Overview

Melbourne is a world-class music city, with an energetic roster of headline festivals, unique venues and out-of-town regional experiences where you can dance until sunrise breaks. We've got a stage here for all kinds of music-lovers, whatever beat you move to. 

A plethora of festivals across the year spotlight both local favourites and international stars. Delve into this year's showcase of live music and look forward to the next.

Can't find what you are looking for below? Check out Music Victoria's gig guide for many more gigs and festival listings.

April

CresFest - Creswick's Folk and Roots Festival
5–7 April 2024
CresFest is a folk and roots festival in the forested goldfields town of Creswick, nestled between Daylesford and Ballarat.

Cullulleraine Festival
12-14 April 2024
Established and emerging talent meet on the shores of Lake Cullulleraine, west of Mildura, in a celebration of blues, roots, folk and country.

Ultra Australia
12–13 April 2024
Flemington Racecourse packs out for one of the country's biggest festivals dedicated to electronic music. 

Pandemonium Rocks
20 April 2024
‘One incredible night of rock ‘n roll’ at Caribbean Gardens is what Pandemonium promises via a 2024 lineup including Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Blondie and Wolfmother.

Stars and Bars Festival
26-27 April 2024
A fusion of food and music around the verdant Heathcote region, featuring a range of stylers from alt country to funk and jungle boogaloo.

June

Matsumura Blues Festival
1 June 2024
A line-up leading Australian and international blues, rock and folk musicians will blend their tunes with traditional Okinawan and Japanese artists at this exciting new festival at the iconic Prince Band Room in St Kilda. The fun continues the following long weekend (8-9 June) on the Mildura riverfront.

National Celtic Folk Festival
7 – 10 June 2024
Celtic music, theatre, culture and even kids' entertainment come together each year in high-stepping style in the rejuvenated seaside hamlet of Portarlington.

Woodend Winter Arts Festival
7 – 10 June 2024
Over four days, more than 100 artists are featured with a classical and jazz slant, led by the likes of Paul Grabowsky, Spanish guitarist Paco Lara and jazz chanteuse Nat Bartsch.

Mornington Winter Music Festival
7 – 10 June 2024
For four days, Mornington's streets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, galleries and parks will come alive with a diverse mix of jazz, blues, swing, traditional, progressive, classic offering something for everyone.

July

Echuca-Moama Winter Blues Festival
25 – 28 July 2024
Got the blues about winter? Blues musicians descend on the historical port of Echuca to celebrate the genre.

August

Inverloch Jazz Festival
2 – 4 August 2024
See more than 150 talented jazz artists performing over one weekend at this beloved yearly festival.

Winter Sounds
15 – 18 August 2024
Enjoy a weekend of intimate performances across Daylesford and the surrounding hills.

Now or Never
August to September 2024
Melbourne Music Week evolved in 2023 to become part of Now or Never, a city-wide festival focusing on future technologies, innovation and the arts, and championing an experiential approach to engaging with live music.

October

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
18 - 27 October 2024
The internationally renowned celebration of jazz music attracts renowned musos from around the world and is a clear highlight of the Melbourne music calendar offering 10 days of live music. 

Alive Garden Party
26 October 2024
Classic meets club at Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley as Club Symphony fuses its orchestral sound with club anthems from the likes of Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim. 

Interstellar Groove
31 October – 3 November 2024
Bring your tent for four groovin’ days in Nagambie, in central Victoria, for a packed line-up of dance acts and DJs.

High Country Halls Music Festival
October – December 2024
The festival returns bigger and better at five locations, including Merrijig, Merton, Tolmie, Jamieson, and Bonnie Doon making its debut. Each hall has a fantastic line-up of talent featuring genres of blues, roots, country, folk, and Aussie rock.

November

ALWAYS LIVE
November to December 2024
A statewide celebration of contemporary music, ALWAYS LIVE showcases the talents of rising stars and big names with everything including arena-style shows, intimate performances on rooftops, and in laneways and cosy venues.

Maldon Folk Festival
1 – 4 November 2024
Historic Maldon township provides the venue for folk, bluegrass, jazz, and blues in a gathering that’s been taking place for more than 50 years.

Summer Salt
10 November 2024
Where better for a celebration of the coming summer and Australia’s legendary beach culture than Torquay Common, with Hozier headlining this year’s festivities.

Mountaingrass Festival
15 – 17 November 2024
Bright feels just right for a celebration of bluegrass and old-time music in a festival with a participatory approach, including jam sessions and workshops.

Queenscliff Music Festival
22 – 24 November 2024
The historic port town of Queenscliff rocks out every year to the sound of a varied and eclectic mix of high quality acts from contemporary to dance, blues and folk.

December

Meredith Music Festival
December 2024
Held in the iconic Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, this December country festival is a favourite on the Victorian music calendar. Be warned: tickets sell out fast.

