Live at the Bowl just added heaps more gigs to its 2021 program

Live at the Bowl just added heaps more gigs to its 2021 program

Words by Tom Parker

Featuring performances from the likes of Archie Roach, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, The Meanies and more.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl’s new Live at the Bowl concert series has been a revelation so far, reinvigorating Melbourne’s live music scene with a host of stellar gigs in the beloved open-air arena.

Now, they’ve arrived with more names on the lineup, and punters can expect appearances from pub rock kings, Aussie music legends, electronic wunderkinds, indie favourites and some comedy legends.

What you need to know

  • Live at the Bowl takes over Sidney Myer Music Bowl from now until April
  • The lineup has been updated by the week, and now boasts up to 24 upcoming gigs
  • Some of the names added to the lineup include Archie Roach, Skegss, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Bernard Fanning and more

Keep up with the latest live music news here

Teaming up with Melbourne Music Week – Extended to present Happy Mondays – A Live Music Residency, catch performances across the four Mondays in February. An event curated by Melbourne’s much-loved live music venues, The Tote, The Old Bar, The Evelyn and Bar Oussou, among others, will see The Meanies, Cash Savage & The Last Drinks, Sui Zhen, Close Counters, The Murlocs and more, take to the Bowl.

Elsewhere, Archie Roach will perform his last-ever Melbourne show Tell Me Why from the Bowl on Friday February 19. The show will be celebrating the music great’s memoir and ARIA Award-winning album of the same name and see Roach team up with jazz icon Paul Grabowsky and Sally Dastey.

An all-ages gig in partnership with Melbourne Music Week – Extended, The Push and the Australian Music Vault, will welcome the likes of Skegss, Ruby Fields, King Stingray and The Vovos to the Bowl on Saturday February 20.

That’s on top of an epic comedy showcase curated by Tommy Little and featuring performances from Dave Thornton, Dilruk Jayasinha, Cal Wilson, Tom Ballard and more. This one goes down on Friday March 12.

There’s also the Summer Sounds Festival, and gigs from Kasey Chambers, Em Rusciano, MaRLo, Synthony and more.

Check out the upcoming Live at the Bowl schedule below.


Monday February 1 – Happy Mondays: Cash Savage & The Last Drinks and The Meanies curated by The Old Bar and The Tote
Monday February 8 – Happy Mondays: The Murlocs and Close Counters curated by The Gasometer and The Curtin
Monday February 15 – Happy Mondays: Yusupha Ngum and the AFFIA Band and Sui Zhen curated by Bar Oussou and Colour
Friday February 19 – Archie Roach: Tell Me Why
Saturday February 20
– Skegss, Ruby Fields, King Stingray and The Vovos curated by The Push
Monday February 22 – Happy Mondays: 30/70 and Private Function curated by Northcote Social Club and The Evelyn Hotel
Thursday February 25 – Ball Park Music, Thelma Plum and Alice Ivy
Friday February 26 – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, TFS and Smarts
Saturday February 27 – Bernard Fanning, Something For Kate, Didirri and Mia Wray


Wednesday March 3 and Thursday March 4 – Spacey Jane, RAT!hammock and Carla Geneve
Friday March 5 – Spiderbait, Jebediah and Bodyjar
Friday March 12
– Tommy Little’s Big Comedy Showcase with Dave Thornton, Dilruk Jayasina, Cal Wilson and Tom Ballard and more
Sunday March 14 – Kasey Chambers, Brad Cox and Andy Golledge
Thursday March 18
– Em Rusciano
Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20 – Reminisce
Sunday March 21 – No Friend but the Mountains: A Symphonic Song Cycle
Wednesday March 24 – Ocean Alley (rescheduled date)
Friday March 26
– MaRLo
Saturday March 27 – MESS at the Bowl


Friday April 9 – Spinifex Gum feat. Marliya Choir, Emma Donovan, Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (rescheduled date)
Friday April
16 – Synthony (celebrating the last 30 years of dance music)

Live at the Bowl goes down from now until Friday April 23. Check out the full program and grab tickets here.