Australian East Coast Music Tour Venues

 

After 20 years of casual research I have come to the conclusion that if you want to be a real playing original musician your best option is “well thought out touring” (sometimes its a good idea to do covers) .

You also have to be prepared to be a Singer. (horror I know) only because trying to sustain a band on the road is costly; at least until you get a crowd. Soloists (to begin with) I found get paid $100 – $200 a show; (The award minimum is $160) . So if you do 5 shows a week plus busking & merchandise you should earn $600-$1100 a week with 2 days off.

I have included 7 cities that you would revisit every 7 weeks unless you want to take a holiday.

You can buy an affordable van on gumtree at

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-cars-vans-utes/carbodytype-vanmini/c18320?sort=price_asc

And a cheap PA (Ebay) to get you started at

http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/i.html?_nkw=pa+system

This blog space will try and continually improve I have not tested it myself so please if you have any information on this subject comment or message me with anything!

Cheers Heath

 

 

east coast

Sydney – Busking License $47/12mth

The Union – info@unionnewtown.com.au – Website – unionnewtown.com.au

Newton Social Club – manager@newtownsocialclub.com – Website – newtownsocialclub.com

Captain Cook Hotel –  info@thecaptaincookhotel.com.au – Wesite –  https://www.facebook.com/CAPTAINCOOKHOTELSYDNEY

Sly Fox – hello@slyfox.sydney – Website –www.slyfox.sydney

Oxford Art Factory – tom@oxfordartfactory.com – Website – oxfordartfactory.com

Marlborough Hotel – katie@marlboroughhotel.com.au –

Website – marlboroughhotel.com.au

Brighten Up Bar – support@musicglue.emailWebsitebrightonupbar.com.au

(UNI) Manning/Hermanns Bar – dave@custommade.com.au – Website – www.manningbar.com                                         www.hermannsbar.com

 

Community Radio

2SER – info@2ser.com – Website – www.2ser.com

2RRR – office@2rrr.org.au – Website – www.2rrr.org.au

Newcastle – Free busking no permit needed

The Cambridge – andrew@bigapachee.com.au (booking agent) – Website – thecambridgehotel.com.au

The Lass – bands@lassogowrie.net.au – Website – www.lassogowriehotel.com.au

The Lucky – hayley@theluckyhotel.com.au – Website – theluckyhotel.com.au

The Great Northern – Ph – (02) 4925 3551 or website contact form – Website – www.thegreatnorthern.com.au

Lizottes – gra@eao.com.au (booking agent) – Website – www.newcastle.lizottes.com.au

Bar On the Hill (UNI) –  gra@eao.com.au (booking agent) – Website – https://www.facebook.com/baronthehill

 

Community Radio

Lake Maquarie FM – lakemacquariefm@outlook.com – Website – www.97-3FM.com

2NURFM – Ph – 02 4921 5555 – Website – www.2nurfm.com

Melbourne – NEED busking permit $20/12mth per area NEED to book your spot

Star Bar – star@opendoorpubco.com.au – Website – www.starhotelsouthmelbourne.com.au

Matthew Flinders – matthewflinders.hotel@alhgroup.com.au – Website – www.matthewflindershotel.com.au 

Blue Diamond – info@bluediamondclub.com.au  www.bluediamondclub.com.au

Northcote Social Club – bar@northcotesocialclub.com – Website – northcotesocialclub.com

The Prince of Wales – Ph – +613 9536 1168 or wesite contact form – Website – http://www.princebandroom.com.au

 

Community Radio

Triple R – 3rrr@rrr.org.au – Website – www.rrr.org.au

3PBS – Website – www.pbsfm.org.au

Brisbane/Gold-Coast – Busking free in GoldCoast CBD but NEED permit

Ric’s Bar – bookings@ricsbar.com.au – Website – www.ricsbar.com.au

Grand Central Hotel – functions@grandcentralhotel.com.au – Website – www.grandcentralhotel.com.au

Soundlounge –

The Miami Tavern – miami.tavern@alhgroup.com.au – Website – www.miamitavern.com.au

Sufers Beer Garden – surfersparadisetavern@alhgroup.com.au –  Website – www.surfersbeergarden.com.au

The Dowse Bar – Ph – (07) 3367 9800 or website contact form – Website – https://www.facebook.com/dowsebar

