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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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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.

Architecture & design

MPavilion

MPavilion is a temporary pavilion in the Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne, that promotes outstanding design and architecture. It hosts a free,...

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.

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.

Live music

The Forum

Catch local heroes and international artists at this spectacular venue where the architecture and interior design add an enchanting edge to any gig.

Live music

The Toff in Town bandroom

For those looking for a break from the noise and sweat of the usual rock club, The Toff, upstairs in Curtin House, is a glossy change of pace.

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

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

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.

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.

Bars

Boney

Catch local heroes in the upstairs bandroom, making the most of the filling meals and tasty snacks to power you through the infamous 2am live slot.

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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.

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