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Emma Vollard – Instore Launch

6pm sharp.

To celebrate the release of her incredible debut album DEITY @emmavolardmusic would like to perform at Northside to launch the record into the world! And we couldn’t be happier! Also stoked to see the first ever physical release on @theoperatives label as well!

“The 12-part body of work is a journey though joy, sorrow and everything in-between. “Deity is a love letter to myself”, Volard explains. “A reminder to break boundaries, express myself without fear, and allow myself to grow and love unconditionally.”

Caught in the push-pull between light and shade, joy and sorrow, chaos and order, Deity is an album that draws power from the divine messiness of the human experience. Synthesising acid jazz with modern R&B, dub with pop, and future soul with old-fashioned grooves, it’s a statement of profound artistic intent for Emma.

We have followed Emma for a while now and couldn’t be prouder of the incredible record she has made with her great friends.

Come and share the good times this Friday at 6pm sharp! All gigs here at Northside are ALL AGES and at every gig there is a prize for the best dancer.

We will be gathering on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation and pay respects to elders past present and emerging. Sovereignty was never ceded.

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Rickey Calloway – Instore Signing

We are super excited to be hosting THE KING OF FUNK, the incredible RICKEY CALLOWAY at Northside Records on Friday 20th of May! Join us to Get Down with Rickey before he busts out to his Night Cat Show with Japanese funk lords OSAKA MONAURAIL.

We’re also honoured to have the Legendary Sir WALDO WEATHERS (James Brown Band 1993-2008) joining us, along with Minister for New New Super Heavy Funk, RYO NAKATA, lead singer and front man from Osaka Monaurail. It’s a funk overload! Hopefully members of the band will also join and be around to sign your records.

We’ll have a selection of Rickey Calloway 45s for sale – or you can bring your own records. Keeping it ON THE ONE will be MISTAREX, dropping Rickey Calloway heaters, Funk Night & Kay Dee essentials, and classic James Brown instrumentals. We might even get Rickey to sing – but no promises.

Don’t forget the Osaka Monaurail gig kicks off from 8pm at the Night Cat. Get Down!


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Harvey Sutherland Instore – May 5

We’re super excited to present another Live Instore at Northside Records!
THURSDAY 5th MAY, 6pm – 7pm

This Thursday is a live band celebration of the incredible DEBUT album by local legend HARVEY SUTHERLAND. It’s called BOY, and it is a narrative of NEUROTIC FUNK.

Harvey Sutherland has established himself as one of the greatest funk performers in this town and will shut down the block. Get down to get down. The band will come on just after 6pm…. Smoke machines and thick funkmosphere no doubt!

Do not be late.

+ If you don’t already have the new LP, don’t delay. They are flying out the door.
Check out the Feeling Of Love clip from new LP  below.


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Record Store Day 2022

Join us for a wonderful FREE – ALL AGES  party! Funk fun and finds….
Fresh from their debut performance at WOMAD we have the mysterious trio GLASS BEAMS who will be performing their ‘Mirage’ EP from start to finish. We have the incredible NIKODIMOS who will feature some of his Nikodimos WORLD lp which is to be out on Equinox Recordings. FLY BOY JACK are a funky hip hop duo of JORDAN DENNIS and JUJO and they will be releasing ISSUE ZERO on vinyl for the day. Then we have the legendary DANIKA who we released on RSD in 2021 but were unable to launch it. FINALLY WE CAN.
We will be opening at 9am selling the special RSD releases and the classics that we always have. We will get 10 crates of FRESH SECOND HAND goodness for your eyes to bulge at…..
DJs will be playing all day in the store and the vibe will be ALIVE. Come down to be apart of a beautiful day that has been happening for 15 years now and will not stop! RECORD STORES LOVE TO PARTY
Plus – more late funky surprises coming! Stay tuned!!

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Sat. July 6 – Instore with DRMNGNOW

Instore Performance and 7″ Single Launch Party


Lots to celebrate!
Leaps & and Bounds Music Festival, NAIDOC Week and more.
New 45 on sale. Cop it while it’s hot.
Northside Records NR023S. Ltd. Edition

Neil Morris, or DRMNGNOW, is a Yorta-Yorta man and musician with a purpose. DRMNGNOW (pronounced Dreaming Now) is a project which is firmly focused on raising awareness around Indigenous justice in a post colonial society. This work is complex and is as equal parts system challenging as it is celebratory. 

The single Australia Does Not Exist has been  re-visited featuring Kee’ahn, a proud Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Torres Strait Island woman, exciting emerging artist,  and intergral part of the DRMNGNOW live experience . Her voice as an Indigenous woman speaks powerful volumes on this iteration of DRMNGNOWs debut track first released January last year. 

Always Remember is a new song also ft Kee’ahn and Paul Gorrie adding a soulful touch to this piece on the hook. It is a song about Indigenous resillience in the face of colonial violence. It is a song that reflects on the link to thousands of years of spiritual power that the indigenous experience holds. 

This seven inch release is as part of Naidoc Week and to give eternal life to important local songs. 

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It was a crazy beautiful day last Saturday. Another record was born unto the world and KAIIT was ALL THAT AND MORE! Below is an amazing letter I was sent that really articulated well as to why we would come out to events. Even as a person going alone and why its important to.


Some snaps….

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The Goods – Live in-store at Northside

This Friday! The Goods turning up the heat for an intimate MPC set at Northside Records. 7PM. Playing songs from the new MAKE YOUR MOVE EP. Out now on Bastard Jazz. DO NOT MISS!

