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

Wed 8 July

Open Mic

If you're a Singer, play Guitar, Keys, Drums, Bass, any kind of Horn or even the Harmonica and are looking to play on one of the coolest stages in Sydney then The Vanguard's 'Open Mic Night' is right up your alley.

Hosted by The Van Band, you'll be inspired by some of Sydney's hottest musicians.

Relax. Enjoy. Have a bite to eat and grab a drink - then get up and play once you feel ready.

$10 will get you in the door but a truck load of guts will get you up on stage. See you there!




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Thu 9 July

Josué EP Launch

Lana Rita

Josué, (pronouned hose-way), is an up and coming guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and all-round musician. Growing up with music playing siblings, Josue developed a passion for music at a very young age. At only 22, he has already shared the stage with some of Sydney's high ranking musical entertainers including Mike Champion, Doug Williams and keyboardist Sam McNally.


"Josué is a very proficient and enthusiastic guitarist and musician who I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. I think he'll be around a long time!"

– Sam McNally, keyboardist/producer.


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Fri 10 July

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.....


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Sun 12 July

JULIA MESSENGER

Internationally renowned Julia Messenger earns rave reviews around the world for her exquisite vocal technique and ability to get to the heart of a song.

Hailing from Melbourne, the versatile singer-songwriter and producer with a mesmerising voice and charismatic stage presence has a busy career in Australia and Europe, and more recently New York, recording and performing everything from jazz, blues and soul to electronica. In Mebourne she is a regular at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.


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Thu 16 July

Players Showcase

Live Music All Night

Featuring a stack of Sydney's best and brightest up and comers, this night will deliver a vast array of music that will satisfy even the most discerning live music scene enthusiast.


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Fri 17 July

Women Sing The Blues

ft: Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides + Christina Crofts + Milena Barratt

Three amazing women take on the blues with their own songs and interpretations of blues classics in a night not to be missed!


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Sat 18 July

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 19 July

Grumpy Old Comedians

Real Comedians - Not Really Old - Possibly Grumpy

The Grumpy Old Comedians are legendary comic and actor Garry Who, chat show host Darren Sanders and comedy rocker Mick Meredith.

Grumpy Old Comedians live on stage at The Vanguard on Sunday 19th July. Bookings through www.thevanguard.com.au

A 2-hour comedy extravaganza that’s sure to have you splitting your sides with three of the funniest fellas around.


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Wed 22 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Thu 23 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Fri 24 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Sat 25 July

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 26 July

KILL BILL- A Burlesque tribute parody

Russall S. Beattie Presents

Russall S. Beattie Presents Quentin Tarantino's tribute to martial arts is now a burlesque show.

Yep, we are at it again with our pop culture themed events.

You may have seen THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK,
You may have seen BATMAN FOLLIES OF 1929,
You may have even seen DAMES OF THRONE...
Well, now we are inspired by the two martial arts film masterpieces of Mr Quentin Tarantino.


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Wed 29 July

SMASH In Concert

Starring Melody Beck & Lloyd Bowden.

Smash is an NBC TV series that follows the creation of two Broadway musicals: The Marilyn Monroe bio-drama Bombshell, and Hit List which explores what it takes to become famous and deal with stardom.

jmusic presents SMASH in Concert starring Melody Beck & Lloyd Bowden.

This is the first concert of its kind in Sydney featuring only music from Smash!

If you’d like to perform in this show too, go to jmusic.com.au and register your interest!


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Fri 31 July

Perry Keyes

Raised in the inner-city working class suburb of Redfern, Perry Keyes has released three critically acclaimed and award-winning albums including the ABC Radio National Album of the Year and AMP shortlisted ‘The Last Ghost Train Home’ and the ARIA nominated ‘Johnny Ray’s Downtown’.

Perry’s fourth album Sunnyholt is both the largely untold, widescreen story of Sydney’s western suburbs diaspora and, more importantly, the personal tale of a family disintegrating under social and economic pressures.

“Perry is the real deal. Songs from the heart, from the Aussie street. He is a rare talent” – Peter Garrett
“Perry Keyes is a Sydney romantic who can see the battered beauty beneath the gloss” Sydney Morning Herald


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Sat 1 August

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 2 August

DOUBLE BILL:

Belinda Hanne Reid and Natasha York

Direct from Melbourne, two of Australia's divas of cabaret bring their critically acclaimed solo shows to Sydney's Vanguard for a one-night-only double bill spectacular! Belinda Hanne Reid (Winners and Losers, Price Check! The Musical) and Natasha York (Impromptunes, Adult Fairy Party) are coming to Sydney for the very first time to share their talents (and a glass or two of red) with their northern cousins. These are two up-and-coming cabaret stars not to miss!


