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The Forum

  • Theatre
  • Melbourne
  1. Photograph: Roberto Seba
    Photograph: Roberto Seba
  2. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  3. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  4. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  5. Photograph: Roberto Seba
    Photograph: Roberto Seba
  6. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  7. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  8. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  9. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
  10. Photograph: Graham Denholm
    Photograph: Graham Denholm
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Time Out says

This Russell Street blue-roofed live music institution exudes history and class – with great acoustics.

An old ‘talkies' theatre, and then a Christian Revivalist hall, the Forum exudes history and class. The sky-blue roof stretches above the large auditorium, while large Roman-style statues and gargoyles adorn the alcoves and flank the wide concert stage. The entire venue can be seated, as it is for the Melbourne Film and Comedy Festivals, and the seats can be removed for capacity crowds.

Details

Address:
154 Flinders St
Melbourne
3000

What’s on

Tate McRae

  • Pop

With more than 3.7 billion streams and counting under her belt, it's clear that Canadian pop songstress Tate McRae's meteoric rise to the top isn't slowing down anytime soon. After completing her North American tour, McRae will be touching down in Australia and New Zealand this July.  McRae first made waves in 2020 with the release of her single 'You Broke Me First', which went viral on TikTok and is accountable for nearly one-third of McRae's streaming numbers. Since then, McRae has racked up a People's Choice Award, a Billboard Music Award and three iHeart Radio Music Awards, along with touring festivals like Lollapalooza, Firefly, Governor's Ball and more. The self-titled tour will kick off in Perth on July 14 before heading to Sydney's Enmore Theatre on July 17 and the Forum in Melbourne on July 20. For more information and to buy your tickets, head to the website.  Looking for more live music? Here are the best gigs happening in Melbourne this month.

Oliver Tree

  • Pop

Donning bright, fluoro-coloured jackets, kooky sunglasses and an admittedly out-there bowl cut, Oliver Tree is by all appearances a walking meme. But outside of his appearance, his music is fairly mainstream pop in sound and seems to draw inspiration from artists like Dominic Fike and Gus Dapperton. Tree released his debut album, Ugly is Beautiful, in 2020 and tracks like the bubblegum pop-esque 'Life Goes On' and the alternative rock-inspired 'Let Me Down' quickly became viral on TikTok. He claimed that he would retire from music after the release of the album, but has since gone on to release further music videos and singles.  Catch his performance at Splendour in the Grass, or grab tickets to the Melbourne sideshow at the Forum on July 21. General public tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday, February 14 through the Ticketek website. 

Mura Masa

  • Dance and electronic

Alexander Crossan hails from the remote island of Guernsey, and he makes electronic music under the name Mura Masa. The 25-year-old's stage name refers to a famous Japanese wordsmith from the 15th century, whose katanas became a symbol of government resistance.  Crossan is a musical chameleon, having mixed tracks in genres ranging from glittery Japanese-inspired pop to heavy UK garage metal and R'n'B and hip-hop. He's collaborated with artists like A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Tirzah and Blackpink, and his work has landed him a Grammy and a spot on the Forbes '30 under 30' list.  You can catch Crossan on the stage at Splendour in the Grass and at sideshows throughout Australia, including one at the Forum on July 22. General public tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday, February 14 through the Ticketek website. 

Jack Harlow

  • Rap, hip hop and R&B

Despite being on the scene since 2011, Jack Harlow didn't reach mainstream success until 2020 with the release of the chart-topping single 'What's Poppin'. If you're an avid radio listener, you probably heard that song at least three or four times a day at its peak, and its popularity even led to a remix with Lil Wayne, DaBaby and Tory Lanez. That success continued to skyrocket when Harlow soared up the Billboard charts for 'Industry Baby' with Lil Nas X, a track that has garnered more than a billion streams on Spotify and ranked eighth on Triple J's Hottest 100. The Kentucky native will hit the stage for Splendour in the Grass, and Melburnians can get amongst his sleek flows and nimble wordplay when he arrives at the Forum on July 28.  General public tickets will go on sale from 9am on Monday, February 14 through the Ticketek website. 

The Wallows

  • Rock and indie

If you've hopped aboard the TikTok train, you've likely already heard a few of the hits by Los Angeles-based indie rock band the Wallows. Tracks from their debut album, Nothing Happens, have garnered more than 100 million streams on Spotify, with 'Are You Bored Yet' featuring Clairo garnering a whopping 500 million listens.  Their sophomore album, Tell Me That It's Over, will be released on March 25, and the group has just announced the Australian and New Zealand leg of their 2022 tour. Joined by special guest and Brisbane-based dream-pop singer Hatchie, the Wallows will play at the Forum on November 8 before moving on to Sydney and Brisbane.  General public tickets will go on sale from Friday, February 11 at 10am and can be accessed via the Frontier Touring website. 

Hanson

  • Pop

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 and 17. 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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