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Record Store Day 2018 at Northside!

Whoa! It’s that time again. Saturday April 21. We have a massive day planned. Bands, DJs, exclusive releases, 45s galore, a ‘FUNK CAVE’*, hobbyists on the cut, giveaways and prizes! 10am-7pm. Even the RSD Tour Bus will be arriving and departing at Northside throughout the day. Live performances from The Bamboos, Jaala, Remi, Plutonic Lab and Natalie Slade, Cool Out Sun + DJs in TWO ROOMS all day long. Your favourite community radio jocks from PBS and RRR will be joined by some of our favourite customers, label owners and the Northside Records soundsystem – dropping knowledge and keeping the vibes rolling until dark.

It’s been our policy in recent years that RSD performers should have a record to present for Record Store Day – and let’s just say this year is an exceptional year! You may want to get out of bed early if you want a piece of Record Store Day history. Every band has a brand new 45 or LP released on the day. Some of these upcoming RSD releases have been previewed on critically acclaimed and internationally renowned community radio shows such as GET DOWN, MYSTIC BREW, THE BREAKDOWN and the THE BLEND. Catch those shows again this week for more tasters.

Full details of Saturday’s action will be available soon. * THE FUNK CAVE: Once again we are able to occupy 238 Gertrude for the day.  We’ll have crates of all-sorts + electronica grab-bags, pop-up DJs, refreshments, lounges, coloured lights and room to dance. If you subscribe to our newsletter you’ll get the scoop at 11am on Thursday. If you don’t subscribe, you should – or watch this space for updates.

And, if that’s not enough – we have a superfine release that comes out on Northside Records’ label, this Friday, April 20. The Seven Ups  return with their third album ‘Commandments’, and they just keep getting better. Rather than describe the music, below is the album artwork that looks a lot like the album sounds! Sadly they can’t be with us on Record Store Day, but we’ll have the record for sale – and more exciting news about their official launch coming soon. Don’t forget – it’s Record Store Day everyday at Northside.


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The Harpoons – Live Instore 13.04.18

On Friday 13th April The Harpoons will be launching their new album ‘AMARO’  with a live in-store performace at Northside Records. Shoes off from 7pm. Check the album preview here: THE HARPOONS: AMARO

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So.Crates – Album Launch & Instore Performance

So.Crates (aka. Skomes and Cazeaux Oslo) are  launching their amazing LP “Static Methods” on Saturday 17th February from 3pm. Joining them will be Pataphysics who also released a incredible album recently. Instore, FREE and ALL AGES.

The album is actually released today (27.01.18) with help of our friends at Foreign Brothers. It’s a beautifully packaged gatefold double LP, and comes with bonus download. Don’t sleep on this local monster! You get the mighty So.Crates along with replays from 30/70, Laneous, Chicken Wishbone, Billy Davis + guests include Matt on The Moon, Allysha Joy, Mike Thesis and more. A stellar release, and a real showcase of our thriving underground soul/hip-hop scene.

Static Methods out now!
Foreign Brothers | So.Crates | Pataphysics

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TomGirl + GODTET live instore!

On Saturday 11th of November Northside Records presents TomGirl and GODTET live instore. Both bands are launching their highly anticipated debut releases – on Northside Records and La Sape Records respectively.

TomGirl’s debut release in yet another soul-hybrid from Melbourne’s inner-North. The new single ‘My lovers’ is a little anthem for love that isn’t finite – it is formless and free. The flipside ‘Dunes’ is a mostly instrumental tune reminiscent of 60’s psych-lounge, 70’s surf soundtracks and urban noir, with a touch of the ‘doo-wops’…. totally unique and beyond classification. TomGirl is an all-female five piece comprising Anita Chorowicz, Danika Smith, Harmony Byrne, Laura Clinch and Shanti Lane. Live at Northside from 3pm.

GODTET is a new band put together by Sydney-based guitarist/producer Godriguez. Dave ‘Godriguez’ burst on the scene in 2015 as the producer for Sampa the Great’s ‘Great Mixtape’, making waves both here and all over the world. Whilst the players here are from a jazz background and the instrumentation is undoubtably jazz, the music pushes into other territories. The debut release is out now and available at Northside and all good record stores. Cop a listen here – and you’ll know why you need to be at Northside to seeGODTET performing live instore.



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Northside will welcome


To celebrate the release of Overflow on vinyl, SAATSUMA have just announced a live in-store full-band performance at local wax institution Northside Records in Fitzroy on October 7th at 3pm. For this performance SAATSUMA will bring together the five-piece live band for the special performance.

Captivating Melbourne two-piece SAATSUMA share debut album, Overflow, which sees the duo emerge with a cultivated sound well beyond their years. Written and produced by Memphis LK and Cesar Rodrigues, Overflow is a continuity of a motif that runs throughout their body of work. Memphis LK says the album “continues the recurring theme of water, following on from our debut singles Storm and Floating. Water has always been present… it’s an element I am constantly drawn back to… Our connection to and interaction with the natural environment. The fragility and fluctuation of relationships.” It’s a nine track float on an imaginary SAATSUMA stream; from the comedown of ‘Feel It All’; drifting to a rejection of ignorance, ‘Isolate’; floating towards a notion of wanting what you can’t have, ‘Stay’ and the pull of the moon, ‘Crescent’.

Overflow 12” Vinyl LP is available for purchase at Northside Records, as well as available to stream/buy at


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