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Wed 5 August

The Wild Wild Inner West Review

ft: Michael Carpenter & The Cuban Heels + Bree Derome + Matt Cornell Band + Mark Moldre Band

What is “The Wild Wild Inner West Review”? There’s been a movement around the Inner West of excellent alt.country/Americana type bands for some time. These aren’t necessarily bands that will make it to Tamworth next week, though some certainly have and will. But they wear their love of this style of music proudly, ranging from the glossier commercial pop variety, all the way through to the more raucous, rustic, blue-grassy and folky as well. The aim of these nights is to bring a bunch of these bands together, for all those neglected country music fans who live in the City. It’s kind of a pre-festival, mini review, featuring 4 great acts.


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Thu 6 August

The Gunn Show

Fox Company + Pyromance + Swamp Crocs + Reidemeister

The Gunn Show, fresh from a break after a series of interstate shows, proudly presents an all star lineup at The Vanguard. Combining only the best of Sydney's ever expanding rock scene and interstate guests August 6th will be the night of nights for all the Rock’n‘Rollers and lovers of live music.


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Sat 8 August

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Sun 9 August

Marc Ribot

– first solo performance in Sydney

Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) is one of the worlds leading guitarists, composers and collaborators. Well known for his work with the legendary Tom Waits, guitarist Marc Ribot helped Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's “Rain Dogs” (Rolling Stone). He has also worked with many highly regarded artists across the breadth of his career. From Wilson Pickett & Chuck Berry & Allen Ginsberg in his early days to the likes of Elvis Costello and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss more recently.


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Wed 12 August

Open Mic

If you're a Singer, play Guitar, Keys, Drums, Bass, any kind of Horn or even the Harmonica and are looking to play on one of the coolest stages in Sydney then The Vanguard's 'Open Mic Night' is right up your alley.

Hosted by The Van Band, you'll be inspired by some of Sydney's hottest musicians.

Relax. Enjoy. Have a bite to eat and grab a drink - then get up and play once you feel ready.

$10 will get you in the door but a truck load of guts will get you up on stage. See you there!




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Fri 14 August

Anabelle Kay - EP launch

Anabelle Kay’s Release of her third EP "I Think I'm Lost, My Love" .

From living for a year in a remote area of Oklahoma, to returning home to Australia and performing with local musicians on the Central Coast of New South Wales and remote areas of the Northern Territory where she has spent the last 6 months, the solitude of living in small communities and across the world has helped shaped this incredible young artist. Anabelle crafts music that belies her years while her musical influences include the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Melanie Safka.


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Sat 15 August

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Thu 20 August

Players Showcase

Live Music All Night

Featuring a stack of Sydney's best and brightest up and comers, this night will deliver a vast array of music that will satisfy even the most discerning live music scene enthusiast.


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Fri 21 August

Please kill me... the story of CBGB's

presented by Damien Lovelock

Please kill me... the story of CBGB's
presented by Damien Lovelock
featuring the music of Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Suicide, Heartbreakers & more

The Band will feature favourite "A Team" members:
Damien Lovelock/Floyd Vincent/Amanda Easton/Lloyd G (drums)/SteveBull (bass)/Tim Wedde (keys)/Rex Goh (guitar)


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Sun 23 August

Cassandra Braslin

After lending her vocals to various electronica and hip hop outfits over the years, Cassandra has honed her genre spanning musicality and released her debut EP 'Five Ways'. A gorgeous collection of atmospheric and emotive songs, the EP sets Cassandra's dreamy vocals against lush and layered sounds. A packed out EP launch built a buzz around this emerging artist and her powerful interpretations of the songs in a live setting.


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Thu 27 August

Winters End Mayfair Single Launch + GUESTS

The Blackbird Collective & Oscar & The Grouches + Free Digital download on night..

Winters End are back and ready for 2015. Comprised of siblings Marissa and Christopher Pinto, Winters End are a Sydney-based indie, electronic band whose 80s-inspired electronic sounds encompass all tastes and all ages.
Mayfair is Winters End's follow-up single to Walls, and is an epic, anthemic song that will take you on a journey.


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Sun 30 August

Feltdogs Presents: SKANKDADDY + KANOA

dual EP launch for local Sydney artists Kanoa & Skankdaddy.

The Vanguard showcases an exciting new wave of talent in the Sydney music scene

Feltdogs Presents:

Skankdaddy and the launch of the artist's anticipated self-titled EP produced by Guy Milner-Harris Skankdaddy delivers a fuzz of guitar and synth based dance grooves infused with a bluesy husk of vocals. "Think MGMT meets NIN.." - Guy Milner-Harris

KANOA brings his audio-visual projection experience to Newtown containing first single release "Lunar", which has gained fbi radio attention, get down to the Vanguard for this dual EP launch and lose ya-self.


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Thu 3 September

Jo Meares DVD launch

Jep and Dep

Jo Meares launched his album ‘King of the Crystal Mountain’ in 2014 at The Vanguard. The night was filmed and recorded and Jo will be returning to the Vanguard to launch a limited edition DVD release of the recording.


