It’s that time of the year again… Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is back!
As an event that has fostered a reputation for turning some of the city’s most iconic spaces into immersive hubs of music, arts and culture – and this year is no exception.
After taking over St. Paul’s Cathedral last year, this year’s hub will be the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
The iconic space, located in the heart of Melbourne’s most highly visited location (Fed Square), will host a slew of free and ticketed events from November 16 – 24. ACMI’s Gallery One will act as the event’s primary hub and bar. Along with the Lightwell, it will be transformed into a unique music space that delivers high-quality audio and video production and some of the most immersive performances Melburnians have ever seen.
As for what’s in store for the first program reveal, things are already looking good.
The notorious Opening Night Party will be curated by party pros Heaps Gay (pictured above), bursting at the seams with live music, dancing, drag, installations and performances from Kira Puru, Maribelle and more until 4am.
Following that, expect a cavalcade of top-notch hub events including Detroit techno don Jeff Mills, a disco celebration from Renee Geyer, as well as a dancefloor-inducing set from Rival Console and Leon Vynehall.
Further highlights include Giles Peterson, DJ Seinfeld, Ainslie Willis, Gretta Ray, and a bass-laden program from The Operatives. Meanwhile, Aussie rock legends You Am I will be tearing up the Melbourne Town Hall with a set incorporating the Grand Organ, while an evening of R&B will take over the Immigration Museum headlined by REMI.
Check out the first program reveal in full below:
Friday November 16
Hub Show – Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening Night
Saturday November 17
Hub Show – Jeff Mills + Matt Radovich + ACM ++ co-presented with Stable Music
Blue Black Beatz at Melbourne Immigration Museum
Sunday November 18
Hub Show – Big Fish Little Fish: Family Rave
Hub Show – Rival Consoles + LEON VYNEHALL + Kate Miller ++ presented by MMW
Town Hall Show – You Am I + New War
Monday November 19
Hub Show – Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon ++ co-presented with Hear Hear Group
LEON VYNEHALL at Melbourne Recital Centre
Tuesday November 20
Hub Show – Bad Girls Disco: Renee Geyer + Kylie Auldist + Chelsea Wilson ++
Wednesday November 21
Hub Show – Gilles Peterson + Swooping Duck + Mandarin Dreams ++ co-presented with Crown Ruler
Thursday November 22
Hub Show – Straight Arrows + Summer Flake + Sarah Mary Chadwick ++ co-presented with Rice is Nice
Friday November 23
Hub Show – DJ Seinfeld + Andy Garvey + Andras ++ co-presented with WAT Artists and Hardware
Saturday November 24
Hub Show – Nadia Rose + Eprom + Mark Pritchard ++ co-presented with The Operatives
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 16 – November 24.
Tickets are on sale now via www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw