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Gig Guide: What’s On In Melbourne This Week

By Bianca O'Neill
9th Dec 2015

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Here are the best gigs in Melbourne this week with tickets still available, as well as upcoming gigs on sale now. See you at the bar?

Gigs This Week in Melbourne

Father John Misty

Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, found a solid congregation of fans across the globe on the release of his 2012 album Fear Fun. He dropped his second album under the FJM moniker earlier this year, the critically acclaimed I Love You, Honeybear, and he's ready to convert you this Wednesday and Thursday night at The Forum. Amen.

Julia Holter

Bringing her stunning ensemble back to Australia hot on the heels of her colossal new album Have You In My Wilderness, LA native Julia Holter is hitting up Howler this Friday for a quick stop on her way to Meredith. Hot tip: Make sure you get there early to catch a weirdly wonderful support from Sui Zhen. Tickets here.

Gin Wigmore

Also at Howler this weekend, NZ's very own blues rocker Gin Wigmore returns to Melbourne for a blistering delivery of her newest album Gravel & Wine this Saturday. One of our personal faves, Gin has been waiting to break into the mainstream consciousness for a while - and we think it's about time that happened. Grab your tickets here.

Astral Skulls

Celebrating the release of his latest album contact:light, Astral Skulls is headed to The Tote this Thursday night to deliver a unique blend of electronic grungy rock. It's time to get swaying and grab your tickets here.


From 1993 in Chicago to Melbourne in 2015, Shellac are in town to play a sideshow at The Corner ahead of their Meredith stint tonight. If post-hardcore is your thing, and you want to geek out to some guitar riffs aplenty, grab your tickets here.

QVM Night Market

If you love your 60s leaning pop groups, then catch The Darjeelings tonight as they take over the main stage at Queen Vic’s Summer Night Market from 5.50pm. Think four-part harmonies, infectious melodies and a driving rhythm section all fused with summery pop stylings. And the best bit? It's free!

Andrew Lim + Brews at Temple Brewing Co

On the 12th of the 12th from 12pm, Temple Brewing Co will be pouring their brand new Onetime Double IPA for the first time, along with live music from Andrew Lim. Kick back and listen to some acoustic tunes while tucking into suckling spit-roast pig and Venison kebabs... The perfect Saturday afternoon gig - and it's free!

On Sale Now

The Jesus and Mary Chain

After very few performances over the last decade, The Jesus and Mary Chain will return to stages this year to perform their iconic album Psychocandy in full at The Forum on 7 March, to celebrate a record that carries so much weight historically in the 80’s music scene and punk in general. Grab your tickets here.

The Jezabels

After eighteen months off the road, writing and recording their new album Synthia, The Jezabels are excited to announce a national, major cities tour, with special guest, twenty-one-year-old electro pop sensation Eves The Behaviour. They'll play Melbourne's The Forum on Friday 26 Feb - check out tickets here.

The Flaming Lips / The Grates

That wonderful wizard (and Miley's best friend) Wayne Coyne is headed to Australia with his band The Flaming Lips - and they're going to be joined by our very own quirk-pop raconteurs The Grates for a night of fun at the Palais Theatre on 8 January. Grab your tickets and get ready for a delightfully weird night here.

Zoo Twilights

Zoo Twilights is run every Friday and Saturday night from 29 January through to 12 March, and is a super chilled affair - bring along a picnic rug, a few friends and all the delicious nibblies you can dream of (except for booze.) For a full line up, schedule and to grab tickets, click here

Sugar Mountain Festival 

Sugar Mountain Festival was one of our favourite events this year, and we're calling it - it's the best new boutique festival out there. Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 event on  Saturday 23 January, which will bring Hot Chip, Dirty Three, Courtney Barnett, Julio Bashmore, Royal Headache, Alpine and more to the stage at VCA.

Off The Grid

Off The Grid is Melbourne's very own solar powered festival, and this year we'll see Banoffee, Sui Zhen, Cut Copy DJs, Tornado Wallace and more shining their light on the ACCA Forecourt. Not only is the festival achieving our clean living goals by being powered by the sun, it will also give all proceeds to a renewable energy project near you. Now that's a win-win. Head to their site for $40 first release tickets.

Want more great events on this week in Melbourne? Read '5 Awesome Things In Melbourne This Week' here!

Photo credit: Domino Records

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