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Leah Glynn

Leah Glynn

Melbourne Editor

Leah Glynn is the editor for Time Out Melbourne. When she's not brunching with friends, going for long walks with her rescue greyhound or searching for Melbourne's best spaghetti bolognese, she loves reading and binge-watching TV shows. Leah has worked as a digital content creator, writer and editor for more than seven years, mostly across a range of travel publications.

Reach her at leah.glynn@timeout.com or connect with her on social media.

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The 30 best albums of 2023

The 30 best albums of 2023

Some year, eh? We’ve been blessed with some absolute crackers of albums over the last 12 months. We’ve had sad girl anthem after sad girl anthem (boygenius, Mitski and Lana Del Rey in the same year?!), breakthrough pop stars (hello: Raye and Olivia Dean), as well as dancefloor-ready K-pop, killer soundtracks and emo kid comebacks. It’s been a stand-out year for new music, and while it’s never fun to have to choose your favourite, yes, we’ve gone and done it. We asked Time Out writers and editors from around the world to choose the one record they had on repeat over the last 12 months. Without further a do, here are 30 of our favourite albums of 2023. RECOMMENDED:The best movies of 2023 (so far)The best TV shows of 2023 you need to streamThe 50 best podcasts to listen to in 2023

The best gigs happening in Melbourne this month

The best gigs happening in Melbourne this month

December 2023: Melbourne, it's one helluva month for music. Blokes dominate the line-up, with bands like the Foo Fighters, The War on Drugs and the Teskey Brothers hitting stages across the city, along with 50 Cent, Zach Bryan, Jai Paul, Morrissey and Eric Prydz. But it's Caroline Polachek that you definitely won't want to miss at the Forum. It's also officially festival season, with Spilt Milk, Beyond the Valley, Meredith and Heaps Good all taking place. Pace yourselves, there's a lot of music to get through – we'll see you out there! Whether you're after an epic performance by an international act at a festival or an intimate gig at a local live music venue, consider this your ultimate guide to all the best live music happening this December. When stuck for things to do between live gigs, you can also always rely on our catch-all lists of Melbourne's best bars, restaurants, museums, parks and galleries, or consult our bucket list of 101 things to do in Melbourne before you die.  Craving a pint with your favourite local band? Here are the best live music pubs in Melbourne.

The best of Melbourne theatre and musicals this month

The best of Melbourne theatre and musicals this month

December 2023: Is there a more festive, feel-good production to see in December than A Christmas Carol? We think not, and this 2023 iteration of the Old Vic's beloved production is a winner, especially with Welsh actor Owen Teale in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The award-winning musical Miss Saigon continues to thrill audiences (and even make them shed a tear), while Hour of the Wolf is a choose-you-own-adventure theatre experience that's not for the faint of heart. And still going strong is the much-loved Mamma Mia! The Musical, the rockin' Elvis: A Musical Revolution and the spectacular, spectacular production of Moulin Rouge! It's an epic theatre line-up, so run, don't walk, to get tickets. Whether you're after a sing-along musical or an edge-of-your-seat theatrical thriller, consider this your ultimate guide to all the best theatre and musicals happening this December. When stuck for things to do between shows, you can also always rely on our catch-all lists of Melbourne's best bars, restaurants, museums, parks and galleries, or consult our bucket list of 101 things to do in Melbourne before you die.  Want something else to do this month? Check out our gig guide.

The best art and exhibitions in Melbourne this month

The best art and exhibitions in Melbourne this month

December 2023: Summer is officially here, things are winding down at work and there's a festive vibe in the air – sounds like the perfect time to go check out some art! The hotly anticipated NGV Triennial is back, showcasing everything from robot dogs and Schiaparelli gowns to a large-scale work by Yoko Ono and a banana taped to a wall. And make sure you go out to the NGV Garden to see 'This Is (Air)' – a giant breathing sphere that actually inhales and exhales. Over at ACMI, embark on a sublime sensory journey at the world premiere of Marshmallow Laser Feast's Works of Nature. For a look at some First Nations art, head to Watercolour Country, Wurrdha Marra or the Lume's Connection.  There's always something to see in this all-embracing city of ours, so don't let the month pass you by without getting your fix of the best art, culture and exhibitions in Melbourne this December. When in doubt, you can also always rely on our catch-all lists of Melbourne's best bars, restaurants, museums, parks and galleries, or consult our bucket list of 101 things to do in Melbourne before you die.  Keen to add some art to your home? These are the best places to buy art in Melbourne.

Best places to see Christmas lights in Melbourne

Best places to see Christmas lights in Melbourne

Across the city, Melbourne's Christmas lights get bigger and better every year. After you've finished putting up your own tree and decorations, it's time to hit the town in search of our best displays. There are plenty of locations throughout the CBD that will make you stop and gawk with wide-eyed wonder at the giant Christmas trees and glittering lights. But it’s not just the city that get bedazzled at this time of year. We’ve scoped out the suburbs where the residents have clearly been planning their decorations months in advance and who could give Clark Griswold a run for his money. Here are just a few of the biggest and brightest Christmas lights to gawk at this December.  Here's where to find the perfect Christmas tree in Melbourne, and here are our city's best Christmas markets.

