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NGV Friday Nights
Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds

Fri 26 Aug 16, 6pm
NGV International
Ground Level

To complement the 2016 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Degas: A New Vision, the NGV stays open late with NGV Friday Nights.

Running over thirteen weeks from 24 June to 16 September, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition, music, short talks, food and bars, and performances by local and international acts. This winter, rock, folk, pop and garage punk are all on the menu. Doors open 6pm. Headline act 8.30pm.


Get greasy in the psychedelic swamps of rock ’n’ roll with Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds. The legendary Kid Congo has garage punk swagger in spades with a founding member of The Gun Club and guitarist from the legendary psycho-billy purveyors The Cramps as well as Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Their first Australian tour in January 2015 saw them sell out rooms across the country and playing the likes of Sydney Festival and SummerSalt. Enjoy a night of raw, sonic ambrosia featuring a heady mix of fuzz guitars, New Orleans drum beats and bass lines dripping with soul.

7PM SHORT TALK: ‘Looking through a Keyhole’: Picturing Women
Associate Professor Kate MacNeill, University of Melbourne

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see” – Edgar Degas
Degas’s work helped shape the fine art landscape we know today, but what does it reveal about the artists life, his artistic practice and 19th century Paris? Hear contemporary voices, curators and academics share their insights into the life and art of Degas.
Location: Degas: A New Vision exhibition space.


French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation perform the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the melodies of classic French tunes.