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ALWAYS LIVE presents


Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt, Melbourne

Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

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Fri 24 Nov

Arts Centre Melbourne Forecourt, Melbourne
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Over 10 huge days, ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX, a fully functioning pop-up audio studio, will take you behind the scenes of the music industry in the centre of the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt.

This state of the art, pop-up recording studio will run from November 24 - December 3, in the heart of Melbourne and will play host to a variety of live performances, recording sessions, songwriting and production workshops as well as interviews with a line up of Australia's finest musical minds. This free, family-friendly activation will well and truly be the beating heart of ALWAYS LIVE 2023, running from 7am-7pm each day where memorable music moments will be made. With artists and the full 10-day program to be announced very soon SOUNDBOX is a must-attend event this year.


Airileke x Yidaki

Bandok Tati

Brother Nelson

Brothers In Arms


Clothing the Gaps


Jahmal Yami

Tamala Shelton


YoWo Music

Tasman Keith

merci, mercy

Allara & Olenka

Miss Kaninna

D'Arcy Spiller


Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir


Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers

Deeep Space with Lloyd Briggs

Chelsea Wilson

Chappell Roan

The Belair Lip Bombs





Flex and Froomes

Holy Holy


General Levy

Gut Health

Carla Wehbe

Bud Rokesky

Baby Prince

Rainbow Chan

Freedom Fly

Katie Dey

Peter Garrett

Amyl and the Sniffers

Cosmic Psychos

Jerome Farah

Michael Parisi

Jessie Ware (UK)

Rebecca Black (USA)

Slowly Slowly


Caisha Sprout

Sophia J Smith


Mitch Tambo

DJ Trixie Mattell (USA)

Clementine Ford

Ruby Fields

Small FRY



Candice Lorrae

Kira Puru

Alex Lahey

Ultra Nate (USA)

Jacinta Parsons and Brian Nankervis

Jane Gazzo

Clare Moore

Margret RoadKnight

Lyndelle Wilkinson

Chey Jordan

Jewel Owusu

Mathilde Anne

DJ Def Star

Event Partners

Check out what's on every day at ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX!



GABA Musik opens the very first day of SOUNDBOX, presenting BLAK OUT DAY, a full day takeover featuring Airileke & Yidaki, Bandok Tati, Brother Nelson, Brothers In Arm, Clothing the Gaps, Izy, Jahmal Yami, Tamala Shelton, Waari and more, broadcast live across 3KND.

Session begins: 7am


YoWo Music

YoWo Music present a live performance and recording session, featuring the winner of their YoWo Club competition.

Session begins: 9am

Mushroom 50 presents Tasman Keith & merci, mercy

Tune into The Fox, live from the ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX to catch live performances and interviews from Tasman Keith and Merci, Mercy, presented by Mushroom 50.

Session begins: 12pm

Allara & Olenka (UKR/CAN)

Yorta Yorta musician Allara and Ukrainian-Canadian musician Olenka perform live at the SOUNDBOX.

Session begins: 5pm

Miss Kaninna

One of the most exciting artists on the scene right now, Miss Kaninna is bringing her electrifying energy to the SOUNDBOX.

Her provocative lyricism and unapologetic live performance, have landed her full rotation on triple j, features across national community radio and slots at some of the country's largest music festivals. 

Session begins: 6.30pm


D'Arcy Spiller

Enjoy a live performance from Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Darcy Spiller.

She brings a burgeoning canon of songs that embrace her experiences of a nomadic childhood, a gear-shifting three years in the USA and her connection to the spiritual and non-physical world around her.

Session begins: 11am

Songlines presents

Songlines presents a live discussion and performance at the SOUNDBOX.

Session begins: 1pm

Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir

Born in Melbourne, with a dream to impact the world in an ode to dancefloor salvation, Sunshine and Disco Faith Choir unite audiences at SOUNDBOX with anthemic club tracks combined with uplifiting gospel and soul vocals.

Session begins: 3pm

TIBI Agency presents r.em.edy

TIBI Agency presents a live performance from rising Melbourne R&B artist/producer/superstar, r.em.edy.

She's stepping into the SOUNDBOX to showcase her powerful voice, intimate lyricism and emotional vulnerability.

Session begins: 5pm

Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers

Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers bring their punk-rock, heart and wit-packed sound to the SOUNDBOX.

This exclusive performance promises a combination of energy and musicianship that has made TJ&TJT one of Australia's most exciting sets of young voices.

