What happens when Melbourne’s most-loved botanic gardens joins forces with one of Australia’s premier outdoor music event organisers? The result is Live At The Gardens.

Music lovers, mark your calendars – this is going to be one of the year’s most unforgettable concert experiences!

The iconic Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is partnering with Roundhouse Entertainment, the highly experienced and successful team behind a day on the green, to transform the luscious lawns of the Observatory Precinct into a unique outdoor concert space.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Live At The Gardens will launch in November 2024 over two magical weekends, with an amazing array of artists to be announced very soon.

Another series of gigs will follow in March next year, with Live At The Gardens planned to become an ongoing event. 

The award-winning tourism attraction, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has been a treasured part of Melbourne’s cultural life for almost 180 years – loved by generations of Victorians, as well as visitors from interstate and overseas. Established on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong peoples, it continues to be a place of gathering, a green oasis in the heart of Melbourne and one of the world’s most beautiful botanic gardens. A leader in plant conservation, scientific research and cultural adventures, it celebrates and protects biodiversity while being a unique and beautiful space to connect with nature.

Renowned for curating unforgettable, world-class outdoor experiences and events, Roundhouse Entertainment is known for producing a day on the green, Australia’s original and premier outdoor winery concert series. Entering its 24th season this summer, with an incredible 530 shows and more than 4 million patrons attending, a day on the green has hosted some of the biggest acts in the world in stunning locations across the country, since its first show in 2001. 

Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton said: “We are thrilled to launch Live At The Gardens, a one-of-a-kind music festival, creating an experience that celebrates music, nature and community. The team at Roundhouse are honoured to have the opportunity to work with the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to stage this new event allowing people to enjoy live music under the stars, in a beautiful garden setting. We look forward to announcing an eclectic mix of performers in the coming weeks.”

Mushroom Group Chief Executive Matt Gudinski said: “Mushroom Group is focused on bringing unforgettable live music experiences to music fans and there is no better place to do that than in one of Melbourne’s most iconic locations, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. We look forward to delivering an amazing series of shows with some very special talent in this stunning location.”

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Acting Director and Chief Executive Chris Russell said: "We are delighted to partner with industry experts, Roundhouse Entertainment to bring Live At The Gardens to life. This exciting collaboration seamlessly blends the stunning natural beauty of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne with world-class entertainment, to create an unforgettable concert experience that celebrates music, nature, and the vibrant culture of Melbourne. We look forward to welcoming nature and music lovers to what will undoubtedly be one of the year's most memorable events."

Live At The Gardens also promises to tantalise the tastebuds with a variety of local culinary delights and refreshing beverages, with more delicious details coming soon. 

With its central location ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, Live At The Gardens offers an enchanting setting for up to 5,000 music lovers to enjoy their favourite artists in a beautiful, natural setting. It’s sure to be warmly welcomed by music fans and become a highly anticipated event on the Melbourne concert calendar. 

Stay tuned for further announcements about artist lineups, ticketing information and additional event details.