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10 Melbourne Gigs to Catch Before The End of the Year

By Sophie Colvin
22nd Aug 2015

Melbourne has a pretty epic music scene, there’s always a gig to catch, a festival to go to or a concert to look forward to. Here’s our list of 10 Melbourne gigs that are not to be missed, but obviously we’ve barely scratched the surface.


UK band Rudimental are just about to start their world tour titled ‘We The Generation’. It’ll be high a energy performance that’ll be showcasing the band’s new album of the same name, but there’s no way they can get away with not playing hit tracks such as Waiting All Night and Feel The Love, surely?
Date: 8 December
Venue: The Forum
Tickets: $70

Vallis Alps

It’s no secret how much I love Vallis Alps (I wrote about them here) and they’re playing in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club in October. October is shaping up to be a ripper month, gig wise! Vallis Alps are straight outta Canberra and will treat you to the smoothest tunes (seriously, give them a listen). They’re doing three shows in Melbourne and there are still tickets available to the Tuesday gig.
Date: 10, 11, 13 October
Venue: Northcote Social Club
Tickets: $15

Chet Faker

Our main man Chet Faker doesn’t really need any introduction. With a handful of ARIAs under his belt and a Triple J Hottest 100 #1 to his name, you’d have to be barking mad to turn down the chance to see Chet at the glorious Sydney Myer Music Bowl. Quietly, I’m stoked that I have tickets. And I have a spare. Best date offer wins.
Date: 30 October
Venue: Sydney Myer Music Bowl
Tickets: $81…. Or apply within

Dustin Tebbutt

Dustin Tebbutt is playing at the Corner Hotel and he really, really shouldn’t be missed. If you’re not familiar with Tebbutt, but are a fan of the likes of Sigur Rös, Justin Vernon and other acoustic wonders, you need to treat your ears.
Date: 18 September
Venue: The Corner Hotel
ickets: $26

Florence + The Machine

I can hand on heart say that the Florence + The Machine is one of the best gigs you’ll see. She’s dreamy and high energy all at once and you’ll leave with the feeling that you’re destined to be BFFs. Florence’s concerts are always fantastic performances and lucky for you, she’s visiting Melbourne for two shows, both to be held at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.
Date: 10 – 11 November
Venue: Sydney Myer Music Bowl
Tickets: From $99


Rüfüs is made up of a few guys that went to school together in Sydney (there’s hope for your high school band yet) and they’re absolutely killing it these days. Their debut album peaked at number one in Australia and they’re gaining a name for themselves in the US too. They’re touring Australia in October and you can catch them and their punchy tunes at The Forum.
Date: 23 October
Venue: The Forum
Tickets: $49

The Paper Kites

This stunning indie/rock/folk band is launching its new album on the 23rd of October and you’ll have the chance to be the first to catch it. Melbourne born and bred, The Paper Kites will treat you to gentle, but uplifting tunes.
Date: 23 October
Venue: 170 Russell
Tickets: $25

Meg Mac

Melbourne artist Meg Mac is having a bit of a moment right now and will be commencing her national tour at the beginning of September. Full disclaimer, both of Meg Mac’s Melbourne gigs have sold out, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?!
Date: 26 -27 September
Venue: The Corner Hotel
Tickets: Beg, borrow or steal.

Flight Facilities x MSO

Being held as part of Melbourne Festival, this is a collaboration that we’re hanging out to see. A pairing of Melbourne’s very own symphony orchestra and one of Australia’s most loved bands, playing together at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl is set to be cracker of a concert.
Date: 17 October
Venue: Sydney Myer music Bowl
Tickets: Have a hunt on line or bribe a friend who was quicker than you.

John Farnham

I’m sorry, but Farnsy had to be put on the list purely for the lolz. Hasn’t the man retired like, 38 times? He’s even stopped calling it a farewell tour. One headline in 2011 read “John Farnham set to come out of retirement again with national tour.” We’re in 2015. Anyway, he’s playing at the Palais as part of a Music Hall of Fame gig.
Date: 20 Novemeber
Venue: Palais Theatre
Tickets: $96

Here is The List that I actually wanted to include, but my street cred was in jeopardy.


Elton John

Neil Diamond


Fleetwood Mac

David Guetta


Tay Tay Swift

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