Here it is folks: Melbourne Music Week’s cracking 2018 line-up. This time, the festival is taking over ACMI. Although the new hub may not have the novelty of St Paul’s Cathedral it’s going to mean a big sonic upgrade for the artists on the bill.
Chief among those acts is iconic Detroit techno producer Jeff Mills. As well as being a founding member of legendary outfit Underground Resistance, Mills is known for sets that push beyond the boundaries of the club. He’s performed residencies in the Egyptian wing of the Louvre and worked with NASA on a six-part radio series exploring intergalactic theory. When he hits Melbourne, Mills will present The Trip – an audio-visual presentation exclusive to Melbourne Music Week.
LGBTIQ+ party crew Heaps Gay will host the opening night – a 4am romp that’ll include drag, installations and performances. Later in the week there’s more DJ fun from revered BBC Radio 6 DJ Giles Peterson and previously announced adventurous house producer Leon Vynehall. The week will finish with a closing party from local bass and experimental music collective The Operatives.
Away from the turntables you’ll find beloved rockers You Am I perfoming at Melbourne Town Hall, using the building’s 10,000-pipe Grand Organ. Support comes from post-punk act New War.
Blue Black Beatz at the Immigration Museum will showcase Melbourne’s burgeoning connection to African music. Expect trap, hip-hop, jazz, traditional and spoken word performances, including a headline performance from Melbourne rapper Remi. ,
There’s plenty more on the bill, including a mid-afternoon “family rave”; a Rice is Nice label showcase and a night of disco appreciation led by Renee Geyer. And this is just the first announcement. Broadsheet will also be revealing a massive party on a unique Melbourne landmark soon.
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 16–24, 2018. Tickets here.