There is a massive line-up in this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival (14 – 26 June)  with over 40 shows from around the country and overseas – in the newly centralised festival hub in Prahran incorporating Chapel Off Chapel, The Space Arts and Dance Centre and Love Machine nightclub.

Artistic Director Mike McLeish says ‘in Melbourne we are spoilt by an embarrassment of cultural and artistic riches. And this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival is overflowing with glorious goodness.

Top five shows to see:

Joe Stilgoe (UK) – Songs On Film pays tribute to much-loved movies as self-confessed film buff Joe raids his own collection and adds his own original and stylish orchestrations to some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history. From Hollywood’s golden age, to the classic films of the 80s, to the work of Tarantino, Tati, Paramount and Pixar, Joe and his remarkable band perform songs written for and inspired by some of the greatest films of the last century.

+Amy G (USA) – Entershamement is a mad mash-up of physical, musical, stand-up and improvisational comedy. Inspired by Carol Burnett, Liza Minelli, Buster Keaton, Julie Andrews and even The Muppet Show, Entershamement is slapstick Diva heaven, full of hilarious song-and-dance numbers, roller-skates, a live chicken, and genuine human frailty. Amy G is comedy gold with a golden voice.

Steve Ross (USA) – To Wit; Funny Songs Throughout the Ages  Iconic New York performer dubbed the Crown Prince of Cabaret by the New York Times presents a selection of witty songs from the 1920s and 1930s, like the raucous Takin’ a Bath In the Blues & Lydia, the Tattooed Lady, through ditties by Flanders & Swann to  songs from the pens of Cole Porter and Noel Coward.

Otto & Astrid – Best Band in the World by Die Roten Punkte are Berlin’s Prince and Princess of art-rock and Europop.  Die Roten Punkte are a lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between The B52s, Kraftwerk and early Ramones. Their songs are ridiculously infectious and their show is one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you’re ever likely to see.

Yana Alana Covered is a cabaret spectacular for those yearning to experience this multi-award winning artist as she bears her soul and not her arse. Joined by Tha Paranas featuring Bec Matthews, Louise Goh and Tamara Murphy with songs made famous by Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Shirley Bassey, Laurie Anderson and Joy Division.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016 from Tuesday 14 until Sunday 26 June at the Festival Hub, Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran.  Tickets from $25. Bookings: