The first week of 2017 is an absolute corker for all ages gigs. To start the party, New York’s metalcore heavyweights Every Time I Die will tear Arrow On Swanston a new one on Thursday January 12. Tickets on sale via Destroy All Lines. Support comes from letlive and Counterparts. On the same day, you can also pop down to The Evelyn in Fitzroy. Moose Blood will be bringing the noise all the way from the UK, alongside Harbours, Set The Score and Stuck Out. Tickets via Oztix. Nip down at 2pm for a nice and early start. Alexisonfire are in town for UNIFY, but will also be stopping in Melbourne for a sneaky headline show. It’s happening at Festival Hall on Tuesday January 17.
If you’re looking for something a bit more chill, another great option for this week is Sunset Sounds down at Central Park in Malvern East. From 6pm on Sunday January 15 you can enjoy the sweet, jazzy tunes of Fem and Hep in addition to Fulton Street. Take a picnic blanket, your favourite snacks and your pals for free fun times. There’s even more to be found south of the river, with the Chapel Off Chapel Summer Sessions now in full swing. On Saturday January 14 the amazing Thando will be laying down the R&B flavoured electronic beats. Her mesmerising voice is sure to get you in the right mood for the weekend. Doors are at 8pm and tickets are on sale through the venue.
Another great option for the week is the Wominjeka Festival going down at Footscray Community Arts Centre from Saturday January 14 to Saturday January 21. The celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture includes music from Frank Yamma, Gawurra, Benny Walker and more. There’s also a stack of workshops and art exhibitions to check out. Head to the Footscray Community Arts Centre website for the full program. While we’re on the subject of arts, NGV Friday Nights have been cooking up some ripper gigs this summer. On Friday January 13 indie legends I Heart Hiroshima are taking the reins and treating you all to a rare all ages show. Potter along for some live music, delicious food and an after-hours squiz of their current exhibition. Doors are at 6pm, tickets via the NGV website.