Australia’s oldest public library, the State Library of Victoria, has been announced as the 2016 hub of Melbourne Music Week (MMW), which will be kicking off November 11 to 19.
The library’s original reading room, Queen’s Hall, will be the main performance space over the week. It hasn’t been open to the public for more than 10 years and is scheduled for renovation.
The domed La Trobe Reading Room will also host gigs and events, and the forecourt will have free, all-ages performances, DJ sets and food stalls.
Opening night on Friday November 11 will be an all-female line-up for Her Sound, Her Story: A Celebration of Women in Music. It will feature Julia Stone, Ella Hooper, Mama Kin, Montaigne, Mojo Juju, Ecca Vandal, Elisabeth Rose, Airling and Nyne.
MMW will also feature a performance by The Drones at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday November 13 for which the band will make full use of the hall’s grand organ.
On November 13 there’s plenty happening at the MCG, too, Punters will be free to roam from gig to gig through the stands as well as usually off-limits locations such as the player change rooms and the field itself. Mainstage performances include The Delta Riggs and Pierce Brothers.
This is just a taste of what’s to come. The full MMW program will be announced Tuesday October 4.