The Australian live performance industry’s night of nights will relocate this year, with Helpmann Awards locking down a Melbourne venue for their 19th annual event.

Hosted in Melbourne for the first time ever, the national awards - which recognise distinguished achievement and excellence” across musicals, contemporary music, cabaret, comedy, theatre and more - will take place at Arts Centre Melbourne from 14 – 15 July.

“Melbourne is the creative and cultural capital of the country and the perfect place for this celebration of Australia’s remarkable live performance industry,” Victorian Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said.

“The theatre, live music and the performing arts attract visitors to our city year-round, creating jobs and making Melbourne more exciting and vibrant.”

Live Performance Australia Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson added: “For the first time in the rich history of the Awards we are thrilled to be presenting the national Helpmann Awards events in Melbourne. 

“Similar to the Tony Awards in New York and the Olivier Awards in London, the Helpmann Awards highlight the artistry and excellence in Australia’s live performance industry. The Awards celebrate the many hands and hearts engaged in making the live performance industry - a dynamic and creative powerhouse that is enjoyed by 23 million people each year in Australia.”

Tickets will go on sale in early May before the nominees and other details are revealed in June.

Previously held in Sydney, the 2018 event saw Muriel's Wedding, Paul McCartney and more clean up.