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.
As music fans, it also means we're spoiled for choice. We've rounded up a list of places to see excellent live music any night of the week. If you're after a feed and a drink beforehand, check out our 50 best pubs in Melbourne. And if you want to pull some shapes, here are the best bars for dancing.
Don’t have to be in bed early on Monday? Head to Monday Night Mass at Northcote Social Club. This long-running event showcases three underground talents for free every week. The best part is, your gig comes with $15 parma and $15 jugs of Draught all night.
There are regular band residencies at The Gasometer, which means it’s not unusual to walk into a live gig mid-week in the plush-carpeted bandroom. The bands tend toward (but aren’t always) more chilled out electronic and indie acts on Tuesdays, perfect for a quiet night out.
There seems to be an album launch nearly every other night at the Grace Darling and for good reason – the pub is a great launching pad for Melbourne’s edgiest up-and-coming bands. Fridays are especially good nights to catch a loud gig in the low-ceilinged downstairs bandroom.
If you want to feel like you’ve gone back in time to your high school formal, go to The Curtin on a Saturday night. The gold streamer curtains behind the stage always give performances a nostalgic feel, plus they consistently book ace young bands that often go on to bigger things.