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Melbourne Music Week Extended

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Melbourne Music Week Extended
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Time Out says

Melbourne's annual music showcase is back – and running all summer long

Every year Melbourne Music Week explores the undercurrent of Melbourne’s vibrant local music scene in some of the city’s most forgotten corners. Usually, the "week" is more like ten days but in 2020 the event has really outdone itself in regards to stretching said week.

In 2020, MMW will run all summer long to give Melburnians all the live gigs they've been missing (and to also allow for maximum events and artist opportunities while adhering to health restrictions). 

For the first time ever, MMW showcases a 100 per cent local line-up of artists – all 330 of them. From December 9 to February 28, more than 200 gigs and music events will sound out across 35 Melbourne venues including the hallowed halls of Cherry Bar, Section 8, Curtin and (making its MMW debut) the Forum. 

MMW 2020 will launch with Wominjeka (MMW Welcome): a city-wide Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony curated by Kee'ahn and Dijirri Dijirri dance group. Other highlights of MMW 2020 include a performance from local hip hop star Baker Boy at Melbourne Recital Centre, Adalita taking to Melbourne Town Hall's Grand Organ (everyone needs to hear it played at least once in their life) and post-punk trio Cable Ties at the Forum. 

In addition to a slew of gigs, MMW will also present a number of music events, kicking off with an all-day party featuring the dynamic sounds of Jordan Dennis at North Melbourne's warehouse bar, the Third Day. Other events to put on your calendar include a Vogue dance workshop with Kiki Dévine; Techno Bingo with fashion-art power couple, The Huxleys; and a dog-friendly music event Dog Day Afternoon with Henry WagonsFurther events will be announced will also be announced in January.

The centre of MMW each year is the festival hub, the venue for which changes every year. This year, however, there will be no festival hub in an effort to support multiple local venues and to offer artists and businesses greater flexibility after the garbage fire of 2020. 

As usual, there will be a mix of free and ticketed events, both in-person and online. It's been a rough year for the live performance industries, so if you do have the means to support artists through tickets or merch, please consider doing so. For the full Melbourne Music Week program, visit the event website.

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