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Your Guide To The Best Music Gigs Happening In Melbourne For 2022

By Simon Cassar
15th Sep 2022

There's nothing quite like the music scene in Melbourne. Any night of the week in pretty much any stretch of the town, you can catch live tunes—be it howling, foot-stomping rock 'n roll in sticky-floored pubs, sultry jazz in booth-seated lounges, or melodic electronic at one of the several dance-floor destinations. 

After a two-year hiatus that hit pause on the live music industry, Melbourne and Victoria, in general, have swung back into action with a gig guide and festival line-up absolutely stacked with local and international talent. 

To get the read on the biggest shows happening and coming to town, check out the best music events in Melbourne for 2022: 

Sun Cycle 2023 

COBURG

We’ve been waiting since New Year’s Day for Sun Cycle to announce their next lineup, and it has not disappointed, with the lineup including names like FolamourDJ Boring, Freddie Gibbs and Sofia Kourtesis. Taking place at Coburg’s Velodrome on the 1st of January, the festival has a good mix of both local and international talent spinning tracks to get you into the mood for the new year. There’ll be three stages to boogie in front of, Body Heat, Inner Orbit and Simmer Down, and all with their own taste of dance music to get you on your feet. For the full lineup, click here.

THE DETAILS:
When: Various times, Sunday January 1 2023
Where: Coburg Velodrome, 30-34 Charles Street, Coburg North
To find out more, click here

Beyond The Valley 2022 

What a time for live music, gigs and music festivals are back with a vengeance and Beyond The Valley's line-up is a testament to the resurgence with a headliner none other than icon Nelly Furtado. 
Now taking place at an entirely new location 1.5 hours from town in Barunah Plains, the New Year's festival has secured an absolutely stacked collection of talent from electronic heavyweights, Bicep, Kaytranada, Flight Facilities, Folamour, as well as and Honey Dijon— fresh off her recent collab with Queen Beyonce herself. See you on the dance floor. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: Wednesday 28 December 2022 to Sunday 1 January 2023
Where: Barunah Plains, Wentworths Road, Hesse, VIC
To find out more, 
click here

Bon Iver Is Headlining Tasmania's Mona Foma 

Coming in for a one-night-only performance in February 2023, Bon Iver and creator Justin Vernon will take over the Tasmanian music and arts festival in Nipaluna/Hobart. The entire stadium will be transformed into a soundscape of the Winsconsin-produced atmospheric folk music including tracks from their seminal albums 'For Emma, Forever Ago 22, A Million and more. Tickets for the festival go on sale in November, keep an eye out here

THE DETAILS: 

When: 6pm until late, Tuesday 21 February 2023
Where: MyState Bank Arena, Hobart, Tasmania 
To find out more, 
click here

Always Live Victoria 

Always Live is a state-wide celebration of live music, a historical collection of some of the biggest names in the business at some of the most unique spots across Victoria. The full lineup has something for everyone from Nick Cave at Hanging Rock to Dua Lipa at the Palais Theatre, Claptone along the St Kilda beach, Sampa The Great at Hamer Hall and so so much more. In total there are over 50 different artists playing at over 90 events around every corner of the state. Tuck into the full program here

THE DETAILS: 

When: Various times
Where: Various locations 
To find out more, 
click here

Shaquille O'Neal's DJ Set At 170 Russell 

Famed NBA big man and good vibe warrior, Shaquille O'Neal AKA 'The Big Diesel', will be descending upon Melbourne for a packed-in-the-paint DJ set. Taking place on a school night, Wednesday 24 August, Diesel is ready to bring the elbow-swinging bangers and infectious vibes to the dance floor. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 7pm until late, Wednesday 24 August 
Where: 170 Russell, 170 Russell Street, Melbourne
For tickets and more, 
click here

Hello Sunshine

In the not-too-distant past, Caribbean Gardens scored a major glow-up, and the clever folk at Lucky Entertainment didn't waste any time to plan a banging festival across the sprawling locale.  Heading up the line-up is Amy Shark alongside The Cat Empire, Pierce Brothers, 360, and Murray ‘The Original Red Wiggle’ throwing a DJ set of nothing but bangers. The event is fit for the family, so throw an invite out to your mum, dad, little bro and sis.

