The must-see acts at this year’s Live Music Safari

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The must-see acts at this year’s Live Music Safari

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Words by Marnie Vinall

Welcome to the jungle.

Opening Melbourne Music Week on Thursday November 14 is the all-inviting giant Live Music Safari (LMS). A night where venues across the city open their doors and invite patrons in for a free gig and boogie. It’s basically like a huge party to celebrate the city’s vibrant live music scene, without the entry fee. Huzzah! And in true Beat style, we’ve dived deep to give you all the artists you can’t afford to miss.


New Guernica always put on a good time but Melbourne Music Week is really turning it up by handing over the ropes to beloved electronic duo friendships. The duo, comprised of sound artist, Nic Brown, and visual artist, Misha Grace, draw on themes of dystopian Australiana in a show of audio and visual stimuli. Special guests, dark electro band Asylum Sisters, and sci-fi techno-electronica producers Cazgen, will be joining them.

Soju Gang

Known for her vibrant energy and being no stranger to the music and nightlife scene of Melbourne, Soju Gang wouldn’t miss a party like LMS. You’ll find her behind the decks at The Toff in Town, where she’ll be spinning her own eclectic style which pulls from ‘80s and ‘90s hip hop, R&B and anything party. She’s renowned for having a jam-packed dance floor, so be prepared to get a little sweaty.


Release any pent up anger – especially at the Australian political landscape and state of the climate – with BATPISS at The Last Chance Rock & Roll Bar. Not only will you be graced with their abrasive energy to thrash around with, but you’ll also be greeted with some newer sounds. The renowned locals have been dabbling in more melodic, experimental territory, including some sadder more sobering pulls. 

Lady Lash

Performing at Carlton’s new club, Colour, you’ll find Kokatha/Greek hip hop and jazz performer, Lady Lash. The Melbourne-based artist is no stranger to the guitar, beats and looper, where she creates eclectic sonic sequences that fill the room accompanied by her sultry, soulful vocals. She’ll be joined by the likes of Elle Shimada, Bel, House of Dévine and more for a special night of electronica, experimental and dance vibes.


Indigenous hip hop artist Philly has been making waves in the Australian rap scene and is currently working with Briggs’ all-Indigenous record label, Bad Apples Music. You can catch him at The Toff in Town as part of LMS where he’ll be featured on a lineup curated by ALIA Records also featuring Soju Gang, Soli, Kee’ahn and more. He’ll be showcasing his work influenced by his Indigenous heritage and hip hop’s Golden Era.


Catch rapper, songwriter and hip hop artist KROWN at Section 8 for LMS amongst a killer lineup featuring hip hop producer/MC Pookie, electronic, soul, R&B artist Blush’ko and more. KROWN, born in South Sudan and now residing in West Melbourne, uses his music to tells stories and highlight struggles of his people and the wider Australian community.


Wildly popular wonky pop band U-Bahn will be turning it up at The Curtin for LMS. They’ll be supported by a lineup featuring Loose Tooth and Michael Beach & The Artists to create a non-stop party. U-Bahn are renowned around Melbourne for their weirdo wave, immersive live shows and eccentric vibes, so expect abstract punk indie sounds along with unconventional and striking costumes.


BUMPY is usually known for being the enchanting frontwoman of Melbourne’s jazz and disco outfit Squid Nebula, but for LMS, she’s coming out solo. Performing at Colour alongside Hextape and other artists, BUMPY will be exploring her identity and truths as a First Nations artist. She’ll capture you with her mesmerising vocals and trap you with her emotional and compelling lyrics.

Melbourne Music Week’s Live Music Safari takes over the city for the festival’s opening night on Thursday November 14 and every event is free. MMW goes down from Thursday November 14 to Sunday November 23. Find out more via the festival website.