Festive Season

Organising your end of year celebrations can sometimes be a nightmare, so why not make it easy on yourself this year by coming to the Vanguard. From small groups right through to the exclusive hire of the entire venue, we have an option to suit.

History

The Vanguard is an intimate, purpose built live music venue and restaurant that plays host to the greats of Australian and international music. With a 1920's feel to the interior, the Vanguard's friendly and unpretentious luxury has an ambience unlike any other. Our aim is to provide patrons with an elegant and stylish restaurant, which provides live entertainment, highlighting some of Newtown and Sydney's most talented musicians.

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Upcoming shows

Tue 30 September

Blues Brothers Show

Jake and Elwood
6 PIECE BAND (piano, bass, drums, guitar, trumpet, trombone) some of Sydney's leading musos.
Feel free to come dressed up as you favourite Blues Brothers character
and there will be Blues Brothers Trivia (with Prizes)

Ladies and gentlemen, while we still can, let us welcome, from Sydney Australia, the blues band of Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers Rebooted.
BLUES BROTHERS REBOOTED...
ON A MISSION TO ENTERTAIN YOU.....
The "Blues Brothers Rebooted" show is a an exciting, hand clapping, toe tapping new production that pays tribute to both the unforgettable and infectious style of soul music and a faithful recreation of those 2 brothers who donned the black hats, dark shades and created what is now a musical institution "The Blues Brothers Rebooted"


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Wed 1 October

Anthropy Magic

Featuring magician David Dodgen with Kimberly Bear and Stacey Minx

A magical tale of boy meets girl... or is it?

After a number of years in the making, a magic show unlike any other has arrived. Anthropy is a visual feast from start to finish; from a colourful costume change to mind blowing magic, sensual circus and beautiful burlesque. The show also features the fastest illusion ever, all embellished with tasteful Burlesque.


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Fri 3 October

Lakyn

+ Betty and Oswald

Off the back of the Acoustic Residency at the Revolver in Melbourne, Lakyn will head to Sydney to a play headline show at the Vanguard in Newtown.

Lakyn is a Melbourne based singer-songwriter. Drawing his influences from Bob Dylan, Wu-Tang Clan and Frank Sinatra along with modern masters like Bon Iver, Lakyn is an inexhaustible songwriter and devoted guitar player.

With his roots steadily bound to the skating community in Melbourne and Auckland (where he was born and raised), Lakyn first delved into the world of music after a broken ankle kept him off his board for 8 months. After a short stint on a television singing show, Lakyn returned to Melbourne to write and record.

Sharing covers of well-known tracks by Frank Ocean, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ed Sheeran on his YouTube page, Lakyn now has over 50,000 subscribers and over 7.5 million views to date.

Lakyn is a music appreciator – “If it’s good music, my ears like it” he says about his disparate tastes. In the last two years, Lakyn has been supporting and collaborating with artists as diverse as Diafrix, Evermore, Birdy and Joshua James.

Lakyn will also be releasing a collection of his covers titled ‘Not Original Material’ on the 8th of August. The 5 tracks include a combination of his existing covers recorded over the last three years and two new tracks –Drunk in Love by Beyonce and Strong by London Grammar.


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Sat 4 October

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 5 October

David Bridie

David Bridie returns to Australia following a month long tour of Canada to play a special show at The Vanguard on Sunday 5 October before heading back north for live gigs in London. Performing songs from his acclaimed 2013 album ‘WAKE’, as well as a back catalogue of solo releases and scores for film and television, David will present songs from his new release ‘Take the Next Illusionary Exit’ (out Sep ‘14).


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Wed 8 October

Triple J Unearthed NIDA Competition Winners Rosie Catalano & Julia Why?

Winners of this year's triple j Unearthed NIDA competition Julia Why? and Rosie Catalano have joined forces to officially launch their brand new music videos, "Just One Night" and "Hearts."

