Melbourne Music Week EX-TENDED is a good way to do Melbourne again and support our entertainment industry who were/are doing it tough in lockdown! Celebrate summer and this new lease of life with 200 events that'll bring the soul back to our city! EX-TENDED is the catchphrase when MMW's 'week' lasts till 28 February 2021. Explore the program for December, January and February. There's enough in it to summon ALL Melburnians to emerge from lockdown bubbles and reconnect through music!
First up, the freebies! Follow the links for more information as some free events require registration for your freebie ticket.
Wed 9 to Sun 27 Dec - Daily at Southbank Promenade: Music is aLIVE. Showcasing some of Australia's best music photographers. Featured artists capture our favourite bands and iconic Melbourne venues, reminding us that music is the beating heart of Melbourne.
Wed 9 Dec to Sun 3 Jan - Daily at Shop 4, Council House 2: Instrumentation. Luthier Nick Carpenter's debut solo exhibition inspired by musical instruments, meditating on the experience and craft of music. View this exhibition in the shop window at 240 Little Collins Street or online. Keep your eyes peeled for the flamingo guitars!
Wed 9 Dec to Thu 18 Feb - Daily at University Square Plaza: Home Made Sound. Original music created by Bonnie Mercer Diimpa Hannah McKittock Israel Carter Mystery Guest Pėrolas Tanya George in response to COVID-19 for the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.
Wed 23 Dec from 12.01am - Online: Dancethropology. The hottest new music podcast to reach our ears, hosted by the multitalented and many-hat-wearing Andee Frost. These specials eps brings us stories from Melbourne's once vibrant night culture to discuss the endangered status of dance in our city.
Sat 19 Dec 7-7.30pm - Fed Square and Online: Fed Live Winner Concert. Witness the debut performance of Fed Live's winning artist in this special concert, joining the MMW family.
Sun 20 Dec, 24 Jan and 28 Feb 10-11am - Queen Victoria Gardens: Tai Chi - Liquid Movement. Tai chi instructor Paul McIntyre paired with a musician for a sublime session of meditation, mindful movement and music.
Sat 30 Jan 9.30-11.30am - MPavilion Docklands: Breathwork Soundscape: An immersive meditation experience to restore the soul after lockdown. Delight in quiet connection through guided breathwork and minimal soundscapes.
Fri 12 Feb 9-10am - MPavilion Docklands: New Moon Ritual and South Bath. Join in under the new moon with gong practitioner Mona Ruijs and acclaimed ambient producer Citizen Maze for a powerful new moon intention setting experience. Immerse yourself in the vibrations of therapeutic sound and meditative soundscapes at MPavilion.
Sat 13 Feb 3-6pm - MPavilion Docklands: Merge. Join Melbourne artists Mara Schwerdtfeger Shelly Senbei IJALE Hachiku The Opals at MPavilion as they perform original music created in response to a selection of Melbourne's heritage sites.
For the ticketed events you really need to get in early as many have already exhausted their allocation, especially the headline acts. There are only 2 headline acts available and one of them is selling fast!
Sat 6 Feb from 9pm to midnight - High Tension and Indent - stalwarts of the Melbourne metal scene, in this epic show at Max Watts House of Music, and
Tue 23 Feb 7-10pm at The Capitol - RMIT, Ara Koufax and Simona Castricum. In this special double bill, Melbourne-based producers Ara Koufax and iconic electronic performer and academic Simona Castricum each debut live audiovisual performances on-screen at The Capitol.