Gig Guide: Digging into the best gigs in regional Victoria for May

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Gig Guide: Digging into the best gigs in regional Victoria for May

Photo by Jo Duck
Words by Chester Ogilvie

Kate Miller-Heidke, Young Franco and Ross Wilson are just some of the best gigs happening this May.

Anna Jarvis held a small memorial service for her mother in 1907 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia, where Anna’s mother had been teaching Sunday school. The following year, on May 10, the first official Mother’s Day was celebrated at the same church. Interesting, Anna would end up fighting the holiday’s commercial and political exploitation.  

It would be a disservice, however, to not mention Laurence Tureaud, better known as Mr T. For in 1984, appreciation for mothers received a red-hot boost when Mr T tut-tutted ‘Your Mama’ jokes with the song ‘Treat Your Mother Right’. One did not dare be the fool pitied for motherly insensitivities, less they had a cruisin’ for a mo-hawked bruisin’. Not that he would beat down. Heart as gold as his chains that man, chains he gave up following Hurricane Katrina. Indeed his mama did raise him right. 

Don’t forget about Mother’s Day. And enjoy these May gigs… 

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Hussy Hicks

The Bridge, Castlemaine- Thurs 2 May 

Get your kicks with Hussy Hicks, the duo of Leesa Gentz and Julz Parker and their blend of folk, blues, country and roots. 

Kate Miller-Heidke

Queenscliff Town Hall, Queenscliff – 2 & 3 May

From her most loved songs through to her musical numbers and even the odd cover or two, it’s going to be a little of everything at these Kate Miller-Heidke shows.

The Go Set

Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong- Fri 3 May

It’s time to raise a glass to The Go Set as they celebrate 20 years as a band with the release of new live album and doco, Drink to the Night

Bachelor Girl

Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, Creswick – Fri 3 May

Formed in 1992, pop duo Bachelor Girl would become one of the hottest tickets in town in the ’90s and early 2000s. They’ll be joined here by Anna Smyrk. 

Hana & Jessie-Lee’s Bad Habits

The Eastern, Ballarat – Fri 3 May

Hana and Jessie-Lee just want you to cut to the chase with their new album, Say What You Mean. Supports include Skyscraper Stan and Al Matcott Band. 

Suzie So Blue

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Fri 3 May

Suzie makes her Hepburn debut with an evening of soul-stirring music and tales of life and love that will resonate with lovers of Americana and dark folk.  

Arj Barker

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Fri 3 May

Ballarat Civic Hall, Ballarat – Sat 4 May 

Have you ever wondered that all of reality, as we can ever possibly know it, exists exclusively in our mind? Arj Barker tackles life’s big questions in his new show, The Mind Field

Young Franco

Torquay Hotel, Torquay – Sat 4 May

With more than 180 million streams and over one million monthly Spotify listeners, Brisbane’s Joseph Da Rin de Barbera, aka Young Franco, is one of the hottest DJs and producers going around.


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Anthony Street

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Sat 4 May

Your mind will be blown as star and producer of Celtic Illusion, Anthony Street, will serve up a night of levitations, impossible vanishes, mentalism and a death-defying escape. 

Amplified 3.0

Boomtown, Castlemaine – Sat 4 May

Enjoy an eclectic night of sounds and visuals with Jess Parker, Software-Entwicklungskit, Earworm, Elevated Plains, The Artificial Limb (X) The Rev Al and DJ LJoy.  

Reg Cole Quartet

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Sat 4 May

Formed in the mid-’90s while its members were at university, the Reg Cole Quartet is an original jazz/soul/Latin outfit. The band is currently working on a new album. 

Greg Arnold

Apollo Bay Hotel, Apollo Bay – Sat 4 May

As the frontman for Things of Stone and Wood, Greg Arnold has written his share of beloved songs. More than thirty years later, ‘Happy Birthday Helen’ arguably remains the most loved of all.   


Pistol Pete’s, Geelong – Sat 4 May

Bonding over a shared love of The Allman Brothers Band among others, Melbourne outfit Creek is a blend of heavy blues, psych and alt-rock. 

