A history of live music at Manning Bar
Manning bar has attracted dozens of great Australian musical talents over its nearly 50-year history, including Paul Kelly (1979), INXS (1980), Gotye (2007), Tame the impala (2009), and Violent Soho (2014). Big international names, including The black keys (2008), foo fighters (2011), and Machine Gun Kelly (2013), also graced Manning’s stage.
Opened in 1974, Manning Bar has remained a key entry point for local musical artists, helping to launch new bands through their Battle of the Bands Contest. The competition, a staple of the university calendar, has helped launch the musical careers of well-known Australian artists. Cloud control (2006 winners) and The Jezebels (Finalists 2007).
Today, Manning continues to satisfy students’ love of live music, hosting international and local artists from a wide range of genres, including hip hop (Storm and Freddie Gibbs), punk (kennedy dead and NOFX) and indie pop (San Cisco and The Rubens), as well as the first Heaps Gay Mardi Gra After Party which invades all levels of Manning House.
Manning also remains a key venue for bringing together some of Australia’s top talent, most recently announcing that they will host the Someday Soon, USU’s newest music festival. The festival will bring together a host of incredible Australian artists, including Methyl ethel, ruby fields and Holy Holy.