While Melbourne is surely a City of Literature we are also a city of music with a rich heritage of words in music (and if we could have two UNESCO designations we would!).
The words of our songwriters are known all over the world including AC/DC, Paul Kelly, Hunters and Collectors, Courtney Barnett, The Seekers and Gotye (to name a constantly growing list), but of equal note is the thriving and vibrant independent music scene, supported by concert-goers and community radio stations like the magnificent Triple R.
A Music Victoria study released in 2013 found that Melbourne hosts an annual 62,000 live performance gigs, making us the live music capital of Australia – and no doubt we would also rank highly internationally.
Rock fans will be familiar with the iconic The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda just up the road from the Palais Theatre, the largest seated theatre in Australia. A tram back to the city will get you to dedicated jazz venue Bennetts Lane. For further reading, a fascinating history of Melbourne music venues may be found over at Cordite.
Words and music don’t stop with contemporary music. We are also home to the world famous Victorian Opera and the innovative Chamber Made Opera. Some of our most renowned venues around the city host musicals, such as the Princess Theatre, the oldest continuous entertainment site on mainland Australia.
It would be remiss of us to not quickly mention our sister Creative City, Adelaide a UNESCO City of Music.