Huge Live at the Bowl concert schedule drops with Kings of Leon, London Grammar and more

Huge Live at the Bowl concert schedule drops with Kings of Leon, London Grammar and more

Live at the Bowl
Photo credit: Ian Laidlaw

After the huge success of the inaugural Live at the Bowl season, Arts Centre Melbourne has announced its return for 2022 spanning four months from 5 January – 25 April.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming visitors back to our beloved Bowl for a brand new season of live events. Once again, Live at the Bowl will play a significant part in reinvigorating Victoria’s live performance sector bringing local and international artists back to the Bowl. This is another milestone in our recovery and we are delighted that it will be kicking off very soon,” said Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer AM.

“As we emerge from yet another year of closure, the second season of Live at the Bowl is a significant moment for live performance. It will reconnect audiences with their favourite artists and with something for everyone across multiple nights of the week, the 2022 calendar never looked so good!”

What you need to know

  • Live at the Bowl concert schedule
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl
  • 5 January – 25 April 2022

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The upcoming season features a program of classical and contemporary music, circus, dance, comedy, family events, community-led events and more as we celebrate and come together in the new world of a vaccinated economy.

“The return of Live at the Bowl with a blockbuster summer season offers Victorians of all ages the opportunity to enjoy some of the biggest live acts as we continue to reopen. Victoria is Australia’s music heartland and the industry is returning stronger than ever, allowing more people to enjoy a summer of great gigs,” said minister for creative industries Danny Pearson.

With some of the hottest acts from across the country, and the world, the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl will return to its glorious open-air structure for all to enjoy live performances under the twinkling skies, share a picnic on the hill, take in a symphony at sunset or dance the night away to their favourite musicians.

In line with the Department of Health and current government advice, events will allow up to 12,000 visitors making decks a thing of the past as the Bowl operates at 100% capacity. However for some family events, we will welcome 2,000 people in the stalls only.

“We are thrilled to present the second season of Live at the Bowl. With just under 100,000 people attending the first season and over 1,300 artists and performers on stage, it would be remiss of us not to bring it back. We are confident that our audiences will return to our venue feeling safe and comfortable, particularly after the recent success of Play On Victoria,” said Arts Centre Melbourne executive director, performing arts Melanie Smith.

“The Bowl is for all Victorians and we are proud to once again support community-led events during Live at the Bowl including the annual celebration of the survival of First Nations people at Share the Spirit presented by Songlines on 26 January; iconic freestyle dance battle City Sessions; a collaboration between Soju Gang and Footscray Community Arts which will see a jam-packed line-up of some of Burn City’s most exciting talent in SorBaes: Double Dip plus, an all-ages drug and alcohol-free gig curated by The Push and New Slang, a committee of the next generation of music industry professionals. These line-ups will be announced in the coming months.”

Full calendar of Live at the Bowl events

5 – 9 January
Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show
22 January
The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria
26 January
Share the Spirit presented by Songlines
29 January
The Jungle Giants

5 February
City Sessions
6 February
Piknic Électronik: Boris Brejcha & Thomas Schumacher
9 February
MSO free concert: A Symphonic Soiree
12 February
MSO free concert: An Evening of John Williams
18 February
Synthony No.2
19 February
MSO free concert: One Song – The Music of Archie Roach
24 February
London Grammar

5 March
Ultra Australia 2022
12 March
SorBaes: Double Dip by Soju Gang and Footscray Community Arts
25 March
26 March
Flight Facilities

1 – 2 April
Kings of Leon
3 April
Piknic Électronik: Peggy Gou and more
6 April
Hoodoo Gurus
10 April
The Push: Live at the Bowl
12 April
Lime Cordiale

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The overall season focuses on live music with a broad mix of local artists taking to the main stage including The Teskey Brothers with Orchestra Victoria, The Jungle Giants, Hoodoo Gurus, Lime Cordiale and more. Plus, an extensive program of electronic events like Piknic Électronik, Synthony No.2 and Ultra Australia 2022.

For the first time since March 2019, big names like London Grammar, Flight Facilities, BENEE, Kings of Leon, Peggy Gou, Boris Brejcha and Thomas Schumacher will make their way to Australian shores making Live at the Bowl among the first to host international acts. Then, in February audiences can enjoy their cherished MSOfree concerts.

All visitors will need to check-in via the Service Victoria app upon entering the Bowl and show proof of vaccination or a medical exemption. Further programming will be announced across the season.

For more information visit the website here.