Featuring Cosmic Psychos, The Meanies, The Murlocs, Harmony, Straight Arrows, Batpiss, Bits Of Shit, The Spinning Rooms, Ausmuteants and With Yo Grito Djs
Thanks to the City of Port Phillip, on Saturday 18th January Fennell Street in Port Melbourne and it’s inhabitants bring you the inaugural, Port Royal Street Party. With one outdoor stage and a spectacular local line up of bands headed by uber-blokes Cosmic Psychos, Port Royal is a day of great live music, food, booze and side-show shenanigans, set against the backdrop of Melbourne City.
Matilda Bay Brewery will be literally rolling out the kegs and pouring delicious cheap beers…brewed on site! The Salford Lads Club will be cooking up tasty treats for you all day....as well as some others special additions...stay tuned for the full menu announcement. And from food to follicles, hair wranglers Uncle Rocco’s Barber Shop will be chopping away on the day for any unruly gents who’ve let themselves go over the break.
Fennell Street is a breezy 15 minute bike ride from the city and a 10 minute stroll from North Port if you get the 109. There’ll be plenty of bike racks set up if you choose to ride.
Now here’s the line-up…
Headlining the 1st Port Royal Street Party is a band known to pound cans as much as ear drums, Australian punk rock legends and blokes you can trust, Cosmic Psychos. Notorious for their ability to drink pubs dry, let’s see how they go playing out the front of the Matilda Bay Brewery.
Melbourne punk rock stalwarts, The Meanies will cut loose on the Port Royal stage, giving it a good work out with their world famous stage antics and blistering live shows. Formed in 1989, The Meanies have established themselves as one of Australia's most enduring underground rock bands, cultivating a huge all-ages following.
Ocean Groovers, The Murlocs pack some very clever R&B guitar muscle and write songs that roll along like a Geelong bound V-line. Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s distinct vocal stamp, dominating harp skills and wiry charisma is a must see.
“Harmony seems to carve a new genre from the wreckage of others” (messandnoise). The band recently toured with the Drones and are a total powerhouse live. Tom Lyngcoln’s vocals and guitar work is an explosive treat. Their songs are a mongrel concoction of gallows blues and balladry, but offset by a glorious three part gospel vocal ensemble.
It’s totally happening. Sydney scallywags, Straight Arrows will be bashing out their nuggets of fuzz pop from the Port Royal stage. Their shows are dynamite and a guaranteed party starter. We can’t wait.
Crowned ‘Lords Of The Underground’ by Beat Magazine and straight outta Collingwood, Batpiss will be raining down their brand of perverse sludge punk on Fennell Street.
Denim clad Melbourne four-piece Bits Of Shit belt out unhinged, riff-heavy, wild rock n roll. It’s tough-arsed Aussie punk/pub rock a la Powder Monkeys, X and Rose Tattoo, with the fuzzed minimalism of Wire and The Wipers and the art brut of Black Flag.
The Spinning Rooms occupy their own weird space within the local musical landscape. Their self-titled, self-released debut album was recorded over a weekend by Tom Lyngcoln (The Nation Blue, Harmony) and had Beat Magazine’s Patrick Emery saying it ‘…could well be the most significant album of the year. And the freakiest.’ With no publicity or fanfare, the album featured on several best-of end-of-year lists.
Ausmuteants are a bunch of twenty-something's from Geelong & Melbourne raised on a diet of seminal punk like Chrome, the Screamers and Devo. Since formation in 2012 both their member count and music quality has doubled in size to bring you the finest combination of disco/synth/punk/disco/rhythm/beat/trash that modern music has to offer.
"Australian synth punk that will kill you" - Goner
Each and every Friday night in Sydney you can find King O.P.P (a.k.a. Owen Penglis from Straight Arrows), Silky Doyle (a.k.a. Marty Doyle from Dusty Fingers on FBi), and Flashback (Leroi Waddington from Route 66) tearing it up with a weird and wild blend of 60′s Garage, Punk, Psych, Funk, Surf, Rock n Roll, Freakbeat, and Soul as YO GRITO DJs. Their outstanding record collections, tag-team approach, and crew of special guests has led them from the humble in house Good God front bar DJ team to the stunning soundtracks and dancefloors of Sydney Festival, Vivid Live, Dig It Up, and Splendour In The Grass. They’ll be keeping your hips shakin' and your toes tappin' in between bands.