Music & Nightlife

Gig guide, live music, festivals, clubbing and going out in Melbourne

Summer music festival guide
Music

Summer music festival guide

All the best line-ups in beautiful locations across the state this summer

Melbourne Zoo Twilights announces a killer line-up
Blog

Melbourne Zoo Twilights announces a killer line-up

Warpaint, The Specials, The Rubens, Kurt Vile and lots more

Friday Nights at the NGV
Art

Friday Nights at the NGV

Blockbuster exhibitions with a spot of rock 'n' roll

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne
Nightlife

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne

We investigate how we became a city of night owls and show you how to make the most of it

Guide to Melbourne's music scene

The best upcoming gigs and live music
Music

The best upcoming gigs and live music

The Melbourne shows worthy of your hard-earned cash, from local up-and-comers to international superstars

Where to see live music every night of the week
Music

Where to see live music every night of the week

From Monday to Sunday, Melbourne is a music-lover's dream

The best live music pubs in Melbourne
Bars

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
Shopping

The best record stores in Melbourne

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

Where to listen to hip-hop in Melbourne
Clubs

Where to listen to hip-hop in Melbourne

Don’t confine your obsession with Drizzy, Jay Z, Kendrick and Nas to your headphones

Your guide to clubbing in Melbourne

The best nightclubs in Melbourne
Clubs

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
Bars

The best Sunday sessions

Where to dance to hip-hop
Clubs

Where to dance to hip-hop

Late-night fun in Melbourne

How to pull the ultimate all-nighter in Melbourne
Nightlife

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
Bars

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
Restaurants

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
Nightlife

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
Nightlife

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
Blog

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

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Little Emperors at Malthouse
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Little Emperors at Malthouse

For the inaugural Asia TOPA festival, Malthouse Theatre paired award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and maverick Beijing-based director Wang Chong to create a new work. The result explores the fraught legacy of China’s 40-year One Child Policy, through the prism of one family. The term ‘Little Emperors’ relates to a behavioural syndrome affecting the generations of only-children born in the lead up to 2016 (when the One Child Policy was officially abolished). Envisioned as a radical experiment to curb population growth, the policy unwittingly gave rise to a new breed of ultra-indulged children, who in turn will shape the future of a superpower. Philpott’s play pivots between Melbourne and Beijing, and between English language and Mandarin, to tell the story of a sister, her illegal brother, and the emotional and cultural fall-out of the environments in which they were raised. Wang Chong, founder of the world-renowned Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, brings both his bold vision and personal experiences, as a someone born in the One Child Policy era, to bear on this rich and revelatory tale. Little Emperors runs from Feb 9-26 at Malthouse Theatre. 

WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema
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WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema

To celebrate February's long, balmy summer nights WTC Wharf is hosting its very own al fresco cinema every Friday and Saturday night until mid-March. To enjoy a movie under the stars, all you have to do is book dinner at one of the WTC Wharf's restaurants and dine in from $25 per person, then you will receive free entry to that night's movie screening. Relax back on deckchairs or bean bags and watch blockbusters and classics under the stars.  You can try a Chinese banquet from Man Mo, Lebanese cuisine at Byblos, Japanese fare from Kobe Jones or get a bistro feed from The Wharf Bar. Cinema highlights include The Danish Girl, The Secret Life of Pets and Les Misérables.  

Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner
Restaurants

Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner

South Melbourne pub Wayside Inn is the place to be if you're after a classic pub meal for lunch or dinner. On Monday to Saturday from noon to 9pm, the Wayside Inn kitchen is offering slow-cooked, rotisserie dishes complete with all the trimmings. For just $25, you can enjoy the day's rotisserie dish with a glass of wine in the bar area, or for $38 if you're dining in the restaurant. Dishes change seasonally, but they will no doubt be cooked to juicy perfection in the rotisserie oven.  446 City Rd, South Melbourne 3205. 03 9810 0083. Mon-Sat noon-9pm.

Cities of Architecture
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Cities of Architecture

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art presents this new series of talks exploring the architectural, urban and cultural history of some of the world’s most inspiring destinations, from the skyscrapers of Shanghai to historic Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. The series kicks off with a free launch at MPavilion, followed by monthly editions exploring some of the world's most fascinating destinations and the built environments that make them so remarkable. Whether you're travelling to any of these destinations or just want to learn more about some of the globe's most inspiring cities, this series will offer insights from leaders in the architectural fields. You'll also get to enjoy a special cocktail created for each city the talk in inspired by, from the Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky. For the full list of events in this series, click on the 'Dates and Times' tab.