Who to see at Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne Music Week is launching this year with a big, gay party at the ACMI festival hub. The party-loving team at Heaps Gay are throwing a bash to open the week of music, bringing together a stack of queer music alongside zany performances and art. Put on your comfy dancing shoes, this party goes from 8pm to 4am.
For when you’re not sure whether you want to head to the club or catch a film, there’s Jeff Mills. For Melbourne Music Week ACMI will show a screening of Woman in the Moon, a 1929 silent film, which Mills has composed a soundtrack to. Mills has created a retro-futuristic soundtrack to accompany the surreal science fiction film. The experimental score has a techno edge (a nod to Mills’s career as a DJ) and will be played live by Mills and debut exclusively for Melbourne Music Week.
Most gigs are already pretty dark but the Dark Space Project is taking the mood lighting to the next level. The Toff will be submerged into total darkness while Hextape and James Teague present an immersive night of psychedelic ambient music. The evening is bound to be extremely trippy, with Hextape and Teague creating an improvisational soundscape of guitar, drums, violins, modular synthesizers and loops.
Melbourne Town Hall won't know what's hit it when You Am I, Gareth Liddiard, Clowns and New War put on a banger of a headline show at the civic building as part of Melbourne Music Week. The performance will be the first time You Am I have performed at the annual music festival, and they're making sure it's one to remember. The band, known for classic Australian rock hits like 'Berlin Chair' and 'Heavy Heart', will be incorporating Town Hall's grand organ into their performance.
It’s women to the front on Monday, November 19, when three of Melbourne’s most promising musicians take to the festival hub. Ainslie Wills, Gretta Ray and Angie McMahon are playing a triple bill, performing their latest releases at ACMI. Hear the sincere, crystal-clear songs of Ainslie Wills, the bold and sometimes cheeky music of Angie McMahon (her song ‘Pasta’ was written after eating a whole lasagna), and the wunderkind indie-folk tunes of Gretta Ray.
Renee Geyer leads the line-up as ACMI is turned into a bedazzling discotheque as part of Melbourne Music Week. The ARIA Hall of Fame singer most known for her soulful warbling will headline the event, taking you through 40 years of dance music alongside Kylie Auldist, DJ Jnett and Chelsea Wilson. What’s more is that ACMI will be on a roll – literally – with Foreign Brothers installing a pop-up roller skating rink at the centre.
Belt your little lungs out with Melbourne Indie Voices (MIV) and the very talented singer-songwriter Jen Cloher. MIV is hosting one of their Sing Sessions (free-to-join singing nights) at the Toff with the masterful Jen Cloher. Cloher has been nominated for both AMP and ARIA awards throughout her career for her bluesy folk-rocks songs. Join her and MIV at Sing Session to learn how to effortlessly sing the backing vocals to 'Strong Woman' from Cloher’s 2017 eponymous album.
One night, 13 venues. It wouldn’t be Melbourne Music Week without the latest installation of Live Music Safari, a gigantic, free, one-night-only party across some of the city’s top music venues. The event is almost like the White Night of Melbourne’s music scene, with the gigs starting at 3pm Thursday, November 22 and lasting until 5am. Yes, you will want to take Friday off work. Visit the Melbourne Music Week website for the full list of Live Music Safari gigs and venues.
Melbourne Music Week is turning the observation wheel into a musical lucky dip for one night only on Friday, November 23. Melbourne Star’s Musical Menagerie will feature ten different musicians on board ten different cabins alongside a limited number of audience members (those cabins can only hold a maximum of 20 people, remember). Ticket holders won’t know who the musician is until they board, so it’s a great way to discover new artists.