Dear girl group fans, are you mired in the winter doldrums? Too much work and not enough play? Well the Rebelles have planned a special show to give your inner child a reason to dance! On Saturday 16 September, they will return not only to Kindred Bandroom, but also to their memories of schooldays past, to bring you an evening celebrating schoolyard soul.
The Rebelles will haul out from their battered old schoolbags some tunes – both originals and girl group classics – based on playground chants and clapping games. They’ll celebrate in song some of life’s simpler pleasures, like popcorn, sunshine and rollercoasters. And you know it wouldn’t be a trip back to school without a ditty or two celebrating young love. The Rebelles may have been around the Melbourne music scene long enough to make you wonder if they can remember their school days at all, but any such uncharitable thoughts will soon be forgotten as you are carried away by their delectable harmonies and foot-stomping beats.
Their playground rivals/besties – isn’t it always both! – for the night will be the Sweethearts, a band whose soul smarts belie the fact that they are in fact still in school. These ladies definitely know a thing or two about infusing funk, blues and, of course, soul with youthful energy and pizazz. If you haven’t yet caught one of their live shows over the last 30 plus years, now is the time to catch up on that long overdue homework.
Keeping a watchful, headmasterly eye over proceedings will be none other than the legendary Vince Peach. As presenter on PBS FM of the longest-running soul radio show in the known universe, you know that he can and will teach everyone present some lessons on soul. He’ll be bringing some of his finest records to play a DJ set once the bands are done – after all, it’s not a school night!
Love Bomb, the brand new single from The Rebelles, is now available for your leisurely pleasure! Alls you gotta do is scoot on over HERE to download your own sugar-coated slice of raucous rebellion. But wait, there’s more! Shimmy over thisaway HERE to marvel at all-action animated Rebelles in the sensational Love Bomb video.
But wait, there’s more more! The Rebelles will be launching Love Bomb on Friday 11 November at the beautiful Thornbury Theatre, with special guests The High Tides. Grab your tickets now by grooving over HERE.
What? You want more more more??!? Well ok! To help you find your perfect Love Bomb match The Rebelles are gifting each and every ticket holder on the night with a strictly limited edition Love Bomb matchbox. Each box contains a download code plus a 100% money back guarantee to KABOOOOMify your life!
The Rebelles, Melbourne’s groovy and griftin’ girl-group greats, make their long-awaited return to the Thornbury Theatre on Friday 11 November! The Rebelles will be celebrating the launch of their brand new single ‘Love Bomb!’’ a sugar-coated slice of raucous rebellion. But the giving goodness doesn’t stop there, with The Rebelles also super excited about the release of the accompanying video, their very first foray into the wonky world of animation! Less artificial intelligence than genuine fun, you’ll be smiling forever once Love Bomb! has its wicked way with you. Stay tuned!
Kicking off the night with punky panache are The High Tides. Conjuring a subtle blend of Jamaican Ska, 2 Tone and Punk, The High Tides set life affirming words to a heavenly melody, a killer bass, and an impassioned beat – the perfect band to get your evening – and your summer, oh yes! – underway!
Bringing you the hits of the great girl group era alongside their own instant classics, The Rebelles cannot wait to rock the Royal to its very foundations!
Also along for the ride are local punksters, Road to Ruin, paying homage to everyone’s faves, The Ramones. Road to Ruin blast out the hits of the Fast Four, guaranteed to get the cretins hopping, while giving those pinheads a healthy dose of shock treatment!
It’s going to be fun!
It’s going to be extra special!
It’s going to be a night you simply do not want to miss!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
The Rebelles – Ballads, Doo Wop and More – an intimate afternoon acoustic show