April is music month at Urban List and we’ve got all of your music needs covered with this ultimate Melbourne gig guide.
From festivals and big-time touring artists to free gigs, there is a whole lot of live music to get around in Melbourne this month. See you there.
If you do a quick search on what’s playing in Melbourne every month, your brain is pretty much guaranteed to explode from the slew of choices. Lucky we’ve done some digging on your behalf and plucked out the best gigs of the bunch for the month of April.
So get your diaries ready, because here are the best gigs in Melbourne this month with tickets still available—however, we suggest you move quickly on some of these, as they’re likely to sell out before you know it. See you at the bar.
Mallrat (also known as Grace Shaw) has insane supporting acts on her new tour, including producers Basenji and NYNE and singer-songwriter Kota Banks. She’s been busy on the festival circuit, so it’s no surprise that her first few gigs in Melbourne in April are sold out. In fact, she’s had to add a few shows to keep up with the demand but it’s likely they’ll sell out soon, so get on it fast.
You probably think that you’re better now, but wait until you get your hands on some Post Malone tickets. The multi-platinum American rapper announced his return to Australia with a huge arena tour taking in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney across April and May. There are three dates in Melbourne and they’re likely to sell like hotcakes, so get your tickets soon.
Hozier is set to make his Australian return for Bluesfest this year and, to top it all off, he's announced a stint of headline shows, including two in Melbourne (one of which is already sold out). So if you can’t make it to Bluesfest, you’ll want to head to the Palais Theatre in St Kilda and rock your indie/blues pants off on 26 April. Metaphorically, of course.
Breakout pop star Anne-Marie’s first Melbourne show at 170 Russell has already sold out. But lucky for you pop lovers out there, a second Melbourne show has been added at Prince Bandroom on Wednesday 3 April, to meet high demand from fans. Extra good news: Australian electronica band Glades is the supporting act, so it’s pretty much a double win. Make sure to grab your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment.
Matt Corby’s Rainbow Valley Tour
Singer-songwriter Matt Corby’s indie rock goodness is gracing Margaret Court Arena on Friday 12 April and Geelong’s Performing Arts Centre on Saturday 13 April. BLESSED and Eliott will be supporting, so you know you’ll be in for a good night. You can grab tickets here.
Pure has become one of Australia and New Zealand's most loved techno events and it’s back for its fifth year with its biggest lineup to date. We’re talking British house and techno record producer/DJ Carl Cox, Italian electronic musician Marco Carola and much more. Pure 2019 will be held at the Melbourne Showgrounds on 20 April and tickets are on sale here.
Wine Machine 2019
What’s better than a full-bodied day of wine, food and live music? Nothing, that’s what. Showcasing both the splendour of our nation’s most picturesque wine regions, as well as spectacular Australian music artists, Wine Machine 2019 is looking very promising. The line-up includes The Presets, Hayden James, Hot Dub Time Machine and more, so don’t miss out and grab your tickets here.
Ability Fest 2019
If you’re looking to simultaneously attend a gig and make a charitable donation, you’ll be pleased to know that Ability Fest is back on Sunday 7 April at the Coburg Velodrome. The impressive line-up includes The Presets, Jasper James, Hot Dub Time Machine and a lot more. 100% of the proceeds will go towards helping young Australians with disabilities, so get your tickets here.
Claptone’s The Masquerade
Whip out your masks, because Claptone is bringing their signature masquerade rave back to Melbourne. Known for never appearing without their identity-concealing golden mask, the German DJ is taking over Burnley’s Circus Park on Saturday 13 April with an epic party. For the mask-less among us, masks will be provided upon entry, so get your hands on the final release of tickets here.
Basement Jaxx vs the Metropolitan Orchestra
Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe (aka Basement Jaxx) are a double Brit and Grammy-award-winning electronic music duo. Following Basement Jaxx’s groundbreaking 2011 album collaboration with The Metropole Orkest, the duo will unveil a new and updated version of the project as they creatively collide live on stage with Sydney’s The Metropolitan Orchestra. The Melbourne show’s at Margaret Court Arena on Saturday 13 April, and you can grab your tickets here.
We’re sorry if you’re cringing right now, but we just couldn’t skip this epic trip down memory lane. Boyzone’s Farewell Tour is in full swing, so it’s time to simultaneously say goodbye to Boyzone and to the 90s on 3 April at Margaret Court Arena. And if all that 90s goodness is not enough, supporting Boyzone will be fellow singer/songwriter Brian McFadden, who began his singing career as a member of Westlife in 1998. You really won’t want to miss this one—buy your tickets here.
To celebrate the release of her single For Your Love, Montaigne has announced a run of national tour dates. Her new single is both brutally personal and bold and it’s definitely worth the trip to Richmond at the Corner Hotel. Eilish Gilligan will also be making an appearance. You can grab tickets here.
Last Dinosaurs Yumeno Garden Tour
Last Dinosaur just released a third show by popular demand on Saturday 6 April at Brunswick favourite Howler. Melbourne outfit RAT!hammock will be accompanying them for what’ll surely be a dance-tastic night. We know we’ve said it in every paragraph of this article, but you’ll really want to take it to heart with this one: tickets are super limited, so get yours now.
Sledgehammer and Bad Bangs
Unwinded presents a night of '60s garage rock and surf on Thursday 4 April at the Espy. Melbourne-based trio Bad Bangs and frontwoman Sophia Lubczenko (aka Sledgehammer) are here to make all your lo-fi rock dreams come true. Entry is free, so bring your mates and grab a seat.
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