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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

Wed 20 August

Sam and the Bird

+ Jess Dunbar + Ainsley Farrell

Sam And The Bird is a collection of roaring vocals and multifaceted lyrical ideas mashed together to create something from the mind of all the members. Taking its roots from the acoustic instrumental music Lachlan McCarthy (Guitarist, songwriter) was busking around Sydney, this small idea has grown into an eclectic full band project involving Patrick Reuter-Town (Vocals, Guitar) and resulted in the building of an album.

On Wednesday 20th August Sam And The Bird will be hitting the Vanguard stage to launch the album “Two Halves”. A diverse range of songs spanning from sweet acoustic melodies to heavy rocking full band tunes.
With the help of Michael McGlynn and Scott Donnelly from Vienna People Studios this dream has become reality.

All songs on the evening will be performed by the new singer Bryn Douglas

Bryn Douglas – Vocals, Guitar
Lachlan McCarthy – Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Lapsteel
Cate Williams – Piano, Synth
Garreth Clavijo – Drums & Percussion
Ben Torning – Bass Guitar



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Thu 21 August

Glide Tribute

ft Croons + Steve Kilbey (The Church) + Charlie Horse + Peter Fenton (CROW) + Sounds Like Sunset + JMS Harrison + The Model School + Bryan Estepa

Thursday August 21st at The Vanguard will be a celebration of the music of Glide, and the incredible songs that were written by the late William Arthur - who sadly passed away 15 years ago, in August of 1999. The tribute will bring together a bunch of bands and solo acts to help keep the spirit and music of William Arthur alive through playing his songs. These will include Knievel, Croon (former Glide members playing songs off Open Up And Croon), Peter Fenton (CROW), Sounds Like Sunset, J M S Harrison, The Model School, Bryan Estepa. It is sure to be a special occasion and a very rare chance to see some of Australia's finest paying tribute to one of the absolute finest songwriter's we've ever seen.


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Fri 22 August

Glide Tribute

ft Knievel + Croons + Steve Kilbey (The Church) + Charlie Horse + Peter Fenton (CROW) + Sounds Like Sunset + Ben Aylward (Swirl/Fabels) + JMS Harrison + The Model School + Bryan Estepa

Friday August 22 at The Vanguard will be a celebration of the music of Glide, and the incredible songs that were written by the late William Arthur - who sadly passed away 15 years ago, in August of 1999. The tribute will bring together a bunch of bands and solo acts to help keep the spirit and music of William Arthur alive through playing his songs. These will include Knievel, Croon (former Glide members playing songs off Open Up And Croon), Peter Fenton (CROW), Sounds Like Sunset, J M S Harrison, The Model School, Bryan Estepa. It is sure to be a special occasion and a very rare chance to see some of Australia's finest paying tribute to one of the absolute finest songwriter's we've ever seen.


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Sat 23 August

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 24 August

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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Wed 27 August

Conversation with Goddesses ft Louise McCabe

When Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, Sex and Creativity, returns to Earth to find the reincarnation of her true love, Adonis, she finds humanity in a sorry state.

So she decides to leave behind some goddess wisdom before she returns to the heavens by enlisting the help of four other powerful goddesses – long banished from Earth but still lurking in our collective unconscious:


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Thu 28 August

Conversation with Goddesses ft Louise McCabe

When Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, Sex and Creativity, returns to Earth to find the reincarnation of her true love, Adonis, she finds humanity in a sorry state.

