A new ROUTE for the Australian music scene…

It has been disputed by skeptics that the Australian music scene lacks cultural identity. If anything it lacks consistency with live Music Venues and liquor laws across all states of Australia.

The Mecca of Australian music is in Melbourne. The culture there flows as smooth as a Macchiato in a café filled laneway! Mmmmm….

Supported and produced by Melbournians, their music scene is buzzing with independent music and art. Musicians and artists alike make the pilgrimage to Melbourne to experience the quirky and playful nature of a thriving music scene with new venues opening up each month.

One Melbourne converter stated-

I hail from Sydney and there are some fundamental differences that make it near impossible to run a venue over there without having a cover charge or pokies inside” luisa

Take a step across the Victorian border and the humanitarian value for live music is a way of life, providing one of the most highly regarded live music scenes in the world.

“….in the three years I’ve been here I’m yet to see one pokier machine!”   luisa


In 2010, Melbourne’s eminence in live music and venues took off, literally! Co founder Nick Wallberg and Carl Malmsten, created Tramsessions. Music lovers, No need to feel embarrassed when caught singing out loud on public transport. Live music sessions are available on Melbourne Trams to smooth the ride for some commuters.

Tram travelers can hear the resonance of their favorite artists playing intimate and “moving” gigs live on Yarra Trams.

Whether it be; the smoky, sultry blues of the Lanie Lane, The organic, low-key harmonies, urbane folk of Duo Georgia Fair, or the dark romanticism and versatility of  Jordie Lane. You are most definitely in for a treat! Adventurous Jordie Lane may not spend much time in the country between his international tour through North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Still, he found time to treat his hometown fans to an intimate tram performance on the 86 Bundoora RMIT/ Docklands route.

“I have lived hear my whole life. And gathered so many experiences and stories from being on that Tram that have fallen into my songs” Jordie Lane

When we caught up with Jordie, he praised the Melbourne music culture and talent. “I think we are spoiled in Australia, and sometimes we don’t know. We take it for granted….I will say that sadly many Australian’s don’t appreciate and support what is being produced here. It’s sometimes that age od Tall poppy syndrome creeping in” Jordie Lane

 Per capita, Melbourne and New York equally have the largest amount of original live music in the world. Melbournians have a lot to be thankful for. Victoria’s live music venues and artists contribute more than 500 million dollars to the state economy each year, according to a report by the Victorian government.

 Co founder of Tramsessions Nick Wallberg knows exactly how to get the message across to unsuspecting ears of commuters.

“I think that established acts love to be part of Tram Sessions as they are taken back to the core ofmusic- performing…. It’s really spreading the joy of music” Nick wallberg

 Tramsessions bring music back to its’ core, an unquestionable aura of liberality from musicians and fans, protecting the intimacy of live music.

“For bigger bands it’s unheard of to be able to play in such an intimate setting. And although they are a bit nervous, as it’s confronting, they love it!” Nick Walberg

Two years ago it begun with 2 individuals and a great idea, today, Tramsessions has over 10 staff including music industry professionals, art directors and producers! Due to their fan following and support, In March 2012, they received the Bank of Melbourne Local Project Grant.

I’m sure we can all understand how boring commuting home can be; having your own personal concert on the tram has won over numerous supporters…After hundreds of submissions, thanks to facebook votes and the help of musician Ben Kweller, TRAMsessions took home the $10 000 grant.

Nick Wallberg use to hustle his way through Melbourne gigs in search of bands to play for Tramsessions.Now the musicians flock to him, with a waiting list of over 100 musicians!

“I can’t even get to gigs now; I’m too busy sending emails” Nick Wallberg

It appears musical artists are looking for something greater too.

Even despite Jordie Lane’s international success he jumped at the chance to get aboard “being able to play in new spaces always helps you as a performer. And a strange new environment for the stage, being a Tram Carriage was so much fun, and challenging to stay upright, especially round those tight corners”.

What better way to travel home from a long day at work on public transport then with a live performance! One Melbourne commuter stated;

“ Seeing Ben Kweller play live on the tram made my day!….It was so genuine and confronting for both performer and the audience

The gigs have so much love involved that different routes encapsulate the different genres of music. Hop aboard route 86 (Campberwell) for some rock’n’roll, or if you’re after an Indie/alternative sound you might want cruise on the 122 (city circle). All while reducing pollution and getting more people to use public transport, Tramsessions stands strong as an advocate for public transport.

Breaking the boredom of public transport, and bringing culture into the public space.

The Underground music movement has allowed musicians to reconnect with the listener, providing a raw and authentic experience. Removing gigs from alcohol filled venues and commercial spaces and aboard the intimacy of the Tram.

Tramsessions has provided and escape, bringing the music back to its authentic state and challenging the relationship between muscian and artist in a public domain.

“Having live music on trams can transform your journey into something cheerful and completely different and it’s great to see so many commuters coming up to the bands and thanking them for brightening up their days,” Nick Wallberg.