Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building to be transformed for huge festival

Royal Exhibition Building

Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building will be transformed into a large-scale music venue for the first time in two decades for a new festival of art, ideas, music and technology this August.

Now or Never will take place across 17 days at various venues around the city including the CBD, Docklands and Carlton, with around 200,000 people set to attend.

American singer, songwriter and producer Kelela will perform her only Australian show at the Royal Exhibition Building. The venue will also see Orchestra Victoria performing, as well as being transformed for a club night headlined by German house and techno producer Âme.

“Now or Never will be an unmissable addition to our bustling events calendar this winter – cementing Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital, providing a boost to the local economy and supporting jobs,’’ said Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

The Exhibition Building will also host design festival “Never Permanent”, bringing together the best creatives and innovators from around the globe.

“This festival will bring the Royal Exhibition Building to life with these eclectic musicians, cutting-edge performances and provocative talks,” said Melbourne Museum chief executive Lynley Crosswell.

Now or Never is being held from August 17 to September 2.