Melbourne Music Week is almost ready to roll as this Friday, the music capital of Australia will play host to a multitude of events for nine days.
Run by the City of Melbourne, this initiative invites independent promoters, businesses, labels and venues to contribute and create a diverse program of events for all types of music. This year, the MMW Hub will be set up at the Melbourne Town Hall which will hold all major events featured throughout the nine day festival.
Here at The Real Songwriters team, we are proud to promote and support local initiatives who give Melbourne musicians a chance to shine in all realms.
Beginning this Friday 16th November, we have our Top 5 events that you should check out this MMW.
#1. AINSLIE WILLS, GRETTA RAY AND ANGIE MCMAHON
Monday 19 November | ACMI | Tickets: $43
Presenting three of Melbourne’s songstresses as they take to the stage and will exclusively showcase new material at this must-see event. 5% of proceeds will be donated to charity in loving memory of Scott Hutchinson. We at RSOM have been lucky enough to interview Gretta Ray for last year’s Melbourne Music Week (view here) as well as witness the soulful sounds of Angie McMahon live and we are so excited to see them join Ainslie live.
#2. MMW BUSKING PROGRAM: NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS
Friday 16 – Saturday 24 November | Birrarung Marr | FREE EVENT
I mean, who doesn’t love markets and food? Now it’s even better as you can enjoy delicious delicacies and listen to some amazing music from some of Melbourne’s most talented buskers.
Here is the lineup:
Fri 16 Nov | Anthony Sandry | 5.45-7.15pm + Ricky Fumi | 6-7.30pm + Kitty & Ryan | 7.15-10.15pm + Mark Crotti | 7.30-9.30pm
Sat 17 Nov | Benji Miu | 4.45pm-6.45pm + Troy Barrett | 6:45-8.45pm
Sun 18 Nov | Hannah Campbell | 4.45-6.45pm + Wally Howlett | 6.45-8.45pm
Mon 19 Nov | Simon Imrei + Ricky Fumi | 6-8pm
Tues 20 Nov | Gabby Crump + Miller Soding | 6-8pm
Wed 21 Nov | Brewsky + Troy Barrett | 5.30-7pm + Walley Howlett + Zac Slater 7.30-9.30pm
Thurs 22 Nov | Bill Golding | 5.30-7.30pm + Benji Miu | 5.45-7.45pm + Simon Imrei | 7.30-9.30pm | Miller Soding 7.45-9.45pm
Fri 23 Nov | Luke Joseph | 6-7.30pm + Zac Slater | 7:30pm-9:30pm + Simon Paparo 8.45-10.15pm
Sat 24 Nov | John Cashman | 4.45-8.45pm
Sun 25 Nov | Brewsky | 4.45-6.45pm + Simon Paparo | 6.45-8.45pm
#3. MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Fri 16 November | Federation Square | FREE EVENT
Take part in the celebrations of the opening night of Melbourne Music Week (perhaps on the way to the Noodle Night Market!) with some awesome performances featuring electronic duo Ara Koufax with Sui Zhen, ALTA and DRMINGNOW. If you want to continue the party, you can purchase a ticket to The Hub next door where the Heaps Gay Reverie: Opening Night will kick off featuring Kira Puru, Various Asses, Maribelle and more.
Take part in this one night exclusive where the iconic Melbourne Star will take part in this year’s Melbourne Music Week lineup. Step into one of ten cabins and you can view the beautiful Melbourne skyline while listening to some homegrown Melbourne talent. Performers ranging from acoustic singer/songwriters, rap, local DJs, afro rap and more. A nice way to end the week!
#5. SLOWLY SLOWLY + PRESS CLUB ++
Wed 21 November | Cherry Bar | FREE EVENT
We saw these legends rock it at Melbourne Music Week last year and since then, Victorian band Slowly Slowly have sold out a headline show at 170 Russell and have now been named one of 2018’s breakthrough bands. Check out this free event with thanks to Jack Daniels at iconic music venue, Cherry.
For the full lineup of this year’s Melbourne Music Week, please visit their website here.