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The best gigs happening in Melbourne this month

The best upcoming gigs, live music and concerts in Melbourne, as chosen by our music critics

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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We're spoilt for choice in Melbourne when it comes to live music. Whether you're after a big festival sideshow by an international act or an intimate performance at a local live music venue – there's something for everyone most nights of the week. To help you choose, check out our curated list of gigs coming up in town in our round-up below. 

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What's on this month in Melbourne

When: June 18

Where: Rod Laver Arena

In celebration of the release of the 30th anniversary edition of his ten-time platinum album, Soul Deep, Jimmy Barnes is headed to Melbourne with his 12-piece band. Ticketholders will also be treated to special guests like Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates.

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When: June 30

Where: the Toff in Town

This independent record label was formed in 2021 with the aim of representing emerging and established LGBTQIA+, POC and women artists. Since forming, Tomboi has signed six artists including Benedict, Greg Gould, Joan and the Giants, Forced and Fury, Parker and Lion. Book in for this listening party to get a taste of what these artists and this label are bringing to the table. 

Tickets on sale now

  • Music
  • Folk, country and blues
  • Melbourne

Equipped with a warm, velvety baritone voice, George Ezra launched onto the scene in 2013 with the release of his smash hit, 'Budapest'. The track, which has racked up more than 800 million streams, propelled him into international starlight, and his debut album climbed to number one on the UK music charts.

In the years that followed, Ezra has released a critically acclaimed sophomore album, amassed 25 platinum album certifications and embarked on several global tours. And now, after a four-year wait, Ezra has finally announced that his third studio album, Gold Rush Kid, will be released on June 10.

Be among the first to hear live renditions of the euphoric 12-track album when Ezra touches down in Sydney on October 29 and Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 31. General public tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday, June 10 through the Secret Sounds website.

After more live music? Here are the best gigs happening in Melbourne this month.

 

  • Music
  • Pop
  • Melbourne

It's been a few decades, but deep down, you probably still have a bit of love for one of the cutest boybands of the '90s. And to reignite that teenage crush, Hanson is headed Down Under to celebrate 30 years of breaking hearts and making pop music, as well as the release of their latest album, Red Green Blue

The three brothers, who formed Hanson in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 1992, are perhaps best known for their 1997 smash hit, 'MmmBop'. Since then, they've put out 11 studio albums, and this latest one is actually a combination of solo projects by each brother. 

The tour will kick off in Perth on November 6 before hitting Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and finally the Forum in Melbourne on November 16. Tickets are on sale now, so track down that 'MmmBop' cassette and brush up on the lyrics that are probably still permanently committed to memory. 

After more live music? Here are the best gigs happening in Melbourne this month.

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  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Flemington

Start your hot girl summer with an EDM bonanza this November. Following its pre-pandemic debut in 2019, Festival X is finally returning in 2022 to kick off the party season with a pop, hip-hop and electronica-laden multi-stage event.

The one-day festival’s headliner will once again be Scottish DJ and singer Calvin Harris, who we hope will be busting out his huge party hits like ‘Summer’ and ‘I Feel So Close’. With a brand new show and a fifth album on the horizon later this year, he'll be sure to whip the hungry crowds into a hot-weather frenzy.

Punters will be just as eager (if not more so) to see Megan Thee Stallion take the stage, no doubt hoping for a Cardi-less rendition of 2020's boldest hit, 'WAP'. Joining her on the packed lineup is Chicago-based, Trap-N-B star Don Toliver and local Trance aficionado MaRLo, as well as Boys Noize, Green Velvet, Nina Kraviz, and heaps more. Check out the full lineup here.

Festival X kicks off in Melbourne on Saturday, November 26 at Flemington Racecourse, before heading to Gold Coast, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth. 

The Festival X pre-sale begins at midday AEST on Wednesday, June 1 – register on the Festival X website for access. Tickets go on general sale from midday AEST on Wednesday, June 2.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie
  • Melbourne

Florence and the Machine have announced brand new 2023 touring dates, following the release of their latest album Dance Fever – slated for release on May 13.

