Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Sidney Myer Music Bowl
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The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is located in the Kings Domain Gardens, close to Arts Centre Melbourne and the Southbank entertainment precinct. This hugely popular summertime venue stages everything from free summer symphonies to performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. It is home to Carols by Candlelight and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's free summertime concert series. Capacity varies, depending on event type. Getting there: If you are driving to the venue, Arts Centre Melbourne car park is a short walk with entry from the rear of Sturt or Kavanagh Streets. Otherwise it is a short walk from Flinders Street Station or a tram ride up St Kilda Road.
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Emily R
Melbourne, Australia14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Is it really summer in Melbourne without heading to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Great acoustics, plenty of grass for a picnic and usually places to buy drinks and snacks. I'd particularly recommend the free summer concert series because the atmosphere is electric.
Written 28 May 2024
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Caroline J
Hanoi, Vietnam3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I bought 10 tickets for Carols by Candlelight, in the stalls, row T for the cost of approximately $2000, which from the seating map indicated shelter from the weather due to the sails overhead.
There was no notification that this was not the case.
On the night, the rain was incessant to the point that an hour and a half into the event only three of us were left, the others leaving, absolutely soaked to the point that it was not enjoyable anymore.
I understand that’s it an outdoor event and inclement weather is a risk but for the price I paid I would have expected a notification that the seats chosen would expose us to the weather (like you do when buying a concert ticket seat with restricted viewing), so you have a choice whether you want to upgrade to seat further up the front or buy a ticket on the lawn where you would pay considerable less and get just as wet!

I emailed Vision Australia to give them feedback and never got a reply! I guess as long as they get their donations, they don’t really care about their audience.

My advice - don’t buy a ticket in the stalls unless you can get one in rows A - R
Written 19 February 2024
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sarah P
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The most frustrating place to find it is not near the arts centre and once you get to Kings Domain there is no signage anywhere so I went home in frustration missing the event. It's hard to believe there is no signage.
Written 26 January 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is a Melbourne icon. It was the gift of Sidney Myer, retailer and philanthropist. The Myer Music Bowl is used, mainly in the warmer months, especially for the annual Christmas gala, which is a highlight of the festive season.
Written 23 September 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is an Australian landmark. Sidney Myer (1878-1934) was a wealthy businessman and noted philanthropist. The Music Bowl was his gift to the people of Australia. The Bowl has been the heart and soul of music in Melbourne for many years. Now that the Corona virus lockdown is no more, we can expect many more events at the Music Bowl.
Written 29 December 2022
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jmm
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Went to see Crowded House on Friday 8 April. The venue was overcrowded, there was absolutely no room to sit or stand on the lawn opposite stage - 1.5 hours before the concert started. Clearly the tickets had been oversold. We sat on the side of the hill and could not hear Crowded House - it was extremely muffled and we ended up leaving after the first two songs in disbelief. We spent $600 on tickets and they were completely wasted. I have been to various concerts at Sidney Myer Music bowl that were amazing, clearly there was an issue on the night that was unresolved. We spoke to one of the groundsmen outside the venue who also agreed that the sound was faulty and he had noted that during the sound check the sound was poor. So clearly there was a problem here on the night and Sidney Myer Music Bowl and Ticketek should be providing a full refund as we didn't get to hear anything. They should also be extremely mindful of the amount of people they are letting in as clearly this was oversold and that destroys the quality of the experience for everyone.
Written 11 April 2022
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AndyJohn74
Sydney, Australia4,789 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Situated in the parklands along St Kilda Road, the music bowl is a well visited spot for lovers of music. An open air theatre that gets regular use throughout the year.
Written 22 November 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
The Myer Music Bowl is the gift of Sidney Myer to the people of Melbourne. Sidney Myer founded the eponymous department store chain, which now stretches Australia-wide. These days, the Myer Music Bowl is best-known for Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, one of the highlights of the festive season. A series of free orchestral concerts is also planned this year.
Written 3 February 2021
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Myer Music Bowl was a gift to the people of Melbourne from the Myer family. It is outdoors, so it is good in summer. The annual Carols by Candlelight are held every year to celebrate Christmas -- it's a family occasion.
Written 8 October 2020
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,701 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
In 1959 the Sidney Myer Music Bowl was opened. Donated to the people of Melbourne by the Myer family, who were synonymous with the store chain in Australia, is a popular venue for concerts, opera, other events, plays and Carols By Candlelight - a yearly tradition enjoyed by young and old.

This unique sound shell music bowl/structure allows for excellent sound quality and is worth a walk around to admire the construction. The public to buy a seat [2000] or general admission tickets [11,000 capacity] to shows and bring their blankets and chair, some food and sit on the grassed area.

When not being used for shows it is open for the public to walk/jog through [except the stage/seating areas] as it is part of the Domain Gardens, the Arts precinct and close to the Yarra River and other tourists and sporting venues.

Within its confines, there is a range of sculptures, including a memorial to Sidney Myer and murals by local artists. An exciting place to photograph with the city skyline in the background. Places to sit around it and a lovely pond with the occasional ducks are nearby.

A place for all, any time of year.
Written 16 September 2020
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