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Rachel Shue gives you a look at where to sample the best Australian acts in Melbourne this summer. Almost every major capital city festival features classical (and often experimental) music in its lineup, including one of Australia's most popular music festivals, the Melbourne Music Festival. Listen to Australia's premier dance music event, bringing quality dance music to the spring. It celebrates all genres of music including hip-hop, electronic music, techno, house, jazz, reggae, rock, pop and more.

Indigenous musicians play a vital role in defining Australia's identity through contemporary music, building bridges with the wider Australian community and actively contributing to cultural expression at the international level. Australia continues to have an active live music scene and is known for its high-level international competitions. The Australian government website provides more information about the Australian National Music Festival and its activities in Melbourne.

The second Live Music Census, conducted by Music Victoria, revealed Melbourne has the second largest number of live music venues in the country, behind Sydney. Victoria is home to more than 2,000 venues, making it Australia's third largest city with an active live music scene. For now at least, Melbourne is managing to support a strong and vibrant music community with a wide range of artists and venues. The MusicVictoria study found Melbourne hosts over 1,200 venues and over 3,500 events annually, making it one of the most active and active cities in Victoria's music industry. Melbourne's high attendance at local music festivals and events makes Victoria the "live music capital" of the country.

Of the 30 questions asked to 2025 music lovers across Australia, one significant statistic found Victorians scored the most in support of local acts, with 55% preferring "live Australian music" to 45% internationally. Melbourne's music scene is tribal music with the rockers and mods - there's a special connection between Melbourne's music and British music, "he said. He said: "One of the unusual things about Melbourne is that the mods and rockers like the same music and in England, if not, they would fight each other everywhere.

Travis Banko, who has been working with Laneway Festival since 2011 on programming and booking local and international acts, said he had never been more excited by Melbourne's music scene. He added that the current exodus from Sydney to Melbourne is not limited to musicians and their live crews. When I moved to Melbourne in 2009, I was shocked that no one had written anything about the history of Melbourne music.

But everything was charged, led by the band Spectrum, who recorded a song in 1969 that ushered in a new era of Australian music and pointed to the metamorphosis that was taking place in the wider Australian community.

In the 1960s, there was also the rise of Melbourne Countdown, a TV show for all genres that went to Melbourne. In the 1970s and 1980s, many acts forgot their first major breakthrough on the Melbourne countdown, including the likes of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, George Harrison and even the late, great Bob Dylan, who later wrote a song about the city himself called "The Four Seasons." The music scene flourished in Melbourne, the capital of live music in the late 1960s. Live music and music videos were shot in and around Melbourne and aired in Australia - from 1974 to 1987, and all got paid most of the time.

The latest baby took off and wowed fans in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide with her roaring dance performances and more in Melbourne.

Melbourne recently hosted the International Music Cities Convention to promote the city's status as a music city. Melbourne joined cities such as Berlin and Memphis in leading the way in recognising the role music plays in cities socially, culturally and economically.

Adelaide is Australia's official music city, while Melbourne is the city of literature, but UNESCO rules say they cannot be in the same city. Melbourne is proud to be the capital of live music in Australia, so I think it is time for the government and the Australian public to put the people who make and create music at the forefront of reconstructive thinking and give Melbourne a decent push. COVID, it's hard to imagine Melbourne's living music returning to its former glory, especially with the $13 million funding injection recently announced by the Victoria government.

We also host events like Cherryfest and Cherry Rock that close the streets, and you can expect epic queues at the Palais Theatre. The concert will be presented by Tura New Music, so please feel free to comment below or send us an email so we can keep you informed. Presented by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Opera House and Melbourne Music Festival, we will be performing a series of concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Brisbane.

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