Sink your teeth into Lune's monthly specials

Sink your teeth into Lune's monthly specials

Every day is a special day at Lune, purveyor of the world’s best croissants (well at least many people believe this to be true – this writer included), and Lune's December specials are finishing the year on a tasty, buttery bang.  You'll find the specials below, and because they vary between locations make sure to check out what's available at each store beforehand to avoid disappointment when you finally get to the front of that never-ending line.  Need more buttery goodness in your life? These are the best patisseries in Melbourne.

Celebrate the festive season with Lucas Restaurants

Celebrate the festive season with Lucas Restaurants

Between shopping for presents, wrapping up work projects and trying to find time to see all your friends and family, the festive season can be a teeny bit stressful. But this year, you can take the hassle out of hosting your end-of-year celebration thanks to Lucas Restaurants – because nobody’s got time to slave away in the kitchen for hours when there’s fun to be had. The hospo group is offering an array of fixed-price dining and drinking packages across its suite of impressive venues – including all your favourites like Society, Chin Chin, Kisumé and Hawker Hall. Whether you’re after a pizza party with a side of Spritzes, a traditional Japanese banquet or an elevated brasserie experience, there’s something to suit all group sizes and budgets. If you want to be transported to the Mediterranean this Christmas, look no further than Baby. The exclusive Boozy Banchetto offer features all the classic Baby dishes – we’re talking arancini, burrata, pizza and pasta, plus drinks aplenty. Lock it in for lunch at $66 per person, or go the dinner edition for $88 per person. Book here. Prepare to get all fired up over Yakimono’s flame-fuelled drinking and dining packages. The Sip and Setto lunch option is just $66 per person with unlimited beverages, and the menu includes karaage chicken, yuzu prawn gyozas, pork tonkatsu and barbecue corn ribs. Or gather six of your besties for dinner and you can pair any of the Setto menus with free-flowing sips for an extra $55 per person. And make sur

This CBD hotel is transforming one of its rooms into a festive winter wonderland

This CBD hotel is transforming one of its rooms into a festive winter wonderland

We sadly don't get to experience a picture-perfect white Christmas like our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, so for the past few years the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne has turned some of its rooms into a cosy winter wonderland. And it's been so popular that the boutique CBD hotel has decided to do it all over again in 2023. The King Federation View Loft Room has had a Christmassy makeover, and is now lovingly dubbed 'Candy Cane Lane'. Visitors can expect to be completely immersed in the festive spirit, with the room decked out with stockings, candy canes, baubles and a resplendent tree. It was created in collaboration with Ugg Express, so you'll also score an exclusive key chain and a 15 per cent discount code to put towards your very own pair of plush slippers. Settle in with a hot chocolate and one of DoubleTree's signature gooey chocolate chip cookies and watch as the sun sets over Flinders Street Station, the Yarra River and the MCG. And if you've been bursting to let Santa know what you want for Christmas, during your stay you can write a letter to the man in red and pop it into the provided miniature Australia Post mailbox.  The package, which starts at $496 per night, is available for bookings between November 24 and December 27. Your stay also includes complimentary parking and a buffet breakfast for two. For more information and to book, visit the DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne website.  Looking for more ways to be festive in the city? Check out our guide to cel

The best outdoor pools in Melbourne

The best outdoor pools in Melbourne

Despite complaints about the fickle weather, Melbourne does deliver when it comes to its pools. So the next time it hits 25 degrees, hit up one of these urban oases and drag your towel to a spare bit of premium pool real estate to soak up some rays. Alternatively, see if you've got the guts to become one of the Iceburgers at Brighton Baths, and swim your heart out come rain, hail or shine. Prefer sand in your toes? Head to one of the best beaches in Melbourne. Alternatively, check out the best places to swim in Melbourne.

Where to get Santa photos in Melbourne

Where to get Santa photos in Melbourne

The festive spirit is in the air and Melbourne is full to the brim with a merry line-up of fun and exciting Christmas events, including opportunities to take photos with Santa himself. It's a great chance to update your family photo, so to help you out we've compiled a comprehensive list of places in Melbourne where the man of the hour will be ready for his close-up.  Have a scroll and get planning – but remember, bookings are essential at a lot of these places, so don't delay or you'll miss out. Need help with the rest of your Christmas checklist? Don't forget to pick up your tree, hit up the Christmas markets and check out the city's best festive light displays.

The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

The 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world

It’s that time again. Every year, we ask thousands of city-dwellers to tell us the coolest spots in their cities. What are the places locals love and visitors flock to? Where are the exciting new openings across food, drink and culture? Where are people going out, hanging out and having fun? For the sixth year running, the results are in. Over 12,000 people had their say in this year’s shortlist, naming the neighbourhoods in their hometowns where everyone wants to be right now. Then, we narrowed down the selection with the insight and expertise of city editors and local experts who know their cities better than anyone else. To create and rank the final list, we considered factors including community and social ventures, access to open and green space, and thriving street life. In 2023, our neighbourhoods are more global than ever before. The rise and rise in post-pandemic digital nomadism has led to an explosion of brand-new community spaces, multi-purpose culture centres and more cafés than we can count on two hands. But while most of these neighbourhoods have experienced a transformation over recent years, they remain resolutely local at heart. Slick new developments and cool cafés might bring in new crowds, but neighbourhood stalwarts – from old pubs to family greengrocers – keep it real.  The world’s coolest neighbourhoods this year are, therefore, places with big personalities. Each area’s diversity is reflected in its food, culture and festivals. Community is key: local

