Beat’s Guide to Melbourne Music Week 2018

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Beat’s Guide to Melbourne Music Week 2018


MMW Opening Night

What better way to kick off MMW than heading down to Fed Square for the free and all ages opening party? Friday November 16 will see the CBD space come alive with the sounds of live music and the sights of people shaking off their working week, boogying down to an all-Victorian lineup. Electronic duo Ara Koufax will get the party started, joined by fellow dance-music-makers Sui Zhen and ALTA, as well as Yorta Yorta rapper DRMNGNOW. 

Blue Black Beatz 

Blue Black Beatz is a celebration of Melbourne’s African musicians, and the influence that culture has on their sound. The lineup is pretty huge, featuring a mix of artists across different genres. REMI, triple j’s Unearthed winner from 2013, will be representing the rap sector, joined by some fiery female MCs, like Sophie Grophy and P-UniQue. West African/Nigerian band Alárìíyá are bound to get some hips shaking with their Afro-jazz tunes, while reggae outfit Sonik Beats will provide that quintessential Caribbean soundtrack. Blue Black Beatz takes place at the Immigration Museum on Saturday November 17. 

Civic Sounds Laneway Party 

It doesn’t really get more Melbourne than a laneway party. This one goes down in AC/DC Lane on Sunday November 18 and is packed with some pretty awesome local acts. Kicking off in the afternoon and running ‘til late, the party will see rockers like Regurgitator, The Bennies, RVG and Batz belting it out, as well as performances by Bec Sandridge, Nai Palm and IV League. There’ll be DJs pumping out tunes too, so the dancing won’t have to stop when the live music does. No invite needed for this party – just grab a ticket online and rock up. 

You Am I + Gareth Liddiard + Clowns 

The lineup says it all. Aussie rockers You Am I will be joining forces with Gareth Liddiard, frontman of both Tropical Fuck Storm and The Drones, as well as punk outfit Clowns and post-punk four-piece New War, to bring you a night of noise at Melbourne’s Town Hall. However, there’s a twist to this event. Rather than thrashing guitars being the centrepiece of the show, the sets will be built around the hall’s Grand Organ, which can produce anything from a slight whisper, to the sounds of booming thunder. Head along on Sunday November 18 and see the spectacle for yourself. 

Bad Girls Disco x Roller Jam 

Strap on your skates and dust off your flares for a night of disco at ACMI. The Hub will be transformed into a glittery roller-rink-slash-night-club, complete with mirror balls and some iconic vocalists. Led by legendary jazz, blues and soul singer Renee Geyer, the night will celebrate four decades of dance music, paying homage to everything from the disco-style tunes of 1975, through to the mixed musical landscape of 2018. Geyer will be accompanied by Kylie Auldist, of The Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners, as well as jazz-pop singer Chelsea Wilson, and local DJ JNETT. The event kicks off on Tuesday November 20, so clear your calendar. 

Melbourne Star’s Music Menagerie 

This year, for the first time ever, MMW are joining forces with the iconic Melbourne Star Observation wheel to bring you pod parties in the sky. Ten of the 21 cabins will play host to a local act, treating a small audience to an intimate and stripped back performance. Artists on the program include Gambian kora player Amadou Suso, Indigenous musician Neil Morris aka DRMNGNOW and electronic act Blasko, to name a few. Guests on the night won’t actually get to choose who they see on either of their two ticketed trips, but with such a good lineup, no one will be going home disappointed. Get down to Docklands on Friday November 23 to be a part of MMW history. 

Melbourne Synth Festival 

Attention all DJs, producers and lovers of synth; this one’s for you. Melbourne Synth Festival is a three-day electronic extravaganza that will take over North Melbourne’s Meat Market. Attendees will be able to try and buy the latest in electronic music equipment and mixing software, as well as chat to experts on the craft. There will also be live performances from producers and DJs like Emah Fox, Luke Million, Honeysmack, Beatrice, Sadiva and loads more. The event starts on Friday November 23 and wraps up on Sunday November 25, with a different program for each day. Check out the website for a full rundown of what’s on offer. 

Rice Is Nice 10th Birthday 

The team from Rice Is Nice are throwing a party to celebrate the record label’s tenth birthday, and they want you to come along. Taking place at ACMI on Thursday November 22, the Sydney-based company have curated a lineup featuring some of their best indie artists. Headlining the event are garage rockers Straight Arrows, alongside Stephanie Crase aka Summer Flake, and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Mary Chadwick.The event is totally free, so come along and help the team celebrate this awesome milestone. 

MMW Busking Program: Night Noodle Markets

Live music is great, but live music accompanied by awesome food is even better. This year, MMW are providing a platform to support Melbourne’s buskers, hosting a range of daily performances throughout the city. Since Birrarung Marr’s Night Noodle Markets will be on at the same time, they’ve decided to join forces, so you can check out some emerging local talent, while tucking into a feed. The program starts on Saturday November 17 and finishes up the following weekend. Check out the website for more details. 

Push Over – The Push’s 30th Anniversary 

Melbourne music organisation The Push are celebrating their 13th birthday and throwing a mad party to celebrate. The organisation has been putting youth at the forefront of the industry since their inception, providing guidance and support for artists and audiences of the future. The program for this one is pretty awesome, featuring performances from fresh, young musicians like Allday, Ali Barter, Ruby Fields and Kian, as well as old favourites such as Spiderbait, Jebediah and Something For Kate. Fed Square on Saturday November 24.