With the warm up from the Darebin Music Feast in October, you'll be all set when Melbourne Music Week (MMW) descends on the city in November. Bigger and bolder than ever, this year's festival is a sonic boom of 110 events held from day to night by 250 artistes across 40 unique locations in Melbourne. The city will be the stage with music events in popular institutions, laneways, trams, power stations and even elevators.
Performers at Luna 1878 Winter Night Market
Instead of the KUBIK Melbourne, Where? House at the Argus Building and The Residence on the banks of the Yarra, this year's flagship venue is the much-loved Queen Victoria Market (QVM). This iconic market popular for its high profile events like the Suzuki Night Market and Luna 1878 Market will be transformed into a dynamic music space catering to more than 25,000 music-goers and visitors day and night. As a market, QVM also allows MMW to introduce curated dining menus featuring its fresh local produce stalls and food operators from its Night Markets.
There is no doubt that the cultural capital of Australia will achieve a higher note in 2014 with its 10-day curated music program that integrates music, art, film, food and design from 14 to 23 November. To make MMW accessible to more residents and visitors of all ages, FREE events making up more than half this year's program and 90 percent of ticketed events are under $50. Make sure you tune into Melbourne Music Week with some of its FREE and affordable events by world class musical talent.
14 November - An all-Melbourne line up will open MMW at QVM from 7.30pm to 1am. Highlights include the talent of Rainbow Connection DJs, Total Giovanni and Architecture In Helsinki who will also be celebrating the release of their 5th album 'NOW ' 4EVA'. Grab your tickets here.
15 November - Wake up to a FREE performance by electronic indie pop act Klo at 10.30am in QVM. Then grab tickets to an afternoon-to-night program from 4pm to 1am. This QVM event showcases the best of Melbourne's current crop of live dance music and club culture including local talent World's End Press, Sleep D, Andras & Oscar, Nile Delta, Roland Tings, Speed Painters and No Zu. Keep an ear out for the electro-funk DJ set from Cut Copy who are also launching their compilation 'Oceans Apart'.
16 November - The nocturnal sounds of The Night Terror on Melbourne Town Hall's Grand Organ will make way for the krautrock, psychedelia and electronic dance music of Tangerine Dream from 7pm to 11pm. This legendary German electronic music pioneers who have been at the forefront of music creation for more than 40 years will be supported by Melbourne locals Black Cab. Grab your tickets now to this concert presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australia.
17 November - Add some music to your lunch with the FREE FasterLouder Lunchbox Series at QVM. Sui Zhen (a.k.a. Becky Sui Zhen) will deliver a live performance of Japanese post punk with her band Sui et Sui at 12.30pm. Grab a bite from QVM and enjoy this work day musical interlude.
18 November - Be surprised by FREE unannounced electronic folk and pop in undetermined skyscraper elevators across Melbourne's CBD from 8am to 9am. This 'Love in Elevator' is brought to you by vocal/drum/guitar duo The Twoks (Xani Kolac and Mark Leahy) who have played in Dark Mofo in Hobart and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Then grab your tickets to a whole new world of jazz and techno by legendary Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance presents Timeline featuring Jon Dixon, Mark Flash, De'Sean Jones and Mad Mike with Matt Radovich as support Dj at QVM from 7pm to 12am.
19 November - Head over to The Toff in Town where 3 distinctive musicians will perform original works. 'Entitled Three Keys', tickets to this one-off music showcase includes Marcus Whale (Collarbones/Black Vanilla) who will perform raw versions of his favourite genre-smashing pop music; the new wave RnBs of Banoffee (a.k.a Martha Brown); and the stirring folk songs of Melbourne troubadour Brendan Welch. Two Bright Lakes DJs will be gliding audiences between sets.
20 November - Melbourne's tram will be transforming into an up close and personal jamming venue with Tram Sessions from 7.30pm to 1am. You'll need to decipher some clues involving buskers, record stores and live music venues in order to locate the exclusive tram party. Check out the website to join this FREE ultimate moving music party. The final stop is Ding Dong Lounge where local band Jakubi will perform as part of Live Music Safari, which offers a FREE night of local music at 14 venues including nearby laneways.
21 November - MMW is not just about music thanks to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Much loved for its diverse programs from the popular DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition to Fashion on Film for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, ACMI will be presenting a not-to-be-missed event combining film and music. One of the country's renowned rock groups hailing from Sydney, The Church, will deliver a special one-off music performance to Jean Cocteau's evocative film, 'The Blood of a Poet'. Get your tickets here.
22 November - Midnight Juggernauts will debut the Melbourne premiere of their visual and musical installation 'AERIALS' recently trialled at Vivid Sydney 2014. They will be supported by the talents of Gloss, Kirin DJ Callinan, Lord Fascinator and Pelvis. Get your tickets and ioin their audio/visual performance of innovative imagery and hypnotic dance sounds from 7.30pm to 1am at QVM.
* 23 November - Thanks to PBS 106.7FM and local DJ Lewis CanCut, QVM will be the stage for a FREE MMW Kids Party. From 10am to 12pm, Melbourne's next generation of music lovers can enjoy dancing to Lewis's carnival beats, playing games, bubble-blowing, face painting and drawing.