Following the recent premiere of both clips on ABC’s RAGE, come and see the winners perform more of their repertoire live. Gareth Evans from Australian music blog Timber & Steel will then interview the directors and designers of each video about their process and inspiration before they are screened on stage.

https://soundcloud.com/rosiecatalano/hearts
www.rosiecatalano.com
https://www.triplejunearthed.com/juliawhy
http://juliawhy.bandcamp.com/


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Thu 9 October

The Blues Preachers

Daniel Cross + Keiran Morris

The Blues Preachers Dead Catz Can Bounce Bounce up off your Lounges ! Stop Watching The News & Come To Celebrate Life With The Blues Preachers

The Blues Preachers will take you to another place and time, somewhere between 1920 and 1940. Their music paints a landscape of pre-war struggle and determination with sounds reminiscent of the Deep South. The Blues Preachers perform a fusion of good old blues, rags, gospel and hillbilly folk. The powerful simplicity of driving finger-style and slide-guitar combined with the sounds of tasteful harmonica and old-school vocal harmonies create a traditional and untarnished sound that will have you on the edge of your seats. Their latest release ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’ goes one step further. It contains many award winning original songs about the big issues of today: the global financial crisis, greed, relationships, global warming, materialism, life and death and the search for truth and meaning in the great age of misinformation. The Blues Preachers were 5th. overall in the Australian Songwriting Awards 2009 for “Divine Justice Coming Down” which also received a top 5 nomination in the Sing Out For Social Action category of The Independent Music Awards 2009.

“Divine Justice Coming Down” was chosen by Yoko Ono as runner-up in the John Lennon 70th. birthday anniversary song contest.

They received a top 5 nomination in the Acoustic category of The Independent Music Awards 2011 for “The Free Train Agreement”. which was also selected to be on a Canadian compilation released in May 2011 called “Protest Songs For A Better World”.


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Fri 10 October

Deni Hines

Special Guest

Deni Hines and her smoking hot band hit The Vanguard with an exceptional collection of songs that are near and dear to Deni’s heart. Combining killer vocals and an extraordinary stage energy, Deni Hines fronts a powerhouse band that make light work of songs by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan and yes, even Deni Hines herself.


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Sat 11 October

Green Mohair Suits - Album Launch

After easing into life as a side-project and casually releasing three records over a leisurely seven year period, 2014 has put a rocket under Sydney’s Green Mohair Suits. With harmonies purportedly sounding like “an orgasm on a mountain top, like angels in a dirty bar, like a perfect naked woman covered in ants”, things have certainly changed since 2006 when Green Mohair Suits formed purely to rip out the jams at a Gram Parsons tribute night.

Now, Brian Campeau, Richard Cuthbert, Jason Mannell, and Ben Romalis - a quartet of expressive songwriters that take their four-part harmonising as seriously as they take their shenanigans - have sidelined the side project tag, and let Green Mohair Suits stride ahead as a frontrunner.

They will be launching their brand new album this September/October on an expansive East-Coast tour


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Sun 12 October

REEL BIG DOG

Dave Mason + Dog Trumpet + BIG

Blues, countrypolitan, psychedelia & pop as interpreted by Dave Mason & John Boy Bliss (The Reels), Reg Mombassa & Pete O’Doherty (Mental As Anything/Dog Trumpet) and Brendan Gallagher (Karma County).


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Wed 15 October

Metak

The boys from METAK are back after a short lay off with an even bigger, bolder stage show.

A hard-rocking band based around a triple-guitar assault, METAK will be paying tribute to the guitar gods with their blistering live set at the Vanguard.
Peppered with the songs that inspired them to pick up their guitars, METAK also deliver their own balls-to-the-wall originals in much the same vein.

A tight rhythm section featuring Johnny Dolmio (Monster Gale) and Joe Olic (former Dark Order and Horsley Drive) is the perfect foundation for this triple-lead-guitar band. Magnus Soderstrom (former Cowboys from Hellsinki), Captain (former Faultline, and Fallen Silver) and Shark (former Devine Electric and Virginia Killstyxx) form a formidable trio, doing what not many bands can with their 3-dimensional guitarwork. Add to this Shark's stellar vocals and undeniable charisma, as well as spine tingling 4 way vocal harmonies, and you've got a whole lot more going on than your average 5 piece hard-rock band.


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Thu 16 October

Thieves 'A Way To Ease The Pain' single launch

The Mountains + Andy Gollege + Ben Horder

In March 2014, Thieves took time off from performing live to do some writing. Trying hard to pull their focus away from heavy drinking and constant procrastination, Thieves managed to pull things together and write their debut album 'Mary'.
Heavily influenced at the time by prolific story-tellers such as Nick Cave, Neil Young, Jae Laffer, Gareth Liddiard and Tim Winton a twisted melancholic narrative about a trouble Australian family was created.