So she decides to leave behind some goddess wisdom before she returns to the heavens by enlisting the help of four other powerful goddesses – long banished from Earth but still lurking in our collective unconscious:


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Fri 29 August

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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Sat 30 August

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 31 August

Chich (CD Launch)

+ Goodchild

Singer-songwriter Chich has one mantra: feel the song and let the audience know you’re feeling it. The Sydney born soul/blues devotee, has been developing his soul infused songs with an earthy modern feel, and is now launching his new album “I’m Alive” with his band of brothers, Simon Morel (lead guitar), Yann Charavel (bass) and Brad James (drums). Being genuine live performers, “I’m Alive” was recorded in the same manner as many of Chich’s favourite records, played live in a big room and letting the project develop organically, just like his influences Bill Withers, Tim Buckley, Donny Hathaway and others had done in the 70’s – getting back to translating the vibe of the music, room and moment on tape. With a great rhythm section and tasty lead guitarist behind him, Chich feels free to let go and enjoy the moment, freeing his gutsy, soul drenched voice to float between hard rock ‘n’ soul to sweet sultry ballads.


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Mon 1 September

Ryan Keen (UK)

UK SINGER-SONGWRITER ANNOUNCES TWO INTIMATE SHOWS FOR MELBOURNE & SYDNEY

Currently in the middle of a national tour supporting Kate Miller Heidke, UK singer songwriter Ryan Keen will play two intimate shows for Frontier Touring at Melbourne’s Boney on August 31 and The Vanguard in Sydney on September 1.

No stranger to the road, Ryan Keen is an artist doing it the old fashioned way. Constantly touring, Keen has shared the stage with fellow singer songwriters such as Ben Howard, Newtown Faulkner, Leona Lewis and joined good friend Ed Sheeran on multiple tours, most recently in Vienna last month.

Keen’s debut full length album Room For Light (out now through Warner Music), released in December last year, showcases how this young musician’s breadth of musical talent, coupled with a beautiful song-writing style and incredibly engaging live performances, have taken him from playing the tiny room acoustic circuits of the UK, to headlining to over 1000 people.

"Lush vocals and a humble, friendly aesthetic saw an acoustic folk explosion in UK’s Ryan Keen. Bass triggered by foot pedals and beats created by frantic hand movements carefully striking the body of his guitar made for a fine appetiser. If his next Australian single and set closer Focus incites the nation to do exact that, Keen will return to headline venues of the same size in no time." - TheMusic

The songs are quietly varied and include collaborations with some extremely talented and likeminded artists in the likes of Ninja Tune's Fink and Newton Falkner. Current single ‘Focus’ (click here to watch) beautifully showcases Keen’s warm breathy voice, virtuosic flamenco inspired guitar playing and confessional song writing style.


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Wed 3 September

Cam Avery (The Growl) Solo Tour

+ special guest Shiny Joe Ryan

Cameron Avery, having spent the last few years crisscrossing hemispheres in various musical adaptations, has now broadened his horizons. Cameron formally premieres his brand new material for his forthcoming album with the Growl, in solo format, on a national tour spanning Brisbane to Perth. Four capital city dates to showcase his capital music. Cameron muses “aesthetically this a massive departure from my debut album. These songs were an outlet. Chronological and reflective at the same time kinda. Consider it an expensive and time consuming memoir of the past couple years, sonically shared.”

Collaborating throughout his international travels, the forthcoming album features internally acclaimed artists from favoured musical hubs like London, Los Angeles, and across Australia. This piece of work was two years in the making, and shall be presented for the first time across two short weeks.


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Thu 4 September

Celia Pavey

+ Lester The Fierce

Celestial Australian folk artist Celia Pavey is debuting her pure and otherworldly vocal ability on the long-awaited EP Bodies. Heading on an East Coast tour in support of the EP, out August 29, audiences can expect an intimate performance reflecting Celia’s earliest experiences singing in the church hall of her small hometown, Forbes NSW.


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Fri 5 September

O'Shea

& Benny Nelson

Individually Mark and Jay O’Shea have an impressive string of writing and artist credits that span the globe. The combination of Jay’s country-soul voice blending perfectly with Mark’s country-rock sensibilities has made the Nashville based husband-and-wife team one of the most respected names in Australian country music in just a few short years.


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Sat 6 September

Zombie Prom 1986

Back from the dead!

