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Ballarat’s top live music spaces

Made of Ballarat

05 Sep 2018

Filed underSee & Do

As a thriving hub of art and culture, it makes sense that Ballarat is home to some pretty happening spots for live music. Here we give you some of the best spaces to catch a gig in the city.

1. The Lost Ones Basement Bar

Whether it’s jazz, folk or soul that you seek, The Lost Ones Basement Bar will have a gig to warm your heart. The intimate space, located below The Lost Ones contemporary art gallery, oozes character and charm, and is the perfect place to catch some live tunes as you sip away on a glass of red, whiskey or gin. Meals and nibbles also available, which just rounds off the whole experience.

2. Karova Lounge

Likely one of Ballarat’s most iconic live music venues, this space has been around for more than a decade (14 years, to be exact) and has played host to a huge range of acclaimed musicians from around Australia and the world. Karova is also known for providing many of Ballarat’s up-and-coming artists with a kick-start into the music industry, with names such as Hunting Grounds, Yacht Club DJs and Gold Fields each using the venue as their launching pad.

3. The Cabaret Club

Located upon your entry into Ballarat, this eclectic venue serves up a diverse line-up of musos and some hearty meals to boot, ensuring that your week is one filled with rich melodies and equally rich tastes.

4. The George Hotel 

Live music every weekend (accompanied by some pizza and beers), comedy every month, and the chance to dance the night away with some club beats on the weekend, The George has several spaces that boast music and entertainment!

5. Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute

Every now and then, this historic space will come to life with music as part of some special events. Jazz is a regular guest at the BMI, while cinema, performance and soul have also oft graced the presence of the grand stage.

6. The Art Gallery of Ballarat

If you’ve ever wanted to listen to a concert in the midst of some stunning acoustics, then make sure your next gig is at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Not only will you be surrounded by the gallery’s majestic, gilt-framed artworks, but you will relish in the sweet classical, world, folk or jazz melodies as they reverberate through the gallery spaces. Pure bliss.

7. The Main Bar

Located along the historic Main Road, this recently re-opened restaurant serves up a mean woodfired pizza and some ripper tunes from Ballarat and beyond in its upstairs music venue. A much-welcomed addition to the city’s music scene.

8. The Eastern

For all you head-banging, metal-thrashing, rock-loving musos, The Eastern is your place. This historic venue will have you forgetting your everyday stresses and entering the realms of an alternate reality of hard music.

9. Her Majesty’s Theatre

Currently closed for restoration, Her Maj is a beautiful historic theatre in the heart of Ballarat that stages everything from theatre to orchestra to ballet. A huge contributor to the city’s arts and cultural space, it holds a very special place in the locals’ hearts.

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