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Wednesday 4th November - Wednesday 30th March @ Queen Victoria Market, City
The Queen Vic Summer Night Market is an epicentre of free live music this summer.
Home to three live music stages and some of the best buskers and roaming entertainers around, the live line-up includes:
Raised by Eagles
Mighty Duke & the Lords
Public Opinion Six
and much more.
There's also an array of mouth-watering global street food on offer, vintage and artisan products and multiple bars.
Running each Wednesday until March 30 (excluding December 23 and 30).
More information at qvm.com.au/night-market/
Sunday 7th February - Saturday 13th February @ Various Venues
Live N Local is a celebration of the City of Port Phillip local community. The program sees local venues and hot spots opening their doors to free live performances filling the balmy summer nights in the week leading up to St Kilda Festival's Festival Sunday.
Music is the leading form of entertainment, but there are also roving performers and outdoor activities, all coming together for a week of non-stop buzz in the middle of summer. Come down to any gig during Live N Local and you will find great emerging and established artists playing in some unexpected locations, right across Melbourne's seaside neighbourhood.
For the full lineup, visit stkildafestival.com.au/live-n-local/line-up
Live N Local also hosts a FREE Artist Devleopment Program for those wanting to break into the industry, meet experts and gain further skills and knowledge.
Tuesday 9th February @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
With special guest, Melbourne based singer-songwriter and musician JAALA
The L.A based band released their RRR Album Of The Week
Ego Death in July this year.
Thursday 11th February @ 170 Russell, Melbourne
Baltimore's Beach House will bring their swoonsome live show to Melbourne in February.
In the space of just two months, Beach House released not one, but two stellar albums; the hugely acclaimed Depression Cherry, plus a special new album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, which was released to everyone's surprise -- and is now available on vinyl, CD and digital formats on Mistletone Records via Inertia Music.
First show on Wednesday 10 February has SOLD OUT
SECOND SHOW JUST ANNOUNCED
Tickets on sale NOW from www.170russell.com
With guests Smoke Bellow
Thursday 11th February @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
The first ever Australian tour by hazy Brooklyn guitar band DIIV. Armed with a hotly anticipated new album Is The Is Are and a dreamlike alchemy of sound, built from swirling guitars, transportive textures and transcendental pop songs.
With special guests Totally Mild + Crepes
Tickets on sale now from www.cornerhotel.com
Friday 12th February @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Toronto three-piece METZ is one of the world's most brutal bands releasing music right now. METZ bring their three-pronged jolt of energy to The Corner in a Laneway sideshow, which is guaranteed ecstatic intensity.
METZ will release their first new material since the release of II, a 7" single 'Eraser' / 'Pure Auto' on esteemed Canadian label Three One G, to coincide with their Australian tour this summer.
With special guests My Disco + Deaf Wish
Tickets on sale now from www.cornerhotel.com
Friday 12th February @ Max Watt's House of Music, Melbourne
The idiosyncratic Brooklyn three-piece, featuring drummer John Stainer (The Mark Of Cain / Tomahawk), bassist and sonic manipulator Dave Konopka and multi-instrumentlaist Ian Williams, will bring the noise via new album La Di Da Di for a Laneway Festival side shows in Melbourne.
Tickets on sale NOW from www.maxwatts.com.au
With guests Making + Exhaustion
Thursday 18th February @ Estonian House, Brunswick
The Peep Tempel powerhouse farewelled 2015 with a searing performance at the very special 25th Meredith Music Festival, where they earned the coveted "Boot" and "Best On Ground" - Mikey Cahill (The Herald Sun) in an epic and typically brash performance.
To celebrate, The Peep Tempel will perform two shows only — one in Melbourne and one in Sydney — before they head back into the studio to record the follow up to their sophomore release Tales.
They are sure to play some new material and of course, the family favourites, that you have come to know and love.
It is a nice time to be alive. See you there!
Special guests on the night include Ausmuteants and The Dead Heir.
Thursday 18 February, 7pm at Estonian House - 43 Melville Rd, Brunswick
Tickets at shadowelectric.com.au/event/the-peep-tempel/
Friday 19th February - Sunday 21st February @ Echuca Moama
The Riverboats Music Festival returns to the mighty Murray in 2016 !
Featuring: Missy Higgins | You Am I | The Church | C.W. Stoneking | Oh Mercy | Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
Mick Thomas & The Roving Commission | The Wilson Pickers | Jess Ribeiro | Ruby Boots | Jack Carty
All Our Exes Live in Texas | Skyscaper Stan & The Commission Flats
Tickets on sale now from
Friday 19th February @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Round Up, by arrangement with Live Nation, are proud to present one of American music’s newest shining stars, Oklahoma-born rock ‘n’ roller, JD McPherson.