After months of writing and draining rehearsals Thieves decided it was time to find where they would track the record. Romanticising the idea of creating a organic and gritty live sound they chose the amazing Linear Studios in Sydney's Leichhardt. In June Thieves met with producer Dorny Mayes to plan the recording. With only a shoe-string budget at their disposal they chose to track live over two days. This decision gave birth to ‘Mary’, their most organic and honest efforts as a band yet.

‘Mary’ is set to be released in February 2015 with the new single ‘A Way To Ease The Pain’ to be released 1st of October with a Launch show on October 16th @ Newtown’s own The Vanguard.


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Fri 17 October

Perry Keyes

Bernie Hayes

After his sold out show here in June Perry Keyes returns to The Vanguard on Friday October 17. Covering songs from his three critically acclaimed and award winning albums, Perry and his band will also debut songs from his upcoming album ‘Sunnyholt’.


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Tue 21 October

Maxine Kauter Band & Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys DOUBLE EP LAUNCH

Alice Terry

Sydney indie darlings, the Maxine Kauter Band return to the Vanguard with great friends Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys. Apps and the Shirleys will release their self-titled EP and the Maxine Kauter Band will join them hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed release, Ghost in Love. If you like lush folk arrangements and songs about losing and drinking, you'll like this. Also joining them on the night will be the always excellent, Alice Terry. Not to be missed.

In the clutter and noise of the Australian singer-songwriter set, it can be hard to find a voice that really grabs you. But when you listen to Kristy Apps, you know you’re hearing something really special – it’s worth noting, “this is not music as wallpaper”.

Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys celebrate the launch of their debut EP Kristy Apps delivers her songs, as if she was hand delivering you a telegram wrapped in a powerhouse voice, written for you or someone you know. It’s a craft she has honed over a decade of writing and performing, carving her niche in the Australian songwriter community, while winning plenty of fans around the globe. Together with the Shotgun Shirleys, Kristy has recorded her best work to date. Produced by ARIA and CMAA winning producer and performer Shane Nicholson. Weaving finely spun elements of folk, alternative country and rock, The Shotgun Shirley’s delivers an experience to be celebrated. Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys release their self-titled debut EP in Sydney at The Vanguard on October 21 with very talented ladies Alice Terry and Maxine Kauter Band.


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Wed 22 October

Sex On Toast

Beaten Bodies + Bad Bitch Choir.

Sex on Toast hit the road again for a different kind of tour. This time it’s all about Ricky. After packing the Toff two nights in a row and playing more memorable shows in our nation’s capital and at Sydney’s legendary Vanguard, Sex on Toast have squeezed in their guts and put on their freshly tailored sea-side attire, READY to venture further up the East Coast.

Melbourne’s show at our fave hole in the wall Hugs & Kisses will feature some wild surprises from our friends at Wondercore Island. We’ll also be returning to the Vanguard in Sydney, The Heritage in Wollongong, hitting the Hoey Moey in Coff’s Harbour. We’ll trapse to the Phoenix in Canberra and will be making out long awaited Brisbane appearance at the Motor Room in West End.

To some, Ricky is a forgotten phenomena. Ricky is yesterday’s news… Ricky’s your Dad’s favourite records, a trip down to your local Chinese restaurant to pick up that coke from an LA session musician… but to us, Ricky means bitchin’ horn arrangements, phased rhodes, beautiful women perched upon the mixing desk, & a shuffles that aren’t quite shuffles, but they’re still funky, y’know?


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Thu 23 October

Writers In The Round

Ft DAVE MASON (THE REELS), ABBY DOBSON (LEONARDO'S BRIDE), EMMA SWIFT AND BRENDAN GALLAGHER (KARMA COUNTY) + Ivy Jane

A special and intimate opportunity to hear the stories behind the songs of four great Australian songwriters.

DAVE MASON - Iconic front man of The Reels and writer of pop classics like Love Will Find a Way, Prefab Hearts, After The News and Shout And Deliver and of course instant classic Quasimodo's Dream
ABBY DOBSON - Founding member of Leonardo's Bride whose song, Even When Im Sleeping, won APRA song of the year and was later voted as one of the Top 20 Australian Songs of All Time
EMMA SWIFT - With a tear in her voice filtered through ’70s mariachi static, Emma Swift’s music hearkens back to the golden age of music when singers sang your life back to you.
BRENDAN GALLAGHER - Best known as Karma County front man and writer of evergreens like Postcard, Secret Country, The Lifesaver's Love Song and more.


