Concert halls & stadiums
A firm favourite on the international calendar, Melbourne knows how to look after its visiting stars. Catch big names like Coldplay or Pink at Rod Laver Arena, the Pixies or the Strokes at grungy Festival Hall, or class it up with soul, blues or indie rock under the starry sky ceiling of The Forum.
Details appear in Melbourne's free street papers Beat and Inpress and weekly lift outs in The Age and Herald-Sun.
From blues, country and rock shows to comedy, the Forum impresses with its ornate architecture and blue-sky ceiling.
See performances as varied as the Melbourne Symphony, David Sedaris and Ravi Shankar just a short stroll from the Yarra River.
Melbourne Recital Centre
Hear jazz icons like Ahmad Jamal and classical music stars, including Richard Tognetti and Russia's renowned Borodin Quartet.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
This much–loved amphitheatre between the city and the Botanic Gardens is a summer favourite for outdoor concerts.
This grand old dame of Melbourne's concert venues plays host to everything from The Pixies and AFI to boxing nights.
Cross the footbridge near Spencer Street station to see megastars like ACDC, Pearl Jam and George Michael.
A part of the Melbourne Tennis Centre alongside Rod Laver Arena, this arena is a popular alternative for big name acts.
Rod Laver Arena
From the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Leonard Cohen the flagship stadium of the tennis centre boasts a wide range of big ticket events.