Known for his classic sound rooted in rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly, JD McPherson is set to play typically sublime shows in support of his latest highly acclaimed album, Let The Good Times Roll, backed by his longtime four-piece band featuring Jimmy Sutton on upright bass, Jason Smay on drums, Ray Jacildo on keys and Doug Corcoran on saxophone, guitar and keys.
CORNER HOTEL ON FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY
EXTRA SHOW AT THEATRE ROYAL CASTLEMAINE ON SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY
With support from Three Kings (both shows) and Chris Russell's Chicken Walk (Corner Hotel only).
For complete tour and ticketing information go to LIVENATION.COM.AU
Saturday 20th February - Sunday 21st February @ NGV International and NGV Australia
Be part of the White Night at NGV and enjoy tunes by local DJs under the NGV’s colourful Summer Architecture Commission.
Night owls will descend on the National Gallery of Victoria on White Night to enjoy art, illuminations, food and music from 7pm Sat 20 to 7am Sun 21 Feb 2016.
Both NGV sites: NGV International and NGV Australia will stay open all night and visitors can experience after-hours access to Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, Studio Cats: Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei for Kids and Blue: Alchemy of a Colour at NGV International and Les Mason: Solo, Hard Edge: Abstract Sculpture 1960s–1970s, and Our Land is Alive: Hermannsburg Potters for Kids and works from the Collection at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.
Learn more at ngv.vic.gov.au/event_series/white-night/
Saturday 5th March @ Melbourne Zoo
Last year, C.W. Stoneking released his brand new album Gon’ Boogaloo. Gone are the sepia-toned tales of marooned adventures in the tropics of his last release - the ARIA Award winning Jungle Blues - this time replaced with the latest invention in the world of C.W. Stoneking - electricity! C.W. has stashed his afore-favoured vintage National guitar and banjo combo for a shiny gold Fender and an extra large helping of rock ‘n’ gospel dancehall blues, with his very own hokum wall of sound.
With support from Marlon Williams - the ARIA award winning singer-songwriter often described as “the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt”. He has managed to create a whir of buzz and excitement off the back of his debut album release earlier this year. Marlon grew up singing in the Christchurch cathedral choir, before his punk-rock dad turned him onto country music in his teens.
C.W. Stoneking with Marlon Williams
Saturday 5 March
Gates open 5:30pm, show starts 7pm
at Melbourne Zoo
More information and tickets at zoo.org.au/twilights
Saturday 12th March - Monday 14th March @ Meredith Amphitheatre
Well, blow out my candles and rub cake in my wrinkles.
THE GOLDEN AGE OF TEN
The Sound of Now, Then and Forever.
Lovingly hand-picked for every evolving Time and Space in The Sup’, now going through to Dawn on The Second Night for the first time.
Here is The Golden Plains Tenth Birthday Party LineUp:
Sleater-Kinney. Eddy Current Suppression Ring. Violent Femmes. HTRK. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. The Necks. The Black Madonna. John Grant. C.W. Stoneking. Freddie Gibbs. Natalie Prass. U.S. Girls. Kenji Takimi. Royal Headache. Buzzcocks. Gold Class. Black Cab. Sampa The Great. Tyrannamen. Sadar Bahar. Tom Of England. No Zu. Koi Child. Darcy Baylis. friendships. Songhoy Blues. Built To Spill.
All tickets for Golden Plains’ 10th Birthday are now SOLD OUT. Join the Golden Waitlist for any tickets returned via Aunty’s Re-Sale Service.
More info at goldenplains.com.au
Saturday 12th March @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Following a 5-year absence, indie guitar-rock icons Built to Spill return with a new album Untethered Moon, and a slot at Meredith’s Golden Plains Festival, as well as a headline show at the Corner on Saturday 12 March.
Special guest Ben Salter.
Tickets now on sale from the Corner Hotel.
Sunday 13th March @ Corner Hotel, Richmond
Original UK punk act the Buzzcocks kick-off their 40th birthday celebrations in March, with a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Playing all the favourites you know and love, the band will do one Golden Plains sideshow only, at the Corner Hotel on Sunday 13 March.
Special guests Ausmuteants.
Tickets now on sale from the Corner Hotel.
Tuesday 15th March - Sunday 20th March @ Various Venues
The Brunswick Music Festival is the longest running urban music festival in Australia. The 28th edition features local and international acts appearing live at the Brunswick Town Hall and surrounding venues, celebrating live music and performance.
The Festival kicks off with the Sydney Road Street Party on Sunday 6 March, then moves into Brunswick’s best music venues for a week of live shows from Tuesday 15 March.
Catch world-class folk, soul and blues music including New York’s Alsarah and The Nubatones, Japan’s Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro, Mia Dyson and Jess Ribeiro, Shane Howard, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Yirrmal, Kylie Auldist (single launch), Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction Ball, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Hat Fitz and Cara, Spiro, Moxie, Djuki Mala, Shooglenifty, and more.
