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Music in Canberra

Clubs, Bars and Venues

The Phoenix – Known as one of the best pubs and original live music venues in Canberra, not least of their serious passion for unique up and coming live music acts.

Transit Bar – Buzzing bar serving one of the most diverse selections of music both live and on turntables from Blues to Drum’n’Bass. Regular Karaoke night means you can sing your heart out on the Transit stage.

Smiths Alternative – Cafe, bar, performing arts venue and art gallery, as well as a seed bed for revolutionary thought hosting local and touring music, theatre, cabaret and burlesque.

Cube – Canberra’s premier LGBTIQ nightclub featuring regular drag shows, guest DJs and event nights. Not just a night club Cube regulars are proud of the strong community that they have created.

Academy Club – Showcasing a mixture of the best local, national and international bands and DJs in Trance, House and RnB for the genuine big club experience.

Beyond Q – Combining a bookshop, café and live music, Beyond Q is a little different. Catch musical talent in a variety of genres from vocalists to Jazz bands, blue grass to harps and much more.

Department of Late Nights – Techno. A darkened room. A loud sound-system. This crew is bringing the underground essentials to Canberra in a variety of clubs and secret warehouse locations.

Hippo Co – One of the most luxurious and often decadent bars hosting the best Jazz musicians from Australia and around the world.

Mooseheads Pub and Nightclub – The dance floor is never empty and the crowd and atmosphere is always fun with a mix of Dance, RnB and Chart sounds playing.

Vault Nightclub – With glittering décor, panoramic views and the hottest local DJs playing Commercial Dance, Top 40, RnB and Electro, Vault is one of the most sought after party destinations in Canberra.

Monkeybar – The percussion, funky house, old school and Latin beats keep you warm all night long. Top notch local and international acts keep the club alive with a different twist of tunes each night!

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.

Canberra Drum’n’Bass – Keeping the D’n’B scene fresh in Canberra. A taste of the latest future, past and present dubs from some of the finest creators.

ANU Korean Pop Culture Club – Embrace the forefront of modern Korean culture with ANU K-Pop Club. Delve into the latest Korean trends including K-Pop music, dance and movies!

Canberra Music Blog – Your guide to the best sounds coming the fine, fine city. Keeping it crisp in the capital.



National Multicultural Festival – Eat, drink, laugh and dance your way around the world. Celebrate difference, share traditions with live music, comedy, performance art, food and wine stalls, street parties and more.

Googfest – Canberra region’s biggest free music festival where the whole community turns out to have a picnic and an unforgettable evening of music and fireworks under the stars.


Enlighten – Free entertainment over 10 days including talented street artists and international musical acts – all set against a backdrop of stunning architectural projections that shine a light on some of Australia’s most iconic attractions.

Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival – Vibrant, diverse and energetic’ wonderfully describe one of the most loved events on the local calendar. International performers wow the crowds, while the delicious street food will bring delight to any hungry tummy.


Canberra International Music Festival – One of Australia’s finest art music program including Chamber, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary and World music.

National Folk Festival – Over 200 acts representing diverse styles such as acoustic, blues, roots, bluegrass, world, celtic, traditional, gypsy and country in a program including music, dance, spoken word, film, circus and traditional crafts.


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


Granite Town – Not officially in the ACT but worth the roadtrip, this ‘Funky Little Festival’ features a diverse spread of musical talent for your listening, grooving and moving pleasure. Don’t miss the magical night of Riverlights – a glowing display of community built, giant, illuminated floating sculptures.

The Canberra Latin Dance Festival – 2-days and 3-nights of back to back first class workshops, amazing performances and parties. Dance all night long!


Dragon Dreaming – Another one just outside of Canberra, this 3-day lakeside Psytrance and Electronic music festival is well worth travelling the 100 kms just for the experience alone.

Spilt Milk – The best in artisan street food and drink, cutting edge music and experimental art and culture. Spilt Milk is a summer’s day event, taking place within the tree lined landscape of the iconic Commonwealth Park.