Metalcore? Check. Techno legends? Check. Chaotic storytelling? Brunswick’s stunning Howler has it all

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Metalcore? Check. Techno legends? Check. Chaotic storytelling? Brunswick’s stunning Howler has it all

Words by Staff Writer

Live music of all flavours takes place on the Howler stage, from cabaret to heavy metal.

But one thing is for certain – if you head to a gig at Howler, you’re going to get up-close-and-personal. Plus, the sound quality is always top notch. As we plunge headfirst into winter, Howler have a stupendous lineup that’s going to heat you all right up.

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

The 2024 YUMMY Spectacular

  • Circus, burlesque and drag
  • 8:00pm
  • Fri 24 May

Featuring a lineup of sensational performers – we’re talking Karen From Finance, Valerie Hex, Cerulean and so many more – this event is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. So gather your friends, unleash your inner party animal, and get ready to dance, laugh, and cheer the night away!

Sparrow and Barbossa

  • Afro melodic beats
  • 12:00pm
  • Sat 25 May

Swiss Bryan Coletta and Uruguayan Emiliano Haberli are two of the biggest names in Latin American electronic music, boasting a massive following for their unique candombe music, dominated by the African tribal rhythms that emerged out of a diaspora in colonial Uruguay. They’ve played around the world and now it’s Melbourne’s turn – expect a high tempo and ridiculously fun atmosphere.


  • Metalcore
  • 7:00pm
  • Sun 26 May

Hitting Australia for the very first time this May is Bristol, UK four-piece SVALBARD, a euphoric and unique musical blend of black metal, post-rock, and d-beat hardcore. It’s this diversity that sees the band able to tour with such iconic genre greats as Enslaved and Cult of Luna. Joining them, Melbourne “blackened post-metalcore” group RUN.

Generation Women – Melbourne Stories

  • Melbourne stories
  • 6:30 pm
  • Wed 29 May

This is a fascinating, inter-generational concept. Generation Women celebrates and amplifies female and non-binary voices by featuring six storytellers of note – one in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s+ – who share an original piece on a theme. This month, it’s a diverse group of storytellers who embody the spirit of Melbourne. Get ready for an evening of authentic stories that reflect the heart and soul of our beloved city.

Run it Red featuring Dj Trace (UK)

  • Tech-step, DnB
  • 8:00pm
  • Sat 1 June

Since rave’s earliest days, DJ Trace has been a prominent figure carving his niche and blazing an unmistakable trail in the jungle and DnB community. A regular at the iconic churches of Rage and Telepathy, the Londoner has worked with the most influential jungle imprints and ran his own pioneering label. Now, he’s coming to Melbourne as part of a major Australian tour, supported by Echo Chamber Soundsystem.


  • Chaotic tales
  • 7:00pm
  • Wed 5 June

An utterly-fantastic idea for a live event. Prepare a five-minute story about spectacular chaos. Wearing two different shoes to work, butt dialing an ex, or tanking the interview. Dishevelled dramas and situations so tangled there is no hope of straightening things out. Just check out their YouTube for a taste of how good these stories can be.

Latin American solstice

  • Latin American folktronica
  • 8:00pm
  • Fri 7 June

The winter solstice is the most sacred ceremony of the Mapuche, Aymara, Quechua, and other ethnic groups from the Andes. To celebrate it in Melbourne, two of the undisputed global heavyweights in Latin folktronica music, Chancha Via Circuito and Barrio Lindo, are coming to Howler. In a large lineup featuring acts from modern-day Argentina, Colombia and Chile, expect ancient melodies and powerful percussions tied together with entrancing Afro-Latin beats.


  • Techno
  • 4:00pm
  • Sat 8 June

Few better locations than Howler for a fully-fledged techno takeover including immersive lighting and mesmerising visual imagery all over the walls. It will all be complemented by a meticulously tailored DnB Audiotechnik sound system, custom-designed for this extraordinary occasion. The lineup features Steve Bleas, Snaxx, Amity, Jack Colletta, Kristian Botter, MJK.


  • Trance, techno, rave
  • 7:00pm
  • Sat 8 June

Kadence is an event from the crews at HardGrewv, who have previously thrown a bunch of successful events at Revolver. Now it’s Howler’s turn for the long-weekend party and it should be a stunner, a proper 360-degree boiler room event showcasing local and interstate talent, with Makk and Valerie leading the charge.

Simon Vuarambon

  • 2:00pm
  • Sun 9 June

Progressive house’s Argentinian king Simon Vuarambon is no stranger to playing to tens of thousands on festival lineups, so Howler gives us the perfect opportunity to see him in a club element – and what better time than the Sunday of the Kings Birthday weekend for a three-hour set. He’ll be joined by Meanwhile Records label boss GMJ and fellow prog heavyweight Mike Rish from the likes of Lost and Found and Anjunadeep.

This is just a fraction of what’s on offer over the next few weeks at Howler, check out their sensational events calendar here.