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Issue 1651

Words by Tom Parker

Editor’s Note

As cheeky revellers retreat from their Halloween gallivant, there’s a vibrant sheen glowing from Melbourne’s city walls. There’s an air of promise, of excitement for something that beckons in the shadows, just out of sight and out of reach. Before a wise sage could tip his hat at the approval of a passing acquaintance, Melbourne Music Week will be upon us in all its sweeping, multicoloured glory.

Melbourne Music Week means complexity and diversity, it means discovery and astonishment. It’s the foremost episode of Melbourne’s constantly pulsing cultural heartbeat and we can’t wait to disseminate the rising talents, and broadcast the journeyed bastions – for this Melbourne Music Week has an inimitability to it that’s unseen and unmatched.

This week, global electronic heavyweights Gilles Peterson and Jeff Mills drop into Beat HQ to spin their tactful minds before their intricate MMW showings. They’ll be accompanied by a pair of unheralded, yet just as talented outfits in Pjenne and 30/70, two artists taking to Tocumwal for the tenth year of Strawberry Fields’ storied chronicle. Aside from that, there’s our magnificent cover story for School of Rock, the greatest rock’n’roll musical on this planet which is being reimagined for the first time on Melbourne’s fertile turf. Saddle up folks and prepare for what is a wild, wild issue.