Performance Opportunities in Melbourne

Don't have a band or a bunch of gigs lined up? From working with my students I know it's sometimes necessary to have a performance to work towards, but sometimes these are few and far between. Here are some ways to get on stage, challenge yourself and hone your performance skills: recitals, open mic nights, and good old karaoke.

RECITALS

Often your singing school or singing teacher will arrange for recitals to happen, providing performance opportunities for students. These are great fun and are also a great opportunity to mingle with other like-minded people. Here at KHVS, I occasionally put on casual recitals for students to share what they’ve been working on, so if you're a student who'd like the opportunity to perform, get in touch!

OPEN MIC NIGHTS

There are great open mic nights all around Melbourne. Often they have different vibes though, so it's a good idea to check out the venue in advance and see if it's the kind of place you feel comfortable. You could even show up the first week and just watch other people to get the gist of how it works before you commit to it, especially if you're feeling particularly nervous. I love open mic nights as they tend to be full of creative souls from all walks of life; people singing for fun about their pets or their travels, right up to professional singers workshopping their new originals. In fact, if you write songs and would like to bounce some ideas around, open mic nights are a great place to do this. It's lower pressure performance situation where you can usually get some nice feedback about new songs you might be unsure about. Here are some of my favourites:

Arcadia Hotel - Tuesday nights at 9pm - 2 Toorak Rd, South Yarra (this is probably the best one nearby - I go to it fairly often!)
Elwood Lounge - Wednesday nights at 7pm - 49-51 Glenhuntly Rd , Elwood (this one is very popular, make sure you get in early)
Whole Lotta Love - also Wednesday nights from 6pm. 524 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Grand Piano Open Mic - This one is really cool. From 6.30pm every second Wednesday at Compass Pizza. You have to play the piano, but you get to play their lovely grand. Contact through facebook for a spot. 319 Lygon St, Brunswick East

If you'd like to see some more options for open mic nights near you, check out the Open Mic Melbourne page, which seems to be fairly-regularly updated with all the open mics in and around Melbourne.

KARAOKE

Karaoke is a whole lotta FUN. You can get a bunch of friends together and head into town for singing and silliness. This is a great option if you don't write your own music and would just like to practice singing in front of a group of non-judgemental (although potentially inebriated) individuals. Another thing I really like about singing karaoke is you HAVE to use the mic, and the backing track is usually REALLY loud. So if you're wanting to get some experience with mic technique and with hearing yourself through a foldback, this is actually not a bad place to start. Here are some karaoke venues here in Melbourne:

Blue Moon Karaoke - A public karaoke with great song selection. Tends to get a little full in the late hours, but well worth it especially if you come early. 380 Russell Street, Melbourne (CBD)
FM Karaoke - This place has both a public function area and private rooms for hire. Could be a good option with a bunch of friends! 2/146 Bourke Street, Melbourne