Dining & entertainment, Northern Territory, Australia

Jessica Mauboy, Darwin Festival, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Photo: Shane Eecen

Sing your way around the Northern Territory, picking up tunes from Darwin, out to Kakadu and across to the Tiwi Islands, and seeing some of the Territory's best-known performers in intimate venues.

Music in Darwin

There's music in the air in Darwin, from didgeridoo-playing buskers to international headline acts. Enjoy a fortnight of international music at the annual Darwin Festival.

Artist-run venue Happy Yess showcases a mix of emerging acts, metal, rock, and hip hop, plus established Darwin artists like Leah Flanagan and Tracey Bunn. Look out for hometown shows by jetsetting duo Sietta.

Catch touring bands at the big beer garden that is the Darwin Railway Club in Parap, groove at Darwin Amphitheatre and Bogarts, rock out with stalwarts Roymackonkey, and shake it to Shellie Morris and the high-tech didgeridoo of eMDee.

Nab tickets to see hometown hero Gurrumul, often supported by local heavyweights like Worldfly.

Singing in Alice Springs

Get the party started with the distinctive sounds of Alice Springs. Let the side show roll by at Monte's, or bounce around Gap View Hotel, Alice Springs Desert Music Club, and Annie's Place.

Feel music beat in the heart of Australia through the stirring country sounds of Warren H Williams and Ted Egan. Party with Catch The Fly and Dr Strangeways, and catch upcoming indigenous roots and rock bands Tjupi Band and Iwantja.

See the occasional big-name performing at Lasseters Hotel Casino, and Ayers Rock Resort. Sing the ways of the desert at Alice Desert Festival.

Music around the Territory

It's almost impossible not to witness live music magic as you tour the Northern Territory. For guaranteed harmonies, make a beeline for Desert Harmony Festival in Tennant Creek, Barunga Festival in Katherine, Kakadu's Stone Country Festival, and MILIMIKA - Tiwi Islands Festival. Watch for special live music performances alongside Uluru for the ultimate Northern Territory music experience.

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