Smells like rain…

Smells Like Rain Petrichor

Petrichor, Argent St’s newest bar, officially opened this past Thursday night and is already looking to get into the swing of hosting events, the first of which will be a mini music festival – Smells Like Rain – this week.

Over four days from Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, November 19, the bar will host eight musical artists, including five local talents, who will each grace the stage in the venue’s heritage courtyard with a mix of folk, alternative country, and blues.

“I feel like it went how we hoped it would go and that is that people came, they felt comfortable, they might come for a drink, they’ll sit and enjoy what is a unique atmosphere in town. It’s doing all the things that we hoped it would do”, Mr Pigot said of the bar’s opening trade.

Wanting to be regarded as a cultural venue, starts this week with Smells Like Rain. Mr Pigot though admits Petrichor is starting off with a bit of a bang.

“For me as a performer, and for my wife, who’s a visual artist, it’s one thing to exist as an artist, but it’s another thing to not have connection to what other people are doing,” he explains.

“It’s important to be exposed to different ideas, to start to create some kind of cultural critical mass. It’s great for our audiences to see work from away, but it’s also great for the local artists to interact with artists from away. That’s how the creative conversation gets built.

“I like the idea of small venues, intimate venues, where you can really engage with those sorts of things. We’ll see how we go. It is part of what will be what we hope will be a diverse range of things. It’s good to consider what are the possibilities and would be of benefit to everybody.”

Performing on Saturday night is Jess Parker, a folk, blues, and country artist from Campbells Creek in Victoria, who buys into the idea of working together and collaborating with local talents.

“It’s a real honour for me, honestly, to come back to such a special part of the country and to be together again with community in a brand-new music venue in town,” she said, referencing the last time she was in Broken Hill, supporting Charlotte Le Lievre’s album launch at The Palace Hotel in February.

“I’m so excited that there is another music venue, and it just sounds like it’s going to be such an incredible hub for the community, for artists and creatives to come together. It’s also an incredible line up. I’m so excited to play alongside all the other incredible artists, so it’s going to be great.”

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (8pm-11pm): Aimee Volkofsky, Fluer Wiber
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8pm-11pm):
CW Stoneking, Leroy Johnson
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (8pm-11pm):
Jess Parker, Sharna Burcher
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (3pm-7pm):
The Dear Family Band, My Dearest Dear

Petrichor is located at 313 Argent St. Tickets for each night’s music festival event are priced at $25 – which includes a drink of your choice – and can be purchased via Humantix at

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