The ultimate Melbourne live gig guide

Concert halls and music venues hosting live music this week

11 Oct - 10 Dec

Always Live

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

7 Aug - 28 Oct

Hairspray

The multi award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Regent Theatre in August.

6 Oct - 23 Oct

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival - It's About Time.

2 Sep - 4 Nov

Friday Night Social at Science Gallery

Enjoy live entertainment, activities, plus food and drink, at these monthly Friday night socials.

6 Oct - 27 Oct

Club Fringe

Fringe Festival's late night offering at Trades Hall

5 Jan - 7 Jan

Alice in Wonderland

Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her captivating and magical adventure.

28 Oct - 30 Oct

Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival

Enjoy all things Mexican themed at this outdoor festival.

16 Mar - 18 Dec

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

17 Jun - 12 Nov

Light: Late Night Access

Experience ACMI’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition Light: Works from the Tate Collection after hours.

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

14 Oct - 23 Oct

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Showcasing the best of international and local jazz culture over 10 days this October.

4 Nov - 6 Nov

Titanic The Musical: In Concert

A stunning concert celebrating the 110th anniversary of the legacy of the Titanic.

5 Oct - 23 Oct

Pendulum

A performance installation inspired by the ebb and flow of time.

20 Aug - 1 Oct

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical returns to Melbourne in 2023.

30 Jul - 17 Dec

Saturday Sessions

Kick into the evening with these monthly Saturday-night sessions at Melbourne Museum.

6 Oct - 30 Oct

Runaway Festival Park

Melbourne Fringe’s new boutique playground of cabaret, comedy and circus.

8 Oct - 23 Oct

Prehysterical

A comical and engaging circus show suitable for both children and parents.

4 Nov - 19 Nov

Stranger Sings: The Parody Musical

Join Eleven and the Hawkins gang for a night of dancing monsters and pop culture references.

1 Feb - 13 Dec

Music Matinee

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

29 Oct

Melbourne Harmony Festival

Presenting the shared music, art, and culture of the people of the Eastern Mediterranean.

15 Oct

Fringe Parade and Lygon St Block Party

Get ready to party with the iconic Fringe parade and Lygon St block party.

17 Oct

Ears Wide Open: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Enjoy a guiding listening tour of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

4 Jan

Madagascar the Musical

A family musical based on the smash-hit movie.

17 Dec

Sunset Rollercoaster

Catch Sunset Rollercoaster on their first visit to Australia.

29 Oct

Diwali at Docklands

Celebrate Diwali at Docklands with cultural performances, activities and workshops for all ages.

11 Oct

Alexander Gadjiev

Hear a piano recital from the Sydney International Piano Competition winner.

15 Dec

Grace Knight

Enjoy a mix of solo material, along with Eurogliders' hits.

9 Oct

Silver Moon Sunday

Enjoy a feast of live folk-rock-n-country music and good times under the waterfall.

24 Oct - 25 Oct

Tallis Scholars: Music for The Sistine Chapel

Sublime sacred choral music performed by the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music.

20 Nov - 30 Nov

Nonstop DJs

Catch DJs from all corners of the music scene bring the best beats to the Melbourne Museum plaza.

10 Oct

Fashion x Art at State Library Victoria

Experience an immersive fashion and art showcase at State Library of Victoria.

13 Oct - 8 Dec

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

This celebration of rollicking and spirited singing is back.

13 Oct

Shanae

Australian-born, South African songstress Shanae is performs live.

4 Dec

Khruangbin

Texan three-piece Khruangbin play a second show at 170 Russell.

10 Oct

La Mama Musica: Ephemeral Simultaneous Doubt

Experience a spatially immersive foray into listening and seeing.

6 Oct - 7 Oct

Fleetwood Max

An evening of the sounds of Fleetwood Mac

24 Oct - 19 Dec

Afro-Brazilian Percussion and Music Workshop

Learn about Afro-Brazilian percussion, song and movement at this workshops series.

24 Oct

Ossicle Duo

New experimental sonic realms from a duo exploring art music.

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.

Max Watt's

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

170 Russell

A live music venue with gigs seven nights a week.

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.

Bird's Basement

Live jazz venue where patrons can dine while watching performances.

The Toff in Town

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

Melbourne and Olympic Parks

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

Cherry Bar

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

Paris Cat

Dedicated live jazz venue.

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.

Ferdydurke

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.

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.

Transit Bar

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

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West End Art Space

A contemporary art gallery with a focus on living artists that strive for excellence.

Melbourne Showgrounds

Hosting events, expos and festivals throughout the year, including the Royal Melbourne show.

La Mama Courthouse

One of the great independent theatres of the city with a focus on diversity and inclusivity.

Playhouse

A large drama theatre located within the Arts Centre Melbourne.