Melbourne Music Week is delighted to announce nine exciting new additions to its extended summer program.
Melbourne Music Week has once again teamed up with The Push and the Australian Music Vault to stage an all-ages alcohol, drug and smoke-free music event that will take place at Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday 20 February featuring Skegss, Ruby Fields, King Stingray and The Vovos as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Live At The Bowl music season.
Each Monday night in February, two iconic Melbourne music venues will program Happy Mondays – A Live Music Residency also at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. This month-long program in partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne channels the spirit of a classic Melbourne residency with some of the best local artists as selected by loved venues such as The Old Bar, The Tote, Bar Oussou and The Evelyn. Catch Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, The Meanies, Sui Zhen and more instantly recognisable local legends.
Anti Fade Records returns with a second Melbourne Music Week–Extended night for 2021 at Max Watts, showcasing some of the finest punk bands Australia has to offer – Constant Mongrel, Primo!, EXEK and Alien Nosejob.
Born in the basement of the Mercat Cross, Melbourne Techno Collective has run events all across the city over the last 18 years. Join them on Friday 19 February as they celebrate ‘18 Years of Techno’ with Monolith Live, Craig McWhinney, Matt Radovich and more, at iconic Melbourne party venue, New Guernica.
The Immigration Museum’s courtyard will come alive with art, music, performance and food, after hours on Friday 26 February for Summer Courtyard: Metamorphosis. Enter a fantasy world where anyone can be anyone, as the Immigration Museum debuts two new exhibitions Atong Atem’s To Be Real for PHOTO2021 and Becoming You: An incomplete guide.
Finally, critically acclaimed Spunk Records signed Floodlights will illuminate the Toff on Saturday February 27 with their honest, catchy rock music that melds ‘80s alternative rock with ‘90s New Zealand jangle-pop.
Tickets for these newly-announced shows are on sale from midday on Tuesday 19 January, with the exception of Summer Courtyard: Metamorphosis and all Sidney Myer Music Bowl shows, which will be on sale Thursday 21 January.
The nine new events will run alongside the already announced Rebel Yell Work Out Live, which will arrive at The John Curtin on Saturday 30 January. This aerobics workout is paired with the pulsating techno soundtrack of her latest album ‘Fall From Grace’ and will up heart rates in more ways than one.
Tickets are also selling fast for home-grown and worldwide exported punk royals Clowns, who are back for their first hometown Melbourne show in nearly two years at 170 Russell on Friday 19 February. Supported by These New South Whales, it’s gonna get sweaty in the safest way possible.
Limited tickets remain for a handful of previously announced shows including Baker Boy at the Melbourne Recital Centre, iconic rock musician Adalita playing the Grand Organ at Melbourne Town Hall, and an audio visual exploration with Melbourne producers Ara Koufax and iconic DJ and academic Simona Castricum at the Capitol Theatre.
Spanning three months, from December 2020 until the end of February 2021, and featuring more than 300 events, Melbourne Music Week–Extended was the first music festival to return to Melbourne, pioneering Covid-safe music gigs for Victoria.
Melbourne Music Week–Extended is delivered by City of Melbourne, and thanks its valued partners for their support, including the Victorian Government, Ticketek, oOh!media, Beat, 3RRR and PBS.
Visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/mmw for tickets and to view the #MMW program.
Quotes attributable to City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp:
“We’ve been working closely with some of Melbourne’s iconic venues to safely welcome music fans back into the city because the sector is critical to bringing the buzz back to our city.
“Melburnians have missed live music and have really got behind this extended event to support our incredible local talent, venues and promotors. We’re pleased that these shows have been popular with some sell-out crowds and limited tickets remaining for the rest.
“Melbourne is the live music capital of the world. Our live music sector normally contributes $1.7 billion a year to Victoria’s economy and creates 42,000 jobs. As one of the hardest hit sectors as a result of the pandemic, it has been critical for us to bring live music back to the city and support this industry.”