Ngarra Burra Ferra

The Rebelles acknowledge the traditional custodians of the many lands on which we gather, create and perform. We acknowledge the wisdom, dignity and resilience of the elders of these lands, both past and present. We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are continuing to carry their culture and their connections to land, sea and community, and we commit to playing our role in the ongoing journey toward reconciliation.

We acknowledge that we are privileged to play music by people of colour, some of whom did not get the recognition they deserve.

With kind permission from the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, we would like to share this song, Ngarra Burra Ferra, with you. Many of you will know it from the soundtrack of ‘The Sapphires’. It’s an old gospel tune called ‘Bring Back Pharaoh’s Army’ that was sung by The Fisk Jubilee Singers. It was translated by Yorta Yorta Elder Therese Clements and transcribed by the great great grandfather of Dr Lou Bennett AM, Thomas Shadrach James. Dr Bennett was kind enough to also give her permission for us to sing this song in language.

Sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be.

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The Rebelles @ St Kilda Festival this Sunday Feb 9th

The Rebelles are playing at S Kilda Festival 2020!

Melbourne’s own girl group sensation The Rebelles are super excited to announce their rip-roarin’ return to St Kilda Festival this Sunday!

After blitzing the Fitzroy Street Stage in 2018, these 15 women (and only one band) will get the day underway in the right way when they take to the O’Donnell Gardens Stage and set ol’ Big Mouth’s teeth a-rockin’ and a-rattlin’. 

Y’all want this party started right? Well, you got it! Expect a dancealicious mix of your favourite girl group classics from the likes of the Velvelettes, the Shirelles and the Shangri-Las, as well as a few future faves from The Rebelles’ own electrifying back catalogue.

So slip on your dancing shoes, slop on the big number SPF and slap on your festival hat. It’s gonna get hot when The Rebelles rock St Kilda Festival!

The Rebelles at the 2020 St Kilda Festival (Sunday Feb 9th)

O’Donnell Gardens Stage, 11:45am – 12.30pm. 

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Coming up : Rebelles Residency at The Commercial Hotel Yarraville:

Sunday 29th March (afternoon show)
Sunday 26th April (afternoon show)
Saturday 16th May (evening show)

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Coming soon – Down By The Rollercoaster single, video and launch shows

Coming soon – ‘Down By The Rollercoaster’ single, video and launch shows

Summer’s a comin’ in, and so are Melbourne’s Girlgroup Power-force The Rebelles, celebrating the return of the sun to our skies with a series of killer shows and a brand new single and video: Down By The Rollercoaster. 

In time-honoured Girlgroup tradition, Down By The Rollercoaster takes a simple playground chant and kicks it all the way to Rock’n’Roll Heaven – a short fast ride that’s gonna have you coming back again and again.

Down By The Rollercoaster will be released on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify and all major digital services – stay tuned!

The Rebelles will be taking it live with shows in Melbourne’s west and east , as well as jumpin’ in the Rebellemobile for a first time ever trip to our own Motor City, Geelong! 

To help rev up the Rollercoaster release The Rebelles have handpicked three sensational acts: the joyous, 50 strong sing squad Pitchface; the soulful and ever so sassy Sweethearts; and the man who could take on the mighty Jerry Lee at his own game, the wild and frantic, piano-pounding Ezra Lee and his amazing band.

If you want some more, then we’ll see you on the dance floor!

The Rebelles – Live in October and November

  • Saturday 26 October, Commercial Hotel, Yarraville, with Pitchface. Book now
  • Sunday 17 November, Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, with The Sweethearts. Book now
  • Saturday 30 November, Caravan Music Club, East Bentleigh, with Ezra Lee. Book now
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The Substitutes present ‘The ’60s Girls Pop Rock Show’ featuring The Rebelles

 

The Rebelles are revved up and ready to once again hit the stage with their good buddies The Substitutes at Kingston Arts Centre on Saturday 30 March.

The Substitutes and The Rebelles have put together a special night celebrating the awesome music made and recorded by women in the ’60s. Kicking off with a set from acclaimed ’60s specialists The Substitutes, followed by the live wall of sound of 19-piece girl group sensation The Rebelles, the night then fully amps up with The Substitutes, joined on stage by award winning blues and soul singer Kelly Auty and the sensational Andrea Lees.

Pack your inhibitions in the bottom drawer! Dust off your dancing shoes! And shimmy on down to the Kingston Arts Centre for a night of great live rock’n’roll!

 

 

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Upcoming Rebelles shows @ The Spotted Mallard and Reservoir Stomp

A big thank you to everyone who got down with us at Soul A Go Go – once again we had an absolute blast, and we hope you did too! But if you missed it (or maybe you didn’t quite get your fill), here’s 2 more chances to get some Rebelles into your life:

  • Saturday October 20 – @ The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick

The Rebelles are joining Melbourne’s premier 60’s tribute act The Substitutes and special guests Kelly Auty and Andrea Lees for a night of 60’s-themed fun. We’ll be playing some classic 60’s tunes, some fab new Rebelles originals, and one or two surprises. Find it on Facebook or just Get your tickets here

  • Saturday November 4 – Reservoir Stomp @The Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club

We’re super excited to be part of the biggest suburban shindig of the year. Over twenty of Reservoir’s finest performers will entertain you across TWO glorious stages at the Preston-Reservoir Bowls Club. Plus: barefoot bowling competitions, the inaugural Rezza Record Fair, and an array of food vendors to satisfy all tastes. Keep an eye on the Facebook page at facebook.com/reservoirstomp for set times and other news. Last year’s show was a sell-out, so you’d better grab your tickets fast!