Session begins: 6.30pm


PBS Deeep Space with Lloyd Briggs

Deeep Space is broadcasting LIVE from SOUNDBOX on the Arts Centre Forecourt. This one-off special broadcast will see host Lloyd Briggs serving up rare grooves, exotic beats, deep rhythms and curious melodies from the past, present and future alongside a selection of guest DJs.

Pop down to check out the magic of live radio, or tune in LIVE via 106.7FM, PBS Digital, streaming and on demand on and via the PBS app.

Session begins: 9am

Chelsea Wilson 'Control' Podcast

Vocalist, songwriter and broadcaster Chelsea Wilson brings The Control Podcast to the SOUNDBOX.

Catch two live episode recordings, highlighting women and gender diverse creatives working in the music and arts industries.

Session begins: 11am

Australian Music Vault presents From The Vault with Jane Gazzo In conversation with Margret RoadKnight and Clare Moore

The Australian Music Vault curates a lineup of artists, who'll be bringing in sources of inspiration and discussing their meaning through storytelling.

Session begins: 1pm

Chappell Roan (USA)

USA alt-country popstar Chappell Roan brings her 'midwest princess' sound to the SOUNDBOX for an exclusive, free performance and interview. 

Session begins: 3pm

The Belair Lip Bombs

A force in indie-rock, The Belair Lip Bombs take over SOUNDBOX for a live performance.

Forged from the close bond of four friends in the coastal town of Frankston, they bring enchancting indie songwriting and an energetic live performance.

Session begins: 5pm

Music Victoria presents Moopie

The brains behind Melbourne-based label, A Colourful Storm, specialist DJ, label boss, leading voice within contemporary electronic music and Music Victoria award nominee Moopie is bringing his daring and eclectic energy to SOUNDBOX for a performance, presented by Music Victoria.

Session begins: 6.30pm


CADA Takeover

The CADA crew jump in the ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX for a full day takeover featuring on-air interviews, live performances and podcast recordings.

Session begins: 7am

Holy Holy

Enjoy an intimate, stripped back performance by ARIA-award winning group, Holy Holy. They'll be playing a completely new set, specially curated for ALWAYS LIVE's SOUNDBOX.

Session begins: 6.30pm


SYN FM Live Broadcast with Owen Gonsalves & Liam Marziano

Join SYN FM for a live broadcast takeover at ALWAYS LIVE SOUNDBOX, featuring live performances from Jewel Owusu, Mathilde Anne and Chey Jordan.

Session begins: 7.30am

SOUNDBOX SongHubs with Mo'Ju

APRA AMCOS presents a very special edition of SongHubs, live from the SOUNDBOX.

Curated by Mo'Ju, the short, intensive writing camp brings together selected APRA AMCOS members to write, produce and share new hits, followed by a live performance.

Session begins: 10am

General Levy (UK) presented JMFF

Jamaican Music & Food Festival present a live performance by legendary UK reggae/jungle artist and UK sound-system veteran, General Levy.

Enjoy this free, one-off performance and interview on 3KND, live at SOUNDBOX ahead of his appearance at JMFF.

Session begins: 2pm

Gut Health

Sonically daring and visually adventurous, six-piece ensemble Gut Health have emerged from the Melbourne underground as one of Australia's most compelling new post-punk acts.

They're stepping into the SOUNDBOX for a performance that promises to be a polymorphous and positively thrilling, dance-floor filling ,post-punk concoction.

Session begins: 4pm

Warner presents Carla Wehbe, Bud Rokesky and Baby Prince

Warner Music Australia presents a showcase of artists performing live at SOUNDBOX, Carla Wehbe, Bud Rokesky and Baby Prince.

Session begins: 6pm


Rainbow Chan Songwriting Workshop with Freedom Fly

Vocalist, producer and multi-disciplinary Rainbow Chan has built a reputation as one of the most innovative artists in Australia.

She's bringing her renowned DIY spirit to a live songwriting session with special guest, multi-instrumentalist and poet, Freedom Fly, to write, produce and record a complete song within the SOUNDBOX.

Session begins: 9.30am

Arts Access Victoria presents Katie Dey

Arts Access presents experiemental pop musician, Katie Dey,  in this AUSLAN interpreted performance.

Session begins: 12pm

Peter Garrett

Renowned activist and lead singer of Midnight Oil, Peter Garrett graces the SOUNDBOX for a live performance and interview, broadcast live across 3KND.

