The Empress Hotel has become ingrained in the Melbourne music psyche... she oughta be – she's celebrating her 25th year. Yep, the Empress has hosted over 8000 genteel shows – including the White Stripes, Augie March and Lanie Lane, and she plans to keep on breaking out the best pot glasses. She was there when your favourite band was born, and she'll outlive them, too.
To celebrate the diverse range of acts that has soft-shoe shuffled across the Empress's boards, come and catch some 25th anniversary shows:
Wed 18: Whitaker (with very special guests)
Thu 19: Jen Cloher (pictured) & the Merri Creek Pickers with Matt Green Band
Fri 20: Cash Savage & the Last Drinks with the Merri Creek Pickers and the Nymphs
Sat 21: Aleks & the Ramps with Montero and Velcro
Sun 22: The Bedroom Philosopher with D.D Dumbo and the Basics DJs