Scene News: MEMO Music Hall is back from Lockdown with a new PA, MEMO TV and a great line up of talent this January!

©Martin Philbey Tex Perkins - The Beasts of Bourbon 15th February 2007 Melbourne - Australia All Rights Reserved

MEMO Music Hall is back from Lockdown with a new PA, MEMO TV and a great line up of talent this JanuaryTex Perkins & Matt Walker, Mick Harvey, Ella Hooper, Fanny Lumsden and Debra Byrne are just some of the artists performing throughout January.

Co-Manager of MEMO Music Hall Simon Myers said, “From all reports so far our new PA has lifted the bar as far as quality of sounds goes. We are really looking forward to the feedback from MEMO’s loyal audiences.”

“MEMO TV has been a project we have been working on with Renegade Films for some time. If there was one positive to come out of the recent Lockdown, it was that it gave us the kick in the arse we needed to get moving on Live Stream broadcasting.  Since April we have broadcast more than 20 Live Streams from MEMO.

“MEMO TV is the next step in our live broadcasting. Unlike our original live streams, MEMO TV is a show with a beginning, middle and an end – made especially for viewing at home. These shows will really bring back the vibe of live TV and will be live-streamed performances of the highest quality, hosted by guest MCs. We are confident MEMO TV will be the must see for music lovers around the nation,” Simon said.

The first 2021 MEMO TV broadcast will be Rob Snarski and Shane O’Mara on 23 January.

January Line-up

Friday8-JanCheckerboard Lounge with Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo
Saturday9-JanElla Hooper
Thursday14-JanAlyce Platt/Bakers Daughter
Friday15-JanFanny Lumsden
Saturday16-JanMick Harvey with the Letter String Quartet
Sunday17-JanTex Perkins & Matt Walker
Thursday21-JanAnita Lester & Anna Cordell
Saturday23-JanRob Snarski with Shane O’Mara
Sunday31-JanDebra Byrne & Dion Hirini

Checkerboard Lounge with Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo –

8 January

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Teaming up together in the one show for the first time EVER! Who would have thought?

Checkerboard Lounge team up with Paul Williamson’s Hammond Combo for the very first time EVER! Who would have thought? Don’t miss this one-off special event.


Legendary underground institution, CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE, deliver a dynamic, soulful well of emotion and playful abandon in collective improvisation over classic blues, soul and originals.

Fresh back from placing as semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, and an inspired new recording at the legendary SUN Studio, word keeps spreading about this formidable act.

Singing drummer Carl Pannuzzo, guitar master SHANNON BOURNE, Hammond virtuoso TIM NEAL and groove bassist AMOS SHEEHAN curate shows fitting to events and venues, no two shows being the same, but each unforgettable live experiences, from standing ovations at Wangaratta Jazz Festival to crammed inner Melbourne pubs.

Vibrant and unforgettable, Checkerboard are a tour-de-force demanding honesty integrity and truthful musicianship; the very essence of a live music experience.


The Paul Williamson Hammond Combo is the most swinging and enduring Hammond trio in Melbourne jazz history.

Formed more than 20 years ago, they continue to swing and groove like no other band, firmly rooted in the tradition of Jimmy Smith, Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff and the other Hammond greats.

Paul Williamson has toured with everyone from Jo Jo Zep and Dire Straits, to Vince Jones to the great Hammond player Jimmy McGriff. He is one of the most in-demand tenor saxophonists in Australia and a treat to hear play in any context, but none more so than his own trio.

Also featuring Tim Neal, master of the Hammond B3 organ, and the swinging drummer Mike Jordan.

So come on down for some great deep blues. Highly recommended.

Gig Info

Doors Open 7.30pm, Show 8.40pm.


$35+bf – Premium Seats

$25+bf – A-Reserve Seats

$18+bf – General Admission

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Ella Hooper with guest Tammy Blake – 9 January

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Ella can’t wait to get back out on the road and share some of the exciting things she has been working on.

Rock music songstress Ella Hooper will be showcasing new material with audiences as she heads out on the road this month on her Data Dust tour through Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

After launching the catchy pop-rock track Data Dust recently on the Eurovision Australia Decides show to national audiences, Ella can’t wait to get back out on the road and share some of the exciting things she has been working on over the past 12-months with fans. In fact, this will be the first time some of these tracks have been heard outside the studio, giving music-lovers an exclusive listening party to her forthcoming release.

