Melbourne Music Week 2019
For its 10th birthday, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is hosting more than 2,200 live-music performances in the city’s most iconic spaces.
In 2019, a new iteration of Kubik, the German-designed outdoor music venue that lit up Birrurung Marr in 2011, will appear south of the Yarra in Alexandra Gardens. Constructed from industrial containers, its cubic parts contain LEDs that respond to the beats and frequencies of music. Basically, it makes for a good time.
Melbourne DJ and PBS radio host CC:DISCO! will christen the Hub on day two of MMW (Friday November 15), when Kubik officially opens with the help of France’s Raphaël Top-Secret. On Saturday night another French export, producer Caroline Hervè, who is better known by her stage name Kittin, will take over the space with local club-scene staple Jennifer Loveless and the Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir.
Other highlights include a midweek show by the UK’s Andy Stott, whose instantly recognisable post-techno, analogue jams will be backed up by a mesmerising light-and-sound show from Australia’s king of lasers Robin Fox.
For the first time ever the free annual Live Music Safari, which takes in 12 of the city’s top music venues, will happen on Opening Night, Thursday November 14 – a sprawling celebration of MMW’s last decade. It’ll also spill out into the streets with 20 buskers spread round town performing famous Melbourne-inspired tracks, and DJs Edd Fisher, Female Wizard and more taking part in an immersive live-music journey, Swell 5.0 / Frequency.
To mark its ten-year milestone, MMW will be revisiting other favourite past hubs and bringing back some its most memorable acts. Missed German electronic luminary Robert Henke’s sell-out show, Lumière IIIx in 2015? Catch him at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday November 18? Have you heartstrings tugged when Sarah Mary Chadwick takes on St Paul Cathedral’s famed T C Lewis organ on Tuesday November 19.
You can also look forward to influential German duo DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft), and Melbourne post-punk legends Total Control at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday November 17. And on Friday November 22 relive the 2016 State Library takeover, with New York-based singer-songwriter Steve Gunn and Auckland’s Tiny Ruins.
On Saturday November 21, the festival will end with a bang. Prepare for a huge MMW Closing Party, taking place in the Hamer Hall foyer, where partygoers will be invited to kick on underground until 4am. Roza Terenzi marks her return back to Australia, joining Klasse Wrecks chief rockers Luca Lozano and Mr Ho – all bringing with them deep dug out tunes from the dirt.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with City of Melbourne.