While we at Tone Deaf deliver the unfortunate news of another Aussie live music venue closure seemingly every month, we seem to simultaneously be announcing the opening of another awesome-looking live music space just about every week.

Indeed, while the Australian live music venue landscape has never been more hostile, constantly struggling with draconian liquor licensing laws and noise regulations, there are still lots of great new venues regularly popping up.

In order to highlight some of the cool new additions to the Aussie live music scene and to give readers a cheat sheet on where to catch gigs in their local area, we’ve put together 12 of Australia’s best new live music venues.

While we at Tone Deaf deliver the unfortunate news of another Aussie live music venue closure seemingly every month, we seem to simultaneously be announcing the opening of another awesome-looking live music space just about every week.

Indeed, while the Australian live music venue landscape has never been more hostile, constantly struggling with draconian liquor licensing laws and noise regulations, there are still lots of great new venues regularly popping up.

In order to highlight some of the cool new additions to the Aussie live music scene and to give readers a cheat sheet on where to catch gigs in their local area, we've put together 12 of Australia's best new live music venues.

The Basement


Sydney live music and watering hole The Basement experienced an incredible facelift this year, with a brand-spanking a brand new stage and a green room downstairs.

Detailing the changes at The Basement, venue booker Nathan Farrell detailed, “we are planning to extend our offering dabbling, in some Comedy, Burlesque and some handcrafted nights, with our larger stage it should allow us extra scope to accommodate a variety of larger touring acts as well larger ensembles and performances.”

Check out the venue here.

Little & Olver


One of the freshest faces in Fitzroy, Melbourne, this upstairs venue joined the ranks late 2014 and since has grown as a staple for many live music goers near and afar.

Hosting a range of both national and international live bands and DJs, with space to function as a multi-purpose bar and venue that’s licensed 'til 5am, Little & Olver is the perfect place to stop-by for a bev, to bash around to your favourite local band or to have a serious boogie as the sun sleeps.

Check out the venue here.

Brisbane Brewing Co.


One of the freshest establishments to swing open its doors to the public in the buzzing musical hub that is Brisbane is the Brisbane Brewing Co., a beautiful boutique craft beer brewery and bar that will also host live music.

Located at 124 Boundary Street, West End, the brand-spankin’ new space aims to foster everything local, from their drinks, food and of course, musicians too. The owners' mission statement is to create "an atmosphere perfect for Friday night drinks or a Sunday sesh".

Check the venue out here.

VICE Bar


Can you seriously imagine anything better than a live music venue in a mint location that also sells delicious dumplings? Nope, we can't either.

Situated in Melbourne’s inner-north at 42 Johnston Street Fitzroy, VICE bar is currently open from 6:00pm until late Wednesday – Sunday, boasting of rotating tap of pale ale’s and cocktails, not to mention insane dumpling specials including 2-for-1 and 3-for-1. Most importantly, the bandroom will hosts live music up to four nights a week.

Check the venue out here.

Foundry


The Foundry was announced as the latest addition to Brisbane's Fortitude Valley back in January. The venue looked absolutely incredible, with a 300-person live room, part rock’n’roll bar, part collaborative space, and boasting 20 creative studios.

The "creative studios" are open to an array of music professionals, with tenants paying rent for a music industry sized budget. The owners upped the ante, however, after they announced that they will have a room where bands on tour can sleep for the night at absolutely no cost.

Check the venue out here.

The Workers Club Geelong


We were stoked when the news broke that adored Melbourne venue The Workers Club was expanding to Geelong, providing Victoria's second biggest city a new home for live music.

Having only very recently opened its doors to the public, the venue has already smashed it, with the likes of Northeast Party House selling out a gig and giving the coastal performance space the kick-start it needs.

Check the venue out here.

Sonny’s House of Blues


Situated in Rowes Lane, this brand-spanking new live music area will not only provide a place for up-and-coming musicians to give it their all, it also will serve up delicious Mexican food.

“Sonny’s is modelled on classic LA dive bar,” says owner and Brisbane local Jamie Webb, who already has a healthy portfolio of restaurants including Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Gordita, Peasant and Los Villanos.

Check the venue out here.

The Brooklyn Standard


It's impossible to ignore the amount of good fortune that's rolled into Brisbane in terms of live music venues, and of course, why wouldn't the Queensland capital has such a thriving and expanding live music scene.

The Brooklyn Standard is one of the newest hot spots on the super-hip Eagle Lane and in terms of live tunes, the Brooklyn-inspired joint promises to guest a variety of sounds, including funk, soul, blues, and rockabilly.

Check out the venue here.

The Cellar Bar


Long-running Melbourne venue The Cellar Bar recently announced that they will be expanding their operations to include a regular live music program. While the venue has been known for its status as a drinking hole, as well as private functions and events over the years, this will be their first regular gig program.

Located underneath St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel, the Cellar Bar has an understated and elegant speakeasy vibe, reminiscent of CBD mainstays like 1806, but with ample space for live performances, boasting a capacity of about 250 punters.

Check the venue out here.

24 Moons


Situated in Melbourne’s north suburb of Northcote, 24 Moons, formally known as the strip-club Explicit, has shaken off it’s notoriety and will now instead be the home for live bands, soul, dance and comedy shows.

Manager Ali Davidson is stoked on the revamped venue, praising of its late liquor license that allows 24 Moons to keep its doors open until 3am Fridays and 5am Saturdays and Sundays, providing locals with a place to go and saving them a little cash on cab fare into the city.

Check the venue out here.

The Hydro Majestic Hotel


If we're talking the most elegant live music venue in Australia, it's most certainly one the newcomer nestled away in the Blue Mountains.

With a comfortable $30 million worth of renovations, creating one of the most elegant accommodation and entertainment spaces in Australia, music flows from the gorgeous ballroom, performing artists including the likes of Richard Clapton, Steve Clisby, The McClymonts, Diesel and many more, whilst placing a large focus on “dinner and show” typed events.

Check out the venue here.

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