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.
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Coinciding with the release of their new single ‘Blood’, City Calm Down is hitting 170 Russell to give fans a taste of their upcoming second album. The new single is the first we’ve heard from these brooding boys since their 2015 debut album, In a Restless House. Joining City Calm Down will be Melbourne soul ensemble the Cactus Channel.
This is the one music festival where you actually want to be approached by dogs on arrival. Dogapalooza is back for its third year, bringing with it a beautiful union of live music, food trucks, people and canines. Once again, proceeds will go to dog charities including Oscar’s Law, Puppy Tails Rescue, Greyhound Rescue Victoria, Melbourne Animal Rescue and Stafford Rescue Victoria. The music line-up has yes to be announced, but there's a cracking food truck line-up coming to Dogapalooza. The festival will have its own in-house pie stall, Rice and Dice, Waffle and Shake and dog washing stations from Blue Wheelers and Moon Dog Brewery (because you need a beer while your dog's getting a shower). This year, the festival is selling 'early dog' tickets, due to go out via Oztix on Saturday June 10 at 10am. Spend the day out with your favourite pooch, or live vicariously through fellow dog owners in attendance, this is going to be one big dog-friendly party.
Yarra Valley is getting what's gearing up to be a killer music festival in a winery in November. Grapevine will bring punters a full-bodied day of music, wine, food and views at Rochford Winery. Brought to you by the people behind Hot Dub Wine Machine earlier this year, the line-up will rival that of summer's best festivals. Headlining the one-day festival is The Preatures, who will be accompanied by electronic duo Bag Raiders, Claptone, George Maple and Running Touch. Drink some rosé and stick around to see Cub Sport, Lovebirds, Nora En Pure, Big Words and London Topaz. Since you're in one of Yarra Valley's best vineyards, you'll get to sample great drops while you experience the action on stage. Be sure to try Rochford's award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, and if things get a little too hot on the dancefloor, the frosé will be flowing. Don't worry about food, Yarra Valley's best producers and food vendors will be keeping festival goers fed throughout the day. First release tickets are $69 +BF. Head online for more information.
The Philharmonia Australia Orchestra will perform the soundtrack from La La Land live alongside a full screening of the critically acclaimed film. An 80-piece orchestra will perform composer Justin Hurwitz’s Oscar-winning score live on Saturday December 16 – from the toe-tapping opener 'Another Day of Sun' to the delightful 'Planetarium' instrumental and the recurring 'City of Stars' – on stage at the newly renovated Palais Theatre in St Kilda. The film picked up a cool six Academy Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Seeing it realised live by the Philharmonia Australia Orchestra will be a treat for fans. Read Time Out's review of La La Land.
A sister festival to December's Meredith Music Festival, Golden Plains is held at the dazzling Supernatural Amphitheatre in Meredith, a small township just over an hour outside Melbourne. Golden Plains boasts one stage, no corporate sponsorship, a famed 'no dickhead policy' and eclectic line-ups that put scrappy local musicians beside international indie acts. Over the years Golden Plains has seen the birth of countless hometown heroes (Client Liason and Courtney Barnett for instance) and the return of many age-defining bands; Pavement, the Violent Femmes, the Village People and local legends Eddy Current Suppression Ring.