Melbourne Music Week-Extended is making up for the year of live music that never was. They’re offering up more than 200 events across summer to welcome the city back from its slumber. With the festival usually spanning just over a week, the aptly named MMW-Extended kicked off last week and runs right through February. They’re serving up 100 per cent homegrown talent to celebrate the creatives who make up the fabric of Melbourne’s music scene.
In true 2020 fashion, the program is a combination of streamed and in-person events. This year they’re spreading the revenue across Melbourne’s most iconic venues, from Trades Hall and Cherry Bar to Melbourne Recital Centre.
To save you the heavy lifting in organising your crew, we’ve hand-picked the MMW-Extended events you won’t want to miss.
Lose yourself in IMAGINARIA, the immersive light and sound brainchild of Loose Collective. The cohort of artists and designers have created a mesmerising maze of light, scent and sound at The District Docklands to fully galvanise your senses. Journey through the hour-long experience in the company of Alex Albrecht’s dreamy electronic soundscape—check it out from now until the end of January.
Techno Bingo with Katie Pearson, DJ Tanzer &The Huxleys
Techno Bingo is bringing together two of the world’s favourite pastimes—raving and bingo. Katie Pearson and DJ Tanzer will supply the beats, while performance artists The Huxleys are slinging the bingo lingo. Next round is on Thursday 14 January, with tickets going quick.
NGV x MMW
Fill the void that NGV Friday Nights left in your life with NGV x MMW. An eclectic mix of bands, DJs and musicians will be taking over the NGV gardens to soundtrack your Sunday afternoons, with live music every Sunday from 12pm to 5pm until the end of February.
Piknic Électronik x MMW–Extended
It wouldn’t be a true Melbourne summer without Piknic Électronik, with Late Nite Tuff Guy welcoming the series back for its seventh season at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Sunday 10 January. He’ll be joined by Sunshine, Claddy, and ANYO for a sun-soaked afternoon of high energy disco and government-approved dancing.
Take a moment to breathe and release with Breathworth Soundscape at MPavillion on Saturday 30 January, a 90-minute guided meditation composed to free your mind after the tension headache that was 2020. Soundscapes will be provided by composer Nat Grant, while Dina Smirnova will guide you deep into meditation through her voicework.
This year MMW selected five talented rising artists to feature in Merge, a two-part design and music event celebrating the city’s cultural heritage. You can already catch part one online, with performances from Mara Schwerdtfeger, Shelly Senbei, IJALE, Hachiku &The Opals filmed across Melbourne’s historic venues, featuring garments designed by RMIT’s fashion students. Part two kicks off on Saturday 13 February, where the five artists get the chance to present their show live at MPavillion.
After a hectic year of award wins and music collabs, Arnhem Land’s Baker Boy is bringing his kinetic hip hop show to Melbourne Recital Centre in February. The first mainstream indigenous artist to rap in Yolgnu Matha language, Baker Boy’s live performances are notorious for his fast-paced flow and high-energy dance breaks. Catch him on Friday 19 February.
Adalita x Grand Organ
Magic Dirt’s Adalita is gracing Melbourne with her electrifying live show at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 28 February. The Australian music icon will be joined by J.P. Shilo on the organ, for a truly magnetic performance of her solo work.
While you’re kicking around the CBD, check out Melbourne’s new free street art exhibition.
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