Past Event

OK Motels Charlton


Fri 17th Feb — Sun 19th Feb

Charlton, Victoria

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Friday Night
DJ Cliffhanger

Saturday Night
Julia Jacklin
Party Dozen
Eaten by Dogs
Blend ft ‘The Weed’
Queef Urban

We are so ready get get back to Charlton!

Our whole line up has never been to the ‘Friendly River Town’. And we’re super excited to welcome Julia Jacklin to the party. Our line up may be brand spanking new, but some things remain the same. Tell Your Friends You Love Them, the CWA, Kaylene behind the bar, Greg and Leanne at the East Charlton Hotel, Benno and Carmel at The Vale, Lloyd and Maureen at OK Camp, and the long list of local legends who make the weekend what it is.

There’ll be the pool party again on Saturday with Tell Your Friends You Love Them spinning Love Songs and Dedications for your most loved friends. The Rex cinema will be selling their yummo homemade Choc Tops too!

Across the park we have the CWA serving Devo Tea alongside some barefoot bowls.

Then you can head to the East for a surprise pop-up show.

After you’ve hit the East, you’ll hit the Dinner and Show, meals cooked by the Charlton College Food Tech with and music by Blend ft. ‘The Weed’ (once the local Mayor) on keys. Then just before the night time show starts, an amazing Dja Dja Wurrung Welcome to Country Music and Dance Celebration, where we’ll all join together and learn how to dance. Then it’s night time fun time.

The town is putting on a real show for you too. Check out what they’re up to!

  • Dja Dja Wurrung Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony, and Music and Dance Celebration
  • Uniting Church Vintage Books and Stuff Sale
  • Senior Citz Pop Up Vintage Sale
  • Charlton Op Shop (extended hours)
  • Garage Sales
  • Golden Grains Museum
  • Birds of Mt Dooboobetic photography exhibition by Stuart Giles
  • Sunday BBQ Brekky

See you in Charlton.

Julia Jacklin

Our secret headliner for OK Motels Charlton Pool Party is singer-songwriter JULIA JACKLIN. Off the back of two studio albums, Jacklin’s latest release, PRE PLEASURE, is the result of, “taking the plunge and just seeing what happens.” Stark, loose and playful, Jacklin plucks away at the rosy and raw petals of life to form a flower we want to stop and smell.
Say catch ya later to toe dippin’ and dive straight into an intimate show for a lucky bunch. There’s a bit on, so pop over.


CIVIC – an origin story since time immemorial, the five-piece came together in 2018 through the traps of the Melbourne music scene. Bonding over a shared love of tightly coiled riffs and a collective musical ethos, they channeled this into their first EP New Vietnam. In a head rush recording session, the 7 tracks were slammed out in a single day, with the underground hit going on to sell out of several pressings worldwide. Making a name for themselves through the intensity of their live shows, their New Vietnam launch would become one of those folklore moments within Melbourne.

Party Dozen

Party Dozen are a 2 piece noise band from Sydney made up of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler). Since forming in 2017, they have become renowned in Australia for their incendiary live shows, touring and playing with acts such as LIARS, Spiritualized and Viagra Boys. Exactly what Party Dozen are is completely up to the listener. Doom. Jazz. Hardcore. Psychedelic. No-wave. Industrial. Although largely instrumental, their sets are punctuated by Kirsty’s unique “singing” style, screaming into the bell of her saxophone which itself goes through a bevy of effects pedals. Intensely independent in everything they do, the duo write, perform and record everything themselves and have released two acclaimed albums on their own label, GRUPO: The Living Man (2017) and Pray For Party Dozen (2020).


This year Frente celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their era-defining record ‘Marvin the Album’ with a very special vinyl and digital re-release. From the beer soaked carpet of the Punters Club in Fitzroy to massive stages the world over, Frente have won hearts and taken no prisoners with singles such as ‘Ordinary Angels’, ‘Labour of Love’ and their acoustic take on New Order’s ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’. While the world was celebrating all things grunge, Frente’s blend of alternative and folk pop set them apart to listeners the world over. The honesty of the performances and recordings, plus the thoughtful quirky riffs and structures of the songs drew logical comparisons of Simon’s guitar work to some of Jonny Marr’s work for the Smiths and Dave Gavurin for the Sundays. Vocally Angie’s presence was, at the time, truly unique; an Australian female singer singing in her native accent, rather than adopting the American vernacular of the day. If locally some corners picked holes in the videos for ‘Kelly Street’ and ‘Ordinary Angels’ for being a little too sweet, it seemed there was no such stigma for the band internationally. In the footsteps of seminal indie-pop bands such as The Triffids and The Go-Betweens, Frente left the country to find the recognition that had eluded them in their success in their hometown. They were invited to tour extensively with some of the biggest alternative artists of the day, including Everything But The Girl, Ween, The Beautiful South, Crowded House and Alanis Morissette. In their absence, it seems that the respect and kudos have grown. As new generations discover them for the first time and their peers take another nostalgic listen to the songs that they fell in love, broke up, and started over with; Frente continue to mean something to many.

Eaten By Dogs

Eaten By Dog’s are the decaying remnants of Melbourne’s once thriving alt country music scene.

When Fitzroy decided to call it a day on cowboy hats, flannel shirts and embroidered boots Eaten By Dogs decided to go all in and kick it up a gear. After 10 years of hanging around under bridges, things have come full circle, and the crowds have come back to lift up their once pathetic champions from out of the gutter!

Eaten by Dogs are masters of the sad song that makes you happy and give voice to how you’re really feeling behind that learnt smile. Modern country music to listen to as we steer our way through the escapism of modern life.


Ali is a three-piece musical project originating from Jakarta Indonesia. Initiated by John Paul Patton (Kelompok Penerbang Roket) and Arswandaru Cahyo, the desire of Ali is to incorporate Middle Eastern culture with elements of 70’s Indonesian rock, cinematic soul, afro beat, funk and disco to create a new groove and sound straight from the contemporary and vibrant Indonesian music scene. With all lyrics written in Arabic, Ali builds on the influence of Middle Eastern art and music, which over centuries has assimilated itself deep into Indonesian culture and way of life. John Paul (Drums) and Arswandaru (Bass/Vocals) are joined by Absar Lebeh (Mooner/The SIGIT) on guitar to complete the trio. The group are bringing their self described ‘Middle Eastern Beats with South East Twists’ to Australia for the first time, touring in February 2023. Ali promises to deliver a diverse and unique experience to the Australian music and festival scene with an overall goal to increase engagement and connections between the two strong neighbouring music communities and cultures.


Naarm/Melbourne based musician ENOLA infuses hard hitting tracks with a stinging vulnerability, applying the salve to the self-inflicted wound. With an instinctual understanding of the balance between heightened drama and grimy reality, ENOLA is simultaneously screaming from the rooftops and digging their nails into the cracks of the pavement.

Their raw post-punk is underpinned by a background in electronic production, melded with the grunge and shoe gaze ever present in their home base of Naarm/Melbourne. In the same vein as Shame and Fontaines DC, ENOLA traverses boundless plains musing on isolation and in search of catharsis. Poignant and uninhibited, their vocals are a punch in the gut, leaving a familiar pang felt in the most unexpected ways.
An enigmatic performer, ENOLA brings a wild energy, holding audiences so tightly captive that static builds and lightning could strike, splintering it all apart at any moment. Having supported the likes of RVG, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Divide and Dissolve all in the last six months, ENOLA has made a name for themselves as one of the most exciting live acts in the country. Delivering the urgency of IDLES and atmosphere of Joy Division, ENOLA have carved out their own unique sound, an important and powerful contribution that needs to be heard.


Queef Urban

“Live life like you’re the DJ at a trashbag wedding. Full access to the bar, no dinner provided.”  Words that Queef Urban once read above a gloryhole at the Deniliquin truck-stop. Queef lives, and, God-willing, will mercifully die by these words. Putting the ‘easy’ in cheesy, the ‘risky’ in frisky, and the ‘hump’ in thump, you’d best believe its gonna be a gas! Open wide good people. Let ‘em rip!

DJ Cliffhanger

Self-appointed, unofficial mayor of Footscray, DJ Cliffhanger has been playing in bands, collecting records and DJing for as long as he was allowed into venues. A front bar or a house party is his natural environment where he’s given free range to genre hop from disco to rock n roll to 90s bangers without skipping a beat. Good times prioritised, pretension sidelined.

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