Melbourne Summer Festival Guide

Slap on the sunscreen and raise a plastic cup to the festival season
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Soak up the summer months at some of Melbourne's most exciting and diverse music and arts festivals. You don't have to travel hours into the countryside to get the full festival experience; Melbourne's thriving live music scene means that the city is full of events packed with local bands and international talent. We've even got a festival run entirely on solar power – we told you Melbourne's festival offerings were diverse!

Our top choices for summer combine stellar live music line-ups, art installations, light shows and boutique options for alfresco dining, so don your wristband – the festival season is upon us.

For more live music tips in Melbourne, check out our guide to the best places to see gigs every night of the week, and read about all the best upcoming gigs in Melbourne.

To plan your ultimate Melbourne getaway, visit our Time Out Guru to get tailored recommendations on where to stay, what to eat and all the best things to do.

More gigs in Melbourne

White Hex gig at the Curtin
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Music, Music venues

Where to see live music every night of the week

Melbourne is the musician's dream city: there's a vibrant independent music scene, and our live venues have become launching pads for bands and solo artists alike. We've rounded up a list of places to see excellent live music any night of the week.

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