10 Great Melbourne Gigs Hit Our Stages This Month

Lyrics by Ben Lamb

In May, Melbourne’s major lineup features everything from Grammys to Australian Idol, soul stars, rappers and even a guitar virtuoso.

PJ Morton

  • Location: The local hotel
  • When: Thursday, May 26
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Price: $64.90
  • Genre: Soul + R&B

He played with bands like Maroon 5 and Trombone Shorty, and had quite a prolific career on his own, with his release in 2021 Gospel according to PJ win a Grammy. He’s on his way to Melbourne this month to dazzle fans with his funky soul styles, you can see him at The Corner on May 26, get your tickets here.

baker boy

  • Venue: Forum Melbourne
  • When: Saturday, May 7
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Price: $59.90
  • Genre: rap

Aboriginal icon Baker Boy is arguably one of our greatest performers, never a stranger to putting on an incredible show. This comes a year after the release of its widely successful release Freeze. He will be on stage at Forum Melbourne this Saturday. Find out more information and book here.

Jen Cloher

  • Location: Night Cat
  • When: Saturday May 14
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: $39.91
  • Genre: Folk

Jen Cloher’s music never fails to move and bring you in, she’s a storyteller with her heartfelt lyrics and beautiful instrumentation. She’ll take to the intimate Night Cat stage on May 14 for what’s bound to be a big show. Get your tickets here.

Holy Holy

  • Venue: Forum Melbourne
  • When: Saturday May 28
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: $69.60
  • Genre: Rock

You won’t find a band as tight as Holy Holy, their rock-perfect styles finding fans all over the world. Their album 2021 hello my beautiful world reach number four on the Australian charts and even land an ARIA Award nomination. You can catch the legends at the Forum on May 28, grab tickets here.

Kasey Chambers + Busby Marou

  • Venue: Palace Theater
  • When: Thursday, May 5
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: $80.49
  • Genre: Country / Acoustic

Can you get a better pairing of performers? Kasey and Busby Marou are kind of like ice cream and fries, work so well on their own, but together they have a special kind of power unlike anything else. They will be at the Palais on Friday May 5, get your tickets here.

Guy Sebastian

  • Venue: Margaret Court Arena
  • Date: Friday May 20 – Wednesday May 25
  • Time: 7 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Price: $91 – $407
  • genre: pop

He’s been a staple of our TV screens for years, first entering our lives by winning Season 1 of australian idol, and more recently I was a judge for a hit show The voice. He will visit Margaret Court Arena on select dates in May, get your tickets here.

The Rubens

  • Venue: Forum Melbourne
  • When: Thursday, May 5
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Price: $69.60
  • Genre: Pop / Indie

The Rubens have just celebrated their 11th birthdayand anniversary, and they haven’t slowed down, with their recent album 0202 reach number one on the Australian charts. The band will take to the Forum stage this Thursday, check out more info and book here.

Customer relationship

  • Location: 170 Russell
  • When: Friday, May 13
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Price: $66.30
  • Genre: Pop / Electronic

Client Liaison is unlike any other band, the duo draw listeners in with their unique lyrical content and instrumentation. They will bring their album divine intervention at 170 Russell, and it will be an intimate affair, so prepare to be blown away. Get your tickets here.

Mark Seymour and The Undertow

Hunters and Collectors frontman Mark Seymour had a pretty massive solo career, selling out stages across the country. After years leading the iconic group, Seymour has found joy in performing solo, recently releasing his critically acclaimed album Slow dawn. Catch new songs and old songs when it hits the Brunswick Ballroom, get your tickets here.

filled

  • Location: 170 Russell
  • When: Tuesday, May 17
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Price: $44.07
  • Genre: metal / guitar

Virtuoso Plini has found fans among some of the world’s greatest guitarists, with Steve Vai calling him “the future of guitar playing”. His music effortlessly weaves elements of jazz, metal, with instrumental solo work.

It will hit 170 Russell on May 17, get your tickets here.

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