Good live music in Canberra?

CrocodileGandhi 15 July 2011 9

I have recently started a new job in the graduate program within a government department and a lot of my new colleagues are from out of town. They have been asking me where the best places in Canberra are for live music, but not being very “in touch” with the local music scene, I haven’t been able to give them an answer.

So, where should I send them on their quest to satisfy their musical hunger? The only parameter, as far as I can tell, is that they are more keen on bands than DJ’s. Also, they all seem to be allergic to travelling further south than Narrabundah.


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9 Responses to Good live music in Canberra?
jawgar jawgar 12:23 pm 29 Aug 11

Old Canberra Inn lyneham – cover band and blues
National Press Club Barton – blues and jazz
German Club Narrabundah – blues and roots
T2 Gold Creek – jazz(ish)
Dickson Tradies -covers band and jazz
Southern Cross Jamison – covers and jazz
Calwell Tavern – covers
Green Square Kingston – various rock
other clubs and Queanbeyan- see gig guide
Charlie Blacks – Manuka
Q Bookstore – Curtin – accoustic
All Bar Nun – Oconnor
Oconnor Bowling Club – folk
Irish Club Weston
TJ Oreillys – Tuggeranong – rock
George Harcourt Gold Creek – maybe in summer

30january1649 30january1649 11:38 am 16 Jul 11

Check our Digress in the city – cool band starting there soon!

WonderfulWorld WonderfulWorld 9:27 pm 15 Jul 11

The Marum took over from the Green room in Phillip

It was fantastic and got some top quality local, interstate bands, but all things come to an end, and it could not continue with crowds of 20 to bands such as Hungary kids Of Hungary. Hoodoos always went off!

So doesn’t do the live gigs anymore.

ANU Bar and UC still have great bands from time to time.

luther_bendross luther_bendross 4:31 pm 15 Jul 11

For Canberra-specific stuff and beatniks – Phoenix, The Front, Pot Belly

National bands (i.e. Regurgitator, Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus et al) – ANU, but of increasing importance without the Green Room is the Maram and now UC’s Zierholz

Metal, metal and more metal – The Basement in Belco

DJ’s – Transit Bar (yes, I know you said no DJ’s)

I’ve also seen (in the last few years) a couple of my lifelong heroes, Paul Kelly and Alice Cooper play at the theatre. Music in Canberra is alive and well, it’s just an inevitable pity that we’re between Sydney and Melbourne and thus get a lot of mid-week gigs.

CrocodileGandhi CrocodileGandhi 1:38 pm 15 Jul 11

I live a stones throw away from The Maram. I’ve never been there, but from the outside it doesn’t appear to be the classiest of venues.

schmeah schmeah 1:29 pm 15 Jul 11

+1 to the Front .. it has great music and a completely different ambience to the Pheonix

johnboy johnboy 12:30 pm 15 Jul 11

Also The Front in Lyneham, Transit on Akuna Street in Civic, the Pot Belly and The Basement in Belconnen.

And if they’re feeling super brave the Maram in Erindale.

Thumper Thumper 12:28 pm 15 Jul 11

Phoenix man.

notdingers notdingers 11:42 am 15 Jul 11

The Phoenix!
East Row in Civic

Original live music 4 or 5 nights a week, great atmosphere and friendly crowd.

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