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 11 February, 2023
Where: Caribbean Gardens, 1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby
For more information and tickets, click here.

Maron Williams' New Album Launch Party

After the wildfire success of 'Make Way For Love' the slender folk singer is set to release his new record 'My Boy' this September. To celebrate, Marlon will be performing live at an album launch party at Howler bar in Brunswick. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 8pm until late, Friday 9 September 
Where: Howler, 7-11 Dawson Street, Brunswick
For tickets and more, 
click here

Elton John's Yellow Brick Road Farewell Tour 

Sir Elton John is returning down under for a shimmering rhinestone soiree at AAMI Park. The promised encore show will feature all the platinum hits from the Rocket Man himself 

THE DETAILS:

When: 7pm until late, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 January 
Where: AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne
For tickets and more, 
click here

The Arctic Monkeys 

Relive that teenage angst with the famed British indie-rock band as they return to Melbourne for a hair-slicked session of rumble. The Arctic Monkeys will be taking over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl alongside Melbourne groovers, Mildlife. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 6pm until late, Thursday 5 January 
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne
For tickets and more, 
click here

Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever' Tour 

The American pop queen is coming straight in from the US to take over Rod Laver Arena. Bringing her 'Happier Than Ever' world tour across Australia, she'll be lighting up Rod Laver for four nights this coming September. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 7.30pm until late, Thursday 22 to Monday 26 September  
Where: Rod Laver Arena, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne 
For tickets and more, 
click here

Falls Festival

After last year’s festival was cancelled because of COVID, Falls Festival is making a triumphant return to the Australian Festival circuit with an impressive lineup. Making up for lost time, their lineup features artists like Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X and Jamie XX, as well as world famous DJs including Peggy Gou and Camelphat. The three day festival will feature three main stages, to help you welcome in 2023 in the best possible way. Check out the full lineup here. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 29 December - 31st December 2022
Where: Birregurra, Vic
To find out more,
click here. 

Beyond The Valley 

Last year, the people behind BTV, Untitled Group, decided to bring their New Years party to Sidney Myer music bowl for a one-off Beyond the City. But this year they’re back in full swing. Sign up here, to be the first to hear when their much anticipated lineup drops.

THE DETAILS:

When:  TBC
Where: TBC
To find out more,
click here. 

Leon Bridges 

Grammy Award winning R&B singer and songwriter, Leon Bridges will be gracing our city this September. From busking on the streets in Texas, Bridges has established an impressive career, which highlights including performing at the White House for then president Barack Obama, and playing sold out shows at the Hollywood Bowl, Radio City Music Hall and London’s O2. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 29 September and 30 September 2022
Where: Hamer Hall, CBD
To find out more,
click here. 

Alt-J

British alternative rock band Alt-J will be performing at Margaret Court Arena this September. The Triple J Hottest 100 regulars, are taking their fourth studio album, The Dream on a worldwide tour.

THE DETAILS:

When: 22 September 2022
Where: Margaret Court Arena
To find out more,
click here. 

Vance Joy 

Melbourne indie music poster boy, Vance Joy, is returning to his home city for his biggest tour yet. The two time aria award winning artist will be joined by Thelma Plum at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this November.

THE DETAILS:

When: 26 November 2022
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
To find out more,
click here. 

The Killers

Nothing brings people together like screaming the lyrics of Mr Brightside together at 12:30am on a Saturday night. Everyone’s favourite guilty pleasure rock band, The Killers are returning to Australia with a tour this December. They’re playing two shows in Melbourne and one in Geelong.

THE DETAILS:

When: 10, 13, 14 December 2022
Where: Rod Laver Arena and Mt Duneed Estate
To find out more,
click here.

Check out everything happening in Melbourne over here. 

Image credit: Ben Gibson (supplied)

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