In Melbourne we're spoilt for choice when it comes to live music, whether you're after a big festival sideshow by an international act or an intimate show at a local live music venue. Check out our curated list of gigs coming up in town in our round-up below.
Concerts to book now in Melbourne
After a mammoth 2016, Melbourne MC Illy is hitting the road to spin tracks from his fifth studio album Two Degrees. The 13-track collab-heavy collection was produced by M-Phazes and features mega hits ‘Catch 22’ and ‘Swear Jar’. Hear them live when Illy takes to stage at Festival Hall on Saturday April 1 for an all ages show. Illy will be supported by Spit Syndicate and Mariabelle during his tour.
Songstress Mary J Blige is headed to Hamer Hall for an intimate performance that spans her 25-year career in music. If eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards weren’t enough, 2016 saw Blige return with her chicest effort yet: a full-length R’n’B wonder titled Strength of a Woman. Influenced by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige has been long celebrated for her gritty and groovy style that blends hip hop, soul and R’n’B. It’s best seen on her mega hits ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’. Blige will be performing tracks from Strength of a Woman at Bluesfest in Byron Bay as well as a show at Hamer Hall on Wednesday April 12. There’s no doubt Blige will be pulling out all the stops (and hits!) for her adoring Melbourne audience.
Sing “Drive boy, dog boy, dirty, numb angel boy” and you’ll start a whole generation chanting the lyrics to 'Born Slippy', the cult 1990s track made famous from its appearance in the Trainspotting soundtrack. Underworld's Karl Hyde and Rick Smith has continued to carve out their own rock and electronica sound over a 25-year career, which included a legendary performance at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Underworld will be performing at Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre, and while we're not sure how the sit-down venue best suited to a classical concert will be conducive to dancing along to rave classics, we're sure Underworld will pull out all the stops nonetheless. If you're old enough to be raving in the 1990s, this is your chance to relive dance music's heydey. If you weren't old enough then, this is your chance to experience one of the greatest electronic music legends in the flesh ahead of the Trainspotting sequel.
The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs to run alongside the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Van Gogh and the Seasons. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art, and NGV Friday Nights’ set-up is the best way to take in the latest NGV exhibition while enjoying the best in local and international acts. This season’s line-up kicks off on April 28 with blues singer-songwriter Gemma Ray, with the program also boasting sets by Drones frontman Gareth Liddiard, Youth Group singer Toby Martin, Oregon-based ambient musician Grouper, ‘90s rockers The Fauves, Emma Russack, Ben Salter Band, breakout star from Arnhem Land Gawurra and more. The season will end with a special performance by The Panics on Saturday July 8. NGV Friday Nights includes after-hours entry to the Van Gogh exhibition, local DJs, art talks and access to food and drinks. Click the Dates and Times tab for more details.