Over the last decade The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra have established themselves as Australia’s premier afrobeat band. This mammoth ensemble takes you on a pulsing, percussive journey into classic afrobeat led by fierce vocals and a howling horn section. It’s a fitting 21st-century response to the world-shaking music of 1970s Nigeria defined by Fela Kuti. They are true to the afrobeat blueprint of hypnotising rhythm, extended improvisation and political comment, but add to the formula a host of pan-African and local influences as well as hip-hop elements that reflect the deep ranging roots of the band.



Malthouse Outdoor Stage is a general admission venue with standing areas and seating available at shared tables. We recommend arriving early to find a space that’s right for you. The Malthouse Bar is open before and during the show, and food is available from The Malthouse Cafe.

We perform in all weather conditions, so long as it's safe for the performers and for you. Melbourne's weather can change all the time—we recommend bringing a raincoat, wearing waterproof shoes, and bringing a small umbrella just in case. In the event that the performance is cancelled, we will contact you to inform you the next steps. Please note the seating area is not covered.

Key Image: Bonnie Savage

Malthouse presents The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra on Malthouse Outdoor Stage. 

Malthouse Outdoor Stage is generously supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Malthouse Outdoor Stage is presented by PBS.

Event & ticketing details


Wheelchair Access

Performance Times

SAT 4 MAR / 8.30pm (Doors 7.30pm)


Full $30.00

All tickets are sold as General Admission (unallocated seating). All online bookings incur a $4 booking fee per transaction.

Event notes


90 minutes


Contains occasional coarse language.


The Malthouse Outdoor Stage main auditorium is accessible via flat entry and is suitable for wheelchair and mobility device users. The sunken front of stage area called the ‘pit’ is accessed via three stairs only and is not suitable for wheelchair or mobility device users. Accessible toilets are located within The Malthouse and can be accessed via flat floors. For more detailed accessibility information see here.