THURSDAY   20th of December -

BASEMENT || Plastic Knife #17 Zine Launch

Doors Open: 9:30pm

Buy Tickets: $8 on the door

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Plastic Knife #17 will be launched in the Grace Darling Basement this evening, with musical support from:

DoloRRes
The Church of Hysteria
Tina Growls

...and zine support from:
Sticky Institute Zine Stall
Small Zine Volcano Zine Stall
THURSDAY   20th of December -

Painted Angels, Gorsha, Dave O’Connor, Junior Fiction

Doors Open: 8:00PM

Buy Tickets: $10 ON THE DOOR

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It's Happening.

~ PAINTED ANGELS
~ GORSHA (NT)
~ DAVE O'CONNOR
~ JUNIOR FICTION

Upstairs at The Grace Darling Hotel. 20/12/18.

Doors 8pm

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Late one night at uncle whipper's dinner party, four chaste rodeo clowns made a blood pact with a voodoo occultist, granting them blissful immortality by resigning themselves to abiding servitude, performing countryish emo jams lest their teeth fall out and their skin turn to rotting mire. They go by the name of Ange’s Painted Angels, and the benignant will heed their maculate call.

Gorsha are a band from Darwin, they play mangrove guitar music.

Dave O'Connor sings beautiful songs about agriculture and equality, sleeplessness and stigma, entrapment and empathy. Australia's answer to Beck, not that anyone asked and he's better anyway.

Junior Fiction iron out any doubt and play adult music about real life situations.

This show is taking place on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future. Sovereignty has never been seeded.
SATURDAY   22nd of December -

The Vacant Smiles Album Launch

Doors Open: 8:00PM

Buy Tickets: $10 ON THE DOOR

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So it’s kind of a long story. We’ve been working on our third album for a year or two now and we’ve already released three singles (Messin Around, Stones and So Tired of Sleeping In) that will end up being on that album.

This show was meant to serve as a launch for our third album.

But everything takes longer than you think, and even though the album is almost done, a little while ago I decided I didn’t want to rush finishing it and just randomly release it. So we will not be releasing that album at this show.

But we wanted to stick to our word, because we’ve been saying the third TVS album will be out this year. It will. Instead, we’ve decided to write and record a whole new album to release for the show. It’ll probably be rawer, more chaotic and a little wonkier than the real album, but an album nonetheless. We can’t share any tracks, any album art or even the album title yet, because they’re not ready (some aren’t even started lol).

But we are excited to announce the the third TVS album will be released by Dec 22.

Join us at the Grace Darling Hotel to either welcome it into the world or to witness the biggest trainwreck in TVS history. Joined by Spiral Perm and Eggy, maybe someone else too.
More to come.

TLDR: Proper album isn’t done, so releasing new album instead. Album 3 is now album 4, album 3 is fried.
SATURDAY   22nd of December -

BASEMENT || Sienna Wild, Wally Howlett, Since We Kissed

Doors Open: 9:00PM

Buy Tickets: $10 ON THE DOOR

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t’s Sienna Wild’s last show for the year, before they gear up for a huge 2019. There’ll be old songs. There’ll be new songs. There’ll be newer than new songs. Last month’s show at Whole Lotta Love was standing room only, so make sure you get there early.

Wally Howlett will be kicking things off with a chilled acoustic vibe and a voice like a warm hug. Since We Kissed will get things swinging along with their irreverent pop-punk and Taswegian charm.

Don’t miss this one - come and share a brew with us.
SUNDAY   23rd of December -

SUNDAY SERIES:: RAT!hammock, Merpire & KILNS

Doors Open: 4:30PM

Buy Tickets: FREE ENTRY

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The Grace Darling's free entry Summer Series returns!

Celebrate the festive season with RAT!hammock, Merpire and Kilns Sunday December 23!

Free entry, doors from 4:30pm
THURSDAY   27th of December -

JK Basement Sessions 2.0 w/ Z*f*e*x

Doors Open: 9:00PM

Buy Tickets: $10 ON THE DOOR

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Basement Sessions are the monthly residency of Melbourne saxophonist, Josh Kelly fronting his jazz and broken beat inspired project JK Group. The night features a rotating line up of Melbourne's best jazz, hip-hop and house influenced bands playing extended sets to immerse yourself in and dance to.

December features JK Group and Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange (Z*F*E*X).

~~~~~~~~~~~~ JK Group ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Emerging out of the 30/70 collective, JK Group combines a jazz approach and attitude with the groove and rhythm aesthetic of break beat house music. Fronted by saxophonist JK and featuring members of the collective with young jazz steward, Kade Brown.

~~~~~~~~~~~~ Z*F*E*X ~~~~~~~~~~~~

Fronted by Ziggy Zeitgest of 30/70, the vision of Z*F*E*X is to create a live band experience that is closely aligned with an extended DJ set, heavily influenced by club culture and transformative festivals where people seek a more transcendent experience - a continuous odyssey, sound and groove with the spirit of live improvisation. The main influences for this project include house, broken beat, and a good dose of 70’s jazz-funk in order to create a unique and cosmic pocket.
SATURDAY   29th of December -

Desperateens

Doors Open: 8:00PM

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o celebrate 2018 the team here at Desperateens thought we'd finish the year strong with releasing a few songs from our album (that will be out early next year) and play our first full band gig in a while and with the inclusion of our two new secret weapons. The soul sisters Emmanuela Costaras and Lisa Poulton-Smyth and babing backing vocals.

The one and only support is the enigmatic swampy blues collective of Joe Jackson and The Restless.
Joe is true talent. He has all the vibes to get the booty shaking and the hearts a quaking.
SATURDAY   5th of January -

BASEMENT || Froot Luips, Looks Like Rain, A Silent Decade, A Rioting Mind

Doors Open: 9:00PM

Buy Tickets: $8 ON THE DOOR

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Taking influence from Melbourne's current psychedelic music resurgence, a group of old souls from the western sections aim to spread their music and jams through any means possible. Froot Luips have been working hard for the last two years to do this, with many ears tuning in, maybe a few tuning out.

Releasing their first LP "Spilt Milk" on vinyl in 2018 through the fantastic work of Zenith Pressings, the band have been given even more reason to start working harder as 2019 beckons closer.

With another album (or three) in the pipeline, Froot Luips are just getting started on what hopefully becomes a long strange trip.

Hey, we only get to do this once... Looks Like Rain come charging into 2019 with a quiver full of new songs to shoot straight into your heart. "Shadows On Mars" is a brand new song, for a brand new year, delivered to you in 4/4 time.

A Silent Decade are an upcoming ambient rock band hailing from south eastern Melbourne. Blending punchy, ear searing riffs with delicate and emotive melodies - the band is an exciting newcomer in the local instrumental scene. Don’t miss the initial rush of what future historians will refer to as the birthplace of something strange and wondrous.

A Rioting Mind is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Camilla Sullivan and guitarist Libby Ferris. Their ambient 90’s inspired sound flies between reverb drenched ballads and soft-rock jams, interwoven with a balance of melancholy and fierce lyrics. 2017 saw the band release their debut E.P. Perfect As Strangers and they are currently working towards their debut album.