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Justine de Jonge is a Melbourne freelance travel writer and blogger who loves travelling the vegan road. She also loves blogging about her vegan travels at www.fireandtea.com .
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Brave the daylight hours and be a music tourist in Melbourne
Rock chicks and rock dogs; get on board Melbourne Music Bus Tours!

Season Four of the Melbourne Music Bus Tour is now in full swing in Melbourne, co-presented by the Australian Music Vault, to showcase the city's legendary live music history. Each Saturday from November 16 to June 27, live music aficionados will be taken by bus around to Melbourne's legendary live music sites to learn about the city's renowned rock 'n' roll history.

Melbourne Music Bus Tours Melbourne Australia
Melbourne Music Bus Tours to rock Melbourne's streets


Melbourne is known internationally for its incredible music scene, a city that has more live music venues per capita than any other city in the world. On any given night of the week, punters flock to live music venues for the latest and greatest in live music. Punters rarely hear about the people and places that have stamped Melbourne's place in live music history. This two-hour tour is an opportunity to brave the daylight hours and be a music tourist for a day. Discover Melbourne's live music past of dimly lit band rooms, untold stories from the recording studio and secrets from side-of-stage. From AC/DC to Z, punters can hear about the revolutionary musicians who've shaped the scene in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Music Bus Tour is educational, entertaining, riveting and fascinating; a 'music tour like no other'. There are surprise stop-offs and unannounced guests from the underground of Melbourne's live music scene. The tour travels across inner Melbourne to a bevy of historic locations including world-known live venues, iconic laneways, recording studios (Mushroom Records, Bakehouse Studios and the Dogs in Space house) and rehearsal spaces, not to mention significant indigenous music spots. Past live music institutions get a slot including The Palace and The Tote as well as sites from Crystal Ballroom to The Espy. The iconic Chrissy Amphlett and AC/DC Lanes are mandatory on the bus tour, as too the Nylex Clock sign, and a scheduled stop at the irrepressible Corner Hotel in Richmond.

Melbourne Music Bus Tours Melbourne Australia
Photo credit: The Corner Hotel


Leading the tour is Melbourne musicologist and lifetime resident of Melbourne, Bruce Milne. Bruce was a part of Triple R since its early years and founded the iconic independent record store and label Au-go-go Records; he now co-owns Greville Records. Bruce was first introduced to Melbourne's rock bar culture when he established the International Bar and was licensee of The Tote, as documented in the film Persecution Blues.

For all tour dates and times and to book your spot on Melbourne Music Bus Tours, visit the Arts Centre Melbourne website. Tickets are $69.00 per person. All online orders are subject to a service charge of up to $8.95 per order, plus any optional additional postage charges. Please allow at least two hours for each tour, plus extra time depending on traffic. Tours start at 11.00am and 2.00pm each Saturday from November 16 to June 27 and tours depart from the entrance of the Australian Music Vault at Arts Centre Melbourne.
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Why? Brave the daylight hours and be a music tourist in Melbourne for a day
When: 11.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Where: Starting at the Australian Music Vault, Arts Centre Melbourne
Cost: $69.00 per person
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