The pandemic – and all that has come with it – has devastated Victoria’s live music scene.
But the state’s new concert series, Always Live, is doing its part to make sure live music is back in a big way.
Its just-announced 2022 lineup features more than 150 artists performing at more than 90 events across 12 regions. It’s a statewide celebration.
The headliner is high-octane disco-pop superstar Dua Lipa, who will perform an exclusive 2,500-person show at the Palais Theater on October 30; it is billed as the smallest and most intimate concert of her world tour. Meanwhile, the beloved (and iconic) Crowded House will take to the stage on the banks of the Murray River in Wodonga, backed by Angus & Julia Stone and Boy & Bear, and visionary Zambian rapper – and former Melburnian – Sampa The Great joins the program that has just supported the inimitable Billie Eilish.
Other highlights included a performance by one of Australia’s most prominent music groups, Yothu Yindi, at an event called Blaktivism at the Arts Center Melbourne, and a 100-person show by the dancer Sophie Ellis-Bextor at the NGV Garden Restaurant. .
Plus, two legends of the game – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – will perform at the quintessentially Victorian Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. (Even though they’ve known each other since 1993, this is the first time they’ve toured Australia as a duo.)
In a statement, Always Live chairman Matt Gudinski – son of Australian music mogul Michael Gudinski – said: “Always Live was a dream that my late father had to reassure about the roots of live music in our state and I’m proud to be part of the team that makes it a reality.
“It’s exciting to see Always Live’s program come to life, a major new event that reaffirms Victoria as Australia’s music state and Melbourne as one of the world’s leading music cities.”
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