Find the best Melbourne concerts, new music venues and hidden gigs with our handy guide.

Free performances

District Live: Free Open Air Series

Live music, entertainment, food and activities for all ages.


Music Matinee

Live and free fine music at lunchtime on Tuesdays in the city.


Busking Sundowners

Enjoy sundowners with Melbourne’s marvellous busking talent.


Now Here This: Live Jazz

Enjoy late-night improvised jazz every Tuesday.


Elizabeth Street Christmas Busking Program

Enjoy a pop-up busking pitch with musicians, magicians, circus performers and dancers.

Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

A weekend festival of art, culture, food and entertainment celebrating Latin America.


Bourke Street Mall Busking

Meet Melbourne's marvellous musicians and more in the iconic Bourke Street Mall busking spots.

Live concerts


Always Live

Enjoy a brand-new Victoria-wide celebration of live contemporary music.

Falls Melbourne

The summer music festival is relocating to Melbourne, featuring Arctic Monkeys and more.

Blaktivism: Yothu Yindi

Yothu Yindi leads a line-up of living legends and rising voices of First Nations musical activism.

Live at the Bowl

Enjoy a festival of music, dance, community-led and family-friendly events for everyone.

John Foreman's Aussie Pops Orchestra Gala Concert

Celebrate the end of 2022 with some of Australia's favourite performers.

Midsumma Extravaganza

Enjoy Australia’s largest pride season ever at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

National Boys Choir of Australia: Sing Christmas

Hear the choir sing Christmas favourites, accompanied by the Town Hall Grand Organ.

Australian Youth Orchestra

Hear the country's best young talent in their final concert of the year.

Melbourne music venues

Hamer Hall

This multi-level concert hall is the largest venue at the Arts Centre.

Melbourne Recital Centre

Combining cutting-edge architecture and acoustic innovation with a unique focus on music.

Forum Melbourne

This theatre with its iconic architecture is one of Melbourne's most popular live band venues.

Cherry Bar

An iconic laneway bar hosting a lineup of local and international rock'n'roll acts.

170 Russell

A live music venue with gigs seven nights a week.

The Toff in Town

A boutique bar and bandroom offering late-night dining in train carriage booths.

Bird's Basement

Live jazz venue where patrons can dine while watching performances.

Max Watt's

This basement live music venue has hosted some of rock music's biggest acts.

Murmur Piano Bar

Follow the sound of a distant piano to discover one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets.

Rod Laver Arena

The centrepiece of the Australian Open each January, the venue is also a popular concert arena.

The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar

A late-night rock 'n' roll dive bar with live music every night.

The Drunken Poet

With live Irish music, the Drunken Poet is a real locals' pub - cute, cosy and friendly.

Paris Cat

Dedicated live jazz venue.


Unassuming bar that feels like a New York loft, named after a 1937 Polish novel.

Speakeasy Theatre

A vaudeville theatre presenting burlesque and cabaret shows, as well as comedy and circus acts.

Marvel Stadium

A multi-purpose stadium in the heart of Melbourne's Docklands precinct.

Section 8 Bar

A funky outdoor bar with drinks served from a converted shipping container.

Her Melbourne

A four-storey mega venue celebrating modern food, drinks, music and art.

Transport Public Bar

Bustling pub in Federation Square with tasty pub meals and an impressive range of drinks.

Beneath Driver Lane

Basement bar serving a wide range of cocktails and spirits with French bistro-style bar food.

The Butterfly Club

An intimate theatre hosting quirky performances and serving cocktails in bars with kitsch decor.

Loop Project Space & Bar

After-work drinks in a versatile venue hosting an eclectic mix of music, film, and art events.

White Rabbit Record Bar

Hybrid music store, cafe and bar.

Festival Hall

Concert and sporting venue with a long history of hosting local and international acts.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Popular outdoor venue that hosts Melbourne's annual Carols by Candlelight.

Melbourne and Olympic Parks

The Melbourne and Olympic Park precinct hosts around 600 events annually.

Athenaeum Theatre

This heritage-listed venue hosts comedy, music and theatre.

The Colonial Hotel

Traditional pub serving comfort food with a Mediterranean influence.

Colour Nightclub

A bar, live music venue and nightclub all in one.

Regent Theatre

This landmark theatre is one of Melbourne’s premier live performance venues.

The Curtin

Traditional pub with fried chicken, cold beer, and live music from local and international acts.

The Third Day

Warehouse cafe, bar and event space.

Whitehart Bar

A container bar in a converted car park hidden down a city laneway.

Transit Bar

Large rooftop bar in Federation Square, with expansive views of the Melbourne skyline.

The General Assembly

Bar and restaurant with live acoustic music, street art and a simple, delicious menu.

Melbourne music walk

Discover Melbourne’s music highlights, from music venues to busking hot spots and historic sites.


Check out Melbourne's legendary live music scene, with gigs and concerts across the city.

Last updated on Wed 30 Nov 2022

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