Melbourne Music Week Just Dropped The First Big 2018 Line-Up

By Sophie Hodges
20th Sep 2018

Presented by City of Melbourne, Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is an annual, nine-day party that brings audiences and artists together, celebrating our city’s rep as Australia's music capital (soz Sydney, you know it's true). 

And today they dropped the big news—this year's Festival Hub is gonna be none other than ACMI in Fed Square. The first line-up details and event dates are also starting to emerge. So here's what we know so far.

Melbourne Music Week will run from 16 – 24 November. Gigs and sets will be popping up all over Melbourne, but consider ACMI the nerve centre of the whole thing. Over the week there'll be a bunch of free and ticketed events running there (you can check the full program here). 

Australian LGBTIQ+ party professionals, Heaps Gay, will head up the coveted Opening Night Party, alongside a string of local DJs and performers (The Cocoa Butter Club, The Huxleys and Dandrogeny, to name a few). The night will be stuffed with music, dance, drag shows and performance across two separate stages till 4am. 

The MMW Hub will also be hosting a bunch of other sets over the week, including Detroit techno legend Jeff Mills, Australian songstress Renée Geyer, a night of "dancefloor sorcery" feat. Rival Consoles and LEON VYNEHALL, plus a very mysterious Rice Is Nice label showcase.

Here's the basic run-down so far. You can grab all your tickets here

Friday 16 November

Hub Show - Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening Night 

Saturday 17 November

Hub Show - Jeff Mills + Matt Radovich + ACM ++ co-presented with Stable Music
Blue Black Beatz at Melbourne Immigration Museum

Sunday 18 November

Hub Show – Big Fish Little Fish: Family Rave
Hub Show – Rival Consoles + LEON VYNEHALL + Kate Miller ++ presented by MMW 
Town Hall Show – You Am I + New War 

Monday 19 November

Hub Show – Ainslie Wills + Gretta Ray + Angie McMahon ++ co-presented with Hear Hear Group
LEON VYNEHALL at Melbourne Recital Centre

Tuesday 20 November

Hub Show – Bad Girls Disco: Renee Geyer + Kylie Auldist + Chelsea Wilson ++  

Wednesday 21 November

Hub Show – Gilles Peterson + Swooping Duck + Mandarin Dreams ++ co-presented with Crown Ruler

Thursday 22 November

Hub Show – Straight Arrows + Summer Flake + Sarah Mary Chadwick ++ co-presented with Rice is Nice 

Friday 23 November

Hub Show – DJ Seinfeld + Andy Garvey + Andras ++ co-presented with WAT Artists and Hardware

Saturday 24 November

Hub Show – Nadia Rose + Eprom + Mark Pritchard ++ co-presented with The Operatives

Last year, Melbourne Music Week hosted over 44,000 attendees across 34 locations, with 270 contributing artists and 100 event partners. All these numbers converted to a 2.6-million-dollar economic impact. This year looks like another absolute banger. 

We'll keep you updated as more gig info comes online. 

The Details

What: Melbourne Music Week
Where: ACMI (Fed Square) + Various locations
When: 16 – 24 November
For more info, click here

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Image credit: Supplied 

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