Max Watt’s: The beating heart of Melbourne Music Week 2021

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Max Watt’s: The beating heart of Melbourne Music Week 2021

Melbourne Music Week

From tomorrow onwards, we all get to reacquaint ourselves with an old friend. The beloved Max Watt's will be Melbourne Music Week's 2021 MMW Club.

Melbourne Music Week couldn’t have picked a better venue than Max Watt’s to be the temporary home of the city’s premier music showcase as we all fall in love with the city’s live music culture all over again.

There’s no question the music industry has taken a hit these last few years. With constant lockdowns, border closures and lack of social interaction, it’s been a hard slog for those in the music world.

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

But the Melbourne music scene is a resilient bunch, banding together for some awesome things on the horizon. That’s why it’s worth taking a second to focus on the awesome partnership this year between the MMW and Max Watts venue.

This is Melbourne Music Week 2021’s major break with tradition; the organisers have wisely decided to take over the iconic Max Watt’s for a brand new MMW Club, rather than pop-up their usual Hub venue, in recognition of the battle existing Melbourne venues have faced over the past two years.

Instead, Max Watt’s will offer eight consecutive nights of local music, spearheading a program that spans the length and breadth of Melbourne music and venues.

So if you haven’t bought tickets to a gig yet – and while they’re selling fast, there’s still tickets to some fantastic gigs available – today we’re having a look at who’s on the bill at the MMW Club for this awesome week of live music.

The Operatives Presents  

This massive show is coming to Max Watts on December 3 and is set to be a big one. It’ll feature some of the best Melbourne performers in the soul, hip hop and funk world like Swerve, Jo Jodun, Khiarra, Southside Denny, Teymori Yung and Shōgun, plus a heap more that are yet to be announced. 

Grab tickets here.

WAT Artists Presents

Then continuing the party on Saturday is yet another massive show called WAT Artists Presents Fat Jam – a show that’s set to finish around 1 in the morning!

This’ll have some of the best label mates from the Fam Jams family – Akosia + Bumpy + Claps + Dan Cut Copy (DJ set) + Loure + Morgan Wright + Simona Castricum. It’s set to be a great night!

Grab tickets here.

Awesome Soundwave Live

Then everyone gets a few nights off, and on Tuesday December 7, you can catch another awesome label show, this time celebrating Carl Cox’s Awesome Soundwave, featuring some of the best up and comers in the electronic world.

Heavy Spectra

If you’re not the kind of person that can enjoy a watching a DJ but enjoy the music – Heavy Spectra is something worth checking out. It’s an audio-visual Melbourne Music Week extravaganza that features a mix of art and electronica.

Some of the artists set to perform are Mat Watson & Carla Zimbler, Nat Grant & Cayn Borthwick, Bonnie Mercer, Fia Fiell, Robin Fox Archival Sound Set  and Nice Music DJs.

Grab tickets here.

Pinch Points

If the heavy electronic flavour of the MMW club so far isn’t your cup of tea, then look no further than this hard rocking show on December 5. It’ll feature up and coming legends Pinch Points, plus support from CLAMM, Delivery and Zig Zag.

Grab your tickets here.

Anti Fade

Another show for those who aren’t fans of dance, Anti Fade has some of the best artists in the world of indie and jazz. This year, their showcase will feature Indie Rock / Jazz / Blues powerhouses Bananagun, plus a heap more that you can check out here.


Another massive electronic night comes to us from label coalesce – a mix of original pop and genre bending electronica. There are so massive names hitting the stage on December 9 – this includes Ninajirachi, daine, Hearteyes, Cookii, Lonelyspeck, Banoffee, Perto,  FOURA, Fresh Hex, miniskirt and harvest.

Grab your tickets here.

Crown Ruler Showcase

Finishing off the MMW Club / Max Watts partnership is a disco night for the ages. It marks one of the few shows on Aussie shores with internationals – Ruby Savage from the UK and Chicago born super talent Mothafunk.

It’ll also feature Rhys Newling and Alchemy Orange, two massive performers in the Melbourne music world.

Grab your tickets here.

To buy tickets and for the full program, visit the Melbourne Music Week website.