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Ballarat Laneways – Local & Live FREE live music concerts 15 & 16 July

15 July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 16 July, 2016 @ 9:30 pm




WHO               Free contemporary live music concerts featuring a mix of local & out-of-area headliners

WHAT              Ballarat Laneways Festival, presented as part of the 2016 Ballarat Winterlude Festival

 WHEN             6 – 9:30pm Friday, 15 July & Saturday, 16 July; with a special All Ages concert 4 – 6pm Saturday, 16 July

 WHERE            Alfred Deakin Place, McCain Annexe


The 2016 Ballarat Winterlude Festival continues as the second annual Ballarat Laneways Festival defies the sharp teeth of Winter to bring the best independent local & regional live music to town – and it’s free!

Over two big nights – Friday, 15 July & Saturday, 16 July from 6 – 9:30pmBallarat Laneways presents a rich mix of sounds ranging from post-punk to blues, drum-and-bass to dub, country to folk & back again. Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Laneways Lumieres light & sound installations, Ballarat Laneways is a sensory experience exploring the further horizons and diverse landscapes of contemporary music – a trip supported with libations & snacks from the exclusive Laneways Tiki Bar and Food Vendors.

Ballarat Laneways has also partnered with the City of Ballarat Youth Services FReeZA program to present a special Ballarat Laneways All Ages alcohol / drug / smoke free concert on the Saturday afternoon.

The artists featured in the Ballarat Laneways Festival include:

FRIDAY, 15 July 6 – 9:30pm

  • Gareth Liddiard

Frontman & lyricist for The Drones, Gareth Liddiard brings together songs reflecting the influences of The Stooges alongside Shostakovich, as well as the literary views of Carl Sagan and Kurt Vonnegut. Noted for their anger & despair, The Drones are hailed as one of the great modern Australian bands. In Liddiard’s solo show, the rage is still there, married with a newer sense of black humour and strong social vision. Challenging & confronting, with little concession to lyricism, the music of Gareth Liddiard still gnaws at your conscience and brims with a passionate response to the dichotomy of the ‘Australian identity’.

  • Gabriella Cohen

A unique songwriter who creates an infectious sound from mixing eclectic pop with honest lyricism, Gabriella Cohen is the new cool girl on the block – the one who never set out to be cool in the first place. With unabashed energy, honest-to-goodness charm & power as a performer, she is one of those unique artists who delivers more than she promises, keeping “…your ears hanging on just that little bit longer…”

  • Freya Josephine Hollick

After years of writing songs & performing across Australia, Freya Hollick has released her first 8-track album – The Beauty and Sorrow. It has taken some years because Hollick is a perfectionist whose music changes with whatever is currently on her turntable. Right now, it is old-school Cajun, blues, & 40’s-influenced songs adding their distinctive flavours to her unique blend of folk, country & blues. Lyrically, she explores the common threads of a sense of place and of human experience – loving & losing, being & seeing, feeling & knowing. Tied with the title of her debut album, Hollick’s says her work is “…testament to the duality of beauty and sorrow…”.

SATURDAY, 16 July 4 – 6pm


Ballarat Laneways All Ages Concert with Dewey & The Panel Beaters, Trucks & Trillionayers.


SATURDAY, 16 July  6 – 9:30pm


  • Gold Class

Arriving  seemingly fully-formed in 2014, Gold Class has quickly carved a place for itself in the world of late ‘70’s post-punk bass & drum. Their live performances has been described as a “…frenzy of elements anchored by stoic & soaring vocal prowess…” , with bristling guitar rhythms, attacking drums  & a deep vibrato sound. Gold Class’ recent debut LP It’s You was released by label Spunk Records to rapturous response in the music press. On the back of that stunning debut, attention on Gold Class is growing exponentially through both clubs and the media.

  • The Dead Salesmen Duo

Ballarat’s Heart of the Rat studio has recently re-released the signature early album by The Dead Salesmen, Amen, as a deluxe vinyl pressing, and singer Hap Hayward & guitarist Justin Ryda have come together at the Ballarat Laneways Festival in reviving their brand as The Dead Salesmen Duo. One of our country’s musical treasures, The Dead Salesmen delivered profoundly affecting songs that articulate the slings & arrows of life in shimmering stirring melodies. Authenticity, integrity & sincerity are hallmarks of their artistic ideals – ones that still walk the stage every time the Duo stand up to play.

  • Rhiannon Simpson & The Triple Delta

Winner of the 2015 Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist award, Rhiannon Simpson has been wowing the regional blues scene with her solo & band sets since 2014. Described as the ‘…love child of Jimi Hendrix & Buddy Guy…’ (huh?), critics have also drawn a line from her music through the considerable thicket of Bonnie Rait, Albert King & Jack White.


The Ballarat Laneways Festival is presented in association with the 2016 Ballarat Winterlude Festival.


For further information, contact Deborah Klein  deborahklein@ballarat.vic.gov.au


15 July, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
16 July, 2016 @ 9:30 pm
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AGB Annexe, Alfred Deakin Place
15 Camp Street
Ballarat, VIC 3350 Australia
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