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Five Free Events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published August 29th 2014
Five Festival Freebies
We all love something for nothing - and here are some great events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival that will cost you nix! The Fringe Festival will be taking Melbourne by storm between 17th September and 9th October 2014. With more than 400 events scheduled, this is going to be huge!

There's an impressive number of free events on offer, so here's my pick of the freebies.

1. 8 First Dates

At this special event, eight of Melbourne's best indie music artists will perform new songs for the first time ever exclusively for the Fringe Club audience. Experience tomorrow's chart toppers live before anyone else. Backed by indie-pop favourites Darling James, this is how every first date should be. Acts include: Angie Hart (Frente!), Jae Laffer (The Panics) and J. Walker (Machine Translations).

8 first dates
In 8 first dates, indie musicians will perform new songs for the first time ever


Catch 8 First Dates at 10.00pm on Thursday 2nd October, at the Fringe Club, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.

2. Arena Spectacular - Comedy Extravaganza

This event is being held in the 'prestigious La Grande Big Top Especialle Circus Tent' and features special guest Michael Burke. (Side note: show is in a very small camping tent in a building, 2 tickets only per show). Well that part is probably a joke... but what I can tell you is that shows are being held every 20 minutes, and this act was nominated for Spirit of the Fringe and Best Comedy 2013 Fringeworld.

Catch Arena Spectacular at the Tuxedo Cat Main Bar, 17-23 Wills Street, Melbourne, on 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th September and 3rd and 4th October.

Arena spectacular
Arena Spectacular, the big show in a small tent?


3. The Improv Conspiracy - Harold Night

Harold Night is The Improv Conspiracy's popular weekly show where four teams each perform The Harold, a 30-minute piece of improvised comedy based on a single audience suggestion. Roll up to the Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St, Carlton, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 17th or 24th September, or 1st October, to catch this act.

4. The Perpetual Light Machine

Autonomous Black (Chip Wardale, Paul Irving) presents a once-off music performance. Perched atop their curious sculptural installation, The Perpetual Light Machine, Autonomous Black creates industrial atmospheres and jungle junk-punk. Multiple viewing portals, warped surreal worlds of diorama, screen art and kaleidoscope, will transform the viewing space with unique music produced by deconstructed musical instruments, tools, devices and machinery.

Perpetual Light Machine
The curiously named Perpetual Light Machine


See this show at the Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds. One show only, at 6.00pm on Friday 19th September.

5. Finucane and Smith's Global Smash Club

Always confronting, always in-your-face, always lots of fun! In this act, Finucane and Smith will curate a Fringe Club night like no other. Expect to see both legendary and emerging artists in this night of wild abandon. Dance till you drop, witness acts born in the Fringe that are now the subject of global gasping. Full frontal nudity, unbridled passion, unleashed talent. A wild night all round.

Finucane and Smith is playing at 10.00pm on Saturday 20th September, at the Fringe Club, North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne.

For the full Fringe Festival program, click here.
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Why? Wonderful, edgy entertainment for free!
When: Various times between 17th September and 5th October
Phone: (03) 9660 9666
Where: Various venues
Cost: FREE
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