Music & Nightlife

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

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.

Cher is bringing her arena tour to Melbourne
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Cher is bringing her arena tour to Melbourne

Pop icon Cher has announced a full Australian arena tour for September and October this year.

5 labels crafting the Melbourne sound
Music

5 labels crafting the Melbourne sound

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

Kendrick Lamar announces Australian tour in July
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Kendrick Lamar announces Australian tour in July

The twelve-time Grammy Award-winning artist is making the most of his trip down under.

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

The best jazz clubs in Melbourne
Music

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
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
News

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

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The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

Patricia Cornelius is one of the most fearless and unique voices in Australian theatre, and although she’s won just about every prize available to a playwright in the country, she tends to fly under the radar at our biggest theatre companies. Now her work is coming to the Melbourne Theatre Company mainstage in this adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba that transports the action to Western Australia where four daughters and their mother are mourning the death of their mining mogul father. Leticia Cáceres, who last year won the Helpmann Award for directing Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife will helm an all-star cast with Candy Bowers, Peta Brady, Julie Forsyth, Bessie Holland, Sue Jones, Melita Jurisic and Emily Milledge. Creating this uniquely Australian world is the always inventive designer Marg Horwell.

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Winter warmers at the Middle Park Hotel
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Winter warmers at the Middle Park Hotel

The Middle Park Hotel is embracing its culinary roots and introducing a new menu devised by head chef Sangsub Ha. The gastropub will hone in on Victorian produce, showcase swish new dishes while also delivering some excellent pub classics. Entrees veer towards modern flavours, like the hiramasa kingfish with nori powder, squid ink rice puff and daikon radish remoulade; and veal carpaccio with apple, truffle soy, feta and curry oil. The menu is also geared towards groups, with share plates that include individual bites like lamb and chorizo sausage rolls and freshly shucked oysters; or larger share platters like the 1.5kg dry aged rib eye with cured meats, parmesan crisps, seasonal greens and red wine jus. Like any great pub, they will also grill you a prime steak. Choose from grass-fed porterhouse, eye fillet or rib eye bone cuts, which come served with smoked garlic butter, pepper or mushroom sauce. Vegetarians are well looked after too, with plant-focused dishes including salted beets with cheese blancmange, watercress and beetroot chips; and tagliatelle with creamed shimeji, champignon, oyster and porcini mushrooms.  With each dish on the menu, you'll also find a specially selected wine, be it a full-bodied Exception cabernet malbec or a fruity La Vieille Ferme rosé.  Whether it’s a special night out, a mid-week repast or a Sunday lunch, the Middle Park Hotel’s menu takes a step up to deliver beyond the usual pub fare. Find out more about the Middle Park Hotel's new m

5 reasons Cape Schanck should be your next weekend getaway
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5 reasons Cape Schanck should be your next weekend getaway

The list of reasons to love Cape Schanck is getting longer by the day. At the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula, it’s a place to reconnect, recharge and reflect amongst dramatic, raw landscapes, unspoilt beaches, exciting walking tracks and unparalleled views over the wild waters of Bass Strait. If you’re looking to spend some quality time down the coast, we’ve teamed up with the new RACV Cape Schanck Resort to show you just how easy it is to have a relaxing and revitalising break, only 75-minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.

The best things to see at Vivid Light
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The best things to see at Vivid Light

Vivid Sydney is back from May 25 to June 16. There will be luminous light installations every night from 6-11pm, stretching from the Botanic Gardens to Darling Harbour. Luna Park joins in this year, lighting up from its grinning gates to the Coney Island façade and up the Ferris wheel. Head out to Chatswood, for all kinds of interactive displays, like chairs that'll happily have a chat. Because of course. Find our top picks of the Vivid Ideas program.