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Marvel Stadium

  • Sport and fitness
  • Docklands
Etihad Stadium at Docklands
Photograph: Emily Godfrey

Time Out says

Once a swampy backwater, Docklands is currently home to one of the most advanced sports and music stadiums in the world, Marvel Stadium (formerly Colonial Stadium, formerly Telstra Dome, formerly Etihad Stadium). 

Yes, the name has changed a bit over the years (its current iteration a result of a temporary deal made with the Walt Disney Company) but this doesn't make the stadium any less impressive.

Every year the venue hosts upward of 50 AFL home and away matches, six A-League soccer matches, a Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match (Australia v New Zealand) and a handful of National Rugby League games too, not to mention musical acts like AC/DC, Neil Diamond, U2, Barbra Streisand and Taylor Swift.

With 15 corporate rooms and 2500 undercover car spaces and capacity for 70,000 people, this arena is positively space-age, with a retractable roof to foil Melbourne's notoriously fickle weather, Stadium Grow Lights simulating sunlight and generating warmth and sustainability program that, by mid-2010, had harvested 17.8 million litres of rainfall.


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What’s on

Stadium Golf

  • Sports

We’re used to Marvel Stadium playing host to blockbuster football games or huge live music concerts, but from September 11-26 it’s going to transform into something slightly different: an interactive nine-hole golf course. In a Melbourne first, anyone over the age of 18 will be able to tee off from various points around the stadium – including corporate boxes, the player entrance and even the famous ground itself. Think of it as the driving range of your dreams, on the very pitch where sporting legends have been made. “We are pleased to launch Stadium Golf in Melbourne and offer an incredibly unique and an unforgettable experience for fans in the sporting and entertainment capital,” said Marvel Stadium’s head of consumer business, Scott Fitzgerald on the brand new initiative. “Marvel Stadium is a true entertainment hub fans can enjoy all year round, and we are eager to welcome guests on-site to interact with the stadium in a way we have never seen before.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re an amateur or a Cameron Smith in the making, the experience is open to people with all levels of experience. You don’t need to bring any gear either – Taylor Made will be supplying premium golf clubs to all who take part. Best of all, if you happen to be the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the Resimax Group-sponsored hole, you could win $10,000. If that’s not a good enough reason to start practicing your swing, we don’t know what is. For information and to book your spot on the green,

Paul McCartney

  • Pop

It's been a 'Hard Day's Night' waiting for Sir Paul McCartney to return to our shores since his last Australian tour in 2017 – and we're not gonna lie, we truly thought he may never visit ever again. But the legendary OG Beatle has just announced dates for the Australian leg of his acclaimed Got Back tour, and it's way sooner than you probably think. The tour will kick off with an intimate arena show in Adelaide, the city where the Beatles made history in 1964 on their first visit to Australia. An estimated 350,000 people lined the streets between the airport and Town Hall to catch a glimpse of the band. McCartney will then travel to five other major cities, with the Melbourne concert going down at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, October 21.  Irrefutably one of the most successful singer-songwriters and performers of all time, McCartney is behind some of the most well-known and loved songs of all time. With hits like ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Band on the Run’, ‘Let It Be’ and so many more, the Paul McCartney live experience covers many of the greatest moments in rock from the last 60 years of music. Expect dozens of songs from Paul’s solo career, Wings, and of course the Beatles catalogue that has formed the soundtracks of our lives. Here's what Time Out New York had to say about his One on One tour: "To an extent, you know what you’re gonna get from a Paul McCartney show: total professionalism from one of the most gifted and agreeable musicians of the last hundred years


  • Pop

Australian K-Pop fans, you're in luck: internationally renowned girl group Twice just announced that their Ready to Be: Part Three world tour will stop off Down Under. The nine-piece group will perform a one-off exclusive show at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium on November 4.  With more than 12 million monthly listeners on Spotify, saying Twice is famous is an understatement. They're best known for tracks like 'Talk that Talk', 'The Feels', 'What is Love' and 'Fancy', and their latest release 'Moonlight Sunrise' is already climbing the charts.  Tickets begin at $162.92 and you can get them here. For complete tour, ticket and VIP information, visit: After more live music? Here's our round-up of Melbourne's best gigs this month.

Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe

  • Rock and indie

Pour some sugar on us over the news that veteran hard rockers Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe are joining forces for an epic Australian tour. As part of their larger The World Tour run, the rockers have released three exclusive dates and will begin their tour in Brisbane before concluding at Marvel Stadium on November 14.  With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the bag, Def Leppard remains one of the biggest forces in rock music. The group – featuring Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) – are renowned for their live shows and arsenal of hit tracks like 'Rock of Ages', 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' and 'Foolin'. Hailing from Los Angeles, Mötley Crüe is also one of the best bands in the rock‘n’roll pantheon. The band, featuring Vince Neil (vocals), Nikki Sixx (bass), Tommy Lee (drums) and Mick Mars (guitars), has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and garnered several multi-platinum albums and hit songs – with a few car wrecks, fistfights, trashed hotel rooms and sex tapes along the way.  Don’t miss the hard rock heavyweights as they join forces for one night only this November. General tickets for the show are now on sale, and you can get them via the Live Nation website here. Love live music? Here's where to see it every night of the week in Melbourne.

The Weeknd

  • Rap, hip hop and R&B

Pack your sunglasses and prepare to be blinded by the lights as The Weeknd has just announced a number of Antipodean dates as part of the extended After Hours Til Dawn Tour. Hot on the heels of the record-breaking European tour, the three-time Grammy Award-winning starboy will perform four shows in Melbourne on December 1, 2, 4 and 5 at Marvel Stadium. The tour will celebrate the Weeknd’s 2020 album After Hours, which features the hit single ‘Blinding Lights’, which peaked at number one globally and was crowned the new No.1 Billboard Hot 100 song of all time.  Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – known now as The Weeknd – the singer first gained critical and commercial success with his debut studio album Kiss Land and subsequent albums Beauty Behind the Madness (2015), Starboy (2016), My Dear Melancholy (2018), After Hours (2020) and Dawn FM (2022). Concertgoers can expect to hear tracks from across the years, including chart-topping anthems like ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, ‘Starboy’, ‘Blinding Lights’, ‘Heartless’ and ‘Save Your Tears’.  As a United Nations World Programme ambassador, Tesafye has said he will contribute funds from the next leg of his tour to the XO Humanitarian Fund, which supports the response to the global food crisis. Over $1 million was raised for the fund via ticket sales during the recently wrapped European tour. The Weeknd will perform at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on Friday, December 1; Saturday, December 2; Monday, December 4 and Tuesday, December 5. The Vodafone


  • Pop

If you need an excuse to raise your glass (if you are wrong in all the right ways), international pop legend Pink has just announced her highly-anticipated return to Australia. The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and performer will embark on a massive ‘Summer Carnival’ Australian tour in February and March 2024. Kicking off at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on February 9, the ‘Who Knew’ singer will traverse Australia and perform at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on February 23 and 24, 2024, and then return for a show on March 12.  Melbourne fans have one last opportunity to secure tickets as a final show has been announced on March 13. Set your alarm because general public tickets will go on sale Friday, August 18 at 12pm.  Produced by Live Nation, Pink’s Summer Carnival tour of Australia coincides with the release of her highly-anticipated new album Trustfall, which drops this February 17 via RCA Records. The titular track, also dubbed ‘Trustfall’ is co-produced by in-demand DJ Fred Again. Born in Pennsylvania, Pink (otherwise known as Alecia Beth Moore) began performing in local clubs where she was eventually signed to the R&B band Basic Instinct and then the group Choice. Once these groups disbanded, Pink embarked on a solo career and announced her new stage name – inspired by the character of Mr Pink from Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. Her first album, Can’t Take Me Home, was released in 2000, with her next album Missundaztood launched her into the stratosphere with the

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