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

Brunswick Music Festival

Brunswick Music Festival

Moreland dwellers are spoiled for choice when it comes to musical talent, but no more so than during the annual Brunswick Music Festival when international and local acts party with locals in a celebration of great music. 

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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

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
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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
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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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Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards

Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards

The annual Time Out Melbourne Bar Awards are coming soon. Join us at Transport Public Bar on Sunday March 3 as we toast the city’s best cocktail bars, new bars, wine bars, bartenders, rising stars of tomorrow and more at the party for the party-makers.Expect an evening of delicious drinks, great food and sweet tunes in celebration of our stunning bar scene. So save the date – tickets ($70 + BF) include all food and drinks and are on sale now.  Got a favourite bar? Why not vote for it in the People's Choice Award?Nominees in most categories will be announced soon, so watch this space. What will be named Melbourne's Bar of the Year for 2019?

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24 hours in Melbourne with Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’
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24 hours in Melbourne with Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’

New York City might officially be the city that never sleeps but Melbourne sure does like to give it a run for its money. This city of night owls knows how to keep going at all hours and thanks to a ACMI’s latest temporary exhibition, Christian Marclay: The Clock, your late-night forays just got a lot cooler. This 24-hour video montage shows time pass in real time using film clips of clocks and watches taken from cinema history. Every Thursday ACMI is showing the marathon work in full, meaning you can pop into the museum at any time of the night to watch a few scenes (or stay the whole night). Need some more all-hours inspiration? Here’s how to spend a 24 hours in Melbourne.

Visit Tokyo and Okinawa for a perfect taste of Japan
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Visit Tokyo and Okinawa for a perfect taste of Japan

Tokyo is a megalopolis that defies categorisation. From its dazzling skyscrapers with serene shrines at their bases to the tiny, multi-generation izakaya right next to a store selling the latest in technology or fashion, no other city can conjure up so many contradictory images as Japan’s capital. It’s an intoxicating and invigorating place, the energy of which is only matched by the calm of its backstreets and temples – no matter how long you spend in the city, you’ll need more time to take it all in. And then there’s Okinawa. Less than three hours' flight from Tokyo, the tropical islands south of mainland Japan are known for having a unique culture, derived from their history as it was once an independent kingdom called Ryukyu Kingdom in the 15th-19th centuries. Offering much more than the stunning white sandy beaches and pristine blue waters, it’s also home to karate, lush mangroves, great diving spots, nutritious food, and laidback locals who know better than anyone what the secret to the good life is. Follow their lead, and you might not want to leave. Combine the two destinations in one trip, and you have yourself the best of both worlds. Start off with eclectic metropolitan thrills, and then tune in to relaxed yet highly cultured island life: you’re sure to reach your happy spot along the way.   Got an epicurean bent? Find out about eating and drinking in Tokyo and Okinawa.

Pitch Architecture
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Pitch Architecture

When you enter an architectural office, you might expect to be ushered into a gleaming, imposing space designed to impress and intimidate you – a visual assurance that you are in the hands of geniuses with mastery over the building blocks that make up our environment. What you may not expect, however, is puppies.      Pitch Architecture’s office is in a warehouse in Richmond behind a colourful mural of the owners’ pooches. It’s a reflection of the easygoing philosophy of this growing team of young architects, designers, engineers and project managers. “We love our dogs,” laughs co-owner Alex Chan. “We’re pretty chill, and our approach when it comes to design is the same.” Chan, who is commercial and operational manager, cooked up the idea for Pitch with design director Bo Chu in a classic Melbourne way – over a few drinks after work. At first they thought they’d simply start a small-time development business – buying a piece of land, designing a house, building it and flipping it. “But in 2015 we were midway through one of our projects and people started to say, ‘hey, can you put that house on my land?’ We decided: we’re young, we have no liabilities financially, let’s have a go.” They quit their jobs and started Pitch as a fully fledged architecture firm. Things snowballed quickly. In just over three years they have completed around 40 projects (chronicled on their website): houses, apartments, extensions and fitouts. Chan attributes their rapid growth to their access