Sampa The Great, Missy Higgins, Lime Cordiale lead lineup for Live at the Bowl festival

Australia's largest outdoor ampitheatre has a three-month-long festival coming

The lineup for a new three-month-long open-air concert series in Melbourne, Live at the Bowl, has been announced, with Sampa The Great, Missy Higgins and Lime Cordiale leading the pack.

The Victorian government-funded series of tens of concerts will take over the Sidney Myer Music Bowl from January until March, with a maximum of 3000 people – 25% of the venue’s capacity – able to attend at once.

To enable physical distancing, tables will be set up on the main lawn for groups of four or six. Additionally, the stalls are being reconfigured for tables of pairs or fours and the side balconies for solo gig-goers.


Also set to perform are Maddy Jane, Ocean Alley, Birds of Tokyo, Vika and Linda, Mo’Ju, Northeast Party House, Running Touch, Emma Donovan, Soju Gang, Slowly Slowly, Daryl Braithwaite and many more. A night of comedy in the series is headlined by Hannah Gadsby and Zoe Coombs Marr. A full list of dates and performers is below, with more artists set to be announced next month.

Tickets for most events will go on sale at 12pm AEDT, December 16 via the festival’s new website.

“We have spent a lot of time listening to our audiences since our closure and we are confident that when they return they will be pleasantly surprised with the transformation. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back to our venue for what can only be described as a summer not to be forgotten,” Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM said in a press statement.

Live at the Bowl is funded by the Victorian government as part of its $17.2million package to help revitalise creative industries in the state post-lockdown. Nearly half of the funding will support the festival, while live music in regional areas is also set to receive a boost of $5million to deliver a new performance series in a range of areas.

A number of festivals, including Midsumma and Melbourne International Comedy Festival (whose 2020 event was cancelled), will receive $4.3million to present smaller, outdoor events in Summer and Autumn.

The first lineup for Live at the Bowl is:



Friday 8 – Welcome Ceremony & Concert with Spinifex Gum featuring Marliya Choir, Felix Riebl, Ollie McGill and Emma Donovan
Saturday 9 – Human Nature
Sunday 10 – Piknic Électronik
Thursday 14 – Melbourne Youth Orchestra
Friday 15 – Soju Gang
Saturday 16 – Mo’Ju with Orchestra Victoria (co-presented as part of Melbourne Music Week–Extended)
Sunday 17 – Teeny Tiny Stevies
Thursday 21 – Ocean Alley with special guests Slowly Slowly, Maddy Jane and The Grogans
Friday 22 – Birds of Tokyo with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 23 – Birds of Tokyo with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 24 – Piknic Électronik: Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco
Tuesday 26 – Share The Spirit Festival
Wednesday 27 – Missy Higgins with special guests Busby Marou
Friday 29 – MSO: The Faun and The Firebird (as part of free concert series)
Saturday 30 – Sun Cycle Festival


Thursday 4 – Lime Cordiale
Friday 4 – Running Touch ft. Northeast Party House (DJ Set), Kult Kyss and Adult Art Club
Sunday 6 – MSO: Mambo! Dancing across the centuries (as part of free concert series)
Wednesday 10 – MSO: Spanish Harlem (as part of free concert series)
Friday 12 – Rock The Bowl: Daryl Brathwaite + Jon Stevens + The Black Sorrows + Darlinghurst
Saturday 13 – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Chinese New Year
Sunday 14 – Vika & Linda
Wednesday 17 – Hannah Gadsby with Zoë Coombs Marr and many more
Sunday 21 – Piknic Électronik


Saturday 13 – Sampa The Great
Sunday 21 – Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra