MELBOURNE Music Week will transform the city into a stage featuring everything from house music to progressive rock. Juliana Mare tells you what’s in store.
It’s hard to believe the number of artists and events that have been jam-packed into a single week. With over 200 live acts and 90 festival events, Melbourne Music Week is showcasing local and international talent across all genres, proving exactly why Melbourne is renowned for being the music capital of Australia.
This year’s theme is “contrasts” so we’ll be seeing well known bands play alongside up-and-coming promoters; professional events followed by individually run ones; and some of Melbourne’s most historic venues transformed into stages for the latest electronic music acts.
The massive line-up for this festival is made up of 75 per cent Victorian acts with the rest coming from countries around the world including Finland, America, England and Chile.
And the music will be diverse enough to appeal to everyone’s tastes. There will be electronic and house acts (Naysayer & Gilsun, No Zu, Isaac Fryar, A13, Troy Pierce, Teebs and DJ MADD), progressive rock artists (Goblin), electro-indie productions (Cutters Records and Two Bright Lakes) and a plethora of other artists who will convert ordinary Melbourne venues into bustling mosh pits.
Ever thought the underground car park at Melbourne University could transform into a stage? Well MMW is making it happen.
Everyone is buzzing about the secret location of the Where?House – the central hub of the entire festival. Not only will the building feature live evening entertainment but it is also host to a series of day-time activities including workshops, an old-school clothing market and a smorgasbord of food stalls in their dining hall.
As if all this wasn’t enough, the MMW also includes a film program of famous Melbournian musicians like Tex Perkins, Clare Bowditch and Chris Bailey hosting screenings of the films which influenced their musical careers.
To top it off, 40 of the events are free.
There is definitely an event to pique the interest of any music fan so check out the MMW site for the full program guide to what is undoubtedly one of the most intense nine-day festival Melbourne has to offer.