Last month Melbourne Music Week dropped its first announcement. We found out that the Queen Victoria Market will host the festival hub, and that there is a very exciting line-up of dance-leaning music acts: Tangerine Dream, Cut Copy, Architecture in Helsinki and Dusky and Ten Walls, to name a few.
Now the full program – spanning music, events and food – has just been released.
The final artist announcement adds German dance duo Pachanga Boys, from celebrated techno collective Underground Resistance. Speaking of which, one of the collective’s founders, Mike Banks, will be presenting an unmissable night of jazz and techno. For a visual spectacle, American vaporwave (look it up) pioneer Oneohtrix Point Never is presenting a laser show, supported by Robin Fox. Added homegrown talent includes Midnight Juggernauts, Guerre, Milwaukee Banks and Banoffee. If you like it loud, The Operatives will bring together DJ Spinn and Remi for one big afternoon of beats and bass.
“The program is all about iconic Melbourne locations and music,” says Elise Peyronnet, the festival’s director. “Even though we’ve included international acts like Tangerine Dream, they’ll be performing on the Melbourne Town Hall’s organ. Everything links to the Melbourne story.”
There's a huge program of excellent local acts playing sets at unusual times and locations: morning shows, lunchtime gigs, performances in elevators, at the J Substation and Phillips Shirts. Keep an eye out for artists such as Japanese Wallpaper, The Harpoons, Klo, Rat & Co, Sex on Toast, Lucianblomkamp, Ngaiire, The Furbelows and more.
The Self Made series will return, shaking things up with quirky events around the CBD, including musical tennis matches, roller raves and tram parties.
Music films such as Mistaken For Strangers, which chronicles a tour with The National, Nick Cave's 20,000 Days on Earth and a surprise screening will be showing for free at Rooftop Cinema.
In a modern take on a lost tradition, The Church will perform the score to Jean Cocteau's 1930 avant-garde film The Blood of a Poet as the movie plays on screen at ACMI. Krautrock pioneers Tangerine Dream will do the same with William Friedkin's 1977 thriller, Sorcerer.
This year’s festival hub, the Queen Victoria Market, will host plenty of delicious food collaborations, as well as the festival’s biggest music acts.
Within the free areas, menus will be created around the fresh produce of the QVM stalls, and within the ticketed areas there will be a rotation of restaurants including Supernormal, Wonderbao and Fancy Hanks.
Kitchens will also remain open for the all-night Music Safari, the festival’s most popular event, which sees 14 music venues open their doors for a free night of local music – yet another reason to check out the new Huxtaburger pop-up at the Curtin Hotel. Other venues participating in the Safari include Liberty Social, The Toff, Lounge, Section 8, Ferdydurke, Boney, 1000 Pound Bend, The Hi-Fi and this year, the Safari will be extended to Melbourne’s laneways, with free gigs out in the street.
Melbourne Music Week runs from November 14–23 at various locations around Melbourne. For the full program, visit thatsmelbourne.com.au/mmw.