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Fri 24 October

Frank Sultana & The Sinister Kids

Live album recording

Frank Sultana and his band the Sinister Kids are coming back to the Vanguard, and what a night it’s going to be! Seamlessly melding the sounds of the early bluesmen of the Mississippi Delta and the reckless abandon of the 1960’s, Frank Sultana and the Sinister Kids have staked their claim as the most exciting blues band in the country right now. 2014 has been a busy year for the Sydney bluesman and his motley crew of talented young players, with the release of the “Working for Pennies” EP, in February, and the tour of the same name, Frank has spent all of this year relentlessly touring the east coast of Australia, both with the band and as a solo act.


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Sun 26 October

The Grahams

NYC/Nashville based Americana duo and lifelong romantic partners The Grahams are set to embark on their first ever tour of Australia in support of their debut album, Riverman’s Daughter.

Combining soulful bluegrass with both traditional folk, and old-time country blues into an infectious blend of storytelling, The Grahams weave inspiring melodies and lyrics into songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.

The duo, accompanied by like-minded sidemen, and supported by notable local acts, will be touring down under throughout October; Riverman’s Daughter will be released on Sony Music in late September.


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Wed 29 October

Jefferson

Jefferson is four piece melodic rock-pop anthem band from Sydney, Australia. They are often compared to bands who exhibit huge stadium-filling sounds such as U2, Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon.

In 2012, after being described as “slicker than the average local outfit” (Scott Fitzsimons, DRUM Media Magazine), Jefferson took their rock-solid live show throughout America playing a 5-week tour, which included performances at The Next Big Nashville Festival and The Key Club in L.A.

There are big things coming for these guys and they are taking the world by storm. With their new album launch, Jefferson is a band you don't want to miss.


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Thu 30 October

Bowie Unzipped ft Jeff Duff

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust... amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.


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Fri 31 October

Bowie Unzipped ft Jeff Duff

The legendary Jeff Duff, often referred to as Australia’s answer to David Bowie, will perform the Thin White Duke’s iconic songs in a much anticipated new show called ‘BOWIE-Unzipped’. Jeff has been singing Bowie’s songs for many years with the glowing support of Bowie’s official website BowieNET. Together with a killer band, Duffo’s journey to Planet Bowie will include the songs Space Oddity, Lets Dance, China Girl, Life On Mars, Changes, Ziggy Stardust... amongst many other faves. Jeff’s all star band features guitarist Jak Housden from the Whitlams along with the brilliant keyboard player Glenn Rhodes and drummer- percussionist Jess Ciampa.


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Thu 6 November

Ezekiel Ox ' Raw Styles' EP Tour

The Twoks

EZEKIEL OX SIGNS SOLO DEAL WITH BIRD'S ROBE RECORDS AND ANNOUNCES NATIONAL "ON THE RECORD" HEADLINE TOUR - Supported by THE TWOKS

The voice and heartbeat of defunct underground heros Full Scale, Mammal, The Nerve, and the still firing Over-Reactor has a had a massive 2014 since announcing his solo ambitions in January.

This year has seen him support Boots Reily (The Coup, Street Sweeper Social Club), King Of The North, Sietta and Tim McMillan live, as well as appearing on stage and street with fellow buskers/headliners The Pierce Brothers (video). Forever relentless, he also found the time to write, record, mix and collate his debut EP "RAW STYLES", which has had tracks spun on JJJ and community radio around the country, and features B-side production from hip-hop bass guru James Mangohig (Briggs, Damn Moroda).

This has lead to Sydney's art-rock champions, Bird's Robe Records (sleepmakeswaves, The Red Paintings, 65 Days Of Static) getting on board to release "RAW STYLES" officially to coincide with the tour. Zeke couldn't be happier:


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Fri 7 November

Backsliders

Blues kings, the Backsliders (featuring Dom Turner, Rob Hirst and Ian Collard), return to their Sydney home at The Vanguard Newtown for a pre-Xmas show, featuring Newtown-themed tracks from their 2014 album release ‘Dark Side’, described by ABC Perth as "among the best Australian LPs of 2014”.

Backsliders have been touring the festival circuit (including 14 appearances at the prestigious Byron Bay Bluesfest) and recording their own brand of driving Delta and Mississippi Hill country blues sounds for 28 years and have gathered myriad awards and nominations including various ARIA Blues and Roots nominations and the 2011 I-Tunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year award.