Session begins: 2pm

Amyl and the Sniffers x Cosmic Psychos

Australia punk veterans Cosmic Psychos and beloved punk rockers, Amyl and the Sniffers sit down for a band-to-band live interview.

Join them for a laid-back chat about all things punk-rock in Victoria.

Session begins: 4pm

Jerome Farah

Explore a personal journey of navigating culture and identity as Jerome Farah steps into the SOUNDBOX for an exclusive performance.

Dashes of R&B meet licks of funk and pops of vibrant soul, making for an energetic and passionate live performance, not to be missed.

Session begins: 6.30pm


Michael Parisi presents 'VINYL TAP '

A&R legend, Michael Parisi presents a very special live recording of his podcast, VINYL TAP, featuring very special guests.

Session begins: 9am

ABC presents The Friday Revue hosted by Jacinta Parsons & Brian Nankervis

Join Jacinta Parsons and Brian Nankervis at Soundbox on Friday, December 1 for ABC Radio Melbourne's Friday Revue, featuring a very exclusive appearance from UK disco-pop queen, Jessie Ware (UK) as well as appearances from Clare Bowditch, Sam Drummond, Uncle Greg Muir, Dr Lou Bennet, The Ten Tenors, Eliza Hull, Magnets and Andy Jackson. Listen, laugh and get set for the weekend.

Session begins: 12.30pm

Summer Camp Festival presents Rebecca Black (USA)

Following the release of her project 'Rebecca Black Was Here', 10 years after her viral debut track 'Friday', Rebecca Black has been officially reborn as an underground pop icon.

Summer Camp Festival presents the internet dream queen for an exclusive performance at the SOUNDBOX.

Session begins: 4.30pm

Slowly Slowly

Beloved Australian pop-punk and indie band Slowly Slowly take over the SOUNDBOX for a live performance.

Expect vivid lyricism and emotionally-charged vocals in this very special stripped back performance from one of the country's most vital rock outputs right now. 

Session begins: 6.30pm


Garage Band: Class of 2022

JOF hosts Garage Band 2023 alumni Caisha Sprout, Meghna and Sophia J Smith 

Session begins: 9am

Mitch Tambo

Electrifying First Nations entertainer and rising star Mitch Tambo takes over the ACM Forecourt for a high-energy, jam-packed performance.

Session begins: 12pm

DJ Trixie Mattel

Summer Camp Festival presents the ultimate pre-fest boogie. The iconic DJ Trixie Mattell will be stepping into to the SOUNDBOX, broadcasted live across the air with JOY.

Session begins: 2pm

Taylor Made Karaoke, presented by Clementine Ford & Story Baker

Missed out on tickets to see Taylor Swift? Clementine Ford leads a line up of artists from the Taylor Made: Taylor Swift Tribute show in a live karaoke dedicated to Tay Tay herself.

Session begins: 4.30pm

Gonna Be Good presents Ruby Fields

Enjoy a free, intimate performance from ARIA-charting songwriter and singer Ruby Fields as part of the ALWAYS LIVE Gonna Be Good series, presented by ALWAYS LIVE, CUB, Live At Your Local & Select Music

Session begins:7pm


Small FRY presents Mooncake Live at SOUNDBOX

From Tokyo to Taipei, Seoul to Saigon, celebrate the diverse sounds of the Asian diaspora with a special pre-recording of Mooncake, hosted by Small Fry.

Session begins: 8.30am

Singing Our Futures

Candice Lorrae hosts a showcase featuring Canisha and Sedriece, artists from The Archie Roach Foundation's Singing Our Futures mentoring program.

Session begins: 11am


SOUNDBOX transforms into a live karaoke machine open to all, led by fearless and disruptive Victorian musician, Kira Puru. Come along to watch show and singalong!

Session begins: 1.30pm

Alex Lahey presented by Metro Trains

Alex Lahey takes over the SOUNDBOX for an exclusive, free performance, presented in partnership with Metro Trains.

Session begins:

Summer Camp Festival presents Ultra Nate (USA)

Baltimore singer, songwriter, DJ, producer and music legend Ultra Nate is bringing her long adored blend of electronic, dance and pop sound to the SOUNDBOX.

Immerse yourselves in the energy of a true icon with a 1 hour DJ set presented by Summer Camp Festival.

Session begins: 6.30

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