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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.

Tickets

Get tickets through these outlets:

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moshtix.com.au

oztix.com.au

ticketek.com.au

ticketmaster.com.au


Gig guide

Find gigs at beat.com.au

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Paris Cat

Boasting everything from trad, fusion and latin jazz right through to big band and gypsy swing, there's plenty for aficionados and novices alike.

Restaurants

The Grace Darling Hotel

Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the ales and gourmet pub fare are reliably comforting and the music is as loud as you like it.

Bars

Night Cat

Get ready for a big night of dancing at The Night Cat, and be sure to head down early to catch live performances by local and touring artists.

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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...

Live music

Palais Theatre

This historic auditorium on St Kilda's esplanade boasts veteran as well as up-and-coming folk, country and indie stars including Feist and M Ward.

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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The Corner Hotel

Join the locals queuing up to see international bands or local stalwarts most nights of the year at this classic Melbourne pub and live music venue.

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Bird's Basement

Channel the New York jazz scene in Melbourne at our own offshoot of NYC's Birdland jazz club. Party until late with jazzy cocktails and Italian fare.

Live music

The Old Bar

Stop in for a beer and find everything from snotty punk and country twang to indie pop and acoustic jangles at this much-loved piece of old-Fitzroy.

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