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Sat 8 November

Harmonica Masterclass with Ian Collard

Bluetongue Harmonica Presents...
A Harmonica Masterclass with Ian Collard
11am - 2pm

As part of Aria award winning Blues trio Collard Greens and Gravy, singer and Harmonica player Ian Collard has established himself as one of Australia’s leading blues artists. Attracted to the harmonica at an early age Ian found himself drawn to the music of Harmonica greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry and to the world of the Blues that inspired him to pursue a life in music.

Ian will be discussing, demonstrating & performing different styles of Blues Harmonica playing using examples from various legendary Harmonica players including Sonny Terry, Big Walter, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamsons 1 & 2, Noah Lewis & Deford Bailey

Ticket Price is $50
includes Course Notes /Handouts.
Limited Numbers


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Mon 10 November

TEMPLE AGENTS (Chile)

+ TBC

Temple Agents is a hard rock band from Santiago, Chile formed in 2009 by their two founding members, Alejandro Solar and Fernando Elizalde.
2009 and 2010 marked the birth of many demos which were later recorded in Alba Road Studios with sound engineer Eduardo Demangel and studio owner and drummer, Dante “DNT” Gonzalez. Dante went on to become the band’s official drummer, and soon after the completion of the first recordings the band called on Matias “Mat” Escudero to become the official bass player and hence, the Temple Agents as they are now known were born!


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Wed 12 November

Black Diamond

The Gunn Show, Dreamer Crimes & Bury The Veil

Think Australian Rock. Think Newcastle Rock N Roll. Think coalmines, industry and working your hands to the bone for every last cent you have – a blue-collar town where the high rollers reap the rewards. The export of coal is the black diamond that brings money and jobs to the Newcastle and that is how the name Blackdiamond was born.

A five-piece hard rock outfit from Newcastle, with a ‘work hard - play hard’ ethic. These boys are not here to mess around. “That’ll do” just won’t cut it anymore and they have set themselves the task of taking on the world and conquering. Blackdiamond’s goal is to fill venues and party with everyone in the room. Forget the week just been, forget the week to come and live for the few days of freedom the working class get.

Be sure that when you walk into a Blackdiamond show you are going to experience an event, have a few more drinks then you planned and come out on a high, a little bruised and wanting more.

Blackdiamond got together in 2012 and in this short time have ticked more boxes than most acts have even dreamt. Touring extensively across the East Coast of Australia. SA, VIC, NSW, ACT and QLD. From the major cities to the small ‘one horse towns’, Blackdiamond have left no stone unturned.

Blackdiamond’s debut Album has successfully spammed it self across the internet, with the success of their single ‘Devil Woman’, accruing record sales through iTunes and other media outlets, as-well-as consistent streams via Spotify all over the globe (Europe, UK, USA, and Asia). With one of Australian Rock’s most prestigious production teams at the helm of the desk – Mark Opitz and Colin Wynne – you can safely say these boys are well on their way to success. In 2014 Blackdiamond have gone back into the studio, again with Opitz and Wynne, to record ‘Touch of Love’ – their latest single, which, from the outset smacks you the face with vocals and kicks you in the chest with groove, riffs and hooks. This is all about rock n roll, chicks and cars baby, and it ain’t gonna stop. Their ‘Touch of Love Tour’ has been their most successful and longest tour thus far. Starting in Brisbane heading down the coast to Melbourne, across the bottom of Oz ­to Adelaide and back through the guts of inland NSW and QLD to finish up at ‘The Big Pineapple Festival’ in May. The ‘Touch of Love Tour’ goes for 13 weeks and is made up of close to 40 shows.

Check out the Official Blackdiamond website to find out when they are coming to you.


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Thu 13 November

Alex Bowen

Fronting his own sound of Pop / Folk, Alex Bowen has buried his feet into an exciting new sound. Since his first ever show (10 years ago) at an early age of 15 with the Australian Icon singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, Alex independently released his successful debut self produced EP ‘Feather In The Ground’ in early 2013. He toured the EP extensively throughout Australia finding himself on a number of festival line-ups, selling out headline shows, tv appearances and sharing stages with the likes of Donovan Frankenrieter and Jeff Martin to name a few.

Alex then moved to the hills and hinterland of Byron Bay where he began writing his first full length album. The new album has ventured away from the mix of blues & roots and has now found his way into the shoes a Pop / Folk singer songwriter. The album is set to be released worldwide and toured internationally in 2015.

