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Live music

Melbourne crowds and venues have a long and celebrated tradition of nurturing live music, making Melbourne the nation's music capital.

The city's vibrant independent music scene comes alive every night of the week in pubs, clubs, warehouses and basements. The city caters for all music tastes with only one prerequisite – a heartfelt love of live performance. Choose a style and check out the best musicians performing across the city.

Check Melbourne's free street press Beat and Inpress and weekly lift-outs in The Age and Herald Sun for gig listings.

If you like a late night and want to be in the thick of it, the city is the place to be. Thursday through Sunday is the best time to catch up-and-coming bands in clubs like Ding Dong Lounge or Cherry.

Visit Fitzroy and Collingwood – the spiritual home of the north's music scene. Wander Brunswick and Johnston streets on a weeknight and stumble across Latin and jazz, rock and indie music. On the weekend head to Melbourne's home of rock and roll, The Tote, or catch acts at The Old Bar, Yah Yah's and the Workers Club.

Out Brunswick way, try the The Spotted Mallard, The Retreat or Cornish Arms on Sydney Road for gigs most nights, or head to Howler's bandroom. In Northcote, catch a quiet set in the comfy bandroom of the Wesley Ann or walk over to the Northcote Social Club – one of the city's best concert clubs.

Catch touring acts southside at the Palais Theatre and the Prince Bandroom, St Kilda, or join young bands and crowds till all hours at Revolver Upstairs, Chapel Street.

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Get tickets through these outlets:

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ticketmaster.com.au


Gig guide

Find gigs at beat.com.au

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The Old Bar

Stop in for a beer and find everything from snotty punk and country twang to indie pop and acoustic jangles at this much-loved piece of old-Fitzroy.

Performing arts

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

This hugely popular summertime music venue has been wowing crowds since it opened in 1959, with big names like Florence & the machine gracing the stage.

Live music

Lido Jazz Room

Catch a flick at the historic Lido cinema then head on down to the bar for intimate jazz by local and visiting artists and an excellent nightcap.

Spectator sports

Etihad Stadium

Get up close to the action at Etihad Stadium, with its retractable roof and Roman amphitheatre-style seating creating a legendary venue atmosphere.

Live music

Palais Theatre

This historic auditorium on St Kilda's esplanade boasts veteran as well as up-and-coming folk, country and indie stars including Feist and M Ward.

Live music

The Toff in Town bandroom

For those looking for a break from the noise and sweat of the usual rock club, The Toff, upstairs in Curtin House, is a glossy change of pace.

Streets

ACDC Lane

Named after the Australian musical heroes, ACDC Lane is the physical embodiment of Melbourne's enduring love affair with down and dirty rock 'n' roll.

Live music

Spotted Mallard

Brunswick's live music darling. Think stomping roots, rockabilly and soul, pub grub and a crafty beer list to get you in the dancing mood.

Live music

Bird's Basement

Channel the New York jazz scene in Melbourne at our own offshoot of NYC's Birdland jazz club. Party until late with jazzy cocktails and Italian fare.

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