Cheap(ish) gigs and par­ties in Au­gust

If money is a de­ter­rent for get­ting you out of the house and onto the dance­floor, here is price-ranked list of this month’s best mu­sic shows to nudge you and your wal­let out the door. By Claire Fin­neran

Time Out (Sydney) - - Music & Nightlife -

Un­der $60 Vol­umes 2017

Blast­ing out of three seper­ate Ox­ford Street venues, Vol­umes 2017 is a live mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val that swipes back at per­cep­tions of a gasp­ing nightlife sti­fled by lock­outs. Show­cas­ing more than 50 di­verse Aus­tralian artists, labels, and col­lec­tives, the one-day event lets you grab a pretty rig­or­ous au­ral snap­shot of lo­cal mu­sic scenes. One ticket gives you ac­cess to Ox­ford Art Fac­tory, the Cliff Dive, and Brighton Up Bar, where you’re likely to crawl through gen­res faster than an in­ex­pe­ri­enced wed­ding DJ, catch a gui­tar band at one place and end up thrust­ing glow sticks in the air to some throb­bing acid house. Lineup high­lights in­clude scrappy pop girl band Body Type, ju­bi­lant ’80s-in­flected goths Orion, com­pli­cated and fun techno from Lucy Cliche, Balearic beat homage from Re­tiree and so, so much more. àOx­ford Art Fac­tory, Cliff Dive & Brighton Up Bar, Ox­ford St, Dar­linghurst 2010. www.vol­ume­sp­re­ 3pm. $54.90. Sat Aug 19.

Un­der $30 Peter Combe & the Bel­lyflop in a Pizza Band

This adults-only show is a chance for you to see what hap­pens when the phrase “wash your face with orange juice” is com­bined with a crowd of nos­tal­gic le­gal drinkers. Pre­pare to mosh to all of Peter Combe’s hits orig­i­nally in­tended for chil­dren in the he­do­nis­tic at­mos­phere of Syd­ney Uni’s Man­ning Bar. Combe has been im­plant­ing ear­worms in the Aus­tralian pub­lic like ‘Juicy Juicy Green Grass’, ‘Mr Click­etty Cane’ and ‘News­pa­per Mama’ since 1987, so ex­pect an es­pe­cially par­tic­i­pa­tory crowd. He’ll be backed by the sta­dium elec­tric­ity of the Bel­lyflop in a Pizza Band with sup­port from singer-song­writer Michael Duch­esne. àMan­ning Bar, Man­ning Rd, Cam­per­down 2050.­ning­ 8pm. $25.99. Sat Aug 5.

Un­der $20


Stone and No Fixed Ad­dress

In the ’80s, Aus­tralian mu­sic was glo­ri­ously po­lit­i­cal. The lyri­cal ac­tivism from First Na­tions bands like No Fixed Ad­dress and Coloured Stone re­main im­por­tant and you have the rare op­por­tu­nity to see these two his­tory-mak­ing acts for the lu­di­crously low price of ten bucks. Part of Red Bull’s whop­ping week­end fes­ti­val, the two bands are

re­unit­ing their orig­i­nal line-ups to play their discogra­phies in Red­fern. The legacy of songs like Coloured Stone’s ‘Black Boy’ and No Fixed Ad­dress’s ‘We Have Sur­vived’ still burn holes through the cul­tural land­scape of our coun­try and see­ing them live in such a charged area is bound to be ex­cit­ing and in­tense. They’ll be joined by Koori Ra­dio’s Frank T-G and Re­nee. à107 Projects, 107 Red­fern St, Red­fern 2016. 02 9690 1007.­bull­mu­si­ca­ 6pm. $10. Thu Aug 31.

$5 and un­der Bad­girl Gar­den

A new monthly party pop­ping up at the Sly Fox in En­more pushes women in hip hop to the front of the stage. Bad­girl Gar­den presents a ros­ter of fe­male-iden­ti­fy­ing artists, per­form­ers and rap­pers in an elab­o­rately dec­o­rated fun zone. You’re just as likely to catch a smooth R’n’B voice as you are to find your­self wit­ness­ing gy­rat­ing dancers with LED-en­crusted hula hoops, and the fo­cus is on fos­ter­ing a safe space for all partiers and pun­ters in­volved. The Au­gust edi­tion sees live sets from Lady Lash, Al­phamama, and more with live art by Styna and Sophi Odling. àThe Sly Fox, 199 En­more Rd, En­more 2042. www.sly­fox.syd­ney. 9pm. $5. Thu Aug 3.

Peter Combe

Vol­umes 2017

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