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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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oztix.com.au

ticketek.com.au

ticketmaster.com.au


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Find gigs at beat.com.au

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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.

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.

Live music

Thornbury Theatre

This High Street venue boasts all the glamour of Melbourne in the twenties. See rock, folk and soul acts strut their stuff in the grand ballroom.

Live music

Northcote Social Club

The Northcote Social Club will always be remembered as the bandroom The Pixies chose to play before hitting the big stages on their first Aussie tour.

Streets

ACDC Lane

Named after the Australian musical heroes, ACDC Lane is the physical embodiment of Melbourne's enduring love affair with down and dirty rock 'n' roll.

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.

Bars

Boney

Loosen up to house, hip hop and disco classics in the bar, hit the club for live performances, or tuck into cheap and cheerful bites at Boney Yum Yum.

Live music

Ding Dong Lounge

From Mark Lanegan to Little Red, you'll find local and international rock, indie and electro acts at this late night Melbourne rock institution.

Performing arts

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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