Music & Nightlife

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

Deadly songs about Australia
Music

Deadly songs about Australia

From the infectious pop of Jessica Mauboy to the hard-hitting activism of Dispossessed, contemporary Indigenous musicians have permeated the Australian music industry with unmistakeable sounds and cultural impact. We asked some of Australia's deadliest musicians and performers to nominate songs they believe make the cut. 

Friday Nights at the NGV
Things to do

Friday Nights at the NGV

The NGV's Friday Nights series is back, pairing gigs to run alongside the Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne
Music

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne

There's really nothing like seeing jazz live – here's where to get your fix

The Espy will re-open as a live music venue after closing two years ago
Blog

The Espy will re-open as a live music venue after closing two years ago

Praise the live music gods: the St Kilda stalwart will rise again!

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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Here's what happened at Little Creatures Live at GABS Beer Cider and Food Fest
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Blanc de Blanc
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Blanc de Blanc

After sizzling hot runs in Sydney, London and Adelaide, Blanc de Blanc is finally making its way to Melbourne for a season of Champagne-fuelled cabaret. The evening of adults-only circus, dance, acrobatics and other antics will be heating up the Spiegeltent at Map 57, a brand new arts precinct in St Kilda. This winter cast of quirky performers – comedians, models, show girls, singers, contortionists and aerial artists – will turn the night into a mad romp that begins in a sophisticated Parisian cabaret venue and slowly transforms into a crazed nightclub party. Expect bubbles, burlesque, balloons, sequins and tops off, for a hands down good time.  "If Baz Luhrmann made a nightclub it'd be like this" – Time Out Sydney Find out more about Blanc de Blanc.