Bendigo Au Go Go #28

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Bendigo Au Go Go #28

Local melodic metal outfit Spacegoat will headline what they have described as a “monster night of heavy rock” at the Golden Vine on Saturday, February 29.

The five-piece, comprising singer Erin “Ez” Blackmore, guitarists Leon Russell and Mighty McGrath, bassist Lyndon ‘Kid’ Eddy, and drummer Adam Beattie, were once described as “if Faith No More, Tool and No Doubt had a baby”.

Spacegoat has backed up the 2019 release of their debut EP 33 with a year of solid touring. Frontwoman Ez says the members have been playing in bands since their teenage years.

“We all just came together over the course of a couple of years via mutual contacts until the line-up became what it is now,” she says. “It became a winning cocktail of people.

“The way we gel definitely contributes to great songwriting and makes our live performance engaging. I always like to say we take our music seriously and ourselves? Not so much. It keeps things very fun.”

Ez says Spacegoat will release a new single in the middle of year, while continuing to line up gigs throughout Victoria and, in particular, making inroads into Melbourne.

“Our main goal is to gather more of a fan base and have our music reach more ears,” she says. “We really believe in this band and want to share it far and wide.”

With support from Melbourne-based hard rock outfits Riff Raiders and White Devil Detroit. From 9pm.

Bendigo is shaping up for another big fortnight of live music in and around town:

Tumut, NSW-based teen bluesman Rory Phillips – who made a splash at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival – returns to town for a show at Handle Bar on Friday, February 28. From 6pm. He also performs at One Tree Hill Hotel on Saturday, February 29; from 7pm.

Frankston-based bluesmen Wilson & White perform at Rocks Underground (Rocks On Rosalind) on Friday, February 28. From 7pm; free entry; dining packages also available from

The Nelson Beks Band promises a night of country, western and line-dancing at Handle Bar on Saturday, February 29. From 8pm.

Expect a stellar cast of Bendigo’s finest artists at the annual Blues and Roots summer showcase and fundraiser at The Rifle Brigade Hotel on Sunday, March 1. From 11.30am to 9pm; tickets $20 (adults), $5 (under-18s), free (under-12s) at the door.

Brisbane-based stoner rock quartet Death By Carrot return to the Golden Vine for
EuRiffka! Vol II on Thursday, March 5. Support from local stoner rock/doom merchants Sleeping Giant. From 7pm; free entry.

Rowan Blackmore brings his accordion-driven folk-punk to the Golden Vine on Friday, March 6. Support from local indie-folk singer-guitarist Flora. From 8pm; $5 entry at the door.
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival has teamed up with The Shiraz Republic’s Rent-A-Row Festival of Winemaking, curating a line-up of the cream of local musicians. See Matt Katsis on Saturday, March 7; Groove Juice on Sunday, March 8; and Bill Barber on Monday, March 9.

Written by Lynette Walker
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