“With just his voice and an acoustic guitar this young man delivers his howling blue-eyed soul with a sincere passion that is to be respected and admired.” - TONE DEAF"

Alex Bowen is one hell of a musician" - DRUM MEDIA

"Truly Captivating" - THE ROCK OWL


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Fri 14 November

Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul.

While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.


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Sat 15 November

Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of unusual tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s.


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Sun 16 November

Hatfitz and Cara Robinson

Congratulations to Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson. They’ve been back in Australia for less than a month, but the talented husband-and-wife juggernaut have just taken out the BASEQ Memphis Blues Challenge last weekend against some very stiff competition and over 100 entrants.

This means they will be heading over to Memphis in January to participate in the 2015 International Blues Challenge, the biggest blues event in the world. It caps off what has been a brilliant couple of months for the terrific twosome, who are equally delighted to be able to announce the news of an Australian tour and release of their new album DO TELL, which was released earlier this year in the UK and Europe.

The pair received rave reviews and fabulous support on the airwaves for the new album in the Northern Hemisphere, building on the great success they had achieved with their last album WILEY WAYS.

A fierce and fabulous tour de force on stage with their gut-busting energy and brilliant live shows, the big, burly Queenslander Hat Fitz and his wee Irish wife completely charmed audiences wherever they appeared.


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Mon 17 November

Ross Ryan 40th Anniversary Tour

+ SNEZ

Ross Ryan is one of Australia’s original and most celebrated singer-songwriters. His albums have won Record of the Year and Album of the Year awards and his songs have been recorded by performers as diverse as John Farnham and Slim Dusty.

2014 sees Ross celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of his triple gold 'My Name Means Horse" album - featuring his signature tune , 'I Am Pegasus' - still a favourite of Australian radio and named in 2003 by ABC TV's 'Love Is In The Air' as an Australian Anthem.

He’s toured with Roy Orbison, Carol King and Van Morrison; written for The Age and The Financial Review; worked as a writer and performer in comedy theatre and television; designs web sites; once had breakfast with Joni Mitchell; runs a recording studio; has a ‘King of Pop’ trophy - AND appeared twice on Mr Squiggle.

To mark the anniversary of 'My Name Means Horse', Ross - along with multi-instrumentalist Ken Stephenson - will be playing a series of intimate wry autobiographical shows right across Australia.


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Tue 18 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Wed 19 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Thu 20 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Fri 21 November

William Shakespeare's Reservoir Dogs

Presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Bards Bastards are re-imagining some of todays most famous stories in the classic Shakespeare form. Their debut production is the Shakespearean version of Quentin Tarantino's masterpiece Reservoir Dogs.

In Elizabethan London, six knights - perfect strangers to one another - are hired to rob a case of precious jewels from a coach on it's way to the King. After their robbery is thwarted, the brigands realize that one of them must secretly be an officer in disguise. But which one?

This is Reservoir Dogs as you've never seen it before - a bloody revenge tragedy in the style of William Shakespeare.


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Sun 23 November

The Jaded Vanities Burlesque

presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Jaded Vanities returns. The Vanguard in-house troop are back with their dark original show after two years of themed shows such as The Empire Strips Back, The Dames Of Throne Burlesque Show, The Batman Follies Of 1929, The Biba Wizard Of Oz Burlesque and 1982 Blockbuster Burlesque.


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Tue 25 November

New Oxford

Ruby May

Sydney-based band New Oxford have spent the last two years breaststroking through Australia's live music scene. Being described as the bastard love-child of Silversun Pickups and Bombay Bicycle Club, they've spent the last 6 months writing and recording and are taking on the live scene once again in preparation for the release of their debut ep.

Ruby May uncovered her love for music after picking up the acoustic guitar, triggering her desire to write songs. Over the years the young, ambitious vocalist has developed her music as she's explored new sounds and production techniques. Ruby's music incorporates her mesmerising voice, vivid lyrics and addictive melodies to create her unique sound. Her intriguing vocals and sound will leave you wanting more.


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Sat 29 November

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a private event.

If you would like to receive our events information please email our team at
functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 30 November

Aleyce Simmonds

Kaylee Bell (2013 Toyota StarMaker Winner)

At just 26 she is already a ten-year veteran of the industry. Her debut single Mighty Mighty Love became the most played country song on Australian Commercial radio and her two full-length albums have received popular and critical acclaim, reaching the Top 10 of the official Australian Record Industry Association Charts.

