Victoria's love of live music sends soundwaves far and wide, with local and touring acts appearing in venues ranging from pubs and bars to theatres, town halls and trains. Grab your plus one and hit the towns to hear favourites old and new from local legends and newcomers, iconic Melbourne acts and interstate and international touring bands. Hear indie, rock, folk, country, blues and jazz at amped up Saturday nights or relaxed acoustic Sunday sessions.
Book ahead for touring acts at dedicated venues, indoor and out (keep an eye out for gigs at Hanging Rock), in towns big and small, or kick on with locals and local acts on Friday and Saturday nights in coastal and country pubs. In summer, look for Sunday sessions at wineries, breweries, beer gardens and cafe courtyards. And in the cosier seasons, find the same by fireplace.
To find out what's on and where, keep an eye on gig listings in local papers, social media and beat.com.au
Check out some of our favourite regional live-music venues:
Radio Springs Hotel, Lyonville
One of central Victoria's best-and-worst-kept secrets, this eclectic pub venue 'in the centre of the universe' is open Thursday to Sunday with lunchtime and evening sessions.
Corner High Street and Main Street, Lyonville
Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Some of the best biggest names in the Victorian music scene as well as quality local acts take it to the Bridge every week from Thursday to Sunday. Join them.
21–23 Walker Street, Castlemaine
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
An ice-cream parlour, cinema and performance venue operating since 1854, this iconic regional venue gives visitors the royal treatment with touring acts and local bands.
30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine
Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Renowned basement venue for local and international rock and indie acts, plus DJs on weekends, with some impressive names on its honour roll.
15 Field Street, Ballarat
Blues Train, Queenscliff
A mini one-night festival, the heritage Blues Train hosts fours acts (one per carriage) as it sways you gently across the stunning Bellarine coastal landscape. Change carriages at each stop to check out the next act.
Symonds Street, Queenscliff
Barwon Club, Geelong
A popular stop on the punk rock circuit, and one of Geelong's long-time leading band venues.
509 Moorabool St, South Geelong
Workers Club, Geelong
Barbecue joint, bar and concert venue playing host to an impressive line-up of national and international touring acts. Sibling of Workers Club, Fitzroy.
90–92 Little Malop Street, Geelong
The Loft, Warrnambool
Popular local live music venue bringing punters touring bands from around the country as well as emerging and established local acts, and the occasional international act.
6/58 Liebig Street, Warrnambool
The Westernport, San Remo
Beachfront pub angling for the 'listening to your favourite band play in your lounge-room' vibe with local and national touring acts.
161 Marine Parade, San Remo
Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan
A little town hall with a big line up of national and international touring acts. If you've been Meeniyan to go, you ought to book ahead.
97 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan