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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.


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.


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.


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.


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Northcote Social Club bandroom

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Theatre

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


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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