Music lovers of Melbourne, have we got the best news for you, you’re getting a brand new live music venue, well, sort of.

One of the city’s most unique and adored cultural hotspots, The Shadow Electric, known for easily some of the best cinema, pop-up gigs, and dance parties around town has announced that its bandroom in the Abbotsford Convent will now become a permanent live music venue

Since its introduction to the live music circuit in 2012, the open-air cinema’s organisers Jay Rayner and David Chestwig have produced over 300 events, gifting the bandroom with the impressive ‘March of the Bands’ program last year, and pre-summer lineup of bands, featuring incredible local performances such as Courtney Barnett’s first sold-out show to the infamous “black-out gig” from World’s End Press.

That’s not to mention the likes of international superstars Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco rattling the stone-walled venue with their slacker-rock sounds, as well as countless electronica charged Animal’s Dancing parties that has seen the likes of Prins Thomas light the historic venue alight.

Having rightfully earned a reputation as one of the city’s hippest places to dig live sounds, it’s with great excitement that the northside venue has cemented itself a permanent place to grab a beer and check out some of the best local talent in (let’s be honest) one of the most beautiful venues of Melbourne.
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“With its unique industrial feel, distinctive bar layout, and intimate atmosphere making it a little something special for music fans to enjoy a night out seeing great acts,” promise The Shadow Electric team, who’ve partnered with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation to ensure it can host gigs full-time.

For the film lovers, don’t worry, there’s great news for you too. The Shadow Electric’s regular open-air cinema, situated next to the bandroom, will return after winter, promising that the projection area will run five nights a week with plenty of beer, popcorn, and most importantly, fantastic films for all.

In true Shadow Electric style, they’re throwing a killer launch party on August 8 headlined by Melbourne’s “best kept secret” Rat & Co performing their AV Show X Blunk with supports Silentjay and LUCIANBLOMKAMP.

Check The Shadow Electric’s Facebook for all upcoming gig and cinema information.

The Shadow Electric Launch Gigs

Friday 8th August | Rat & Co X Blunk (AV show)
with Silentjay + Lucianblomkamp

Friday 15th August | Eagle and The Worm
with special guests

Saturday 16th August | Globelight Festival Party
huge lineup to be announced

Friday 29th August | Twerps EP Launch
with Fabulous Diamonds + The Shifters