Do you love Prom nights?
Do you love the 80's?
Do you love.... Zombies?

The Vanguard's third annual Zombie prom is in full swing with the Shermer High School graduating class of 1986 who died in a horrible accident, returning to finish off their Prom for one night. So we invite you to come party in the best Zombie prom attire you can muster!


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Sun 7 September

The Audreys (Duo)

Live favourites and triple ARIA award winners The Audreys released their fourth studio album ‘Til My Tears Roll Away’ earlier this year to high praise and mumblings about more awards. A tougher, grittier offering than their earlier records, with Tristan Goodall's electric guitars fuzzing and wailing and Taasha Coates’ stunning vocals at the fore, Rolling Stone called the album “a record of abandon and grace”, and Stack Magazine "another winner.”

If you missed their recent tour here's what The Newcastle Herald had to say: “Engaging and relaxed as they present, The Audreys are an intense bit of gear. They don’t tour incessantly, like their lives depend on it. But when they’ve got something to say, like their hot new album, ’Til My Tears Roll Away, they hit the road with felonious intentions to make a serious impression. A bit of folk, a pinch of blues and an exquisite layer of rock’n’roll. It’s an original recipe made by perfectionists and cooked to perfection."

Check the pair out playing new songs and old in an intimate setting before they take off for Nashville in September and maybe just don’t come back...


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Wed 10 September

Coke & Sympathy - A Rock 'n Roll Cabaret

Sydney Fringe Festival

Coke and Sympathy: A Rock & Roll Cabaret celebrating the women behind, beside and on top of history’s greatest rock musicians.


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Thu 11 September

Coke & Sympathy - A Rock 'n Roll Cabaret

Sydney Fringe Festival

Coke and Sympathy: A Rock & Roll Cabaret celebrating the women behind, beside and on top of history’s greatest rock musicians.


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Fri 12 September

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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Sat 13 September

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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Wed 17 September

Edgar's Girls by The Poe Burlesque Theatre

Sydney Fringe Festival

He is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time…but who was he....and who knew him best?
Allow The Poe Burlesque Theatre to take you on a salacious journey into the world of Mr Edgar Allan Poe. Meet the stunning beauties who inspired his work, and the women from his tales who he created with such breathtaking mastery. The show weaves actual letters and writings from Poe himself.


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Thu 18 September

Edgar's Girls by The Poe Burlesque Theatre

Sydney Fringe Festival

He is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time…but who was he....and who knew him best?
Allow The Poe Burlesque Theatre to take you on a salacious journey into the world of Mr Edgar Allan Poe. Meet the stunning beauties who inspired his work, and the women from his tales who he created with such breathtaking mastery. The show weaves actual letters and writings from Poe himself.


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Fri 19 September

Rumours

A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents: Rumours - A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Access All Eras presents Sydney's best Fleetwood Mac show which captures the band's sound from the legendary Rumours album and includes their hits from the early blues period to the contemporary hits. The success of Rumours as one of the biggest selling albums of all time has made this show one of the hottest tickets in town. Fleetwood Mac have an eclectic catalogue and this great Sydney based band with carefully chosen singers to bring some gorgeous interpretations of some of your favourite songs. Enjoy the hits from Dreams, Little Lies, Albatross, The Chain, Sarah, Don't Stop, Landslide, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon and more...

Line up: Gary Fredericks- guitar
Amanda Easton - vocals
Jo Elms - vocals
Floyd Vincent- vocals
Tim Wedde - keys
Clive Harrison - bass
Steve Fearnley - drums


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Sun 21 September

Cabaret Sasquatch

Sydney Fringe Festival

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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Wed 24 September

Lionel Cole & Dallas James (The Voice)

An intimate night of story, song with Lionel Cole, a seasoned soul man rising and soaring amongst music royalty, and Dallas James an emerging new talent bursting onto the Australian scene with his unique style of blues & roots. Be prepared to be taken on a journey of music and thought with two unlikely musical friends who met under the watchful eye of millions of Australians. Don’t miss this night of Soul, Blues, Roots ...Truth ...and much, much more.


