Dreaming of gigs and summer music festivals? While you wait, dive into Melbourne’s essential music spots. Whether you're after new tunes to spin, or tech to make your own sounds.

Upgrade your gear

Music Swop Shop

Ready to trade in that keyboard for a sweet '80s synth? Local musos know Carlton icon Music Swop Shop is the first stop to buy and sell second hand gear. Pin the what’s new tab to your browser and swap your daily Twitter doom scroll for a fresh Fender-fuelled serotonin boost. 

Hot wax

Basement Discs

Three good reasons to collect records: 1. The album art is really big. 2. You'll get great karma from supporting local artists, indie labels and small stores. 3. You get to say ‘I have that on vinyl.’ Hit up arcade icon Basement Discs online and browse blues and roots for hours. 

Wax Museum

Try Wax Museum for rare '60s soul and '90s hip hop beats. Check out their in-house label for releases from local acts. The Campbell Arcade store is a must for your post-lockdown list. You can't miss the LP-filled crates out the front. Meanwhile, shop online for free shipping on orders over $100.

Heavy Machinery Records X Flash Forward

Keep your eyes out for free gigs coming to little laneways after lockdown. Flash Forward team up with Heavy Machinery Records to bring 40 new soundscapes to the streets. Catch DJ sets, techno parties, synth-punk premieres and more. Then nab your favourites for keeps on 12” vinyl. Follow Flash Forward's feed for release dates.

A record store with records on shelves and a DJ deck.
Wax Museum

Audio

Carlton Audio Visual

New to the turntable game? Turn to the experts at Carlton Audio Visual. They’d love to help you find the perfect record player and the right amp. And don't forget the stylus brush. Or if you've got a hand-me-down that's looking worse for wear, they'll point you to the replacement needle you need.

Wwave Audio Visual

For serious sound systems, mics and more check out Wwave Audio Visual. Event hire is usually their bread and butter, but you'll find heaps of industry-standard tech for sale too. Pick up some disco lighting and live stream your set for the people. 

Vintage band tees

Retrostar

Forget fast fashion merch, there’s no faking that true fade. Pick up vintage deadstock '80s, '90s and Y2K band tees at Retrostar. Unearth some '90s Metallica or a tie-dyed Grateful Dead gem. Shop online for free shipping on orders over $100.

Vintage Sole 

Check out Vintage Sole’s online store for tees starring everyone from Elvis to NSYNC. Complete your comfy-chic fit with some OG denim and a corduroy button up.

A two-storey vintage store with racks of clothing, shoes and accessories.
Vintage Sole

Vibe from home

Section Aid 12-hour charity live stream

Laneway legends Section 8 have joined forces with a bunch of epic performers for a Saturday night sesh like no other. Dress up in your best trackies and bop to tunes from College of Knowledge, DJ Smilez, Elle Shimada and more coming live from their respective lockdown abodes. Free, but you can pay it forward and help hospo staff, performers and more creatives out of work due to lockdown by making a donation.

Piano virtuoso performance

Have a very classy Thursday night in to the score of Franz Listz's Sonata in B minor. This epic performance of moody waltzes and meditative tunes is played by Melbourne pianist Timothy Young. All proceeds from the broadcast go straight to the artist.

A laneway bar
The Section Aid livestream sessions kick off on Saturday 11 September

Classes 

The Music Gym

Learn the basics or pick up where you left off with The Music Gym. Book a 45-minute online session tailored to your noise-maker of choice.

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio 

If you're keen to mess around with electronic noise, check out MESS. This sound studio and school has heaps of workshops and free video resources. Bookings are currently on pause, but you can drool over the epic electronic collection online for inspo.

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Living Music

Musical instrument sales, repairs and tuition for every stage of your musical journey.

Readings Books & Music

Readings offers an outstanding range of products, from cutting-edge music and DVDs to classic texts.

Coleman's Music

Stocking musical Instruments and accessories.

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