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Storefront temporary closure

time to chill, time to listen to the records on your rack. Northside Records has closed the shop for a week or two. Great time for me to freshen up the funk! Come back fresher than Eva! Keep your eyes on the socials and check out our DISCOGS page (seller: northsidechris)


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the very next night FRIDAY 6th March 7pm


perform live at 7pm

celebrating the launch of their DEBUT ALBUM “NO!” out on RESEARCH RECORDS

MC action from Chris Gill to compliment a special sweaty live in-store performance by Big Yawn ūüí¶Sythns, drum machines, REAL drums, dancers and good times. Thats what will be going down this FRIDAY at Northside Records. Of course it will be FREE and ALL AGES

LP’s and a new tee will be available for purchase. Limited space and stock so get down early to avoid disappointment.

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Good Manners Music and Music in Exile present


Thursday 5th March 6pm



live INSTORE PERFORMANCES, from the UKs hottest jazz band. London 5-piece Ezra Collective are proving themselves as a harmonious tour de force. Their sound nods respectfully to a classic jazz footprint, celebrating the originators whilst also carving a path solely their own. They marry the delicate technicalities of jazz with afrobeat & hip hop, tied together by a sound that’s unmistakably London. Celebrating their debut album YOU CANT STEAL MY JOY its gonna be a PARTY IN FITRZOY. Come and sample this band with an intimate taste of their show before their big gig at THE CORNER HOTEL on FRIDAY 6th MARCH.

Warming up the spot will be local legends AUSECUMA BEATS who make music to make you dance, they will make you put your hand up early for the best dancer prize! Born of the fusion¬†Australia,¬†Senegal,¬†Cuba and¬†Mali, AUSECUMA BEATS as a band stands for unity among diverse peoples, and it shows through their combines¬†influences from Africa, Cuba and Australia. We get to rejoice in their debut 4 track 12‚ÄĚ release out now on MUSIC IN EXILE.

Fitzroy loves to dance and THURSDAY night is gonna be super fun. All gigs at Northside Records are free and ALL AGES.

music from 6pm!!!! 

Get Down to GET DOWN!

This marks the first of a super funky double header with BIG YAWN launching their debut album the next night on FRIDAY March 6th 7pm – Live at Northside.


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Yes, yes ya’ll. One of the most legendary UK DJ’s who helped coin the term RARE GROOVE. A term that is really the basis for this record store, and many others.

An artist who has had¬† a defining effect in bringing together the world of groove under one big happy umbrella. It wasn’t happy in the beginning but now it is – thank the lord! He now has a book out that will guide you through the trip that his life has been, always with THE GOOD TIMES! aka Mr Good Times. Get down early and groove to the sounds of Northside DJs who get the space ready.¬†

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WOW. What a day. We only got two days heads up that this was going to happen. So happy it did! Fly Lo signed for TWO HOURS straight. The queue stretched PAST the RAINBOW and around the corner of Gertrude Street to Smith Street! DJ’s MIKE GURRIERI and EMELYNE set the mood all night just right. The funky drummer, Paul Gorrie gave us an Acknowledgment of Country and FLY LO started his odyssey! As he finished the signing¬†we played¬†a few unreleased THUNDERCAT joints and got the dancing competition underway. Big thanks to Fly Lo and also to THE OPERATIVES and WARP RECORDS.



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To mark the start of the year we are getting down with you guys. Take time to come along. WE are on from 4PM going all through to 1am. We will be joined by the legends KARATE BOOGALOO who will be doing their first set at 10pm. Come down to GET DOWN.

Oh yeah and its a FREE SHOW!

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Its a gift, its a lift, its a show, its a know. James Brown died on XMAS day in 2006 to save your funky funky soul. Thats a known fact. Join us as we dance for Mr Hot Pants on Wednesday 25th December at THE CURTIN. It is also the day that we launch the latest and greatest tribute 45 to the great man.


Side A features the KB’s take on Doing It To Death, the 1973 James Brown classic featuring the classic Fred Wesley-led JBs band. Side B carries a brand new Karate Boogaloo original, the dark, bubbling instrumental Booger’s Season.

This special release on Fitzroy’s finest Northside Records imprint is the second in a series of Christmas James Brown tribute 45s, following 2016’s These Are The J.B.’s b/w The Joy Of Giving (The Drummer Some).

