Gypsy jazz, flamenco, indie pop and Irish jams: Valley Sounds brings free live music to the Moonee Valley

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Gypsy jazz, flamenco, indie pop and Irish jams: Valley Sounds brings free live music to the Moonee Valley

Valley Sounds
The CB3
Words by Kaya Martin

Moonee Valley hasn’t typically been lauded as one of Melbourne’s live music hotspots, but things are about to change.

 There’s a brand new event series set to brighten the nights and lure us all out of our cosy homes this autumn. 

Running from May 17 to 26, Valley Sounds brings incredible talent to various bars, restaurants and venues across the neighbourhood. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it’s also completely free, meaning your budget for drinks and nibbles just got a little bigger.

Valley Sounds 2024

  • May 17 to 26
  • Pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants and more across Moonee Valley
  • Free entry

Keep up with the latest music news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

On the lineup, there’s a little bit of everything. And I mean everything. From Italian tantarellas to gypsy jazz, indie pop, flamenco, film scores, open mics, Irish jams, Brazilian boogies, blues and soul, the program is as multicultural as it is multi-dimensional.

On Wednesday, May 22, catch violinist and songwriter Xani laying down her electrified experimental pop tracks at Essendon’s Hold Bar. The following day, catch the Women of Soul showcase, bringing the sultry-sweet voices of one of Australia’s most talented collectives at Freddie’s. On Saturday, May 25, Swingin’ Valley Sounds offers punters the chance to groove to jazzy renditions of modern classics at the Clocktower Centre

The rest of the program is studded with gems, including the rising funk group The CB3, Australian Idol finalist Emily Williams, Thomas Byrne and Ally Mack’s Pop Life and beloved crooner Ed Moon. The performances will be held at some of the area’s favourite locales, including the Mango Lounge, 400 Gradi, Pepper Cafe, Benny and Me and Lulu’s Social Club. 

From relaxed seated performances to dancefloor parties, these events will breathe new life into the northwest suburbs. Whether you’re a Moonee Valley local looking to celebrate your neighbourhood or any Melbournian keen on checking out a new part of town, Valley Sounds is the perfect excuse. 

To check out the full program of events, head here.