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The Thornbury Theatre

We have some great events coming up at the Thornbury Theatre.

Ignite Finals is PhysiPole Studios biggest student competition to date. New venue for our ever growing students with the winning performances from each of our location heats coming to compete for the winning title. With categories for Aerials, Pole, Groups, Junior and Men come and check out the best of PhysiPole Studios at this event. Ignite Finals – PhysiPole Studios Student Competition over two nights at the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 24th August 6pm – 11pm and Saturday 25th August, 6pm – 11pm.

The Thornbury Theatre is proud to be hosting two very special events as part of this year’s stunning Melbourne Writers Festival program. On Wednesday 29th August, Pretty for An Aboriginal is a part podcast, part polemic, part stand-up and music event. This conversation with Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell and very special guest Ta-Nehisi Coates burns down the structures, strictures and power brokers that have governed the entertainment industry for too long. Featuring performances by upcoming Indigenous musician BIRDZ with support from Alice Skye.

On Thursday 30th August one of the signature events of the Melbourne Writers Festival – Liner Notes delves back in to grunge and into the mind of Kurt Cobain, adapting seminal album Nevermind by Nirvana in to a raucous spoken word cabaret. Featuring a line-up including writers, comedians, spoken-word artists, live performers and a band, this eclectic group gather to breathe oxygen into Cobain’s masterwork. With Chris Fleming, Matt Preston, Emilie Zoey Baker, Andy Griffiths, Michael Nolan, Angie Hart, Sarah Krasnostein, Brian Ritchie and more.

On Thursday 13th September the Thornbury Theatre hosts Northcote High Comedy. Comedy is fast becoming a tradition for Northcote High School parents and friends. A fantastic line-up has been released for the 2019 Comedy Night fundraiser, brought to you by the Events and Fundraising sub-committee of School Council. This is our major fundraising event of the year. Last year the night raised over $20,000 to support school projects. Fundraising such as this is central to Northcote High School’s ability to continue to develop contemporary learning spaces in addition to projects funded by DET.  The night will feature well known comics Geraldine Hickey, David Quirk, Monica Dullard, Nath Valvo, Lauren Bok and MC Jodie J Hill. This year, funds raised will target the redevelopment of the Library to create improved study, meeting and social spaces for students.

INXS – The Australian INXS Show is currently selling out venues across Australia, catch them at the Thornbury Theatre’s Velvet Room on Saturday 15th September. For 20 years, INXS were a perfect blend of new wave/ska and pop rock groove that eventually gave way to a harder and unique style of funk rock, fused with dance elements. Not only had they sold out thousands of venues around the world, received dozens of gold and platinum awards, they were also one of only five Australian bands to boast a US No 1 hit single. They had an endless array of hits including Need You Tonight, Never Tear Us Apart, Don’t Change, and New Sensation.

Melbourne based singer, songwriter and story teller Michael Waugh is touring nationally to launch his fourth album ‘The Asphalt & The Oval’. First single “Willy’s Chickens” has already received airplay on ABC radio, 3AW and 693AM as well as community radio stations. Teaming up with Waugh is good friend Rich J Davies – a wonderful Melbourne based singer-songwriter who draws from his Scottish upbringing and love of Springsteen in folk-inspired story songs that earned him a nomination at this year’s Golden Guitar Awards for his composition “Dirt Under My Nails” (covered by The Bushwackers and nominated for Heritage Song of the Year). Their hometown Melbourne launch is on Friday September 14th at the Thornbury Theatre.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the The Pretty Things landmark psych classic, S. F. Sorrow on Saturday 6th October they return to Australia with a special show at the Thornbury Theatre, with special guests Sand Pebbles and The Electric Guitars. This is an exclusive one-off performance of the album of the tour should not be missed. After 55 years of live performing, The Pretty Things – the iconic, 1st wave R&B / psychedelic cult heroes, formed by ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor and singer Phil May – will retire from electric performances at the end of this year. It cannot be overstated the enormity of the impact The Pretty Things had on the UK music scene. The Pretty Things are an indelible part of the fabric of popular music and the social influence that it has created.