Where to go stargazing in Melbourne

Where to go stargazing in Melbourne

Space: the final frontier. While we can't all be Jeff Bezos-ing up to space on a joyride, we can still admire the majesty of the universe from afar. Sure, you could just head outside anywhere after dark and look up. But if you're ready to take stargazing to the next level, these Melbourne locations and organisations can help you get the most out of your astronomical endeavours. And for something truly spectacular, consult our guide on where to see the Aurora Australis in Melbourne. Feeling peckish after a long stargazing session? Track down our favourite late-night eats or warm up at one of these late-night bars. 

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The Art of Banksy: Without Limits

The Art of Banksy: Without Limits

Fans of sneaky street art, rejoice! The acclaimed works of Banksy, the mysterious master of graffiti, are coming to Australia, and you won't even need to scour the city's laneways to see them for yourself. The Art of Banksy: Without Limits is a blockbuster exhibition that will feature murals, sculptures, photos, mapping shows (aka images or animations projected onto irregularly shaped surfaces), installations (including an “infinity room” filled with mirrors) and a simulation of ‘Dismaland Bemusement Park’ (for those who’ve never heard of it, it’s a gritty, dark theme park that was created by Banksy in 2015). It will also include some of the artist's most famous works, like 'Rude Copper', 'Flower Thrower' and the instantly recognisable 'Girl with Balloon'. But wait, that's not all: Banky's recent Ukraine murals will be referenced, and there’s even a space that pays homage to the MV Louise Michel, the high-speed boat that Banksy financially keeps afloat in the Mediterranean Sea to rescue refugees. The exhibition began in Brisbane, before heading to Adelaide where it is currently showing. Next on the national tour is Sydney, before finally reaching Melbourne in June 2024 (you can join the waitlist here for tickets). After that, it will head to Perth. Will Banksy be in attendance? Is this the moment Banksy's real identity will be revealed? You'll just have to stay tuned to find out more details. Get pumped for the Banksy exhibition by checking out the best street art in Melbour

Australian Open

Australian Open

Every year, thousands head to Melbourne Park to watch the superstars of tennis battle it out in the fierce summer heat. Despite the heatwaves that occur regularly during the event (temperatures of 35 degrees or higher are common) the Australian Open continues to attract the world's best tennis players and their fans to the southern hemisphere's only Grand Slam tournament. And even if you don’t make it into an arena, there will be live entertainment, giant screens, incredible drinking and dining options, and pop-up activations to enjoy. The AO Finals Festival will also return, with the line-up to be revealed soon. The 2024 tournament begins on Sunday, January 14. Day and night sessions are available, and adult ground pass tickets start at $59. Best to book your tickets sooner rather than later – head to the website for more information. Looking for more? Here are the best things to do in Melbourne this summer.  

James Blunt

James Blunt

From ‘You're Beautiful’ to ‘Goodbye My Lover’, James Blunt has been beside us as we walked through the rain, wrestling with our emotions and finding musical remedies to our heartache. Kinda dramatic and emotional? Sorry, that's just the vibe he gives us. And now, the British star is heading to Australia for a massive tour in 2024.   When is James Blunt performing in Melbourne? James Blunt’s Who We Used To Be tour will comprise five arena shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, and will hit Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, November 24, 2024.Blunt’s last headline show on Australian soil took place over six years ago, and the singer has stated his eagerness to get back in front of Australian fans."It’s been a few years since I last toured Down Under, and you’ve always been like a second home to me.  I cannot wait to be touring there again and playing for some of the best audiences in the world!" said Blunt. What will James Blunt’s Melbourne show be like? Though the show is a celebration of his most recent album, Who We Used To Be, fans can also expect to hear favourites from Blunt’s discography.  How can I get tickets to the James Blunt show and how much do they cost?  Early bird pre-sale tickets will be available from 10am on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 via Destroy All Lines, and on general sale via Ticketek from 9am on Friday, December 8. Ticket prices are yet to be released. Can't wait that long? Here are gigs with tickets on sale right now.

Six the Musical

Six the Musical

What if the Spice Girls did a concept album about King Henry VIII’s wives – and Baz Luhrmann directed the concert video? That, in a nutshell, is Six the Musical’s vibe: an up-tempo, empowering, all-singing, all-dancing account of the lives of the six key ladies in the Tudor monarch’s orbit. Much like Hamilton before it, the production is making history buffs out of legions of musical theatre tragics, and making musical theatre tragics out of pop and hip hop lovers. A decent knowledge of Tudor history might help in getting some of the deeper cut references, but the bar to entry is low – you’re much better served by a willingness to go with the flow and get in the groove. Since its premiere in 2017, Six the Musical has taken the world by storm, notching up two Tony Awards and a Grammy nomination. It played to sold-out audiences in Melbourne in 2022, and now it's back for a new Australian tour in 2024. It will reign supreme at the Comedy Theatre from August, before heading to Sydney and Brisbane. Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six the Musical brings to life the stories of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anna of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Catherine Parr, with each wife given the opportunity to reclaim their own narrative. It's high concept, high quality and highly enjoyable. With its cast of queens and unapologetic, celebratory feminism, Six the Musical rules. To join the waitlist for tickets, head to the website. Want more? Discover the best of Melbourn