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Fri 4 September

The Roots Of Hugo Race

+ Ed Clayton-Jones ChordBlood

Hugo Race, formerly of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and The Wreckery and now an internationally based producer and performer, returns to Sydney with a new show presenting the musical artists that influenced him.

Hugo and his band, True Spirit will explore the musical heritage of the delta blues, the psyche rock of the sixties and classic seventies selections including songs by Can, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, Roky Erikson, Leonard Cohen, Dr John, the Doors and many more!


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Sat 5 September

CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT

Tonight The Vanguard will be closed for a Private Event.

For information on how you can host your next event at The Vanguard please email our friendly event team -functions@thevanguard.com.au or call 9557 9409


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Wed 9 September

Open Mic

If you're a Singer, play Guitar, Keys, Drums, Bass, any kind of Horn or even the Harmonica and are looking to play on one of the coolest stages in Sydney then The Vanguard's 'Open Mic Night' is right up your alley.

Hosted by The Van Band, you'll be inspired by some of Sydney's hottest musicians.

Relax. Enjoy. Have a bite to eat and grab a drink - then get up and play once you feel ready.

$10 will get you in the door but a truck load of guts will get you up on stage. See you there!




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Fri 11 September

Backsliders

Dog Trumpet

Newtown-based ‘Backsliders’ are back on home turf at the Vanguard - Dom Turner, Rob Hirst & Ian Collard will be playing original blues and breakdowns, including their ‘hit’ Dark Side of Newtown, as well as interpretations of early 20th Century tracks from the ‘Devils music’ period.


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Fri 18 September

IMC Presents
An Evening With
Alex Lloyd

+ GUESTS

Following up on the launch of his album and new single, & the announcement that Alex has re-written his hit 'Coming Home' as the theme for Richmond Football Club, Alex ventures back to Sydney for a special acoustic performance - celebrating in intimate mode at The Vanguard.


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Thu 8 October

Players Showcase

Live Music All Night

Featuring a stack of Sydney's best and brightest up and comers, this night will deliver a vast array of music that will satisfy even the most discerning live music scene enthusiast.


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Wed 14 October

Open Mic

If you're a Singer, play Guitar, Keys, Drums, Bass, any kind of Horn or even the Harmonica and are looking to play on one of the coolest stages in Sydney then The Vanguard's 'Open Mic Night' is right up your alley.

Hosted by The Van Band, you'll be inspired by some of Sydney's hottest musicians.

Relax. Enjoy. Have a bite to eat and grab a drink - then get up and play once you feel ready.

$10 will get you in the door but a truck load of guts will get you up on stage. See you there!




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Fri 16 October

Pearl - The Janis Joplin Story

2 Big Sets

Pearl - The Janis Joplin Story
The music, obsessions and passions of Janis Joplin
A Vintage Funk Tour
Paying homage to the legacy of a captivating woman who stunned fans with her extraordinary performances and simultaneously shattered stereotypes, leaving a life-long impression in the rock ‘n’ roll world.
A story interwoven amongst 19 hit songs that shaped an era where love was fearless and rules were broken.


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Wed 21 October

Global Irish Acts Presents, Byrne & Kelly

What began as Celtic Thunder's Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called 'Acoustic By Candlelight' a few years ago has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly. Driven by strong vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, folk sound.


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Thu 22 October

Global Irish Acts Presents, Byrne & Kelly

What began as Celtic Thunder's Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly performing a series of shows together called 'Acoustic By Candlelight' a few years ago has turned into what is now known as Byrne and Kelly. Driven by strong vocal harmonies, the duo seamlessly dives into combining genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh, folk sound.


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Fri 23 October

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...


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Thu 19 November

John Lennon Tribute - Gary Gibson, UK Artist.

John Lennon tribute act Gary Gibson’s uncanny resemblance to the late John Lennon has created a furore wherever he has turned up, even amongst the ranks of those who knew and loved Lennon well.

“People had told me for years that I looked and sounded like John but I didn’t tend to push it that much at first,” explained Gary who lives in the quiet suburb of Lostock Hall outside Preston.

We feature the type of songs that I think Lennon might well have chosen on the world tour he was planning at the time of his shocking death,” said Gary.


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Sun 22 November

Frank Yamma

Pat Powell

Having spent the Australian Winter touring across Europe and UK with shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, and Switzerland, Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma returns to Sydney for one show on 22 November at The Vanguard.

Come and see why Frank Yamma is the man everybody’s talking about in the global world music scene, performing songs from both of his acclaimed albums – Countryman and Uncle. “... the songs resonate with grace and power, whilst Yamma’s sense of rhythm and timing in his guitar playing is tinged with the ghosts of old time Delta bluesmen like Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, mixed with traditional folk ballads and a little bit of reggae thrown in on songs like Down The River.” (Buzz Magazine, UK)


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