After the huge success of the inaugural Live at the Bowl season over 2020/21, Arts Centre Melbourne is proud to announce its return for 2022 spanning four months from 5 January – 25 April.

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!

The upcoming season features a stunning 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.

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.

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.

To kick things off though, families and children can marvel at Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show from 5 – 9 January. In a first for world-class circus company Circa, it will be performed in an outdoor environment in what will be a must-see family event packed full of smart wit, vibrant circus skills and daredevil acrobatics.

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 MSO free concerts.

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