First published on 11 Jan 2011. Updated on 25 Feb 2014.
The folks at the Prince of Wales Hotel could host a music event for kindergardners and pull it off. The Prince Bandroom does hosts funk, punk, rock, DJs and festivals. The sound is always perfect, the room large and boisterous – a perfect combo. St Kilda.
We love the Espy – we leap at its defence and make an excuse for a return visit, even for ‘one’ quick after work tipple. It has a room for every music occasion: small basement for those intimate gigs, nice middle room for new bands with a small following, and the large Gershwin Room for bigger acts. St Kilda.
After the Tote’s reopening (after the long Melbourne licensing law drama) this legendary Collingwood rock venue is back, better than ever. For over three decades it has provided the perfect training for new bands; every significant Aussie act has trod its stage at one time or another. Collingwood.
The Forum’s sky-blue roof stretches above the auditorium, while Roman-style statues and gargoyles flank the stage. The entire venues can be seated, as it is for the Melbourne Film Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. When the big bands come to play, seats are removed and voila la – a dance floor. Melbourne.
It’s a tad ghetto but where else would Melbourne’s premium live band venue be better located? Not only do musos play in the basement but many comics brave the stage during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and do their thing. The upstairs balcony bar is has a cheeky personality and can host its own little party. Melbourne.