Unapaved Songwriter Sessions APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

POME is excited to announce the return of a Melbourne music institution: the Unpaved Songwriter Sessions. After an eight year hiatus, it's time to start breathing new life into Naarm/Melbourne's rich songwriting scene with artists new, emerging and established. Each week will feature four original artists performing in-the-round for an appreciative listening audience in the comfortable and inspiring setting of POME, Richmond.

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Songwriters and music fans will have a new weekly fixture as of Thursday, May 19 with the return of Unpaved Songwriter Sessions. Featuring amixture of four up-and-coming and established songwriters sharing songs in-the-round over two sets to a listening room with table service. This isMelbourne’s answer to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, where new songs are brought to life before an appreciative, music-loving audience.

It’s been eight years since the original Unpaved Songwriter Sessions finished up at The Old Bar in Fitzroy. The nights included hundreds of artists, among them Liz Stringer, Marlon Williams, Mojo Juju, Tash Sultana, Michael Waugh,Courtney Barnett and Van Walker. New musical partnerships were made and projects inspired.

After a long period pandemic-induced hardship for live performanceopportunities, Unpaved founder and singer-songwriter Les Thomas feels like it’s time for a rebirth and he can think of no better place to host the reincarnatedsongwriter sessions than POME aka The Palace of Magnificent Experiences in Richmond. POME is an inviting and inspired new artistic space overseen by creative director Bernie Clifford, a genuine lover of music and the arts,making it a sought after venue for artists and punters alike.
“I’m keen to hear from all of the artists, young or old, who’ve been quietly creating new songs to share. The more diverse, the better. Naarm/Melbourne has a well-earned reputation as one of the best music cities in the world, but we have some serious rebuilding to do to get our live music scene back to what it was. Great songs make for a great music scene and I believe that’s what fans want to hear. These nights are aimed at enriching that culture for everyone’s benefit. Good times are guaranteed.”

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Palace of Magnificent Experiences

Palace of Magnificent Experiences
(POME) is a multi-arts exhibition and
retail space with bar services

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267 Swan Street
Richmond, VIC 3121


Monday and Tuesday: Closed (Check calendar for special events)
Open by appointment Monday – Friday
Email info@bernzerk-pome.com.au for all enquiries
Wednesday: 5pm – Late
Thursday: 5pm – Late
Friday: 5pm – Late
Saturday: 4pm – Late
Sunday: 2pm – Late
Patrons must be over 18 to order alcohol, ID may be requested prior to delivery. We thank you for your understanding.