Ringer Reef Sounds
December 2024
Ringer Reef Sounds is a family-friendly festival offering music, great wine and food, and a bit more at the beautiful Ringer Reef Winery.

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
December 2024 – January 2025
With roots going back to 1962, this is the oldest running folk festival in Victoria. Hall dances, kids activities and open-air concerts. Bring a tent and set up camp.

Beyond The Valley
December 2024 – January 2025
Beyond the Valley's annual boutique music festival is once again in Barunah Plains in Western Victoria. 

NYE on the Hill
December 2024 – January 2025
NYE on the Hill is a three day, two night boutique music and camping festival for good-vibing, music-loving friends and friends-of-friends. 

Heaps Good
31 December 2024
Ring in the New Year at this single day summer festival at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. 

January

LTEC: NYD
1 January 2025
Art, music, dance, culture and culinary delights – who could ask for a better way to start the year than the annual Let Them Eat Cake festival at Werribee Mansion?

Girgarre Moosic Muster
January 2025
Billed as Victoria's most inclusive music festival, the tiny northern township of Girgarre buzzes to the sounds of a variety of musical styles, plus orchestrated jam sessions.

Ocean Sounds
January 2025
Part of the ALWAYS LIVE program, Phillip Island hosts this all-day concert headlining great music and sunset coastal views.

So Frenchy So Chic
January 2025
Lose yourself at So Frenchy So Chic. The lineup includes a bistronomy menu of French delicacies and the So Frenchy So Chic DJs. It's just as the name suggests: wall-to-wall French-ness.

Sunset Sounds
January 2025
The City of Stonnington rocks the suburbs with not one but two evenings of free music in Central Park, Malvern East, mixing up soul, funk, food trucks and BYO picnic rugs.

Rainbow Reunion
January 2025
Originally run in rural western Victoria as the alternative lifestyle Rainbow Spirit Festival, this event transformed into a dance party at the Melbourne Showgrounds in 2024, with details of the 2025 edition still to be announced.

February

Port Fairy Jazz Festival
7 – 9 February 2025
Over 100 bands take to the stage to perform jazz ranging from New Orleans style to swing and classic trad groups. 

Riverboats Music Festival
14 – 16 February 2025
Set on the banks of the Murray River in Echuca-Moama, Riverboats is the perfect occasion to plonk down on a picnic blanket and tune in to local and international acts.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
February 2025
Join the cool crowd by the Maribyrnong River for this too-big-for-a-laneway festival featuring local and international acts.

St Kilda Festival
February 2025
It's free, fabulous and on the beach. What more could you ask of a summer festival? Bands typically include new local acts plus established favourites.

Summer Sounds
February 2025
Summer Sounds offers a lineup of soulful, funky, upbeat live music from acclaimed local and international artists.

March

Reminisce House
March 2025
A house music spectacular at the iconic Sydney Myer Music Bowl. Pack your sunnies and glow sticks.

Brunswick Music Festival
March 2025
Kicking off with the Sydney Road Street Party, this long-running festival sees known-and-loved local acts and artists from around world at indoor and outdoor venues across Brunswick.

Chillout Festival
6 – 10 March 2025
Get loud and proud in idyllic Daylesford at Australia's largest 'queer country pride' festival, featuring a host of art, culture and music events.

Sandford Bush Music Festival
7 – 9 March 2025
Bush ballads, folk, gospel, Celtic, reggae, bluegrass and Aussie country music mix with crafts, art, workshops and poetry at Sandford, in south-west Victoria.

Port Fairy Folk Festival
7 – 10 March 2025
Much more than just a music festival, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is an institution. Four days of top-quality local and international acts take over this charming coastal town.

Pitch Festival
March 2025
A diverse international program assembles at the foot of the majestic Grampians for a distinct blend of sonic soundscapes and curated art selections.

Golden Plains
March 2025
Located at the celebrated Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, the annual Golden Plains rivals its bigger sibling, the famed Meredith Music Festival.

Picnic in the Paddock
March 2025
Get ready to bask in the autumn sunshine and good vibes as Bright Brewery hosts its annual Picnic in the Paddock. 

Knotfest
March 2025
Music, art and culture collides at this music festival dedicated to heavy metal created by American band, Slipknot. 

The High Country Hop
March 2025
An open-air, family-friendly affair and literal 'Music To Your Beers'. Set in the pleasant surrounds of Beechworth's historic precinct reserve, the High Country Hop is a must on your events calendar.

Sale Music Festival
March 2025
A free community event dubbed “picnic on the green” offering eight hours of continuous live music and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Electric Beach
March 2025
The Melbourne event of this national series was held in 2024 in seaside St Kilda, featuring iconic DJs Armand van Helden and Roger Sanchez. 2025 details are yet to drop.

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