Regional music venues
Add a night out into your trip to catch your favourite bands and break-out talents in regional music venues across Victoria.
There's a reason why Geelong is home to so many great rock bands. The city's live music venues including the Eureka Hotel and Wool Exchange have long showcased great line-ups and continue to host a bevy of touring bands and visiting DJs.
Chill out to jazz and folk tunes by great local bands in Port Fairy and Wangaratta, see touring Triple J acts in Ballarat and Belgrave, or head out for night on the dance floor in Bendigo. Settle in for a pub meal, catch folk infused afternoon shows in a leafy beer garden, or wait for the sun to go down to catch a wild rock gig.
Check out Melbourne's street publications Beat and The Music or country papers to get details on local shows.
Ballarat – Karova Lounge
See Triple J bands, touring international rock acts, DJs and the finest local talent at this basement venue not far off the main drag.
15 Field Street, Ballarat
Hepburn Springs – Palais Theatre
The entertainment jewel in the Victorian spa country's, the Palais Theatre hosts local bands and overseas acts, as well as intimate solo shows. Stick around for the excellent pub fare.
111 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
Castlemaine – Theatre Royal
See touring acts and local bands, comedy shows, movies and other special events at this unique regional venue that has been operating since 1854.
30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine
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
Castlemaine - Bridge Hotel Castlemaine
The Bridge Hotel hosts some of the best biggest names in the Victorian music scene as well as quality local acts every week from Thursday to Sunday.
21-23 Walker Street, Castlemaine
Geelong – The Max Hotel
Come out to The Max every Friday and Saturday for a dose of live music by local bands who know how to get the party started.
2 Gheringhap Street, Geelong