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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 touring acts at the Palais Theatre and the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda, or join young bands and crowds revelling till all hours at Revolver Upstairs, Chapel Street.

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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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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

Revolver Upstairs

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 Old Bar

Stop in for a beer and find everything from snotty punk and country twang to indie pop and acoustic jangles at this much-loved piece of old-Fitzroy.

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

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.

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.

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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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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