Melbourne Music Week is back for another year. Headlining the 2017 event is lunatic pop-genius Ariel Pink. The Californian artist will play his new album Dedicated to Bobby Jameson at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Pink will also speak at Face the Music, MMW’s series of music industry-focused lectures, workshops and panel discussions. Elsewhere, the series will feature Marky Ramone, legendary drummer for The Ramones and Sirius XM radio host and Triple J music director Nick Findlay.
The closing party this year sees the creation of the Zoo, a block party on Tattersalls Lane that will see Section 8 and Ferdydurke host political rapper Briggs, Eglo Records founder Alexander Nut and Swedish vocalist Fatima among others.
MMW has become known for staging adventurous events in unusual locations. This year will see the Melbourne Town Hall taken over for Miscellanea, a multi-label showcase featuring HTRK, Tyrannamen and Corin. It’ll include rarely seen areas of the Town Hall, opened up for DJs and live band sets, including a performance on the Grand Organ.
The State Library was last year’s the festival hub, featuring a series of loose shows including industrial legends Severed Heads, disco lords Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda and synth punks Nun. No one ever expected to see someone doing a shoe-y under the grand old dome, but it happened.
This year’s festival hub, full line-up and Live Music Safari will be announced in October. Stay tuned as it’s a very special location indeed.