Must See Live Music in Melbourne and Vic 2021

Music is integral to our lives. It brings people from all walks of life together, has the ability to shift moods and transforms listeners in to true believers.

The Gospel was born in Brunswick, Melbourne, so culture and creativity is intrinsic to our attitude and weaved in to our spirit - music is a big part of who we are.

As we emerge from our houses and readjust back into society, it feels so good to have events, bars and live music back in Melbourne and Victoria. Here is a list of upcoming live music as recommended by The Gospel. To music fanatics, these events will be cracking! We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor.


Jerkfest 6.5
27-28 March 2021
The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong

Jerkfest is an annual event held by Melbourne based boutique label Anti-Fade Records. It's held in Geelong and features a massive lineup of up-and-coming acts. This year there are 17 acts on the bill which is huge. Tickets here.

Live at the Bowl: Happy Mondays
29 March 2021
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Happy Mondays is a newly introduced (this year) series of gigs held at The Sidney Myer Music Bowl that are curated by Melbourne's favourite music venues. This will be the last of the series featuring Yusupha Ngum and The AFFIA Band and Sui Zhen, curated by Bar Oussou and Colour. Tickets here.

Boogie 14 ‘The Last Waltz in the Dust’
2-4 April 2021
Friend’s Farm, Tallarook

Held in Tallarook, this is the last ever Boogie festival and features an outstanding lineup. A historic Victorian festival and the end of an era. Sold out, but will be a ripper for ticket holders. Info here.

Hootenanny #11
3 April 2021
Thornbury Bowls Club, Melbourne

This will be really sick, 12 bucks and at Thornbury Bowls Club (the sweetest bowls club northside of the river), with a bunch of acts playing. Info here.

10 April 2021
The Night Cat, Fitzroy, Victoria

Rescheduled from Valentine’s Day due to unfortunate timing of the 5-day snap lockdown. Big lineup featuring: MOD CON, Romero, Dianas, Porpoise Spit, Amyl & The Sniffers DJ’s, Cable Ties DJ’s, Anti-Fade Records DJ’s, Shaad and I OH YOU DJ’s. These parties are always an absolute hoot, with more to come throughout the year. Tickets on the door only. Info here.

18 April 2021
The Retreat, Brunswick, Melbourne

A massive charity event to fight homelessness at The Retreat. The lineup for this is so massive/awesome that they’ve split it up into 3 sessions. Def one to check out to see some of Melb’s best up and coming acts. Tickets here.

Genesis Owusu
21-23 April 2021
The Corner Hotel, Richmond, Melbourne

One of the hottest acts in Aus right now, and playing 3 shows at The Corner makes that pretty clear. These will be epic. Tickets here.

The Avalanches
23 April 2021
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Iconic band, Iconic venue. Nuff said. Tickets here.

OK Motels
17 April 2021, 30 April 2021 and 14 May 2021
Corio Bay Motel, Geelong
Charlton Motel, Charlton

Combining road trips, music and small towns, this is one of the coolest ideas for a mini-fest. Hosted at remote and regional motels, the idea is that you and your friends get a motel room to sleep in (or party at) after the festival. Super vibing and the lineups are epic. Tickets here.

15 May 2021
The Timber Yard, Melbourne

This will be a massive event held at The Timber Yard for electronic music lovers. Co-hosted by Melbourne based label Soothsayer and Untitled Group, featuring CC:DISCO!, DJ JNETT and Allysha Joy, it’ll be an absolute rager. Tickets here.

26 May - 6 June 2021
Various, Melbourne

“Rising is a surge of art, music and ceremony in the heart of Melbourne.” It’s taking the place of Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night, there are some amazing acts playing live, including Julia Jacklin, Kee’ahn, Clamm, Barkaa, Soju Gang, DRMNGNOW, and Surprise Chef, as well as art installations. Info here.

Piknic Electronik #6
7 November 2021
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

This is a must for electronic music lovers, headlined by Peggy Gou. Always a pretty sick time. Tickets here.

Duke Street Block Party
4 December 2021
Duke Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne

The first Duke Street Block Party was in Feb 2019 - it was sold out and fucking HUGE. Held in a side street (Duke Street) in Abbotsford just off Victoria Street, it’s an incredible vibe and features acts from across the world. They open up Moon Dog Brewery, serving booze to the punters. It’s real cool. Tickets here.


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