Can't stop the music

Music festivals

Melbourne is a world class live music city, with a huge variety of music styles, venues, and experiences to choose from. Out of town music festivals attract happy crowds and international acts to seaside villages and country towns across Victoria.

Right now, the music industry is facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, with cancellation of tours, events and festivals.

You can help support the music you love and discover new artists along the way. Get along to a 'virtual' gig, buy music online, discover digital downloads, buy merch and book ahead for gigs and performances down the track.

  • Support artists listed with the Sound of Silence Australian music campaign at thesoundofsilence.com.au.
  • Purchase music and merchandise directly from bands and discover new music through bandcamp.com and patreon.com.
  • Purchase tickets and read about upcoming online orchestral performances at melbournedigitalconcerthall.com.
  • Listen to Music Victoria's Spotify playlist of new local music at musicvictoria.com.au/spotifyplaylist.
  • If you have tickets to a show that's been cancelled, consider donating your ticket price to the artist instead of getting a refund. And if you'd like to donate directly to the charity that supports Australian music workers visit supportact.org.au.

January

So Frenchy So Chic
January 2021
Kick up your heels to live French music with bubbly in hand at Werribee Park. It's just as the name suggests – Frenchy and chic.

February

Riverboats Music Festival
February 2021
Set on the banks of the Murray River in Echuca-Moama, Riverboats is the perfect spot to plonk a picnic blanket and kick back to local and international acts.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
February 2021
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 2021
It's free, fabulous and on the beach. What more could you ask for from a summer festival? Bands include new local acts and established favourites. 

Babylon
February 2021
Set in the heart of the Australian wilderness, this enchanting festival explores the world of art, music, mindfulness and community.

March

Brunswick Music Festival
March 2021
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.

Port Fairy Folk Festival
March 2021
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.

Golden Plains
March 2021
Located at the celebrated Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, the annual Golden Plains is set to rival its bigger sibling, the famed Meredith Music Festival.

Pitch Music & Arts Festival
March 2021
Held in Victoria's golden fields, this three-day celebration brings both local and international artists, spanning a full electronic soundscape and beyond.

April

Rainbow Serpent Festival 
April 2021
Set up camp and feel the freedom at this four-day alternative lifestyle, music and arts festival in Lexton, western Victoria.

May

Groovin the Moo
1 May 2021
Bendigo hosts Groovin the Moo in May with two outdoor stages, a big top tent, and bands and performers from across the world.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival
June 2021
Hear blistering instrumentalists and soulful singers from around the world over ten toe-tapping days in venues across Melbourne.

July

Winter Blues Festival
July 2021
Winter blues take over the streets and venues of the Port of Echuca heritage precinct, in the best possible way.

October

Port Fairy Spring Festival
9–11 October 2020
Performances by local and international classical musicians and some of the world's leading composers in small and intimate venues over three days.
Please refer to the festival website for further information regarding this year's event.

Marysville Jazz & Blues Festival
15–17 October 2021
Join this boutique fest for an intimate weekend of tunes by Australian, international and local jazz and blues musicians in the town of Marysville.
This event has been cancelled for 2020. Please refer to the festival website for further information.

November

Melbourne Music Week
18–22 November 2020
An all-you-can-listen event: Melbourne's CBD gets loud as hundreds of acts hit the stage at dozens of locations across town.

Queenscliff Music Festival
26–28 November 2021
Soak up the stunning seaside setting, enjoy excellent local and international artists, and sample fresh food and wine from the Bellarine Peninsula.
This event has been postponed for 2020. Please refer to the festival website for further information.

December

Meredith Music Festival
10–12 December 2021
Get in quick because tickets sell out super fast for this awesome festival in country Victoria.
This event has been cancelled for 2020. Please refer to the festival website for further information.

Falls Festival
28–31 December 2021
Catch big names and small for an epic New Year's Eve celebration in the coastal town of Lorne along the Great Ocean Road.
This event has been cancelled for 2020. Please refer to the festival website for further information.

Beyond the Valley
28 December 2020 – 1 January 2021
A five-day (including New Year's Eve) boutique music festival boasting big names and luxury camping atop the parklands of Lardner.

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