For tickets and more information go to brunswickmusicfestival.com.au
Monday 21st March - Monday 4th April @ Various Venues
Triple R Presents a host of Bluesfest sideshows in Melbourne, showcasing the best of contemporary blues and roots. Shows include:
Lord Huron, 21 March at The Corner, Richmond
Rhiannon Giddens, 23 March at The Corner, Richmond
The Selecter, 25 March at The Corner, Richmond
The Decemberists, 29 March at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne
Brian Wilson, 3 April at The Palais, St Kilda
For full details, see Bluesfest Touring
Wednesday 23rd March @ Margaret Court Arena (MCA)
Making their first visit to our shores since 2009, the Grammy nominees will play Melbourne in March.
Modest Mouse recently released Strangers To Ourselves, their first album in eight years. The disc reached #3 on US Billboard’s 200 Album chart, #1 on the Rock, Alternative, Vinyl and Internet charts and #15 in the ARIA Album Chart.
Tickets now on sale from www.ticketek.com.au
Friday 25th March - Sunday 27th March @ South Gippsland
The Hills Are Alive is a three-day, two-night boutique camping and music gathering set in the beautifully picturesque rolling hills of South Gippsland (90 mins drive from Melbourne). Good vibes. Good times. Oh yeah, you can even bring your own drinks!
This is an invite-only gathering of music-loving friends-of-friends. To attend, you need to be invited by someone who has attended before or by one of the artists performing (who will whisper you the 'Farmer's Secret Password'). It’s this friends-of-friends policy, as well as the incredible location and amazing music, that keeps the vibe of THAA so special.
The line-up features: Bad//Dreems, Ngaiire, Tired Lion, The Belligerents, E^ST, KLP, Fraser A Gorman, The Babe Rainbow, Tash Sultana, Bootleg Rascal, Child, Lyall Moloney, Mesa Cosa, Milwaukee Banks, Tiny Little Houses, Tully on Tully, Bad News Toilet, Alex Lahey, Man Made Mountain, and more to be announced.
TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY FEBRUARY 9
For more info and tickets, go to www.thehillsarealive.com.au
Thursday 28th April - Friday 29th April @ 170 Russell, Melbourne
After releasing their fifth full-length album Magnifique on XL Recordings in July 2015, New York rocktronica duo Ratatat return to Melbourne for two Groovin the Moo sideshows.
Tickets on sale Wednesday 10 February from www.170russell.com
Sunday 1st May @ Cherry Bar, Melbourne
The tenth birthday edition of Australia’s only dedicated rock n roll street festival CHERRYROCK016 will take place on Sunday 1 May 2016 in AC/DC Lane and at Cherry Bar.
Headlined by Richie Ramone – appearing exclusively in Victoria at Cherry – CherryRock016 will be running with the Too Tough To Die theme, from the classic Ramones album.
Just announced: Kadavar from Berlin, and Supersuckers from Tuscon
Plus Gay Paris and The Polish Club, both from Sydney, alongside the blistering local contingent, including Power, Clowns, Dallas Frasca, Dead City Ruins, Mammoth Mammoth, Mesa Cosa and Devil Electric.
Tenth Birthday – Too Tough To Die
Sunday 1 May 2016. 12noon – 9.30pm
13 acts. 2 stages. No clashes.
Tix now on sale from www.cherrybar.com.au
18+ event. Strictly limited to 700 tix.
Wednesday 18th May @ Palais Theatre - St Kilda, St Kilda
The long-awaited return of legendary vocalist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Eric Burdon and his band The Animals for their first Australian shows in nearly a decade.
This year fans will have a chance to relive songs that became part of the foundation of rock & roll as Eric Burdon & The Animals play a series of rare Australian shows. In Melbourne, The Animals will be joined by local rock royalty Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows and Australia’s queen of soul Renee Geyer.
Tickets now on sale from www.ticketmaster.com.au
Friday 3rd June @ The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Melbourne International Jazz Festival presents GRAMMY® award-winning, singer-composer-bassist Esperanza Spalding for the first time ever in Australia, opening the 2016 Festival with her groundbreaking new project and persona, Emily's D+Evolution.
Originally conceived the day before her birthday – during a "sleepless night of full moon inspiration" – Emily's D+Evolution will perform all-new material that Spalding says "unfolds as live musical vignettes.”
“Emily is my middle name and I'm using this fresh persona as my inner navigator. This project is about going back and reclaiming un-cultivated curiosity, and using it as a compass to move forward and expand," says Spalding. “My hope for this group is to create a world around each song… We will be staging the songs as much as we play them, using characters, video and the movement of our bodies."
Emily's D+Evolution will open this year's Festival at The Forum on June 3.
Tickets on sale Thursday February 11.
Esperanza Spalding: Bass / Vocals
Matt Stevens: Guitar
Justin Tyson: Drums
Emily Elbert: Vocals
Corey King: Vocals