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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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ticketmaster.com.au


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Find gigs at beat.com.au

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Spotted Mallard

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

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.

Streets

ACDC Lane

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

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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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The 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.

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The Workers Club bandroom

This revamped pub is a favourite with the indie/arts crowd. Catch up-and-coming indie, electro and hip hop acts like Sona and Seekae.

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Lido Jazz Room

Catch a flick at the historic Lido cinema then head on down to the bar for intimate jazz by local and visiting artists and an excellent nightcap.

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.

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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.

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