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We Are What We Overcome at Melbourne Festival

WE ARE WHAT WE OVERCOME at Melbourne Festival



Sunday 26th September at Melbourne Assembly Rooms DE73 8GF

Live Music, comedy, heartfelt stories and open conversations about mental health featuring Matt McGuinness and the MLC

Melbourne Festival welcomes Matt McGuinness & the MLC and friends to Melbourne Assembly Rooms DE73 8GF for a chilled Sunday evening of live music, comedy, banter, heartfelt stories and open conversations about life, the universe and mental health. Bar open from 6 so join us for a drink and chat and a great evening with old friends and soon to be friends, show starts at 7.30.

Tickets -£12 from or from Melbourne Festival  


About this event

Mixing conversational spoken word with a full band performing original songs, We Are What We Overcome will challenge your thinking around the subjects addressed, as well as providing an entertaining evening of upbeat, balladeering music.

The show brings personal stories, weaves them into engaging episodes that are delivered with a comedic edge, and surrounds them with a live set from an accomplished group of musicians. The stories are honest, heartfelt, and focus on mental health – in particular, men’s – and how that affects everyone, both directly, and through the ripples that ensue. The subject matter includes politics and football, but also depression and suicide. It’s a heady mix, handled with care, humour and a passionate approach to making a difference.

The band are: Matt McGuinness (who just happens to be the writer, and speaker), who sings and plays guitar; Eileen Wright, who plays saxophone; Jo May, on percussion; Dan Byrne on bass guitar. Together they are Matt McGuinness and The MLC – delivering a blend of balladeering indie rock n roll, with a hint of Motown

The show includes an opportunity to come along early, to have a chat with the band, or with two great supporters of the project – The Samaritans (, and Andy’s Man Club ( These fantastic organisations will both have stalls with information and volunteers available, from 90 minutes before the show starts, through the interval, and after the show has ended.


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