In November every year the music industry shifts up a gear, as band’s move out of the studios and into the cities to unveil the music they recorded over the winter. Along with a spike in releases ahead of the Christmas period, and Triple J’s Australian Music Month, The City Of Melbourne presents Melbourne Music Week (MMW), an event that showcases some of the best home-grown and international DJs, electronic producers, artists and bands, across an extensive program.
After the success of both Kubik and Where?house in the last two years, MMW have created another festival hub in 2013. The Residence, which is curated by the people behind The People’s Market, is a music precinct in itself, and over the course of MMW from November 15 – 23, will host a selection of modern light, video and music performances. Outside The Residence, The People’s Garden is a botanical, culinary microcosm of Melbourne, with food supplied by renowned Melbourne chefs including Joseph Abboud from Brunswick restaurant Rumi as well as Misschu, Saigon Sally, Hanoi Hannah, and a series of pop-up style restaurants around the city.
Melburnians love MMW for its offbeat programming. This year, we see the return of The Lunchbox Series, presented by Mess + Noise at The Residence. It’s a series of free matinee shows in the heart of the festival, from Ross McLennan, Wintercoats, Jimmy Tait, Banoffee and Early Woman.
Night-time brings a new face to the festival hub, with feature concerts from The Bats (NZ) and The Boomgates on opening night, followed throughout the festival by exclusive events including 100 Million Nights, a collaboration between Modular Records rockers Canyons and visual artist Daniel Boyd; Polyester Records’ 30th Birthday party, featuring rock ‘n’ roll imports, Personal & The Pizzas (USA), and Chris Cohen (USA); and an underground dance party from Animals Dancing.
Outside the festival hub it’s the Live Music Safari, which engulfs much of the program. Section 8, The Toff in Town, Melbourne Town Hall, The Mercat, Boney, The Liberty Social and more than 40 of Melbourne’s live music venues will open their doors for exclusive jazz, hip-hop, grunge, techno, dance and rock shows, from Melbourne indie band Citizen Sex, to Willow Beats, and Electric Hussle (NZ).
When your ears get weary, you can catch the workshops at venues throughout the city. One of the most interesting workshop concepts is Small Rooms, Big Dreams, a panel discussion from some of Melbourne’s foremost music venue operators, on November 15. The next night, Richard Moffat (Way Over There), Jamie Farkas (VICE Music, USA) and Nick O'Byrne (AIR) combine to discuss the year that was in music at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Last year, Where?House hosted a swathe of eccentric media acts, and 2013 promises to follow in the same vein. Working with Australian Centre for Moving Image (ACMI), the Rooftop Cinema, RMIT Gallery and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne audiences are invited to sound, light and film shows, including a showcase and panel discussion from Gotye, in association with ACMI’s latest exhibition, Spectacle: The Music Video Exhibition.
It’s going to be a massive week of music in Melbourne this November, and because we know how hard it can been to choose what to see, we’ve put together two ticket packages that will get you into a bunch of gigs and save you 25 per cent off ticket prices (and we’ll throw in a free pork bun at Misschu). That’s over $100 worth of food and music for only $75. Do we look after you or what?
For more information, visit the festival website and download the program.