TLC

TLC

If you grew up in the nineties or early noughties, there’s a good chance you blasted TLC from your discman at some point. Well, it’s time to relive those glory days because the Grammy Award-winning girl group is coming to Melbourne for an exclusive show at Rod Laver Arena on March 2, 2024.  ​​Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas are set to perform all their classic R’n’B hits, including ‘Waterfalls’, ‘Unpretty’, ‘Creep’ and the legendary female empowerment anthem, ‘No Scrubs’. Joining them is none other than Busta Rhymes and En Vogue. Having sold more than 85 million records worldwide, TLC is considered one of the bestselling American girl groups of all time. The original trio (which included the late, great Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes) racked up four multi-platinum albums and won four career Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and five Soul Train Music Awards. In 2022, TLC was also inducted into the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame. The CrazySexyCool tour will mark 30 years since the release of the band's second studio album. It was a huge success, reaching top five on the charts, and remaining in the top 100 for 76 weeks. The Live Nation pre-sale starts on December 6 at 1pm, concluding at 12pm the following day. General public tickets go on sale December 7 at 1pm. For more information, head to the Live Nation website.   Love a live music sesh? Check out our ultimate guide to Melbourne's best summer music festivals.

Mount Alexander Hotel

Mount Alexander Hotel

If you were looking for an excuse to venture into the inner-north ‘burb of Moonee Ponds, here it is: the Mount Alexander Hotel has recently opened, and it could just be the watering hole of your dreams. At the helm of this pub project is part-owner Andrew Wright (formerly executive chef at the Speakeasy Group) and Noel Murphy (ex Mjolner and Rice Paper Scissors), who've created a welcoming venue that’s perfect for a midweek meal, Saturday night boogie or chilled-out Sunday sesh. The recently revamped interiors by Studio Y have injected a retro vibe into the space, with the colour palette now centred around warm tones of terracotta and cream, with timber accents and pops of lush greenery. The menu is chock-full of hearty classics – we’re talking a Wagyu burger, parma, market fish and some handmade pasta options. For the carnivores, there are five different steaks to choose from, while the snacks range from burrata and calamari to croquettes and tuna crudo nachos. If you pop in on a Wednesday you can treat yourself to the $45 crayfish special, and on Sundays you can get a roast with all the trimmings for just $35. When it comes to the drinks, there’s no chance of going thirsty here. The curated cocktail list is loaded with bevvies boasting fun names like Honey, I Shrunk The Highball and Spicy Little Devil, while the mostly Australian wine list has plenty of tipples that can be served both by the glass or bottles. For a froff, there are nine beers on tap and even more in a tinni

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight is landing at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for another glorious Christmas Eve celebration. And yes, that means it's time to start practicing the words to 'Silent Night'. Pack a picnic and expect to hear all the Christmas classics belted out by the likes of Casey Donovan, Marina Prior, Denis Walter, David Hobson, Silvie Paladino, Simon Gleeson and plenty more.  The annual Christmas concert started in 1938, which makes the 2023 concert a celebration of the event's 86th year of festive fun (wow!). Gates open at 4pm with family-friendly activities and food stalls before the main event begins at 8pm. All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting children with little or no vision. Find out more about booking your tickets this year at the official website. Looking for more festive fun? Don't miss Melbourne's month-long Christmas festival – and it's mostly free!

Christmas Festival in the City of Melbourne

Christmas Festival in the City of Melbourne

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas here in Melbourne, and to help us ring in the festive season, the City of Melbourne has announced the return of its epic, month-long Christmas Festival. From November 25 to December 25, our city will come alive with family-friendly (and mostly free!) events that are sure to turn any Grinch into a believer.  This year, you can look forward to exciting attractions like a Christmas-themed roller-skating rink in Carlton's Argyle Square; a full-size maze filled with giant presents and interactive games in Docklands; sound and light shows nightly from 9pm at Christmas Square; and a festive line-up of flicks showing at the Capitol Theatre. You won't want to miss the inaugural Christmas River Show, which will illuminate Southbank every night, dazzling onlookers with water fountains, lasers, lights and projections set to a soundtrack of festive tunes. Howey Place will be transformed into Santa's Workshop where you can snap plenty of jolly pics, while the Christmas Carnival will return to the banks of the Yarra River with treats, rides and arcade-style games. The Christmas Quest and Treasure Hunt is also back (and there are plenty of prizes to be won), and there will be mesmerising projections illuminating buildings like Melbourne Town Hall and the State Library Victoria. And it wouldn't be the Christmas Festival without the return of the iconic 17.5 metre Christmas tree at Fed Square, so rest assured that it'll be lit up and on display.  Oh,

