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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. From skinny-jeaned indie kids thrashing it out in a sweaty club to moustached gentleman pecking away on an old country number, the city caters for all tastes with only one prerequisite - a heartfelt love of music. Choose a style and check out some of the best local musicians performing across the city.

Find details in Melbourne's free street papers Beat and Inpress and weekly lift-outs in The Age and Herald Sun.

City

If you don't mind a late night and you want to be in the thick of the action, the city is the place to be. Thursday through to Sunday is the best time to catch up-and-coming bands in sweaty clubs like Ding Dong Lounge or Cherry.

Northside

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, along with rock, indie and hardcore. Join the revellers on the weekend at Melbourne's home of rock and roll, The Tote, or catch acts at The Old Bar, Yah Yah's and the Workers Club.

If you're staying out Brunswick way, head down to the The Spotted Mallard, the Retreat or the Cornish Arms on Sydney Road for gigs most nights, or head to the bandroom around the corner at Howler. In Northcote, head to High Street to 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.

Southside

Head south to catch hairy-chested rock bands, solo acts, comedy and DJs at the Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda (closed for renovation until December 2015), or to hear the sounds of the eighties for a second time with young  bands and crowds at Revolver, Chapel Street.

Gig guide

Find gigs at beat.com.au

 

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Spotted Mallard

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

Live music

The Evelyn

Hosting breakthrough acts as diverse as Missy Higgins, The Dirtbombs and TZU, this Fitzroy pub has been pumping out live music since the nineties.

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.

Live music

The Workers Club bandroom

This revamped pub is a favourite with the indie/arts crowd. Catch up-and-coming indie, electro and folk acts like Slow Club, Seekae and Little Scout.

Live music

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.

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.

Live music

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.

Live music

Cherry Bar

This old soul of the Melbourne scene was founded by the drummer of the Cosmic Psychos in 2000 and was a launch-pad for local heroes Jet and Airbourne.

Performing arts

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.

Live music

Yah Yah's

Decked out in red, this ramshackle boudoir venue and bar in the inner north has established itself as a champion of garage rock, soul and rockabilly.

Live music

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.

Live music

Revolver

Climb the stairs from Chapel Street and catch young bands, up-and-coming songwriters and touring DJs at one of the city's oldest indie institutions.

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