Free concerts and cosy in-stores at record shops are the sneaky way to enjoy music around the city
Off the Hip records in-store
Off the Hip has many irons in its musical fires: it’s a music shop, a record label, and magazine dedicated to garage, powerpop and rock’n’roll. It’s a venue for regular in-store gigs, too. 381 Flinders Ln, Melbourne. (03 9621 2044). Tue 12 noon-5pm; Wed-Thu 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-6.30pm; Sat 11am-5pm.
St Kilda Bowls Sunday gigs
Fancy some rock’n’roll, swing or rockabilly? The St Kilda Bowls is a great place to relax on Sunday with a bevvy – and best of all gigs are free! 66 Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182. (03 9534 5229). Sun 12 noon-late. FREE.
Get eclectic at Pure Pop Records
How do record stores compete with the internet? How about excellent music, free in-store gigs, a licensed bar, trivia every month, the occasional film premiere – and now even an Argentinean BBQ? 221 Barkly St, St Kilda. (03 9525 5066)
Rock baroque at the MSO’s free gigs
Classical music can soothe even the most frazzled mind. Bundle up the kids and let the free annual jamboree from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra carry you away on your picnic rug. Sidney Myer Music Bowl. (03 9929 9600). 15, 18, 22 & 25 Feb, 7pm. FREE.