This city is going to set your soul on fire with an annual 9 day music festival that confirms our city's reputation as a music capital. Melbourne Music Week runs from 16-24 November 2018 at various venues, so clear your calendar for one-off gigs, performances and parties. One music city, 85 events, and 250 acts; you best explore the program!
Taking over the city is a huge lineup of international and local acts, and seriously great music. Headline gigs to multi-sensory experiences, this year's program has been put together by a strong team of the city's best, that translates to an amazing and unforgettable live music experience. Make it yours! Registering over 44,000 attendees last year, get in quick!
Taking over Melbourne institution, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) this year, it's going to be the scene of world-class music. ACMI is set to transform into an audio-visual playground hosting immersive performances from Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills, London producer Rival Consoles, a Bad Girls Disco with our very own Renée Geyer, and a huge Opening Night party with the Heaps Gay crew. The Hub will be open from 6pm every night of MMW (Melbourne Music Week), so drop in for a drink in the LIghtWell before the show. Working with the Night Noodle Market which is also running from 8-25 November 2018, some tasty morsels may well land on your plate from favourite vendors to sate your appetite.
Kicking off with Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening NIght, prepare yourself to reach fever pitch. The ACMI walls and space will come alive like never before with visual art, awe inspiring performances and queer music across two stages until the early hours. This is the ticket to a garrison of decadence and mind-altering celebrations.
For a Laneway Party like no other, get your tickets for Regurgitator, Nai Palm , RVG , The Bennies , BEC SANDRIDGE and more on Sunday November 18th. Getting loud and amped for one night only AC/DC Lane will play host to the first Civic Sounds Laneway Festival. Playing from midday to late, this all-day laneway party will be sprawled across 2 stages; Laneway & Cherry Bar stage, with AC/DC Lane being the main stage.
While in the city, on the same night (Sun 18 Nov), beloved Aussie rock band You Am I will be making their MMW debut, headlining at Melbourne Town Hall for a set of legends, incorporating The Grand Organ. Pushing 90,000 cubic feet of air a minute through 10,000 pipes, this Grand Organ can produce anything from the slightest whisper to a booming thunder. A piece fit for legends of the night. Best get your tickets for a legendary night. The earlier you book, the more you save.
If you're more into all things synthesisers, DJ equipment and electronic music making, the Melbourne Synth Festival Launch could be the ticket for you. See, try and buy the latest, and top it off with workshops, seminars and live performances at the Synth. It's fully engaging with the opportunity to chat directly with suppliers, retailers and builders of today's most innovative synthesiser and electronic music products.
If BAD is all you wanna be, join the Bad Girls Disco: Renée Geyer, Kylie Auldist, Chelsea Wils. Your ticket to this one night only event is a journey of live acts running across four decades of dance music, complete with dance floor, glitter and spinning mirror balls.
From BAD to JAZZ, and good news, it's FREE; this is a riot of rhythm for two sets of dance floor anthems. With Darcy McNulty's wailing saxophone leading the horns section, the silver-tongued backing vocals by the jazz boys form the perfect backdrop to the almighty roar of leading lady and soul diva Loretta Miller.
Another freebie for the masses, Fed Square Live will feature three of Victoria's most beloved acts in Claudia Jones, Rudley Interrupted and Ben Hazelwood performing on the big stage. Jones will delight you with her 10-piece disco band and bring back real music that'll make your feet want to do a happy dance all night long. Add to it the sounds of indie rock with Rudly and soulful sounds of Hazelwood, and you have a party!
With so much to choose from, you'll need that fine toothcomb to comb through events you want to cover. Check the Facebook page for all events and updates, in combination with the website. Choose from All-Ages; Experiential; Headline; MMW Talks; The Hub; Cinemix; Free Stuff; Live Music Safari & Self-Made. The choices are endless. Good luck fitting it all in!