Christmas Choirs

Christmas Choirs

The festive season is well and truly here, so what better way to celebrate than with a bit of good old-fashioned choir fun?  From November 24 to December 24, choir communities from across Melbourne will be performing all your favourite Christmas tunes at Fed Square. The diverse program has something for everyone, from gospel and Pasifika to acapella and voices from the queer community.  You can expect everything from Christmas classics to more contemporary festive tunes, with carols sung in English as well as other languages. For the full program, head to the Fed Square website. Looking for more ways to be festive in the city? Here's our guide to celebrating Christmas in Melbourne. Plus, where you can see all the Christmas lights.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

Blue Lotus Water Garden

Blue Lotus Water Garden is more than 50,000 square metres in size and is covered by a multitude of water lilies and lotus flowers that are spread across dozens of picturesque ponds and two lakes. Take a stroll around the gardens and peek inside the four greenhouses that grow rare plants – including the Giant Amazon Lily, the world’s largest lily species.  Even though it's only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the gardens feel thoroughly tropical thanks to the palms, lagoons and waterfall (yep, there's even a waterfall). Aside from the huge water lily display, Blue Lotus Water Garden also features a colourful selection of perennial flowers, a highly 'grammable bridge walk over the largest lake, plenty of native plants and wildlife, a café and barbecue area. It's all a bit magical, an element amplified by the fairy garden and dragon sculptures that the kids are guaranteed to love.  This top-notch garden is what they call a seasonal display garden, meaning it’s only open for a very short time throughout the year. The 2023/24 water lily season will run between December 26 and March 31.  For more information and to plan your trip, visit the website. Psst... want more? These are the best secret gardens in Melbourne.

Groundhog Day the Musical

Groundhog Day the Musical

Whether you’re a fan of the original ‘90s movie (starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell) or have ever wondered what it would be like to relive the same day over and over and over again, you’ll be thrilled to know that Groundhog Day the Musical is making its Australian debut in Melbourne for a strictly limited and exclusive season.  Direct from a record-breaking run at London’s Old Vic, the production will transform the Princess Theatre from January 24, 2024. The Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning musical-comedy tells the story of Phil Connors, a self-centered weatherman from Pittsburgh who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. When he becomes trapped in a time warp that sees him forced to replay one particular day on a loop, he embarks on a hilarious journey of enlightenment and redemption. The brainchild of Tim Minchin AM and director Matthew Warchus (who are teaming up again after collaborating on Matilda the Musical), as well as Danny Rubin, the film’s original writer, Groundhog Day the Musical is set to deliver a heart-warming experience that theatregoers are guaranteed to love.  “I have waited seven years for this moment!” said Tim Minchin AM. “Groundhog Day the Musical, like Matilda the Musical, has a unique mixture of darkness and light, of head and heart, and of complexity and joy, and I’ve been convinced since its first iteration that Australians will love it! I’m so excited that the run is going to be in Melbourne, th

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market returns to Melbourne just in time for the festive season, with the Royal Exhibition Building set to be transformed into a shopper's haven for three big days. From December 1-3, you can browse more than 250 stallholders from Australia and New Zealand selling ethically made ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, lifestyle products, stationery, limited-edition art prints, pet wares and so much more. All that shopping can be hungry work, so fuel up with treats from some of the country's best culinary connoisseurs, including the likes of Wonder Pies, La Tortilleria, Casa Nata, That's Amore Cheese, Claw and Tail, Wonderbao, Mork Chocolate and Billy Van Creamery. On the beverage front, St Ali will be slinging coffee to keep your energy levels up, while Pizzini Wines, Penni Ave Distillery, Marnong Estate Wines, Molly Rose Brewery and Archie Rose Distilling Co will be on hand to whip up something a tad stronger.  An exclusive installation by guest artist Georgia Perry will be on display to all marketgoers, in the form of a giant inflatable eye that harnesses colour and vibrancy in the most spectacular way. And if you’ve got kids in tow, a designated entertainment zone complete with cubby houses and creative activities is sure to keep them busy. The show bags are also back – these usually sell out within the first few hours and boast more than $200 worth of goodies (including earrings, stationery, socks and gourmet produce) for just $35. A different selection o

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Taxis can now be booked via Uber in Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria

Taxis can now be booked via Uber in Melbourne and parts of regional Victoria

It’s the partnership we never saw coming: Uber and Victoria’s taxi industry are joining forces, with cab drivers now able to sign up for the ride-share app and accept fares. This real-life enemies to lovers narrative is the result of Uber Australia overhauling its vehicle eligibility requirements as part of a global push to create a better experience for users while also providing new earning opportunities for taxi drivers.  It means that the next time you book an Uber, you will see an option to call a car from a local taxi service. Everything else remains the same: upfront pricing, exceptional safety features, in-app payment and trip support. Inviting taxis onto the platform will also (hopefully) reduce wait times and increase reliability.  “We know people like choice when it comes to how they get around town, and with the addition of taxis, riders can book a taxi for the trips where they would need or prefer one,” said Uber managing director, Dom Taylor. “We believe that working together, Uber and taxis provide consumers with more choice and flexibility while creating new earnings opportunities for taxi drivers across Victoria.” Melbourne isn’t the first city where taxis are bookable via Uber though; the initiative has already been introduced in New York, Mexico City, San Francisco and Auckland. And if the local roll-out is successful, it’s likely other Australian cities will also follow suit.  There are some limitations, however. For those in regional Victoria, taxis will

