our story

Since forming in 2000, Soul Contention has become one of Melbourne’s leading event bands.

 

Unrivalled in quality and integrity, these ten musicians are passionate and uncompromising in their pursuit of the sound and style of classic soul music. They have performed for major events such as the Southbank New Year’s Eve celebration and the annual Twilight Rhythms in the Fitzroy Gardens, and have entertained major corporate companies at Melbourne's most prestigious venues. Their energy, reliability and fantastic sound sustained a seven year residency at ‘Manchester Lane’ in Melbourne’s CBD.

 

Featuring a dynamic three piece horn section, tight rhythm section and three amazing vocalists, the famous sounds of Atlantic, Mowtown and Stax once again burst to life, elevating Soul Contention into a class of its own.

 

Unlike most events bands who repeatedly perform the same standard 'top 40 hits' in standard fashion, Soul Contention offers something markedly different. The band’s enthusiasm and utmost professionalism deliver a show that is easily adaptable to all occasions. 

venues played

FUNCTION VENUES

333 Collins Street, Melbourne

Alphington Bowling Club, Alphington

Ascot House Receptions, Ascot Vale

Atlantic Room, South Wharf, Southbank

Beacon Cove open air stage, Port Melbourne

Beaconsfield Community Centre, Beaconsfield

Bellinzona Grange Country Retreat, Hepburn Springs

Box Hill RSL, Box Hill

Braeside Stake Centre, Braeside

Camberwell Town Hall, Camberwell

Cerini Centre, Warburton

Circa The Prince, St Kilda

Collingwood Town Hall, Collingwood

Committee Room, Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds

Dickens Manor, Elwood

Docklands Park open air stage, Docklands

Dromoland House, Geelong

Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Boneo

Elwood Sailing Club, Elwood

Fairview Park open air stage, Hawthorn

Fitzroy Gardens open air stage, East Melbourne

Forty One, Rialto, Melbourne

Geelong College Old Dining Hall, Newtown

Grand Ballroom, Hotel Sofitel, Melbourne

Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

Great Hall, National Gallery Melbourne, Southbank

Green Acres Golf Club, East Kew

Green Point open air stage, Brighton

Heidelberg Golf Club, Lower Plenty

Kelvin Club, Melbourne

Kenloch Reception Centre, Olinda

Launching Way open air stage, Carrum

Lewis Road Warehouse, Knoxfield

Lithuanian Community Centre, North Melbourne

Malvern Town Hall, Malvern

Marist Brothers Monastery, Mt Macedon

Match Warehouse, Richmond

MCG Members' Dining Room, Jolimont

Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne

Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne

Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Melbourne Museum, Melbourne

Motor Cruiser Club, Paynesville

Nathania Springs Receptions, Monbulk

Narre Warren Stake Centre, Narre Warren North

Noble Park Community Centre, Noble Park

Old Exhibition Buildings, Carlton

Ormond Hall, The University of Melbourne, Parkville

Palladium, Crown Casino

Pipers on the Parade, Ballarat

Port Melbourne Yacht Club, Port Melbourne

Portsea Hotel, Portsea

Potters Receptions, Warrandyte

Prahran Town Hall, Prahran

Quat Quatta, Ripponlea

Regent Plaza Ballroom, Regent Theatre, Melbourne

Riva, St Kilda Marina, Elwood

Rivers Reception & Function Centre, Southbank

Royal South Yarra Tennis Club, South Yarra

Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club, Williamstown

Sheraton Towers, Southbank

Skilled Stadium (Kardinia Park), Geelong

Southern Golf Club, Keysborough

Southgate open air stage, Southbank

St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Stolberg Hotel, Preston

St Peter’s Church, East Melbourne

Sumac Room, Atlantic South Wharf, Southbank

Sumac Room, Central Pier, Docklands

Templestowe Memorial Hall, Templestowe

The Deck Bar, Brighton

The Order of Melbourne, Melbourne

The Palladium, Crown Towers, Melbourne

The Pavilion, Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne

The Peak, Flemington Race Course, Flemington

The Point, Albert Park

The Sands, Torquay

The Terrace, Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra

The Victorian Club, Rialto Tower, Melbourne

The Yacht Club, Paynesville

Treasury Restaurant, Melbourne

Urban Light, Ringwood

Werribee Park Mansion Ballroom, Werribee

Wesley College, Glen Waverley

Windsor Ballroom, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne

Zinc, Federation Square, Melbourne

 

PUBS AND CLUBS

Beaconsfield Hotel, St Kilda

Manchester Lane, Melbourne

The Bridge Hotel, Richmond

The Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood

The Old Pub, Paynesville

The Red Eagle, Port Melbourne

The Rising Sun Hotel, Richmond

The Royal Derby Hotel, Fitzroy

The Spot, Brunswick Tony Starr’s Kitten Club, Melbourne

Veludo, St Kilda

Waltzing Matilda Hotel, Springvale

 

FESTIVALS

Docklands at Dusk, Docklands (2005)

A Splash of Beacon Cove, Port Melbourne (2006)

Kingston Harvest Festival, Carrum (2006)

Paynesville Jazz Festival, Paynesville (2004, 2005, 2007)

Bright ‘n’ Sandy Food and Wine Festival, Sandringham (2008)

Rock ‘n’ Soul at Fairview Park, Hawthorn (2008)

Summer Fun in the City, Twilight Rhythms, Fitzroy Gardens (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

New Year’s Eve at Southbank (2006, 2007)

 

OTHER

Private Residences

Office Spaces

Church Halls

 

LIVE MEDIA APPEARANCES

The Today Show- Channel 9 (2008)

Soul Time- PBS 106.7 FM (2004)