Arts Centre Melbourne is bringing back their annual Live at the Bowl festival for the summer season. This four-month long extravaganza will feature a blockbuster line-up, filled with home-grown acts and international artists across music, dance, family-friendly events and more. Be sure to head over to Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and check out one of the incredible shows from January to April.
Live at the Bowl
Grab your friends, share a picnic on the hill, dance to your favourite musicians and watch them shine under the stars.
“It’s a joy to see the return of Live at the Bowl for a third year,” said Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Karen Quinlan AM. “To me, the breadth of the upcoming program shows exactly why this city thrives and how much it contributes to the live performance sector. It’s such a wonderful way to gather with your favourite people to see some world-class artists. I can’t wait to be sitting up on the hill with you all enjoying some great live music.”
What can we expect?
You’ll find familiar names scheduled to perform over the season, with artists like Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, Boris Brejcha, Darren Hayes, Kehlani and Lorde set to dazzle and amaze.
The popular Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) free concerts are making a return. Settle under the stars and enjoy three nights of musical enchantment. Listen to the passionate tunes of Tchaikovsky, a celebration of Melbourne’s diversity, and an array of original works. There will also be a spectacular performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Midsumma Extravaganza will kick off Australia’s pride season with its biggest night yet. Hosted by Joel Creasey and Kween Kong, you’ll enjoy comedic acts from Nina Oyama, Rhys Nicholson and more, as well as musical performances from Courtney Act, Tash York, Kira Puru and more.
One of the feature acts of Midsumma Extravaganza will be a tribute to Miss Candee, a matriarch of Melbourne Drag who passed away earlier this year, after 50 years of performing. 22 drag artists, including Art Simone, Rubby Slippers and Granny Bingo, will take to the stage to recreate some of Miss Candee’s most iconic moments.
ARIA Award-winning children’s band Teeny Tiny Stevies will have a fun outdoor concert for families.
SYNTHONY will return with its new show, SYNTHONY NO. 3. This features music from Disclosure, Flume, Calvin Harris and more. The epic program will include a mix of live orchestra, vocalists, instrumentalists and DJs.
Food and drink
Expect a rotation of Melbourne’s finest food trucks for every performance, serving up everything from a small snack to a full feast. There’s also five bars across the entire site, offering a curated selection of wine, beer, cider, spirits, cocktails, seltzers and non-alcoholic beverages.