Over nine days in November, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) will bring live music and art to unexpected corners of the city, including the State Library of Victoria and the MCG.
Joining a line-up of local and international acts is Swedish rapper Elliphant, Kiwi rock outfit Shihad and pioneering Australian electronic group Severed Heads, which formed in 1979. French-Japanese audio-visual duo NONOTAK, known for creating immersive calamities of sound and light, also joins the bill.
“Hush: An Evening of Quiet Music at the Parliament” features Dan Kelly, while “MIND GAMERS” will see performances from Sebastian Tellier, Daniel Stricker (of Midnight Juggernaughts) and John Kirby. Over at the Melbourne Town Hall, The Drones will perform a career-spanning set using the majestic Grand Organ.
At ACMI, filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson and composer Oren Ambarchi will present “Ruin – Live”, fusing live music and cinema. Donny Benét and 22 other artists will take to MMW festival hub State Library of Victoria for a show presented by Heaps Gay and YUMMY.
The steps of Parliament will host a free all-ages party featuring The Jungle Giants, triple j Unearthed High winner Gretta Ray, Philly and Aunty Donna.
The MCG will have its own “mini music festival” with The Delta Riggs and Pierce Brothers playing spaces such as the player change rooms and the actual turf.
The Harpoons will play at ACCA alongside a major survey of works by Irish artist Gerard Byrne.
Melbourne Music Week staple events Tram Sessions, Morning Ritual, two-day industry conference Face the Music and Live Music Safari will also return, the latter featuring free gigs all over the city with more than 50 artists.
As previously announced, the MMW Opening Night event “Her Sound, Her Story: A Celebration of Women in Music” will feature Julia Stone, Ella Hooper, Mama Kin, Montaigne, Mojo Juju, Ecca Vandal, Elizabeth Rose, Airling and Nyne.
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 11 to 19 at various locations around the city. Tickets go on sale October 4 from midday.