What’s on in Ballarat

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What’s on in Ballarat

Winter is upon us, and the past week saw our coldest day in 20 years. Not great if you have to work outdoors like yours truly.

You can warm up at Karova Lounge when King Parrot and Frankenbok explode into Ballarat on Friday 14th June. The Regional Rampage Tour will have you reaching for ya earplugs and shaking your head at the awesome power of the lads from Melbourne!

Alternative hip-hop artist Ivan Ooze will make his way to the Goldfields on Friday, June 21. Having recently released his latest EP Ringwood Rich, Ooze has a reputation for being one of the hardest working artists around. This gig will have a hint of sadness about it though, as this tour has been advertised as “Final Shows”. Needless to say, this is your last chance to catch this superbly talented artist before he heads off on an indefinite hiatus. Tickets are going like hotcakes and there are very few left, so get on ya bike or you will end up at home watching re-runs of Game Of Thrones!

There is a cracker gig coming up in mid-July when Third Eye present “Tired Of Waiting”…An Evening Of Tool. Word is that the Melbourne tribute act are not only renowned for sounding like their idols, but you also get the whole visual light show shebang that Tool put on also. There’s some bang for your buck! Saturday July 20 is the date to set aside.

Katie Bates has a debut EP out now called New Gold. The Lost Ones will host the sweet-singing country songstress on June 15 from 3pm. Some beautiful guitar work on the EP and ‘Alone’ stood out to me as one of the feature tracks. Katie has a really beautiful voice and what a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Up on the highway at Cabaret Club, Shaun Kirk will play on Saturday, June 22. Kirk has just announced a 13 date regional tour after a huge year in 2018 where he had 20 sold out shows across Australia and New Zealand. Kirk’s gritty vocals come from a place beyond his years and he is already being praised as one of Australia’s finest Blues artist ever heard! Now that is quite a wrap!

While we are on the subject of Blues, Jimi Hocking’s Blues Machine will play at Cabaret Club on July 13. Support act will be John McNamara.

Gig of the month could well be Rob Snarski & Shane O`Mara playing at Lost Ones on June 21.
Keep your scarves and thermals within arms-reach!

Written by Glen Anderson