Coldplay are bringing their Music of the Spheres tour to Melbourne in 2024: here's everything we know

Coldplay are bringing their Music of the Spheres tour to Melbourne in 2024: here's everything we know

Viva la vida! It's the news everyone in Australia has been waiting for: global music superstars Coldplay are returning Down Under in 2024, with dates just announced for their Music of the Spheres world tour. And while it feels like a long time to wait (the band last performed in Melbourne in 2016), tickets are set to go on sale very soon. When is Coldplay coming to Melbourne? Coldplay will perform at Marvel Stadium on October 30 and 31, 2024. Two new shows on November 2 and 3 have also just been added. How can I get tickets to the Melbourne Coldplay shows and how much do they cost? The ticket pre-sale will start at 10am on Wednesday, November 29, via the Coldplay website – with prices ranging from the $32 Infinity Tickets (a limited number of these will be released at an undisclosed time) to next-level “Ultimate Spheres” VIP experiences. The general sale will begin on Friday, December 1 via the Coldplay website and Ticketmaster – we have a feeling they’ll sell out at the speed of sound (ahem). Where else is Coldplay playing in Australia as part of the 2024 Music of the Spheres tour? The only other city lucky enough to score a visit from Coldplay is Sydney, with the band locked into performing at Accor Stadium on November 6 and 7, 2024. Auckland is also on the bill, with a show scheduled for November 13 at Eden Park. Considering it's a pretty quick visit, us Melburnians should be feeling pretty lucky right now. What will Coldplay's Melbourne shows be like? In November 2023,

A swish new library has opened at Queen Victoria Market

A swish new library has opened at Queen Victoria Market

ICYMI, the Queen Victoria Market precinct is undergoing a major redevelopment (a fancy food hall just opened) and now you find a cosy nook to devour a good book there too, as a brand new community library is now open to the public.   The Narrm Ngarrgu (meaning 'Melbourne knowledge' in Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung language) library is part of a $500 million development on Therry Street, and it's the first new library in the City of Melbourne in the last decade. Three floors of the building make up the 3,100m2 library, including a dedicated children's library with unique carpet artwork designed by Aboriginal artist Maree Clark.    Photograph: Supplied   The $15.7 million state-of-the-art facility also has a family services centre (with maternal health consulting rooms and a playgroup area), podcast and audio recording studios, event spaces, meeting rooms and a creative makers' hub complete with 3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines and paint booths. It's pretty much a one-stop shop for community services.  Melburnians can enjoy more than 80 heritage and never-before-seen artworks throughout the building, as well as a rooftop terrace featuring lush lawn areas, native plants and stunning views of the market precinct.  "Using the lure of literature, we’re attracting more city workers and residents to the Queen Victoria Market precinct – with a library, community spaces and essential family services in the heart of the city," said Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp. "We’re expec

Melbourne has just been named the world’s tenth best city for culture right now

Melbourne has just been named the world’s tenth best city for culture right now

Talk about kicking some serious goals. Just one month ago we were basking in the glow of Brunswick East being named the sixth coolest neighbourhood in the world. And in June, Melbourne clawed its way back from tenth to be named the third most liveable city in the world.  Now, after quizzing more than 21,000 city-dwellers from across the globe to find out the best cities for art and culture right now, we can reveal that Melbourne has landed at number ten on the list. And while the news should come as no surprise to any Melburnian (we live and breathe all things arts and culture here, after all), we’re pretty bloody stoked to be the only Aussie location to get that global recognition. To curate the list, locals were quizzed on their city’s best cultural venues and experiences, and were also asked to score their city’s cultural offerings based on both quality and affordability. It’s important to note that affordability is relative here: what’s considered cheap to locals in one city might not be to those in another. But whether it’s because of discounted museum entry or free open-air festivals, these are destinations where art and culture won’t break the bank.  The selection was then narrowed down to 20 key cities by excluding cities with lower overall scores and only including the highest-scoring city for each country (has anyone checked to see if Sydney is ok?). Four ‘spotlight’ cities were added to the final ranking – cities that weren’t surveyed but were nominated by Time Out

The Kid Laroi just announced his first-ever Australian stadium tour for 2024

The Kid Laroi just announced his first-ever Australian stadium tour for 2024

He's currently one of the world's most in-demand musicians, and now the Kid Laroi (aka the golden boy of Australian hip-hop) has just revealed the 2024 dates for his next Australian tour. To say we're excited is an understatement. The deceptively named The First Time Tour is a reference to his most recent album, which reflects on the journey of grappling with fame alongside the challenges of break-ups, grief and life as a young person in 2023. The massive stadium tour will kick off in Melbourne at AAMI Park on February 2, before heading to Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. The Inner West-born artist came to global recognition in his early teens, and has gone on to win a slew of awards, collaborate with artists including Justin Bieber, and sell out stadiums around the world.  Fans will remember the chaos that ensued the last time the Kid Laroi visited Melbourne in 2022, when he was forced to cancel two performances at Rod Laver Arena due to illness. He returned nine days after the shows were originally set to take place, putting on an epic 23-track gig that blew audiences away – it’s safe to assume that the ARIA winner’s return to Melbourne will be an epic affair.The Melbourne pre-sales will run for 24-hours (or until sold out) from Wednesday, November 15, at 11am. If you don't qualify for a pre-sale, Melbourne-based fans will be able to grab tickets for The First Time Tour at 11am on Monday, November 20, via Ticketek.  RECOMMENDED: The Monolopy Dreams theme park has offi

