpack on Sunday’s three-band bill.

A five-piece outfit from San Francisco who combines punk with elements of folk and blues, Get Dead are currently on a four-state tour of Australia.

See Dero, supporting Get Dead, along with Wolfpack, at True Brew on Sunday, October 13, from 2pm; entry $10 at the door.

Also happening around town in the next fortnight:

Road-warrior duo This Way North are bringing their It’s A Long Way To The Shop tour to The Old Church On The Hill on Friday, October 11. Support from folk duo Tuck Shop Ladies. From 8pm; tickets $20 from Eventbrite.

It’s that time of the month where you can jump on board and ride the rails on the Blues Tram. This month’s edition features Brisbane indie-pop singer-songwriter Karrie Heyward and Central Victorian bluesman Jarrod Shaw. Saturday, October 12, departing Central Deborah Goldmine at 2pm; tickets $39 from Bendigo Visitor Centre or

You can also catch Karrie Heyward at the Golden Vine on Saturday, October 12, supporting Melbourne’s folky swamp-blues trio Jess Parker and The Troubled Waters. From 9pm; $5 entry at the door.

Melbourne blues/rock trio Blue Balls return to Bendigo to rock out at the Golden Vine on Friday, October 18, supported by local hard rockers Stone Djoser. From 7.30pm; free entry.

Brisbane folk singer-songwriter and cellist Monique Clare (The Maes) will be joined by American fiddler Joe D’Esposito at The Old Church On The Hill on Saturday, October 19, from 7pm. Tickets $15 from

Written by Lynette Walker. Contact: [email protected]