The much-loved UK indie-rock band are familiar faces down under, having graced many of Australia’s main stages, including Laneway Festival and Splendour In The Grass. This latest tour will start in Perth on March 4, before touring Melbourne on March 8, followed by Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland. The shows are likely to showcase Florence’s biggest hits, including 'Dog Days Are Over', 'Shake It Out' and their newbie 'My Love'.

Supporting Florence and the Machine on their Australian tour is American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist King Princess. General tickets go on sale at 11am on Friday May 6. Don’t sleep on this one.

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  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Melbourne

You'd have to have been living under a rock to have not heard of Flume, the Manly-raised electronic producer behind Skin and Palaces. Since hitting the airwaves in the early 2010s, Flume has gone on to conquer festival stages across the globe, including headlining Splendour in the Grass. After much anticipation, Flume will be bringing his third and most recent album, Palaces, to stages across Australia this spring.

Throughout his now decade-long career, Flume is perhaps best known for his collaborations – and for this tour, many of his most prolific collaborators will be joining him on stage. Depending on which show you go to, you may be lucky enough to see the likes of indie-pop starlet Caroline Polacheck, Compton rapper Channel Tres, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Toro Y Moi, long-time Flume collaborator and electro-pop powerhouse Vera Blue or singer-songwriter May-A

The tour will kick off in Perth before heading to Brisbane, Sydney and then to Melbourne's John Cain Arena on November 24. General public tickets will go on sale from May 26 through the Frontier Touring website

Need your live music fix now? Check out our round-up of the best gigs happening in Melbourne this week.

  • Music
  • Music festivals

There’s no better way to ring in the new year in Australia than by getting loose at Falls Festival. The music and arts festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the festival calendar, and it has been going strong for almost 30 years.

This year party people at Falls Festival will be ringing in 2023 with an epic lineup including Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, Penny Gou, Chvrches and Jamie XX. Arctic Monkeys will be heading down under following a headline slot at Reading & Leeds festivals, while Lil Nas X, hot off his 4x Platinum album Montero, will be playing his first ever live shows in the country at Falls.

And now, just weeks after Lil Nas tweeted about wanting to collab with the Wiggles and petitioned for a joint tour, we can now confirm that the OG skivvy wearing gang have joined the Falls lineup! They're ready to wiggle and we just bet that Nas is ready to jump in the big red car with the colourful crew, head on down the old town road and drop some hot potato collabs! 

They will be playing alongside a raft of excellent local and international bands, including Amyl and the SniffersG Flip, Ocean Alley, and Rico Nasty.

The Falls Festival will move homes this year, ditching its iconic Marion Bay and Lorne locations for Pennyroyal Plains in Colac on December 29, 30 and 31. Tickets are on sale at 9am, Thursday May 12. Get in quick, because they always sell out fast.

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  • Things to do
  • Fairs and festivals
  • Coldstream

Round up your partners in wine and prepare to cheers to the grape times because Grapevine Gathering is returning to the picturesque Rochford Wines this October. Sip on some of the finest wine from the Yarra Valley region while enjoying a line-up that's chock-full of homegrown and international talents.

This festival is brought to you by the team behind beloved fests like Pitch Music and Arts, Beyond the Valley, For the Love and more, and as you would expect, it has an insane line-up. This year, boogie to the likes of the Kooks, Peking Duk, Ball Park Music, Gus Dapperton, Jack River, the Veronicas, Confidence Man, Alice Skye, Nyxen and Becca Hatch

The festival has also recruited viral TikTok celebrities the Inspired Unemployed to host, perform changeover DJ sets and lead the crowd in various other shenanigans. The duo gave DJing a crack on a segment of The Bachelorette, and while their dancing was more on point than their DJing, hopefully by October they'll have mastered the craft. 

