Regional music venues
Break up your tour of regional Victoria by taking in a show at one of the many music venues peppering the state.
From noise bands and sweaty rock in Geelong to Triple J acts in Belgrave and Ballarat, there's no need to turn the volume down just because you're in the country. But for those looking for something a little more relaxed, find new-country stars in Hepburn Springs and jazz and folk in Port Fairy and Wangarratta.
Review local papers for details on local shows or check out Melbourne's street papers – Beat and Inpress – to plan a country trip that coincides with a high profile touring act or festival.
Ballarat – Karova Lounge
See Triple J bands, noise acts and the finest local talent at this European-style basement venue not far off the main drag.
15 Field Street, Ballarat
Hepburn Springs – Palais Theatre
See local talent every Thursday night and touring acts including folk hero Gillian Welch, Bob Broznan and Canadian mystic bluesman Harry Manx.
111 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
Castlemaine – Theatre Royal
See touring acts and local bands, movies and special events at this unique regional venue that has been operating since 1854.
30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine
Geelong – The National Hotel
From Bob Log III to local heroes The Go Set - catch original bands most nights of the week along with the occasional international act.
195 Moorabool Street, Geelong
Belgrave– Ruby's Lounge
Self-proclaimed 'oasis in a desert of bogans', Ruby's keeps the flame burning for music lovers with local acts every Tuesday night and regular touring acts.
1648 Burwood Highway, Belgrave