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Ballads, Doo-Wop and more – an intimate acoustic afternoon show – May 27 at The Wesley Anne

Well you know we Rebelles love to rock out fast and loud – and we always have a blast. But just once we’re going to do it differently. We’ve lined up a special afternoon show at the Wesley Anne in Northcote– intimate and all acoustic – to showcase our sweeter side. We’re bringing out all the tear-jerking ballads from our Go! Rebelle! LP, plus timeless classics from The Shangri Las, The Crystals, and more. And for the first time ever we’re bringing in a live string section, playing lush arrangements from our own Bobb B Rebelle. All in all, an afternoon guaranteed to send a permanent shiver down your spine.

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10 Years of The Rebelles…The Pubcast Show…Upcoming Show December 2

It’s been fun times for us over this past week!

We kicked off the weekend by celebrating the 10th anniversary of our first ever gig with our own little party, and were joined by special surprise guest Anna GoGo – we danced and laughed and sang, it doesn’t get much better! And it doesn’t feel like 10 years – thanks to all of you who have supported us along the way.

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to be invited to perform on The Pubcast Show at The Last Chance Rock’n’Roll Bar. Check out this episode and be sure to tune in each Wednesday via their FB page for more pub chat and musical goings-on. We had an absolute blast, thanks to the lovely pubcast folk for having us 🙂

We’ve also been rehearsing for our upcoming show on Saturday 2nd December at Memo Music Hall. We’re supporting The Reefers in a Surf Rock Celebration! We’ll be joined by guest vocalist Dusty Springclean, of Pops fame, for a surfed up Australian classic. This’ll be our only gig until February, so get your tickets via the Memo website before they’re all gone!

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The Reefers Vs The Rebelles @ Memo Music Hall Saturday December 2nd

What happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force?

Find out when The Reefers go head to head with The Rebelles in a titanic clash to decide once and for all; who holds the Secret of Surf.

For one night only, MEMO Music Hall will play host to a cavalcade of surf, turf, and sixties sensibilities, to rattle the halls of Poseidon himself.

Featuring the exotic oscillations of Trisnasari Fraser, and the wild style of Richie 1250, this promises to have hips shaking from the delta to the deep blue sea. See you up the front.

The Reefers are comprised of all of the original band-members:  Mama Sun Reefer, “The” Jack Norton, Evil Al Cordobez, Stonehawke and JT Reefer, they play a hybrid of traditional surf music and the rolling beats of the middle-east.   

Not to be outdone in the surfing stakes, The Rebelles will be holding their own and then some, cranking out an epic set of beach-friendly rockers with a surprise or 2 up their sleeves.

Sharing in the middle-eastern groove, Trisnasari will join Matt and Jack once more to shimmy and delight the audience on the dance-floor.

The ship shall be expertly captained by Richie 1250, as he navigates the salty richness of some of the best surf and summer tunes, to keep the celebration going on the dance floor and at the bars. Usually found in the studios of PBS FM and his own Slow Grind Fever events, we thank him for joining us.

Book your tickets now at www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=318899 !

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The Rebelles at Soul A Go Go this Saturday

This Saturday, get ready for a genuinely historic night as 2 bona fide Melbourne institutions come together for the first time – The Rebelles hit the stage at Soul a Go Go!

Head on down to Bella Union as The Rebelles’ wall of girl group greatness joins forces with Melbourne’s hottest soul DJs in a sensational night of pure dance floor madness. Check your inhibitions at the door, this is one for the ages!

Saturday September 2nd, doors 9pm, onstage 10pm
Soul A Go Go @ Bella Union: Level 1, Trades Hall, Corner Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton
Join the Facebook event: facebook.com/events/198064004064468

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Announcing the Shimmy Chillin’ EP and launch shows


The Rebelles are super excited to announce the arrival of their latest brood of all-original rockers, the Shimmy Chillin’ EP!

It’s been nearly two years since The Rebelles’ ace debut long player Go! Rebelle! and Melbourne’s premier girlgroup sensation have clearly put that time to good use. The Shimmy Chillin’ EP contains four hot new tracks that showcase the band’s songwriting talents – from moody grooves and bubblegum pop to deliciously devilish doo wop – and is sure to set toes a-tappin’ and hearts a-flutterin’! All in a good-bad-but-not-evil way, of course.

And as always with The Rebelles, ears everywhere are set for a treat thanks to that wall of stunning harmonies that you only get from 15 fearless women and only one band!

The Shimmy Chillin’ EP will be available on good old fashioned 7” vinyl from the Rebelles’ own online store (pre order now!), as well as some of the hippest record shops in town. You’ll also be able to find it on iTunes, Spotify and all your favourite online services.

We just know you won’t be able to help falling in love with the tunes, and you won’t have to wait too long to hear them live. The Rebelles are teaming up with 2 of their favourite Melbourne bands to bring you a pair of killer launch shows – one on either side of the Yarra.

On the North side: Friday 5th May at Yah Yah’s, 99 Smith St. Fitzroy – with cool rockabilly cats The Strays. Tickets $15 on the door or book here to make sure you don’t miss out. Doors open 8pm.

On the South side: Saturday 20th May at The Flying Saucer Club, 4 St George’s Rd Elsternwick, with the irrepressible Dusty Springclean and the Pops! Tickets $15 pre booked, $18 on the door and $23 reserved seating. Doors open 8pm.

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