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Night Cat Re-Opening! Islands In The Stream

A charity initiative to keep the Night Cat's door's open and their punters and Musos pumpin'.

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Words by Peta.

How venues are getting creative during COVID-19 lockdown

Our venue's general mode of service may have been disrupted due to the closure of our doors, but our customers are still out there and keen to stay connected to their local favourites

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Words by Kavina.

COVID-19: how to communicate your event has been cancelled

While delivering bad news is heartbreaking, for some reason my mind has drifted back to a simpler time when we were faced with the dreaded end of those Blues Clues episodes as a kid. When you know things are winding down and Steve is about to start singing the ‘goodbye song.’ No matter how sad it was, you always left the show feeling upbeat, and hopeful to face another day of solving mysteries with Blue and Steve again tomorrow.

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Words by Kavina.

COVID-19 list of cancelled and postponed events

A list of global and nationwide cancellations for live music events is one we haven’t been the most excited about putting our hands to in these strange and uncertain times. *Cue RiRi’s ‘please don't stop the music’ for dramatic effect while scrolling the most buzzkill list we’ve ever had the displeasure of writing.

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Words by Kavina.

Running a day party at your venue

Ain't no party like a daytime party. Ask any workweek 9-5 Joe who wants a mimosa with his dance music, and to see the sun after a week of working on his office tan.

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Words by Kavina.

Creative small business grants of up to $30,000 up for grabs from City of Melbourne

Are you a small business with a big idea? We might have the ideal boost for you!

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Meet this weeks Featured Five

Each week we pick five up and coming Musos, read here who they are.

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Words by Peta.

Live music for your big day

The most memorable parts of any wedding are the moments spent with everyone on the dancefloor, celebrating L.O.V.E. by dancing the night away. Live music + joy = epic wedding!

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Words by Kavina.

How to throw a legendary house party

There’s a lot of pressure when it comes to throwing a fantastic house party, especially if it’s going to be the first time you organise one. Think of all the house parties you’ve been to and why some stood out over others. Here’s our guide to planning your ultimate house party.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Meet this weeks Featured Five

Each week we pick five up and coming Musos, read here who they are.

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Words by Romanie.

A beginner’s guide to promoting live music events on social media

The Internet has made it easier than ever for people to find upcoming events and buy tickets, but what do you do if you don’t have the money to hire someone to promote forthcoming gigs? We’ve put together some tips that can help.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Audio essentials for running live music

So, you’ve decided you’re ready to immerse your venue into the world of live music, but you realise that to do so you’re going to need the right equipment to deliver a primo high-quality sound. There’s a lot more to consider than how loud you want the music and where to set up the mic stand? We’ve asked Helen and the crew at BH Stage Systems - BHSS (Australia's biggest backline hire company) to hook us up with some essential tips to bear in mind when starting your live music adventure.

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Words by Kavina.

Five ways you can use live music to boost your business

Fundamentally, hospitality venue owners and operators want to run a bustling and successful business. Adding live music to the mix can instantly diversify your customer reach and create a vibe that helps to kick it up a notch and take your venue to the next level.

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Words by Kavina.

Five creative ways to promote your music venue

It’s hard work running a live music venue! Hiring staff, finding musicians to play, cleaning up vomit after patrons, replacing smashed glassware, hiring more staff and the cycle continues. So, we’ve taken the difficult work out of dreaming up different ways to promote your venue without breaking the bank.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Meet this weeks Featured Five

Each week we pick five up and coming Musos, read here who they are.

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Words by Peta.

2020 Live Music Trends

Now that we’ve arrived semi safely in the future, things are looking appropriately ‘lit’ for live music in 2020. Here are some of our favourite trends in live music for the new decade .

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Words by Kavina.

How the Australian music industry has united to help fight the bushfires

While bushfires are still raging across the country, the Australian music industry has already planned events to help those affected.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

How to thrive in Melbourne’s gig economy

Melbourne’s gig economy is booming! No, we’re not talking about people working for food delivery companies but the live music industry. Melburnians love going to gigs.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Meet this weeks Featured Five

Each week we pick five up and coming Musos, read here who they are.

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Words by Peta.

The impact of live music

Neil Young once said that “live music is better”, and it seems that one in three Australians agree it’s their number one passion.

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Words by Kavina.

What dropping lockout laws in Sydney mean for venue owners

Following the announcement in November last year that the government is to reverse the laws – the question now is how Sydney can regain its place on the global stage as the vibrant nightlife city it once was?

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Bushfire Relief Events and Fundraisers That You Need To Know About

Over the next couple of weeks, some incredible initiatives in the music industry are combatting the Australian fire crisis - here's all you need to know.

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Words by Peta.

7 things to consider when creating your live music strategy

Running successful nights of live music isn't always as simple as hiring a band to play on the weekend, you need the right live music strategy to complement what your venue has to offer and bring additional value to your business.

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Words by Kavina.

6 Ways to Stand Out From The Music Venue Crowd

There’s a plethora of venues running live music in Melbourne so for a punter there’s ample choice. So how do you stand out as a venue? We decided to take the hard work out of figuring that out.

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Words by Mei.

Locker Room Talk with The Moving Stills

We caught up with central coast lads, The Moving Stills, after their beach stage set in Cronulla at Australian Music Week a couple of weeks ago.

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Words by Peta.

'Man Hater' - YARA's Debut Release Is Our Gift On International Women's Day

Melbourne soul queen YARA releases her debut single 'Man Hater' on International Womens' Day for a reason.

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Words by Peta.

Tips on creating a live music brand for your venue

For the same reason that a brand is essential to a musician, building a live music brand helps your setting stand out and brings in loyal customers. Here are some key things to consider when creating your live music brand.

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Words by Kavina.