Hobart Gig Guide – May 2017

The weather is cooling off, but May will be a hot, hot month of live music in Hobart Town.

Words: Josh ‘Tree’ Lovell

The likes of American punk rock royalty Against Me!, Australian alt-rock heroes Killing Heidi and Aussie folk-punk favourites the Smith Street Band will all be gracing Hobart stages in May. Here’s the lowdown of what you can expect from a delicious-looking month of live music in the state.

4th of May- Against Me! Supported by Camp Cope @ The Brisbane Hotel

Fans of Punk, rejoice! Against Me! are touring our parts as part of their sideshows for the bumper Groovin’ The Moo festival. With their up-tempo, urgent and captivating tunes, accompanied by Australian favourites Camp Cope, this is guaranteed to be a stellar night. Tickets for the night are available at:

6th of May- Killing Heidi @ The Goods Shed

With the band last releasing a studio album back in the stone ages of 2002, the prospect of seeing Killing Heidi is as exciting as it is nostalgic. The band will be rocking out the Goods Shed with their anthems from the 2000’s. If you’re missing the ISO red room and are ready to take a step back in time, do not miss out! Well worth viewing a band that took centre stage of Australian music charts at the turn of the millennium, tickets from:

7th of May – Yirrmal @ Willie Smith’s Apple Shed

A Sunday afternoon sipping on some of Tasmania’s finest cider sounds pretty great, but add in the passionate sounds of Arnhem Land artist Yirrmal, and your afternoon couldn’t be better. 1.00pm start and admission will be free.

12th of May – Set Mo @ The Waratah

House grooves and infectious energy will take over the Waratah when Set Mo take to the stage. Quickly becoming a national favourite, Set Mo’s Panoramic tour is going to be a joyous, smooth and danceable affair. Tickets from:

13th of May- Polish Club @ Republic Bar

Polish Club are one of the more vibrant and exciting acts to see this May. Coming off the back of a support slot for Northeast Party House in 2016 and the release of their debut album Alright Already in early 2017, they are simply a must see. The band gives off a unique feel blues rock sound, with similarities to the iconic Kings of Leon, they are sure to excite fans with their up tempo live energy. Do not miss this. Tickets can be purchased from:

20th of May – Close Counters @ The Waratah

Finn Rees and Allan McConnell have quickly cemented a reputation as some of the finest beat-makers in the state, with their distinct future beat perfectly blending the worlds of electronica, hip hop and jazz. After spending much of 2016 in Europe, Close Counters are back and are sure to lift the roof off the Waratah. Support from Amin Payne (VIC) and local favourites Lazer Baby is going to make for one hell of a night. Get your tickets from Oztix:

20th of May – Wolfmother @ Granada Tavern

Australian rock royalty will be tearing the roof off of the Granada Tavern later in May when Wolfmother bring their Gypsy Caravan tour to the Apple Isle. On their first major national tour in years fans can expect a set full of Wolfmother stoner and fuzz rock classics and tracks off of the band’s latest record Victorious. Tickets are available through Moshtix:

25th of May- The Smith Street Band @ The Odeon Theatre

On the back of huge festival slots at Tassie’s own Party in the Paddock and Triple J’s One Night Stand, and the release of their newest record, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, the folk-punk favourites are at the peak of their powers at the moment. Tickets won’t last long, so get in quick! Purchase tickets at:



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