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Big gigs

Get in on the big gigs and big names bringing it to Melbourne's stadiums, concert halls, band rooms and amphitheatres.

Venues

Our major sports stadiums sport major line-ups year round: Melbourne Park's Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena, AAMI Park, and even footy grounds Etihad Stadium and the MCG.

Jump around at stalwart music venue Festival Hall and keep an ear out for folk, country and indie acts at St Kilda's historic Palais Theatre.

For outdoor and all ages gigs and summer festivals, it's all beats and bats at iconic amphitheatre the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, smack bang in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

To catch big names in smaller venues, watch for local and international touring acts on the bill at dedicated pub band rooms the Northcote Social Club and the Corner, and ever-evolving CBD venue 170 Russell.

Local pubs and bars around town have plenty of acts on most nights of the week, too, so you can easily chalk up a list of bands you saw before they were famous.

Tickets

Plan ahead: touring acts often sell out quickly, with pre-sale tickets taking up a fair share. Keep an eye on tour and ticket release dates, and sign up with the major ticketing outlets to keep your finger on the pre-sale pulse. beat.com.au has a comprehensive weekly gig guide covering almost every venue in town.

Calendar

Big gigs

September

RSO - Richie Sambora and Orianthi
27 September 2016
Margaret Court Arena

5 Seconds of Summer
29 September 2016
Margaret Court Arena

October

Ellie Goulding
8 October 2016
Rod Laver Arena

Safia
15 October 2016
Festival Hall

Morrissey
22 October 2016
Festival Hall

Glen Hansard
26 October 2016
Palais Theatre

Ronan Keating
28 and 29 October 2016
Hamer Hall

Bernard Fanning
31 October 2016
Palais Theatre

Slipknot
31 October 2016
Rod Laver Arena

Violent Soho
31 October 2016
Festival Hall

November

Delta Goodrem
3 November 2016
Margaret Court Arena

The Dandy Warhols
5 November 2016
Palais Theatre

Disturbed
12 November 2016
Margaret Court Arena

TLC
23 November 2016
Palais Theatre

The Tempter Trap
25 November 2016
Palais Theatre

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
26 November 2016
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

December

Keith Urban
8 and 9 December 2016
Rod Laver Arena

Coldplay
9 and 10 December 2016
Etihad Stadium

Flume
15 and 16 December 2016
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

January

PJ Harvey
21 Januanry 2017
Sidney Myer Music Bow

Passenger
25 January 2017
Sidney Myer Music Bowl

February

Bruce Springsteen
2 February 2017
AAMI Park

Simple Minds and the B-52s
7 February 2017
Margaret Court Arena

Guns N' Roses
14 February 2017
MCG

March

Pixies
4 March 2017
Margaret Court Arena

Twenty One Pilots
31 March 2017
Rod Laver Arena

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170 Russell

From old rockers to indie darlings this city venue has played host to a range of artists including the Dead Kennedys, Blonde Redhead and Kate Nash.

Live music

The Prince Bandroom

Walk past the famous chalk board sign out front and head upstairs to catch the hottest indie, rock, hip hop and soul acts when they come to town.

Live music

Northcote Social Club bandroom

The Northcote Social Club will always be remembered as the bandroom The Pixies chose to play before hitting the big stages on their first Aussie tour.

Live music

Yah Yah's

Decked out in red, this ramshackle boudoir venue and bar in the inner north has established itself as a champion of garage rock, soul and rockabilly.

Bars

Boney

Catch local heroes in the upstairs bandroom, making the most of the filling meals and tasty snacks to power you through the infamous 2am live slot.

Live music

Cherry Bar

This old soul of the Melbourne scene was founded by the drummer of the Cosmic Psychos in 2000 and was a launch-pad for local heroes Jet and Airbourne.

Performing arts

Melbourne Recital Centre

Listen to the best local and international performers at this outstanding, purpose-built recital hall in the heart of the Southbank arts precinct.

Live music

Tote

The spiritual home of punk and indie-rock bands, there's no better place in Melbourne to catch a band than in the sweaty bandroom at the Tote.

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.

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Joe Camilleri - Money and Sorrow

Joe Camilleri will take sabbatical from The Black Sorrows 50 date Faithful Satellite Album Launch Tour to re-frame his music just for Bird’s. He will...

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Gwenno - Melbourne Festival

With its retro-futuristic synths, breathy vocals and dancefloor-friendly beats, the glittery electronica of Gwenno Saunders might seem all sunshine...

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Assemble Papers Weekend

Assemble Papers takes the reins on the weekend of 16 to 18 December with a trio of events true to the theme of their current issue: ‘Future Local’....

16 - 18 Dec 2016

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Grant-Lee Phillips - Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Exclusive For more than 25 years Grant-Lee Phillips has been a river running through the American music landscape. From his seminal 90s...

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SMILE revisists The Byrds with Lower Plenty

Come down to our leafy spot in the Queen Victoria Gardens for a Sunday afternoon of live tunes. This special show, brought to you by Brunswick indie...

30 Oct 2016

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A Secret Place

If you fancy a 1950s New York club vibe in opulent, yet intimate surroundings in the heart of the city, complete with a swinging jazz quartet,...

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