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Thu 25 September

Road Mountain Girls

19 Twenty

“They play like they own the place”, Sam Fell - Rolling Stone and Rhythms Magazine

From humble beginnings in a shed atop an isolated outcrop, to gracing the stages of Australia’s biggest festivals, the phenomenon of the Round Mountain Girls has etched itself into the ‘strange but true’ annals of Australian music.
They’ve carved out a reputation as one of the country’s most thrilling live acts, with their infectious, catchy songs and alternative Celtic-country blend of roots music. Bluesfest, Port Fairy, The National Folk Festival and Gympie Muster are just a few of the festivals that have invited them to bring unbridled joy to their audiences in the last 12 months.


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Sun 28 September

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 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 Katia and Amelia Du Vale

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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Thu 2 October

Reichardt

A voice reminiscent of greats such as Buckley and Vedder; a prolific multi-instrumentalist having worked alongside the likes of Tim Hart and Bliss N Eso; and a producer whose collaborations include work with One Above (Hilltop Hoods, Chance Waters) and Matik (Seth Sentry, Pez);

Reichardt is a man of versatility – and is the newest member of Sydney’s I Forget, Sorry! collective. To date, Reichardt has been the go-to producer and instrumentalist for some of Australia’s most acclaimed acts, and is celebrating the release of his debut EP, and debut single “Sunflower” featuring Tim Hart (Boy & Bear); a stripped back folk-pop tune with the singer-songwriter’s raw talent on full display.


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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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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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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

Dave Mason - 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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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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Wed 22 October

Sex On Toast

TBA

April the 9th 2014 will see the Sydney release of Sex On Toast's debut album, an opus of raw emotion, tumultuous sexuality and party jams, recorded at Sing Sing studios and mixed in stereo, for her pleasure.

A nine man explosion of 1980's pop music, yacht-rock, Rn'B, and synth-funk, Sex On Toast showcase undeniable musical finesse whilst never taking themselves too seriously. Their outrageous live show features tight vocal harmonies, talk-box synthesizers, drum-machines and choreographed dance moves. They’re consistently engaging an ever expanding audience of both chin-stroking musicians and teenage revellers.


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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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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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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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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

Hatfitz and Cara have just finished recording their new album “Do Tell”, which again had the pleasure of being engineered and produced by the great Jeff Lang. They also had stellar performances from Australian’s highly regarded harp player Ian Collard, from “Collard Greens and Gravy”, on tracks such as self penned “Excuse Me” and “Stray Hat”. This album after just 2 days of being released in Europe has been picked for the Amazon Charts. This will be released later in the year in Australia after they return from their world tour.

This dynamic duo is a unique combination that have skilfully combined their music of hill style, country blues with old time folk. Their material is original yet crosses the boundaries as if written from a time once forgotten.


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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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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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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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Wed 7 January

Fleur Wiber EP Launch

Ross Henry

To launch her second EP, Fleur Wiber is back at the Vanguard for a show which is sure to enthral, entrance, impress and amaze.

Since departing from Sydney in 2013, Fleur embarked on a worldwide tour, performing at Singer-Songwriter Cape May (USA), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and many pubs and clubs around London, Cambridge, Brighton and Manchester. Fleur Wiber's music has been aired on local and international radio including FBI, 2SER and Cambridge 105.

With a dream-pop and country-noir feel, "Fleur Wiber offers everything you can ask of a ‘weird’ folk musician and more." (Drunken Werewolf Magazine, UK).

This release follows her recent single "For I once was a Child" and her debut EP "Orderves" - also launched here at the Vanguard in 2013.

Support acts include the highly acclaimed up-and-coming singer-songwriter Ross Henry. This is a night which should not be missed!


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Fri 16 January

Kinky Friedman

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

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

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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