After thirteen years as a very independent artist performing in various styles and bands around Nashville, Margo Price became an ‘overnight success’ when Jack White discovered her and signed her to his Third Man Records label. Now, just a couple of years later, she is one of the headline artists of the Americana genre, having shared the stage with legends such as Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, an appearance on Saturday Night Live and upcoming shows at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Hollywood Bowl and Farm Aid. This will be Margo and her 6 piece band’s first ever Australian tour that takes in a performance at Melbourne’s Out On The Weekend festival. Margo will play a headline show at the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 12th October with special guest Mick Thomas.

Hot on the release of his latest album “Bad Mouthin”, Tony Joe White returns to Australia this October for some very special shows. He will performing with a full band for the first time in over three decades with musicians Pete Luscombe (Paul Kelly, Rockwiz) on drums, hot bass action from Bill McDonald and fine keyboard sounds from Bruce Haymes. Chompin’ out the old swamp classics and new hits with the full band sounds promises to make these shows some of the finest for the legendary Swamp Fox in many years. Tony Joe White headlines the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 19th October, with Special guest the singer and songwriter of Carson, The Dingoes and more, the amazing Broderick Smith.

On Wednesday 7th November Elefant Traks invites you to an evening of storytelling and short tales, for The Elefant in the Room – Melbourne edition. It’ll be a sit down affair, where artists and friends of the label will be sharing stories from the tour bus, the studio, and the moments in between that are everything. Inspired by The Moth Series and Women of Letters, The Elefant In The Room will be a very different event in the celebration of 20 years of Elefant Traks. Storytellers coming soon, info:

On Friday 23rd November the Thornbury Theatre hosts a triple album launch.  This will be a night of acoustic, country and folk in concert featuring songs from three brand new albums – Gina Jeffreys’ “Unravel”, Rod McCormack’s “Fingerprints”, and a tribute album to one of Nashville’s all time greatest songwriters, “Country Folk Sing Mickey Newbury”. Gina Jeffreys was a four time winner of the Female Vocalist of The Year Gold Guitar at the Australasian Country Music Awards, with a steady stream of gold and platinum albums. Rod McCormack is best known as a record producer and songwriter, with over 400 titles recorded by an array of top artists, and as a multi-instrumentalist he has worked with a host of Australian and international artists including Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Trisha Yearwood and LeAnne Rimes. Gina and Rod are also key players in Country Folk Sing Mickey Newbury, and for this concert celebrating all three albums they will be joined by several other notable singer songwriter who appear on the Newbury tribute including Greg Champion, Khristian Mizzi, Suzette Herft, Peter Daffy and more.

Linda Ronstadt is a name familiar with many and one that spans many genres. She is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. Linda’s voice and naive sex appeal have sold her in excess of 100 million records globally. She has released over 30 studio albums, is the winner of 11 Grammys, three American Music Awards and one Emmy award. On Saturday 16th February 2019, acclaimed singer/songwriter, Bloom, brings the music of Linda Ronstadt to life with an incredible band featuring some of Australia’s most respected musicians to the Thornbury Theatre’s Velvet Room. Expect to hear tracks that made up the 1979 tour set list including timeless hits as Blue Bayou, When Will I Be Loved, It’s So Easy, When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, That’ll Be The Day, Just One Look, Back In The U.S.A, Poor Poor Pitiful Me and many more.


Fri Aug 24                   Ignite Finals – PhysiPole Studios Student Competition – Day 1

Sat Aug 25                  Ignite Finals – PhysiPole Studios Student Competition – Day 2

Sun Aug 26                 Private Function – Wedding

Wed Aug 29               Melbourne Writers Festival – Pretty For an Aboriginal

Thu Aug 30                 Melbourne Writers Festival – Liner Notes – Nirvana’s Nevermind

Fri Aug 31                   Spencer P Jones Memorial – – Velvet Room

Fri Sep 7                      Private Function / Wedding

Sat Sep 8                     Pole Fanatics Showcase

Thu Sep 13                  Northcote High Comedy

Fri Sep 14                    Michael Waugh & Rich J Davies

Sat Sep 15                   The Australian INXS Show  – Velvet Room

Fri Oct 5                      MCW Wrestling

Sat Oct 6                     The Pretty Things (UK) final tour with Sand Pebbles and Electric Guitars

Sun Oct  7                   Private Function / Wedding

Fri Oct 12                    Margo Price and Mick Thomas

Fri Oct 19                    Tony Joe White and Broderick Smith

Sat Feb 16                   The Linda Ronstadt Songbook – Velvet Room

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