A brand-new music venue, bar and creative space is opening in Northcote. Stroll over to the historic Northcote Theatre, and check out High Note in the two adjoining street-front spaces. This buzzing neighbourhood spot is set to have a year-round program of events, like live acts and workshops, and will also be the perfect place to relax for drinks. High Note opens its doors on Friday October 20.
This hybrid venue comes from from Melbourne music collective, Crown Ruler. This music group has championed Melbourne’s underground scene and produced exciting events like Sun Cycle for over 20 years. High Note will be their first ever physical space.
“We wanted to create a diverse community-focused venue to suit High Street’s many moods,” said Jamie Bennett, co-owner of High Note and founder of Crown Ruler. The space will be used to inspire the community, encourage connections and support independent creative initiatives, workshops and exchanges.
In the bar, you’ll find an extensive drinks list with plenty of classic cocktails with a twist, Australian wine and beer, as well as non-alcoholic options. Once the venue is licensed for food, you can look forward to a small rotation of bar snacks and charcuterie. In the future, there will also be takeovers from local eateries.
Crown Ruler will curate the monthly music program, and the performance space will also host exhibitions, record fairs, artist talks and Q&A sessions. Budding artists will be able to take part in workshops on music production, music writing and more.
High Note’s opening weekend will have plenty of DJs, with soulful electronica on Friday night, energetic tunes on Saturday, and house and soul on Sunday.
There will also be live performances on Saturday October 28 as part of the inaugural Eight-Six festival.