Victoria just became the only Australian destination to make Nat Geo’s ‘Cool List’ for 2024

Victoria just became the only Australian destination to make Nat Geo’s ‘Cool List’ for 2024

Just when we were beginning to settle down after the news broke that Brunswick East is officially the sixth coolest neighbourhood in the world, it’s time to pop the champers again, because National Geographic’s annual ‘Cool List’ has been revealed for 2024, and Victoria is the only Aussie destination to make the cut. Has someone checked on NSW yet? The 30 must-visit hotspots on the revered travel magazine’s round-up include a whopping 15 European locations (like the Albanian Alps, Belfast in Northern Ireland and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii), while the Americas were featured nine times with places like the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and the good ol’ US state of Texas – yee-haw, indeed. Africa and Asia scored three mentions apiece with places like Akagera in Rwanda and Sikkim in India, with Victoria being the sole representative for all of Australasia. Now that’s not bad company, if you ask us. So what exactly makes Victoria so cool right now? According to Nat Geo, the southern state made the cut thanks to having “the country’s steamiest new road trip”. The Great Victorian Bathing Trail is a new tourism route that will link up thermal pools, hot springs and sea baths from across the state to create the ultimate 900-kilometre wellness road trip. Six sites are already included on the trail: Metung Hot Springs, Alba Thermal Springs and Spa, Peninsula Hot Springs, Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa, Geelong Eastern Sea Baths and Deep Blue Hotel an

Jerry Seinfeld is heading to Melbourne for two exclusive shows in 2024

Jerry Seinfeld is heading to Melbourne for two exclusive shows in 2024

Dust off your puffy shirt, folks – we have some exciting news. Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld is coming to Melbourne for not one but two exclusive stand-up shows. And yes, we're ready to forgive him for that time he called our fair city the "anus of the world". Having last visited our shores back in 2017, the comedy legend is returning to Australia in 2024. He’ll be taking over Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on June 22 and 23. Prior to his 2017 arena tour – which took the master of the deadpan one-liner from Perth to Adelaide – Seinfeld hadn’t performed in Melbourne since 1998. And while he might make us wait a hot minute between shows, it’s fair to say it’s worth it. The 2017 tour was a sell-out success, and we suspect the 2024 iteration will be the same. The American comedian is best known for the acutely observational (often neurotic) version of himself that was broadcast to the world through the hugely successful self-titled comedy series Seinfeld. Since the show first aired in 1989, the globally adored comedian/writer/producer has turned his hand to a wild variety of visual comedy – from talk shows, to Netflix specials, to that Obama skit. Details on what to expect from Seinfeld’s 2024 Australia tour are thin on the ground, but we’re willing to bank on a whole lot of laughter. Melbourne-based Seinfeld fans will be able to snap up tickets at noon on Friday, November 17, via Ticketek. Lucky Telstra Plus members will have access to pre-sale tickets from noon (local time) on

Are you ready for it? New tickets are going on sale for Taylor Swift's Melbourne shows

Are you ready for it? New tickets are going on sale for Taylor Swift's Melbourne shows

Missed out on Taylor Swift tickets back in June? Didn't feel like the Eras cinema experience was enough for you? Haven't registered for the Swiftposium? Never fear, because our queen has announced that she's dropping a fresh batch of extra tickets for her Australian tour, including Melbourne. Yes, our wildest dreams have come true. The new tickets will be released on Friday, November 10. The Melbourne shows initially sold out within hours – it was estimated four million fans jumped online with hopes of getting up close and personal with the sequin-studded sensation. And when the three-hour spectacle that is the Eras Tour came to cinemas, it became the most profitable concert film in history, breaking box office records even before it was released and banking a hefty $3.8 million during its opening weekend in Australia. Now Aussie fans are getting another chance to experience Tay Tay's magic in person. The new tickets for the Melbourne shows will be made available via Ticketek at 4pm AEDT on Friday, November 10, with prices starting at a glittering $79.90 (full disclosure: some of these tickets are for seats with partially obscured views). Make sure to clear your meetings and set an alarm – these extra tickets aren't going to last long. RECOMMENDED: Yes! There’s a way to see Taylor Swift's Eras Tour for only $19.89 Melbourne is set to host an academic conference dedicated to Taylor Swift Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift's Eras Tour coming to Australia

