A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will stage a 10 day, state-wide music festival – creating jobs, boosting business and cementing our status as the music capital of Australia and the world.

Melbourne boasts the biggest live music scene in the country and has more live music venues per capita than any other global city – including New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

From our jam-packed calendar of major music events to our vibrant live music scene in pubs, bars and laneways – live bands are the soundtrack to our State.

The Andrews Labor Government is building a new home for music in Victoria – the Music Market – and through our $22 million Music Works Strategy, we’re fostering local talent across Victoria, and taking it to the world.

But there is more to do – that’s why a re-elected Labor Government will add another string to our music bow, staging a huge new music festival, Victoria Live, across the CBD, the suburbs and regional Victoria.

The festival will showcase the best Melbourne and Victoria has to offer – with live music, events and talks, great local food, wine and craft beer.

Victoria Live will include a mix of free and ticketed events at laneways, live music venues and other locations within our arts precinct, as well as in greater Melbourne and regional Victoria. 

The new 10-day festival will kick off in winter 2020 and will join the likes of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival on Victoria’s blockbuster festival calendar.

Victoria is the Creative State and we’re keeping it that way – backing the 242,000 Victorians employed in our creative industries – 20,000 more than four years ago. 

More than 17 million people soaked up one or more of the 73,000 live music gigs in Victoria last year alone, compared to 62,000 in 2012.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“This huge festival will bring the best live music to every corner of Victoria – cementing our status as the music capital of the world and providing more opportunities for artists.”

“It will fill venues across Victoria – from the laneways of Melbourne to regional pubs and clubs throughout the state – attracting visitors, boosting business and supporting thousands of local jobs.”

“From tiny music venues, to our big cultural institutions, to our iconic laneways and trams, music will be well and truly in the air.”

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