Overview

Victoria's love of live music sends soundwaves far and wide, with local and touring acts appearing across the state in a variety of venues, from pubs and bars to theatres, town halls and trains.

Grab your plus one and hit the town(s) to hear favourites old and new from local legends and newcomers, iconic Melbourne acts, and interstate and international touring bands. Hear indie, rock, folk, country, blues and jazz at amped-up Saturday nights or relaxed acoustic Sunday sessions.

Book ahead for touring acts at indoor and outdoor venues in dedicated venues in towns big and small. Kick on with locals and local acts on Friday and Saturday nights in coastal and country pubs. Watch for gigs at Hanging Rock, and in summer look for Sunday sessions at wineries, breweries, beer gardens and cafe courtyards. In the cosier seasons, enjoy the same by the fireplace.

To find out what's on and where, keep an eye on gig listings in local papers, social media and beat.com.au

Check out some of our favourite regional live-music venues: 

Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Some of the best biggest names in the Victorian music scene as well as quality local acts take it to the Bridge every week from Thursday to Sunday. Join them.
21–23 Walker Street, Castlemaine

Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
An ice-cream parlour, cinema and live-music venue operating since 1854, this iconic regional theatre gives visitors the royal treatment with touring acts and local bands.
30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine

Volta, Ballarat
Fast-grown into an iconic live music venue, with regular shows from diverse local and touring Aussie tune makers.
15 Field Street, Ballarat

The Eastern, Ballarat
Historic corner hotel The Eastern's still going strong, with rock 'n' rollers from down the road or over the seas bringing live tunes to the pub stage.
81 Humffray Street, North Ballarat

Palais, Hepburn Springs
Stylish, heritage-listed venue with the oldest sprung dance floor in Victoria. Put on your glad rags and sway as local and touring musos hit the stage. 
111 Main Road, Hepburn Springs

Blues Train, Queenscliff
A mini one-night festival, the heritage Blues Train hosts fours acts (one per carriage) as it sways you gently over the stunning Bellarine coastal landscape. Change carriages at each stop to check out the next act.
Symonds Street, Queenscliff

Queenscliff Town Hall
Intimate venue that supports touring artists, including hosting gigs as part of the annual three-day Queenscliff Music Festival.
Symonds Street, Queenscliff

Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong
A popular stop for live tunes and one of Geelong's long-time leading band venues.
509 Moorabool St, South Geelong

Torquay Hotel, Torquay
The surf's always up at at this live music spot on the Surf Coast. Slide in for top local and international bands and DJs.
36 Bell Street, Torquay

The Westernport, San Remo
Beachfront pub angling for the 'listening to your favourite band play in your lounge-room' vibe with local and national touring acts.
161 Marine Parade, San Remo

Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
A little town hall with a big line-up of national and international touring acts. If you've been Meeniyan to go, you ought to book ahead.
97 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan

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