When it comes to their hub, Melbourne Music Week has a history of shooting for the moon. In 2012, it was the then-abandoned Argus Building, on Elizabeth Street. Last year, it was the State Library. This year, they’ve upped the ante again, unveiling St Paul’s Cathedral as the home to this years’ festival.
Each of the four nights at the hub this year will be hosted by some of Melbourne’s best record labels and party-putter-oners. Smooch Records will focus on using the cathedral’s acoustics. And Stable Music will go hecas techas. Paradise and Acclaim have opted for an eclectic mix of local talent, while Good Manners will close the festival with an all-electronic evening leaning to the brighter side of party.
Headliners include the densely layered vocal harmonies of Juliana Barwick, hip-hop and R&B from Sampa the Great and Fortunes, as well as Canadian balearic-house producer and DJ Jacque Green. Local favourite Banoffee will be returning from her new home in LA on the back of some excellent new singles.
With DJ Hell headlining the second night, we’re guessing that the cathedral Dean, Andreas Loewe, either didn’t see the line-up or decided to loosen his robes when he let this party go ahead.
Securing the State Library as their festival hub last year was something of a coup for Melbourne Music Week, and involved glorious scenes where drunk shirtless bros morphed into classic Adonis’ – human statues adorning the library’s marble stairs. The moment Jenny Branagan of Melbourne synth-goths Nun roundhouse-kicked a punter under the arches of the Domed Reading Room could well be the most punk thing that has ever happened in a Melbourne library. More of this please, in November.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday 3 October, 12pm. The full program will be announced Tuesday 17 October.
Melbourne Music Week Festival Hub Full Line-Up
Friday 17 November presented by Smooch Records
Divide and Dissolve
James Tom & Jack Doepel (Krakatau)
Two Steps On The Water
Saturday 18 November presented by Stable Music
Friday 24 November presented by Acclaim and Paradise
Sampa The Great
Anuraag (DJ Set)
Wahe (DJ Set)
Saturday 25 November presented by Good Manners
Jennifer Loveless (DJ Set)
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