Ross Wilson

WCPA, Wendouree Sat 4 May

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo Fri 24 May   

You’ll be getting your Daddy Cool. You’ll be getting your Mondo Rock. You’ll be getting decades of sing-alongs as Ross Wilson & the Peaceniks present their 50 Years of Hits tour.


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Family Affair

The Taproom (Shedshaker Brewing), Castlemaine – Sun 5 May

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree here as father and son combo Family Affair (Charlie and Louis Marshall) share their love of post-punk. 

Andrea Robertson & Band

Pistol Pete’s, Geelong – Sun 5 May

Ambitions and creative forces were at a high last year as Andrea Robertson released four EPs with the changing seasons. Now it’s time for the songwoman to take Seasons on the road. 

The Whitlams Black Stump

Piano Bar, Bendigo – Tues 7 May

Piano Bar, Ballarat – Wed 8 May

Piano Bar, Geelong – Thurs 9 May

The Whitlams Black Stump duo is taking a break from sitting in the old gum tree as they breathe new life into Whitlams classics on new album, Kookaburra


Torquay Hotel, Torquay – 9 & 10 May

A little over twenty years ago, Jet created an earworm with ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ and their debut album Get Born. Come along to hear the album in full.  

Charlie Bedford

Red Lion Hotel, Ballarat – Fri 10 May     

Having first performed in clubs and pubs at the tender age of twelve, Charlie Bedford knows a thing or two about working a crowd. His music is rooted in southern rock, blues, and classic rock.  


Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – Fri 10 May

Some questions can just nag away at you. Like, what do you do when you forget someone’s name? Fortunately Jimeoin is here to answer life’s little questions in new show, Who’s Your Man!? 

The Valentines

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Fri 10 May

Inspired by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, Chrissy Schuler and Sarah Barlow are behind the new smoky jazz duo, The Valentines. 

The Clouds

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Fri 10 May

Formed in late 1989, indie rock outfit The Clouds was an integral part of the Australian music scene in the ’90s. Here they look back at their four albums. 

Brooke Taylor

Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, Creswick – Fri 10 May

We can learn a great deal from our mistakes, they say. And so it is that Brooke Taylor unveils a collection of tracks about life’s lessons on There’s Magic in Mistakes

Hungry Ghosts (duo) & D.C Cross

Red Hill Hotel, Chewton – Fri 10 May

As well as his contribution to some of the country’s finest, J.P. Shilo is also known for Hungry Ghosts. D.C Cross, meanwhile, is a guitarist and storyteller who has been creating music for 25 years.  

Dear Seattle

Volta, Ballarat – Fri 10 May

Wool Exchange Entertainment Complex, Geelong Sun 11 May

Flannelettes and long, greasy hair is the name of the game as Dear Seattle release their modern-day grunge single, ‘idc’. They’ll be joined by The Tullamarines and Jet City Sports Club.  


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Pierce Brothers

Torquay Hotel, Torquay – Sat 11 May

In support of their brand-spanking new album Everything is Bigger than Me, indie-folk rockers Pierce Brothers are kicking it around the country on their biggest tour since 2019. 

Craig Atkins

Pistol Pete’s, Geelong – Sat 11 May

With an assortment of acoustic guitars, lap slide, cigar box guitars, didgeridoos, harmonica and foot percussion, Craig Atkins is a blues and folk one-man band.  

Middle Kids

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Sat 11 May

With the release of their third album Faith Crisis Part 1 earlier in the year, it’s become a busy time for Middle Kids. They’re off to the US shortly, but not before they tend to local business. 

Vika & Linda

Ballarat Civic Hall, Ballarat – Sat 11 May

Following three classic albums with The Black Sorrows, the Bull sisters, Vika & Linda, left to start a career as a duo. In 2022 they released their eighth album, Gee Whiz, it’s Christmas

Mark Wilkinson

Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, Creswick – Sat 11 May

Songman Mark Wilkinson has drawn comparisons to the likes of Damien Rice and David Gray as he takes you away to a world of soulful indie-folk.   

