• Flow Bar (map)
  • 31 David St
  • Old Bar
  • Australia

The Celibate Rifles are back to play an intimate show Sunday 18 December 2016 at Flow Bar, 31 David Street, Old Bar - not to be missed! 

Show only ticket: SOLD OUT, all tickets are completely sold out
(A-la-carte lunch menu available from 11:30am) 

Doors open at 11:30am for Lunch and Drinks | Cali Dave on at 12:30pm
Show Door at 1:30pm | Lunch orders taken up until show start time of 1:30pm.

Seating for the show is a combination of tables for dining and bar stools. Secure a table by pre-booking tickets, otherwise seating is a first come first serve basis.

The Celibate Rifles

The 1980s were the golden age of rock’n’roll in the Australian music scene and The Celibate Rifles were in it up to their eye balls.  Hailing from Sydney’s northern beaches, also home to Midnight Oil and INXS, the Rifles hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since.  

“The early 80s was an amazing time in Australian music, particular Sydney,” recalls singer Damien Lovelock.  “It seemed like every pub had live music three or four nights a week and there still weren’t enough venues to go around.”

Establishing themselves through their distinctive sound and high energy performance, the Celibate Rifles quickly came to the forefront of the vibrant alternative music scene.  In 1983 they released their debut EP But Jacques, the Fish?, followed in 1984 by their album Sideroxylon, still considered as one of the best ever debut albums by an Australian band.  Four albums and many singles followed, as well as virtually non-stop touring around the Australian coast as reputation and demand continued to grow.  In 1986 the band left for an exploratory tour of the US and Europe where they were variously described as ‘the best live band in the world’ by the Village Voice; ‘the most Australian sounding band in the world’, by The Boston Globe, and ‘masters of the twin devilled guitar attack’ by Paris Match.  “Constantly touring Europe and America was the experience of a lifetime.  Playing with bands like The Ramones, Radio Birdman, Nirvana, Björk, and The Sugarcubes were really the salad days of the Celibate Rifles,” says Lovelock.  Band members eventually made a decision to pursue life beyond the hotel room and the tour bus.  “However while we discussed and have come very close to calling it a day once or twice”, recalls Lovelock, “the fact we still enjoy playing together and can still cut it by our own standards has been reason enough to keep going.  After all, there are still places like Woolgoolga, Old Bar and Manchester we have yet to play.”


Buy a ticket to the Celibate Rifles show and book a night stay at Boogie Woogie Beach House to receive a special VIP experience. VIPs will have a private meet and greet,  signing and photo opportunity with the band. Boogie Woogie Beach House is the new boutique accommodation above Flow Bar

*This special is limited to the number of rooms available.