Dry July is pretty much the worst idea ever – why would you want to lay off the boozing in the most miserable month of the year?

Fortunately the Upstairs Beresford is here to rescue your evenings with eight gigs in 22 days. Let’s power through this: Friday 5 July has Cash For Gold with their punk-funk styles and horn section; Fat Rabbit and friends deliver funk and soul on Saturday 6; indie rock outfit Dancing Heals launch their new album on Friday 12; party-starters Jakubi throw shapes on Saturday 13; excellent Wollongong psych-rockers The Walking Who drop in on Friday 19; and on Saturday 20 Polar Nation redefine electronica with an urban twist; then to cap things there’s Tales in Space’s “electro-dynamo-pomo-disco-rock” on Friday 26 and soul-reggae bros Leisure Bandits on Saturday 27.

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