The chardonnay, shiraz, merlot, beers and ciders will be flowing, so to help line your stomach there will also be wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and slow-cooked and smoked treats on offer. You can register for pre-sale tickets until 3pm on Wednesday, May 25 and general public tickets go on sale from noon on Thursday, May 26. 

Need to get your live music fix? These are the best gigs to see this month.

  • Music
  • Music festivals
  • Burnley

This major new festival with a queer twist is ready to quench our cravings for international headliners and bring a carnival of rainbow vibes to Melbourne that will tide us over until WorldPride join forces with Mardi Gras next year.

The inaugural Summer Camp Festival, Australia’s first touring pride festival, has brand spankin' new dates after the planned nationwide tour in February was postponed by the great party pooper. The touring circus of DJs, drag queens, dancers and performance artists will hit Sydney on Saturday, November 5, at Centennial Parklands before boot scootin' to Melbourne on Saturday, November 12 at Reunion Park.

They've even hung on to the stacked line-up of international headliners – Years & Years (aka actor, singer, man of the moment Olly Alexander) is joined by New Orleans’ hip-hop and electro queen Big Freedia, and the indie songstress queen hailing from New Zealand, Ladyhawke, along with some of the biggest names in Aussie music. We’re talking power twin duo The Veronicas, pop powerhouse Cub Sport, electro-pop party starters Confidence Man, chart-topping producer Young Franco, New Zealand rapper JessB, alt-pop breakout Sycco, and more.

Drag and performance art fans can look forward to performances from the eclectic likes of Simple The Drag Queen, The Huxleys, Yummy, Dandrogny and more fabulous folks. 

Seriously, this is set to be the biggest LGBTQIA+ festival in the southern hemisphere. Founded by Heaps Gay creator Kat Dopper and Grant Gillies and David Gillett (creators of Red Mgmt and former Sydney Mardi Gras marketing and international talent manager), Summer Camp seeks to be an adult playground of music, art and culture where everyone is welcome regardless of pronouns or star sign. 

Years & Years is an especially exciting and of-the-moment headliner. Fresh from Alexander’s acclaimed performance in hit series It’s A Sin (streaming on Stan) he has performed with Elton John at the Brit Awards, dueted with Kylie Minogue, and collaborated with Lady Gaga. His new album Night Call dropped in early January.

"Summer Camp Festival is a new inclusive festival experience that accepts all the cuties. It’s a chance to frolic in the forest with pals, dress up, and celebrate the true meaning of pride. Love has no labels at Summer Camp – a place to call ‘homo’ this pride season," says Kat Dopper.

Tickets start at $136 and you can snap yours up here

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  • Music
  • Punk and metal
  • St Kilda

If you like a side of theatrics with your rock music, then we reckon you'd dig Californian rock band Starcrawler. Since forming in 2015, this punk-rock group has become known for their heavily visual live shows that feature things like hospital gown costumes, fake blood and simulated sex acts.

They've also managed to catch the attention of some rock heavy-hitters and have opened for the likes of Spoon, Beck and the Foo Fighters. The band is set to return to Australia this July to perform their latest singles and several tracks from their 2019 album, Devour You. While primarily punk-rock in genre, the tracklist also features genres like alt-country, doom-rock and rock 'n' roll disco. 

They'll play at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory on July 20 before heading to Melbourne's Espy on July 23. General public tickets will go on sale from noon on Thursday, February 10 through the Frontier Touring website

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic
  • Melbourne

If you went clubbing at any point in the mid-2010s, it's probably safe to say that you had at least one sloppy night dancing to 'Get Low' by Dillon Francis. Since putting out his debut album, Money Sucks, Friends Rule, Francis has been ruling the dancefloor and festivals with his vibrant deep house mixes. 

This year, you can catch Francis at Splendour in the Grass or at his Melbourne sideshow at 170 Russell on July 21. He'll be supported by producer and DJ Benson, who has been making waves in the Aussie dance circuit for several years now. 

General public tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday, February 14 through the Moshtix website

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