An interview with Rebekah Duke

Melbourne’s inner-northern live music venues and social scenes


  • Samuel Charles Whiting RMIT University



Melbourne, live music, venues, music scenes


In this Riff article, Samuel Whiting speaks to live music advocate and Melbourne music industry professional Rebekah Duke. The interview focuses on the small live music venues of Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs and the social scenes that inhabit them, exploring the role that these spaces play within the city’s broader live music scene in Australia’s cultural capital. The significance of these venues is reflected within Duke’s first-hand experiences, emphasizing ideas of vernacular cultural history and place-making.

Author Biography

Samuel Charles Whiting, RMIT University

Samuel Whiting is a PhD candidate and sessional tutor at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, and recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award. Since commencing his PhD in 2014 he has been hired as a research assistant on a national investigation into the value of live music in Australia, which was commissioned by the Australian Live Music Office. His current research focuses on the social operation of small-scale live music venues in Melbourne. Samuel has presented papers at multiple international conferences including Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! (KISMIF) 2015, and the International Association for the Study Popular Music’s ANZ branch conference in 2014.


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How to Cite

Whiting, S. (2015). An interview with Rebekah Duke: Melbourne’s inner-northern live music venues and social scenes. Perfect Beat, 16(1-2), 121–131.