Australian Music Week Presents

The Celibate Rifles

with special guests

Friday 03 November 2017 (opening 7:00 PM)

at Miranda Hotel ( venue info )
590 Kingsway, Miranda NSW


Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

General Admission $29.60

The 1980s were the golden age of rock’n’roll in the Australian music scene and the Celibate Rifles were in it up to their eye balls.  Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, also home to Midnight Oil and INXS, the Rifles hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since.   “The early 80s was an amazing time in Australian music, particular Sydney,” recalls singer Damien Lovelock.  “It seemed like every pub had live music three or four nights a week and there still weren’t enough venues to go around.” Establishing themselves through their distinctive sound and high energy performance, the Celibate Rifles quickly came to the forefront of the vibrant alternative music scene.  In 1982 they released their debut EP But Jacques, the Fish?, followed in 1983 by their album Sideroxylon, still considered as one of the best ever debut albums by an Australian band.  Four albums and many singles followed, as well as virtually non-stop touring around the Australian coast as reputation and demand continued to grow.  In 1986 the band left for an exploratory tour of the US and Europe where they were variously described as ‘the best live band in the world’ by the Village Voice; ‘the most Australian sounding band in the world’, by The Boston Globe, and ‘masters of the twin devilled guitar attack’ by Paris Match.  “Constantly touring Europe and America was the experience of a lifetime.  Playing with bands like The Ramones, Radio Birdman, Nirvana, and The Sugarcubes were really the salad days of the Celibate Rifles,” says Lovelock.   Band members eventually made a decision to pursue life beyond the hotel room and the tour bus.  “However while we discussed and have come very close to calling it a day once or twice”, recalls Lovelock, “the fact we still enjoy playing together and can still cut it by our own standards has been reason enough to keep going.  After all, there are still places like Barwon Heads, Narooma ,Darwin , Iceland  and Manchester we have yet to play.” The Rifles are currently finishing off a new Ep of  new songs for release when it is ready making it around 16 Albums and EP's, all now available online through Laneway Music . They are playing selectd shows by invitation , respect and  enthusiasm for what they do and how they do it. The Celibate Rifles, striving to improve life one note at a time. Come see them and grab a few notes for yourself . 

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*