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ALWAYS LIVE is a state-wide celebration of live contemporary music. The biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, it's creating memorable music moments right across Melbourne and Victoria.


ALWAYS LIVE is a Victoria-wide celebration of contemporary live music and is set to create memorable music moments.

Turning up the volume on our unparalleled home-grown talent, the best acts from around the country and the most sought-after artists from across the globe, the 2022 and 2023 programs featured shows of all scales and styles, created and curated for our special stages, places and beloved venues across Melbourne and throughout the regions.

Looking back, forward and at everything in between, ALWAYS LIVE is about live contemporary music in all its forms: from the industry and musicians to the community and fans who support it, all with the energy and atmosphere Victoria’s live contemporary music scene is known and loved for.

ALWAYS LIVE’s company charter sets out our principal function and the way that we create and manage our program. Read our company charter here.

ALWAYS LIVE is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria. The Victorian Government supports ALWAYS LIVE through the Community Support Fund.

Read more on how ALWAYS LIVE provides value to Victoria & Victorians.

Access and Inclusion

ALWAYS LIVE believes contemporary live music is for everyone. We are committed to minimising barriers to participation and maximising access and inclusion across our entire program.

If you have any access and inclusion questions, please contact us at

Giving Back

ALWAYS LIVE acknowledges the hard work and dedication of the many organisations who support social causes across the live contemporary music community.

ALWAYS LIVE is proud to once again be raising funds for charity partner Support Act. This means that $1 from each participating event ticket sold will be going directly to Support Act and the amazing work they do with music workers, artists and crew. Learn more about Support Act here:


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ALWAYS LIVE is committed to environmental sustainability across all our activities. This is on stage, behind the scenes and supporting our artists and audiences to contribute as well. There are many ways we can all minimise our impact when coming together for live contemporary music experiences.

Please check back here for details of specific environmental sustainability actions and commitments by ALWAYS LIVE.


From the soaring peaks of Christina Aguilera's falsetto to the funk-driven bass licks of Naarm’s Surprise Chef, 2023's sprawling program picked up right where 2022 left off. Against the backdrop of Victoria’s best-kept-secret regional towns and humming metro hub, ALWAYS LIVE offered a non-stop celebration of live music across 17 days in November.


The ALWAYS LIVE 2022 program was born of the need to be back where the music is. From pop force of nature Dua Lipa to hometown heroes Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, rock trailblazers Yothu Yindi and Sampa The Great(est of all time) the inaugural program spotlighted over 570+ artists across stages all around Victoria and stands as a reminder of the joy of sweaty dancefloors, packed mosh pits and arm in arm singalongs.