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Melbourne is widely known as one of the world’s great music cities, and has more live music venues per capita than any other city in the world. The city itself has featured in many music video clips for bands like AC/DC and The Cat Empire.
From music venues to busking hot spots and historical sites, this walk will take you on a tour of the city's music highlights. We hope you feel inspired to catch a show or visit one of Melbourne’s record stores.
This walk is approximately 3.5km and takes around 90 minutes.
1. Arts Centre Melbourne
This performing arts complex is a cultural and architectural landmark.
Home to the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio, the Arts Centre is also houses the Australian Music Vault, a free exhibition showcasing Australia’s music scene.Discover more about Arts Centre Melbourne
2. Hamer Hall
Hosting a range of performances from rock, pop and jazz to classical and chamber music.
Formerly known as the Melbourne Concert Hall, Hamer Hall is Arts Centre Melbourne's premier venue for orchestra and chamber music.Discover more about Hamer Hall
3. Forum Melbourne
Built in 1929, today the Forum is one of the best places in Australia to see live music.
Originally built as a grand picture palace, the Forum also spent some time as a Christian revival centre.Discover more about Forum Melbourne
4. AC/DC Lane
AC/DC Lane was the first street in Australia named after a rock band. As street-naming rules don’t allow the use of a forward-slash, City of Melbourne retrofitted the giant lightning bolt you see today.
5. Cherry Bar
Live music and a late-night license make this a favourite of local and international musicians.
Cherry Bar's live music and late-night license makes it a favourite hangout for local and international musicians after their shows; just ask Lady Gaga, who famously danced on the bar!Discover more about Cherry Bar
6. Loop Project Space & Bar
Be mesmerised by an ever-changing program of live audio visual performances and workshops.
The bar features hand-picked wines, unique cocktails, and an extensive range of craft beers.Discover more about Loop Project Space & Bar
7. Parliament House
See the site where Save Australia's Live Music (SLAM) rally took place in 2010.
An impromptu concert took place on the Parliament House steps in 2010 as part of the SLAM rally, to protest regulations that were forcing city music venues to close.Discover more about Parliament House
8. Princess Theatre
This iconic landmark has been staging some of the worlds most successful productions since 1854.
The Princess Theatre has hosted productions including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Cats.Discover more about Princess Theatre
9. Amphlett Lane
10. Her Majesty's Theatre
An iconic venue for live performances, this theatre has been entertaining Australia since 1886.
From the original, elegant facade of the 1886 building through to the Art Deco luxury of the renovated interior of the 1930s, the theatre has been home to all of Melbourne’s great musicals, as well as presenting opera, ballet, plays and concerts.Discover more about Her Majesty's Theatre
11. Comedy Theatre
This historic theatre has hosted comedy shows, musicals and drama since 1928.
Like a Florentine palace on the outside, and with a Spanish-inspired interior, the theatre has staged such shows as Keating, Menopause the Musical, Waiting for Godot, The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q and Bran Nue Dae.Discover more about Comedy Theatre
12. Curtin House
This 'vertical' laneway includes bars and restaurants along with live music venue The Toff in Town.
Curtin House is an Art Nouveau building on Swanston Street, built in 1923. Originally the Tattersalls Club, it was renamed after the Labor Prime Minister John Curtin.Discover more about Curtin House
13. The Toff in Town
This intimate performance space has featured artists such as Paul Kelly and Martha Wainwright.
Located on the second floor of the historic Curtain House building, The Toff's design celebrates the natural beauty of its unique surrounds.
The main bar features a train carriage, made up of booths which can be reserved for sampling the Thai-inspired menu.Discover more about The Toff in Town
14. Bourke Street Mall
A popular busking spot where some of Melbourne's musicians started their careers.
The Pierce Brothers and Tash Sultana once busked in the Bourke Street Mall.
15. Melbourne Town Hall
Home to the largest grand organ in the southern hemisphere and the Beatles appearance in 1964.
This classically designed building features fine masonry, a clock tower, grand council chambers, a large auditorium with a grand organ, and an impressive portico most notable for being the spot where the Beatles waved to crowds in 1964.Discover more about Melbourne Town Hall
16. Max Watt's
International artists like The Strokes and Foo Fighters have filled the room at this underground venue.
Set below street level on Swanston Street, opposite the Melbourne Town Hall, the venue formerly known as the Hi-Fi Bar has hosted famous Australian rock acts such as Paul Kelly, Powderfinger, Hunters and Collectors, Birds of Tokyo, Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I.
This 850-capacity venue also hosts the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Festival Club, where local and international artists unleash their spontaneous genius to create nights of diverse comedy and unpredictable one-off performances.Discover more about Max Watt's
More to explore
See more of Melbourne’s immense music scene. Catch a gig at 170 Russell, The John Curtin Hotel, Trades Hall, Colour Club, Last Chance Rock 'n' Roll Bar, The Drunken Poet or Transport Hotel.
Or head to record stores Heartland Records, Wax Museum Records, Basement Discs, Rocksteady Records and White Rabbit Record Bar.
A public park and significant site for Aboriginal artists and communities.
Created for the centenary of federation, this set of 39 bronze bells ring out daily.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
This outdoor venue in Kings Domain caters to orchestras, carollers, metal bands and DJs.
Melbourne Recital Centre
Showcasing msucians, artists and ensembles in two world class performance spaces.
Looking Out, Looking In (Spotify playlist)
This Spotify playlist is curated by local musicians to showcase Melbourne’s diverse and emerging music scene.
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