Tasmanian gig guide | October 20

Launceston's Save The Clock Tower will play two shows at Club 54 on Saturday.
Launceston's Save The Clock Tower will play two shows at Club 54 on Saturday.

Here’s a quick rundown on what’s happening around the state this weekend, plus a few events to look forward to.

The fundraising MELLOWFEST is on this weekend at Launceston’s Club 54. The annual event, organised by the graduating year of the Tasmanian College of the Arts, raises money for the students’ end of year projects. And it’s also just a bunch of fun. This year’s ‘Fest will be held on Friday from 6pm. It features two stages, with bands like Turbulence, Cuban Heel, and Tiarni Cane. There is also a barbecue, and market stalls. Entry is $5.

Launceston’s SAVE THE CLOCK TOWER are chucking on two shows this Saturday. If you’re under 18 (and even if you’re over 18) you can see ‘em from 2pm at Club 54. They’ll take to the 54 stage again in the evening for an over-age only show, from 8.30pm. They’ll be support by Oh/Villain, New Wave Saints, and Majula at both shows, plus Undefined at the arvo show. Entry is $10 for the afternoon, and $15 for the evening.

Melbourne three-piece THE NATION BLUE are in Hobart this weekend on their Black and Blue albums (yep, multiple) tour. They’re playing at the Brisbane Hotel on Saturday night from 9, with Treehouse, and Pure. You can grab your tickets right now through Oztix for $23.50.

Classic Aussie band CHOCOLATE STARFISH are playing two shows in Tassie this weekend. They’ll be banging out Bat Out Of Hell at both ends of the state. Catch them on Friday night at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston, and at Wrest Point in Hobart on Saturday night. Tickets are $50, and available through tixtas.com.au

Next weekend is set to be a funny one. The FRESH COMEDY GALA is bringing a whole bunch of comedians to town to help celebrate Fresh Comedy’s fifth birthday. The night will be headlined by Luke McGregor, Matt Okine, and Randy the Puppet. It’ll have local support from Gavin Baskerville, Kerri Gay, Emergency Poncho, Tracey Cosgrove, Tim Logan, and Neg Townsend. It’s on at the Princess Theatre on Saturday, October 29, from 8pm. Tickets are available through Theatre North (online or through the box office) for $48. Okine will also be DJing at the gala’s afterparty at the Royal Oak. Pre-buy your ticket for $10, or risk a door sale for $15.