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The Tote Celebrates 30 Years of Live Music

Written by Brayden Darke on October 18, 2011

Iconic Melbourne music venue The Tote will celebrate 30 years of live music in November with a month-long celebration of line-ups curated by bands, musicians and organisations including The Meanies, The Onyas, Gareth Liddiard, The Age EG, Inpress and Mess+Noise.

Over the past 30 years, The Tote has evolved into one of Melbourne’s most influential music venues and has played an integral part in Melbourne’s musical landscape with bands such as The White Stripes, The Lemonheads, Mike Patton, The Dirty Three, Jay Reatard, The Dirtbombs, Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Spiderbait, Silverchair, Paul Kelly, The Drones, The Cosmic Psychos and Magic Dirt all gracing The Tote’s well-worn stage.

The Tote has proudly played host to some of Melbourne’s most definitive and treasured Rock’n’Roll memories; The White Stripes playing to a handful of people, that Mudhoney gig featuring intermittent contributions from the late Ian Rilen, Evan Dando taking up residence (literally) at The Tote, Melbourne’s tight-knit music community coming together to successfully “Save The Tote” in 2009, which also served as the catalyst for the historic SLAM Rally – where 20,000+ music lovers banded together with one voice to protest against the Victorian Government’s Liquor Licensing laws and Joel Silbersher joining The Drones to belt out a legendary rendition of GOD’s My Pal on what was (at the time) thought to be the last song that would ever be performed at The Tote.

From the famous jukebox, to the artists and bands that have played within The Tote’s hallowed walls, to the once sticky carpet and all the memories in between, you would be hard pressed to find a live music loving soul who doesn’t cherish at least one foggy memory of a night at The Tote.

Come together and celebrate 30 years of live music at The Tote in November!

Monday 31 October
DYNAMO + KAMIKAZE TRIO + TOGA ROCK
curated by The Gionfriddos

Tuesday 1 November
EVEN + SNOUT + MINIBIKES+ THE SWARM +
BECKY LEE & DRUNKFOOT (USA) + WU-B-Q
curated by Wally Meanie (Even, Meanies, ex Tote Booker)
Friday 4 November
WARPED + POPPIN MOMMAS + DON FERNANDO + YIS
curated by Nicole Tadpole (RRR Respect The Rock, ex Tote Booker)

Saturday 5 November
DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS + BRAT FARRAR
Front Bar Residency!

Saturday 5 November
LITTLE UGLY GIRLS + THE NATION BLUE
+ LEGENDS OF MOTORSPORT + IVY ST
curated by Tom Lyngcoln (Solar/Sonar, The Nation Blue, Harmony)

Cobra returning to its birthplace for one special night: GROUSE featuring DJ duos, Ann Ominous vs Blowing Chunks, Blaberunner vs Commission Flats, Whisky Business vs Sexxx On Dexxx.

Sunday 6 November
CONWAY SAVAGE + VAN WALKER & THE LIVINGSTON DAISIES
+ PONY FACE + ALEX LASHLIE + ROESY
curated by Pure Pop Records

Thursday 10 November
CELIBATE RIFLES + SEMINAL RATS + FANGS
curated by Zombie Dog

Friday 11 November
THE ONYAS+ SWIDGEN + BACKSEAT ROMEOS (Adelaide)
+ THE S HIT HOTS (Ballarat)
curated by The Onyas

Saturday 12 November
DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS Front Bar Residency!
with THE NUFTYS + KAMIKAZE TRIO

Saturday 12 November
THE TWERPS (Album Launch)
TERROR OF THE DEEP (NZ) + DARREN SYLVESTER + PEAK TWINS with DJ Dry White Toast
curated by Chapter Music

Sunday 13 November
THE MEANIES + THE SPLATTERHEADS + MORE
curated by The Meanies

Thursday 24 November
“THEE CONVICTS”
curated by The Age – EG

Saturday 19 November
DIGGER & THE PUSSYCATS
Front Bar Residency!
Saturday 19 November
JOHNNY CASINO + LITTLE MURDERS + THE PAINKILLERS + THE ALOHAS + THE DUNHILL BLUES + CRYSTAL THOMAS AND THE FLOWERS OF EVIL + MOLTEN UNIVERSE + SOLE STICKERS + MASS CULT +
MIDNIGHT WOOLF + THEE MIGHTY CHILDISH + THE NO REAL NEED + RUSSIAN ROULETTES + DIGGER AND THE PUSSYCATS +
WRONG TURN + LORD STREET SOUND + THE CHEATS
curated by Off The Hip

Friday 2 December
GUITAR WOLF + MORE
curated by Goner Records (USA)

Saturday 3 December
SIXFTHICK + GENTLE BEN & HIS SENSITIVE SIDE
curated by Spooky Records

Sunday 4 December
GUITAR WOLF + MACH PELICAN + SPAZZYS
curated by Julian Wu

More to be announced

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