Arts Centre Melbourne is bringing back Live at the Bowl for a second season in 2022. Stretching out across four months, this season will reconnect audiences with their favourite artists at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. The upcoming season will feature a wide range of both classical and contemporary music, as well as circus, dance, comedy, family events and community led events. Live at the Bowl will start on January 5 and end on April 25.
Live at the Bowl
This season of Live at the Bowl will feature both local acts and international artists. Grab your friends, share a picnic on the hill, dance to your favourite musicians and watch them shine under the stars.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming visitors back to our beloved Bowl for a brand new season of live events,” said Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM. “Live at the Bowl will play a significant part in reinvigorating Victoria’s live performance sector, bringing local and international artists back to the Bowl. This is another milestone in our recovery and we are delighted that it will be kicking off very soon.”
In line with current health advice, most events will allow up to 12, 000 visitors. There will no longer be any separating decks, and the Bowl will operate at full capacity. However, for some family events, the number of visitors will reduce to 2,000.
“We are thrilled to present the second season of Live at the Bowl,” said Melanie Smith, the Executive Director of Performing Arts at Arts Centre Melbourne. “With just under 100,000 people attending the first season and over 1,300 artists and performers on stage, it would be remiss of us not to bring it back. We are confident that our audiences will return to our venue feeling safe and comfortable, particularly after the recent success of Play On Victoria.”
When entering the venue, visitors must check in via the Services Victoria app. They will also be asked to show proof of vaccination or a medical exemption.
What can we expect?
The season will start with a delightful performance of Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show. In this family-friendly event, circus company Circa will show off their acrobatic skills in celebration of the wholesome children’s show.
Overall, Live at the Bowl will feature a range of live music. There will be a mix of local artists, such as The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria, The Jungle Giants and the beloved MSO free concerts. There will also be electronic events, like Ultra Australia 2022.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl will also be one of the first places in Australia to host international acts. Expect big names like London Grammar, Kings of Leon and Peggy Gou.
Live at the Bowl will also support community-led events, including the annual celebration of the survival of First Nations people at Share the Spirit on January 26.
Food and drink
There will be a range of food trucks onsite during the season. There will also be two types of food hampers available for pre-order when buying show tickets. The first is a selection of cured meats from Melbourne-based smokehouse Andrews Choise. The second is an Indigenous grazing box from Pawa Catering. This grazing box celebrates the unique flavours of native herbs and spices, with infused cheeses, grilled and pickled vegetables, cured kangaroo and fresh dips.
Meanwhile, the bars will have a selection of wines, beers, spirits, seltzers and cocktails. There will also be a selection of alcohol-free drinks from Lyres, NewBlood and Sobah.Click here to explore the full program for Live at the Bowl.