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Musical Events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
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Daggy Disco to Outrageous Opera - the Fringe has it all
In what will be the largest Melbourne Fringe Festival to date, Melburnians can experience artistic offerings across a range of art forms, including the 2016 live music program. From nationally renowned orchestras to talented one-man bands, the Melbourne Fringe's live music program will be a celebration of music in all its glorious forms.

Here's a taste of some of the musical events on offer.

Damian Cowell's Disco Machine: Get Yer Dag On

Release your inner dag with this multimedia show led by Damian Cowell, best known as a member of successful 1980s group TISM. Cowell will be joined by floor shaking friends including: Where The F***'s The Vengabus?, 365 Lemmys, and Barry Gibb Came Fourth in a Barry Gibb Lookalike Contest. Come along and 'daggy disco' like no-one's watching.

Musical Events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Damien Cowell's Disco Machine - get yer inner dag on at this party-of-the-year event


Damian Cowell's Disco Machine - Get Yer Dag On plays at 8.30pm from Wednesday 28th September to Saturday 1st October, at the Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Tickets are $22 full, $20 concession. Click here to buy tickets.

Our Man in Havana

Loosely based on the Graham Greene novel of the same name, Our Man in Havana is opera like you've never seen it before. Struggling vacuum cleaner salesman James Wormold is approached to work for the British secret service. Weighed down with financial insecurity by a daughter who loves to spend, it seems he has no choice.

Presented by the Lyric Opera, with music including lyrical ballads blending with Latin American rhythms, Our Man in Havana is an immersive opera experience with a cabaret feel.

Our Man in Havana is playing at the Athanaeum, 188 Collins Street Melbourne, at 7.30pm on 17th, 20th, 22nd and 24th September. Tickets are $70 full, $50 concession, $45 cheap Tuesday. Click here to buy your tickets.

Romeo and Juliet (Vol 1) 20 Year anniversary

A Shakespearean play from the 1590s, Romeo and Juliet was given a new life with the 1996 film of the same name - updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona. The film featured a soundtrack which some of us still remember today and some of us prefer not to! In Romeo and Juliet (Vol 1) 20 year anniversary, Tom Dickins and various Fringe artists host a '90s masquerade pop rock party which pays tribute to the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack.

Musical Events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Romeo and Juliet - a tribute none us is is ready for!


Two sessions only - 9.30pm on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th September, at the Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne. Tickets are $30. Click here to buy your tickets.

Chairman of the Beard

Popular and talented multi-instrumentalist Adam Page has featured at many international festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and NZ Fringe to demonstrate his talent in creating one-man symphonies. By setting up instrumental and vocal loops, Adam is able to build rich soundscapes. His works incorporate multiple musical styles, from jazz to tango to afrobeat. Expect manic music as well as a special appearance by Adam's trademark his beard!

Adam Page - Chairman of the Beard is playing each night except Monday from Friday 16th to Friday 23rd September. Sessions start at 6.30pm, with the exception of Sunday 18th September, which is at 5.30pm. The venue is the Fringe Hub, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne.

Musical Events at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Adam Page - Chairman of the Beard and master of many instruments


Tickets are full $25.00, concession $18.00, cheap Tuesday $20.00. Click here to buy your tickets.

Low-Fi Bedroom Rock

Low-Fi Bedroom Rock is a three-act show performed by musicians and dancers Amelia McQueen and Cobie Orger. Expect ambient synthesizer loops, interlocking guitar riffs, explosive drum solos and dance in this energy packed performance.

Low-Fi Bedroom Rock is playing for one show only, at 6.30pm on Friday 30th September. The venue is Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray.

This is just a small sample of what Melbourne Fringe 2016 has to offer between 15th September and 2nd October. Check out the full program here.
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Why? Musical fun for all tastes at the Fringe Festival
When: Between 15th September and 2nd October 2016
Phone: (03) 9660 9666
Where: Various locations, check article for details
Cost: Varies between shows, check festival program for details
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