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Arn70 5 Mar 2004 22:25

I'm a regular punter to a couple of local venue's that are gutsy enough to play local (Bendigo) and out of town original bands.
What is the vibe in Melbourne about Bendigo?
What stories have you heard (or tell) about the town and the music scene?
What could be done better?
I'm interested in any comments.
I'm not in a band, nor do I run a venue, but I am friends with heaps of local muso's.

Cheers

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RedBeard 5 Mar 2004 23:51

I would love to play in Bendigo... I just guess I have never had the time to travel up and check out which venues are the better and better known up there... which would you say are the better of the venues in Bendigo?? I would love to bring my band up there !!!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


drummerboy 6 Mar 2004 01:19

I wanna play in bendigo to, 'word on the streets' is that reginal areas are damn cool to play. Well so i hear.
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system 6 Mar 2004 11:43

I can answer this one.

Although Bendigo is a fair distance to travel, it's almost a rite of passage for any Melbourne band.
There's only two venues worth mentioning (well...one and a half if truth be told)

The Hopetoun Hotel is a dingy Pub near the rail station.
The Bloke who runs the show is an absolutlely top bloke, really considerate and open to Melbourne bands. The P.A sucks unfortunatly, but the room size is fairly good.

The Golden Vine is the 'main' place to play in Bendigo but the guy who organizes the venue is a class A ass-hole.
He hasn't a clue how to book bands,or how to be civil to bands. He basically does a one man show of ruining Bendigo's reputation.
Bendigo could be an amazing musical town given it's size, the the Golden Vine could be it's premier stop for visiting bands but it sadly isn't the case.
Until the Vine changes hands/bookers Bendigo will continue to be a provincial joke.
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Arn70 6 Mar 2004 11:49

Well the Golden Vine did change hands before Christmas. I assume the 'asshole' you are referring to is Phil. Well he's gone. Personally I thought he was an alright bloke, but then I didn't have to deal with him the way you did.
I'd suggest you give them another call and try again. 03 5443 6063.
Yeah, the Hopetoun PA does suck, but everything else is a positive. Bring your own PA if you can.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Arn70 6 Mar 2004 11:56

Andromeda are playing at the Vine tonight. I saw them at the Yahoo bar (another good regional venue) in Shepparton last October and thought they were good. I'd like to see more bands of this standard (or higher) getting up to Bendigo.

Keep up the good work Melbourne bands! Save Bendigo from cover band hell!!!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


system 6 Mar 2004 15:21

Phil was his name?

He was a complete tosser...and Iv'e talked to a few Melb bands who have tried to deal with him before....rude, obnoxious, unhelpful.

He basically singlehandedly gave Bendigo a bad name for Melb bands.

If it's true that he's gone, then Hallelluja!...Bendigo lives again!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Zoquo 7 Mar 2004 23:12

Arn, I have played at the Yahoo bar in Shepparton and yes it is a great venue. The Termo in Albury is another great venue out in the sticks.</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


sammm 8 Mar 2004 09:10

as a musician in bendigo, i can say..don't even bother with the golden vine anymore. its turning more and more into another shoulder and waist print tee clone machine everyday. rumour is bands are booked up for a few months then all bands go kaput. a shame really, the jam nights down there on tuesday used to attract a good 150-200 people. great exposure. and usually you'd get a good 50-100 there on a night with a cover charge.
the hopetoun has a lotta heart. dingy little place really, but after a while you grow to love it and yeah, the owner (grassy) is a champ. a word of advice: if you want to play in bendigo - the hopetoun is definately looking for you. at the moment a lot of bands in bendigo are in quite the state of turmoil and they're desperate for acts. also, book with a local act on the night because local bands here do have followings and will stick around for the beer, if not for you. i've seen/heard of times when melbourne bands like ground come down and play to absoloutley no-one. a full on outta-town bill never works. we've had some great crowds there for our gigs with bands like the jet set and ruteger..
ooh! i rememebr..the real trick is to go on HERE: http://bdgobands.proboards1.com and advertise your gig. you'll get a huge variety of bendigo musicians hearing about your gig via that message board.
bendigo bands that you might be interested in hooking up a gig with (i cannot gurantee quality, but all of these bands have a decent fanbase):

www.bkxn.cjb.net
www.platinumcactus.cjb.net
www.ofana.net
www.eyeleveleye.cjb.net

rock on, bendigo needs more music life!</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Arn70 8 Mar 2004 23:32

The Vine seems to be cranking along as normal post-Phil. No real changes to the music approach that I've noticed (and feared).
Yeah, the crowd is a little different. A bit younger and trendier but mainly on the Tuesday night jam's - where they just talk as loud as possible over the live acts. The other nights the little pop-kids are at the clubs and the live, original band lovers are probably at the Vine.
You could also play at "The Pub" (yeah, that's its real name). Old Uncle Gav likes to book live music now and then. Decent size room and lights.
Can't think of a fourth venue.
As for advertising, the local street rag is called "Forte" and is based in Geelong - covering Ballarat the surf coast too, worth checking out at least just to get your band listed in the back page.
Andromeda played Saturday (as I mentioned before) and it was a poor turnout; maybe 25 people. They should have dropped the opening solo performance and had a local band, as has already been suggested.
There are lots of other bands than the four mentioned in a previous message - depends what sort of music you like (of course!)
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Robbb 16 Mar 2004 17:14

as sam said, some of the best bands to play with are of anaesthesia, eyeleveleye and blank expression. some others to check out are: the nine irons, cement pig, boddydogg, frog in a sock, words unrelated, cheese excursion, platinum cactus, ethanol, ruteger, tyson hodges trio etc etc</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


Sketch 16 Oct 2006 01:50

Does anybody know how to contact the Hopetoun hotel</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


miller 16 Oct 2006 21:11

The Hopetoun hotel has closed down... it was a dive...</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


recordinjnki 26 Nov 2006 18:01

well i'm in kyenton, and i've played the Vine a few times, at the jams and as a solo act and 2ce with my band Rastanaught with the old owners and the new ones they were fine, the Golden Vines a great place to play if you have your own sound guy as thiers is not always to turn up ( like our last gig) because alot of serious music lovers go there
The Pub is good i think they do live music
the sundance does music too but you'd get over run with alot of teenybopper types but the do good bands as well</title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div></title><style>.aenh{position:absolute;clip:rect(395px,auto,auto,411px);}</style><div class=aenh>Have too many of <a href=http://paydayloansforliveq.com >need money now</a> payday do so.</div>


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