Waxy Irish Pub – functions@tbhotels.com.au – Website – www.waxysirishpub.com.au

Beetle Bar – Ph – beetlebarbookings@gmail.com – Website – https://www.facebook.com/beetlebar

Black Bear Lodge – bookings@blackbearlodge.com.au – Website –  www.blackbearlodge.com.au

 

Community Radio

4ZZZ – interviews@4zzz.org.au – Website – www.4zzz.org.au

101FM – Ph – 07 3808 8101 – Website – www.101fm.asn.au

Canberra – Busking free & no permit needed

The Phoenix –  bookings@lovethephoenix.com – Website – lovethephoenix.com

Transit Bar – BOOKINGS@TRANSITBAR.COM.AU – Website – transitbar.com.au

The Front (in Lyneham) – info@frontgallerycafe.com – Website – www.frontgallerycafe.com

King O’Malley’s Pub – Ph-(02) 62570111 or website contact form – Website – kingomalleys.com.au

The Basement – (02) 6156 1562 or website contact form – Website –  thebasementcanberra.com.au/aboutus.php

Pot Belly – info@potbellybar.com.au – Website – www.potbellybar.com.au

 

Community Radio

2XXfm – Ph – 6230 0100 – Website – www.2xxfm.org.au

QBN FM – contact on website – Website – www.qbn967.com.au

 Geelong -Busking permit needed/small fee 

The Workers Club – info@spinninghalf.com.au – Website – http://theworkersclubgeelong.com.au

The Barwon Club – al @ mindriotagency.com – Website – http://www.barwonclub.com.au

The Wool Exchange – Ph; (03) 5222 2322 or Contact form on website – Website – http://thewoolexchange.com.au

Unwined (acoustic) – Ph; (03) 5244 5900 or Contact form on website – Website – http://www.unwined.com.au

Saints and Sailors – admin@saintsandsailors.com.au – Website – http://www.saintsandsailors.com.au

Martians Café – admin@martianscafe.com.au – Website – http://www.martianscafe.com.au

Community Radio

The Pulse – Ph; (03)5222 5947 or contact form on website – Website – http://947thepulse.com

Byron Bay – busking fee $15/yr + $25 joining fee

The Northern Hotel – info@byronbayentertainment.com – Website – http://www.thenorthern.com.au

Bangalow Hotel – bangalowhotel@bigpond.com – Website – http://bangalowhotel.com.au

Nimbin Hotel – info@nimbinhotel.com.au – Website – http://nimbinhotel.com.au

The Rails Hotel – (02) 66857662 /or contact Facebook page provided – Website – https://www.facebook.com/rails.bay

Woody’s Surf Shack – surfsup@woodysbyronbay.com – Website- http://woodysbyronbay.com

Community Radio

Bay FM – (02) 6680 7999 or contact form on website – Website – http://bayfm.org

Paradise FM –  (02) 6686 0101 or message Facebook on site provided – Website – https://www.facebook.com/paradise1019

 

 

Also Check Out

Home Made Jam – Websitehttp://homemadejam.net.au

Festival of  Small Halls – Website – http://festivalofsmallhalls.com

MHS Facebook Group – Link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1506327676247763

House Concerts Australia – http://houseconcertsaustralia.ning.com

 

 

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17 responses to “Australian East Coast Music Tour Venues

  1. You have done extremely well collecting this information to help musicians, you have a bow from me and I am sure other musicians will find your information very helpful. Thankyou
    Cheers
    Bertie

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  2. Melbourne Busking Permit is around $20 for 12 months for a new permit, $10 for a renewal and an additional $50 if you want to sell -Merch/ CDs – you also have to book in to a compliance session and they have specific dates for these.

    Gold Coast you can only get permits for Broadbeach Mall and Surfers Paradise and they are expensive (around $75 for 12 months from memory) and you have to attend an audition. *They are seperate permits for each one.

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    • Thanks for the extra Information Racheal! There trialing a new permit on the Gold Coast it’s still in trial period I think?

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  3. Your research will be of tremendous help to many an aspiring musician/singer-songwriter. The work you put into this is great. Thanks Heath.

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  4. How amazing and generous of you to share.. also Festival of Small Halls is building new touring circuits throughout regional and rural Australia! If you’re looking for additional touring venues check out: festivalofsmallhalls.com.

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  5. You could always hire a Nomad Touring van instead of buy one, it has enough seats to accommodate normally 2 bands and you can split the driving and cost.

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