Melbourne Music Week has thrived because not only does it incorporate up-to-the-minute talent in the music industry, it also shapeshifts into something different every year. This year, MMW’s hub is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which will be transformed into a hub of live music and all-night long dance marathons.
It’s just scratching the surface, but below are our top picks from this year’s full program.
Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening Night
MMW’s first day culminates in this eight-hour dance marathon at The Hub, self-described by Sydney party organisers Heaps Gay as a “one-night fever dream of decadence and mind-altering celebration”. Running until 4am over two stages, it includes Kira Puru, Various Asses, Tanzer and a slew of other musical performers and visual artists offering a diverse, empowering, multimedia portrait of queerness.
Friday November 16 at 8pm at The Hub – ACMI.
$45 plus booking fee. Tickets here.
Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam
Putting together three powerhouse singers like Renée Geyer, The Bamboos’ Kylie Auldist and Chelsea Wilson is a triumph in itself, but converting the space into a glitter-soaked underground roller disco rink (courtesy of Foreign Brothers, known for their sell-out Roller Jams) is a stroke of genius. Expect a glorious throwback to the golden days of funk and disco, all anchored by DJ JNETT, a late-night regular at Meredith and Golden Plains. And don’t fret if you don’t have roller skates, MMW has you covered.
Tuesday November 20 at 7pm at The Hub – ACMI.
$32–$38 plus booking fee. Tickets here.
Leon Vynehall with The Impossible Orchestra
London producer Leon Vynehall turns house music on its head with ultra-woozy orchestral flourishes. One can only imagine how immersive it will be when he performs his acclaimed 2018 album, Nothing is Still, in collaboration with 10-piece string ensemble The Impossible Orchestra at Melbourne Recital Centre. Vynehall is also doing a DJ set the night before at The Hub alongside live performances from Rival Consoles and Kate Miller.
Monday November 19 at 8pm at Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank.
$59 plus booking fee. Tickets here.
A Nice Warm Bath
The fest’s final evening plays host to an audiovisual showcase of ambient-minded producers and artists mingling the possibilities of light, scent and projection. The event will transform Mission to Seafarers’ Norla Dome into a “healing, meditative space” as part of MMW’s long-running Self-Made series. The show will involve performances by Lee Hannah, Sara Retallick (MOD CON, Golden Syrup) and many others. Expect full-body relaxation that extends all the way to your brain.
Saturday November 24 at 5pm at The Mission to Seafarers, 717 Flinders Street, Docklands.
$29–49 plus booking fee. Tickets here.
MMW: Talks is a crowded slate of free-entry panels and discussions spanning healing-based music therapy, exporting music to China, ethics in the music industry and in music journalism, the history of InPress and a summit on Victoria’s night-time economy. But grab your tickets ASAP, because some of these events – like the one pairing Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills and Australian filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Bastardy) – are already sold out.
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 16 to 24, 2018. Tickets here.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Melbourne Music Week.