Every Monday from 8pm onwards - free entry.

What started as a local showcase night in 2003 quickly became so popular that performers were booked months in advance.  The format has stayed relatively unchanged with 4 acts playing from 8pm to midnight, becoming a hub for fans of live original music and anyone who wants to go out in the ghost town that is Civic on a Monday night.

(BMA Magazine feature on 10 Years of The Bootleg Sessions)

Running somewhat against the grain of Canberra's nightlife, The Bootlegs Sessions quickly established itself as the place to be on a Monday night to catch grassroots music at its raw & original best, becoming a focal point for artists, media people, musicians, students & pot dealers to catch up, have a drink, make a deal, socialise, share a spliff and have wild & kinky sex on top of the empty kegs (which have been siphoned dry at god speed by the lecherous drunks inside) in the back ally, fondly known as Verity Lane.

Over the years hundreds of local bands (as well as established local, interstate and international touring acts) and performers have played their first gig on the Phoenix stage welcomed by an enthusiastic & supportive crowd:

Bob Log III, The Fuelers, The Ellis CollectiveMr FibbyFun MachineVorn Doolette, The Wedded Bliss, Hancock Basement, Owen Campbell,Beth'n'Ben, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Dahahoo, Tom Woodward, Casual Projects, Andi and George, Dub Dub Goose, Crash the Curb, Anarchist Duck, Fire on the Hill, Daniel Champagne, Super Best Friends, Perch Creek Family Jugband, Inflatable Ingrid, Big Score, The Missing Lincolns, Caution Horses, Australian Kingswood Factory, Son of Rut, NOZL, Jason Recliner, Sanji De Silva, Pocket Fox, The Cashews, From the South, Killing Birds, Lavers, Monka, Alice Cottee, Drew Walky, The Fighting League, Bad Lifers, Bacon Cakes, Bears With Guns, The Rebound Slapdown, Dr. Stovepipe, James Fahy, Joe Oppenheimer, The Haunted Attics, Dan Banks, Friendly Yen, Magic Rob and countless others

The Bootleg Sessions give local independent organisations the opportunity to curate a bootleg session, such as the BMA Magazine and Landspeed Records, CIT Music Industry Centre,, Canberra Musicians Club and Local N Live Music Show aired on Canberra's Local Community Radio Station, 2XX, The Canberra Times FLY Arts & Entertainment section,  Independent Art Mag US FOLK & ANU's Student Newspaper, Woroni.