Reputation: Taylor Swift Tribute

Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong – Sat 11 May

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Sun 12 May 

Is there such a thing as too much Taylor Swift? Nearly 300,000 Melburnians can’t be wrong. Enjoy a 34-song set as Ella & Sienna and a six-piece band traverse the eras of Ms Swift.


Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong – Sun 12 May

Up-and-coming Geelong quartet Meta4 are ready to unleash their jazz-fusion. Joining them will be Chrome Gypsy and Software Update.

Gretta Ziller

Ararat Town Hall, Ararat – Wed 15 May

A musician in a family of farmers, Gretta Ziller jokes she could whistle before she could talk. Enjoy her brand of classically trained rock, pop and blues-influenced Americana.   

Prinnie Stevens

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Thurs 16 May

RnB soul songstress Prinnie Stevens is back with Lady Sings the Blues, Volume 2, a tribute to women in song – their hurt, struggles and pain, while their beauty remains the same. 

Black Rheno

The Eastern, Ballarat – Thurs 16 May

Once upon a time there was ‘Who the frack is Alice’. Now we have ‘Who the F is Black Rheno?’, a tour that will answer that burning question. Expect an album in the second half of 2024. 


The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong – Thurs 16 May

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Fri 17 May

Three decades since their formation, Regurgitator have coughed up their tenth album. Titled Invader, it features appearances from Peaches, Tyson Yunkaporta and JK47.


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Isaac Butterfield

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Thurs 16 May

The Capital, Bendigo – Fri 17 May

Never one to shy away from jokes that make you go hmm, Isaac Butterfield is here to tackle the realities of modern day life. 

Szara Fox & Andrew Darling

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Fri 17 May

Szara is a Dutch singer-songwriter with a love for indie-gypsy folk, Balkan gypsy and flamenco. Andrew is her musical soulmate and trumpet player. Enjoy a night of fiery music.  

Elly McK & the Unbelievers

Odessa at Leaver’s Hotel, Creswick – Fri 17 May

Having formed in 2023, Elly McK & the Unbelievers may be new kids on the block but they’re already turning heads with their alt-county and Americana. 

Missy Higgins

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – Fri 17 May

Two decades on from the release of her debut album The Sound of White, Missy Higgins is heading out for an anniversary tour with a difference. 

Seth Sentry

Lamby’s Tavern, Geelong – Fri 17 May

It has been a tick more than fifteen years since Seth Sentry set the hip hop world on fire with his debut EP The Waiter Minute. In 2024 he is celebrating 15 years of breakfast in the afternoon.   


Volta, Ballarat – Fri 17 May

Formed by a close-knit group of friends with an appreciation for the heavier sounds in life, Vilify are heading out for their first headline tour in support of new EP, Fever Dream

The McCredie Brothers

Bird Rock Café, Jan Juc – Fri 17 May

Another sibling duo is out to conquer the music world. Meet David and Pete McCredie, a couple of folk-pop loving musos who recently released their debut single ‘Lost without You’. 

Age of Emergence

Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong – Sat 18 May

Get a red-hot shot of riff-driven prog as Age of Emergence hit the road in support of their brand new album, The All Seeing Eye: Part 1. Guests on the night include Spacegoat and Get Rekt.


 Trash Cult, Bendigo – Sat 18 May

When Bad//Dreems released Hoo Ha! last year, they scored themselves their first Top 10 album. The band describes it as pub rock meets art rock. 

Dave Graney & Clare Moore

Northern Arts Hotel, Castlemaine – Sat 18 May

The world is in a sensitive area in 2024. And it is with this in mind why Dave Graney and Clare Moore named their latest album (strangely) (emotional)

Martha Wainwright

The Capital, Bendigo – Sat 18 May

Martha Wainwright has always been one to embrace her wildness. Created during the pandemic, Love Will Be Reborn is her most recent release. 

Baby Blue

The Bridge, Castlemaine – Sun 19 May

Beginning as the solo project of Rhea Caldwell, Baby Blue now happily hosts five individuals. They recently released their debut album, Of My Window

Ella Hooper

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Wed 22 May

Written in her hometown of Violet Town, Ella Hooper released her second solo album, Small Town Temple, at the beginning of 2023. 