The Weeknd Melbourne 2023 – here's what you need to know

The Weeknd Melbourne 2023 – here's what you need to know

Update November 3, 2023: Live Nation has just announced that due to "unforeseen circumstances" the Weeknd has had to postpone the upcoming Australian and New Zealand legs of his After Hours Til Dawn tour. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows, and patrons who are unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund. New dates will be announced next year – watch this space for more info as it comes in. Has the Weekend cancelled his Australian tour in 2023? Due to "unforeseen circumstances", all of his Australian shows – including his Melbourne dates – have been postponed. New dates are set to be revealed in 2024. Is the Weeknd touring Australia in 2023? Not anymore. On November 3, Live Nation announced the Weeknd would be rescheduling all of the 2023 dates of his After Hours Til Dawn tour and moving them to 2024. When is the Weeknd coming to Melbourne? The Weeknd was originally set to perform in Melbourne on December 1, 2, 4 and 5, 2023. These shows have now been postponed.  How much are the Weeknd tickets for Melbourne?  Ticket prices will range from $102.87-$306.75, but prices may be subject to change.  What stadium will the Weeknd play at in Melbourne?  The Weeknd was scheduled to play at Marvel Stadium in Docklands, near the CBD.  Where else is the Weeknd playing in Australia as part of the 2023 After Hours til Dawn tour? In addition to his Melbourne show, the Weeknd was scheduled to perform at Accor Stadium in Sydney on November 24, 25 and 27, and Suncorp

The Weeknd Sydney: 2023 tour dates cancelled, to be rescheduled in 2024

The Weeknd Sydney: 2023 tour dates cancelled, to be rescheduled in 2024

Update November 3, 2023: Live Nation has just announced that due to "unforeseen circumstances" the Weeknd has had to postpone the upcoming Australian and New Zealand legs of his After Hours Til Dawn tour. All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled shows, and patrons who are unable to attend the new dates will be offered a refund. New dates will be announced next year – watch this space for more info as it comes in. Has the Weekend cancelled his Australian tour in 2023? Due to "unforeseen circumstances", all of his Australian shows – including his Sydney dates – have been postponed. New dates are set to be revealed in 2024. When is the Weeknd coming to Sydney and Australia? The Weeknd was due to play three shows in Sydney on November 24, 25 and 27, 2023. These shows have now been postponed.  How much are the Weeknd Sydney tickets?  Prices for the rescheduled dates in 2024 are subject to change, but here are the prices from the initial announcement for 2023: The cheapest tickets are the 'D-reserve' seats in the top tier of the stadium, starting at $106.55. C-reserve through to A-reserve seats range from $157.55 - $259.50. General admission standing tickets start at $239.10, and golden circle general admission standing tickets (which are closer to the main stage and walkway) start from $310.45. VIP packages start from $493.95 and go all the way up to $810. What Sydney stadium will the Weeknd play at?  The Weeknd will still play at Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park when the

Uh oh: the Melbourne train lines with the most delays and cancellations have been revealed

Uh oh: the Melbourne train lines with the most delays and cancellations have been revealed

Ahh Melbourne’s public transport network – there are so many things we love about it (the free city circle tram! 24-hour services on the weekend! The new accessible G Class trams!) and so many things we don’t (an outdated Myki system! Vertigo-inducing escalators at Parliament Station! When you get dinged by an angry tram driver!). And now we’ve got another gripe to get fired up about: the train lines with the most delays and no-shows have been named, with Craigieburn and Werribee faring the worst out of Melbourne’s 17 routes. According to data from Public Transport Victoria, one in ten trains on these two lines were five minutes late in the past year – that’s a lot of people missing their 9am morning meetings.  And it’s not much better for commuters on the Frankston, Sunbury and Belgrave lines, with these trains delayed more than eight per cent of the time. Pakenham also takes the (unwanted) crown for the most cancellations, with 2.2 per cent of trains total no-shows. So what’s the cause of these (hugely annoying) delays? Metro Trains blames a growing number of trespassers, vandalism and graffiti for the rise in disrupted services. Overcrowding is also a huge concern as it takes longer for passengers to board and alight at stations, and some older trains still running on the network are more susceptible to breakdowns.  Metro Trains' current multi-million dollar contract includes a 92 per cent punctuality target and a 98.5 per cent reliability target – and while those benchmar

Cheap flight alert! Score a bargain overseas getaway thanks to Vietjet's huge flash sale

Cheap flight alert! Score a bargain overseas getaway thanks to Vietjet's huge flash sale

Hands up if you get to this time of the year, with Christmas just around the corner (terrifying, right?), and all you want to do is book a holiday and escape overseas. Us too, which is why we couldn't be more stoked that Vietjet Air has just announced one of its massive flash sales, with one-way tickets from Melbourne to the land of pho, banh mi and bun cha for as little as $166. There’s no need to set your alarms because Vietjet’s mega sale is already going down and will end at midnight on October 27. Tickets are up for grabs for holidays taken between November 21, 2023 and March 31, 2024, with nifty flights to international destinations like Vietnam (of course), India, Japan and South Korea. That means you could literally be trawling through the Vietnamese street food markets, zipping through town on a motorbike, or cruising down the Mekong in less than a month.    Photograph: Supplied/Vietjet Air     If Vietnam has always been on your bucket list then you’ll be happy to hear that one of the cheapest flights out of Melbourne starts at $166 one-way for a base fare to the buzzing Ho Chi Minh City. There are some other big-ticket international destinations included in the flash sale, too, including one-way flights to Singapore from $166, Hong Kong from $306, New Delhi from $205, Phuket from $338 and Seoul from $349. One important thing to note: these discounts are applied to the base fares only, and are exclusive of taxes and other applicable charges. Sometimes the best dec