Melbourne is the home of great live music. On any given night, you can head out to one of the many diverse venues throughout the city and experience amazing local and international acts. Here are our picks for great shows in Melbourne this May.
May 4, 5 and 6 2018, Hisense Arena, Melbourne (All Ages)
The unmistakable voice of Brandon Flowers will fill Hisense Arena at the beginning of May for The Killers’ huge Australian and New Zealand tour. The Killers are notoriously good at playing live, so you won’t want to miss out on these three nights in Melbourne. It’s sure to be an epic alternative rock experience, including all of your favourites from Mr. Brightside to The Man.
May 13 and 14 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)
Homegrown musician Missy Higgins is on a tour to share her fifth studio album, Solastalgia, and is in Melbourne for two nights at the beautiful Palais Theatre. Missy’s live performances are spine-tingling, and on this tour she’ll be joined by folktronica musician Gordi. Find a good spot in the theatre and prepare to be taken on an emotional journey with Missy’s ultra-honest lyrics.
The Man in Black – The Johnny Cash Story featuring Tex Perkins
May 12, 2018, Palais Theatre, Melbourne (All Ages)
Tex Perkins’ homage to Johnny Cash sold out last year at the Athenaeum Theatre, so he’s bringing it back to the Palais Theatre this May along with the Tennessee Four and Rachael Tidd. Tex won a Helpmann Award for his role, so expect some amazing storytelling and all of the best nostalgic Cash songs with a Tex Perkins twist.
6 May 2018, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre, Melbourne
Five-time ARIA winner Archie Roach comes to the hallowed acoustic venue of Hamer Hall for just one night in May before he heads to Brisbane and to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Find your tickets now to experience the entirety of Archie’s album Dancing With My Spirit, recorded two decades ago with vocalist trio Tiddas. This is sure to be a truly special night.
9, 10, 11 and 12 May 2018, Corner Hotel, Richmond, VIC, Australia
The Whitlams celebrated their 25th anniversary last year by playing with Australia’s best orchestras around the country. This May, they’ll be bringing songs from their entire catalogue to a selection of metro and regional venues, including the Corner Hotel in Richmond for four nights. The final available night looks to be sold out soon, so snap your tickets up fast!
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