Doing It To Death b/w Booger’s Season¬†will be available in limited numbers on the hallowed 45rpm 7″ vinyl format, in local Melbourne record stores from Saturday Dec 7th. The release will be available digitally across streaming platforms from Friday Dec 13th. $15 each…..

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To celebrate the release of the wild new album MOMENTUM by Melbourne jazzy disco clubbed out funk party band we call Sunnyside. Momentum will be their second album after coming off a hot year on Melbourne dancefloors and overseas as well. Slaying their FujiRock show in Japan they also had wild shows at the Night Cat and The Curtin. Very dance focused, the music guides you to the floor. This sort of fun record falls perfectly the day before summer starts down under. Its gonna be a fun summer.


Join us at 7pm to get down and get loose for this party band born in Fitzroy and now about to shake on my desk. There will be prizes for the best dancer and of course this gig is FREE and ALL AGES. Bring your friends and make some new ones. 


HERE IS A LINK to their Bandcamp page. Check the funk.

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its my great pleasure to announce the FIRST ever INSTORE PERFORMANCE by local super heroes


On Oct 27, a SUNDAY, at 4pm, join BRADLEY ZERO from Rhythm Section as he hosts and toasts the launch of the latest album for future jazz collective 30/70.
Their new album FLUID MOTION is released on Friday 25th October and will make you shake, like an egg flip Big M with an extra scoop of ISCREAM. The Band has been a soundtrack in Fitzroy and surrounds for some time now. With their third album they keep the funk up front, the jazz in the pocket and the soul in your earhole. 30/70 are a family that supports the musicians coming up around them too. Bringing the music up with them on the trip.


Like all instores this is FREE and ALL AGES with a prize for the best dancer awarded to the funky……


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Big thanks to all of you good good people who made it down to funky town. Sampa sure put on a show! One of the greatest! Here is a review of the show done by our work experience student who wasnt’ there but interviewed Lauren Taylor (RRR) who was!¬†

Northside Record’s Friday night in-store performance by Sampa the Great was a triumphant occasion. A crowd of 400+ people filled the tight pace store before spilling out onto Gertrude Street. So much so that a caped Chris Gill had to protect the audience from the threat of 60 rhinos on skateboards coming at them along the tram tracks.

Footage of the concert shows Sampa dancing on the desktop overlooking a crowd of wildly moving bodies. The hysteria that came about spread to those who weren‚Äôt even at attendance, from word of mouth individuals knew of the magic that Sampa gave off that night. Those who were amidst the madness say it was ‚Äúone of the best concerts they had ever been to‚ÄĚ. With a crowd made up of anyone and everyone, the performance exemplified the power of music and its effect on an audience and a place.

As an artist, Sampa‚Äôs new album is a complete elevation to her previous work. Her initial two mixtapes ‚ÄėBirds and the BEE9‚Äô and ‚ÄėThe Great mixtape‚Äô brewed elements of what was coming for the young artist but it seems that with her latest release, she has officially come. Arrived. Not only do audiences love the sound, music videos and overall presentation of the work helps audience understand the underlying notions of identity and home in the album. Combined provides a powerful reappearance into the scene. Fans already wait in anticipation for where she will take her music next.

Northside Records as a performance venue is a central meting hub for music lovers alike to come and share their passion of the genres that they hold dear. When all-inclusive events take place, an audience is provided with active involvement in celebrating the vibrations that they love, an experience that many miss out on. A thriving community scene is also presented in these circumstances and a different buzz fills the crowd to that of a commercial ticketed performance. Aside for the literal connotations, intimate concerts are much more emotionally accessible to a crowd and leave a longer lasting warmth in the crowd. Personal connections are established.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúSeeing a show at Northside Records is like watching your team play at their home ground, it‚Äôs that sort of feeling.‚ÄĚ A new generation of music lovers and musicians is built in moments like this as tender musical moments stick and influence further listening.

Funky times at a funky place are to follow ‚ÄėThe Return‚Äô of Sampa the Great.


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SAMPA THE GREAT “The Return” album launch


FRIDAY 13th Sept 7pm


Yes, it really is the Return as SAMPA played her second ever gig at NOrthside Records back in 2015 on this very desk I am typing apon. So great to see here rise to a magnificent firey pheonix and take over the world. She is putting her record out on NINJA TUNE! INSANE. So proud. Anyway the INSTORE will be at 7pm. Details to follow.



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