As Winter officially comes to an end, we’re coming out of hibernation and announcing our next round of Sound Doctor shows. Keep Fri 30 Sep and Sat 1 Oct free as we bring you a Spring weekend of music.
Kicking it all off is the incredible Ben Lee, performing an intimate solo show on Friday 30 September.
Ben Lee is fun! Ask him, he’ll tell you.
I’m Fun! is not only the name of his most recent album of pop gems full of songs with names like ‘Born for this Bullshit’ and ‘Parents Get High’, it’s also the mission statement that has guided him through an eclectic three-decade long career.
As Ben himself says: “I’ve always put adventure as my first priority. Full-tilt, all the time. Fun is the unexpected. Fun is building something, burning it down, then building it back, bigger, weirder and better.”
Writer of iconic Australian indie-pop hits like ‘Catch My Disease’, ‘We’re All in this Together’ and ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’, Ben is also a renown collaborator with friends and allies like Ben Folds, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, Shamir, Christian Lee Hutson, Zooey Deschanel, Washington, Georgia Maq, Money Mark, Tom Robbins and Josh Radnor. He also runs a podcast network with his wife, actress Ione Skye, built around the couple’s flagship show “Weirder Together”.
There are basically no rules in Ben’s creative world, and his live show follows the same policy: Fun is always the compass. So join us for a night of music and lots of fun in Anglesea.
Augie March are headed to Anglesea and they’re bringing their hits with them! And Lisa Mitchell has just announced her album tour, with The Sound Doctor being one of her stops.
May 27 & 28 are going to be HUGE! Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
On Friday 27 May Augie March perform stripped back reinventions of many of their best-known songs in a show that not only reminds you why these guys created the soundtrack to the start of the century for many of us – but also why they’re still one of Australia’s most important bands. Supporting them are celebrated Aireys trio Victoriana Gaye.
On Saturday 28 May the sublime songbirdLisa Mitchelladds Anglesea to her album tour list, performing with her band. Lisa’s music consistently elicits an emotional response and this will be one special show. Especially given we have the transformative music of (we’re claiming her as a local) Chitra to start the night off right!
Gordon Koang is a household name in South Sudan, an incredible performer with nine albums under his belt. This charismatic refugee musician is now taking the Australian music world by storm accompanied by his cousin Paul Biel and his new Australian band. Experience Gordon’s wild blend of traditional Nuer rhythms and African pop beats at Anglesea Hall as he spreads a message of peace, love and unity – dancefloor style.
We are so excited to have Gordon coming to play for The Sound Doctor – this will be a show to bring the whole family to. We promise you’ll be up and dancing with a huge smile on your face. (There will be some limited seating if you need it!)
‘Gordon Koang radiates warmth and joy. It ’s impossible not to be charmed by the Melbourne-based musician’s sunny disposition.’ NME
It is with great sadness that the Sound Doctor’s presentation of Kim Churchill (supported by Libby Steel) and Liz Stringer (supported by Merpire) at Anglesea Memorial Hall has been cancelled for a second time, and will unfortunately NOT be rescheduled for a future date at this time.
This is extremely disappointing for us and our volunteers, the artists and for you, our loyal supporters. We are truly sorry.
Ticketholders have been contacted and refunds will be issued this week.
We look forward to a time when going out to see great live music is normal again.
We’ve been doing it tough in Victoria and we were so sad for you the audience and of course the artists that our June shows couldn’t go ahead. But now we are super excited that things are looking good for the rescheduled dates.
We have released some additional tickets for both Kim Churchill (now on Friday 16 July) and Liz Stringer (now on Saturday 17 July), but they won’t last so don’t delay. We’re hoping to be back to 100% seated capacity by mid July, so if you have missed out add yourself to the waiting list and keep an eye on social media as we may be able to release even more!
As if it weren’t exciting enough that we’re bringing live music back to Anglesea Memorial Hall, we have some huge news. On Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July Julia Jacklinis heading to town to play two intimate solo nights! Limited tickets will go on sale this Friday morning with hopefully more to be released closer to the show when these sell out – which they absolutely will! Set the alarm for 8.55am and be ready at 9am when they become available.
If her debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win established Julia Jacklin as an artist to watch, her 2019 follow up Crushing solidified her as one of the songwriters of her generation. It frequented end of year lists, was nominated for six ARIA Awards, and both US and UK independent music awards, and led to sold out shows the world over.
Julia has released a 7” for the treasured Sub Pop label, an original Christmas song and a Björk cover with RVG in the 15 months since COVID began, but now she is back on tour in July and August for a series of rare solo performances. See her live in Anglesea where she’ll draw on songs from across her entire catalogue and give fans some never before heard songs.
With just one month to go until our next shows, we’re excited to announce that we are allowed to fit more people into Anglesea Memorial Hall! And that means we have just released more tickets to see Liz Stringeron Friday 4 June and Kim Churchill on Saturday 5 June. But you’d better be quick for Liz, as we have already announced these tickets to our waiting list and they might already be snapped up!
