Melbourne Music Week – Extended
Dislodged from its usual November slot, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) has seized the chance to expand across summer in the name of reclaiming live music.
Kicking off December 9 with a program curated by Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Badu Island artist, Kee'ahn, across four city locations, MMW–Extended will run until the end of February. With 200 events spanning live music, talks and other programming across 35 locations. And for the first time ever, the line-up is 100% local, which means more opportunity to support our music scene with Covid-safe events.
It wouldn’t be MMW without the chance to see some of the best Australian music in unusual settings. This year’s slate includes Baker Boy headlining the Melbourne Recital Centre, and Magic Dirt’s Adalita playing a Melbourne Town Hall show accompanied by J.P Shilo on the room’s multi-storey Grand Organ.
Opening night will also include the Music Victoria Awards at Melbourne Recital Centre, featuring live sets from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Alice Skye, Elizabeth, and Simona Castricum. The awards and MMW’s Welcome to Country will also be live-streamed.
Elsewhere, much-loved locals like Cable Ties, High Tension, Blake Scott, Mick Harvey, Banoffee and Allysha Joy will headline gigs across the three months at venues ranging from Cherry Bar, to The Curtin and Max Watts – the latter where hard-partying punks Private Function will throw a special Christmas-themed gig over two nights. A slate of outdoor parties will also kick off with The Operatives’ We Are 16 featuring Able8, Emma Volard and many more.
While there’s no MMW Hub this year, there’s a wider variety of offerings than ever before, from techno bingo and a vogue workshop to a wellbeing series ranging from that Tai chi and “roadie warmup” to a dog-friendly arvo event hosted by Henry Wagons.