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Beloved live music venue Cherry Bar is moving out of ACDC Lane
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Beloved live music venue Cherry Bar is moving out of ACDC Lane

Melbourne’s best hard rocking, sticky-floored live music venue, Cherry Bar, has announced it's moving from its longtime home in ACDC Lane. 

Odette is very surprised (and thrilled!) that you are going to see her
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Odette is very surprised (and thrilled!) that you are going to see her

The young singer talks to us about happy accidentsand low expectations.

Deadly songs about Australia
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Deadly songs about Australia

We spoke to some of Australia's deadliest musicians and performers

Why Baker Boy loves Melbourne (yes, OK, it's at least partly the food)
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Why Baker Boy loves Melbourne (yes, OK, it's at least partly the food)

We spoke to Danzel Baker, AKA Baker Boy, about the incredible year he's having.

Guide to Melbourne's music scene

5 labels crafting the Melbourne sound
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5 labels crafting the Melbourne sound

Get to know the labels feeding the noise and making the Melbourne sound a reality. 

Why Baker Boy loves Melbourne (yes, OK, it's at least partly the food)
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Why Baker Boy loves Melbourne (yes, OK, it's at least partly the food)

We spoke to Danzel Baker, AKA Baker Boy, about the incredible year he's having.

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
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The best live music pubs in Melbourne

Who doesn't like a beer with their favourite local band? Here's where to go this weekend

The best record stores in Melbourne
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The best record stores in Melbourne

If you enjoy an earnest rifle through vinyl, have we got the goods for you? Yes, we have

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne
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The best jazz clubs in Melbourne

There's really nothing like seeing jazz live

Your guide to clubbing in Melbourne

The best nightclubs in Melbourne
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The best nightclubs in Melbourne

Where to party on weeknights
Clubs

Where to party on weeknights

Clubs that stay open all night
Clubs

Clubs that stay open all night

The best Sunday sessions
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The best Sunday sessions

Where to dance to hip-hop
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Where to dance to hip-hop

Late-night fun in Melbourne

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne
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How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne

Your guide to making the most of 24-hour Melbourne – from drinks and dancing to midnight feasts

The best late-night bars in Melbourne
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The best late-night bars in Melbourne

No lockouts here! When you're keen to kick on, consult our guide to classy fun after one

The best late-night eats in Melbourne
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The best late-night eats in Melbourne

You're up late. You need a feed. We're not here to judge, we're here to help

How Melbourne became a late-night city
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How Melbourne became a late-night city

Our investigation into how we became a city of night owls – and what the future holds for Melbourne's nightlife

The people who keep Melbourne running after dark
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The people who keep Melbourne running after dark

We meet the people who work through the night to keep Melbourne ticking, from public transport to police

How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life
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How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life

The Night Network, explained.

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Creative State Summit
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How can artists and the creative sectors step up and make an impact on the most challenging issues of our time? How can creativity influence public debate and discourse? And how can the arts be the kind of gamechanger it always sets out to be? If you’re working in arts and culture (or hoping to forge a creative career), then get ready to grapple with these questions (and a whole lot more) at Creative Victoria’s third Creative State Summit. Held over two days at Melbourne Museum, the summit is an opportunity to hear from and meet some of the most innovative minds in the city and beyond, working across arts, culture, screen and design. Your ticket gets you access to the entirety of the two-day program, the theme of which is 'What's Next'. That question is more important now for creative professionals than ever, as technological and geopolitical changes shape the world at breakneck speed. Speakers at this year's event include Maxine Doyle, associate director of the UK's Punchdrunk and co-creator of Sleep No More; Nancy Bennett, creative director of Two Bit Circus in the US; Tara Mckenty, creative director of Google APAC; and Tamasein Holyman co-founder of Immersive Cinema, Mistress of Make-Believe, Underground Cinema and Secret Squirrel Productions. And that’s just scratching the surface; visit the website for full details. This Creative State Summit is produced by REMIX Summits and is part of Creative Victoria’s Creative State program – a $115 million strategy launched in A

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