Offering more than 250 local and international artists, this year's Melbourne Music Week (MMW) 2018 pushes the boundaries of traditional live music formats blurring the lines between art, film, design and music!
Featuring an extended program with multi-sensory and VR experiences, parties, workshops, talks, cinema and more, the festival shows the full array of works available to the public.
This year's 'official' festival hub is located in the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and is hosting events and shows in some of the city's most iconic locations like the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Flemington Bowls Club, the NGV Great Hall, State Library Victoria, the brand new MPavilion, Meat Market, Chapter House, The Assembly Hall, and even some trams will host some live music!
Melbourne Music Week 2018 headliners include You Am I, the popular MMW: talks series -which hosts sessions on a range of contemporary music topics, busking throughout the city (including the Night Noodle Market), special gigs in laneways and bars around Melbourne, Melbourne's Synthesizer Festival at the Meat Market (celebrating all things to do with electronic music), among many others.
For something a little off-beat, The Dark Space Project is an event not to be missed. The immersive psychedelic experience will turn off all the lights at The Toff and encourage your mind, in pitch black, to focus solely on the soundscape of modular synthesisers, loops, guitars, drums, bass and violin.
Another key MMW staple event is Live Music Safari makes its anticipated return on Thursday 22 November, with 13 of the city’s favourite live music venues ditching the cover charge and putting on a huge night of free gigs and parties. Venues to host gigs include: Section 8, New Guernica, Max Watts, Cherry Bar, Loop Bar, The Toff, Ferdydurke, Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar, Belleville, Boney and John Curtin return, joined by newcomers Whitehart Bar and Geddes Lane Ballroom for an unforgettable night of free music across Melbourne.
To close the nine-day festival and celebrate its 30th year anniversary, The Push is bringing back Victoria's longest running all-ages event Push Over on Saturday 24 November, throwing a free party (next to the MMW Hub) at Federation Square. Featuring live performances from Allday, Ali Barter, Ruby Fields and Kian plus special guests from Jebediah, Spiderbait and Something for Kate, this is one party you don’t want to miss.
With endless events in and around the city for the next six days, don't miss out on the Melbourne Music Week 2018!
Dates: 16 - 24 November 2018
Location: multiple locations throughout the city including public spaces like Fed Square, docklands, MPavilion, trams, etc.
Cost: Free and ticketed events held