Your September Music on a $30 Budget

Written By Hannah Wolff on 08/27/2014


Here at the interns we’ve made it our on-going mission to spam your Facebook feed with as much free new music as possible. And, as far as spam artists go, we feel we’ve been doing a pretty good job at it. Agreed? No matter how good the track though, there is only a limited amount of gratification to be gained from a cheeky soundcloud link or vimeo clip even when it’s dropped right at your feet in a neat little CMYK package a la the interns. So, in order not to be threatened with that ever-looming “unfollow” button Facebook so kindly installed, we’ve upped the stakes and will now be bringing you a monthly gig guide with a twist so you and hear and see new music. This month’s challenge? Music and feed for under $30. Goooo!



What: Clap Clap Riot

When: September 6th

Where: FBi Social Club, Sydney

Cost: $10

Budget Cuts: New Zealand four-piece Clap Clap Riot, are coming to Australia for the first time and are doing it on the cheap so you can too. Fresh from the release of their latest single All About The Weather, a trackfilled with surf-rock charm and catchy hooks, the modest price tag attached to this rock outfit will ensure you get gig and grub all for under $30. Hint, make a beeline for New York Pizza.


What: [album release] Banks’ Goddess

When: September 9th

Where: An iTunes Store near you

Cost: However much albums cost these days

Budget Cuts: Banks is an all round intern fave so we highly recommend loading up that iTunes account and supporting this LA songstress the legal way. With singles like Goddess, Drowning and Beggin’ for Thread already released, we’re sure the album is going to be a killer. Treat yourself to a quality bottle of red and go all Bridget Jones’ Diary on it as you belt your lungs out to ballad after ballad after ballad.



What: Kanye West Yeezus Tour

When and Where:

Fri 5 Sep, Perth Arena, WA

Sun 7 Sep, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA

Tue 9 & Wed 10 Sep, Rod Laver Arena, VIC

Tue 12 & Wed 13 Sep, Qantas Credit Union Arena, NSW

Mon 15 Sep, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, QLD

Cost: $99 - $149

Budget Cuts: Short of sneaking in, or milking your ex-girlfriend’s sister’s best friend who happens to be security on the door or knows somebody who might know somebody who might be able to get you backstage passes for a small fee paid in dignity and poor decision (good luck), this is a major budget blow out. Our suggestion? Reinvest that $30 in a bottle of tequila or two and watch all Youtube footage of Kanye, having a shot each time he refers to himself as a Black Jesus in one form or another or, for the more seasoned drinker, calls out the fashion industry for excluding him and his creative potential-come-genius. On second thoughts, better make that 3 bottles and a pack of Berocca for the next morning.



What: Spookyland + Guests

When: September 19th

Where: GoodGod, Sydney

Cost: $13

Budget Cuts: At only $13 a ticket, make sure you shuffle on over to BBQ City for some post gig Bibimbap or share a jug of GoodGod’s Kool Aid with mates. Refreshing AND nostalgic mmmm.


What: Miami Horror

When and Where: 

16th Sep,The Telstra Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival

18th Sep, Zierholz, Canberra

19th Sep, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

20th Sep, Plantation Hotel, Coffs Harbour

25th Sep, Fowler's Live, Adelaide

September 26th Sep, 170 Russel St, Melbourne

27th Sep, Read Earth Arts Festival, Karratha

28th Sep, The Newport Hotel, Fremantle

Cost: Miami Horror’s Wild Motion Tour comes in just under budget at a neat $25 plus $3.70 booking fee. Head over to Moshtix to grab a ticket before they sell out.

Budget Cuts: None. In fact, if you raid your parents liquor cabinet in an effort to “pre-game,” convince said parents to give you a lift to the venue, and secure a spot on Sydney’s Circus on Wheels otherwise known as a night rider, you’ve even got a spare $1.30 to pick up a Mc-Anything really to calm those midnight munchies.



What: Listen Out Festival

When and Where: September 28th

Sat 27 Sep, Centennial Park, Sydney

Sun 28 Sep, Ozone Reserve, Perth

Saturday 4 Oct, Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Sunday 5 Oct, The Avenues & Expo Place, Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane

Cost: Admittedly the $130 price tag attached to this puppy doesn’t quite meet the budget but, resourceful as we are, we’re not going to let a little thing like a $100 blow out stand in our way of experiencing the sweet sounds of Four Tet, Shlohmo, Ta-Ku reign out across Sydney’s Centennial Parklands.

Budget Cuts: There are a couple of options here. Short of jumping the fence with that $30 firmly tucked in your back pocket for drinks’ sake, you could gather 5 friends, each contribute your $30 to sponsor a single person to go and enjoy the day on your behalf with a $20 surplus for 1 all-class-all-the-time Redbull vodka. Strap a GoPro to their chest and it’ll be exactly like you were there, peering over muscly backs in attempt to see just who’s remixing Flume for the umpteenth time that day. Hint, it’s probably Chet Faker. Alternatively, find yourself a nice pub at the top of Oxford St, grab a glass of the house red and that $10 meal deal and listen out for the bass. Who needs rhythm or melody anyway, right?


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