Clubs, Bars and Venues

The Esplanade Hotel – A cultural icon of Melbourne, the Espy has been the home of live music since 1878 situated above St Kilda’s waterfront and on average plays host to over 50 bands and DJs every week.

Northcote Social Club – One of Melbourne’s best live indie music venues. Expect to see a local unknown one night and then an international star the next.

Toff in Town – A decadent, unique bar and club with art deco train carriage booths, famous for live music, DJs and great cocktails based on the 2nd Floor of Curtin House. Catch the lift up to the Rooftop Bar and Cinema on the 7th Floor and go downstairs to Cookie on the 1st Floor to really experience a classic Melbourne night out.

Rubix – A warehouse venue hosting the best international and local underground Electronic, Drum’n’Bass and Hip Hop artists. Rubix is run by a collective of musicians and artists who are passionate about delivering high-quality events.

Laundry Bar – Ready to find your new fam love? Laundry Bar keep it ‘Laundry Fresh’ by dropping Rap, Hip Hop and RnB 3 nights every week.

Room 680 – A weekly destination for Trance lovers to experience the ultimate combination of production, music and vibe.

Circus Bar – With stunning vintage circus decor in the main room and a one of a kind rooftop dance floor, Circus is a stand out club in the Melbourne House and Techno scene.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – The MSO showcases an extraordinary variety of music, featuring timeless classics, music blockbusters, epic symphonic masterpieces and spine-tingling choral classics with some of the finest conductors and soloists from Australia and around the world.

Alumbra – Situated at the end of Central Pier, Alumbra is an authentic warehouse venue with an opulent penthouse feel. Dance all night on a glass dancefloor over the water to sophisticated Soul, RnB and upbeat House music.

Genki Party – Queer Asian-pop dance party. Playing KPop and JPop hits accompanied by performances from Melbourne’s coolest club kids.

Chaise Lounge – Connoisseurs paying respect to the classics while debuting the newest tracks at Melbourne’s longest standing Hip Hop and RnB hot-spot. Famous for its elegant and unique genie-bottle decor.

Casablanca at Charlies – FIESTA EMPIEZA! The Hottest Latin DJs will make you dance! Playing Salsa, Reggae, Reggaeton, Champeta, Merengue, Samba, Bachata and Cumbia.

Bollywood Superclub – Next level Indian clubbing for over 17 years in Melbourne hosting regular Bollywood, RnB and House parties.

Poof Doof – Melbourne’s favourite LGBTQI rave with a big dance floor and bar. Everyone is welcome with great music and a great vibe.

Music Blogs, Fanpages and Online Communities

Eventfinda – Covering all cities, towns and regional areas and all styles of music, Eventfinda is your comprehensive guide in upcoming concerts, parties, festivals and gigs across Australia.

Resident Advisor – RA is the world’s largest independent electronic online music magazine. News, interviews, and reviews as well as the full rundown of what’s on in each city.

Asian Pop Music MeetUp – Asian Pop Music, KPop, JPop, CPop and Asian club events in Melbourne.

Melbourne Techno Collective – Underground Techno party network with all the news and events in Melbourne.

I Love Dancehall – Local Reggae and Dancehall events, performers and classes as well as bringing people together, creating community and a positive social vibe.

Festivals

January

Laneway Festival – Boutique touring festival featuring a bold selection of the contemporary icons and emerging game-changers of Independent music, indie pop, rock music.

So Frenchy So Chic – A Summer French escape of music, food and friends. A party and a picnic in the park celebrating life and culture in the beautiful grounds of Werribee Mansion. Get lost in the Joie de vivre!

Midsumma Carnival & T Dance – Celebrating LGBTQIA culture, Midsumma opens with an all-day-and-night party in the park at Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens. Melbourne is coming up rainbows.

Electric Gardens – Celebrated across the Australia Day Long Weekend, Electric Gardens is a boutique event showcasing the very best House and electronic music.

February

Shimmerlands – Summer festival featuring a killer line-up of film, music, art and great food and drink. Day and night, Shimmerlands will be putting on a show at the University of Melbourne.

St Kilda Festival – It’s free, fabulous and on the beach. What more could you ask for from a summer festival? Bands include local acts and some established international favourites.

March

Come Together – A global music event designed for people of all ages to gather and celebrate diverse music and performance art in each other’s company.

Golden Plains – A 3 day camping and music fest held in rural Victoria. Famous for good vibes, smiling faces and an eclectic lineup of acts from Rock to Electronic.

Brunswick Music Festival – World class acts in the genres of folk and roots take over Brunswick for this annual and very popular festival. Get along to see a plethora of talented musicians.

April

Melbourne Latin Festival – 3 days and nights of Latin dance shows, workshops and parties. Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Samba, Cha Cha, Argentine Tango, Kizomba, Gafieira and more!

May

Groovin the Moo – Bendigo hosts GTM with two outdoor stages, a big top tent, bands and performers from across the world, and honest country hospitality.

June

Melbourne International Jazz Festival – Hear blistering instrumentalists and soulful singers from around the world over ten toe-tapping days in venues across Melbourne.

October

The Village Festival – Part carnival, part village fair and part arts festival. It has become Yarra’s annual meeting place for maverick musicians, devilish dancers, vivacious visual arts and thrilling theatre.

November

Strawberry Fields – A diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough Techno and House music from both Australia and overseas. Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor.

Melbourne Music Week – Presented by the City of Melbourne, MMW is an annual event dedicated to showcasing Melbourne’s world-renowned music scene. 9 days. 110 events. 240 artists. 40 locations.

December

Meredith Music Festival – 3 day outdoor alternative music festival held in a natural amphitheatre located on farmland near the town of Meredith with a sound system and a lineup that will blow minds.

Falls Festival – Catch the explosive line-up of Indie, Rock, Hip Hop, Rap, Dance and Electronic from Australia and around the world for an epic New Year’s Eve celebration in the coastal town of Lorne along the Great Ocean Road.