The Liberty Social, which is just a stone's throw away from the famous Degraves Street, is set in an underground basement that almost has a cave-like feel to it. A couple of former Triple J unearthed bands - WA's 'Mining Boom' and local Brunswick group 'The Neighbourhood Youth' - were the main attractions in the band room. DJs / dance acts such as Brisbane's 'Yale' and 'Indian Summer DJs' kept the party going between sets.
With outrageously generous drinks specials, such as a shot of 'bleach' for $4 (I think it involved vodka as the main ingredient!) and $5 Sailor Jerry rum, the night ticked all the right boxes for entertainment and affordability. While the sound system and lights aren't exactly the greatest in town, the acoustics in the underground setting still provide enough to keep even the music purists happy. Mining Boom's best-known song 'PDA' and The Neighbourhood Youth's single 'Stone', both of which have garnered quite a bit of Triple J airplay, sounded amazing as the guitar filtered throughout the venue.
With many local and international acts expected to be seen on the Liberty Social stage in the near future, this venue definitely looks like one to watch. For music fans of any genre, from rock, indie, dubstep, drum & bass to industrial and post-punk, this new addition to Melbourne's music scene will come as a welcome relief after a horror year of band venue closures. Iconic music haunts such as The East Brunswick Club, The Arthouse, The Public Bar and Phoenix Public House have all been forced to close their doors as music venues after being sold.
The Liberty Social looks set to defy this latest trend, and more venues of its ilk will hopefully follow very soon to preserve Melbourne's iconic live music culture.