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Melbourne's live music scene

Thursday, March 19, 2009
There's no denying Jules Lund is one-eyed when it comes to his hometown of Melbourne. And when it comes to the music scene, he will tell you how much energy there is in pubs, clubs, festivals and, believe it or not, his local library.

Melbourne City Library

Sure, they have a fantastic collection of books, but these days, people are flocking there to listen to Acoustica Sessions that encourage local talent. There is occasionally a negative response from someone who has gone there to quietly read, but for the most part, the response is totally positive.

It all started with the bright idea of placing a borrowed piano in the gallery. Soon people dropped by to play, followed by other musicians joining in with their instruments. Acoustica Sessions at City Library was born — and is thriving.

Jason Lowe, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Newcastle, just loves the place. He recently returned from a US tour and his singles 'Faith' and 'How We Let It Be' are receiving airplay. Keep your eyes and ears out for him.

Pure Pop Records

This hot place is a record store, cafe, bar and music centre all in one. According to owner Dave Stevens it's the only one in the world. The aim is to give people something they can't get online, to get them off computers and back into a record store and enjoying live music.

Charles Jenkins is a regular performer at Pure Pop and is there most days — but you never know who you will see up there next.

Award-winning singer and proud Melburnian Deborah Conway says it's not surprising musos are becoming more creative. They are very imaginative people and are finding different way to perform live, and Pure Pop gives them the scope.


Now here's something over the top: the big top. It's a circus tent. The mobile music venue travels the world and for the last eight Octobers, it's pitched in Melbourne.

There are only 10 spiegeltents (Belgian for "mirror tent") in the world. The mobile tents were built in the early 1900s of wood and glass with a canvas roof. Traditionally they were used for travelling fairs and carnivals around Europe.

David Bates, owner of The Famous Spiegeltent, had the desire to introduce Australian audiences to his beloved tent and fortunately decided to take the plunge. A small team of Belgians fly to Australia and spend 12 hours piecing 3000 pieces together. And at the end of October have to pull it apart! Audiences love to step back in time and enjoy both a visual feast and wonderful acoustics.

It's probably fair to agree with Jules that when it comes to live music venues, Melbourne has some special gems.


Around the hot music spots of Melbourne.


Acoustica @ Lunch series is at the Melbourne City Library on the second and fourth Fridays of every month between 12.30 and 1.30pm. It's free. There are also night performances as well as gigs at the East and North Melbourne libraries. Check out the Acoustica MySpace page for more details.

Spiegeltent will be in Melbourne again in October.

For further information

Melbourne City Library
253 Flinders Lane
Melbourne 3000
Ph: (03) 9658 9500

Pure Pop Records
221 Barkly Street
St Kilda 3182
Ph: (03) 9525 5066
Fax: (03) 9525 5242

The Arts Centre Forecourt
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne 3000

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User comments
We watched your show on Thursday (19th) March. We would like to know the female artist Jules spoke to in Melbourne on the show. She also played.

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