We’ve always known that there’s something in the Melbourne water. The city is a veritable hot bed for world-class musical talent and bright, young creative things just keep crawling out of the woodwork.

Although 10 days seems like hardly enough time to showcase the full breadth of talent in our vibrant music and creative arts communities, Melbourne Music Week has always risen to the challenge, and now in its fourth year, knows exactly how to raise the bar again.

This year’s gruelling festival program features over 200 local and international acts, taking us all across town from Melbourne’s most iconic live venues and familiar haunts to completely new and re-imagined spaces.

We’re given the green light to dance-off at Flagstaff station with Yacht Club DJs, party in the underground carpark of Melbourne University, and catch free gigs at some of our most beloved live venues, including Bennetts Lane, Ding Dong Lounge and the shiny new Boney.

Look.Stop.Bop has the working week sorted, serving free gigs with morning coffees at some of the city’s favourite cafes, record store performances on your lunch break, and the permission to don your lycra bodysuit for two special after work dance classes.

After the spectacular Kubik and where?house of years past, there’s some deserved buzz ahead of the unveiling of this year’s festival new hub. This year’s collaboration with pop-up venue specialists People’s Market also brings us The Residence, a dome-like structure on the banks of Birrarung Marr that will house a dizzying array of digital arts and laser shows alongside performances by the likes of Beaches, Post Percy, and Jacques Lu Cont. Surrounding the dome, you can catch your breath in the People’s Garden with a browse around the market stalls and a rotation of tasty offerings from Melbourne’s favourite chefs.

From the banks of the Yarra to the city rooftops, MMW 2013 presents an unmissable opportunity to celebrate and support Melbourne’s formidable musical talent and world-class industry against the stunning backdrop of the vibrant city itself.

Melbourne Music Week is running from 15 to 24 November. For more information click here.