The event will feature performances from The Cosmic Psychos, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, The Living Eyes and a smorgasbord dinner by Ripper Roasts.
OK Motels, who alongside being one of our favourite ever Instagram accounts documenting rural motels from around Australia, is returning to regional Victoria for another brilliant instalment of its one-night music event, and this time they’re bringing the party to our regional city not once, but twice as part of the Surround Sounds: Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival.
The key takeaways
- OK Motels returns to Geelong for two incredible shows.
- The event will feature performances from The Cosmic Psychos, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, The Living Eyes and a smorgasbord dinner by Ripper Roasts.
- The event is part of the Surround Sounds: Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival.
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With three things at its core – roadtrips, music and small towns – OK Motels has earned itself a solid reputation over the last few years for injecting life into the Charlton Motel in Victoria’s north-west, showcasing some of Melbourne’s best musicians.
It all started when Kate Berry – the photographer behind the OK Motels Instagram – turned her wholesome obsession with retro regional motels into a musical excursion. Embracing a nostalgic fixation with ’70s-style accommodation and sheer love of supporting live Australian music, Kate pulled together some of her favourite Melbourne bands and put on the inaugural OK Motels event at the Charlton Motel, where people were encouraged to party like it’s 1970.
Fresh off the back of their recent event in February, OK Motels is heading to Geelong in April and then again in May, encouraging music lovers to venture to this unlikely party destination at the Geelong West Town Hall.
Nestled along Pakington Street, the Geelong West Town Hall has big music history in GTown, with some pretty impressive acts playing the red velvet curtained stage. In the 80s The Fall and Wire graced the stage, and in 1990 Faith No More played their epic (get it) The Real Thing tour with the Cosmic Psychos as support.
Now as part of the new local festival, the team at OK Motels have been tasked with getting that hall cranking once more with the blistering energy from an incredible lineup of musicians.
First up on Friday, April 22, OK Motels has an iconic lineup of bands set to take to the stage, headed by Aussie punk legends The Cosmic Psychos. Since forming in Spring Plains in 1982, spearheaded by founding member and bass player Ross Knight, this power trip has survived passing decades, serving their rugged, punk-influenced pub rock with a side of self-mocking humour and healthy irreverence. Expect a wild set of straight-ahead, good-fun, Australian influenced punk rock.
The Aussie punk pioneers will be joined by Geelong’s garage legends The Living Eyes, Melbourne masters of obscurity Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice, and fierce four-piece Operation Karma, a band known for their psychedelic alternative rock originals. Tickets to this lineup can be purchased here.
Following a huge first show, the OK Motels crew will return on Friday, May 6 for the last weekend of the Surround Sounds festival with another impressive lineup of acts.
The incandescent and spectacular live phenomenon of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks will headline the second event, joined by Melbourne’s Floodlights, Australiana-Jangle Pop group The Skips (a re-imagination of beloved local band BIN) and The White Flower Society, the coastal psych-pop collective from Geelong’s Mitch Collins. Tickets for this event can be purchased here.
Alongside these two incredible lineups, OK Motels have also got Ripper Roasts, another Geelong icon, serving up a roast dinner smorgasbord. Think OK Motels meets The Swagman.
This hall, of course, has all the architectural vibes of an OK event, with plenty of arches, wood panelling, moulded plastic seating and velvet.
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Leave your everyday life down the highway, and come together to experience something familiar somewhere unfamiliar. It all goes down at Geelong West Town Hall on Friday, April 22 and Friday, May 6 2022.
Find out more here.
Surround Sounds Geelong and the Bellarine Music Festival is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.