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The TBL blog is dead, long live the TBL blog.

TBL Website

Hey friends,

After five years of blogging here, we are moving our middling words to our new website, courtesy of our friends PT Campbell and That Mob, who’ve collaborated with us to make a brand new website at our home of six years,

Come visit us there and keep up with all the latest news about Two Bright Lakes people.

Thanks for listening,

Two Bright Lakes.


Banoffee ‘Ninja’ Video Premiere at Pigeons and Planes
July 30, 2013, 1:29 pm
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Banoffee Pic
Two Bright Lakes is proud to release the debut film clip ‘Ninja’, from Banoffee premiered today on US blog Pigeons and Planes.


Watch Banoffee ‘Ninja’ Video at Pigeons and Planes


Banoffee is the sweet solo sound of Martha Brown (Otouto), a Melbourne songwriter with a keen ear for vintage synthesizers and modern R-n-B.

Banoffee’s music recalls the balearic sounds of the 1980s and the futurist space of UK bass music, merging with her own arresting take on R’n’B, a musical place where Detroit inspired synths end up in love songs that sound distinctly modern.

Her debut single Ninja twists and starts, Martha’s voice taking you where you’d least expect. Regular collaborator Alice Glenn accompanies the song with an hypnotic and intimate clip shot in an otherworldly warehouse space.

Two Bright Lakes is very excited to be releasing the first of Banoffee’s music to the world, beautifully crafted, esoteric pop music from a strong female voice.

“Banoffee plies intimate ache into jams that still inspire dancefloor joy.”
– Anthony Carew, Mess+Noise

OSCAR KEY SUNG live at Sequence Festival tonight
July 27, 2013, 12:46 pm

This Thing have been responsible for presenting some of the most talented beatmakers and electronic acts this country has to offer, and today they are showcasing a massive collection of  artists at the Gasometer in Melbourne.

After the inaugural SEQUENCE Festival in Sydney last Easter, the second instalment comes to Melbourne with more than 20 artists representing the best of both cities’ fringe electronic communities.

Don’t miss out on catching Oscar Key Sung, Scissor Lock (Marcus Whale from Collarbones, Andras Fox (Fox+Sui) and more than 20 other artists playing some of the best electronic music Australia has to offer:

Thomas William, Guerre, Electric Sea Spider, Oscar Key Sung, Wooshie, Friendships
Andras Fox, Nakagin, Max Crumbs, Harvey Sutherland, Kane Ikin, True North, Naps
Lindsay Tuc, Luis Cee Elle, Rohan, Cassius Select, Victoria Kim, Scissor Lock
Angel Eyes, Hyperborea, MPL, Pearse-Hawkins, Mannheim Rocket, Tea Factory, Inkswel …

Running from 2pm at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood.
to an all-nighter at the Mercat basement, 456 Queen St Melbourne
SEQUENCE is a hyper-local sound festival for attuned ears. .

Get your tickets on the door, they get you in to both the day party and the afterparty at Mercat til the break o’ dawn.

Check the set times below:

OSCAR KEY SUNG June Residency at Shebeen begins tonight w/ guests Laneous + Jazzbot, Major Napier and DJ Edd Fisher

Oscar Key Sung

Two Bright Lakes and Wondercore Island are excited to present Oscar Key Sung live over 4 Thursdays in June at Melbourne’s new non-profit bar Shebeen in Manchester Lane.

Since exploding out of the Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances, and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve r ‘n’ b frontmen

Bringing in 2013 with perhaps his biggest breakthrough yet, Oscar Key Sung was handpicked by Mercury Music Prize-nominated mc Ghostpoet and Brooklyn-based artist MeLo-X to produce their debut release as MELOGHOST, ‘WecanWORKitout’. Quickly receiving over 44,000 plays and with further collaborations in the pipeline, Oscar’s latest single ‘WIMLTM’ recently clocked 20,000 plays with no associated promotional backing or performances.

Now receiving further spins and the tastemaking praise of BBC Radio 6 programmer Gilles Peterson, Oscar Key Sung is now set to bring his startling story to the international stage with two promotional singles ‘It’s Coming’ and ‘Sure Thing’, out now for free download at

DOWNLOAD It’s Coming / Sure Thing from Oscar Key Sung Bandcamp FREE


Tonight at Shebeen, Melbourne, VIC

w/ Major Napier, Laneous + Jazzbot and DJ Edd Fisher –Facebook event

8 TO 8:45: DJ Edd Fisher
9:15 TO 9:30: DJ Edd Fisher
10 TO 10:20: DJ Edd Fisher

Thu June 13th  w/ Gyno + Satan, Yama boy – Facebook event

Thu June 20th  w/ bAnoffee and Electric Sea Spider – Facebook event

Thu June 27th w/ Silentjay – Facebook event

SHEBEEN – 35 Manchester Lane, Melbourne

GIVEAWAY: NLNL OPUS ’13 at Ormond Hall this Saturday – Double pass!

