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. 

After COVID-19 cancellations and postponements, Victoria's music industry needs all the support it can get. Luckily, we're all happy to help.

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.

January

Piknic Electronik Melbourne
January to April 2024
A music festival staged as a series of electronica-themed dance parties across a number of city and bayside locations, featuring the likes of Carl Cox and John Digweed.

SunCycle NYD '23
January 2024
Get your pedals turning with a New Year's Day blowout at Coburg Velodrome, with electronica and dance music from live acts and DJs across three stages.

LTEC: NYD
January 2024
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
10–14 January 2024
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 2024
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 2024
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 2024
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 Serpent Festival
January 2024
Rainbow Serpent Festival traded its usual paddocks in Lexton, western Victoria, for Port Melbourne in 2023. Stay tuned for the 2024 details to catch this one-day alternative lifestyle, music and arts festival.

Interstellar Groove Festival
26–29 January 2024
The grooviest way to camp with mates. An interstellar dance music lineup in East Gippsland.

February

Riverboats Music Festival
16–18 February 2024
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 2024
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 2024
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.

Now & Again
February 2024
Gang of Youths, Empire of the Sun, and Tones & I headlined this rock and dance festival in 2023, set across two stages at the Werribee Racecourse.

Summer Sounds
February 2024
Summer Sounds returns to Bunjil Place, Narre Warren, with its lineup of soulful, funky, upbeat live music from acclaimed local and international artists.

March

For the Love
March 2024
Fashion, lifestyle, a summer breeze, good vibes and bangers from the likes of Charli XCX and Duke Dumont, in St Kilda's happening Catani Gardens.

Brunswick Music Festival
March 2024
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
March 2024
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
8–10 March 2024
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
8–11 March 2024
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 2024
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 2024
Located at the celebrated Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, the annual Golden Plains rivals its bigger sibling, the famed Meredith Music Festival.

By The Pier
March 2024
Stunning, sleepy Queenscliff does a great festival every year, so it's ideally placed for this companion event from the same organisers at the same location. Past artists include Thelma Plum and local favourite Alice Ivy.

Reminisce House 2023
March 2024
A house music spectacular at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl counting down the 50 best house songs of all time. In 2023, Tiga, Sneaky Sound System and DJ John Course were on the decks.

April

Wine Machine
April 2024
Great wine and food paired with the likes of Bliss N Eso, Hot Dub Time Machine and Vera Blue in the Yarra Valley? That's no April Fool's joke.

Groovin the Moo
April 2024
Bendigo hosts Groovin the Moo in April with two outdoor stages, a big top tent, and bands and performers from across the world.

June

National Celtic Folk Festival
9–12 June 2023
Celtic music, theatre, culture and even kids' entertainment come together each year in high-stepping style in the rejuvenated seaside hamlet of Portarlington .

July

Winter Sounds
17–20 August 2023
Enjoy a weekend of intimate performances across Daylesford and the surrounding hills.

Now or Never
17 August to 2 September 2023
Melbourne Music Week evolves in 2023 to become part of Now or Never, a city-wide festival focusing on future technologies, innovation and the arts, and champions an experiential approach to engaging with live music.

October

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
20–29 October 2023
A 10-day festival, set to feature the biggest names in international jazz in iconic Melbourne locations.

November

Maldon Folk Festival
3–6 November 2023
For the 48th time, the National Trust–classified township of Maldon is set to host an eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and blues.

The African Music and Cultural Festival
17–19 November 2023
The African Music and Cultural Festival returns to Federation Square for three days, showcasing the very best of African culture through music.

ALWAYS LIVE
24 November to 10 December 2023
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.

Queenscliff Music Festival
23–26 November 2023
Soak up the stunning seaside setting, enjoy excellent local and international artists, and sample fresh food and wine from the Bellarine Peninsula all at once.

December

Meredith Music Festival
8–10 December 2023
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.

Nariel Creek Folk Festival
30 December 2023 to 2 January 2024
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 2023 to January 2024
Beyond the Valley's annual boutique music festival celebrated the last few days of 2022 at its new home at Barunah Plains in Western Victoria. Check the website for NYE 2023/24 updates.

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