The Temptations, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Music & performing arts

Whether you're into opera, contemporary dance or live music, stand-up comedy or performance art, Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with concerts, plays, gigs, festivals and openings to keep you entertained and challenged all year round.

Hooked on classics

Spend a summer night at the Myer Music Bowl with the renowned Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, visit the new Melbourne Recital Centre to hear some of the finest soloists and ensemble groups from around the world, or experience the wonder and intensity of Opera Australia's productions.

Bright lights, big city
Be dazzled by circus and cabaret, and laugh it up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – one of the largest of comedy festivals in the world. Celebrate music and performing arts in all its forms in October, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival or uncover new talent at the Fringe.

Get amongst it
Famous for its vast and eclectic music scene, Melbourne boasts a stunning array of pubs, clubs and concert venues pumping out live music all through the week. Hit the town and catch everything from rock, indie and electro to country, jazz, swing and blues by local heroes and international performers.

Body and movement
Discover dance that intrigues and delights, from the internationally acclaimed Australian Ballet to contemporary companies like Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move that specialise in modern and experimental performance.

Be entertained

Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Victoria, Australia


Have a laugh at Melbourne's annual international comedy festival or duck into city and country comedy venues year-round for side-splitting surprises.

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Regent Theatre interior, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Theatre and musicals

See the big names of the stage in blockbuster productions at historic theatres, or catch new local talent on tiny stages in edgy theatres.

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The Australian Ballet

Founded in 1962, The Australian Ballet is one of the country's flagship arts companies. Each year the company performs classical and contemporary...

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Music around town

Adalita, The Empress, North Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image courtesy of The Empress

Melbourne music venues

See a band in Melbourne and see why Victorian crowds and venues have a long and celebrated tradition of nurturing live music.

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Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Jazz clubs

Need a night of soothing sounds? From big bands to sultry soloists, Melbourne has a great jazz scene as long as you know where to look.

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The Middle East, Palace Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Carbie Warbie

Concert clubs

Melbourne is a music lover's paradise. Hit the city's concert clubs and choose from indie and electro, hip hop, rock and everything in between.

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Melbourne Recital Centre, Victoria, Australia

Concert halls and stadiums

Melbourne is a favourite stop for Australian and international superstars alike. Catch a show and discover Victoria's long tradition of live music.

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