No Lights No Lycra – An Opus ’13 Mix for The Thousands by Thethousands on Mixcloud

Two Bright Lakes are proud to be a part of the Opus ’13 dance extravaganza at Ormond Hall this Saturday 23 March and we’re giving away a DOUBLE PASS to the show to a random new or old subscriber to our monthly newsletter.  Just sign up to our mailing list using the form on the bottom left of our home page, or for current subscribers, send us an email at with the subject line “NLNL OPUS ’13 giveaway’ and we’ll pick a winner at random. There are still a few tickets available, so if you haven’t got tickets yet then get em here:
Presented by No Lights No Lycra, Polyester Records and Melbourne International Fashion Festival, NLNL Opus ’13 is a history of dance hits since 1930 at the amazing Ormond Hall on Saturday March 23 from 4pm.
SIX MELBOURNE DJ’S – Eliana Schoulal, Mohair Slim, Chris Gill, Simon Winkler, Two Bright Lakes DJs, Declan Kelly
Come dressed in your decade of choice!
Ending with No Lights No Lycra DJ’s and a playlist that celebrates dance music through the ages.
In true NLNL style the dance floor will be dimly lit so you can dance like no one’s watching.
Doors open at 4pm with the rundown as follows:
4pm – Jazz ‘n’ Swing – Eliana Schoulal
5pm – Rock’n’Roll – Mohair Slim
6pm – Soul’n’Funk – Chris Gill
7pm – Punk Rock – Simon Winkler
8pm – Disco – Two Bright Lakes DJs
9pm – Rave’n’House – Declan Kelly
10pm – No Lights No Lycra Mashup
Ormond Hall has a proud heritage as one of Melbourne ’s premier entertainment venues. Built in 1891, this beautiful hall was originally established as a music hall for the blind, run by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB).
In 1922 Ormond Hall began operation as a dance hall.
During the Second World War, the hall was occupied by the RAAF, and its late-closing bar proved very popular amongst members. Ormond Hall was returned to the RVIB in 1947, and much to the excitement of the community, balls and dances were once again held.

In the late sixties, the “famous Ormond Hall” experienced a surge in popularity when it became home to one of Melbourne ’s most popular dance clubs, Opus. Opus was the place to be for the “teen and twenties” set, and provided patrons with live music, Opusdancers, and a coffee lounge with television screens every Saturday and Sunday night.


Ormond Hall
Saturday March 23
From 4pm


GIVEAWAY: XXYYXX tonight at Liberty Social

Tonight’s XXYYXX gig at LIberty Social in Melbourne is sold out, but we have one ticket to give away. Just sign up to our mailing list using the form on the bottom left of our home page, or for current subscribers, send us an email at with the subject line “XXYYXX giveaway” and we’ll pick a winner at random.

Doors open at 10pm tonight, get down early so you don’t miss Two Bright Lakes DJs, Luke Pocock, I’lls and Marcel Everrett AKA ‘XXYYXX’, one of the most exciting new producers from Orlando, Florida.






279 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Doors 10pm

Chris Bolton (SEAGULL) scores new theatre show ‘What A Joy To Be Alive’, on now at La Mama
February 19, 2013, 7:46 am
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Seagull‘s Chris Bolton has lent his compositional gifts to a new theatre performance directed and devised by John Bolton and performed by Chris and Tom Davies. It’s showing now at La Mama Theatre in Carlton until March 3rd, get your tickets below while you still can.

Tickets available online
or via 03 9347 6142
$25 Full | $15 Concession

Wed, Fri, Sun 6:30pm | Thu, Sat 8:30pm
La Mama Theatre
205 Faraday Street, Carlton

What a Joy To Be Alive

The hypothesis must be entertained that I’ve got blood on my hands, but look, there’s nothin. Nah! Even under the fingernails. Nothin!

A duet for a musician and a man on the run, his crime unknown and his love remembered. Performed by Tom Davies and Chris BoltonWhat a Joy to be Alive builds upon Home Stretch, the previous work of Davies and director JohnBolton, first developed for La Mama’s Explorations Season and then presented by The Dog Theatre.

The character played by Tom Davies has a mischievous glint in his eye. Sometimes we glimpse his deep sadness, sometimes he horrifies us, and sometimes he is incredibly funny. He moves like a strange animal, performs an obscene melodramatic pantomime and dances to exhaustion. The language employed by this character is spare, visceral and poetic: of the gut, the gutter and of beauty.

The music for the work is composed and performed by Chris Bolton. He plays a multitude of musical styles, which may be lyrical and atmospheric, loud and ferocious, classical Spanish guitar, samples, loops, or a haunting love song.

John Bolton weaves together the music, the humanity of the character and lighting by Shane Grant, to create a unique theatrical language rich in ambiguity and complexity. What a Joy to be Alive paints a picture, which is both figural and abstract; at times we see a distinctive character with his troubles and hopes, at other times body, music and light bleed together to create an enigmatic world unto itself.

“Vividly crafted…Davies harnesses the rarest of commodities in Australian theatre – unadulterated testosterone – to an effortless performance style” – Cameron Woodhead, The Age (on Home Stretch)

Directed and devised by John Bolton
Performed, devised and composition by Chris Bolton
Performed, devised and written by Tom Davies
Lighting design by Shane Grant

Tickets available online
or via 03 9347 6142
$25 Full | $15 Concession

Wed, Fri, Sun 6:30pm | Thu, Sat 8:30pm
La Mama Theatre
205 Faraday Street, Carlton