LIZ STRINGER’S NEW ALBUM IS OUT NOW And it’s getting plenty of attention – including a 4½ review from NME
WATCH THE CLIP FOR KIM CHURCHILL’S SONG WAITING FOR THE SUN HERE
MEET MERPIRE … Supporting Liz Stringer on Friday 4 June
Merpire, the moniker of Melbourne-based artist Rhiannon Atkinson-Howatt, writes music living somewhere between the rom-com and horror movie sections in her mind. Off the back of her independent, debut EP release in 2018 she showcased at Bigsound and sold out her Endless Chatter EP tour. By the end of 2019, Merpire had accrued an impressive list of supports including Julia Jacklin, Angie McMahon, Didirri and Gengahr (UK). A Merpire live show flows between intimate pop ballads and fully immersive alt-indie heart-shakers. Have a listen here: https://youtu.be/iDO6VTwN8c0
MEET LIBBY STEEL … Supporting Kim Churchill on Saturday 5 June
Libby Steel is an alternative pop singer-songwriter based on the Surf Coast. Known for her strong soulful vocals, she has taken her explosive set across the country, supporting acts like San Cisco, Harts, Taylor Henderson and more. Her music has captured the attention of triple j where she has received stellar coverage and reviews from presenters praising her big and versatile voice in clever pop songs. She’s due to release her debut EP this year so this is one artist to say you saw back when! Have a listen to Libby here: https://youtu.be/qgwBn7MDQSI
Our first shows since October 2019 happened over the weekend and they were incredible! Obviously things looked a bit different but the sound quality and the calibre of incredible artists was the same as it’s always been. It really was an amazing weekend – and we hope if you got to experience you loved it too.
We’re not ones to rest on our laurels. It’s time to look to June and to announce the next artists to be hitting the Anglesea Memorial Hall stage!
On Friday 4 June Liz Stringerkicks off her sixth album tour right here in Anglesea. We had hoped to see Liz as part of Dyson Stringer Cloher last year so we’re extra excited to have her coming again with an all new band line-up and her brand-new album.
Tickets went on sale this morning and we have a feeling this one will sell out very quickly so don’t delay in securing yours.
On Saturday 5 June talented multi-instrumentalist Kim Churchill swings by as he tours regional Australia to celebrate his 4-part EP collection I Am Forgetting The End Again. Hear songs from his recording travels in this beautiful night of stories and sonic adventures supported by Surf Coast rocket Libby Steel.
We’re in an ever changing events world! At the moment our June shows are being sold as all seated gigs where you will only be able to sit with the group you book with, with an appropriate distance set up between you and the patrons around you. At this stage you will still need the name and contact number of everyone in your group to make your booking. Should things change we’ll update you – hey we may even be able to fit more ticket buyers in and we may even be able to dance!
It’s been 491 days since we put on a show in Anglesea but we’ll be back on stage over three nights in March.
We can’t quite believe it’s happening (and let’s face it, in this current world of uncertainty we can’t be sure it actually will happen until we hit the stage on the night) but yes, we have a fantastic line-up planned. Direct links to tickets here. Read on for more about the lineup.
It’s probably easiest to describe C.W. Stoneking as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there – a 1920s pre-war blues sound with almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock ’n’ roll and gospel.
He’ll be supported on the night by local powerhouse Nathan Seeckts, a singer songwriter who effortlessly fuses the sounds of folk, country and blues delivering them with a commanding voice that is equal parts gravel and passion.
Melbourne artist Jess Locke is known for penning indie pop tracks that are at times subtle and full of melancholy, at times delivered with an acerbic tongue, but always steeped heavily in narrative. Her raw and honest storytelling and poetic inclinations have seen her heralded as pushing her way to the front of the pack of talented Aussie artists.
Over several years, dynamic six-piece Bones and Jones have emerged as one of Melbourne’s most exciting and energetic bands. The silky blend of swaying drums, roaring lap steel and driven organ paint the picture of the immense live sound they are so well known for.
An Evening with Emma Donovan & The Putbacks rounds out the Sound Doctor’s first weekend back. Sound Doctor fans who saw Mission Songs Project will remember the incredible voice of acclaimed Indigenous performer Emma Donovan. We’re bringing her back to Anglesea with her band for a night of pure soul.
Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned and bruisingly honest. The music of Melbourne rhythm combo The Putbacks is fluid, live and raw. Together they burst on to the Australian scene in 2014, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.
Support on the night is from star on the rise Kee’ahn. With a name coming from the Wik people, meaning to dance, to sing, to play, Kee’ahn aims to honour her name and Ancestors through her soulful music that weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing.
Remember capacities for these shows are very limited so you will need to get in quick to secure your tickets. All gigs will be seated and you will only be able to sit with the group you book with, with an appropriate distance set up between you and the patrons around you.