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Good as Gold 5

Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo – Thurs 23 May

Stand-up comedy and roast battles combine with Lilly Geddes, Fredricka Arthur, Drago Ivan, Tej Munuganti and many more at Laugh in the Ghettos’ Good as Gold. 

Heritage Legends

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Thurs 23 May

The Capital, Bendigo –  Thurs 30 May

Blues, country rock and folk collide in this night of nights featuring three Australian bands. Come along for tunes from Chain, Stars and The Bushwackers. 

Smoke Stack Rhino

Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo – Fri 24 May

Smoke Stack Rhino enter the world of bands with an animal in the name with a healthy dose of blues rock from the Yarra Valley. Their new album is The Mojo Funk

Lucy Wise

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Fri 24 May

What is it to yearn? When does it find its way to us? All that it is to yearn is explored on the new EP from songbird Lucy Wise, Yearning

Ben Lee

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Fri 24 May

Songman Ben Lee has already been in the game for a long time, but if he has it his way he is not nearly done yet. This One’s for the Old Headz is his upcoming new album.  

Blake Pavey

The Capital, Bendigo – Fri 24 May

Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Following a sold-out tour in 2023, funnyman Blake Pavey had a plan on dying. He didn’t. He is alive and maybe well. His new show is Still Kickin’

Sally Ford & the Idiomatics

Northern Arts Hotel, Castlemaine – Fri 24 May

Playing songs of life, love and lived experience, Sally Ford & the Idiomatics fuse the musical provenance of its members, including Latin, electronica, ska, jazz, funk and film music. 

Wild Wild West

Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong – Fri 24 May

Well, howdy partner. The Wild Wild West show is a Western-themed night out featuring Left at the Avenue, Fifth Quarter, Carly Jorja and Jasmin Adria. 

Forever Young: The Songs of Bob Dylan

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo – Fri 24 May

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Sun 26 May

Ross Wilson, Adalita, Rebecca Barnard, Mick Thomas, Lisa Miller, Charles Jenkins, Rob Snarski and more will come together to honour the music of the one and only Bob Dylan. 

The Lost Girls

Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Sat 25 May

Forget about The Lost Boys and instead turn your attention to The Lost Girls, your go-to hit machine for the songs we love from the ’80s and ’90s.

Stefan Hauk

Pistol Pete’s, Geelong – Sat 25 May

The growing star power of blues-rocker Stefan Hauk is evident on his single ‘Truth’ where he collaborated with Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice. This show features his power trio.   

Troy Kinne

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool – Sat 25 May

Comedian Troy Kinne isn’t afraid to reveal too much information in his new show Made Wrong. If he makes you laugh and feel better about your own life, it’s mission accomplished. 


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Kris Mizzi & Mandy Connell

Northern Arts Hotel, Castlemaine – Sat 25 May

2021 Australian Folk Alliance ‘Solo Artist of the Year’ Kris Mizzi and folk singer-songwriter Mandy Connell are teaming up to put you in a good mood. 

Trash Cult Party

Trash Cult, Eaglehawk – Mon 27 May

There ain’t no party like a Trash Cult party. Here your guests of honour are Moody Beaches and Affordable Repayments supporting their new releases and K5. 


Torquay Hotel, Torquay – Fri 31 May

Private obsessions being aired out in the infinite is what you will find on 2023’s Brain Worms, album number three from RVG. 

Eric Bibb

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine – Fri 31 May

Widely regarded as one of the leading bluesmen of our time, Eric Bibb is no stranger to Australia having first toured in 2001. His most recent album is Ridin’


Palais-Hepburn, Hepburn Springs – Fri 31 May

It’s dark. It’s emotive. It’s a crossover of classical and pop music. Emily/Grant is the duo of rock loving guitarist Grant Staines and conservatorium-trained pianist Emily Coyle. 

Travis Collins

Golden Vine Hotel, Bendigo – Fri 31 May

In 2023, Travis Collins had the highest-charting Australian country album of the year and the longest-running #1 Australian country single of the year. What does 2024 have in store?

For more gigs in regional Victoria check out our evolving gig guide here.