Music & Nightlife

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

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

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

Where to see live music every night of the week
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Where to see live music every night of the week

We've rounded up a list of places around Melbourne to see excellent live music any night of the week

Melbourne Zoo Twilights is in full swing
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Melbourne Zoo Twilights is in full swing

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

Your ultimate guide to 24-hour Melbourne
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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
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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
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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

Where to listen to hip-hop in Melbourne
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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How Melbourne’s 24-hour public transport could change your life

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Pets in the Park
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Pets in the Park

Parade your prized pet, be it furry, feathered or scaled, with other proud owners down at Pets in the Park. There will be the chance to enter your loyal four-legged companion 'best dressed' and 'best trick' competitions, plus lots of stalls with the latest in pet innovations and products. Some seriously talented animals will also be making an appearance, including That Dancing Guy and his pupstars Cynder and Sproket, who will all be showing off their dancing skills. You can also see agility, stunt and skill demonstrations from the Kong 4 Paws Disc Dogs by Goochy’s Behavioural Training, Melbourne Canine Freestyle and the Flipping Disc Dogz. The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia will also be on the ground to answer questions and offer demonstrations and information, while the Roo Keepers' Mobile Zoo will introduce kids to local wildlife, including snakes, dingoes and crocs. Channel Ten’s Mike Larkan will return as host and animal expert and celebrity vet Dr Jack Ayerbe with be on hand for a special Q and A panel.  All pets are welcome, but you need to keep them secure.

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If it weren’t already taken by Ibsen, Annie Baker’s latest play could easily have been titled ‘A Doll’s House’. Characters are obsessed with the sensation of being watched, and not necessarily by God. Miniatures, toys and figurines occupy the set with more assurance than the humans, and one character expresses the horror of a doll’s life, “to be a piece of plastic or glass, and to be shaped into a human form and trapped”. The effect is to magnify the characters’ humanity rather than diminish it; in a doll’s house, it is the watcher who breathes life and shuts it away, and who also bears the moral responsibility for the doll’s existence. Of course, the metaphor is perfect for the theatre, and Baker’s work plays very interesting games with notions of realism, of stage time and of storytelling. The setting is a B&B in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, run by Mertis (Helen Morse) and her unseen husband George. A young couple, Jenny (Ursula Mills) and Elias (Johnny Carr), come to stay, ostensibly to tour the historical sites, but really to mend their broken relationship. Mertis’s blind friend Genevieve (Melita Jurisic) comes over to chat and drink Pinot Grigio. Plot wise, that’s pretty much it. But oh, how much Baker manages to layer into that simple concoction; the play deals profoundly with the idea of the buried and half-remembered past, and the cold grip it can have on the present. In much the same way as the house is thought to be haunted by the ghosts of the civil war, Jenny is haun

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Dandenong World Fare
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Dandenong World Fare

The culinary carnival that is the Dandenong World Fare will be taking over the markets for a whole day of delicious food trucks, cooking, festival fun and new flavours, all as a part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Close to 50 food trucks and street food vendors will be cooking up snacks from all over the world; think everything from Vietnamese hawker food, jerk chicken from the Caribbean, barbecue beef ribs from Cambodia and tasty street food from Nepal, India, Japan and Mexico. For something sweet, don't go past wafflepops from Belgian food truck Let's Waffle 'n' Shake. Our tip: bring your whole crew along so you can taste as much as possible. There'll be plenty of chances to learn how to cook some of your favourite snacks, including Bun Cha-Hanoi’s favourite lunch treat of barbecue pork patties with noodles, nuoc cham and green mango. Also on the line-up of food demos is step-by-step guides on how to make Afghani-style pan-fried pita bread with honey and spices, as well as Jamaican Kingfish ceviche with lime juice, coconut, grilled sweet corn and chilli picante salsa and more. Over at the entertainment stage, highlights include sets from Japanese blues duo George & Noriko (also known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player) a red-hot performance from the Flamenco Fiesta Group and a Brazilian carnival of energetic batucada drummers and capoeira dancers. There will also be loads of carnival rides, Henna hand painting and roving stilt walkers.