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Local Melbourne, Australia Music Scene

Melbourne is one of the biggest cities in Australia, making it an important center for developing musical talent. The city hosts over 60,000 music events per year, which is incredible compared to most other major cities of the world. Many of the acts who perform in Melbourne also do shows in places like Adelaide and Brisbane. Some of the top musical perfomers in the city's history have been Men At Work, Olivia Newton-John, Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Little River Band, 1927, John Farnham, The Seekers, Nick Cave, Jet, Goyte and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers. One of the most creative bands of all time from the city was Dead Can Dance. Melbourne is a huge scene for global tourism, so its night life is rather spectacular.

In order for local artists to overcome the distorted perception that their music cannot compete with whatever the major label gatekeepers decide is acceptable, leaders who control local scenes need to take a closer look at what makes solo singers and bands popular. It usually comes down to the material they are performing, although performance is still a big factor. Unfortunately, many local songwriters do not take songwriting to be a commercial art form and are more focuses on release what they consider it their best art. Therefore, the history of music on Melbourne radio tends to be similar to national music.

Melbourne shows its support for music through cultural events that bring people together throughout the year. These cultural events take the form of big name concerts, food festivals, street fairs, talent showcases and seasonal celebrations. Music can be the catalyst for people meeting each other regardless of background. Music can also be a barometer that reflects regional influences. A couple of TV shows that helped ignite huge international music careers have been Young Talent Time and Neighbours. Both Kylie and Dannii Minogue were featured on these shows before rising to stardom. One of the most legendary venues in town is the Esplanade Hotel, which was built in 1878. It's been a major music venue that has leaned toward rock since the 1970s.

Dancing is one of the most visible forms of response to musical performances. The Melbourne region tends to offer a mix of traditonal and modern dance showcases that revolve around orchestras or dance bands. Dancing can also be a form of exercise that promotes good health. It's also an excellent activity for self-expression and sharing community spirit. Most dance music reflects an atmosphere of communal celebration. It's ususally dancing that brings a crowd together in musical settings, whether it's at a concert hall, night club or restaurant.

One of the aspects to local music that is often overlooked due to being overshadowed by national music, is that there is power in songwriting about local events, people, landmarks and attitudes. Natural beauty that exists within a region is one of the most touching and memorable themes that can appear in the songwriting of local artists. Songs about Melbourne by local artists include "Leaps and Bands" by Paula Kelly and "West End Riot" by The Living End.

The song is still the most powerful vehicle for conveying musical messages, but often this concept is lost by the fact that local bands are limited in the places they can find work, which is usually restaurants and bars that want to promote crowd energy and not necessarily lyrical messages. They key to advancing local culture through song lyrics may ultimately revolve around internet platforms such as ReverbNation.

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