“I’ve been working on a new EP or mini album over the last few months and playing the new tracks live before they’re released is a great way to see what’s really connecting with my audience before I put the final touches on the songs,” says Ella. “Also, it’s just fun to play this style of upbeat, retro rock-flavoured pop live – it feels great! I love the kind of characterful rooms we’re playing too, lots of atmosphere suits this band.”

The title track of the tour, Data Dust, was penned by Sydney-based composer Alice Chance for the Eurovision Australia Decides performance and, in particular for Ella, it resonated with her as something a little bit special. It is a powerful rock-pop feast, peppered with attitude about digital addiction and the ever-creeping effects of social media on our lives – the power pop banger grabs the listener immediately.

For audiences attending her upcoming live shows, Ella says each night will be full-on live music. “(There will be) swagger, grit, fun, big choruses and pretty immediate singability,” she says. “We aren’t holding back musically; these songs are made to connect. Oh, and they’ll be a few too many personal stories from me, as always!”

Ella Hooper smashed onto the Australian music scene as part of her rock-pop band Killing Heidi as a technicolour teenager. There was something about this frontwoman immediately, she captured attention – garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike – and become an unlikely teen icon. She penned intense, intelligent pop music and on stage, well, she rocked, taking home a swag of accolades from ARIAs to APRA awards. Her solo career has seen this seasoned performer find her home, releasing critically acclaimed tunes that are a mix of bright snappy pop, synth driven singalongs and classic rock feels. Ella Hooper may have embedded herself – and her music – into the national psyche when she was only 13, but she made an impact that few since have been able to follow.

One of the things that has always been important to Ella, and remains to this day, is playing live. Taking her music out on the road remains the key to what she does as a musician. “I think it’s the wonderful feedback loop you create when you share something of yourself, your art, it touches and moves someone else,” she says. “It’s a special relationship that exists in that moment full of trust and intimacy, but also raw power and shared emotion.”


Gig Info

Doors Open 7.30pm, Showtime 8.40pm


$30/$35+bf – Reserved Seating

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Alyce Platt/Bakers Daughter – 14 January

The Ember Lounge

Bakers Daughter is making a welcome return to Melbourne at The Ember Lounge.

After performing at numerous shows around the country including the Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Bakers Daughter (aka Alyce Platt) is making a welcome return to Melbourne at The Ember Lounge.

Bakers Daughter’s indie-pop songs have a depth and melancholy that can suddenly turn around and become oblique, uplifting tunes coated in a blanket of haunting melodies and dreamy soundscapes wrapped around lyrics of familiar strangers, nostalgic themes and ghostly whispers of unrequited love. Blurring the lines of reality and make believe, Bakers Daughter stumbles through obstacles of self-doubt and paranoia not afraid to confront the darker side of life.

Like the artist herself, Bakers Daughter’s songs are defiant and sophisticated. They reveal a fascination with 60s European pop, peppered with spoken word delivered in a Gainsbourg kind of way.

A diverse roster of Melbourne’s elite musicians who play on Alyce’s recordings also feature in her stunning live band – bass player Stephen Hadley (Tex Perkins’ Dark Horses), guitarist Peter Farnan (Boom Crash Opera), vibes and tuned percussionist Clare Moore (Dave Graney and The Coral Snakes), pianist Bruce Haymes (Paul Kelly), drummer Roger Bergodaz (Lost Ragas), violinist Jen Anderson (Archie Roach, You am I), trumpeter Jack Howard (Hunters and Collectors), Dion Hirini (Vika and Linda, Debra Byrne) and guitarist Claude Carranza (The Black Sorrows)

“Alyce’s songs are special…. thoroughly bewitched by the wonderful music and the door it opened into a very cool and groovy world”

Steve Kilbey- The Church

Catapulted from the suburban jungle of the 80s into a ubiquitous television career, Bakers Daughter highlights stories and observations from growing up in the suburbs to living in St. Kilda with super-hero’s, cowboys in the attic and the KGB.


Gig Info

Doors Open 7.30pm, showtime 8-10pm.


Reserved Seats: $28.00 +bf

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Fanny Lumsden: Fallow Album Tour 15 January 2021

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Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers: Kick Arse Alt-country with a Whole Lot of Heart.

With Guests Charm of Finches and Timothy James Bowen.

“I wrote these songs in a season of change, in a valley on the western side of the snowy mountains and recorded them in a stone hut”.

Join ARIA Award winner and three times Golden Guitar winner FANNY LUMSDEN and her incredible band as she celebrates the release of her latest album ‘fallow’ in an entirely new show. Known for her all-in community night out Country Halls Tour, which has sold out more than 130 halls all across Australia, this tour will bring something a little different to the live stage. Cinematic, laden with harmonies, stories and musicianship, these theatre-based shows will take you on a journey into the mountains, across the plains and back again. Regardless, it will be a hell of a lot of fun and something you def don’t want to miss.

Welcome to the valley. Welcome to fallow.

*Cannot guarantee the absence of Dad Jokes


Gig Info

Doors Open 7pm, Show 8pm.


$50+bf – VIP Experience

$35+bf – Premium Seats

$30+bf – A-Reserve Seats

$23+bf – General Admission

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Mick Harvey with Special Guests The Letter String Quartet – 16 January

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Mick Harvey emerges to play an extremely rare run of shows with his band. These shows are very limited capacity and sure to sell out.

Mick Harvey is best known as a founding member of The Boys Next Door, The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds as well as being a long- time collaborator to both Nick Cave & PJ Harvey.

He has released more than 10 solo albums under his own name including the four volume series of Serge Gainsbourg translated recordings as well as a selection of soundtracks for film and television. He has produced a number of acclaimed albums by other artists and consequently been the recipient of several Australian industry awards including AFI Best Original Score for ‘Suburban Mayhem’ in 2006 and in 2011 took out British Producer of the Year for his (co)production on PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’.

He emerges to play an extremely rare run of shows with his band featuring JP Shilo (Hungry Ghosts, Rowland S. Howard, Blackeyed Susans), Hugo Cran (Devastations, Amaya Laucirica) and Glenn Lewis (Cambodian Space Project) and special guests The Letter String Quartet.

These are very limited capacity and sure to sell out.

Gig Info


Doors: 7.00pm

Early Show: 7.30 – 8.30pm

Doors: 9.30pm

Late Show: 10.00 -11.00pm


$65+bf – VIP Live & Intimate Experience

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Tex Perkins & Matt Walker – 17 Jan 2021


Tex Perkins & Matt Walker are reuniting for their duo shows. The two have been kept apart by border closures over the last 10 months, but the good news is they are on the road again. Their powerful live show features songs spanning Tex’s vast catalogue, as well as brand new material they have written together for a new album to be released in 2021.

It’s understandably difficult to pull together a coherent picture of a man whose career has included everything from Thug’s ground-breaking experimental punktonica, to the lilting, dark country of his recent material with the Dark Horses, the hard-edged and snarling pub rock of the Beasts Of Bourbon, through to the evocative soundscapes of The Cruel Sea. Their extraordinary 1991 single ‘This Is Not The Way Home’ placed Perkins’ world-weary growl in a new musical context and heralded the emergence of an entirely original yet archetypically Australian sound.



Gig info


Doors Open: 5.00pm, Showtime: 6.00pm

TICKETS: $45/$50+bf

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Rob Snarski with Shane O’Mara – 23 January

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Rob Snarski is the velvet-voiced troubadour and singer with our national treasures The Blackeyed Susans. Originally meant to be a “holiday band” for one of this country’s greatest exports, The Triffids, The Blackeyed Susans became a “real band” in 1989 and boast multiple ARIA nominations, tours with Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Wilco.

Rob launched his debut solo album, “Wounded Bird” in 2014. In 2015 he followed it up with “Low Fidelity”, a selection of covers and in 2019 released his 3rd, “Sparrow & Swan”.

Saturday 23 January 2021.

Digital Doors 7:00pm | Show 7:30pm (AEDT)

Available for 48 hours after showtime.

Gig info


Digital Doors: 8.30pm

Showtime: Live 9.00-10.00pm (AVAILABLE FOR 48 HRS)


$15 – Standard

$20 – Group


Doors I: 6.30pm

Showtime I: 7.00 – 8.00pm

Doors II: 8.45pm

Showtime II: 9.00 -10.00pm


$65+bf – VIP Live & Intimate Experience

MEMO Music Hall 88 Acland Street St Kilda VIC