Scene News: More Exciting Acts Announced for The Eighty-Six

New acts, allocations exhausted, and second shows announced.


Theo Parrish (Detroit/Sound Signature) – All Day Long 
Few DJs command as much awe and respect as Detroit’s Theo Parrish. 
His first trip to town in 5 years will be at The Eighty-Six, opening and closing his own party.
Sunday, 29 October, Northcote Theatre 
Early bird tix exhausted, 2nd release on sale now


Ros Bandt & Ariel Kalma (Australia/France) – Australian Exclusive
Two icons of their respective musical yards, Ariel Kalma and Ros Bandt come together for a night of sonic transportation at the Northcote Uniting Church. French artist Ariel Kalma’s music collapses distinctions between “electro-acoustic”, “biomusicology”, and “ambient” categorisation. Melbourne sound artist Ros Bandt performs on her self-made instrument, the ‘flagong’, a three-tiered vertical glass marimba she made in 1978, as heard on the recently reissued Soft & Fragile.
Monday, 30 October, Northcote Uniting Church 
Presented in partnership with Efficient Space


Unknown T (UK) – Australian Premiere
The most distinctive voice in UK drill – Unknown T on The Eighty-Six for his first trip down under. 
Thursday, 26 October, The Croxton Bandroom
Presented in partnership with Astral People & Handsome Tours


Bez (UK) In Conversation ‘The Nine Lives of a Happy Monday” – Aus Exclusive
Every band needs its own special chemistry. And Bez was a very good chemist – Tony Wilson. 
The one and only Bez in conversation will be a very Happy Monday at the Thornbury Theatre.  
Monday, 23 October, Thornbury Theatre


Dennis Bovell (UK) – Australian Exclusive
A founding father of lovers rock, soundsystem don and producer of some of dub reggae and post-punk’s finest moments. A true giant of modern music, Dennis Bovell will be in residence at The Eighty-Six.
Friday, 27 October, Bar 303
The Preston Records Revue – A Tribute to Graeme Thomas
A free Sunday arvo shindig in tribute to a local music hero – Graeme Thomas. Founder of Preston Records, Preston Studios and member of The Prestones. The Northern Suburbs answer to Sam Philips? The Straight 8’s, Ezra Lee & His Rockin’ Piano, The Wraylettes and The Breadmakers will perform live in tribute to Graeme with DJ’s Peter Thomas and Jamie ‘Dingo’ Supa.
Sunday, 29 October, Thornbury Bowls Club
 Allocations Exhausted & New Shows Announced:
Otoboke Beaver (Japan) – New Show Announced
Described as “the most intense sh*t you’ve ever seen” – experience the notoriously 
wild live band – Kyoto’s Ottoboke Beaver. The first show has sold out, announcing a second 
NEW SHOW: Tue 24 Oct, Thornbury Theatre w/ Gut Health
ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED: Wed 25 October, Thornbury Theatre w/ Gut Health 
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours 



Los Bitchos (USA) — New Show Announced 
“I wanted to sound like Van Halen and Cocteau Twins – but from Turkey” say London psychedelic surfdisco safari combo Los Bitchos. 
ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED: 25 October, Shotkickers
NEW SHOW: Thu 26 Oct, Thornbury Theatre w/ Bananagun, Cool Sounds & redlab (DJ)
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours 


Built to Spill (USA) — Three-Night-Residency Selling Fast 
Indie rock heroes Built To Spill will perform a three-night Northcote Social Club 
residency in what could be their most intimate shows in years. 
ALMOST GONE: Tuesday, 24 October, Northcote Social Club
ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED: Wednesday, 25 October, Northcote Social Club
ALLOCATION EXHAUSTED: Thursday, 26 October, Northcote Social Club  
Presented in partnership with Feel Presents 


…join previously announced:
Makaya McCraven (USA) — Australian Premiere 
A marquee act for one of the world’s hottest jazz labels, International Anthem – Chicago’s 
Makaya McCraven will perform as part of an Eighty-Six x Melbourne International Jazz Festival collaboration. 
Wednesday, 25 October, The Croxton 
Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Jazz Festival 


How Long Gone Live (USA) — Australian Exclusive 
A live show for the American podcast “everyone wants to be on” – How Long Gone 
will spend a few days on The Eighty-Six – including a night at the Thornbury Theatre. 
Their only Australian experience will be on High Street for The Eighty-Six. 
Sunday 29 October, Thornbury Theatre  
Presented in partnership with Penny Drop & Frontier Touring 


Connie Constance (UK) — Australian Premiere 
Introducing Connie Constance – a rising star of British music. Surely the only artist 
to collaborate with both Sleaford Mods and Swedish House Mafia?
Monday 23 October, Northcote Social Club 
Presented in partnership with Handsome Tours  
The Eighty-Six has been made possible with support from the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria 
and in partnership with Darebin City Council.
Keep an eye out for the major Eighty-Six program announcement coming July 2023.
The Eighty-Six
Dates: 23-31 October 2023
Location: High Street between Northcote and Preston
Major Program Announcement: dropping July 2023