Throughout her career so far, Aleyce has drawn comparisons with artists as diverse as Linda Ronstadt, Shania Twain and, most commonly, Emmy-Lou Harris. With full band, Aleyce’s crowd-pleasing live show blurs the boundaries between contemporary country, old-school country and classic rock. In solo mode, Aleyce, her guitar and her phenomenal vocal prowess are a mesmerizing combination.

Aleyce lives for, and on, the road. She is a regular on the festival circuit and constantly tours major towns and remote locations. In 2014 Aleyce will embark upon her second international tour, headlining the YeeHaw UK festival in Northamptonshire, England.


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Wed 3 December

Vanessa Raspa & The Zombie Cats

Zombie Cats is a 5 piece Indie-pop band whose unique musical style draws on a range of influences; from Ray Charles, Otis Redding and the songs of the swinging 60s...to Lauryn Hill, Gotye and Bat for Lashes.

Having recently returned from Melbourne where they recorded their EP “Bad Blood” with the Aria nominated producer Steven Schram (The Cat Empire, San Sisco, Little Red) the band consists of 2 brothers, 2 lovers, and a chanteuse.

Performing tracks from their recent release, expect a night of electronic infused pop, soul soaked melodies, dark narratives, catchy riffs, fat groove, muddy blues, tenacious vocals, and at times...a free, improvisatory/experimental approach to the music.


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Sun 7 December

SMOOTH JAZZ AUSTRALIA Presents MEN OF SOUL

featuring Armondo Hurley & Kimi Tupaea

supported by some of Sydney’s finest musicans performing the soulful hits made popular by the many great men of soul such as Luther Vandross, George Benson, Al Jarraeau, Bozz Scaggs, Marvin Gaye and many more.

The cool and sophisticated voice of Armondo is unforgettable. Armondo is an amazing performer, armed with a wonderful sense of humour and blessed with world class talent.

With his soulful vocals Kimi delivers each song with feeling and soul leaving audiences captivated and wanting more.

Smooth Jazz Australia is a combination of unique style, incredible talent that deliver a fun packed show with world class talent.

Vocals: Armondo Hurley Vocals: Kimi Tupaea Keys/Musical Director: Aldo Alibrandi Bass: Ralph Marshall Drums: Mitch Farmer Guitar: David Holmes


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Sun 14 December

The Jaded Vanities Burlesque

presented by Russall S. Beattie

The Jaded Vanities returns. The Vanguard in-house troop are back with their dark original show after two years of themed shows such as The Empire Strips Back, The Dames Of Throne Burlesque Show, The Batman Follies Of 1929, The Biba Wizard Of Oz Burlesque and 1982 Blockbuster Burlesque.


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Tue 16 December

Strange Bedfellows: Under The Covers

Weimar-esque Cabaret

Multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon, courageously accompanied by musical director Daryl Wallis and director Sarah Carradine.


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Wed 17 December

Strange Bedfellows: Under The Covers

Weimar-esque Cabaret

Multiple Helpmann and Green Room Award winners Jacqui Dark and Kanen Breen detonate across the footlights in a debauched and greasepaint-spattered riot of musical abandon, courageously accompanied by musical director Daryl Wallis and director Sarah Carradine.


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Sun 11 January

Cabaret Sasquatch

After the last sold out performance, Cabaret Sasquatch returns to The Vanguard.

From the seedy underbelly of the Inner West comes an invigorating hit to live entertainment. Burlesque, magic, and circus performers work together with an 8-piece band to compose and choreograph a completely unique and vivacious cabaret of sharp wit and seductive subversion.

Cabaret Sasquatch is a show, and a collective of young artists creating a platform for alternative live performance. These artists utilize the elements of burlesque, magic, and circus to satirize gender assumptions, political follies, pop iconography, as well as deconstruct the forms of entertainment they provide.


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Fri 16 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sat 17 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sun 18 January

Kinky Friedman - A Journey In Time

Musician, author, politician, entrepreneur, animal saviour... Kinky Friedman has worn many hats over his long career that began in 1966 with the almost obligatory obscure, one-off single with his university band, King Arthur & The Carrots.


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Sun 25 January

Elvis Cabaresque Vegas Show

Feat NICK THE KING

Elvis Caburlesque Vegas Show - Nick THE KING Sydney's No.1 Elvis Tribute Artist has joined forces with Dancers 4 Events Caburlesque to bring Vegas down-under. This show buzzes with International talent giving you not only class, comedy and sex appeal but the king of all performers ...Elvis.


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