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Live music

Melbourne crowds and venues have a long and celebrated tradition of nurturing live music, making Melbourne the nation's music capital.

The city's vibrant independent music scene comes alive every night of the week in pubs, clubs, warehouses and basements. The city caters for all music tastes with only one prerequisite – a heartfelt love of live performance. Choose a style and check out the best musicians performing across the city.

Check Melbourne's free street press Beat and Inpress and weekly lift-outs in The Age and Herald Sun for gig listings.

If you like a late night and want to be in the thick of it, the city is the place to be. Thursday through Sunday is the best time to catch up-and-coming bands in clubs like Ding Dong Lounge or Cherry.

Visit Fitzroy and Collingwood – the spiritual home of the north's music scene. Wander Brunswick and Johnston streets on a weeknight and stumble across Latin and jazz, rock and indie music. On the weekend head to Melbourne's home of rock and roll, The Tote, or catch acts at The Old Bar, Yah Yah's and the Workers Club.

Out Brunswick way, try the The Spotted Mallard, The Retreat or Cornish Arms on Sydney Road for gigs most nights, or head to Howler's bandroom. In Northcote, catch a quiet set in the comfy bandroom of the Wesley Ann or walk over to the Northcote Social Club – one of the city's best concert clubs.

Catch touring acts southside at the Palais Theatre and the Prince Bandroom, St Kilda, or join young bands and crowds till all hours at Revolver Upstairs, Chapel Street.

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Get tickets through these outlets:

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ticketmaster.com.au


Gig guide

Find gigs at beat.com.au

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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.

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Spotted Mallard

Brunswick's live music darling. Think stomping roots, rockabilly and soul, pub grub and a crafty beer list to get you in the dancing mood.

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The Jazzlab

The Jazzlab's mantra is to dedicate itself to promoting and developing live jazz as an art form. Located at the quintessential setting on the corner...

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Arts Centre Melbourne

See local and international performances and exhibitions at Melbourne's home of performing arts. Take a tour and browse the Sunday arts and craft market.

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The Workers Club bandroom

This revamped pub is a favourite with the indie/arts crowd. Catch up-and-coming indie, electro and hip hop acts like Sona and Seekae.

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.

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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.

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National Theatre Melbourne

Catch local and international music, dance and theatre performances or enrol at Australia's oldest performing arts schools at this historic theatre.

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The 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.

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