Following the first lineup announcement last month, Melbourne Music Week have revealed their full program and it’s pretty darn impressive.
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.
Alongside the previously announced Opening Night Party that will be curated by party pros Heaps Gay, as well as events featuring Detroit techno don Jeff Mills, a disco celebration from Renee Geyer, as well as a dancefloor-inducing set from Rival Console and Leon Vynehall, the rest of the programming is looking the good, especially with the addition of rockers You Am I will be taking over Melbourne Town Hall and incorporating its historic Grand Organ into their set for a special MMW show. They’ll be joined by Gareth Liddiard from The Drones and Tropical Fuck Storm, as well as local punk-outfit Clowns.
The Civic Sounds day party at Cherry Bar continues with the rock n roll theme, fronted by long-standing legends Regurgitator, as well as Hiatus Kaiyote vocalist, Nai Palm.
For some sensory immersion, The Toff will become a pitch-black room of synths, loops, guitars, drums and bass in The Dark Space Project, and there’ll be a bunch of VR experiences on at ACMI, too.
Victorian not-for-profit The Push will be throwing a free, all-ages Push Over party to celebrate their thirtieth year, featuring guest artists Allday, Ali Barter, Ruby Fields and Triple J Unearthed winner, Kian. Jebediah, Spider Bait and Something For Kate will also be dropping in, making for one stacked lineup.
There’ll even be bands taking to the Melbourne Star Observatory Wheel, in a rotating musical roster programmed by Melbourne DJ MzRizk.
All we can say is start preparing yourself for nine days of city-wide musical domination, discussion and distortion this November. Check out the full 2018 program at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw
Melbourne Music Week runs from Friday November 16 to Saturday November 24.